free tickets to give away!

We arrived home from our holiday in Northern Ireland late Saturday night, so I was pleased that Macclesfield’s home game against Boston had been moved to today, Sunday. Unfortunately we were rubbish, throwing away a two-goal lead to one of the few teams below us in the league. But as a result of turning up, I now have two FREE tickets for the next home game – and I’m offering them to you! The game is 7:45pm on Tuesday September 13th at the Moss Rose – just drop me an email if you’re interested…

Update, 16-sep-05
Margaret had the tickets. It was a record crowd, and we won the game 3-1. In case you were wondering…

silkmen into the play-offs

Today was the last game of the 2004-2005 season, with Macclesfield Town needing one point to get into the promotion play-offs. In the first half we were rubbish – and this against Rushden, who are 22nd in the league. Brian Horton switched things around after the break, moving Kevin McIntyre into midfield and replacing him at left back with a proper defender, Matt Carragher. The transformation was instant, and very soon we were a goal up thanks to big Jon Parkin. After that we could have scored a hatful, but Rushden’s keeper Shearer made a string of marvellous reflex saves and so the score finished at 1-0. But that was enough to guarantee a two-leg play-off semi-final against Lincoln City, hopefully followed by a trip to the Cardiff Millennium Stadium to see off either Southend or Northampton. League One here we come!

silkmen vs bears

The first pre-season friendly this year was a rain-soaked affair, and saw a very strong Macc side put five past a depleted and tiring Congleton team. The new Silkmen set-up looks impressive, particularly with the surprise inclusion of Johnny Miles as a midfielder. (I have to admit that I suspected this before the game. The Silkmen have been doing a fair amount of training this summer at the Macclesfield athletics track, which means I can watch them from my office. Last Wednesday I watched an 11-a-side practice game in which Miles was tried in midfield and Danny Whit played at right wing-back.)

With the strong new signings (Tony Barras was excellent yesterday), and with Brian Horton in charge and bringing his wealth of experience, we’re very optimistic for the coming season. We talked with chairman Rob Bickerton just before yesterday’s game and he also seems excited with the changes made at the Moss in the last few months.

I’m really looking forward to our family holiday in Scotland during August, but it does mean we’ll miss the first two games of the season… :(