To coincide with the imminent unveiling of the new Macclesfield Town kits for the 2017/18 season, we look back at some of the classic shirts from yesteryear.
Today we feature a shirt which, despite being one of the best that the club have ever produced, is tinged with great sadness.
During the summer of 2009, Silkmen fans flocked to the Moss Rose to pick up their new home shirt and the first one to ever be made by the illustrious Adidas.
The famous three stripes were emblazoned on the traditional royal blue, together with a smart white column which ran down the left hand side of the shirt.
Most Adidas products are awesome to wear and this was no exception. It looked great, felt great and was everything anyone could have wanted in terms of a new home shirt.
During the obligatory pre match shandy on away trips, we would regularly get asked by the locals if we were wearing the new Chelsea shirt – on the whole they were not too disappointed when we said that we were from Macclesfield!
The season itself was a rather monotonous affair with the only real highlights being a trip to the new Walkers Stadium to play Leicester City and a 4-1 victory over local rivals Crewe Alexandra over the festive period.
However, football was deemed inconsequential following a mid week draw at Notts County on 2nd March. The following morning, news broke that Manager Keith Alexander had suddenly passed away, leaving the club in shreds.
Despite the obvious reservations, the game away at Hereford the following Saturday went ahead where the travelling Silkmen faithful provided a fine tribute to their former leader.
This was re-enacted the following Saturday when Bury visited the Moss Rose – a match which was labelled “Keith Alexander Day” where 53 doves we let loose from the pitch symbolising Alexander’s tender age.
We will be featuring both of these matches in greater detail in the weeks to come, but for every Macc fan who owns this shirt it will forever be worn in memory of Keith.
His spirit lives on.