From The Chair 11


Coventry arrived at Priory Park on Saturday fully expecting to blow away The Blues and end their record of having never won at Macclesfield, however, the home side with 3 debutants in the lineup, had other ideas and took the game to Coventry from the start.  At last we saw some stability in the tight which allowed the backs to show their pace and skills to good effect, and defensively The Blues were determined and organised meaning Coventry had to resort to speculative chips and kicks down field.

Coventry`s greater experience at this level, together with a strong bench eventualy meant Macc ended up with nothing to show in terms of League points, but plenty to show in terms of commitment and skill levels which bodes well for the tough games to come.  The title chasing visitors were relieved to come away with 4 points when they fully expected to bag all 5, and a short extract from their website shows how unlucky Macc were on Saturday; “In reality through their own efforts, Coventry did ultimately get out of gaol, but a win had been achieved when quite easily the result could have gone the other way.”

The Claphams Landscapes Man of the Match award went to the on loan Marshall Gadd (below) who had a hugely influentual game at loose head and was a worthy winner.  Lets hope the boys can take this form forward starting at Blackheath on Saturday


Around Priory Park last Saturday;

As mentioned above, The Blues entertained Coventry and went down 13 – 21, The Lions played host to Birkenhead Park but were anything but good hosts as they thrashed their guests by 80 points to 5, the 3′s travelled to Bowden and beat their 2nd team 21 – 10 , and the 4′s had a confortable win over Eagle 2nds by 34 – 12.

As well as the importance of winning matches, we must never forget the ethos of our game and the camaraderie and spirit in which we play and socialise.  I mention this because numerous Coventry officials and supporters took the trouble to mention to me after the game, how welcome they had been made to feel at Priory Park on Saturday, how much they enjoyed the banter and `craic` between the supporters, the service with a smile they received by the girls behind the bar and the fact that we are a `proper rugby club`. 

I also received an e-mail a couple of weeks back from an official at Whitchurch RUFC, forwarding a message from their 4th team skipper saying how much they had enjoyed the game against our 4th team – the spirit in which it was played and the friendship and camaraderie in the bar afterwards.  For people to take the time to say such things makes me feel good about our club and restores my faith in what rugby is really all about.

This week`s fixtures for Macc teams are as follows; (N.B. other than 1st team matches, games now kick off at 2.15 until end 1st March)

Blues v Blackheath – Away 3.00 pm KO

Lions v Stockport – Away 2.15 pm KO

3′s v Stockport – Home 2.15 pm KO

4′s v – Marple – Away 2.15 pmKO


The Blues return to Priory Park on Saturday 8th November when we entertain the famous Rosslyn Park club, k.o. 3.00pm, put the date in your diary and come down to Priory Park and get behind YOUR team.

There will be a 2 course `Lunch & Crunch` priced at £10 plus entry, please book your place with Bev ASAP.




It was my great honour and privilege on Saturday, to formally introduce our latest Hon Life VP, Micky Jones and award him with a Club Blazer.  Micky has worked tirelessly for the past 20 years organising our biggest annual fund raiser, The Beer Festival, which as well as help keep the club afloat, has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for local charities.

Congratulations to Micky and a huge THANK YOU for all your hard work over the past 20 years.



Mike Keeling has organised an informal lunch for Saturday November 22nd for anyone who wants to come along, players, ex players, wives, ex wives, girlfriends, supporters, alikadoos, in fact you don`t even have to be a mamber, so bring your neighbour, the bloke you met in the pub last night, anyone!

WHY?   Why not?

WHAT’S ON? The 1st XV are away that day, the seconds are scheduled to be at home and there is rugger on the telly as Wales play Fiji and Scotland attempt to take on the All Blacks on normal TV

Wales v Fiji, 14:00-16:30 BBC One

Scotland v New Zealand, 17:00-19:30 BBC Two

Highlights: England v South Africa, 19:00-20:00 BBC Three

Cost?     £12.00pp including a HOT POT Lunch

Raffle and a 1 free entry into a prize draw for everyone who attends.

contact Mike Keeling – or 07870 846 269   

A brief sit down lunch, rugger on the telly  or live action outside if preferred, lots to drink, old friends to chat to, new friends to make. 


 Mini & Junior 500 Club Winners so far this season

Sept 2014

£35 Nicola Russell,

£25 Jack Smith

£20 Tony King

£15 Paul Mason

Oct 2014

£35 Andy Noble

£25 Nicola Russell

£20 Caroline Warburton

£15 Paul Barton

Check out the website with details on how to join, Christmas draw looks like we could be giving away £575, this will be drawn on Sunday 21st December so still time to join !! Robert Oliver <>


No, we`re not asking for money, volunteers or donations (well not in this section!) but can you put a year/season to this photo?  I seem to recall the new shirts being advertised on the wall at the old Tytherington clubhouse when I was a youngster, and the fuss they caused as they resembled Rugby League shirts of the day!53 MRUFC 044


Club sponsors, Halliwell Jones Wilmslow, have a list of special offers on BMW`s avaialble, and as a member of MRUFC, you are entitled to an extra bonus.

Halliwell Jones BMW Wilmslow are offering an extra £10 per month off the published offers in the latest newsletter, exclusively available to all members of Macclesfield Rugby Union Football Club, partners and immediate family.

To claim your bonus, present your membership card when enquiring. Please contact BMW Retail manager Jonathan Marsh for the latest offers and support your sponsors. Who fancies the futuristic looking i8?!BMW i8


 Charity Ladies Lunch

Val Jackson, former favourite bar maid at Priory Park and keen supporter of MURFC, is holding a Charity Ladies Lunch in aid of `Action For Sick Children`, on Saturday 22nd November at Priory Park, prior to the Old Albanians game.

These type of events are always great fun and help raise much needed funds for local charities. Tickets are selling fast so if you`d like to attend or book a table, please contact Val directly at your earliest oppurtunity;


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

Chairman Macclesfield MRUFC




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