From The Chair 19


In accordance with the rules of Macclesfield RUFC Ltd, members are advised of, and invited to attend, this meeting which will be held at the clubhouse, Priory Park, Priory Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4AF on Tuesday 12th January at 7.30pm.


  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Welcome by Chairman – Peter Harper
  3. Presentation by Jones Homes and Club Design, of plans for the development at Priory Park
  4. To vote on the proposals for a new clubhouse and ground improvements at Priory Park
  5. Any other business relevant to this meeting – by permission of the chairman

Tim Peakman

Secretary Macclesfield R.U.F.C. Ltd


Macclesfield Blues put the disappointment of last week`s defeat aside when they dismantled Chester on Saturday, scoring 5 tries in atrocious conditions to pick up the bonus point win.  The Macc pack were in total control of the home forwards right from the off, and laid the foundations for the backs to play some stunning rugby, despite the treacherous conditions.  The tries were distributed amongst Lewis Barker, Elliott Brierley, skipper Mike Finniemore, Charlie Venables and Rhodri Mayor………astonishingly, considering the conditions all 5 were converted by Lewis Barker with 3 from right on the touchline!  Lewis has now amassed 156 points and is the top points scorer in all the National Leagues – remarkable when you consider he`s only kicked 10 penalties from 12 attempts, the rest being made up of 6 tries and 63 conversions! The Blues will be slightly disappointed they let Chester sneak a try at the end but will be delighted to have ensured they will stay on top of the league at the halfway stage of the season, the gap over Sedgley now being 8 points as The Tigers game was postponed on Saturday.

The Macc Lads finish off 2015 at home to Sale FC this Saturday and will be looking to sign off in style with another 5 point haul. 

This is the last home game for The Blues until January 16th so make sure you get down to  cheer on the boys!

As it`s the Christmas match, we are giving away FREE, a MRUFC beanie hat to those who come to the game this Saturday.  We have around 200 beanie hats to give away, (see below) so make sure you get there early to claim yours!  First come, first served, when they`re gone, they`re gone. (limited to 1 hat per person).

Beannie hat


Win 2 tickets for the 6 Nations match between England & Wales at Twickenham on

March 12th 2016!

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Win 2 tickets for England v. Wales!

On Saturday, we will be selling raffle tickets at £5.00 a strip, and the winner will receive 2 tickets for the 6 nations clash between England and Wales.

Tickets will be on sale all afternoon, listen to the PA system for details.  The draw will take place at approximately 5.00pm after the game and the winning tickets will be on display behind the bar and published on the website for 2 weeks.  If they aren`t claimed after 2 weeks, there will be a re draw. Tickets will be on sale during the lunch and until 5.00pm.

If you`re planning on travelling to watch The Blues play at away venues, please check the kick off time on the MRUFC website.  Kick off times vary from club to club so make sure you check before planning your trip. Next 2 away games are;

CALDY 2nd January 2.00 pm k.o.

PRESTON GRASSHOPPERS 9th January 2.30 k.o.


At this time of year, it`s always nice to say Thanks to all the people who help run our club, all of them volunteers, without whom, we just wouldn’t survive.  In no particular order, a HUGE THANK YOU to the gate men and ladies, who not only stand out there in all conditions, but are quite often on the receiving end of some totally unwarranted  abuse from people. 


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The `Gate Gang` battling the elements at the last home game.
How old is this man?

Sometimes, however, the Gate Gang get it wrong.  I`m sure that all of you who know `Captain Chaos` (former Vets captain, Steve Branch) will have a chuckle when you hear that at the last home match, he was charged at the concession rate as my sister Jane, thought he was a pensioner!!  Chaos, you owe us £2!!

Our gratitude also goes to the gents who come twice a week, rain or shine, to look after the grounds at Priory Park.  You won`t se them but they do an invaluable job and are all volunteers.  Then there is Derek Laidlaw who washes the 1st & 2nd team shirts every week without any reward, other than to know he`s doing an invaluable job for the club. 

As mentioned last week, we are about to lose the services of long standing servants of the club, Bill & Bev Roberts and again, I`d like to say a huge THANKS to both of them for all the work they have done over the years. 

To all the bar and catering staff, Thanks for all your work so far this season in keeping us in beer and food. 

Finally, I`d personally like to say a BIG THANKS to my fellow members on the Executive who do a shed load of work in their own time to ensure you all have a rugby club to enjoy.  Thanks Guys!


Last Saturday saw all the Macc teams with wins, as the Lions comfortably beat Stockport 52-0, the 3rds game at Wilmslow was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and the 4ths defeated Bowden 3rds by 29-12. This Saturday sees the Lions host Chester, the 3rds are also at home against Leigh and the 4ths go to Sandbach all with 2.15 kick offs.

My I remind you, if you are playing for the 2nds or 3rds on Saturday and you have someone wanting to come and watch you play – they will be charged unless they can produce the  season ticket issued to you when you paid your subs – no exceptions.


santa rugby

Wednesday 23rd December sees what is becoming, the Annual Christmas Challenge match between Kings School Old Boys and a Macclesfield Invitation XV.  Kick off is at 7.30, entry is free with a collection for East Cheshire Hospice.  Bar open from 6.00, food is available, raffle draw and all the fun of seeing people who should know better, playing rugby and enjoying themselves.


“On 23 December there will be a host of talent on display as The King’s School former pupils (and staff) take on a Macclesfield Rugby Club side in a charity game under lights. We will be collecting for East Cheshire Hospice during the game and there will be a raffle after. Thorneycroft Solicitors are sponsoring the event as well as being one of the clubs main sponsors through the season.

There is free entry, free car parking, and the bar will be open from 6-00. Kick off at 7-30.

We hope to enjoy the company of the supporters in the bar after the game.

Macclesfield Rugby Club has a long standing relationship with The King’s School and many of the pupils, parents etc are involved in the juniors and minis every weekend.

Old Boys and staff of note to have represented the club in recent times are: Fred Taylor, Tommy Taylor, Jack Taylor, Frankie Barker, Josh Hearn, Jonny Kenny, Jack Sadler, Matt Thorp, Tom Davenport, Ben Coulbeck, Jonathan Keep, James Keep, Jeremy Bostock, Andy Rice, Guy Mason, Paul Bartle, Evan Stewart, and many more.

There are currently around 20 Kings old boys registered in the senior squad at the club. In order to help foster this link and to provide a fantastic social and fundraising opportunity we are hoping to make this a regular fixture.

The old boys are crawling out of the woodwork to make themselves available and there may be significant selection issues as more throw their hat in the ring. We currently have 30 declaring themselves available!!

Please come along and support both teams, enjoy a good night in the bar and support a very worthwhile local charity.”

Paul Bartle (Barts)


Sunday 20th December sees the annual Lads and Dads shenanigans at Macclesfield Rugby club.  Starting at 11AM the Dads and Mums are invited to take on the Lads (and girls) in games of touch rugby (or fitness challenges).  Mums, Dads and Coaches of course to be in Fancy Dress (the theme is Disney).  This will be followed from 12 noon with festive fun in the Clubhouse;


  • Prestbury Hand Bell ringers
  • FREE food for the kids (meal ticket style)
  • Mince Pie and Mulled Wine for the adults (FREE if in Fancy Dress)
  • The annual murdering of festive songs
  • The annual coaches mad dash across the first team pitch
  • And of course the Bar is open
  • Barry’s famous pies will be in sale 

There will also be the 500 Club CHRISTMAS BONANZA Prize Draw with £650.00 in prizes to be given away.  

In the event weather cancels the morning games – come along to the club anyway from Noon……


England have a fixture against Wales on Sunday 29th May 2016, kick off 3.00 pm.  Tickets are priced as follows;

£83.00   £70.00  £48.00 Under 15`s £20


Final date for application is Wednesday 13th January.  If you would like to apply, please contact Tony Close on 07786 514715 or 01625 576891 or


  • Improve the pitches?
  • Improve the toilet facilities within the clubhouse?
  • Provide better facilities for all our members?
  • Provide more kit, training aids etc for players of all ages?
  • Send more Mini/Junior section coaches on courses?
  • Install a`Board of Remembrance` for all those members of MRUFC who lost their lives during the 2 World Wars.

The simple answer is …….all of the above if EVERYONE sells their allocation of raffle tickets.

It`s that time of year when we ask all our members to sell 3 – yes, only 3! – books of raffle tickets. All money raised will be used directly for the above projects;

I can assure you no money will go to paying any players.

To raise this kind of total, EVERY member has to sell their 3 book allocation, so please do your bit.  We simply can`t get near that total unless EVERYONE pulls their fingers out and gets selling.


Our `Social sides` are organising a Tour to Jersey at the end of April from 22nd to 24th and I understand all players, ex players and alikadoos alike are welcome. To date 30 people  have said `yes` to touring. All different age groups from 18 to 55 +, both playing and non playing tourists. So we are on target for around 40 (probably cut off at 40 as Jersey might feel they are being invaded!).

To book your place, please reply to and pay your £75 deposit soonest 

Jersey Rugby Tour flyer, April 2016


no pay-no play

As we are now almost half way through the season, all annual subscriptions are now well overdue.  If you have somehow not paid, please ensure you do by the end of the month.  Your subs are the lifeblood of the club and without them, the club won`t function.  If you`re lucky enough to enjoy the facilities the club provide, it`s important you pay as everyone else does.  Also, if you are a player, you are not insured unless you`re a paid up member


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