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Rugby Notes from ‘Clubman’

Rugby football takes a back seat this weekend due to tragic events at Priory Park on Saturday afternoon just as the final whistle was about to blow on the Macc v. Tynedale encounter when long standing member and supporter of the club Ron Townley collapsed in the clubhouse with what appeared to be a Stroke and although the Paramedics arrived and gave him all the support they could sadly there was little that could be done and Ron passed away shortly afterwards.


500 Club

Oct 2017 results are

£40 – Niall Campbell
£30 – John Curwen
£25 – Vicky Brierley
£20 – John Curwen
£15 – Andrew Bradshaw

Projected pot for the Christmas draw will be a massive £850!!

Coaches Required

On Sunday 26th November there is a MRUFC Ladies Team “come and have a go event”


The team are looking for a coach / coaches to take them forward, onwards and upwards.  We have plenty of experience within the club and it would be such a shame if the team has to source a coach from outside the club.

On the 26th November, the event will be very “softly softly” to ensure people are not put off!!! – The intention is to form a full on Women’s Rugby Team for the club – which will be a massive boost to our standing and something that has been missing for a long time!

However, moving forward the team require experienced coaches able to give up time to help them develop their skills.  Maybe a team of two or three to share the workload would work?

If interested, please contact Mary Thorp

The club is 100% behind this, so it may be a ticket to further coaching qualifications if that is required / wished for?

Graham Simpson

It is with sadness that announce the untimely loss of former player Graham Simpson at the age of 46. Graham had suffered with illness for some time.

Our deep sympathy goes to Albert and Cynthia and the rest of his family and friends at this difficult time.


Date: 26th November 2017
Time: 13:00-15:45

We are very excited to announce the details of our ‘LADIES RUGBY GIVE IT A GO’ event on Sunday 26th November. 

This event will mark the beginning of our brand-new Ladies team at Macclesfield Rugby club. We’re hoping to give you a taster of Women’s Rugby and a chance to meet the club and ask any questions you may have about signing up.

There is no charge for the event and your participation will earn you a FREE DRINK! 

What to bring: Yourself, a water bottle, money for the bar (there will be a drink provided but if you want anything extra, food and drink will be on sale!).

What to wear: T-shirt, jumper, leggings/shorts, trainers/boots, rain-coat – any clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy. Make sure you wrap up warm – rugby is a winter sport! 
Order of events: 

13:00 – 13:10 Welcome introductions 
13:10 – 13:30 Warm up touch game
13:30 – 14:30 Rugby ‘taster’ stations
14:30 – 15:00 Touch game
15:00 – Clubhouse for food, drinks and sign ups! 

In the clubhouse you’ll have the chance to ask questions, have a well-earned drink and discuss the next steps of getting the team off the ground. We’ll also be collecting email addresses so you can sign up and find out more.

We hope you’re sold by now and ready and raring to go. Just come along, bring family and friends, and in the meantime just spread the word, get excited and we’ll see you on the 26th!

Any questions please contact

Luctonians Lunch

We have just two tables left for the lunch prior to the Luctonians match on the 9th November. This is going to be great fun with comedian Scott Bennett entertaining the diners. So whether you can get some friend together or you just want to come on your own, make sure you book with Jonathan as soon as you can.


Old Boys Lunch

The annual ‘Old Boys Lunch’ this season will be before the Stourbridge game on the 21st April. Three tables have been reserved but, there is still a bit of room left depending on the girth of the diners. A barrel of guest beer will be available and high jinks are expected. Please register your interest as soon as you can with Geoff Rushton –



Two minutes silence was impeccably observed by MRUFC Mini’s, Juniors and Colts on Sunday 12th November 2017.  Prior to the silence, Toby Jarratt (U11) played the Last Post on the bugle.  Following the silence Tom Brierley (U12) read an extract from The Fallen.  Toby then signalled The Reveille.  A small delegation of Mini and Junior players then proceeded to the Lounge where Tim Peakman read the Roll of Remembrance for those from Macclesfield Rugby Club who fell in WW2.

A demonstration of how the generations following those who gave their lives; for our freedom and to allow us to play our wonderful game, will never forget.

Ron Townley

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long standing Club member – Ron Townley.

Ron’s playing career ended at Redcar RUFC in the 70s due to injury but, he still managed to stay in touch with the sport when he became a member and season ticket holder at Macclesfield RUFC. Although he suffered with illness in recent years he was always available for a beer and friendly post-match debate. He will be missed by all those that knew him.

The funeral is to be held at Rainow Parish Church on Wednesday 22nd November at 2.00pm. Ron’s family have asked that all his friends from the rugby club wear their club ties. The left hand side of the church will have pews reserved for rugby club members

Our thoughts go out to Robina and the rest of his family at this time.

Robina would like to express her personal thanks to all those at the club who helped to look after Ron after the match on Saturday.

Sale Sharks

We are delighted to announce that eight Macclesfield U14 lads have successfully been accepted into the Sale Sharks DPP Development Player Program

Ryan Newbigging
Ethan Quinn
Charlie Warr
Oliver Thompson
James Miller
Harry Owens
Will Plant
Edward Ford

Four other boys who were nominated, narrowly missed out on selection, but will be re-evaluated next season:-

Jamie Downes
Ellis Underhill
Lewis Johnson
Conall Lynch

There are 10 skills sessions that run on till the end of March 2018, culminating in a festival in April.

Well done to all the lads, and keep on learning and progressing within our beautiful game!


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