Macclesfield Town F.C.

Macclesfield Town ( officially: Macclesfield Town Football Club ) is a football club based in Macclesfield in Cheshire, England. The club plays its home matches at the Moss Rose Stadium and has been nicknamed The Silkmen ( German The silk men).


The club was founded in the mid-19th century, after football rules, however, was played in 1874. Previously Macclesfield Town was a rugby club. By 1940, the team wore several different names, including Macclesfield Football and Athletic Club, Halliburton Field FC Macclesfield and F. C. After the Second World War, then took part in today's club name.

From 1946/47, they played in the Cheshire County League, we became a founding member of the Northern Premier League, which you could also win in the first two years in 1968. After the third title in 1987, the club acquired in the Football Conference, the fifth English top flight. The Conference could win in 1995, the rise in professional football was the association prohibited, however, there were Football League standards not recognized by the association.

In 1997, with the renewed Conference Championship then promotion to the Third Division (now Football League Two ). After the renewed rise of the club played in the Second Division (now Football League One ), the highest ever league in the club's history, however, the direct descent back to the fourth division could not be prevented. After a further decline in 2012, the club now plays back in the Conference National.

In October 2006, the former international star and England international Paul Ince took over the post of coach players. He should lead the club back to the third tier. However, this failed and Macclesfield Town escaped at the end of the season by finishing 22 barely escape relegation. After the meantime Ian Brightwell had taken the coach successor since June 29, 2007, came on 27 February 2008 Keith Alexander to the " Silkmen ". However, this died a year later. The former assistant coach Gary Simpson took over shortly after its successor.


On 9 January 2011, the midfielder Richard Butcher died at his home in Swinton, at the age of 29 years. After he did not show up Monday training, experienced club manager Gary Simpson, that he died of a heart rhythm disorder. Butchers shirt number 21 since then, no longer awarded as a mark of respect.


  • FA Trophy: 1970, 1996
  • Football Conference champion: 1995, 1997
  • Master Northern Premier League: 1969, 1970, 1987
  • Northern Premier League Challenge Cup: 1987
  • Cheshire League champion: 1932, 1933, 1953, 1961, 1964, 1968
  • Cheshire Senior Cup: 1890, 1891, 1894, 1896, 1911, 1930, 1935, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1960, 1964, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1983, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2000
  • Champions Manchester League: 1909, 1911