As Macclesfield clinched promotion to the Football League on Saturday afternoon with a 2-0 victory over Eastleigh, plenty of column inches were deservedly written about the Silkmen success. Here are some extracts from a selection of them.
Macclesfield Town boss John Askey says guiding the club to promotion back into the English Football League is the greatest achievement of his long association with the club. Askey first joined The Silkmen as a player in 1984 and the 53-year-old is in his second spell as manager. As a player he helped Macc twice win the Conference title, as well as promotion to what is now League One.
Macclesfield will return to League Two next season after a 2-0 win over Eastleigh secured the Vanarama National League title with a game to spare.
The Silkmen, who were relegated at the end of the 2011-12 season, built an unassailable 10-point lead over Tranmere thanks to their comfortable victory at Silverlake Stadium.
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Macclesfield Town have been promoted to the Football League after their 2-0 win against Eastleigh handed them the National League title. Goals from Tyrone Marsh and Mitch Hancox either side of half-time earned the Silkmen the win and crowned them National League champions.
It capped off a sensational season for Macclesfield, with the team defying all the odds despite having one of the smallest budgets in the division. At the start of the summer the Silkmen had just three players signed up after an exodus of last season's squad, and manager John Askey is proud of what they've been able to achieve after everything they've overcome.
Joining League Two next season will be Macclesfield Town, who returned to the Football League after six years’ absence with a 2-0 win at Eastleigh securing the National League title. A fourth-minute goal from striker Tyrone Marsh after a cross from David Fitzpatrick was followed by a close-range finish from Mitch Hancox on the hour. Victory in Saturday’s early kick-off put automatic promotion beyond chasers Tranmere Rovers, who must now negotiate the play-offs.
MACCLESFIELD TOWN have returned to the Football League after five years in the wilderness.
The Silkmen - who have a modest budget compared to their rivals - beat Eastleigh 2-0 to be crowned National League champions against all odds.
Tyrone Marsh and Mitch Hancox got the goals to spark wild celebrations.
Town boss John Askey, 53, said: "If you said five years ago we'd still have a football club I'd be surprised, so to get through all of that is great.
"It's the best I've ever felt about winning something. It's my biggest achievement as a manager but even as a player too.
"I'd probably judge this more than anything I did in my playing days.”
By Molly Hudson