theimps.ka
Macclesfield Town's Moss Rose
By theimps.tk
March 20 2009

Macclesfield Town is a near permanent fixture of ours in League Two. We're the only team to have played them in every single year they've spent in the Football League. A small ground with consistently low crowds, it seems almost strange we once had a Playoff Semi Final here.

Macclesfield Programme

DATES VISITED GROUND

DATE

OPPONENT

SCORE

26/12/02

Lincoln

MT 0 LC 1

30/3/04

Lincoln

MT 0 LC 0

7/12/05

Lincoln

MT 2 LC 1

21/5/05

Lincoln

MT 1 LC 1

18/2/06

Lincoln

MT 1 LC 1

1/1/07

Lincoln

MT 2 LC 1

5/2/08

Lincoln

MT 1 LC 2

21/10/08

Lincoln

MT 1 LC 2

10/10/09 

Lincoln

MT 0 LC 1

15/3/11 

Lincoln 

MT 1 LC 1

At the time of writing (31st December 2009), Macclesfield Town is the away ground I have visited more than any other. I have seen defeats, penalties-a-plenty, several storms and best of all, a draw that sealed progression to our second Playoff Final. It's a ground that holds several memories.

Macclesfield is in the middle of nowhere, however, it is next to a motorway but the official coaches decided a trip around the countryside would be better than the motorway which would have shaved an hour of the trip which included a rather unnessacery 15 minute stop in leek for a toilet break even though there was a toilet on the coach. Maccs ground isn't exactly the biggest and it hard to spot it until you were quite literally at it's gates.


THE AWAY END - THE SILKMEN TERRACE 

Macc 1


Around the ground there are a few things that would interest various types of people such as pubs, museums and a lot of other random things but you won't get time unless you go early. The nearest real area you could do anything is about a minute walk away, with the town centre a further ten or so minutes walk. However, I would recommend Macclesfield Town centre as it's quite decent for a town of that size.


SILKMEN FM STAND 

Macc 2


Going into the ground is as straight forward as you get with the simple turnstile system but then you're encountered with a rather steep staircase to get to the terrace, there is no other way of getting onto it if you're disabiled, it is recommended you go into the seated away end but we'll get to that in a bit. The view from the terrace could be better and in similar stand to Boston's away end, you can't see the goalline as it is blocked by advertising hoardings. The pitch is quite small so it's quite easy to see what goes on at the other end of the ground although the lack of an evelated position means you can really get a clean view of any goalmouth scambles that happen at that end.


ALFRED MCALPINE STAND

(RIGHT HAND SECTION IS ALSO PART OF AWAY END) 

Macc 3


The stand to our right was a fairly small seated stand which is a similar size to Chester's side stand but with blue seats and a white pattern which appears to be a logo of somekind. The executive boxes are directly above the seats. The stand opposite is another terrace, however, in a rather clever idea, they've got a section of seating in front of the terrace meaning that if you wanted to sit down then you don't have to worry about all those who are stood up becuase they're behind you and can't bloke your view. The final stand is a smaller version of Bristol Rover's main stand. It is a pitch length terrace with a very very small section of seating cover 1/3 of the pitch above the middle section the stand.


STAR LANE HFS LOANS STAND

Macc 4


The programme was quite decent although the main problem returned with too many adverts being inside. Overall I had an average view of Macclesfield, it wasn't a great ground or day out but it wasn't bad either, however, whether I would want to go watch a random game there if City weren't playing would be hard to decide and would get the more than likely answer of no.

SCORES

Overall Ground Quality5
Ease of Getting There4
Atmosphere3
Programme9
View of the Action7
Terrace Nuttage Rating6
The Football Feeling7
Friendliness of Home Fans8
Quality of the Game5
Chances of a random visit3
Overall54