From the Chair 08


Saturday saw the first ever visit to Priory Park by Hartpury College from Gloucester, and again the Blues were outgunned by a more powerful, confident team. I know Giles wouldn`t like to make excuses, but I would like to point out that only one of last season`s regular pack of forwards started the game on Saturday…………and he`s playing with a serious leg injury! The backs weren`t much better off in terms of experience, with only 4 regular starters from last term playing. We all knew this season was going to be tough, but to be shorn of 10+ players against a side who `masquerade` as a College side, but who in reality are Gloucester 2nd string, is a huge ask.

Things will get tougher as we move into October with Franky Barker picking up an injury on Saturday, and with fixtures against big spending Darlington Mowden Park, Coventry and Ealing to come before the end of the month. We all need to get behind Giles and the team and give them as much support and encouragement as possible.

Around Priory Park last Saturday;

As mentioned above, The Blues hosted Hartpury at home and lost 3-41, The Lions lost their unbeaten record on the road at Chester 2′s 40 – 26, the 3′s were also beaten away at Chester 3′s 29 – 19, The 4′s won at home to Trafford Metrovic 29 – 12 , whilst the Colts had a convincing win at Southport 27- 0 to make it 3 out of 4 for the season.

This week`s fixtures for Macc teams are as follows;

Blues v Darlington Mowden Park– Away 3.00 pm KO
Lions v Sale FC – Home 3.00 pm KO
3′s v Widnes – Home 3.00 pm KO
4′s v – Whitchurch – Away 3.00pm KO


The Blues return to Priory Park on Saturday 11th October when we entertain Tynedale, k.o. 3.00pm, followed by an away game at Ealing, then back to Priory Park on 25th v. Coventry, where we will be having a pre match lunch. As the previous lunch had to be cancelled due to lack of support, please make an effort to join us for this one…………..they`re fun, the food is good and the `craic` is great! What better way is there to spend a Saturday??


It seems we are always looking for volunteers, money, support, etc. but that`s what makes the club tick. As we now have another huge area of grass to maintain, cut, fertilise etc., the current ground staff are struggling to cope with the amount of work involved in ensuring all teams can play rugby and football each week, as well as train midweek and Sundays. If you feel you could lend a hand by giving a few hours each week (no experience required), please let Bev or Bill in the office know. I`m told the guys who currently turn out week after week, have a bit of craic and have great pride in their work, so why not join them and help your club.


Wednesday October 8th (next week) sees the 4th Annual Floodlit Rugby Match between arguably, 2 of the best rugby schools in the land, when The King`s School, Macclesfield entertain Sedbergh from Cumbria in what is always a fast, physical & passionate affair with school pride at stake. The junior sides are playing at Derby Fields during the afternoon and then everyone decamps over to Priory Park.

Kick off is confirmed at 6.00.

Come to Priory Park and see some of the stars of the future perform – it`s like rugby, but faster! Entrance to the ground is free, (car parking at Priory Park is £2.00 per car), the bar will be open (including an outside bar for beer and soft drinks) and food will be available to purchase from the kitchen and Scrum Down.

This is a chance for the Club to make some money, so if you can assist the Gate Team, please contact Colin Joyce to offer your services.

MAYOR`S CIVIC & CHARITY BALL – It’s a Kind of Magic!

The Mayor of Macclesfield Charter Trustees, Councillor Janet Jackson, warmly invites you both to attend her black tie Civic and Charity Ball, at Macclesfield Town Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday 11 October 2014.

There is a fabulous programme planned for the evening: a ‘Champagne’ reception with canapés, a Gala buffet with table magician, a prize draw, all with MC and DJ Nick Wright providing the entertainment, and dancing to the sensational ‘Dazed and Confused’. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening, with carriages at 12.30am.

Tickets are £30 each. If your club wishes to book a table, we have round tables seating 8 guests.
All proceeds to benefit the Mayor’s Charity Fund 2014/15, the two chosen charities being the Just Drop-In Centre and Maccsuso, both based in Macclesfield.

To reserve tickets – deadline Friday 26 September 2014
To reserve tickets, please confirm by email, supplying full names where known, and stating whether vegetarian options are required. Further details for payment will be sent at a later date.

To donate
If you are unable to attend this event, but wish to donate to the Mayor’s Charity Fund, please consult with the Secretary via email.

If we can be of any further help, please contact us. I am away for the next two weeks, so please leave a message on the answer phone if necessary, or ring Georgina.

Kind regards

Carole Devine and Georgina Ryder
Secretaries to the Mayor of Macclesfield
Macclesfield Charter Trustees
Town Hall, Market Place
Macclesfield SK10 1EA

Carole | Home 01625 267007
Georgina | Home 01625 503814


Richmond, Fylde, Rosslyn Park, Blackheath, Coventry – the names are synonymous with the elite of English Rugby and evoke memories of Andy Ripley, Chris Rawlston, David Duckham to name a few. These are the clubs Macclesfield will be welcoming to Priory Park this season and for just the price of a pint of beer, you can come and watch The Blues take on these giants of our game.
Season tickets are now on sale at the bargain price of just £50 for all 15 games! Make sure you take advantage of purchasing your season ticket NOW and ensure you get the full value for all 15 games. Please contact Bev in the office to ensure you don`t miss out on this great deal


Memberships fees are due NOW, so please help your club and ensure prompt payment. We are again offering a complimentary season ticket to all Senior Playing Members who pay by October 31st 2014.
Mini/Junior and Football members receive 2 complimentary match day tickets if paid by October 31st.


“I was wondering whether you might be able to help me? We’re looking to recruit some volunteers to help us collect at Tesco in October and so I wondered whether the team at Macclesfield RUFC might be able to spare some time? Any support would be very much appreciated!

We have a resource centre at Macclesfield Hospital which provides information, support and advice to anyone who is living with cancer, and their friends and families. It was one of the first Macmillan Centres in the country to be home to Chemotherapy suite, Oncology outpatient clinics, Oncology Research and Information and Support – all under one roof.

We believe that no-one should face cancer alone, and with your help we will continue in our aim of reaching all 2million who are living with cancer today.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks” Louisa Walmsley, Fundraising Manager, Cheshire

Please feel free to e mail any news, items etc. related to the Rugby Club (to; and if appropriate, I`ll be happy to add to this column.

All The Best,


Pete Harper

Macclesfield MRUFC

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