16th February 2018

Rugby Notes from ‘Clubman’

The Winter weather put paid to any rugby being played on Saturday by Macclesfield sides but at least it left us all with an opportunity to watch the Six Nations games on the box and there was some good rugby to watch – especially today (Sunday) when Scotland met France in probably the best game of the weekend but controversy – as always – was round the corner certainly in the England-Wales encounter at HQ on Saturday.  Was it a try??  I thought so and I gather so did many others but in the end it was a TMO who decided that England remain on course for a possible ‘Grand Slam’ come the end of the campaign.  I wonder what Max Boyce would say… 

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Free Advertising for Members

We are always in need of help to improve the facilities at the club, at the moment we are looking for:

  • A roofer to replace a few loose tiles
  • A man with a huge ladder to repair the gutters
  • An electrician to perform a PAT and fixed electrical test
  • A fencer to repair the cage around the astro pitch
  • A tiler to repair the shower areas
  • A plumber to replace a tap or two
  • A landscaper to relay a few paving slabs.

These are all small jobs for the skilled tradesman. In return we can offer advertising around the club, pitch, website or programme. You can also expect a massive pat on the back. We will not leave you out of pocket as we have some money to spend at a local hardware outlet.

If you want to help your club, please contact Jonathan – jonathan@maccrugby.co.uk


Postponed Matches

Please note that the three Blues matches that were postponed due to inclement weather will now take place as follows.

  • Sheffield – 24th February
  • Luctonians – 17th March
  • Sale FC – 30th March TBC

RFU Raffle

The deadline to return your stubs is the 5th March. So dig them out of the bottom drawer and return them to the club as soon as you can please.


Super Saturday

The 17th March is going to be a big day at Priory Park! It is St Patrick’s Day and in addition to all the normal shenanigans, the Blues take on Luctonians and the 4th team entertain Lymm.

We are showing all three 6 Nations matches

  • Italy v Scotland 13.30
  • England v Ireland 14.45
  • Wales v France 17.00

There will be a formal lunch before the Blues v Luctonians match, the menu is not finalised yet but it will have a tasty Irish theme to it.

Leprechaun outfits will be encouraged


NEWSLETTER                    

A few weeks ago I wrote an article nominating Norman Hodgkinson as holder of the Most Tries Scored in a Season (First Team) record. Thirty three tries scored back in season 1967-8. Given the scarceness of information I suspected that this would remain a record but asked if anyone knew differently. Of course some one did, the Chairman Peter Harper.

In Peter’s massive archive of playing records during his time as captain of various teams from Colts to Firsts and back again to Dream Team there is a gem. Yours truly selected to play against Old Sandbachians Jan 30th 1982 but that is irrelevant since the archive also records that Graham Jenion scored 37 tries in 33 games that season. This is a record made the more creditable for having played 33 games in a season, no mean feat in any era.

So the mantle of  Most Tries Scored in a Season (First Team) passes to Graham Jenion unless anyone can tell me otherwise. And I suspect that is a record that will now stand forever. Possibly like the following.

Welsh rugby has for ever revered the diminutive fly half, cheeky chappy type who could produce a drop goal from out of nowhere. But English rugby claims the most iconic drop goal (not Rob Andrews RWC quarterfinal goal to beat Australia in 1999), Jonny Wilkinsons effort to win the RWC in 2003. But does Macclesfield claim the English record for most drop goals scored in a season? More specifically does Tys Bevan claim that record? Keith Oliver might have a shout, a back heel drop against the Ladies in a Charity friendly played in 1968 would qualify as “cheeky” and Keith certainly scored his quota. Later Bill Roberts would be seen to put a few over, as did Graham Jenion. But in season 1967-8, I have so far counted 8 (eight) Bevan drop goals, can Tys confirm that? Can anyone better it?