Macclesfield Rugby Club Chairman, Peter Harper, talked to us about his love of rugby and his hopes for this season.
What was your first experience of Macclesfield Rugby Club?
As a toddler, I used to go to the old ground at Tytherington to watch my Dad play for Macc. There was no Mini/Junior section at Macc when I was a young kid and my first experience of playing for Macclesfield was with my Dad playing for the 5th team as a 13 year old back in 1971, the first of somewhere in the region of 1,000 senior games for the club.
Ever been tempted anywhere else?
I’ve been a “one club man” all my life and have been around Macc Rugby Club for for over 55 years, 45 years as a player and over those years have got to know know just about every member and player. I feel I have an understanding of the club members and what their ambitions and expectations are.
What achievement are you most proud of, on or off the pitch?
Being 1st XV Captain of the only rugby club I’ve played for, and being captain of the the first team to win Silverware for Macclesfield Rugby Club (Colts in 1974)
What is the worst mistake you’ve made, on or off the pitch?
Volunteering to play prop!
What are you most looking forward to as Chairman of the club?
It would be great to see through the proposed development of Priory Park, but in reality, I’m just proud to be able to put something back into the club in return for the years and years of enjoyment I’ve had being a playing member.
What are your main functions as Chairman of Macclesfield Rugby Club?
As Chairman, I head up a 5 man Executive Committee, responsible for the general running of the club. My day job, is as a Director of Claphams Landscape Services Ltd, one of the club’s sponsors, so my “club work” is done during evenings usually. There are always emails, issues and phone calls to deal with and meetings to go to, not to mention the weekly ritual of watching the 1st XV playing, wherever in the country that may be.
Where do you see the future of Macclesfield Rugby?
My vision is to see the club thrive as a true Community Club, providing rugby for all ages, standards and abilities. It would be great if we could introduce Ladies Rugby to Macclesfield in the future, something which will prove difficult if not impossible with the current clubhouse. Ideally, I’d like to hand over to a new Chairman with the club in better shape than it was when I took over the chair.
What are you most looking forward to this season?
I’m looking forward to all the teams within the club enjoying their rugby, without any pressure for success, at whatever level that may be. I always did, no matter what team I played for, or what the result was…. After all, that’s what rugby is all about surely!
Anything else you’d like to mention about the club?
Just to say, I’d like to offer my thanks to all those club members who have supported me since 2102, but, in particular, I must say thanks to the 4 other members of the Executive Committee for all their hard work and support over the past 5 ½ years.