From The Chair 20


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.

With effect from this week, if you have not paid your subs, YOU WILL NOT BE PLAYING THIS SATURDAY.

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.



The long trek down to Gloucestershire saw the Blues come back empty handed as they came up against a skillful, well organised `full time` outfit in the form of Hartpury College.  The `students` took full advantage of a number of missed tackles which played into the hands of a young fly half (18 year old Matt Protheroe……….remember that name) who turned back the clock to the days of pure class and instinct in the art of fly half play.  He was a joy to watch, unless you were in The Blues defensive line trying to stop him as he glided through untouched on a number of occasions, scoring a fantastic solo try and seting up several others.

The Blues were done no favours again by the officials who decided 2 sin bin 2 Macc players for technical offences when a penalty would surely have been sufficient punishment.

Onwards and upwards as they say and we look forward to taking on Darlington Mowden Park, who arrive at Priory Park this Saturday looking for revenge following `that game` at the end of last season.  The team need your support so come down and watch some great entertainment and hopefully witness the Blues first home win of the season.


As mentioned, The Blues traveeled to Hartpury and lost, The Lions were beaten at home by Fylde by 7 – 39, the 3rds had a good win at home over Chester 34 – 7 to remain top of the pile whilst the 4ths/Vets game at Trafford MV was postponed due to the weather.  On Sunday, the Colts had a great win away at Kendal 32 – 0.


The Blues entertain Darlington Mowden Park, The Lions travel to Sale, table topping 3rds visit Widnes and the 4ths/Vets host Whitchurch.  All kick off`s 2.15 other thasn The Blues which is 3.00pm

Lunch & Crunch

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. Sweet potato & chilli soup, chicken, leek & mushroom pie with hand cut chips. 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


 A little poem for all those `Weekend Warriors` who used to play this wonderful game of rugby.

“Why We Play The Game”

When the battle scars have faded, and the truth becomes a lie,  and the weekend smell of liniment … Could almost make you cry. When the last rucks well behind you, and the man that ran now walks, it doesn’t matter who you are, the mirror sometimes talks. Have a good hard look old son! The melons not that great. The snoz that takes a sharp turn sideways, used to be dead straight.  You’re an advert for arthritis, you’re a thoroughbred gone lame.  Then you ask yourself the question – Why the hell you played the game?

Was there logic in the head knocks? In the breaks and in the cuts? Did common sense get pushed aside? By manliness and guts? Do you sometimes sit and wonder, why your time would often pass, in a tangled mess of bodies – With your head up someone’s arse? With a thumb hooked up your nostril, scratching gently on your brain, and an overgrown Neanderthal, rejoicing in your pain! Mate – you must recall the jersey that was shredded into rags. Then the soothing sting of Dettol on a back engraved with tags! It’s almost worth admitting – Though with some degree of shame – That your wife was right in asking “Why the hell you played the game?”  

Why you’d always rock home legless, like a cow on roller skates , after drinking at the clubhouse with your low down drunken mates.  Then you’d wake up – check your wallet, not a solitary coin – Drink Berocca by the bucket -throw an ice pack on your groin.  Copping Sunday morning sermons, about boozers being losers – While you limped like Quasimodo with a half a thousand bruises! Yes – an urge to hug the porcelain, and curse the Boddingtons name, would always pose the question – Why the hell you played the game!

And yet with every wound re-opened, as you grimly reminisce it, comes the most compelling feeling yet…… God, you bloody miss it! From the first time that you laced a boot and tightened every stud, that virus known as rugby has been living in your blood.  When you dreamt it, when you played it,  all the rest took second fiddle – Now you’re standing on the sideline but your hearts still in the middle.  And no matter where you travel, you can take it as expected – here will always be a breed of people hopelessly infected.  If there’s a teammate, then you’ll find him, like a gravitating force, with a common understanding, and a beer or three, of course.  And as you stand there telling lies, like it was yesterday old friend – You’ll know that if you had the chance……….. You’d do it all again.

You see – that’s the thing with rugby, it will always be the same.  And that, I guarantee, is why the hell you played the game!!



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


Macclesfield U12s 21 – 14 Chester

An absolute battle from start to finish!!!

Our first outing of 2015 saw us take the spoils against our old foe Chester. For years we have been on the wrong side of the scoreline. A win against them early in the season at the Stockport Festival set us up nicely for this annual fixture.

We knew today’s fixture would be nothing like a festival game though and it didn’t disappoint, it was packed full of tension! The action was all over the pitch with neither side giving in for the first 20 minutes. The second 20 minutes saw us go 2 tries up. An excellently executed training move from the back of the scrum saw Alex Davies draw the Chester defence blind toward the corner flag. A sublime pop back inside to his number 8 Harry Gascoigne saw him go over for the first score of the day. The second try came from some fantastic handling involving the backs and forwards. Jake Pester (new to rugby this season!) drew the cover defence expertly and fed George Pavey who had a lot of work to do in a very tight space but the winger managed to squeeze over in the corner despite the attention of several Chester defenders!

This seemed to wake Chester up. With some slack defence from Macclesfield and a determined attack from Chester they soon scored two quick fire tries. They are not one of the best sides in Cheshire for nothing!!!

Despite not winning much ball all morning due to the dominance of the Chester scrum, we were using our strengths well which is moving the ball from touchline to touchline. Another training park move saw Ben (playing at 10) put winger Morgan through a gap who promptly sprinted up the pitch a good 30m. Some desperate Chester defence saw him pulled down agonisingly short of the try line. Was the game going to end a draw!!! Surely not after all the effort put in. The forwards rallied for one last blast and hit the ruck at speed. Carl Droy picked up to keep the momentum going and with a twist and a dive which made his Dad’s back squeal just by looking at his body position, he punched over the line to score and win the game for us!!!

Well done lads, you deserved the victory. You never gave up and worked hard together as a team.


Matt Bowden





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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