From Chair 19



I trust you all had an enjoyable Festive Season and brought in the New Year in style!  Let`s all hope 2015 brings everyone at Priory Park a prosperous and healthy 12 months.



This is becoming a real issue now, with large numbers of players not paying their annual subs.  QUITE SIMPLY, IF YOU HAVEN`T PAID YOU ARE NOT A MEMBER OF MRUFC, YOU CANNOT USE THE FACILITIES AND YOU WON`T BE ALLOWED TO PLAY.

no pay-no play


Not only that, we will NAME AND SHAME those who feel it`s OK to flaunt the rules of the club at the expense of their team mates.  Those who have played regularly without paying will have their names published here, on the website and the club noticeboard.  No exceptions, no excuses.



Macclesfield Blues started 2015 at priory Park against an Esher team which had scored 50+ on the last 3 occasions the 2 teams had met and things looked ominous after 5 minutes when the visitors scored their first try.  However, The Blues showed plenty of grit and determination throughout the game and stole a losing bonus point right on the final whistle. 

A steamy business

      A steamy affair in the scrum

Although Macc were once again on the end of some extremely dubious refereeing decisions, (I guess that`s what happens when you`re bottom of the pile) there was plenty of things to build on and the feeling in the changing room was positive for the weeks to come.

Staunch defending by the BluesThree points for the Blues

God defensive line from The Blues                                                    Tom Morton on target again

Retrieving the ball from the scrumA try for the Blues

Frankie `controlling` the ball at the base of a scrum                   Sam Moss forces his way over for as try


As mentioned, The Blues hosted Esher and went down fighting 23-30, The Lions were at Sedgley Park looking for revenge but came away with a 15-24 loss, the 3rds had a good win at Sefton 2nds to remain top of the pile whilst the 4ths/Vets lost to Old Bedians, due I`m told, to the introduction of uncontested scrums which nullified Maccs superiority at the set piece ( a game refereed by none other than your Secretary, Dr Tim Peakman M.B.E.) 

Sunday saw the Colts start 2015 with a convincing 28-14 win over Bolton to make that a winning double for the season.


The Blues travel to Gloucestershire to play Hartpury College, Lions entertain Fylde (always a thriller), 3rds host local rivals Chester, 4ths / Vets visit Trafford M.V. whilst on Sunday the Colts go to the Lakes to take on Kendal.

Next Home Game for Blues

January 17th sees the visit of Darlington Mowden Park for what is a re run of `that match`, where there will be a Lunch at £10 head plus entry fee.  Come down, have a bite to eat and watch the Blues battle DMP.


1st Prize £100  –  Keith Oliver

2nd Prize  £60  –  M Hetherington

3rd Prize  £30  –   Bill & Bev Roberts



February 14th sees the visit of the oldest `Open Rugby Club` in the world when Blackheath come to town.  To mark the occasion, we are holding a full pre-match lunch priced at £15 plus entry.  Menu is;

Winter Vegetable Soup

Roast pork, Potatoes and Vegetables.

Cheese Platter.

 What better way to spend a Valentines Day?  Come as a couple, family, group of mates, on your own (you`ll soon have mates!)  Raffles prizes, draws, bit of `Craic`followed by Blues v. Blackheath……sounds perfect to me!

We already have 4 tables booked so don`t delay, book today! Usual format for booking; or call the office 827899.

Lunch Dates for remainder of season;

17th January – Darlington Mowden Park – `Lunch & Crunch` 2 courses £10 plus ground entry

31st January – Ealing Trailfinders – `Lunch & Crunch` 2 courses £10 plus ground entry

14th February – Blackheath – 3 Course Lunch £15 plus ground entry

7th March – Loughborough Students – Mini/Junior/Youth Lunch

28th March – Blaydon – Ladies Day Lunch

18th April – Cinderford – Ex Players Lunch – 3 courses £15 plus ground entry

As you can see, there are very limited chanches to enjoy some pre-match `craic` so look at the list and book your places ASAP



I understand the Charity Rugby Match at Priory Park on Tuesday 23rd December was a great success with a full house (and bar!) to see Kings Old Boys take on a Macclesfield invitation 15, with a few folk who should know better, turning up with boots!  Thanks to Paul Bartle & Fred Taylor for making this happen and it looks like it may become an annual event.

On Boxing Day, Macc under 21`s made the short journey over to Pownall Park to take on Wilmslow Under 21`s, a game which saw the Macc Lads run ourt easy winners – I can confirm talks are under way to have a return match at Priory Park over Easter…….watch this space.




2015 sees the Rugby World Cup held in England and the chance for everyone to get tbehind their team for this once in a generation occassion.  MRUFC will be planning various events to celebrate, mark the event so please look out for further information to make the World Cup a memorable occassion



boobs n balls

The 2015 “Boobs N Balls” calendar is now on sale behind the bar – priced at a ridiculously low price of £7.50 ) All proceeds going to Breast & Prostate Cancer Charities……….you might even see someone you recognise within the pages!!


Thanks to the generousity of those at the Stags Lunch on Saturday (together with the President of Esher who donated his winnings from guess the score) we have been able to bank almost £400 for the Tom Thornton fund.

Let`s make it over £500.

Please see below a message from the Chairman at Rochdale RUFC, Iain Coates. This is especially poignant at this time of year, particularly when a lot of us have sons or daughters of Tom`s age and this must be ecvery parent`s worst nightmare. It is impossible to imagine the torment Tom`s family are suffering and any assistance from the rugby world would be gratefully received. Many of you reading this will have played against Tom`s dad, Kevin as he captained Rochdale 1st team back in the 80`s and also captained their Veterans side when we had the Vets League, indeed, many of you may well have played rugby against Tom when you came across Rochdale. Please see what you can do to assist on this very sad occassion in the true spirit of our great game……….Thank You.

To lead any organisation sometimes has its difficulties and sadly as Chairman of Rochdale RUFC this is one of mine.

Tom Thornton grew up in the family of Rugby here at Rochdale. His father Kevin is a former 1st Team Captain and Tom progressed right through the Minis and Juniors to represent our club at senior level. He is a mid-twenty year old lad living with his partner Chantelle and together they are expecting their first child in January.

However tragedy has struck. Tom has cancer of the bowel, liver and into his abdominal wall which means it is inoperable and the only treatment is palliative.

Tom and Chantelle are getting married on the 20thDecember and both families have pulled out all the stops to make this happen.

Tom’s, Chantelle’s and close friends of the family here at the club have got together and formed a Committee to establish a ‘Blueprint’ to assist, as best we can, in the short, medium and long term.

In the short term we have agreed that our club will endeavour, using all the methods we can, to ensure Tom and Chantelle get the most out of every minute and we will try to remove as much peripheral stresses as we can.

This is where you can help by way of a donation to Rochdale RUFC to help us to help Tom:

Sort Code: 05-07-22 Account Number: 24990316 (referenced Tom Thornton) or cheques can be made payable to RRUFC

Following on from this it is our intention to set up a Foundation/Trust and I will be contacting all members with the details of this and any events to be held moving forward.

Thank you in Anticipation”


Iain R. Coates

Rochdale RUFC


We need you to start selling your allocation of tickets…………….don`t come complaing to Management over the state of the pitches unless you have sold your entire allocation………and pushed your team mates, friends, colleagues into selling theirs as well

You should, by now have received 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.




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.


Things seem to moving in the right direction and we`ll be asking for some `Old Timers` ( a term of endearment!) to come along to an informal evening for a chat and reminisce about the old days, have a beer and a bite to eat and hopefully, the memories (and information) will come flooding back

3 Season 1926-27





I look forward to receiving any articles, news etc for publishing, so please ensure you forward your news to me.


All The Best,


Pete Harper

Chairman Macclesfield MRUFC


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