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Macclesfield 1st XV took on Alnwick this weekend in their first home game in four weeks. The team was determined to improve its position in the Northern Premier League and came away with the maximum 5 points, winning by 31-26.

Unfortunately, the results elsewhere in the league meant the team maintained their position in 3rd place just one point behind second-placed Blaydon. The atmosphere at Priory Park, was electric as the spectators enjoyed an exciting game that moved from one end of the pitch to the other throughout. Man of the Match went to fullback Myles Hall who put in a magnificent tackle to save the game for the home side in the final seconds. The Clubhouse was full, and the hospitality lunch was well attended by members and many of the Club’s sponsors who witnessed the launch of the new Impact playing shirt, used in Saturday’s contest.

Macclesfield 3rd XV who play in Division 1 of the Halbro Northwest leagues also played at home beating old rivals Bowden 2nd XV 36-10. Macclesfield were 24-0 up at half-time, the highlight of which was a wonderful try run in under the posts by John Poyser, from the halfway line. Bowden put pressure on Macclesfield in the second half but Jeremy Bostock pulled the forwards together and the team pulled away in the last 20 minutes. Man of the Match went to Matt Price who also scored one of the 6 tries on the day. This team is looking for more players so if anyone reading this article fancies getting their boots back on, please go to the club website and contact the club – it’s great fun.

Macclesfield 2nd XV plays in the Premier Division of the Halbro Northwest Leagues. They had the away honours this week and travelled to local rivals Lymm coming away with losing bonus points to stay 6th in the table; despite crossing the line for 5 tries the side lost 31-37.

Macclesfield 4th XV had a rest weekend this week and a number of the players were able to step up and support the 3rd XV. The 4th XV also play in the Halbro Northwest Leagues at a competitive but more social level. If you are one of those who have played in the past but stopped for any reason then consider putting your boots back on. Come down to club night on a Thursday from 7 pm and join in the fun, the bar is open and food is available; you will be very welcome!

Last week Macclesfield Colts had a good win against Bowden Colts winning by 27 to 17. They then backed it up this week with a healthy and well deserved 24-15 win against an unbeaten Ellesmere Portside. Well done to the Colts.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the Rugby World Cup final last Saturday. Not so much for the result but because of the fantastic atmosphere at Priory Park. The Clubhouse was full from 8.30 am with members from every age group in the Club. Breakfast and refreshments were available throughout the day and the ‘after-party’ ended at about 4 pm. We wish a big thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a great day at the Club.

This weekend we remembered all those who died during the two world wars and particularly the 13 heroes from Macclesfield Rugby Club whose names are on the Remembrance Board in the small bar, and their profiles are on display in the Clubhouse. The Club has a tradition on Remembrance Sunday of having every age group in the junior section of the Club parade on the main pitch facing their families and friends in the stand to share the reading of the names of those members of the Club who died, followed by a two-minute silence.

We also remembered ALL those from the Armed Services, Emergency Services and Civilians who have died in conflicts around the world since 1945, in defence of the freedoms we enjoy today. We WILL remember them as we remember our friend George Lewis who passed away recently at his home in Bristol. George was the founder and first Chairman of the Mini/Junior section at Macclesfield Rugby Club in 1971/72. The Club pays tribute to George and is grateful for his foresight and commitment, the results of which were on display on Saturday with most of the 1st XV having come through the Mini/Junior section of the Club. 

The spirit and culture within a rugby club is a reflection of its membership and stakeholders. The Club Chairman, Stephen Branch, in his match-day comments, acknowledged all those people who come down and actively support the Club either as players (all age groups), social members, sponsors, friends & family, volunteers or co-workers. They support the teams on Saturdays and Sundays, home and away. They support the Club through the week working to deliver on projects and improvements. They support the club at events and functions and they support the day to day running of this wonderful community asset. 

Macclesfield Rugby Club’s aim is to be a happy, successful and sustainable rugby club at the centre of the community. A club where across all age groups from the U6’s to the 4th team, The Women, Touch Rugby and the Walking Rugby, the Club will aim to play at the highest level it can achieve within its financial means. The more commercially successful the Club is, the more successful it can be in developing and improving on the field of play across the Club.

Thursday night Walking Rugby group


If you are interested in playing full-contact rugby or touch rugby or walking rugby, have a look at the Macclesfield Rugby Club website and either contact a member of the club or come down and see us on a Thursday club night from 7 pm.

This weekend’s fixtures

  • 1st XV v Wirral (Away)
  • 2nd XV v Sedgley Park (Away)
  • 3rd XV v Penrith (Home)
  • 4th XV v Bowden (Away)
  • Ladies XV (No Game)


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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