Sunday, 11 December 2011

Macclesfield Town - Moss Rose



Macclesfield Town FC
Moss Rose
London Road
Macclesfield
Cheshire
SK11 7SP

01625 264686


Matchday Number: 101
Tuesday 28th December 2004
Macclesfield Town 2-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Coca Cola League 2





I have made several visits to Macclesfield's Moss Rose ground, but the one I am going to focus on here is our 2-1 victory in September 2007.

And so to Macclesfield. Home of the best chippy in the world believe me. Absolutely awesome, spot on, magic whatever you want to call it. Steak Pudding, Chips and Curry Sauce done to complete perfection for the utterly reasonable price of £2.60 (10p up on last year!) Beanhead certainly filled his boots. And not just with a generous portion of Scampi and Chips neither. On the journey he consumed (this is not an exhaustive list) 6 rolls, 4 iced buns, crisps, prawn crackers, other cakes, plums and apples. Plus a big meal waiting for him when he got in. Where that boy puts it all I don't know but it doesn't show on his fairly slim body - it must be the 4 pints soaking it up!

Anyway as regular reader of this site will have noticed I have a penchant for visiting football grounds, concentrating on FA Cup entrants.

Coleshill Town. Decent venue. The road near their ground must have the highest squirrel population in the UK. ! counted 10 running out in front of my car plus a couple that had become a cropper due to other drivers not stopping in time. It really was bizarre.

Boldmere St Michaels; Another good ground.

Ardley United: It's "Ardley" any distance off Junction 10 of the M40, but a pleasant stadium for Hellenic league level. Well kept and smart.

Sutton Coldfield/Romulus: 2 teams from the BGB league share this ground.

Willenhall Town: Where one match wonder Matt Barnes-Homer came from in the 2006/07 season.

Mickleover Sports; Kind of an accident stumbling on this one. A passenger known only as Bobby Orange to protect his real identity told e he knew where he was going. Said he would get us home quicker but it ended up adding an hour on to our journey. What a plonker, but another ground done and not many miles added on to the trip.

After a pleasant pre match pint we entered the Moss Rose. What we saw was scrappy at first but eventually we got control of the game. Scott McGleish scored the first but ended up injuring himself in the process. He has a much better game than his starting strike partner Jermaine Easter who again was quiet.

Perhaps we should have had Macclesfield's physio who's healing hands brought Macclesfield's players back to life after they looked like they had been shot down by a sniper in an attempt to win a free kick.

Our second was scored by Reuben Reid who had looked excellent in the reserves in midweek. Again he was lively and looked like he could tear League 2 defences apart. Start him up front with McGleish please Mr Lambert.

I think Sergio changed the game when he came on for the injured Bloomfield. He was his usual creative self and helped put the Macc defence to the sword. That couldn't be said for John Sutton who came on earlier than Reid, despite not looking that good in the reserves.

Not writing him off just yet, but to use him in front of other, better strikers is madness when he is not on form.

THE MOSS ROSE is a pleasant little venue to watch football at. Away supporters are given an open terrace, although the steps are quite deep, so you should get a good view. Visitors also get part of the stand along the side, which holds 2000 and has good views and a roof. If a small amount of away fans come, as in Wycombe's case, the terrace is often closed. The other end is covered, with a terrace at the back and seats at the front. Finally, my favourite stand, a big bold blue stand holding around 650, with open terracing at either side. The chippy that I mentioned is about a mile from the ground, but there is an OK pub nearby for a pre match pint.











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