From the Chair 12


Macclesfield Blues came second best to “The Club” at Rectory Field, Blackheath on Saturday where they were beaten by a scoreline of 34-0…. a score which flattered the home side.  The Blues were extremely competitive throughout the match and were only 3 points down until right on the half time whistle, when Club scored a try. Macc came out for the second half hoping to reduce the deficit but came up against a superbly organised, committed and well marshalled defence which in the end, proved to be impenetrable.

So The Blues still have to register a point in what is an extremely tough league, however, as was pointed out by the Blackheath Coach, following Saturdays game against Rosslyn Park, Macc will have played every team in the top 9 of the table. (It would have been all 10 but D.M.P. had 5 points deducted) and haven`t yet had the chance to play a team in the bottom 6.  A couple of wins against some of these teams will soon see The Blues move up the table, so please get behind your team and come and support the boys…………..your support is really appreciated by the guys on the pitch.

Ealing Trailfinders 9 9 0 0 325 120 205 8 0 0 44 97.78
Rosslyn Park 9 8 0 1 288 194 94 6 1 0 39 86.67
Fylde 9 7 1 1 307 189 118 8 1 0 39 86.67
Coventry 9 7 0 2 283 204 79 4 2 0 34 75.56
Richmond 9 6 0 3 284 239 45 6 0 0 30 66.67
Blackheath 9 5 0 4 268 199 69 7 1 0 28 62.22
Esher 9 4 0 5 250 221 29 6 3 0 25 55.56
Hartpury College 9 5 0 4 258 236 22 3 1 0 24 53.33
Tynedale 9 5 0 4 213 254 -41 2 1 0 23 51.11
Blaydon 9 4 0 5 189 242 -53 2 1 0 19 42.22
Loughborough Students 9 3 0 6 217 234 -17 4 1 0 17 37.78
Wharfedale 9 3 0 6 196 289 -93 4 1 0 17 37.78
Darlington Mowden Park 9 3 1 5 263 230 33 4 3 5 16 35.56
Cinderford 9 1 0 8 170 244 -74 3 2 0 9 20.00
Old Albanian 9 1 0 8 159 268 -109 2 1 0 7 15.56
Macclesfield 9 0 0 9 104 411 -307 0 0 0 0 0.00


Pictured below are 6 elegantly attired `Alickadoos` supporting the Blues at `The Club` on Saturday.  I`d like to personally thank everyone who travels away to support the Blues,  particularly those on the Exec. Committee who incur not inconsiderable costs to go and show their support (Transport to far-flung places, beer, hotels, beer, blazers, beer, wine, beer) week after week.  If anyone else would like to spread the burden and attend, please don`t hesitate to put your name forward – the more the merrier!  Thanks go to Alan Johnson, John Davies & wife who went to `Club` on Saturday and it was nice to catch up with a former Macc player in Dick Barton, who was at both the Ealing and Blackheath games.

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Around Priory Park last Saturday;

As mentioned above, The Blues travelled to the oldest open Rugby Club in the world and went down 34-0, The Lions travelled the short distance to Stockport and won convincingly by 66-0, the 3rds also thrashed the same club by the incredible margin of 107 – 3 (how did they manage to score 3?!), the 3rds went away to top of the table Marple , and and won by 27 – 23 whilst the Colts beat Newcastle by 11-10 with the last kick of the match.

This week`s fixtures for Macc teams are as follows

Blues v Rosslyn Park – Home 3.00 pm KO

Lions v Chester – Away 2.15 pm KO

3′s v Warrington – Away 2.15 pm KO

4′s v – Lymm – Homey 1.00 pm KO  N.B. the kick off time for the 4ths is 1.00 in order that they can support the 1st team (thanks guys, appreciated)


The Blues return to Priory Park this 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 a bargain £10 plus entry, (Salmon fillet with hollandaise sauce, new potatoes & green beans followed by cheese and biscuits) Please book your place with Bev ASAP.





If you or your child are playing rugby or football at Macclesfield RUFC, then you need to pay your annual subscription.  This is now OVERDUE and we will be cracking down on those who think they are OK to play without paying – please contact Bev at the office or pay online NOW if you haven`t already paid.


The MRUFC Christmas Lunch is to be held on December 6th for the visit of Wharfedale.  Unfortunately, due to the way the fixtures have fallen, this is the last home match before Christmas, however, hopefully it means more people will be able to attend before other Christmas functions take over.  There will be some fantastic raffle and auction prizes, plus believe it or not……………..Santa Claus himself will be in attendance!  Book your place early as we have already taken bookings for 5 tables plus a few individual bookings!!



We will shortly be distributing the RFU raffle tickets for EACH AND EVERY MEMBER TO SELL. 90% of the takings – potentially £9,000!!! – goes to the club and ALL MONEY  raised will be allocated to a specific project to improve the facilities at the club NOT TOWARDS PLAYERS WAGES as is a popular misconception.  We are in desperate need of funds to prolong the life of the astro turf in order that it can keep producing much needed income for the club. The newly laid pitches require better drainage and care. To repair the astro turf and upgrade the playing pitches will cost in the region of £6,000……………  We average around £3,000 each year in ticket sales, (which means only 1 in 3 of our members are pulling their weight) and need twice that to carry out these essential works.  Please ensure you sell your allocation as you can see how desperate we are for the money.


Paul Bartle (club member and teacher at Kings School) and Fred Taylor (2nd team & Colts coach) are organising a try festival for Tuesday 23rd December when a Macclesfield Select take on a Kings Former Pupils team under the lights at Priory Park. It will fun, fast & furious! Kick off time and final details to be decided, but put in your diary now!


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 member, 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 <>

Quiz Night …

The mini and juniors quiz night returns, on Friday 21st of November the Under 14′s, 12′s and 11′s will be hosting a quiz night. £5 per person, teams of 4. Last season this evening sold out very quickly – contact Rob Oliver for details – 



If anyone is wondering why there are no reports etc from the Mini/Junior section in the weekly newsletter, I`m afraid the answer is simple – I don`t receive any information to put forward.  If you want your team to be mentioned, a tournament promoted or whatever it may be, please, please send me the details and I`ll gladly publish.  I just need the information before end of play Tuesdays.


Not had any suggestions yet ……………if you have an idea, please let me know;

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 opportunity;


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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