The Remakable Macclesfield Town!
Posted by chris_saxon on January 30 2009 11:53:47
Three defeats on the bounce and people are once again talking about relegation, funny how expectations change so quickly amongst the football fan fraternity!
It seems ages since our last fixture at Don Valley, though that victory against Bournemouth might well prove to be one of the more decisive wins in the entire season. At the moment, results are more important than performances and we’ve managed a few good ones in recent weeks, though fans who went to Grimsby and Darlo might beg to differ.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go to plan against Scunthorpe in the 1st Leg of our Northern Area JPT Final and there is much to do if we are to realise our dreams of a second visit to Wembley in April. A marvellous travelling support failed to inspire the team and on the night the home side proved too strong for us and thoroughly deserved their victory.
However, Mark Robins has stated that despite this setback, all is not lost and I, for one, agree with him. Their players will find the atmosphere and surroundings very different when they come to Don Valley in mid February for the 2nd Leg and we, as fans, can make life doubly difficult for them by getting behind the team right from the off.
Living in the Scunthorpe area, I was sat amongst the home fans and I am in no doubt that they believe that the tie is a foregone conclusion. Perhaps over confidence could also play a part in deciding the eventual victors, we shall see.
Whatever happens, we should all be proud of what has been achieved in this Competition, just look back to those thrilling wins against Leeds and Leicester. I wonder if there is one more memorable evening to come.
For now we must turn our attention to the important stuff of accumulating enough points to avoid relegation from the Football League. That sixteen point cushion between us and Bournemouth is already starting to disappear and a few more results going the wrong way and panic might set in.
Tomorrow afternoon’s opponents, Macclesfield Town have occupied a mid table place for much of this current season. Looking at their results to date, inconsistency appears to be their main problem. On the plus side, they have beaten the likes of Chesterfield, Barnet and Aldershot comfortably, which is more than we could do. However, they’ve suffered several huge defeats notably against Darlington at home and at Shrewsbury, Wycombe and Morecambe.
Having said all that, the Silkmen, as they are called, produce something of a minor miracle every time they take to the field of play. Given their somewhat isolated geographic location and a total population of less than 50,000, they are always difficult opponents and few clubs enjoy a visit to Moss Rose, their home stadium.
Just how they manage to make ends meet is something to behold with average home attendances of less than 2,000. Balancing the books must be a real headache and they are to be commended for surviving in the Football League year in, year out. Indeed, their rise up the football pyramid is impressive and as recently as 1987, they were in the old Northern Premier League! I wonder what Macclesfield and clubs like them think of that proposed £100 million Kaka transfer?
Visitors to Macclesfield might find the town unremarkable, indeed in a Times survey back in 2004, the town was labelled the least cultural borough in the entire country due to its lack of theatres and cinemas, but the same cannot be said of its football club.
After today, long may they flourish; the Football League would certainly be the poorer without them.
Changing the subject, it seems that moves are afoot to secure a site for our new stadium. Whilst we all accept that for now we have to play our home games at Don Valley, it really would give everyone associated with the club a tremendous boost when construction begins and a return to Rotherham is imminent. Don Valley must be one of the coldest stadiums in the country and even in summer that wind whips across the stand!
Perhaps, next season we’ll manage a few more bums on seats with some big cup matches, think of it Manchester United or Chelsea at Don Valley, at least we’d have no trouble accommodating the crowd!
Enjoy the game and give the team some vocal support, they deserve it and it definitely gives them a lift.