Clubman – Both All Blacks and Blackburn beaten!

After Saturday’s amazing result from Yokohama, when England overpowered the All Blacks to get through to the final of the World Cup, other events seemed slightly lower key.  All rugby people feel that New Zealand have always been the side to be measured against, so for England to win with such conviction will be an inspiration for many.

Sympathies to all of our Welsh friends, their side just being piped in the other semi-final, with South Africa now meeting England next Saturday morning – come and join us at Priory Park.

The first team travelled to Blackburn winning 20-23, despite losing the try count by 4-2.  We still sit third in the league: Billingham on 38 points, Blaydon on 32, Macclesfield on 31, and Harrogate on 28 points (but with two games in hand). But all these sides have still to visit Priory Park where we’ve established a fortress, playing very attractive rugby. Head Coach Andy Appleyard thinks we’re in a good place; and he is obviously enthusiastic to maintain the winning momentum.

Next week will be a blank Saturday for the 1st team, but we can see them at home on November 9th against Alnwick – why not join us for lunch beforehand.

With the monsoon rains at the weekend all the pitches were unplayable at Priory Park. A great shame for everyone who came down in the morning – but at least we got to watch England demolish the All Blacks.

President Peter Harper

President Peter Harper

Last week Clubman featured the playing career of our President but there is far more to his contribution to MRUFC. He became Chairman in 2011, and has enjoyed much success in that role.

He lists his achievements as ensuring the Club became solvent, and this is a position he’s eventually managed to steer us into; his leadership has enabled us to thrive as a community rugby facility and not just a one-team club.  As a result we muster four successful senior teams, a ladies section and our minis, juniors and colts are the envy of many neighbouring clubs. For most of his tenure in the Chair Peter worked extremely hard to attempt to secure planning permission to redevelop part of our land here at Priory Park, only to see Cheshire East Planning Committee reject our application thus denying us the opportunity to develop Priory Park for years to come.

Peter was disappointed with the rejection, but immediately set about putting plans together to improve our Club’s facilities.  He’s overseen the conversion of the Spiral Lounge, the lift installation, which will happen next month, and the upgrade of the changing accommodation. Now that he’s stepped aside, and accepted the role of Club President, he’s able to devote time to one of our main sponsors: Claphams Landscapes, a large independent grounds maintenance company.

As Club President, along with his wife Debbie, he still follows the first XV to all the home and away matches.

The Spiral Lounge.

Bar Steward Amanda Keogh

We are very proud of the recent development of this new bar and lounge.  Previously known as The President’s Lounge, the room was used for the occasional special events, and very much underutilised. Last season a group under the guidance of our general manager, Andy Appleyard James Jennings, Jim Curtis and Lewis Smith and other helpers; utilised their special skills – to make things happen!  For instance Sam Moss, first team hooker provided all the joinery work to install the new bar; John Teal demolished structural brickwork and fitted steel beams to open up the new room.  Plastering, decoration and flooring work was completed by Sunday working parties; all this accomplished to a budget of £1,200.  In the first weekend of opening, bar takings exceeded £6,000 so we more than covered our costs.

After providing all the fantastic rugby graphics that decorate the walls of the lounge and also generously printing our match day programmes, its only right that Macclesfield based Spiral Print get to name the lounge.

Peter’s final act in the chair was to appoint Amanda Keogh as Bar Steward; she’s doing a fantastic job, known to everyone, and always has a happy smile whilst pulling pints.

Note to members and guests.  Don’t forget the Clubhouse will be open from 8.00am next Saturday.  Wide screen television, full English breakfast to watch England v South Africa in the World Cup Final – can you afford not to be there, the atmosphere will be fantastic.

Macclesfield Rugby Union Football Club (MRUFC) is committed to upholding the core values of Rugby Union, ensuring all players, match officials, spectators and members of the club are able to enjoy the game in accordance with the RFU Core Values.

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