To coincide with the unveiling of the new Macclesfield Town kits for the 2017/18 season tomorrow evening, we look back at some of the classic shirts from yesteryear.
In this, the penultimate article of the series, we take you back ten years, to the 2007/8 season where Ian “Bob” Brightwell was in the Macclesfield Town hot-seat.
Earlier in the year, the club had run competition where fans were asked to try their luck at designing the new home kit. I remember thinking to myself at the time that there is only so much that you can do with a royal blue home shirt, and my bland effort was quickly thrown in to the recycle bin.
However, for one legendary Silkmen fan this was not to be the case and he saw his innovative design emblazoned across players and fans alike.
Colin Farnworth is the gentleman in question and he produced quite possible the most novel design ever worn by our boys in blue.
The kit embodied a bold white “S” through the shirt which really did make it stand out from the crowd. Made by A-Line, the material was also stretchy – like really stretchy, so much so that it could easily be remoulded to a belly full of ale with the greatest of ease.
If there was to by one criticism of the shirt, and this has nothing to do with the design, it would be that the club badge was not quite as prominent as it should have been – ok it is a pretty pedantic gripe but still, we love to show off where we come from!
The season itself was a pretty dire one as Ian Brightwell was replaced by Keith Alexander part way through. I always felt sorry for the former Manchester City star, as he tried to play football the right way – on the deck, quick passing football. Sadly those he entrusted with the task were not up to the job.