From the Chair 26

Public Consultation

Notice is hereby given of a Public Consultation event at Priory Park, on February 23rd from 3.30 to 7.30. Please find the relevant document on the Club Website and we would encourage your support of the proposed development by going to the Emery planning website and registering your support.


Macclesfield Blues scraped home with a very late penalty from the coolest head on the pitch, Macc Fly Half Lewis Barker, to take 4 valuable points from a game against a very plucky Luctonians side who made a mockery of their lowly league position.

Skipper Mike Finniemore proudly leads the team onto the park
Mazzer making a hole in Lucs defence

With the sides locked at 19 points and 3 tries each,  the Macc pack forced a penalty near the far touchline with 1 minute showing on the clock, and whilst the nervous home supporters wondered if skipper Mike Finniemore would go for the bonus point with a kick to touch, or risk a very difficult 3 pointer, up stepped Lewis Barker to take on the responsibility .  The relief around Priory Park, was palpable as the ball sailed between the uprights to take the Blues 3 points clear. However, the drama wasn`t over as the re start resulted in a penalty attempt by Lucs from the half way line to seal a draw.  Unluckily for Lucs, they didn`t have a kicker of Lewis Barkers quality or coolness under pressure, and the ball fell well short to ensure victory for the Macc Lads.

The Blues game plan was in need of a rethink as the home side lost influential centre Elliot Brierley with a nasty looking back injury in the first minute of the game, resulting in Greg Mellor coming on and Matt King switching to centre.  The Blues responded well and took the lead through Try Machine Mazzer, but were never able to shake off plucky Lucs who took the lead with 20 minutes left, before a Parky special saw the 2 sides draw level, before the dramatic final 60 seconds unfolded. Best wishes to Elliot for a speedy recovery.

Mossy about to execute a perfect side step!
Macc pack on a rumble
Replacement Gregg Mellor shows his pace
Parky makes a break……….
………swerves past the cover
………….and dots down under the watchful eye of the elephant.

Next up for The Blues is Sandal away this Saturday, followed by 2 Home games for you to enjoy.

February 20th v. Sandal Away

February 27th  v. Broadstreet at Priory Park

March 5th v. Harrogate at Priory Park – 2 course Lunch £10 plus entry*

March 12th v. Preston Away

March 19th v. Leicester Lions Away 

March 26th v. Otley Away

April 2nd v. Huddersfield at Priory Park

9th April v. Sedgley Park Away – Supporters Coach*

16th April v. Chester at Priory Park

23rd April v. Sale Away – Supporters Coach*

30th April v. Stourbridge at Priory Park – 2 course Lunch £10 plus entry*

Please Note; We now have 2 Home games on successive Saturdays (Feb 27th & March 5th) followed by 3 away games on the trot.  Please try to make it to the home games (in bold type) to see The Blues in action.

* Book your seat with


Last Saturday saw the Lions having a rest, the 3rds enjoyed a great result away at Blackburn, by 27-17 and the 4ths made it a clean sweep for the Macc Lads with a comprehensive 45-10 win over Broughton Park.

This weekend sees The Lions host bitter rivals Sedgley Park, the 3rds entertain Preston @ Priory Park and the 4ths travel to Holmes Chapel. All 2.15 kick offs.  On Sunday the Colts are at home 2.00 ko. (don`t know opposition at this stage)

Mini & Junior 500 Club Winners – Feb 2016

£50 – Angela Aggersbury

£30 – Nikki Oliver

£25 – Jack Massey

£25 – Paul Mason

Result from the the Cheshire U15’s Plate competition

Oxton Parkionians 0 – Macclesfield U15’s 93 (yes Ninety three)

Macclesfield progressed into the Semi final of the Cheshire Plate competition with a 15 try demolition of Octon Parkionians. Macclesfield outscored their opponents by 15 tries to nil

This was without 9 first choice players, James Oliver managed to score 5 on his own. A great display and shows the depth of the squad of the players

We must ask our selves how did we lose to Lymm in the first round of the cup

Rob Oliver



3 Players from Macclesfield U15’d played their first games for Cheshire U15’s on Sunday vs a strong Yorkshire team at Stockport Rugby Club


The magnificent 3 are (L to R) Will Davies (son of Ex First Team Captain Rob Davies) Harry Oliver (Son of Rob Oliver) both boys eminently better looking than their Fathers! & Harry Whoolton

Cheshire won the game 17-10

Next week Lewis Halliday and Ross McGlone will make their debuts vs Lancashire

Macclesfield Town FC and Dover FC

Club members can buy tickets at half price on production of a valid membership card at the ticket office located in the reception area, Moss Lane stand before 5.00pm Friday.

For further information please contact the Commercial Manager at Macclesfield Town FC, Dan Ackerley on 01625 264686 or 07730 269328.


Following the departure of Bill and Bev Roberts, we are in urgent need of a pool of volunteers to assist with the set-up on match days.  Those attending and assisting will get free entry to the match for themselves and one other adult (kids come free of course).  The jobs are not hard (would take around 30 minutes), and it needs around 4 or 5 people each week.  If we have a pool of 25 or so willing volunteers, that would mean each person has to do only 4 matches per season (that breaks down to donating 2 hours to your rugby club per season).

Of course, many of you already go above and beyond; coaching the kids, admin for age groups and the myriad of other roles.  However we really do need some people to step up and I am suggesting this might be people NOT currently involved in the running of the club – sharing the load fairly through the club .

The tasks are not complex.  

  • Raising the flags up the pole (one person – 10 minutes)
  • Opening the score board (one person – 15 minutes)
  • Switching on the score board and floodlights (2 minutes)
  • Putting out the pitch marker posts (two people – 20 minutes)
  • Then at the end of the match, doing the same in reverse.  .

If you are willing to give up a small portion of time to help YOUR CLUB, please contact Jonathan Marsh (Business Director) on or 07841 114894

If you want a chat about the various jobs please give Phil Mason (Youth Section Manager) a shout ( or 07738 727638)

England U18 trial comes to Macc

On 21st February, the club has the honour of hosting the England U18 schools and counties trial. This will be a match between North and Midlands division (kick off 2pm) and there will be cracking rugby on display. The club has an extra connection with this team as it is run by Giles Heagerty, our first team coach, and an alumnus of Macclesfield is in the North squad – Matt Peakman.  Matt played in the minis and junior section with the team that dominated county and national competitions for several years.


So if you want to come and see some of the stars of the future, please come and lend your support – entrance is free, bar is open, food available!


Traditionally, Macc. Veterans have always done the collection for the Marie Curie Cancer Support in March, and this year is no exception – other than if you`re not a Vet. but would like to join the band of Merry Men, please feel free to join in!

Marie Curie

“Hi Vets,

It’s that time of year again folks!  We have again been asked to don our Vets shirts and rattle some collecting tins/goblets for the traditional Marie Curie ‘Daffodil Collection’ in Macclesfield town centre on Saturday 5th March.  If you can lend a hand by doing a one or two hour stint in the morning (let’s say any time from 9.30 until 2.00), please let me know, with your preferred slots, as soon as you can.  More details of the day’s arrangements will be supplied in due course.

 I’m not very strict about the definition of a Vet so all family and friends welcome.

Thanks, in anticipation,”


Derek Laidlaw

The long awaited return of Macc Rugby Club’s SPORTSMAN’S DINNER

Thursday 28th April, Marquee, Priory Park

Featuring: ex England & Bath Prop , Funny Man, Gareth (Coochie) Chilcott and Cricketing Raconteur & ex England all rounder,Geoff Miller plus many other past and present rugby stars. 

Gareth Chilcott
Gareth (Coochie) Chilcott
Geoff Miller OBE

This event is aimed at a mixed audience,(Ladies & Gents) and is a great opportunity to enjoy a fantastic night out and also support your club.

Sponsorship opportunities exist on a first come, first served basis.  Please contact; 07836 558474 or  01625 827899  for further information on sponsorship opportunities.

Individual tickets are priced at £40 + VAT  Why not get a table of 10 together for a great night`s entertainment? Or just book in yourself and we`ll sit you with folk you know……….everyone welcome!


Last March we had a great “Super Saturday” lunch at the rugby club, so successful in fact that we are going to do it again! As you supported us the first time, we are giving you an early opportunity to register your interest. There are only 80 places up for grabs so please let me know very early as we are hopefully going to be fully subscribed.

 The format for the day is largely the same – Bring the kids too, they seemed to enjoy it last time.

£12 per adult for a 2 course sit down lunch as before. 

 For the young ‘uns it will be a couple for pounds for a hot dog / burger type lunch, as before,  if required.  Your early response will ensure your place – Contact MIKE KEELING;


WHEN? Friday May 13th

WHERE? Davenport Golf Club

WHAT? Bacon butties, coffee, 18 holes of golf, 3 course dinner

HOW MUCH? A bargain £50 a head!!

Contact Rob Oliver for more info or to book your place




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