Rugby Notes from ‘Clubman’ – Easter Weekend

Not much to report in relation to Macclesfield Rugby this week as with it being a Bank Holiday. There were no senior fixtures on Saturday and we now look to the final weekend of what has been a disappointing campaign for the Senior XV at Priory Park. However, we hope they can close the season on a high when South Leicester visit for what will be our final game at National League level for a season at least with the North Premier League now beckoning for the 2019/20 season which starts in September.

I am sure that much thought has been put in already for what will not be an ‘easy’ season for players and supporters alike come those first games in September as the clubs currently in the North Premier will, as I have previously indicated, be looking to make their own markers when they play Macclesfield and set standards for the games ahead so hopefully we can retain the bulk of our squad with a view to an early return to the level of rugby we have been accustomed to at Priory Park over the years since leagues were introduced to our great game.

I have made it clear that the next ‘Clubman’ after our final game will be my last one after more years than I care to remember but so far I am not aware of anyone putting their hand up to continue this important role for the club.  I remain hopeful that this will not be the case and if anyone out there is interested they can contact me at ‘’ or even this weekend at the club when I will be only too happy to pass on my contacts.  I still live in hope that a replacement will be forthcoming but if not the column will be history but rest assured I will still be enjoying my time supporting the club as I have done as a player, supporter and scribe since my first days at the club way back in early 1974 when we played at Tytherington – a ground I still cross regularly on my dog walks along with the memories it brings but now it is only the round ball game that is played there.

Before our final game on Saturday be prepared for some great support from our Ladies as they hold their annual pre-match dinner at the club from noon onwards as well as raising funds for local charities.  No doubt the buckets will be round during the game so be ready to dip into your pockets.  The Ladies team incidentally play their final home game on Wednesday 15 May at so do come along and support them as the season closes.

The Easter weekend began badly for ‘Clubman’ as his first rugby love – The Wire – went down badly at home to Salford and hopefully, as you read this they have registered some points over in Humberside on Easter Monday.  I can but live in hope…

Games for the final countdown on Saturday as follows:

  • 1st v. South Leicester – Home –
  • 2nd v. Sedgley Park – Home
  • 3rd v. Rochdale 2 – Away

That’s it for this week, as always, enjoy your Rugby. I do, and now looking forward to retirement from this role and Cricket for the Summer!



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