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My Favourite Silkmen Memory: Frank Rathbone

8 April 2020

Recently, we asked all our loyal fans to get in touch with us and let us know what their favourite memory involving The Silkmen is. As we mourn the loss of lifelong supporter Frank Rathbone this week, we dig through the archives to bring you his most cherished occasions.

Back in 2009, Frank Rathbone could already claim to be our longest-serving supporter, having already amassed a staggering eighty-two seasons following his beloved Silkmen.

At the time, the club had launched a prize draw which gave everyone who had purchased a season ticket for the 2009/10 campaign the chance to claim theirs free-of-charge.

It was Frank who won the prize and following a call from former Commercial Manager Penny Baguley, Frank spoke to the Macclesfield Express about his stroke of good fortune -

"I was really pleased when Penny called me to tell me that I had won.

"I told her I’d been coming for 82 years - so it was about time!"

Frank then went on to look back at his time watching Macclesfield Town, giving us an insight into his wonderful memories -

"I first came to the Moss Rose when I was six years old. I came along with my dad, brother and two uncles.

"We stood under the long shed, which is where the Main Stand is now. That was back in 1926.

"There have been some great moments since then.

"But the best for me had to be winning the first-ever FA Trophy at Wembley. Winning the Cheshire Senior Cup was always a big event and of course we had that trip to Fulham in the FA Cup.

"It was such a shame that the referee got it so wrong, but it was good of Fulham to play us in a friendly a few months later.

"The best team I ever saw was when the club took on the Goslings team (a works team from Manchester) which included amateur international Walter Shepherd. That was a great era for the club.

"We’ve had some highs and lows but we’ve only been relegated once in our history, so it can’t have been a bad run."

Rest in Peace, Frank - you will never be forgotten here at Macclesfield Town.

 

Frank was speaking to the Macclesfield Express, in an article which was published on 27th May 2009.


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