Classic Silkmen Shirts: Part Three


To coincide with the unveiling of the new Macclesfield Town kits for the 2017/18 season on Wednesday, we look back at some of the classic shirts from yesteryear.

Today we take a look at possibly my favourite away shirt of all time – the bright orange kit which lit up the 2002/3 season.

When the kit was first brought out, it was met with some degree of scepticism. It was possibly the brightest kit that the Silkmen had ever brought out, and coupled with the matching shorts and socks it was just too much for some!

Yet I really liked this strip, sponsored by the Cheshire Building Society it was really comfortable to wear and also had a really decent collar to flick up (although Mr Cantona had long since departed, it still looked cool).


MTFC Orange kit

Sunglasses at the ready! (Pic courtesy of MTFC)


Also, for those who wanted a name and number put on the back then the black lettering really did stand out – adding to the unique appeal of the shirt.

It may be consigned to the attic nowadays (bit small now anyway!) but it was one of my absolute favourites and I don’t care what anyone says 🙂

The season itself was a dire, mundane one under the leadership of that very nice man David Moss – he loved the fans and we loved him.

Macc ultimately would finish sixteenth, yet the memories were to be made after safety had been secured. Rochdale came to the Moss Rose for a final day clash – one which would see Sir John make his last appearance for The Silkmen. The script was followed to perfection – two minutes to go and 2-1 down, Askey latched on to a fumbled parry from Dale ‘keeper Gilkes to tap home the equaliser.

The subsequent celebrations and leap in to the adoring Star Lane crowd may have learnt him a yellow card, but did anybody really care?

The fairytale was complete win Matty Tipton drove a fierce shot in to the corner of the net to give Sir John the perfect send off.



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