28 March 2017
Silk Pledge Update (pre York Fixture)
It’s been a few days of real highs and lows. The joys of supporting the Silkmen! After the euphoria of Prenton Park and the great performance at Chester (with Andy Halls' first ever goal for the Blues), once again on Saturday our league home form was a huge disappointment.
That said the pledge stands at a healthy £1531.65 after the Aldershot game and with 11 games to go, including our exciting trip to Wembley , we can still hit our £2000 target. Thanks as ever for the continued support. Full list of pledges and pledgers here
25 March 2017
Player of the Year Awards Evening 29th April 2017
The SST have once again agreed to purchase the trophies for this year's Player of the Year Awards (other than the Wraggs to Riches trophy which is kindly donated by Richard Swallow). SST Disabilities Liaison Officer Andy Mellor will also be presenting his annual award for endeavour, which was last year won by Kristian Dennis.
Tickets are still available but are going fast and are very reasonably priced at £10 for adults and £5 for juniors which includes food. Special guest Steve Payne will be presenting the awards and it is always a great night. Call Phil on 07849194125 to get your ticket.
Safe Standing Campaign receives a boost
Super Silk Lotto Winners - congratulations to
17th March Steve Mundy
24th March Shirley Knights
22 March 2017
Leyton Orient Fans' Trust prepare for the worst as Club faces financial meltdown.
Sports Minister responds to SST letter in support of Supporters Direct calls for FA reform
Overheard - Dulwich Fans speak highly of their visit to Moss Rose.
Due to a long standing arrangement to visit my father and other family members down south, I missed the glory of the Silkmen's magnificent victory at Prenton Park. Having seen every other tie, including the away trips to Sudbury and Dulwich, it was disappointing not to be there but family will always come first. However, as Dulwich Hamlet were playing at the local Club Tonbridge Angels, and as their fans had been so welcoming at Champion Hill, we decided to go along and support them.
The Hamlet fans were in good voice, good humour and good numbers, but more importantly it was good to hear some of their fans saying how much they had enjoyed their visit to the Moss Rose, what a friendly Club it was and how their coach party was greeted by the Chairman on arrival.
12 March 2017
Super Silk Lotto Winner 10th March - Congratulations David Goodier!
SST LOLS Whoops!
5 March 2017
Football Supporters Federation Away Fans Survey 16/17
The FSF wants to know about the best and worst stadiums you've been to this season, and help them work with the clubs and leagues to improve things for future years. Tell them about your experiences here
Super Silk Lotto Winner 3rd March - Congratulations Rob Heys!
1 March 2017
Silkmen TV Appeal!
If you are planning to upgrade your TV (or know someone who is) and the old one still works, rather than taking it to the tip, please consider donating it to the Football Club. The Club are looking for flat screen TVs with between 32” to 40” screens to replace broken ones in the McAlpine concourse and Butch’s bar. If you can help, then please contact us via email@example.com. Thank you.
28 February 2017
Super Silk Lotto Winner 24th February - congratulations to Stephen Holt!
19th February 2017
More hot air from the SST!
As part of our response to the issues raised in last year's survey, we have paid to have the two broken hot air hand driers in the Star Lane Ladies' toilets and the two old ones in the Star Lane Gents' toilets replaced.
We are continuing to work through the large number of issues raised in the survey and are working with the Club to improve the Match Day experience for fans.
18th February 2017
Super Silk Lotto winner 17th February Congratulations to Steve Forrest!
14th Feb 2017
SST Open Meeting
The next Board Meeting of the Silkmen Supporters’ Trust, which is on
20th February, will be an open one
where all members can attend.
The meeting will take place in the McIlroy Suite, MTFC beginning at 7.45pm and will finish at 9.30pm.
At the time we arranged this, we were unaware that the Club had arranged a Meet the Chairman evening on the 16th February, however we hope you will take the opportunity to come and speak with the Board, find out what the SST has been up to, put your questions to us and tell us what you would like to see the SST doing on your behalf.
Super Silk Lotto Winner 10th February - Congratulations to Caroline Hall!
5th Feb 2017
The Super Silk Lotto – Two years on
Andy Worth first told me of his idea of creating a local lottery to raise funds for the Football Club many years ago and before I was on the Board of the SST. He thought it would be more appealing to the fans of Macclesfield than the national Gold Bond draw; that it would attract people from the local community and that it would be more successful than the Gold Bond. I told him that the logistics and work in running such a lottery would be huge. Now, just over two years on from its inception, I think I can say that we were both right.
The Lotto currently has 245 members with a £100-00 prize draw taking place every Friday. It is currently paying £500 a month into the Football Club (more than the Gold Bond did) and has also paid out over £10,500 in prizes. It has also made two donations to local charities, David Lewis and Ollie’s Army and this year is raising money for Space4Autism.
The other difference between the Super Silk Lotto and the Gold Bond is that the Super Silk Lotto is a not for profit lottery run solely by volunteers. In the background, making sure that everything runs smoothly, Andy has the dedicated support of a number of individuals. This includes Marie Grundy (SST) and Robert Stirling (former general manager of MTFC) who oversee the draws, rules and membership lists; Myra Clark (SST) who organises the lottery licence, the prize cheques and banks the cash and last, but by no means least, John Abbott (SST) who has the unenviable task of keeping track of the nearly £26,000 that has been collected by the lottery since November 2014 and what has been paid and to whom.
The Super Silk Lotto has been a terrific success and it is great that the SST has been able to assist Andy in seeing his vision come to fruition.
Interested in joining the lottery? It costs just £1 a week. Entry forms, rules and the latest winners can be found here or forms can be obtained from the Club Office or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Super Silk Lotto Winner 3rd February - Congratulations Janet Ann Smith!
28 January 2017
Super Silk Lotto Winner 27th Jan - Congratulations David Goodier!
SST Smiles Maybe a handshake next time?
24 January 2017
Silk Pledge -
After the very disappointing performance and result against Guiseley , the pledge stands at £1066.95. Let’s hope we can get back on track at North Ferriby on Saturday and really make a move towards those playoffs.
We have had a few pledge changes following the departures of Jack Mackreth, Paul Lewis and Jack Sampson and the new loan arrivals. If anyone else wants to change please let me know.
As well as keeping track of Alty’s dire results, I will now have to keep a close eye on Chorley’s games. A couple of pledgers want to keep faith in Jack Sampson in his loan period over there. You never know the move may just give him the confidence he needs.
COYB! Full List of Pledges
Easy Fundraising - £266.22 raised since July 31st.
Our sincere thanks to all those of you who are taking part.
22 January 2017
SST adds its support to Petition for an Independent Inquiry
As we're sure you've read in recent weeks, many shocking allegations of child abuse within football have come to light. The survivors of the abuse have joined forces with MPs, legal experts, and child protection groups to call upon Parliament to establish an independent inquiry into the allegations. The Supporters' Trust have added its name to the petition letter which will be sent to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee asking for an independent inquiry.
FSF Away fans survey
The Football Supporters Federation is conducting a survey on fans' experiences at away games. Been to an away game over the festive period in the league or cup? They want to hear about your experiences on the road. Pies, stewards, concourses. The lot.
Silk Lotto Winner 20th Jan - Congratulations to Claire Howarth!
15 January 2017
“Souvenirs From Home” football exhibition celebrates Macclesfield’s silk heritage!
An unlikely combination of football and craft have provided the inspiration for an exhibition which includes specially created silk football shirts made by Silkmen fans. The exhibition is the culmination of Home Ground, a national project which celebrates the cultural heritage of football clubs with nicknames inspired by the local craft industries that have shaped their communities.
Silkmen supporters (including members of the SST) took part in workshops with artist Zoe Hillyard to create one-off “souvenirs” reflecting the silk industry which gave the city’s football club its nickname.
The workshops explored the participants’ experience of being Silkmen fans and living in Macclesfield, while collections of local silk at the Silk Museum and Adamley Textiles provided inspiration. Silkmen supporters created a series of souvenir football shirts, inspired by the idea of a signed football shirt as a treasured possession. Fans also made a collection of silk covered buttons, inspired by Macclesfield’s prolific silk button production, which was established in the sixteenth century. Mother and baby groups, match-day visitors, behind the scenes club catering staff and players all left their mark on silk fabric which was used it to cover individual buttons.
Specially for the exhibition, artist Zoe Hillyard created ‘The Silkmen Cup’, to celebrate the town’s silk heritage and reflect the football club’s determination and strength. The Cup is made using Zoe’s own special technique – ‘ceramic patchwork’ – where she covers individual ceramic fragments in silk which she reassembles by stitching the pieces together.
The use of pottery and silk together takes on a particular resonance as the inaugural match played under the name Macclesfield Town Football Club, in 1876, was against Stoke City - The Potters. These teams, which grew out of their respective trades, clash again in Zoë’s celebratory piece through the mix of silk and ceramics.
The exhibition takes place at The Old Sunday School Heritage Centre, Roe Street Macclesfield SK11 6UT from 9th Jan to 2nd Feb so take the opportunity to view this interesting and unusual collection.
Silk Lotto Winner 13th Jan - Congratulations to Chrissie Thompson!
8 January 2017
Silk Lotto Winner 6th Jan - Congratulations Anthony Potts!
31 December 2016
Happy New Year to everyone connected with Macclesfield Town FC!
Silk Lotto Winner 30 Dec - Congratulations to Andrew Roberts!
Chairman’s Christmas Message
As the year draws to a close I would like to take the opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported the Silkmen Supporters’ Trust during 2016, especially to
· All our members
· Those who stepped down from the Board this year - former Secretary Stephen Walker who, amongst many other things, created our website and Chris Hulme
· Clive Westbury for auditing our accounts in his own time.
· David Harrison for donating two season tickets to us which raised three hundred pounds for the Trust
· Those of you who attended our meetings and put forward your ideas, thoughts and questions
· All those who contributed to our fundraising activities – our easy Fundraisers, Lotto members and Silk pledgers or bought raffle tickets or donated prizes.
· Those people who made donations to the SST
On behalf of the SST I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a great 2017 following the Silkmen.
24 December 2016
Winners of the SST 2016 Christmas Draw
David Bryant,Tom Scholfield, Steve Mundy, Wayne King, Keith Knowles, Bill Brocklehurst, Diane Sparks, Dave Hall, Sheila Grant, Tony Lynn, Will Turner, Margaret Milligan, John Clark and Nicky Crowe.
Silk Lotto Winner 23 Dec - Congratulations to Margaret Littler!
19 December 2016
Easyfundraising update - Since July 31st our 61 easy fundraising members have raised £206.01 for the SST just by shopping online.
Silk Pledge - The amount pledged has now reached £870.80. Lets hope that our match against Altrincham tomorrow adds a good sum to the total.
Many thanks to you all.
18 December 2016
Silkmen Supporters' Trust XMAS Draw
The draw has now taken place for this year and our raffle organiser, Myra Clark, is contacting the winners. It has been a great success once again and has raised over £900. A big thank to all those who donated prizes and bought tickets. A special mention to 'Big Jim' Goodwin, who once again donated this year's first prize of the turkey.
18 December 2016
Silk Lotto Winners - Congratulations to our £100 winners
16th Dec - Pauline Brown
9th Dec - Jane Ashton
2nd Dec - Alan Hough
25th Nov - Hillary Woolliscroft
19 November 2016
Silk Lotto Winners 19th Nov - Congratulations to Jon Smart
11th Nov - Congratulations to David Roberts
Football League abandons whole game proposals
The EFL Board has today announced that they will cease discussions on the Whole Game Solution with immediate effect after the Football Association (FA) informed them they were no longer prepared to consider rescheduling FA Cup fixtures into midweek slots.
For more information and the results of the fans survey click here
6 November 2016
Silk Lotto Winner 4th Nov - Congratulations to Catherine Love!
The shortlists for the 2016 FSF Awards in partnership with Virgin Media are out - and fans can vote and have their say. Seventy-two nominees will battle it out across 12 different categories including ‘Player of the Year’ featuring Sergio Agüero, Dele Alli, Philippe Coutinho, Riyad Mahrez, Mesut Özil and Dimitri Payet. FSF chief executive Kevin Miles said: "Supporters are the bedrock of the professional game and the FSF Awards give fans the chance to have their say on the best in the game."
31 October 2016
Silk Lotto Winner 28th Oct - Congratulations to Graham Brinkhurst!
24 October 2016
Response to the Supporters’ Survey Part Two – Stadium Improvements
There were three common themes from the survey where people were either dissatisfied with or would like to see improvements to the facilities at the Moss Rose – the PA system, the toilets and the lack of a working scoreboard.
Public Address System
The issues were caused by the lack of working speakers in the London Road side of the ground. This meant that people in the London Road could not hear announcements. However, if the volume was turned up to compensate then it was too loud for people in the rest of the ground.
SST response – We have agreed to pay for two new weatherproof speakers on Butch’s Bar and two further speakers on the north end terrace and also for some wiring and electrical junction replacement.
This work is currently underway.
There were various complaints about the conditions of the toilets, including lack of hot water, working hand dryers and in particular the state of the toilets on London Road.
SST response - The SST carried out a survey of the toilets at the end of August. In the McAlpine, Star Lane and Butch’s Bar, the toilets were generally in a good state (especially compared with some of those at other grounds) and stocked with soap, paper towels and or dryers. We did identify a number of defects for which we have offered to pay for the repair and we have also offered to pay for the replacement of some of the hand dryers which, while working, do not work very well.
The toilets on the London Road are in the worst condition, although again, not as bad as some we have seen. We have been advised that it is not practical to carry out some of the work required during the season. We have agreed to make some funds available at the end of the season so that work can be carried out in the off season.
We are currently awaiting a response from the Club to our offer.
While less mentioned, a working scoreboard was something that some fans would like to see. There would also be revenue generating opportunities for the Club as advertisements on scoreboards command higher prices.
SST response - We have looked into an offer of the disused matrix board from the Cheshire Building Society but the cost of removing and re-siting it and the uncertainty of whether it would actually be suitable for our needs means this has now been discounted. We are now looking into the costs of sourcing a simple LED or dot matrix scoreboard from new. However, this is not something we could fund this season.
22 October 2016
This week's lucky lotto winner - Congratulations to Mike Clark!
16 October 2016
Last Friday's Luck Lotto Winner - Congratulations Rob Hooley!
Silk Pledge Fundraising Update
After Saturday’s great FA cup result at North Ferriby, the pledge stands at a healthy £583.75. We are just marginally down on where we were after 16 games last year. As you know, we raised just over £2000 last season and let’s hope we can reach that total again or even beat it. Thanks so much for everyone who has participated in the pledge so far – your support is fantastic and much appreciated. It’s been interesting so far. Who would have thought that Danny Whit would have been top scorer at this stage? Only one headed goal and no penalty saves (lucky for me!) . And ‘sadly’ 8 defeats so far for Alty!
Easyfundraising update - Since July 31st our easy fundraising members have raised £109.43 for the SST just by shopping online. For those of you planing to shop for Christmas presents on-line, don't forget to go via the easyfundraising site!
13 October 2016
Whole Game Solution - Have your say
The survey on the views of the fans to proposals to re-structure the Football League has now closed. Thank you to all those who took part.
Not renewed yet?
Remember, you can renew your membership by
1) Sending a cheque to: Silkmen Supporters' Trust, c/o SAS Daniels, Churchill Chambers, Churchill Way, Macclesfield SK11 6AY
2) Paying directly into the Silkmen Supporters Trust Bank Account – A/c No 65202513 Sort Code 089299. Please give a reference 'Membership 2016'
3) Pay on-line by clicking on the Paypal Link below
Many thanks for making a difference!
9 October 2016
A big thank you to SST member David Harrison who donated two season tickets which he won in a competition to the Silkmen Supporters' Trust. The sale of the tickets raised £300. David is a bit of a legend around MTFC and loves the Club and we are extremely grateful to him for his generosity.
L-R Andy Worth (PA), David Harrison, Steve Mundy (SST)
28 September 2016
Membership Drive for 2016/2017
From the first of October, the Silkmen Supporters Trust enter a new membership subscription period.
A big thank you to everyone who has been a member during the last subscription period. Here are some of the things your support has helped achieve during the last year.
· £400 provided to the Club to enable the refurbishment and re-opening of the London
Road Tea Kiosk.
· £500 provided to the Club to buy merchandise for the 15/16 season.
· Sponsored John Askey’s home and away kits - £300
· Purchased the trophies for the Player of the Year Awards evening
· £1000 share purchase in the Club
For a full update, please see the Newsletter posted on this website on the 25th September.
The membership fees have not increased and a year’s membership remains at £10-00 for adults and £5-00 for concessions and members are entitled to:
Members Whose Subscription Is Up for Renewal
We have contacted all those due to renew by e-mail, however if you believe your membership may have expired and you have not been notified please contact Membership Secretary Bernie Rickman (email@example.com).
If you are not a member then please join us and help us to help the fans and Macclesfield Town Football Club.
Membership forms can be printed from the attachment below or obtained from the turnstiles at the Club. Please return the forms and payment to the Club Offices, c/o Chrissie Thompson or the SST, c/o SAS Daniels, Churchill Chambers, Churchill Way, Macclesfield SK11 6AY.
Forms can also be returned to Andy Worth at Stadium control for the next two home games (North Ferriby and Boreham Wood).
Remember, the SST only exists because of your support. The more members we have the more we can do for the fans and the Club.
25 September 2016
You will have spotted that there has been little added to the Website recently. That is because sadly our Secretary and ‘Webmaster’, Stephen Walker, has now stepped down from the Board. Stephen created our current Website and his stepping down has left a big pair of shoes to fill. We now have had some very basic training so hopefully things will soon be back to normal. Stephen has volunteered to act as a ‘lifeguard’ for the website (partly, I suspect, because he doesn’t wish to see a year’s worth of endeavour disappear down the drain due to operator error).
SST Newsletter August 2016
A copy of the newsletter that was sent to our members in August.
Minutes of the Silkmen Supporters' Trust AGM 15/08/2016
With grateful thanks to Geoff Knights for his excellent work keeping the history of our Club alive
This took place in the McIlroy Suite at the Moss Rose on Monday 15th August 2016.
You can download the official notice for the meeting by clinking the link below. The Annual Report can be downloaded from the SST Board pages (here)
The S.S.T. would not exist without your support. Please join us and help to make a difference to your football club. You can find the forms that you need to join here.
The Silkmen Supporters’ Trust is committed to the improvement and development of Macclesfield Town FC by working in partnership with the Club, the fans and the community to the mutual benefit of all.
Silkmen Supporters' Trust
c/o SAS Daniels, Churchill Chambers, Churchill Way, Macclesfield SK11 6AY
If you have ideas about fundraising for SST, projects that SST could get involved in or suggestions for the website please contact SST via our Contact page