The Complete History Of Chester’s Visits To The Moss Rose

In addition to ground sharing at the Moss Rose between 1990 and 1992, Chester have made the journey to East Cheshire on 36 previous occasions to face The Silkmen for competitive First Team fixtures.

The first recorded match was back in March 1890 when fresh from winning the Cheshire Senior Cup for the first time, Macc secured a 3 – 0 victory courtesy of a brace from Hindley and a strike from Lea.

Chester would avenge the defeat eight months later when they ran out 3 – 2 winners, yet the home side would then enjoy three victories on the bounce against their Cheshire rivals.

The most emphatic of these came in November 1893 where Hollinshead bagged a hat-trick and these were added to by goals from Hall, McCabe and an unrecorded sixth scorer in a 6 – 0 FA Cup Second Qualifying Round tie.

A rare draw then ensued in December 1893, but this was again followed by three consecutive home victories for The Silkmen.

Our Combination League record was completed with a two all draw at the Moss Rose back in February 1897, although Chester recorded a fine 4 – 1 victory the next time the sides met in a League Cup First Round tie played in September 1914.

Our Cheshire League record against Chester is virtually perfect as we defeated The Cestrians in eleven out of twelve matches played at the Moss Rose between December 1919 and October 1930.

The biggest victory came in May 1921 – just a week after suffering a 1 – 0 defeat in the reverse fixture.

Braces from Adams and Bullock were added to by Jones, as Macc ran out comprehensive 5 – 0 winners.

Macc then hosted Chester’s Reserve Team on a number of occasions within the Cheshire League between 1931 and 1968, enjoying a healthy rivalry with their second string – but the two First Teams did not meet at the Moss Rose again until February 1975, when Macc secured a 4 – 1 victory to progress to the Third Round of the Cheshire Senior Cup.

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Andy Scott : Goalscorer for Macc back in 1975 (Pic courtesy of the Macclesfield Express)

Andy Scott was on the scoresheet that day, as well as strikes from Heys, Collier and Hutchinson.

Fourteen years later the two sides would lock horns again – this time in an FA Cup First Round tie.

A Steve Burr strike ensured that the tie would be replayed back in Chester on the back of a 1 – 1 draw and Peter Wragg’s side pushed the League team all the way that night before losing by three goals to two.


Steve Burr : His strike sent the FA Cup First Round tie to a replay in 1989. (Pic courtesy of Keith Wilson)

The next competitive meeting between the two sides at the Moss Rose proved to be an historic one for The Silkmen as goals from Steve Wood, Neil Sorvel and Phil Power secured a 3 – 2 victory, and with it, promotion to the Second Division in April 1998.

Sammy McIlroy’s men secured a place in the third tier of English football in their inaugural season in the Football League and would go on to pit their wits against the likes of Manchester City, Stoke City and Fulham.

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The promotion winning side of 1998 (Pic courtesy of John Rooney / Silkmen Archives)

The Cestrians would next visit the Moss Rose in April 2000, where a first half John Askey strike helped to register a one all draw and this was followed by a 1 – 2 defeat on New Years Day 2005 with Mike Sharon netting the consolation goal.

On New Year’s Eve later that year, Kevin McIntyre’s strike on the hour mark would contribute to avenging that defeat as Macc ran out 1 – 0 winners and this was followed by a one all draw in September 2006, with Martin Bullock firing home after ten minutes.

Chester would rein victorious a year later however, as Terry Dunfield’s 58th minute strike proved to be in vein as the visitors secured a 2 – 1 victory and our Football League record was completed in December 2008 with a 3 – 1 victory courtesy of strikes from Nat Brown, Gareth Evans and Martin Gritton.

The Cheshire rivals have met at the Moss Rose on four separate occasions in the National League, the first of which took place in February 2014.

Goals from Scott Boden, Steve Williams and Chris Holroyd gave Macc a 3 – 2 victory that day and it got better for the home side the following November, as Sir John’s side secured a 3 – 1 victory.

Waide Fairhurst’s 35 yard screamer sent Macc into the interval two goals to the good against Steve Burr’s Chester side, after he had previously converted a controversial penalty for the hosts.

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Wide Fairhurst hit a thirty five yard screamer back in November 2014 (Pic courtesy of Peter Hilton)

Seven minutes after the break Matthew Barnes-Homer added a third, before Ben Henaghan pulled one back for The Cestrians two minutes later.

Rhys Taylor then saved a Sean McConville penalty and speaking to the BBC after the game, Burr rued his side’s luck –

I’ve never been involved in a game of football quite like that, where any team of mine have played so well and lost.

“I was flabbergasted at half-time when we went in 2-0 down as I didn’t really know what to say to the lads.

“But it’s about putting the ball in the back of the net. And, although I’m full of pride for the way we played, we didn’t take our chances.

“Their penalty was completely against the run of play and then the lad hits an unbelievable strike.

“You could have had had three keepers in and they wouldn’t have saved that. It was their night and good luck to them.”

Steve Burr. Speaking to the BBC in November 2014.

The visitors launched a stunning comeback the next time they made the journey over to the Moss Rose however, despite the fact that Danny Whitehead had given Macc the lead in the 52nd minute.

Chester secured victory with two injury time strikes though, as Tom Peers and Craig Hobson completed a dramatic turnaround.

The was precious little drama the last time the two sides met at the Moss Rose in October 2016, as the game could not produce a goal from either side.

Danny Rowe went the closest for the home side, as he hit the woodwork twice in the first half and was unable to break the deadlock.

Our complete first team record against Chester at the Moss Rose is –

Played 36. Won 24. Drawn 7. Lost 5



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