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Macclesfield Town

Moss Rose Founded 1874 The Silkmen

Rumours on the terraces last term was that Macclesfield Town were in a spot of financial trouble and their status was in jeopardy. Although it turned out to be Salisbury City and Hereford United, the Silkmen announced at the start of 2013/14 money was needed to keep afloat. The Cheshire club have a fine non league pedigree and when they won a place in the Football League they fully deserved it. Two times Conference Premier and F.A Trophy winners, the Silkmen enjoyed fifteen years in mainly in League Two. They did win promotion to the next level in 1998/99 reaching their highest position yet finishing bottom of the division. Macclesfield Town have now had their debts paid off and with a sustainable club may well be over relegation two years ago.

mtfcLast Season

Conference Premier: 15th

F.A Cup: 3rd Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Semi Final

Top Scorer: Scott Boden

Average Attendance: 1512

It was almost a repeat of the previous season for Macclesfield Town when they grabbed F.A Cup headlines yet again. A third round tie against Sheffield Wednesday was the club’s highlight and they forced the Championship side to a replay. In the league the Cheshire club could thank a pair of decent strikers. Scott Boden may have top scored but it was Connor Jennings impressing the Conference Premier. The pair netted more than half of the goals Macclesfield Town scored with Boden getting 18 and Jennings scoring 14 in just 16 appearances whilst on loan. With no wins in the first nine fixtures, supporters became concerned until Jennings started to find the net  and the Silkmen began climb up the league. Towards the end of the campaign and knowingly safe from any further damage, the Cheshire club slipped back down the standings to complete a tough league season but a fantastic cup season.

The Manager – John Askey

Truly a one club man at senior level, John Askey spent his youth at Port Vale before making his Macclesfield Town debut as a player in 1984. When he began his career at Moss Rose he was just filling in for the club who were short of players, 698 appearances later he hung up his playing boots with legendary status guaranteed. In 1986/87 he won the Northern Premier League and the Conference Premier title was added to his honours in 1994/95. The F.A Trophy success a year later ended in disappointment as Askey was ruled out through injury for the final.  His first spell in charge of the Silkmen came over ten years ago when David Moss was sacked. The former striker started off well but results slipped away and he was replaced by Brian Horton. Last summer Askey returned and this time he managed to survive a full season in charge. At 49 years old the Macclesfield Town boss will get his first summer break to shape a squad that can compete in the Conference Premier.

The Summer

Signings over the summer break came later than expected with debts still owing. Once cleared, Askey was able to bring back striker Waide Fairhurst for his third spell with the club. Adrian Moke has moved from Stockport County up a division to join the Silkmen, he was also part of the York City squad which won promotion back to the Football League in 2011.

Key players have departed and out goes top scorer from last season Scott Boden, he will replace Lee Gregory at FC Halifax Town. Newly promoted to League One, Fleetwood Town have signed Danny Andrew for an undisclosed fee, the ever present full back last season picked up the Players Of the Year award at the Moss Rose. Winger Jack Mackreth made over 90 appearances for the Silkmen and joins Grimsby Town,

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Dartford 2 Macclesfield Town 1 – Conference Premier – 29 March 2014

For a successive season the Darts beat Macclesfield Town at Princes Park and showed character to come from behind. Paul Turnbull’s stunning volley put the visitors in front and at half time Tony Burman had a few stern words. Whatever the boss said worked because Danny Harris equalised two minutes after the restart and Max Cornhill scored the winner.

Macclesfield Town 3 Dartford 1 – Conference Premier – 16 November 2013

Where Dartford capitulated Macclesfield Town took full advantage. With just of an hour played the Darts held a one goal lead thanks to Matthew Godden first half penalty. Then within the space of four minutes the Silkmen were 3-1 up all starting with Scott Boden’s 66th minute equaliser. Connor Jennings grabbed a brace to continue his goalscoring form and win the match for the hosts.

Next Meetings

Saturday 11 October 2014 at Princes Park

Saturday 18 April 2015 at Moss Rose

League Performance Last Ten Years

macclesfield last ten years

Best Performances

24th League One (1998/99) F.A Cup 4th Round (2012/13) F.A Trophy Winners (1969/70 & 1995/96)

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