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My Favourite Silkmen Memories: Dean Bamford

16 April 2020

Recently, we asked all our loyal fans to get in touch with us and let us know what their favourite memories involving The Silkmen are. In the next instalment in a series of recollections, Dean Bamford looks back at three magical moments.

There have been many memorable moments supporting The Silkmen over the years-  including attending every game both home and away during the 1998/1999 season - our one and only season in the Second Division. 

I also enjoyed working for the club in many roles -  you name it, I have done it! 

Amongst the roles that I performed were ballboy, club photographer, mascot, player/manager of the Supporters Club, community coach, match-day website reporter and official radio commentator.

With the latter, I was extremely privileged to including commentate on some great games - including the home FA Cup games against West Ham and Everton.

But there are three memories which really do stand out for me.

The first one was when we travelled to Maine Road to take on Manchester City in Division Two back in 1999. 

Whilst working for the club as Roary the Lion, I got an invite to attend the game and was able to get my younger brother Kieran to be the our for the day. The reason it means a lot is that I got to share that very special occasion with my younger brother and was able to stand on the Maine Road pitch having a kick around with him prior to kick-off.

It was possibly our biggest-ever game and the memories I have of that day will never fade. 

The second one was back in August 2008 - on a cold and rainy Tuesday night in East London, watching my Dad’s boyhood team West Ham United take on Macc at Upton Park.

This would be to date my last League Cup game due to moving abroad a few months later, which is why it is all the more memorable - that and the fact that we nearly beat them!

Been able stand shoulder to shoulder in the stand singing Macc songs with my Dad who has been supporting Macc since the 60’s and grew up a West Ham fan was an amazing experience.

The third memory that I would like to reflect on took place in May 2017 at Wembley Stadium.

In order to make our FA Trophy Final with York City, I had a crazy seventy-two hour journey across two continents, two different time zones and four different countries due to living in the United States since 2009!

Being a Macc fan since the 1980’s there was no way I would miss it though! 

I stayed in a hotel on the Saturday night and I remember walking around the stadium on the Sunday morning, waiting to see family and friends for the first time in four years.

I then sat side-by-side with them, as we sung our hearts out for the lads and result aside, it was a game that I will never forget.

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