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blues_bro Posted on 10/11/2019 00:39
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Personally, I will not attend a game whilst the first team are on strike. However. I respect others who have different approaches to our present situation. The last thing we need is friction between fans who are all passionate in their different ways for our club. I really hope there is no trouble at the FA cup game between fans of differing opinions. This can only be counterproductive when we need to stick together more than ever. By all means we should voice our opinions but personal attacks are not going to help.
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Star_Laner Posted on 10/11/2019 01:09
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Been to every home game for as long as I can remember. But I can't go and watch a game of men against boys.

Part of me wants tomorrow to be a cricket score so the national press reports on the complete XXXXXX show what's going on at our club.

I sincerely hope this isn't the beginning of the end.
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Waloc Posted on 10/11/2019 07:32
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Could be your last chance to see MTFC in action
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4evermacc Posted on 10/11/2019 07:43
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Whatever happens good luck to the young lads for whom this may end up as their one and only appearance in the MTFC first team, or they may go on to be stars. Best of luck to you and your families.
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crazyjoe Posted on 10/11/2019 09:01
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I will not be attending the game nor will I attend any game whilst the first team remain on strike. I do however recognise the pressure that has been placed on young shoulders to play . It is all too easy for us to say they shouldn’t play and should show solidarity with the players and fans, but put yourself in their position. Your dream is to become a professional footballer and you know deep down in your heart that out of the squad you are in, that at most,one, maybe two of you may get the chance to make football your career. Yet here you have been presented with the chance that tens of thousands of young lads at clubs up and down the country will never get, the chance to play first team football in an FA Cup game, in the First Round Proper. Are you going to pass up this opportunity, irrespective of the circumstances, an opportunity that in all likelihood for the vast majority of you in the development squad will
never come around again? I have no doubt that many of these young lads will have wrestled with their consciences but ultimately, whatever they decide I would ask the fans who are at the ground to respect their decisions and not to verbally abuse them for doing what they love and playing football for Macclesfield Town. This for most, if not all will be the pinnacle of their footballing career and whilst I will not support them nor will I be critical of them for living their dream.
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lymeview Posted on 10/11/2019 09:02
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Will the 5 loanees play? They can't strike as they don't work for us.
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macchiavelli Posted on 10/11/2019 09:20
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It would be truly shameful if any of the young lads who have been thrust into the firing line today should have to suffer any form of abuse.

The situation the club currently finds itself in is lamentable, and it is abundantly clear from the postings on here that there is a range of opinions on what the fans should do today.

Some want to boycott. Some want to protest. Some want to watch the game and support what is, at least nominally, their team.

I would ask everyone who turns up today to respect the players, and the views of their fellow Macc fans, even if they don't agree with the course of action they think should be taken.



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supermacc Posted on 10/11/2019 09:21
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We will be glad of the efforts of the Youth team next season when we haven’t been expelled from the FA Cup. That is assuming we still have a club.

Does sound like the Loanees will be playing, which is a relief and reduces the chances of a humiliating defeat.

The whole thing is an awful mess, let’s hope the situation is resolved quickly and with a positive outcome for our Club.
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jefft Posted on 10/11/2019 10:33
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If you aren’t prepared to support these kids, then don’t go. None of this is their fault. Any swearing, booing, spitting at them will only cause irreparable harm to their self-esteem and confidence at the start of what we hope will be a long career in the madness of EFL football.
A ‘strike’ only works (and I have, very reluctantly, been on strike three times in my working life) when the person causing this reaction is personally affected by it. The only good thing that MAY come out of this is the publicity that MAY force the hand of the person/people responsible....... and this responsibility goes right up the pyramid.
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metz1984 Posted on 10/11/2019 10:59
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All though me myself has also boycotted today allong with others,i do fully agree with regards to the youth team...
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JaySilk Posted on 10/11/2019 11:00
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I understand the conflicting feelings of many people posting on this site, but surely these young lads deserve the support of loyal Macc fans. If they realise they have a decent crowd behind them, willing them on and cheering them on, who knows what they might achieve.
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4evermacc Posted on 10/11/2019 11:40
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For those of us who wish we were there but cant be for work reasons whats 'appening ????
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leighmacc Posted on 10/11/2019 11:42
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Naz Premji is in the ground (doing the game for BBC Final Score)...

Link: tweet
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AP_Macc Posted on 10/11/2019 12:04
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There should absolutely be no absue of young players who have been put in an extremely difficult situation.

While it must be incredibly challenging to be offered a possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in the FA cup, I would ask them to think of the bigger picture. Maybe it will be a personal benefit but if you cross a strike you undermine the cause of those who are striking.

It's hard to ask them to make a personal sacrifice. In my view their gain does not justify playing (but obviously I'm not the one giving up the opportunity. Solidarity is the only way we can see this through.

But once again don't lose sight of who has caused all this - should never be a situation anyone is put in in the first place.
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jefft Posted on 10/11/2019 16:22
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I am very pleased I went. These lads played like heroes, our number 16 running rings round their 28, to praise just one.
What surprised me a little was the celebrations of their ‘men’ at beating our ‘boys’ 4-0, as though they had just overpowered Man U. Still, winning £30k can do funny things to your head and self-esteem.......
Re whose fault this is; yes, the ‘owner’ is probably culpable at the sharp end of this mess specific to our situation, but the whole system is rotten from top to bottom in the EFL. They do nothing on their generous expense accounts but wag the finger, while the system they oversee is totally unfit for 21st Century purposes.
If you were to set this sport up now from scratch using this method, it would be laughed out of Company’s House.
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Paddysboyz Posted on 10/11/2019 17:37
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Jefft: I normally have respect for your posts which I often find to be reasonable and balanced, but I couldn't disagree with you more on this post.

Why shouldn't the Kingstonian players celebrate an emphatic victory, which sees them in the 2nd round of the FA cup, and over £50000 richer?

You can only beat what is before you, and although it was primarily a bunch of kids, the only negative comments should come towards the owner who has made this fantastic club a complete and utter laughing stock throughout the world of football.

The Kingstonian fans were brilliant today, and I wish them all the very best in the second round. It was a personal pleasure to shake the hands of many of them as they left the ground, and I sincerely hope that they get a lucrative tie (perhaps even on telly) and one that is very winnable as well [^][^].

Kind regards

PB [smi].
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metz1984 Posted on 10/11/2019 18:04
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Well said PB..[^]
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jefft Posted on 10/11/2019 18:44
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They were playing mainly trainee teenagers.
It’s like me running round celebrating every time I put a goal past my son in the park when he was 10.
The ‘grown up’ thing might have been just to run back to the centre circle to restart and not whip your fans up into a frenzy
Still, their moment in the sunshine.........probably ends today. Their only chance of it.
At least our kids can say they played in the FA Cup at 16. I don’t know ANYONE who can claim that. What a memory!
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lymeview Posted on 10/11/2019 19:07
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I agree with your comments on our team - they were excellent.
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silkmenman Posted on 10/11/2019 19:19
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That’s nice and all, but really irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. They shouldn’t have been put in that position, and they lost 4-0 so there’s absolutely no positives in this at all.
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saltpie Posted on 10/11/2019 19:38
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There are two positives;
We were not fined for failing to fulfil the fixture
If we are still in existance we can play in the FA Cup next season.
I stess the word if .
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boomer22 Posted on 10/11/2019 19:45
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Another positive is that the tv money and gate money might enable AA to pay wages? Home game next week as well. And still have something to sell.
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richardbajor Posted on 10/11/2019 20:50
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@ PB

Many thanks for the kind words. Everything was a bit odd today and as the other poster said it wasn't really a cup shock in the traditional sense but it meant a lot to us to progress and something to celebrate even if it wasn't hard earned.

There's an interview with our manager and a co-chairman on our forum. Wasn't too clear to hear but around 7 minutes he seems to be suggesting we might be making a donation to a hardship fund for your unpaid players. Can't imagine it will be huge (even now in many ways we are in a worse position than you and
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