MRUFC History

The Journey

This is a long and wandering tale, one that is not finished yet.

In 1960 Club President George Proctor wrote “a history of the Club should be completed for record purposes and to bring to the notice of its members the achievements of the past and its proposals for the future.  The gradual, but successful strides of the past have been an accumulated effort in which all members took part.” These words are as true today as they were in 1960 and as they were from the very start of rugby in Macclesfield.

From a ‘fighting start’ in 1874, via the fields of cricket, association football, and a pub car park MRUFC passed through Fallibroome in an earlier guise before finding their first real home at Tytherington. But this was not the end of change as the Club continued to move forward on all fronts. Although the next move was an enforced one.

The laying of the Silk Road through a significant chunk of ‘hallowed turf’ forced a return to Fallibroome roots. Now (in 2017) even the ‘new’ home,  Priory Park, is subject of possible change with the possibility of a new clubhouse and artificial pitch.

Memories Are Made Of This

Over the years many club members have captured their memories on video, these memories form a part of the clubs Living History, a history of the club as it is and was remembered by people there rather than dusty unspeaking photos and newspaper articles.

In 2014 several of the club’s oldest members gathered to reminisce on their times at MRUFC during the 1950s and 1960s when the club played at the London Road ground and when for the first time members began to seriously consider the purchase of their own clubhouse and grounds at Tytherington.

On Blues TV A History of MRUFC is that record, follow this link to view it.  

The Course Of History

In the following video David Wilkinson charts the course of MRUFC from the introduction of rugby to Macclesfield in 1874 through to Priory Park in 2016.

The Timeline then gives more detailed descriptions of key events and personalities on this course.

 

1873

IT WAS FOOTBALL AS THEY KNEW IT.

1874

THE KICK OFF

1877

JWH THORP LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD

1878

A TOWN IN UNION

1926

THE PHOENIX RISES AGAIN

1927

THERE IS ONLY ONE MRUFC
THE FIRST ANNUAL MEETING

1928

COCK OF THE NORTH

1932

OUR FUTURE PAST
A NEW GROUND – AGAIN

1936

YOU WIN NOTHING WITH A YOUNG SIDE

1946

FROM THE ASHES

1950

ON THE MOVE, AGAIN!

1961

WHAT? ON THE MOVE, AGAIN!
FIRST, FOR FIRSTS
FOURTH FOR THE FIRST TIMELINE
LIGHTING UP AT TRAINING

1962

SAXONS REPELLED
SEVENTH HEAVEN
Cheshire finds Macclesfield – at last!
Noisy Neighbours!

1963

It’s cold outside
Sevens Up and Away

1971

GIVE ME THE MINI AND I'LL GIVE YOU THE PLAYER

1976

RAMPANT COLTS CONQUER CHESHIRE

1980

FALLIBROOME WHEREFORE ART THOU?

1982

SILVER COLLECTION BEGINS

1984

COLTS BEATEN BY A SOCCER SCORELINE!
MACCLESFIELD PLAYERS RECOGNISED

1985

COLTS WIN BY A RUGBY SCORELINE
A BROKEN PLATE
LEAGUES!

1986

COLTS RETURN TO THE FOLD

1992

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT

1993

TAKE COURAGE

1994

FILL THE PLATE

1995

CUP OVER RUNNETH

1996

SUCCESS BREEDS EXPANSION

2001

SMALL SUCCESS

2002

THIRD TIME

2003

WOOHOO
MACCLESFIELD GOES GLOBAL
HEADY HEIGHTS

2004

CHAMPIONS
MACCLESFIELD THIS IS HOUSTON

2005

THE DARK LINED SILVER CLOUD

2006

TWO CUPS AND A PLAY OFF

2007

ITS OURS AND IT STAYS HERE

2008

THE CUP IS DROPPED

2009

IT OURS AGAIN

2010

ALL THAT GLISTENS IS SILVER
EXTREME HEIGHT CAUSES A NOSE BLEED

2011

WORDS FAIL BUT NOT THESE TEAMS
SCOREBOARD

2012

CONSOLIDATING WINNERS
LEAD US O NEW EXECUTIVE

2013

WAKING FROM A DREAM

2014

RUBBER BALL COMES BOUNCING BACK
TOP OF THE PILE!

2015

THE HIGHS AND LOWS

2016

A CLEAN SWEEP
TOP OF THE PILE, AGAIN!