Thank you for visiting the website – I hope that you find it informative, nostalgic and entertaining all at the same time!
The idea to produce this site was developed in the wake of The Silkmen’s FA Trophy Final defeat at Wembley in May 2017. I wanted to create a site which not only provided a point of reference, documenting the latest goings on at the club, but also one which would pay tribute to our illustrious history and the people who helped create it.
In addition to this, I wanted to add an element of humour to the site and embody a “fanzine type” element to it. In order to achieve this, the site displays a “Fanzine Fun” section which will be a light-hearted look at recent news, as well as tongue in cheek stories which I hope you will be entertained by.
One of the main issues I had in setting up this site centred around the use of photographs and images. As such, I am indebted to the following people for their support and generosity in relation to many of the images which you see here; Richard Partington (Macclesfield Express), Colin Peake (The National League), Geoff Knights (Silkmen Archives), Rob Heys, Chelsie Wilson, David Tolliday and Peter Hilton Photography.
Thanks also go to Stuart Court (www.tothe92.co.uk) for use of his banner image which you see at the bottom of this page, as well as others.
As a self-confessed technophobe, I am also grateful to the following people for their help in setting up this site and putting up with many dummies which were spat out along the way; Gary Ashworth (Blue Zebra Creative), Alex Flack, Peter Lynch and Dave Graves.
I also want to thank those people who made me get up off my arse and turn the idea in to reality – which at times was no mean feat. To this end, I extend my special thanks to Dianne Shannon, Victoria Morley, Chris Hulme, Kate Shelmerdine, Andy Worth, Sean Worth and of course the Legend that is Jim Goodwin – without whom non of this would have been possible.
Finally, thank you to Macclesfield Town fans past and present for giving me so many fantastic memories over the years – I hope that this site can do them some degree of justice!
Bob Trafford – Editor.
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