Saturday 27th January is a date that lives long in the memory of many Macclesfield fans as the day marks 50 years since the Silkmen appeared in the Third Round of the FA Cup for the first-time.
This Saturday, not only will we be taking on Torquay United at Moss Rose, but we’ll be celebrating this iconic day in Macclesfield Town history and supporters are more than welcome to join in with us as we pay tribute to one of the greatest Silkmen sides.
However, a lot has changed in 50 years. At the time, Macc were playing In the Cheshire Leagues and an incredible 10,000 Silkmen supporters made the journey down to London for the David vs Goliath tie.
The vast gulf between the two sides was reflected in the opposition. Fulham, then managed by Sir Bobby Robson, had international stars such as Allan Clarke and Johnny Haynes in their side but what was to follow would be etched into the history books.
The Silkmen very nearly caused a shock that day. It took the part-timers just two minutes to grab a shock early lead and despite Fulham equalising Macc went on to take the lead once more.
Lifetime fan Geoff Findlow spoke to www.mtfc.co.uk earlier this week and shared his experiences of the clash.
“When the first goal went in, it was crazy, absolutely crazy.” Said Geoff.
“I can’t describe it, it was one of those games when you hope to score, and then you score in the second minute!
“It was a really good goal, and we were just on cloud nine it was absolutely wonderful.
“When Fulham equalised, I thought to myself ‘we’re playing well and at least we’ve scored a goal’. But when we went and scored another one I thought to myself ‘What is going on here?’.
“They weren’t lucky goals they were good goals, and we were playing them off the park.”
Despite leading, eventually Fulham came back to win the match 4-2 but they were helped by some controversial refereeing decisions.
However, the squad would receive a hero’s welcome on their return to the town as hundreds of people gathered to congratulate them on a fantastic performance and cup run.
The match was the selected game to be shown on Match of The Day and when the match was broadcast on television, the club were flooded with letters of praise from football fans all across the UK congratulating the side on a courageous display.
A number of this great side will be in attendance at the Moss Rose with supporters invited in to the McIlroy Suite from 12:00 for an informal Q&A with the players in attendance. We will also be showing highlights of the game and the homecoming on the screens in the McIlroy Suite.
Supporters are more than welcome to attend this event and entry is free with a match ticket for our game with Torquay United.
By Andrew Gate