CHESHIRE CUP STARTS AGAIN

In January 1969 the Cheshire RFU announced the recommencement of a Cup competition which would
be open to all clubs registered to the Cheshire RFU. The competition was to commence in season 1969-
70. The previous competition, the Cheshire County Challenge Cup, was first played for in season 1877-8
and was competed for annually until sadly a County meeting held in April 1891 agreed that “cup ties be
discontinued as detrimental in the long run to the true interests of football in Cheshire”. Among the clubs
to take part in the first few Cup competitions were Alderley&Macclesfield, one of JW Thorp’s clubs.

The first record of Macclesfield entering the new Cheshire Cup is not until 1971-2 season when they were
drawn against Cheshire Police. Games were played alongside the regular fixture list on a Sunday, thereby
meaning two games a weekend for many players.

In that first ever game MUFC turned in a scrappy error-strewn performance featuring an interception try
by Phil Jones, and yet another immaculate kicking display by scrum-half Geoff Leech and saw the end in
defeat, 10-16.


A CLEAN SWEEP

The 1st XV are crowned Champions of National Division 2(N), the Cheshire Cup comes back to MRUFC, again, and the 2nd XV are crowned Champions of Cotton Traders Premier League


THE HIGHS AND LOWS

The joy of the 2nd XV winning the Premier League/Conf. A and the 3rd XV winning Division 2 (S) to gain promotion to Division 1 is more than offset by the despair of the 1st XV being relegated from National Division 1 to National Division 2(N).


RUBBER BALL COMES BOUNCING BACK

In the most dramatic of circumstances the first team capped a highly successful season by winning National Division 2 North at the first attempt and gaining promotion back to National Division 1. Their success was one of many this season. The 2nd XV won the LBS Cup, the U19s (Senior Colts) won the Cheshire Plate, the U15s the Cheshire Cup and the U7s/8s/9s & 10s all won their respective Cheshire Festivals.


WAKING FROM A DREAM

An administrative ‘cock up’ caused a points deduction and led eventually to losing  National Division 1 status as the 1st XV were relegated to National Division 2 North. The second team provided some small relief by wining the Premier Division/Conference A. The Under 16s brought some hope for the future by winning the Cheshire Cup.


LEAD US O NEW EXECUTIVE

New Executive Committee formed at the AGM. The new Executive came into being in response to another of the perennial crisis of finance and management that the Club has seen over the 90 years or so of its presence as MRUFC.


Macclesfield Choose Cheshire XV?

Well thats how it must have felt to Macclesfield supporters as the Cheshire team to play Yorkshire in the first game of the County Champiuonship contained no less than 12 Blues players.

Cheshire:

O’Regan (Blues), Moorhouse (Blues), Elliot Brierley (Rotherham), Davenport (Blues), Stobart (Blues), Eaton (Blues), Mulchrone (Blues); Woods (Blues), Moss (Blues), Kent (Blues), Ralph (Stockport), Marwick (Stockport, Capt.), Keep (Sale FC), Parkinson (Blues), Attlee (Sale FC).

Replacements:Mantell (Blues), Cruse (Stockport), Owen (Blues), Higginson (Lymm), McKibben (Northwich), Townsend (Burnage), Barlow (Stockport).

As Keep was a former Blues player and Brierley, Marwick and Cruse would soon play for the Blues that total representation was 16 out of 22!


CONSOLIDATING WINNERS

Maintaining their form of the previous season the 1st XV finished 6th in National Division 1.

But the 4th team were the team of the year gaining promotion to Division 4 South by winning Division 5 South and winning the Raging Bull Plate along the way.