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Silkmen Rock Against The Stones!

The Stones of Maidstone United played an important part in the history of the Silkmen in that they were our first opponents in the 1987/88 season when we made our bow in the GM Vauxhall Conference. For the record our line-up that day was Zelem; Roberts, Edwards, Tobin, Grant, Shaw, Hanlon, Lake (Esser), Glendon (Hardman), Burr, J Askey. The result was a 1-0 win for the Silkmen with the legend ....


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Silkmens Play-off Chances Knifed By The Daggers!

A second half capitulation at the Moss Rose saw the Daggers extinguish any lingering hopes the Silkmen had of reaching the play-offs. John Askey brought in Browne who had missed the Southport game in midweek due to illness in place of an unlucky Jack Mackreth, who I felt had had a good game on Tuesday night. Instead Jack took his place on the bench alongside the returning George Pilkington, with ....


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Silkmen Sink Sorry Port!

PBJ took up the role of chauffeur to ferry his old man on the journey to Southport for this fixture against the Sandgrounders in a rather chilly Tuesday evening in early April. As we travelled the relatively short journey to the game, PBJ and yours truly reflected that we were much happier that we were watching a game away from the Moss Rose, such is the dismal quality of our home form in ....


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Hancox Half Hour (ish) Hat Trick Heavenly For Silkmen!

It was the end of term at Loughborough University, so this journey doubled up as collecting stevie-mtfc and watching the Silkmen away to Borehamwood. My usual travel partner Kendo-Nagasaki was already \'darn Sarf\' having travelled on the Friday and stayed with his wife\'s cousin (is that a cousin-in-law?) in High Wycombe. With the Silkmen in inconsistent form (the only consistency being that we ....


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The Beast Strikes Again!

The visit from the Minstermen promised much, not least as a dress rehearsal for our trip to Wembley in May, and added to this was the fact that we badly needed a win to prevent our already slender play-off hopes turning skeletal! The scene was set for an interesting evening. The visitors boasted four ex-Silkmen in their line-up; not least the legendary \"Beast\" himself Jon Parkin. Adding further ....


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Silkmen Fire Blanks Whilst Shots Fire Ahead!

The Silkmen welcomed the Shots to the Moss Rose, hoping to build upon the excellent away win at Chester in midweek and continue their push towards the play-offs. Their visitors were on a good run themselves, having won their last two games to sit just outside the play-off places in sixth. John Askey rang the changes with George Pilkington, Kingsley James and Chris Holroyd returning to the ....


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One Team In Cheshire!

PB & PBJ enjoyed the company of our genial chauffeur / young referee extraordinaire Dan Ashton, and the legendary Phil Gibbons on the journey to the west side of Cheshire to get on with the ‘bread and butter\' of league football as we travelled to the soulless Deva Stadium to play against The Blues of Chester F.C. who were comfortably ensconced in the lower echelons of the Vanarama ....


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Ollies Army Roar Silkmen To Wembley Way!

PB & PBJ joined a full coach of fellow Silkmen hopefuls on the short journey to Merseyside aboard the legendary Moose Tours. After a pleasant stop in the unfortunately named Mold we arrived at Prenton Park more in hope than expectation, yet curiously PB & PBJ felt little in the way of the ‘tummy butterflies\' that we would normally expect to be suffering from prior to such a big ....


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Things Come To A Heed!

The Silkmen entertained the in-form \'Heed\' hoping to close the gap on their rivals, whose recent form had put them firmly in the play-off picture, having won their previous six league games. The Silkmen welcomed back Jack Mackreth on loan from Bury, only two months after his departure and John Askey threw the winger straight into the fray in place of Mitch Hancox. John McCombe came back into ....


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Referee Takes Centre Stage For All The Wrong Reasons As First Leg Ends All Square

Recent encounters between the Silkmen and Tranmere Rovers have proven to be tight, ultra-competitive affairs and this semi-final was no exception. Although Tranmere had been dispatched 4-2 at the Moss on New Years Day, our goal scorers that afternoon had both departed for pastures new, and as it turned out, this was a game of few clear cut chances and the main post match talking points revolved ....


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Browne Sends Silkmen Into Blue Heaven!

On the Monday evening before the FA Trophy quarter final replay against Dulwich Hamlet, PB and PBJ sipped our nightcaps and pondered on how tricky a tie this was. OK, we are two leagues above them, and a full time outfit; but they had come SO close to knocking us out (and few Macc fans who were there would have begrudged it) and we were so poor against Forest Green Rovers only several days ....


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Electric Rovers Outshine Low Energy Silkmen

PB & PBJ joined the ever amiable regulars aboard the legendary Moose Tours bus driven by the peerless Ian to Nailsworth; home of moneybags Forest Green Rovers. Nailsworth is a small town with a population of less than 6,000 and lying four miles south of Stroud. It was previously known as Negelsleag and had several historical medieval buildings nearby including Beverston Castle and Owlpen ....


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Dulwich Are Pretty In Pink As Silkmen Lose Their Colour!

The FA Trophy has long held much love in the heart of PB. He can just about remember the Silkmen winning the inaugural FA Trophy in 1970 (he was only seven years old), the agony of ‘the Alan Zelem moment\' in 1989 and the sheer joy / wonderment on the face of his eight year old son as the FA Trophy was proudly held aloft on that joyous day in 1996 with THAT Tony Hemmings goal indelibly ....


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Spitfires Nosedive As Browne Stuff Flies High!

When the fixtures come out in June, I don\'t think many Silkmen fans, apart from Fooldude, look for The Spitfires of Eastleigh away as one of the highlights. The drive is a long one and usually a number of traffic issues ensue en route on the M6, M42, M40, M25, M3, A40 and any other major road needed to get to deepest Hampshire. The last two season\'s results have meant an even longer journey ....


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Will Connor Take Us Back To The Future?

Once again I would like you to board the Macc Town Tardis. This time I want to take you back to January 21 1997 and a Staffordshire Senior Cup tie against Kidsgrove. A certain Chris Byrne (remember him) was in the starting line-up for the first time and bagged a hat-trick in a 7-0 win. The all action midfielder went on to turn an already talented squad into a title winning outfit. He even added a ....


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Wheels Come Off The Silkmen Wagon

Barrow arrived at the Moss Rose following an incident packed 2-2 draw away at Aldershot Town at the weekend, which saw both full backs given a red card. Consequently manager Paul Cox moved quickly to fill the void and signed 18 year old Luke Burke on loan from Wigan, who was included in the Bluebirds starting line-up. There was still however no place for the Cumbrians\' top scorer Byron Harrison, ....


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Itís Plain Fare At Plainmoor!

PB & Mrs PB was joined by southern_blue (and Mrs southern_blue) in addition to the likes of Davenport_blue, AJB59 and his better half; Grimmy and the ever affable Julie Whalley on the peerless Moose Tours to the English Riviera for a three night break from Friday to Monday. pb_jr & Rickie Lambert\'s Lovechild Robert Stirling joined us for Friday and Saturday night which would also ....


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Silkmen Take From The Rich And Give To The Poor!

When the balls came out of the hat, or wherever the balls come from these days, this looked a tricky tie. Forest Green had already beaten us at the Moss Rose earlier in the season and were looking firm favourites for promotion. Although we had beaten Tranmere Rovers (who play a similar patient passing game) over the Christmas period, that win was in large part due to ....


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Townies Overcome The Villagers

Having read about the friendliness and hospitality of the \"Villagers\" from our previous away trip in November, I decided to make the trip over the Pennines, taking the opportunity to meet up with an old friend for a liquid lunch at the Green Dragon in Welton, just down the road from North Ferriby. North Ferriby is one of several small quaint, villages which surround Hull and in all honesty if I ....


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Lions Roar Whilst Silkmen Whimper!

Guiseley arrived at the Moss Rose looking for their first away win of the campaign in what looked a real opportunity for the Silkmen to close the gap on the top five. The recent departure of Mackreth, Sampson and Lewis and with Danny Rowe also missing meant something of a reshuffle was needed in the Silkmen line up and Omry Perel was given a first start in a league match. Despite not looking ....


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Silkmen Clean Up At The Home Of The Suds!

PB & PBJ accompanied by Ricky Lambert\'s Lovechild aka Robert Stirling, joined 20 or so other Silkmen fans including southern_blue and the one and only Ryan Pollard (aka Gerard Butler\'s doppelganger) on the long journey to Suffolk on the legendary Moose Tours, to get behind the lads in hopefully making progress in the Buildbase FA Trophy. After a 45 minute stop (for Ian\'s tachygraphy to be ....


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Silkmen Rise As Dover Dive!

A battling second half performance saw the Silkmen take all three points in the rearranged National League fixture; the first match having been controversially abandoned due to fog, with the Silkmen 1-0 in front. There were no such problems with the weather this time, though there were many occasions when Silkman fans could have been forgiven for wondering whether something was indeed clouding ....


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Why Arent There Butterflies For The Robins?

As both a youngster and even into my early thirties when we achieved the holy grail of the football league the thought of beating our hated rivals; the plastic Mancs from the borough of Trafford always gave me ‘butterflies in the pit of my stomach\' and so the last few encounters since our exit from the football league have just not felt the same. Maybe it\'s because we spent so many years ....


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Its A Beautiful (new Years) Day!

The New Year was only fifteen hours young as a bumper Moss Rose crowd roared their support of their eleven heroes at the commencement of the first game of 2017 for the blues of Macclesfield Town and the whites of Tranmere Rovers. A hugely impressive following of 1679 away fans had travelled from the Wirral; many of them probably nursing quite considerable hangovers from their celebration of the ....


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The Silkmen Receive A Knock Out Blow On Boxing Day!

The Silkmen travelled to Prenton Park; home of Tranmere Rovers Football Club, badly needing a win to close a worrying 8 point gap behind the play-off places. With this in mind ‘Sir John\' went for an ambitious 4-4-2 formation but there was no place for former Rovers wide man Jack Mackreth. There was a place in the starting line-up however for on loan striker Richard Brodie, at Macc on the ....


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