3rd November 2016

Last Weekend

Another difficult game for the Blues as they travelled to Old Albanians – 15-49

The Lions thrashed Lymm at home – 67-0

The 3rd team enjoyed a close away win against Broughton Park – 12-10

The 4th team entertained Congleton at home with another win – 32-19


This Weekend

Who remembers this day at the Northern Echo Stadium?

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Let’s hope we can celebrate when the final whistle blows this Saturday. Come and give your support to the Blues and raise the roof at Priory Park. Kick off 3.00pm. There will be a two course pre-match lunch with a choice of main courses, so something for everyone! Priced at just £10 + entry fee.

Main course – Beef and onion pie, chips and carrots

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or

Fish & chips with tartare sauce

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To finish – English & Continental Cheese board with crackers

cheese board

The Lions now top the league having won 7 of the 8 challenges and have a convincing points difference too. This Saturday they are off to the coast to see what Caldy can offer them. This should be an interesting one as Caldy are on equal points with us. Kick off 2.15pm

The 3rd team welcome Crewe & Nantwich to Priory Park and will have one eye on the top league spot. Kick off 2.15pm

The 4th team will be having a well-deserved rest this weekend and can only hope that they are top of the division at the end of the day.


Christmas Lunch

We have a few spaces available for the Christmas lunch on 10th December, not a full table but we now have room for three more. If you’re interested please contact Jonathan on 01625 827899 or by email jonathan@maccrugby.co.uk. This not to be missed lunch is priced at just £20 + entry fee!

Those that have already booked, please do not forget that payment must be made before the end of November to secure your place.

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Moseley pre-match lunch

The next 3 course, formal lunch is on November 19th when we host Moseley – recently relegated from The Championship and eager to return. As last Saturday’s lunch was sold out, it’s time to start booking your places and tables for the Moseley game. Only four tables left!bee

Menu

To Start: Roasted red pepper and tomato soup, Bread roll & butter

Main: Beef bourguignon Colcannon mash Carrot & Swede

To Finish: Cheese & Biscuits with celery and grapes

Coffee and mints

£15 + entry

Book your place here online now.

Don’t forget the special offers!

Book 4 places and receive a FREE bottle of wine
OR
Book a table of 8 for £400 and receive £100 behind the bar, a signed match ball, mention in the programme and choose & present the Man of the Match Awards. An ideal opportunity for your business to entertain clients or for you to get a table of mates together for a great afternoon’s entertainment.


Fixture Cards

Today, membership of the club is recognised by a ‘credit card’ type of plastic with the club details and first team fixtures. This is as many will know a relatively recent item which was preceded by a more fancy piece of origami paper work which provided details of club officials and fixtures for all the teams as well as a small amount of information about significant events. In their turn these works of art were the last of a long line of fixture cards that go back to just after the present club was reformed as MRUFC. In the club archives (held at the Club) we currently have some 50 or so cards covering the following seasons; 1929-30-31-32, 1936-7, 1952-3, 1956-7, 1958-9-60-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-70-1-2-3-4-5-6-7, 1981-2-3, 1984-5-6. 1990-1-2, 1995-6, 1997-8-9-00, 2000-1-2-3, 2006-7-8-9. It would be good to fill in those gaps if anyone has a card to add to this collection please contact Jonathan.

So what stories do these fixture cards have to tell us? Well in 1929 the Club ran two teams which met and played at the Cock Hotel, Henbury. A seven man Executive Committee oversaw adminstration and the Club colours were Royal and White. The season stretched from a practice match on 7th Sept to a first XV game away to Bowdon Rangers on 19th April (with many blank weekends in between). A far cry from the season that is almost 10 months long. Perhaps more interesting is to speculate who Mount Tabor were (are?). Some old time favorites appear including Davenport (now Stockport) and Wilmslow. The second team had their own interest like who were Dominies? International fixtures at that time are listed so we find that Ireland were playing games (France in this case) in Belfast whilst their trip to Wales was not to Cardiff but to Swansea. For all this information and the privilege of membership adult players were asked to pay 10 shillings and sixpence (52p in todays coin) but, and this will be music to the Chairman’s ears subscriptions unpaid by 1st January were increased by 25% and failure to pay within 5 months rendered the member liable to suspension! Whilst it is not mentioned I presume that the death sentence was the ultimate sanction.

By 1936 the Club were playing on their first Fallibroome ground and Dominies had succeeded in becoming a first XV fixture along with a number of now familiar faces like Sedgley Park, Chester and Winnington Park. But subscriptions had risen to 15 shillings (75p) with a five shilling (25p) additional charge for Tea Money! Was this an early form of slush fund, there is no record of sanctions against non-payers, who anyone who preferred coffee! And to cap it all players were asked to pay a shilling a game (5p) to cover traveling expenses for the team playing away. This financial hardship was offset by the promise to serve members “intoxicating liquor” weekday lunch and night times and between 11am and noon on Xmas Day! I imagine those sessions were the root of a whole series of stories in their own right.

Bob Jenner


Gate Volunteers

For each Blues home match Colin Joyce rounds up as many of his intrepid team to man the gate, take entry fees and make sure the car park is organised and they do the most fantastic job. However, their numbers are starting to dwindle as some of his merry men (and women) prefer to go on holiday than enjoy the craic and free beer. If anyone can spare a couple of hours on Saturdays in exchange for free entry and a beer, please contact Colin on colinjoyce3@gmail.com.


The Hanging Gate

We have secured a fantastic deal with one of the most beautiful gastro pubs in the country. Ernst Van Zyl is now plying his trade at the Hanging Gate high up in the Sutton hills.

http://www.thehanginggate.co.uk/

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O’Neills Kit Sale

There will be a short sale of kit to look after the late starters. The discount code is MRUFC16 – valid from 28th October through to 13th November. https://www.oneills.com/shop-by-team/rugby/rugby-union/macclesfield-rufc.html

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Movember

Yes it’s that time of year and Clive wants to show off his manliness again!

This Movember I’ve committed my upper lip to help change the face of men’s health. I’m growing my moustache for 30 days, and I need your support: http://mobro.co/clivekirkham
I’m supporting the Movember Foundation because too many men are dying too young. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide, and the Movember Foundation is working to halve the number of deaths from prostate cancer by 2030. I want to help them get there.

movember
Donate online at http://mobro.co/clivekirkham

Learn about the important work Movember is funding and the impact your donation will have: http://uk.movember.com/programs/cause

Together we can create a world where no man dies of prostate cancer.

Your support would be very much appreciated


Plastic Mugs

These two claim to be in Gran Canaria but, it could be anywhere really. They look a bit pale, it could be Manchester

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Service of Dedication

As you may be aware, the rugby club is going to recognise past members who have died on active service with a memorial board. This memorial will be unveiled at the club on Remembrance Sunday and we would like to invite any relatives of these men to attend this ceremony. If you are a relative who would like to attend , or you know of a relative of these men (however distant) who would like to come, please pass on details to the club secretary, Tim Peakman (tim.peakman1857@gmail.com), who will arrange an invitation.

The names of the men who are being honoured are:

  • Sgt F. Bloss (RAFVR)
  • Maj. J. Brazier (RA)
  • F.O. N. Brocklehurst (RAFVR)
  • 2nd Lt P Gibbs (Hampshire Regt)
  • Sgt P. Harrison (RAFVR)
  • Pilot C. Hyde (RAFVR)
  • Lt D. Jennison MC (RAC)
  • P. Sgt O Parker (RAFVR)
  • Sgt Harry Slingsby (5th Bt., Cheshire Regt)
  • F.O. G. Stephens (RAF)
  • Lt R. Sutton (RNVR)
  • F.O. E. Warrington (RAFVR)

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Sonia

“Our very own Sonia Cooke (most often seen behind the bar) has signed up to trek to Everest Base Camp in November 2017! Sonia and others will be organising events and activities over the next 12 months to raise the money for the fantastic Help for Heroes Charity. Sonia has always supported Help for Heroes and was part of their first London Marathon Team in 2008. She lived near Headley Court Rehabilitation Hospital where Sonia’s Mum was a nurse.

Everest Base Camp is a far cry from the Cheshire Plains! Sonia will be tracking over 12 days from Lukla (Nepal) reaching Base Camp around day 7. The trek is not measured in distance, it is measured in height, and Sonia will trek up to the incredible Base Camp at 5,364m (17,598 ft).

She will be walking with other volunteers including ex-service personnel, local Sherpas and a support team.

Whilst Rugby can certainly be tough, this challenge must be right up there with the hardest games faced on the field. I asked Sonia why she was swapping the warm surrounds of the Clubhouse for the cold altitude of Everest, “Because it’s time to challenge myself physically and mentally for a great cause. It will have been almost a decade since my last challenge…the London marathon in 2008 for Help for Heroes. It’s very easy to get lost in your career and sometimes you have to remind yourself that you have to grab life’s opportunities when they present themselves.”

I am sure the whole club will get behind Sonia over the coming year as there will be various fundraising events and activities organised to help this cause and Sonia achieve this incredible goal. There will be reminders and updates over the coming months but if you want to be an early doors sponsor the Just-Giving link is here –

http://www.justgiving.com/Sonia-Cooke81

Of course Sonia will be taking her MRUFC plastic cup to fill with a suitable beverage and get the winning Selfie with her hoodie!!!!”