There were a number of clubs and associations playing some form of football in Macclesfield. One of them was the Olympic Cricket Club. In October 1876 the two organisations (CRVs and Olympic CC) amalgamated and in the winter months played football, on alternate weekends playing rugby and association football matches. Gradually a ‘football club’ emerged, Macclesfield Town Football Club, with sections playing both forms of forms of football in their own right.