23rd November 2018
The SST is delighted to welcome three new members to the Board as a result of the recent Annual General Meeting.
The new Board members are:-
Mr. Andy Worth who has taken up the position of Chairman
Mr Ryan Cawley and Mr James Wilson.
We look forward to their contributions to the Silkmen Supporters Trust.
SAS Daniels Solicitors
SK 11 6AY
27th October 2018
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 12th November 2018 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 via the link at the bottom of this notice.
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 12thNovember 2018 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 2018.
There will be an open meeting after the AGM where people will be allowed to ask questions and give their opinions on the running of the SST which will finish no later than 21.15.
21st October 2018
Minutes of SST Board Meeting with Mark Blower
Held on Wednesday 10th October 2018
Present (SST): John Abbott, Bernie Rickman, David Woolliscroft, Andy Mellor, Chrissie Thompson, Marie Grundy, Steve Mundy
Present (Club): Mark Blower, Bob Trafford
John Abbott opened the meeting by welcoming Mark and Bob. It was explained that these questions had been asked by SST members.
1. What were the objectives agreed with Mark Yates as we started the season?
Mark - the objective was to finish 22nd in the league or above i.e. to stay in the League. At least to get through 1 round in the League and FA Cups. Finances were in place for these. As previously stated the club works £1 in and £1 out.
“In hindsight is cutting the cloth working”?
Mark – Adamant that the club should not get into the financial mess of previous years by overspending. The player budget was in place at the beginning of the season and this was based on what John Askey had requested. This still places us in the bottom few clubs financially in the league. Money earned from West Ham game had helped but when there is any excess money this is used to pay short term loans/debts.
2. Are there any plans to run a reserve team?
Financially it is not possible to have a reserve team. However we do have agood under 18’s team.
3. Who was behind the decision to have players’ food served after games away from the McIlroy suite? Do the players prefer to mix with the supporters?
Mark - This was the decision of the manager.
Bob - Having spoken with Danny he had explained that he personally had found it difficult to come across due to extra commitments.
Comment was made by Marie that she felt this was decision was detrimental to younger fans, as a number of them used to wait in the suite to get autographs etc. after the game from both teams. Also wasn’t this something to the club should be encouraging as they are the fans of the future. Marie also pointed out that money had been made available to have a designated area under the McIlroy for young fans to use and possibly meet players but this was still not up and running despite all the equipment being purchased nearly 2 months ago.
Mark explained that due to issues with personnel this had not been able to be completed and as Kevin Green has only been in post for 4 weeks it was anticipated that this would be done in the near future.
4. Which players were signed after John Askey left and before Mark Yates joined? Who made the decision to sign them and what was the reasoning for this?
Mark – Despite rumours there was only 1 player signed before Mark Yates took up post. That was Koby Arthur who had asked to stay from last year. Talks were in place with Mark Yates on any other player the club were looking at.
5. Has there been a consortium with a substantial offer put in a bid to buy the club? If so why was it rejected?
Mark – As far as he was aware there has been no approach to buy the club since 2014/15.
6. What are the owner’s intentions for the future of the club?
Mark - The owner has always stated his commitment to club. He would not consider selling the club to anyone who would not be good a custodian of the club, with a commitment to keeping the club as a viable going concern.
7. Last season was Amar a positive, neutral or negative contributor to Club Finances?
Mark - Amar only took money out to repay short term loans.
8. Has there been any commitment to inject Capital into the Football Club from the owner this year?
Mark – If the club needs it, either pushing for promotion or struggling against relegation Amar is willing to inject money into the club as open loans. He is not willing to let the club to “go under”.
9. Have all the players and John Askey been paid their bonuses for winning the league last season?
Mark – Yes, all contracts have/are being complied with.
10. What is the current financial state of the club and what is its current debt Position?
Mark - The club is in the best position financially since taking up the position of Chairman. The debt is the lowest it has ever been. But the challenge is always intra month working capital needs.
11. Did Mark and Amar want John Askey to stay?
Mark - Yes everything was done to try to keep John at the club. Everything John had requested had been agreed to try and keep him. But the club could not meet what he was offered by Shrewsbury, nor was it asked to.
12. What is the list of tasks that still need to be accomplished to meet League 2 requirements?
Mark - Firstly thanked the SST and Lotto for the money provided to ensure the insulation in the McIlroy suite was done and hopefully meant it would be warmer this winter.
The floodlights are one of the main things that need to be looked at, as this means that we cannot have any televised night games until they are upgraded. The improvement should be completed by April 2019 but the club has requested that this be extended to the end of the season due to issues with telephone masts etc. that need to be taken into consideration.
13 Does the Chairman feel responsible for the fact that a number of people/volunteers have left the club over the recent years?
Mark - People leave for various reasons for which he has no control over and is unable to go into specific reasons for most who have left.
14. What do the club expect from volunteers, who are also supporters. Do they
consider that volunteers should not question or comment on club activities etc.?
Mark - If people are employed by the club or on match days the club would expect a certain code of conduct. There is a code of contract being drawn up by the club.
Discussion took place around this issue by various members of the committee. It was pointed out that without such a document being made available then volunteers as opposed to paid staff could not be held to follow it. Once this is available then volunteers can made an informed decision if they wish to volunteer. It was pointed out that the club does depend on a large number of volunteers to run various events away from match days which generate income into the club.
15 Are you happy with the marketing of the club at the moment? Are the club happy with the number of diners at games? Has there been a full list of sponsors for the recent games?
Mark - The price increase could be one of the reasons that the number of diners has decreased. This is something that the club is looking at.
There has been a change in the post of Commercial Manager and he needs to be given some time to settle into the role.
16. Could the club be more transparent? There has always been, and continues to be, a dirge of rumours which are not complimentary to the Owner, the Chairman, the Manager and the club. These rumours are often exacerbated and, like "Chinese whispers", get the wrong message.
Mark – There will always be rumours on Social Media and he felt that whatever was said in response to them, it would either not be believed or be replaced by more rumours.
Bob – I have been answering e-mails from fans with regard to issues around the general running of the Club.
Mark was then asked if there was anything further he wanted to add?
Mark wanted to clear up the rumours about Elite Management. Mark stressed that he was not an investor in Elite Management. This Agency had been used in previous season as they were considered to be the best non-league agency. A number of the current squad (five) are represented by this agency but there is no way that the club are influenced by this agency to play certain players. This is purely the decision of the Manager and his team. Mark indicated that they have always proved to be a decent and honourable agency in all the involvement the club has had with them.
In some circumstances if a club plays a loan player then the cost is decreased, however that does not determine team selection.
He also stated that in no way had he been responsible for picking the team.
Mark expressed a wish that the fans get behind Neil and Danny in the interim period while the decision is made whether or not to look for a new manager.
Mark was thanked for answering the questions raised.
The meeting was closed and all thanked for attending.
Footnote - As you may be aware, Danny and the players did come across to the McIlroy Suite after the match on Saturday. We have also been advised by the Club that there will be some exciting news about Youth Development from the Club over the next couple of days.
09 October 2018
RIP John Rayner
It is with great sadness that the SST has received the news of former SST Board member John Rayner’s untimely passing away due to a short but aggressive illness.
John served many years on the SST Board, including as Chairman, and was well liked and respected by his fellow Board Members. John built a close relationship between supporters and the club and led the voluntary effort needed to repair and maintain the ground. He set an excellent example to others, often seen with a hammer, nails and even on occasions, a cherry picker. He was considered by many of his colleagues on the Board as a model Chairman, approachable, hardworking and with a great ability to build contacts with senior club officials.
He also took part in the SST sponsored walks from Macclesfield to Stockport to raise money for local charities, on one occasion doing it dressed in the Cheshire Building Society Cheshire Cat Mascot outfit.
John, you were a true gentleman and you will be always be remembered with fondness by your friends in the SST.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time.
John Rayner (far right in the picture) at the Coleraine pre-season friendly 2008
07 October 2018
Board Appointed Society Secretary
SST Board Meets New Chief Exec
The SST Board met with new Chief Executive Kevin Green and Media Manager Bob Trafford on the 17th September. Kevin has a huge amount of experience in Football at all levels and one of his biggest priorities will be to transform Macclesfield Town infrastructure from National League to Football League standards. It is becoming more and more apparent that the Football League has far more exacting standards than it did when the Silkmen first entered it in 1997 and Kevin has his work cut out. The SST has offered to support Kevin where it can in improving the Moss Rose facilities. We also discussed the increased difference in playing standards since 1997 and Kevin said that this first season would be a tough one but he was reassuringly confident that the Silkmen have what it takes to stay up this season.
Kevin stated he wanted to improve communications between the Club and the fans and to this end the Club have appointed Bob Trafford as the Fan Liaison Officer. If you have any issues regarding the operational running of the Club you can contact Bob 01625 264686 or emailing email@example.com and you will receive a response within a maximum time period of five working days
The SST looks forward to working with Bob to look after the concerns of our members and we will of course offer our assistance where we can.
2 September 2018
SST help Macc prepare for winter!
As previously reported, the SST have been looking for ways to help the Club adapt to life in League 2 off the pitch.
One of the areas that we knew the Club was looking at was getting the McIlroy suite properly insulated. Having held our meetings there in winter we can vouch for how cold it gets and there is also the added costs of the heating. Due to the fantastic generosity of our Pledgers, our Silk Pledge fund raising scheme raised nearly £3000 this season. The SST agreed to donate this £3000 towards the Club in order to have the McIlroy properly insulated. Our partners, the Silk Lotto, also donated £1000. The insulation work has now been completed.
Chairman Mark Blower said “A lack of suitable insulation and a robust heating system has meant that for many years the Mcllroy suite has been particularly cold in the winter. On matchdays this has been manageable, but it has severely hampered the Club's ability to monetise the facility on non-matchdays, as it is just too cold for people who hire the facility to be in there for any length of time. The upfront cost required to put this right was too great for the Club itself but we made use of a grant scheme and sought the support of the SST and the Silk Lotto to provide further capital, which they agreed to and the Club is extremely grateful. Our Commercial Manager, James Beckett, can now promote and sell this fantastic facility safe in the knowledge that it will be a warm and pleasant environment to hold events, be it a party, wedding, conference or breakfast club and of course on matchdays it will be more welcoming for those who want to watch the game from a warm place - all of which brings vital revenue to our Club. So thank you.”
23 August 2018
SST buy New Glasswasher for the McIlroy Suite.
It’s not just on the field that the Club have had to step up. Life in the Football League brings new challenges to the backroom staff as well. Being in the Football League means we can expect to see higher attendances. Football fans are a thirsty bunch and the staff in the McIlroy are entrusted with keeping them from drying out.
In order to give Keith, Nicky and the rest of the bar staff a hand, the SST have donated just over £1000 in order for them to buy a new glass washer, which will allow them to provide a better service to the fans.
We have also committed to giving over a much larger sum for further improvements to the McIlroy suite. We will announce further details in the near future.
The SST would like to thank all of our members, Silk Pledgers, Xmas raffle ticket buyers and those who donate (and buy) memorabilia from our website. It is your generosity that makes these things possible.
As some of you may be aware the SST sells items of donated Silkmen and other football memorabilia on our website. We recently sold our last item on it, but are busy getting to relaunch with some new (old J) stock. If you have any old items taking up space, which you would be prepared to donate to the SST to raise funds, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Because 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.
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