A born and bred Southerner and a former member at West Ham, I married into the Macclesfield family in the early 90s and saw my first match in 1992. I “converted” after watching Macc demolish Dagenham 4-0 in 1994 and realising that the football in the Conference was better than what was being served up at Upton Park. Also, football in the Premiership had moved away from what I loved which was standing on the terraces with my mates.
I love the sense of community at Macc and the great people I’ve met here. I became Chairman because I think the close bond between the Club and the fans sets it apart from “big” Clubs and it is important to keep that relationship healthy. I also want to try to improve the match day experience for fans and where possible to support John and the boys financially.
I have supported the Silkmen since 2005/06 when I moved to Cheshire from Northern Ireland. There have been some memorable and special FA Cup and Carling Cup games for me, and last day of the season crunch matches. But when the Silkmen went on tour to Northern Ireland and played Coleraine FC, my local team, then that was a special day for me.
Back at the Moss Rose and I have helped out with Silk Player match commentaries and sponsored some coaches over the years; more recently I have been managing our Facebook and Twitter communications.
I intend to keep you updated with what the Trust is doing to make our match day experiences better, and the other ideas we have for the benefit of the fans, club and the local community.
I am Macclesfield born and bred and I have supported Macc Town since 1970 when I was eight years old and they were in the Northern Premier League. It might seem strange but one of my favourite games was playing at Chelsea in the FA cup. Although we lost 6-1, the fact that we were playing a Premier League and the great atmosphere made it special.
I have been in the Trust since it started and joined the Board as Disabilities Liaison Officer the year after. On match days I check with the steward on whether there are any away fans with disabilities and if there are I go and make sure they know where the facilities are and that they are being catered for. I also keep an eye on the disabled facilities in general at the Moss Rose.
I moved to Macclesfield in 1997 and was encouraged to become a Macc Town fan by a friend at the volleyball club I belonged to. I have been a volunteer in the club office for a few years,
working on reception.
I joined the SST when it was set up and have been a member since then, before that I was an active member if the Silk Alliance.
I became a member of the SST Board in April 2015, to help in any way that I can.
‘Scarily’ I have supported the Silkmen for nearly 60 years. My dad first took me to the Moss in the late 50s – little did I know that was it for life ! So many wonderful memories for myself and the family (from the Bowyer years, beating Stockport in the cup in 1968, Wembley in 1970, Stevenage and promotion in 96 etc.) Hopefully these will continue for many years. Soon after the Trust was set up I became ‘auditor’ of the annual accounts and 3 years ago I joined the SST board just to try to give something back to the club (and fans) who have given me so much.
I went to my first football match in 1951 when my brother Geof took me to see Macc play away at Witton Albion. I have been a fan ever since. I am one of the few supporters who saw Walter Smith - a wing-half who played in glasses and still headed the old leather ball. I also saw Manchester Utd's first home game in the European Cup; a 10-0 thrashing of Anderlecht which was played at Maine Rd as there were no floodlights at Old Trafford.
Due to family commitments and living away from Macclesfield I was not able to attend many games in the 60's and 70's but I was at Wembley in 1970 to see Macc become the first team to win the FA Challenge Trophy. I have been a regular home and away supporter since the 1997/98 season.
I joined SST at the start and was elected to the Board. I have been Treasurer for many years. Before the SST was formed I was Chairman of the Silk Alliance and a member of the Supporters Club. MTFC is a great club - I am proud to be a loyal supporter and to help in any way that I can.
I first started supporting the Silkmen when I moved to Macclesfield in 1964 and regularly attended games then. Like any young person at that time I only occasionally went to watch MTFC because I was too busy playing football myself until I was near the ripe old age of 40, and then I was busy working for my own company. During those years I occasionally watched the Silkmen play in some of their more important games. After recovering from major illness, I finally was able to again watch the Silkmen on a regular basis attending both home and away matches.
In April 2015 I became a member of the SST board to help out in any way I could, and recently I have taken on the role of Membership Secretary, which keeps me in touch with SST members.
I am a relatively new addition to the Macclesfield Town brethren. I was introduced to match days following years of listening to Andy Worth (Silkmen till he dies) waxing lyrical each week on their performances. A colleague then asked me to go to a match with her which I did, going to the first and last match a few years ago and the following season we did more matches. At this point Andy managed to get me involved with the Super Silk Lottery, helping out occasionally in the Corner Flag and then volunteering to do match days in the home ticket office and now actively being involved in the SST. Whilst not expecting to enjoy the experience initially I now look forward to match days, and am increasing my knowledge of the game of football, and can now take part in all the cursing, sighs of exasperation and celebrations of the Star Lane (sorry Brewtique) end.
My first memory of attending a football game was as a pre-school child supporting workshop team, Windsmoor’s. My abiding memory of that game – not the score, not the opposition – but being given a slice of orange at half-time, a very rare treat in the late 1940s.
I joined the SST on its formation and Bill Milligan recruited me to the Trust Board shortly after. I was appointed Secretary and served all the SST Chairman, from Andy Worth to Steve Mundy. I am now approaching the end of the maximum term on the Board and I have handed over to Stephen Walker and will step down from the Board in due course.
Having attended occasional games, I began coming to home games (with my wife) when the Silkmen first joined the Conference and we have become regular Season Ticket holders.
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