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🔎 The Opposition: Macclesfield Town (A)

An in-depth look at Saturday's opponents

13 February 2020

Club News

🔎 The Opposition: Macclesfield Town (A)

An in-depth look at Saturday's opponents

13 February 2020

Exeter City make the long trip north this weekend to face Macclesfield, looking to make it three wins on the bounce in Sky Bet League Two.

Here’s all you need to know about Saturday’s opponents…

  • Founded: 1874
  • Nickname: The Silkmen
  • Honours: FA Trophy (1969-70, 1995-96), National League (1994-95, 1996-97, 2017-18), Northern Premier League (1968-69, 1969-70, 1986-87)

Macclesfield Town can be traced back to 1874, when the 8th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers and Olympic Cricket club merged to form Macclesfield FC, with matches alternating between football and rugby. The club played in the FA Cup for the first time in 1882, losing 4-3 to Lockwood Brothers, and entered the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1879-80, winning it on their debut season.

The club were inaugural members of the Cheshire County League at the start of 1919-20 and were champions for the first time in 1931-32. Albert Valentine set the all time club record in 1933-34 number of goals scored, netting 83 times in the season.

Macclesfield reached the Football League for the first time in 1997 after originally being denied two years earlier due to ground grading. They won their first league match 2-1 against Torquay United and went unbeaten at home in their first season.

The Silkmen have fluctuated between the Football League and National League in the last two decades, being relegated out of the league in 2012 and returned back to the fourth tier in 2015. Financial difficulties have blighted Macclesfield’s campaign this season, with the EFL deducting the club six points for financial irregularities.

Last Time Out

Morecambe 2 Macclesfield Town 0 | February 11, 2020 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

Toumani Diagouraga and Aaron Wildig were on target as Morecambe took a step closer to survival in this six pointer.

Key Stats

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The Manager

Mark Kennedy

Kennedy became manager of Macclesfield last month in what is his first senior managerial role. He has coached at Ipswich Town, Manchester City’s academy as well as the Wolves under-23s. Known primarily for his playing career at Wolves, where he scored 12 times in 167 matches from defence, he began his career with Millwall in the early 90s and went on to play for the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Wimbledon and Cardiff City. He also played internationally for Ireland, scoring four times.

The Ground

  • Name: Moss Rose
  • Capacity: 6,355
  • Year opened: 1891
  • Address: London Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7SP

Built in 1891, Moss Rose is one of the oldest grounds in the Football League still in use today. Located around a mile from the town centre, Moss Rose first hosted Football League matches when Chester City ground-shared the stadium while their own Deva Stadium was under construction. The Grecians were Chester’s first Football League opponents at the ground.


Moss Rose consists of four stands. The McAlpine runs entirely along the side of the pitch and is the most modern of the structure at the ground. It houses some away supporters as well as home fans. The Main Stand houses the dug out and press area, while behind one goal is the Star Lane End, which consists of a standing terrace behind a few rows of seating. The other end – the away terrace – is uncovered.

One To Watch

Joe Ironside

Joe Ironside is Macclesfield’s top scorer this season with six goals. The former Sheffield United trainee has been making waves in his first Football League season, scoring the match winner against Forest Green at the end of January in a 2-1 win.

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He came to the attention of the Silkmen after a two year spell at Kidderminster Harriers, where he scored 42 times in 82 matches, turning down a new two year contract at the Worcestershire club to head north in June 2019.

Previous Encounters

Exeter City 1 Macclesfield 0 | August 3, 2019 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

Ryan Bowman scored the only goal as City left it late to take all three points.

Macclesfield 3 Exeter City 2 | April 9, 2019 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

Macclesfield came from behind twice to secure victory thanks to Troy Brown’s 85th minute own goal.

Exeter City 0 Macclesfield 1 | November 11, 2019 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

Harry Smith’s goal sealed victory for the Silkmen at the start of the Sol Campbell era.

Head to Head

  • Macclesfield wins: 5
  • Draws: 5
  • Exeter wins: 5

Ticket News

Tickets can only be purchased directly through Macclesfield.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here, or on the day at Moss Rose. When buying a ticket please select the age bracket with 'Away' in front of it then it will light up the correct blocks, from where you can select your own seat.

For disabled/carer tickets please contact Macclesfield directly on 01625 264686. 

Please note the away terrace will not be open.

Ticket prices are as follows: 

Big Brand Ideas Stand

  • Adults: £22
  • 65+: £17
  • Under-25: £12
  • Under-18: £6
  • Under-12: £3

Season tickets for the 20/21 campaign are now on sale and play a huge part in enabling your club remains financially stable and well prepared

By purchasing a season ticket in the super saver period, you will not only make huge and the best savings on admission for the campaign, but enable the club to operate fully whilst we have a period of no matches and minimal income. Find out more by clicking here.


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