18 July 2018
Most Successful Silk Pledge Ever!
Thanks to the generosity of our pledgers and the heroics performed by John Askey and his Silkmen the 2017/2018 Silk Pledge was our most successful one yet raising an astonishing £2800. We have not let the grass grow under our feet and we hope to be able to announce a significant investment into improvements in the Moss Rose stadium shortly.
Once again a huge thanks to all our pledgers listed below. Want to take part this season? Then click here
The 2017/18 Silk Pledgers
John Abbott, Marie Grundy, The Mokk Lads, Andy Worth, Myra Clark, Don Riseley, Kevin Rickman, Chris Abbott, Sue Nicholls, Nicolas Fellows, Jason Justice, Steve Mundy, Chrissie Thompson, Rob Wilson, Julia Mitchell, Peter Owen, Kevin Rickman, Pete Warren, George Williams, Ian Edy, Matt Todd, Gail Feay, John Clark, Steve Porter, Brian Melling, Paul Collier, John Simpson, Clare Morgan, Cheryl Abbott, David Woolliscroft, Sarah & Peter Miles
Apologies - due to a breakdown in communications, the following people were missed off the list
Leon Eardley, Phil Gibbons, Haav Gulbrandsen, Alan Burgess, Margaret Milligan, Michael Pace, Lars Erik Pedersen, Jon Smart and the late (and much missed) Hilary Woolliscroft
My sincere apologies for the oversight.
27 May 2018
SST and Silk Lotto pay for new Club IT
The move into the Football League will present new challenges to the Football Club, particularly in terms of infrastructure. League regulations will require ground improvements and the regular match day functions will have to cope with increased attendances. The Silkmen Supporters Trust and the Silk Lotto have been looking at ways in which we can assist the Club as it transitions from Non-League.
One area we discovered to be in need of immediate improvement was the Club’s Office IT, which was slow, out of date and causing major problems for Julie and Caroline in the Office. The SST and the Silk Lotto have provided the funds for two new computers with the necessary software and their installation.
Both the SST and the Silk Lotto are continuing to liaise with the Club in order to identify other areas in which we can assist the Football Club.
General Data Protection Regulations
Becdause The Silkmen Supporters Trust keeps a database of its members it comes under the new General Data Protection Regulations introduced on the 25th May. We have written a policy in order to comply with the new regulations which can be found here and e-mailed or written to all of our members. The SST does not pass on members' details to third parties.
If you no longer wish to receive e-mails from us please contact us at email@example.com.
29 April 2018
Oh what a night! - 2017/18 Player of the Year Awards
The McIlroy Suite was packed last night as the fans celebrated a magnificent season with the players, back room staff and Sir John Askey. Peter Wragg and Gil Prescott were special guests at the evening. The awards were as follows -
Player of the Year (Fans' Choice) - Danny Whitaker
Player's Player of the Year - Keith Lowe
SST Andy Mellor Award for Endeavour - Danny Whitaker
MoM Most wins (Star Lane End Website) - Keith Lowe
MoM Most wins (Wraggs To Riches Website) - Keith Lowe
Goal of the Season - Ryan Lloyd
A massive thank you to Andy and Sean Worth, Dean Holmes, Bob Trafford, Marie Grundy, Dan Ashton and Robert Stirling for organising an evening worthy of such a special occasion. A special mention also to those working behind the scenes.
The SST provided the trophies for the Evening (with the exception of the Star Lane Website award).
The players celebrating with the National League Champions Trophy
Oh What a Season!
On behalf of the Board may I pass on our congratulations to John and the players for their superb achievements this season in gaining promotion to the Football League. John has proved that heart, desire and a willingness to work for one another can be more important than the size of your budget or the numbers in your squad.
Also, a big thank you to the Board, backroom staff and the army of volunteers that work tirelessly away in the background all doing their part in making this Club a success. Your efforts don’t go unnoticed and they are appreciated.
Moose Tours – His Spirit Lives On
When we put our names down for the Moose Tours weekend in Bournemouth including a trip to the Eastleigh game – little did we realise that it would be such a crucial fixture. Sadly, nor did we realise that David ‘Moose’ Littler would not be there with us to witness it, having passed away in December. However, it was Moose’s wish that the tours would continue and thanks to the hard work of Bernie Rickman and Moose’s brother Steve Littler, the weekend away trip was a fantastic success capped off with promotion to The Football League - a fitting tribute to a great man.
It is Bernie and Steve’s intention to continue with the Tours next year and if you have never been on a tour before then you should give it a go. Moose Tours aims to make a whole day out of trips to away matches, setting off early in order to allow time to stop off and visit another town such as St Albans, Gloucester or Cirencester on route, where people can either sight see or have a drink and a meal. Everybody is very friendly and “tourers” ages range from 16 to 80. Bernie advertises on both Wraggs to Riches and the Star Lane End websites prior to games or you can call him on
18 March 2018
SST Says Thank You Part 1
The SST Board met with John Askey on the 22nd February. We asked John to pass on to the players how immensely proud we are of them and of their achievements this year. To be top of the League is a wonderful achievement in itself but when you consider the limited budget and the fact that so many of the players only joined this season it is astonishing. We also congratulated John on putting together such a group of honest, hardworking players who play football in the way the fans want to see.
Shortly after that we were given the opportunity to underline that message. Dan Ackerley had organised a team building meal at Rosanero's restaurants and was looking for sponsors. The SST were pleased to show their support for the players and John by making a donation towards the costs.
Players enjoying the meal at Rosanero's Restaurant
SST Says Thank You Part 2
Last Tuesday, the Super Silk Lotto and the Butch's Bar Management laid on a get together, which included a buffet meal and a free drink, for the people who have acted in a voluntary capacity for the good of Macclesfield Town. The SST shared the bill for the buffet and the drinks with the Super Silk Lotto.
SST Chairman Steve Mundy attended the evening and thanked those who were there. "...The people who give up their time voluntarily for Macclesfield Town don't do it because they want to be thanked - they do it because they love this Club. But it's important that that work is acknowledged and therefore on behalf of the SST Board and its members I'd like to say thank you."
The evening was a great success and well done to Roberts Stirling and Dean Holmes for organising it. The Club is reliant on volunteers for almost every aspect of its running - even those who are paid work far more hours than they are paid for - and this was a nice way to show our appreciation.
04 March 2018
SST Six Monthly Update
SST Activity since August 2017
· £1000 – Donated to the Silkmen Player Fund
· £175 – (in partnership with the Silk Lotto who also donated £175) in order to have the pitch professionally drained prior to the Guiseley game – money well spent as it turns out! The groundsman, Gary Lewis, was concerned that the game could have been called off otherwise.
· £500 – donated to the Club in order to obtain kitchen and Bar equipment.
· £210 – (in partnership with the Silk Lotto who also donated £210) to provide 30 new radios and charging units for the stewards to replace broken/ worn out ones.
· Silk Pledge – The pledge currently stands at £1405 (of which £454 has already been paid) – which is another astonishing effort from our pledgers and organiser John Abbott (helped by the team’s superb performance this season).
· Easyfundraising – Our internet shoppers have been busy again, bringing in another £245 since last August.
· Christmas Raffle - Once again, Myra Clark did a terrific job organising the Christmas raffle, which raised the grand sum of £920.64. Thanks again to all those who bought tickets or donated prizes. A special thanks to ‘Big Jim’ Goodwin who donated the turkey.
· The SST “Shop” - The SST have been selling items of Silkmen Memorabilia on our website which have been donated to us to raise funds. The SST Shop can be found at http://www.sstrust.uk/fundraising/sst-shop/ We have raised over £170 selling donated items in the last year. If you have any old shirts or other memorabilia which are no longer wanted and are taking up space which you would like to donate to the SST then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org A big thank you to David Bettany, Bill and Margaret Milligan, Julia Mitchell and Chrissie Thompson for your donations.
The SST continues to provide the banking and accounts for the Silk Lotto and to cover its activities under our Lottery License. The Silk Lotto provides £500 towards the Club every month (over £18,770 in total) and has paid out over £15,500 in prizes since its inception in November 2014. This year’s nominated charity is the MAC Multi-Activity Centre, a community interest company working toward charitable status. This means that they are committed to improving recreational facilities for the people of Macclesfield and the wider community.
“Moose Tours” – His spirit lives on
Following the sad passing of David “Moose” Littler last year, SST Membership Secretary Bernie Rickman is continuing to organise the “Moose Tours” coaches to away games.
If you have never been on a tour before then you should give it a go. Moose Tours aims to make a whole day out of trips to away matches, setting off early in order to allow time to stop off and visit another town such as St Albans, Gloucester or Cirencester on route, where people can either sight see or have a drink and a meal. Everybody is very friendly and “tourers” ages range from 16 to 80. Bernie advertises on both Wraggs to Riches and the Star Lane End websites prior to games or you can call him on 07517 434323.
Working with the Club
We continue to keep in close contact with the Club Management Structure. We met with the Chairman, Mark Blower, to express our concerns over the late payment of wages and we have also met with John Askey.
Thank you once again for your support and let’s hope that by the time of our next newsletter Macclesfield Town are once more in the Football League.
25 February 2018
Receiving Loud and Clear!
The SST and the Silk Lotto have teamed up again to provide new radios and charging stations for the Stewards as the previous ones were failing. Stewarding and public safety is an essential requirement for matches to take place and we were happy to help.
SST Smiles (1) - Just leave it alone!
SST Smiles (2) - Dodgy defending
11 February 2018
Money Well Spent!
The more eagle eyed of those among you who attended yesterday's game may have noticed a number of small holes in the pitch surface yesterday. This was due to the actions of a verti-drain, where the pitch is punctured with 18 inch deep holes to assist with drainage. Grounsdman Gary Lewis was concerned that the high rainfall in the weeks running up to the Guisely game could lead to it in danger of being called off and organised the hire of the drainage equipment out of his own pocket. When the SST and the Silk Lotto became aware of this, they promptly agreed to reimburse Gary.
Nathan Blisset and Tyrone Marsh scored the goals that meant the £350 spent was worth every penny.
04 February 2018
Statement Re Non-Payment of Players Wages
As you may be aware a statement was posted on The Star Lane End website last Thursday evening (1st Feb) stating that the players had not been paid. This was obviously deeply concerning and the SST spoke with Mark Blower, Chairman of MTFC, several times on Friday to ascertain what had gone on and what was being done to rectify the situation. This resulted in the following information being received.
A large pre-planned and budgeted amount of money was due to be received by the Club from abroad however due to technical problems the money was not received. This in turn created a cash flow problem and so the players’ wages could not be paid when they fell due on Wednesday 31st January.
When it became clear there was going to be a problem, the owner of the Club, Amar Al Kadhi, contacted John Askey on the 31st to inform him of the situation (Mark Blower thought that it was important that the information should come directly from him).
Attempts were made to rectify the issue on Thursday and Friday but these were unsuccessful.
The payment is now expected to arrive on Monday, however the sum expected will not as much as was budgeted for and so Mark Blower and Andy Scott have agreed to put in the difference.
28 January 2018
Lotto Winners - Congratulations to
26/01/2018 - 143 Alan Brant
19/01/2018 - 134 Steven Smith
News of Two Non-League Clubs in Financial Difficulty
A Website for Groundhoppers
Go to a lot of away games? Ever wondered how many grounds you've ever visited? This might be the site for you. TheFootballGroundMap allows you to record the details of every Football Ground you visit and then plots them on a map for you. The list of grounds contained is staggerringly comprehensive including the lower depths of the Non-League scene, defunct grounds and grounds across the globe.
There are 142 Macclesfield fans registered and top of the Leader Board is jonnymacc who has been to an incredible 268 grounds.
You can check it out here
14 January 2018
The SST has been given further Silkmen memorabilia items for sale which can be found here
The SST raised £100 last year from selling donated items. If you have any MTFC items that you no longer want and think other Silkmen fans may be interested in them, then please get in contact with us at email@example.com
A big thank you to everyone who has donated items.
Another bumper year for Easyfundraising
Easyfundraising raised just shy of £500 in 2017 for the SST. A big thank you to all our on-line shoppers who are raising money for us everytime they indulge in a little retail therapy.
31st December 2017
Silkmen Supporters Trust support the Silkmen Campaign Fund
As you may have seen on the Official Site, Macclesfield Town FC have launched a Silkmen Campaign Fund to raise funds which will be used solely for additions to John Askey's playing budget – for full details see here
The Campaign will work in the same way as last year’s, with investors receiving their donation back plus the same amount again if the team reaches the Football League. Last year, however, the campaign ran at the start of the Season whereas this year we’re already half way there.
John Askey has done a tremendous job in getting us to the top of the National League. Our number one aim has to be to return to the Football League and if anybody can get us there then it’s John and the SST wants to help. Investment by the fans and the SST in the past has enabled John to bring such great players as Danny Whitehead and David Fitzpatrick to the Club and we think that this initiative gives people an opportunity to help John strengthen the team for the second half of the season.
To show our support the SST are investing £1,000 in the Campaign.
24th December 2017
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 2017, especially to
• All our members
• Those who stepped down from the Board this year - Secretary David Woolliscroft and Communications Officer George Williams
• Clive Westbury for auditing our accounts in his own time.
• Julie Mitchell, David Bettany and Chrissie Thompson for donating items to sell on our website which have raised over £100
• 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
SST Christmas Raffle
Once again, Myra Clark has done a terrific job with the Christmas raffle, which raised the grand sum of £920.64. Thanks again to all those who bought tickets or donated prizes. A special thanks to ‘Big Jim’ Goodwin who donated the turkey. The prize winners were as follows
Hamper - Ticket 816 Pete Rawlinson
Turkey - Ticket 215 John Potts
Whisky - Ticket 737 Sam Fixter
Whisky - Ticket 334 Rob Heyes
Other prize winners were
547 Peter Robinson, 630 Steve Mundy, 862 Anne Barton, 452 Sarah Hancock, 115 Joyce Riley, 397 Chrissie Thompson
December Super Silk Lotto Winners
1st December – John Smart
8th December – Derrick Knowles
15th December – Peter Warren
22nd December – 148 Stuart Gosling
On behalf of the SST I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a great 2018 following the Silkmen.
4 December 2017
An Announcement on behalf of
THE SUPER SILK LOTTO
Your Club; Your Lotto; Your Community!
Another year has flown by and it is now 3 years ago since the Super Silk Lotto was formed. The objective has now been successfully achieved which was to create a local community lottery that would primarily raise funds for Macclesfield Town Football Club whilst also teaming up with a local community partner and providing an opportunity for people within your local community to potentially earn themselves a £100 every week from a stake as little as £1.
Since this time, the Super Silk Lotto has gone from strength to strength. In the first year David Lewis benefited; in the 2nd year Ollie’s Army benefited and most recently Space4Autism. As a consequence of our involvement with Space4Autism we were able to facilitate:-
• 38 complimentary match day tickets as guests of MTFC in addition to a well-received bucket collection
• The involvement of Macclesfield Juniors FC to support a Space4Autism football team
• Donation of £666.67 from the Community Shield Fund
• Hosting an end of year dinner with George Michael tribute in providing venue and DJ by Silk Discos.
• A final £100 cheque donation.
We are delighted to announce our community partner for the forthcoming 12 months is MAC Multi-Activity Centre, Goodall St, Macclesfield SK11 7BD Phone: 01625 569556.
The MAC Multi-Activity Centre is a community interest company working toward charitable status. This means that they are committed to improving recreational facilities for the people of Macclesfield and the wider community. They aim to keep their prices low and any profits made are re-invested to further improve the centre. The main activities are roller-skating and bouldering and also have a cafe and with a view to add more developments in the future. Further information can be found by accessing their website at www.macactivitycentre.co.uk
Like to know more about the Super Silk Lotto? Look here!
3 December 2017
It has been sad couple of weeks as we have lost not one but two friends and loyal Silkmen supporters.
R.I.P Hilary Woolliscroft
One of the original members of the SST and wife of our former Secretary, David, Hilary was diagnosed with cancer in the summer 2016 and was told that she may have only six months to live. But she fought back with courage and dignity and with David’s love and support she not only outlasted all expectations, but was still able to get to the Moss Rose to watch her beloved Silkmen.
Hilary – you will be missed.
A celebration of Hilary’s life will be held at Macclesfield Crematorium on Tuesday 12th December at 10am. Flowers will be provided by the family only and at Hilary’s request, anyone planning to come and celebrate her life is urged to wear football shirts rather than the traditional black.
R.I.P. David “Moose” Littler.
It was after a period of extensive caring by David of close family members - his father, Alan, his mother Margaret and his wife, Linda, that Dave became very ill himself . Unfortunately he lost that battle when he passed away on Tuesday November 21st 2017 at 10.45pm.
As one of the founders with his father of the “Moose Tours” to MTFC away games, he provided not just transport for Silkmen Supporters but many memories of happiness and enjoyment on these encounters. He was also a star turn in the Sutton Christmas Panto.
Moose – you will be missed.
A church service will be held at Sutton Church at 12pm on Monday 11th December and following on from this, the McIlroy Suite will be open from 12:30 – where it is hoped that as many people as possible will attend to pay tribute to a wonderful man.
19 November 2017
The Silkmen Supporters Trust Annual General Meeting took place on 13th November.
The financial statements for the period covering the 17 month period ending the 30th June 2017 were adopted (proposed by James Goodwin and seconded by Chrissie Thompson).
The independent examination of the accounts was carried out by Silkmen fan Clive Westbury to whom the SST are extremely grateful. We are required to have a yearly examination of our financial statements and if we had to pay an outside person this would cost a considerable sum.
Sadly, no new people stood for election this year and two Board Members of long service (George Williams and David Woolliscroft) stood down.
George joined the Board in 2008 and apart from a short interlude has served as the Trust’s Communication Officer since then. He developed the Club’s Twitter and Face Book accounts and was also responsible for sending out all the e-mail communications. He has also served as Vice Chairman for the last two and a half years.
David also joined the Board in 2008 and has served as Hon Secretary for most of that time. Following the Club’s relegation from the Football League and its subsequent financial problems, David served as a Director for the Football Club and helped keep the Club afloat during that time.
Both George and David have spent countless hours of their free time to support the SST, the Club and its fans. On behalf of the SST I would like to thank them for their immense contribution to the Trust and its objectives during the last nine years.
The current Board is as follows
Steve Mundy (Chairman)
Myra Clark (Treasurer)
John Abbott (Accounts and Finance)
Andy Mellor (Disabilities Liaison Officer)
Chrissie Thompson (Communications)
Marie Grundy (Lotto and Minutes Sec)
Bernie Rickman (Membership Secretary)
John Smart (Board Member)
We will be looking to increase the size of the Board in the New Year by co-opting additional members so if you think you may be interested then please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
There followed an open meeting beginning with a short report into how the SST had tried to meet its objectives during the last 17 months through fundraising, paying for equipment for the Club and for improvements to the ground. Also, the efforts which had been made to try and improve communications between the Club and the fans.
Finances - The Trust’s current finances stand at around £6,500.
Lotto – The Lotto has approximately 260 members and continues to pay £500 to the Club every month. The Lotto has also been able to pay for; a grass strimmer for Gary the groundsman, the creation of a children’s play area in the McAlpine Stand and for half of the cost of a new glasswasher and ice machine for the McIlroy suite.
Membership – There had been 22 renewals and two new members bringing the total to just under 130.
The SST would like to thank all those who came to the meeting and put forward their thoughts and ideas.
12 November 2017
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06 November 2017
Silk Lotto and SST Provide New Equipment for the McIlroy Suite
The Silk Lotto and the Silkmen Supporters Trust have combined to purchase a new Glasswasher and an Ice Machine for the McIlroy suite.
On behalf of the Super Silk Lotto organising committee Andy Worth said “When we were approached by Elli Denton about helping to purchase the glass washer and ice maker we were delighted to help this really cool idea to in support of our beloved Silkmen! I will have to come clean (ok enough of the dodgy puns) and simply state that the McIlroy suite is a fantastic facility which is used not only on match days but throughout the year for a range of functions. Anything we can do that optimises the high quality service provided by Elli and her brilliant team of dedicated staff is our pleasure to provide support for”
Silkmen Supporters Trust Chairman, Steve Mundy, said "Elli and her staff work very hard to provide a good service not only to fans but to non-match day users of the suite which helps generate much needed revenue and we were pleased to be able to help. A big thank you to our members and financial supporters who have made our support possible."
21 October 2017
SAS Daniels Solicitors
Macclesfield SK11 6AY
21st October 2017
The Silkmen Supporters Society Ltd
Annual General Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Silkmen Supporters Society Ltd will be held at 19:45 on Monday 13th November 2017 at
McIlroy Suite, MTFC, Moss Lane, Macclesfield.
The agenda for the meeting is given below.
All Members and supporters are invited to attend but only Society Members are entitled to vote. The Annual Report and Associated Financial Statements (item 2) are available through the Society website (www.sstrust.uk ).
In order to progress the business of the meeting, the following resolution will be proposed for adoption:
The Members of the Silkmen Supporters Society Ltd present at the General Meeting held on 13th November 2017 receive and adopt the financial statements prepared by the Society’s Independent Examiner and the Report of the Board for the year ended 30 June 2017.
There will be a meeting after the AGM which will include the opportunity to put questions to the SST Board and will finish no later than 9-15pm.
15 October 2017
Top ten Non League Grounds to visit?
Those of you who made the visit to the War Memorial Ground at Stourbridge yesterday may be surprised to see that it made the list A cut and shut of a cricket pitch and a football field, it was not without a quirky charm but I'm not sure it would have been in my top ten.
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3 September 2017
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