From The Chair 35


What a fantastic 6 days it has been!…3 titles in less than a week for the Macc Lads, making 2015-2016 officially the most successful season for the Senior Club in it’s 139 year history!

How the week unfolded.

  • Wednesday April 13th, The Lions become Cotton Traders Premiership Champions when they won away at Sedgley Park 32-3
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Lions Crowned Premiership Champions!
  • Saturday April 16th, The Blues are crowned Champions of National League 2 North for the 3rd time, and are promoted into National League 1 at the 1st time of asking, after taking maximum points at Priory Park against Chester.
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The Blues savour the moment as they are crowned Champions!
  • Tuesday April 19th, MRUFC become County Champions winning The Cheshire Cup by defeating Caldy by 46 – 27
Macclesfield win the Cheshire Cup!

NATIONAL 2 NORTH CHAMPIONS!                                        

Priory Park saw the biggest crowd of the season, witness The Blues win the League title in style with still 3 games of the season remaining!  A carnival atmosphere was in the air as Giles’ team took to the field against Chester, knowing a single point would see them to the title and promotion.  85 minutes later, there were 5 points in the bag and the celebrations began in earnest.  The Blues stand proudly at the summit of N2N with a huge margin of 25 points over 2nd placed Sedgley Tigers, just reward for the hours & hours of graft, hard work, blood & sweat put in by all the squad and management since pre season started at the end of June.

Next season will bring new challenges, but in the meantime, let’s all enjoy being N2N Champions……….Well done to everyone involved and THANKS to all the supporters, volunteers and club employees who made this possible.


Injured skipper Mike Finniemore celebrates with The Blues
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It’s a ‘Man Thing’ !
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‘Man of the Match’ Josh Fowles roars in to complete his Hat trick and secure the bonus point.
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Coach & Chairman enjoy a beer (just the one………honest!)
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He’s Big! He’s Bad! It must be Solomon Gadd! One for the family album
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The Blues celebrate in time honoured way after a long, hard season.
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Mrs Harper on the end of a choke tackle from Mazzer
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Winners medal

None of these achievements would have been possible without huge amounts of hard work from all the players, coaches and back up staff here at Macclesfield RUFC. We mustn’t forget the supporters either, without their support on cold, wet afternoons, I doubt these results would have been achieved. On behalf of The Executive Committee, I’d like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone involved in this seasons success. Well done and Congratulations to all!


As you will now know, the Blues beat Chester 40-12, the Lions won at Sedgley Park by 36-3, the 3rds lost at home to Wilmslow 2nds and the 4ths lost away at Bowden 3rds, 20-15

This weekend sees  the Blues travel to Heywood Road to take on Sale, the 3rds also play Sale, this one at Priory Park, the 3rds travel to play Liverpool Collegiate 2nds and the 4ths are resting.


Saturday April 30th will be the last game of the season for Macclesfield Blues when they host Stourbridge.  Make sure you get down to Priory Park to say well done and good luck to the team before they embark on the adventure that is National League 1.

As this is also Ladies Lunch day, we are offering a 2 course lunch for £8 plus entry!!  Hot Pot followed by English & Continental Cheese board for £8.00!!  Its the last match of the season so don`t be left disappointed…book early for what is always a great day.

Colts 40th Anniversary. 

April 30th is also the 40th Anniversary of the Colts winning the clubs first ever trophy, when they won the Cheshire plate back in 1976. There will be a few of that team attending the lunch to talk about the old days and reminisce, including Bill Roberts (he had hair then!) and your Chairman.

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1976 Colts Captain Pete Harper receiving the Cheshire Plate
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The victorious Colts of 1976
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Plug, Hoss, Russell & Paul



May 12th is the date set for what is now, the Annual Players Awards Dinner -With all the successes so far this season, it’s going to be a fantastic night! 

Zach Heath collecting the Lions Championship
Zach Heath collecting the Lions Championship 2015
Jordan Brookes - Chairmans Player of the Season
Jordan Brookes – Chairman’s Player of the Season 2014-15
Matt King - First Team Player of the Season
Matt King – First Team Player of the Season last season

Book your place with Jonathan ASAP to avoid disappointment.  Trophies, medals, beer, awards, a comedian, great food & great craic…what more could you want! 


The winner of this weeks competition was your President …John Webster, who accurately guessed the score as 40 -12 and earned £150.  Drinks on Webbers for the Stourbridge game!!


I regret to inform you that , Ron James, a very long-standing member of Macclesfield RUFC, died peacefully at the age of 93 at Mahogany Nursing Home, Wigan on Tuesday 13th April.  Ron never played for Macc. but was an integral part of ‘The Stags’ set up for many a season, and was a well known face at Priory Park every Saturday.

Ron`s funeral is to be at 12.15 pm on Tuesday, 3rd May at Broken Cross Methodist Church. Anyone who would like to attend would, of course, be most welcome.  I’d like to pass on the club’s condolences to Gordon and the rest of Ron’s family at this sad time.


Following due process and a 3 month interim period, I’m pleased to announce Jonathan Marsh has been appointed as the permanent Business Director for Macclesfield RUFC.   I’m sure you’d all like to join me in congratulating Jonathan on his appointment and in wishing him well for the future.

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The club allocation for England v South Africa (12th November) and England v Australia (3rd December) will be with us by mid-May. As yet we do not know prices but we expect them to be similar to the 6 Nations.

If you would like tickets for these games, please contact Tony Close on 07786 514715 or

Tickets for the other autumn internationals are available via the RFU (Argentina & Fiji)


There are only a remaining few Sportsman’s Dinner places left! Don’t miss out! To reserve your table or places please contact Jonathan on 01625 827899 or email


Macclesfield Rugby Club

Friday 13th May 2016 Davenport Golf Club

Join Macclesfield’s rugby and business golfing fraternity for a fabulous day on Davenport’s beautiful golf course. 

£200 per 4 ball includes: Coffee & Bacon Sandwich on arrival, 18 Holes of Golf and a great 3 Course Dinner – plus the opportunity to win a  hole in one – a brilliant day in May! Come and have a great day, let me know and I’ll reserve you a 4 ball, alternatively if you can’t manage to raise a 4 ball and you fancy playing let me know and we can make a 4 Ball, it’s just about having some fun and playing a round of golf !!

Loads of prizes on the day including the chance to win a brand NEW Mini !!

Cost per player – £50 or for a 4 Ball £200

We do have some sponsorship opportunities, let me know if you can help out

This is a great day out with your pals or entertaining clients and friends in a fantastic environment – and if last year is anything to go by, some great craic! 

Please give me a call or email me to book a team/discuss these sponsorship opportunities.

Robert Oliver

07855 257071



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