From The Chair 26


Raffle tickets need to be sold by March 8th!  Please make an extra effort to sell yours………..we desperately need the money to improve the playing pitches for the benefit of the Mini Junior Section & Football section.  See further down for table of who has (and more importantly hasn`t!) sold tickets.


A plucky performance by The Blues against a very powerful Rosslyn Park side, wasn`t enough to stop the London side securing a victory in their search for promotion.  A very dubious penalty try opened the scoring for Park, but Macc`s top try scorer Matt King, produced some individual magic from the resultant kick off, snatching the ball from the sky and canrering over untouched in the corner.  Park came back strongly and had secured the bonus point before half time.  An early strike at the start of the 2nd half saw the hosts stretch their lead,  but a tenacious 2nd period meant the Blues had the lions share of possesion & territory for the last 35 minutes and were rewarded with another Matt King try (number 15 for the season).

Another great effort from the Treacle Town boys, but not in the end, enough points on the board.  Special mention should be made of Marshall Gadd, playing on the tight head side of the scrum for the first time, and young Josh Hearn who came on at prop, soon after the start to replace Shane Heffanen, who himself had started in place of Billy Robinson who pulled out just prior to kick off.

I have now lost count of the number of times I`ve been told afterthe game byopposition fans, players and officials “I can`t believe you`re bottom of the League, playing like that”


The Lions travelled to Fylde where they won a really tight tame 25-22, table topping 3rds beat Bowden 38-5 at Priory Park and the 4ths/Vets conceded to Eagle.


The Blues host top of the league Ealing at 3.00, the Lions are also at home and face Sale, the 3rds travel the short distance to Headlands Road to take on Stockport  whilst the 4ths/Vets entertain Marple at Priory Park.

Prior to the Ealing game Lunch & Crunch will be served at around 1.30 – £10 plus entry for 2 courses…….great value!! Menu is;

Beef Bourguignon with Colcannon mash followed by a selection of English & continental cheeses from the cheese board.


Please could I ask those in charge of teams, from Under 6`s to The Lions, including the Football section, to send me items of interest, news, results etc. etc. I can`t mention your sucesses, events, festivals, tounaments, news items unless you inform me of what`s happening.


£100- D.J Smith

£60 -Nick Hynes

£30 – Phil Adshead

Lunch Dates for remainder of season;

As mentioned above, Lunch & Crunch this Saturday for the visit of Ealing and with only 1 `formal` lunch left available this season, the chnces to dine and watch a great game of rugby are running out.  With the last formal lunch being the `Ex Players` Lunch, we already have 3 tables of former players booked in, plus Cinderford have indicated they will want a table or 2, so if you want to watch the last match at home this season, get your skates on!

28th February – Ealing Trailfinders (re scheduled) Lunch & Crunch (Beef Bourguignon with colcannon mash followed by cheese and biscuits) £10 plus entry

7th March – Loughborough Students – Mini/Junior/Youth Lunch plus Lunch & Crunch £10 plus entry

28th March – Blaydon – Ladies Day Lunch plus Lunch & Crunch £10 plus entry SOLD OUT *

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

* All proceeds from the Ladies Lunch go to the local Breast Cancer Treatment centre at macclesfield Hospital.  If you are able to assist with donations, raffle prizes, auction items, please contact Bev in the office.


One of our regular first team players is looking for employment as a warehouseman, driver or similar.  If you are able to help in any way, please contact me in the first instance and I`ll pass on details – He (and we!) could do with it being a job which doesn`t involve working Saturdays for obvious reasons!


I`m sure you`d all like to join me in wishing one of our fantastic barmaids – Elaine – a Happy Birthday for Wednesday. 

Feel free to sing Happy Birthday on Saturday, or better still…………… Elaine a drink!!

Elaine shares her Birthday with other noteable folk such as;  Edward Plantagenet, the 17th Earl of Warwick (25 February 1475 – 28 November 1499) the son of George Plantagenet the 1st Duke of Clarence, and a potential claimant to the English throne during the reigns of both Richard 111 (1483–1485) and his successor, Henry v11 (1485–1509);

and also Tranquilino Luna (February 25, 1849 – November 20, 1892),a Delegate to the United States House of Representatives from the Territory of New Mexico, who was born in Los Lunas, New Mexico!!

Junior Blues Turn Blue!!!!!!!!!!!

Rochdale 28 – 28 Macclesfield

On a bitterly cold and wet winters day the Junior Blues travelled up to Rochdale. Previous meetings have seen the Macc Under 12s comfortably beat our opponents by 30 odd points a time. However, everyone involved in rugby knows it’s how well you play on the day that counts, not history!!

Playing in to a gale force wind the hail started to fall (or fly sideways!!) and the game started at a furious pace. Rochdale fired the ball out to their giant of a centre who just tucked it up his jumper and swatted our noticeably smaller backs out of the way for the first try. Such was his power and pace he would not look out of place in our U14s or possibly U15s side! This happened a further 2 times in the first half despite some good tackle attempts from our backs and we soon found ourselves 21 – 0 down. Not good for moral!!

It must be said Rochdale didn’t have it all their own way. The territory was definitely with Macc, but any spilled ball was quickly picked up and shipped out to the Rochdale backs. Although we managed to contain the main threat most of the time, we just ran out of numbers on occasion as we were physically overpowered. Just on the stroke of half time though our forwards had decided enough was enough and really took it to the Rochdale pack in the scrum. A powerful drive gave Alex Davies enough time and space to score a trade mark try from 5m out. This seemed to lift the spirits just in time for the break.

Half time saw a number of positional changes and personnel changes to ensure everyone got on for a run about. This time with the wind at our backs and our tails up after our late score we took to the field with a little more confidence. We started to spin the ball wide quickly to give our wingers more time and space to attack. This worked to great effect as you don’t have to ask Morgan twice to turn on the speed. Within seconds of the restart Morgan had set the pitch alight and scored our second try of the afternoon. This lifted the entire team as Morgan let out a roar of delight as he touched down. He enjoyed it so much he did exactly the same again from the kick off!!! This put us all square at 21 – 21.

Some good positional play from Ben and Louie interchanging at standoff had led to a Rochdale lineout deep in their own 22m area. A thumping hit from Max Demspey on their big prop saw him spill the ball and the ever present Harry Marchington (I swear there are sometimes two of him on the pitch!) pounced like a cat on the loose ball, scooped it up and burst through the cover defence to score. 28 – 21 to Macc!!!

Rochdale were not happy and clearly saw their chances of victory slipping away. The next 5 minutes saw them battering our line with their big centre. Max Langley did a quick look to the heavens before he threw his body in the path of the oncoming centre, although not a truly orthodox tackle he gave everything he could to stop the try being scored. The collision was a big one and Max had managed to cause a knock on and save a try. However, somehow Rochdale ended up with the scrum and from 5m out the result was inevitable, they passed the ball down the line to the big lad who powered over for his, and Rochdale’s forth try of the morning.

Not content with a draw we took it straight back to Rochdale and from another sniping run Alex Davies was inches short of the try line (he did actually say that on a warm, dry day he would have scored, he didn’t want to knock on, very clever for a young man). Unfortunately the resulting ruck led to a Rochdale scrum and they cleared their lines with a thumping kick down field. This was quickly picked up by Morgan who set off again at breakneck speed only to be brought down by their big centre, who to be fair was a very good player.

This is where the game finished after a mighty comeback from the Under 12s. Well done boys, games like that build character and show the true meaning of being part of a team. We could easily have crumbled in the face of the wind, sleet, snow and Goliath in the centre! But we didn’t, we fought on and did the shirt proud!

Matt Bowden


The under 15`s are looking for a ref. for their cup game on Sunday March 1st, 11.00am kick off at Priory Park. If you are able to assist, please contact Eldon Burke;


The results of Feb’s M&J 500 club draw;

£40 – Andy Noble

£30 – Joanna Bennett

£20 – Andy Noble (the benefit of buying more than 1 ticket per month J)

£15 – Mathew Bowden (well his wife Rachel took the cheque !!)

Rotary Club Swimathon

Please see below from Gery, our fantastic Bar Manager.

“The ladies of the bar will be fielding 1, possibly 2 teams in this years Rotary Club Swimathon on 8th March 2015 at Macclesfield Leisure Centre. We’ve already had a fair few quid pledged / donated and would obviously like to get as much as possible, 50% of which will go direct to the Rotary Club and the remaining 50% to our chosen charity – more than likely East Cheshire Hospice.”

Look out for sponsorship forms arounfd the club or contact Bev in the office



World Beach Rugby

Would your team like to participate in our Beach Rugby Tournament at the city of Alcudia in Majorca, Spain, the 6th and 7th of June 2015?

World Beach Rugby is proud to organize the most International Beach Rugby Tournaments.

We will be hosting male and female teams from all around Europe. The best teams as well as elite players will be at our Tournament. Elite players will perform rugby clinics during the Tournament. It will be a great opportunity to learn from the best!

Come and enjoy rugby with us!

Please, do not hesitate to contact us at info@worldbeachrugby.comfor any enquiry.



We have managed to negotiate with kit suppliers, Stuart Surridge, for a free delivery service to the club for items ordered on the website.

Please check the MRUFC website for details in the next few days.


Sounds great doesn`t it!! Just think what we could do with £9,000??!?! Improve the pitches to the benefit of all sections, repair and improve the astro turf in order that we can prolong its life and produce much needed revenue, improve the totally inadequate toilet facilities.

Well, £9,000 is sat there in your kit bag, on the mantlepiece, in the kitchen draw, in your jacket pocket and it will stay there until you sell your RFU raffle tickets.

Please don`t come complaining 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

As you can see from the table below, it`s been a pretty poor effort so far!






1st XV





2nd XV





3rd XV





4th XV






































































U8 (F)





U10 (F)





U11 (F)





U12 (F)











We have until Sunday 8th March to sell our tickets !!

The following teams haven’t sold a single book!!

2nd XV, 3rd XV, U8, U11, U12, U15, U16, Colts, ALL the Football section

There are £8,100 worth of tickets still out there to be sold

3 books of tickets!! That`s all we`re asking! Why is it so difficult to sell £15 worth of tickets?? If you can sell more……..fantastic, but make sure you sell 3 books.

Super Saturday – 21st March

On the 15th of November we had a tremendous informal lunch at the rugby club, so successful in fact that we are going to do it again. The last one was with the Autumn Internationals on the telly and second team rugby live on the 1st XV pitch with a terrific win for the home side on the day – ably assisted by the support from the balcony!!! This time it is 6 Nations Super Saturday.

What: The format for the day is very simple

  • A 2 course, sit down lunch for the grown ups – hot dog / burger type lunch for younger ones if required.
  • Raffle
  • FREE entry into the prize draw
  • Have fun, watch rugger, chat with friends old and new, eat, drink and be merry.

WHO: Players, ex-players, friends, husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, mums, dads, kids ………. everyone welcome.

COST: £12 per adult for the 2 course sit down lunch. For the youngsters it will be a couple for pounds for the hot dog / burger type lunch, if required.

There are only 80 places up for grabs so please let me know very early as we are hopefully going to be fully subscribed.

Super Saturday – 21st March 2015

LIVE RUGBY – Macclesfield Lions (2nd XV) – v- Preston Grasshoppers

TV schedule =

Italy v Wales at Stadio Olimpico, Rome 12:30pm (GMT)
Scotland v Ireland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh 2:30pm
England v France at Twickenham, London 5:00pm


CONTACT Mike Keeling 07870 846 269 or

Row to Twickenham for the World Cup Final

The final of the 2015 rugby world cup will take place on 31st October this year. A team from Macclesfield Rugby Club is going to row the distance from the club to the stadium finishing an hour before kick-off to raise money for the club and for East Cheshire Hospice.

Are you interested in taking part?

What is planned?

  • It’s exactly 305 km (305,000 mtrs) from Priory Park to the gates of Twickenham.
  • We will put together a team to row the distance on static rowing machines, beginning in the afternoon of 30th October and finishing just before kick-off of the final on Saturday 31st.
  • We will seek sponsorship from local companies and from individuals to raise money for East Cheshire Hospice and for priority projects for the club (including improving disabled access, improving the drainage on the new pitch and improving the ladies’ toilets)

What do we need?

  • A team of 10 rowers (ideally of mixed age and sex) prepared to commit to the training over the coming months, to complete the weekend event, and to raise sponsorship money.
  • Support staff:
  • A physiotherapist to support the rowers over the actual event weekend.
  • A sponsorship manager to obtain sponsorship (either financial or in kind) from local organisations and to establish the necessary infrastructure for individuals to sponsor the team.
  • A logistics manager to organise all aspects of the event on the day and to provide communications to sponsors and members over the course of the year.

If you are interested what should you do?

  • Simply send your name, age and contact details and the role you would like to take, to Bev Roberts at the club at
  • If we get sufficient interest, we will contact you by the end of the month for a meeting to discuss the project in more detail.

It’s a fantastic way to get fit, an opportunity to be part of a team and to raise money for really good causes – apart from a stone or two, what have you got to lose?!

Already signed up are for rowing; Tim Peakman, MRUFC Secretary; Pete Harper – MRUFC Chairman; Charlie Harper – youngest Harper; Jonathan Marsh- Retail Sales Manager Halliwell Jones BMW Wilmslow, Kevin Wright, Captain Chaos (Steve Branch), Nick Cooke and Charlie Jenkins.

Could do with a couple of Ladies to even up the balance a bit…………come on

VETS RUGBY REVIVED! (Well, for 1 game anyway!)

March 14th 2015 sees a re-match between Macclesfield Vets XV & Leamingtonians Vets VX, with the game being played at Priory Park.

Kick off at 1.00 pm followed by Lunch and England V. Scotland on t.v. If you`re not going to Albania to watch first team, why not come down to watch some real old fashioned rugby skills!!




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


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.

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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