Macclesfield Town

Moss Rose

Capacity: 6,335 (2,599 seats)
Address: London Road, Macclesfield, SK11 7SP
Telephone: 01625 264 686
Fax: 01625 264 692
Pitch Size: 100m x 60m
Club Nickname: The Silkmen
Year Ground Opened: 1891
Home Kit: Blue And White

A Closer View Of The Main Stand
A Closer View Of The Main Stand
Henshaws Stand
Henshaws Stand
John Askey Terrace
John Askey Terrace
Star Lane end
Star Lane end
Looking Towards The John Askey Terrace
Looking Towards The John Askey Terrace
Main Stand
Main Stand
Rear Of Main Stand
Rear Of Main Stand

On one side is the Silk FM 'Main' Stand. This stand is covered and has a raised seating area, which means that spectators have to ascend a small staircase to enter it. It has windshields to either side and runs for about a third of the length of the pitch, straddling the half way line. This type of stand, is a classic design, once common across the country, but many have since disappeared with re-development. Although it is old looking it was in fact opened in 1968. It is though unusual to see such a stand that doesn't have any supporting pillars running across the front of it. It has portions of terracing to each side and at its front.  The team dugouts are also located on this side.

On the other side is the covered, single tiered Henshaw's Stand, which was opened in March 2001. This smart looking all seated stand with a hospitality area to its rear, has greatly improved the overall look of the ground. The Macclesfield Audi Stand (Star Lane End) is a relatively new covered stand, that is a strange mix of seating and terracing. Strange and unusual in having a terrace area behind the seating area. Apparently seating was added to the terrace in this way, so that the Club could fulfil the then Football League's rules concerning the number of seats that a Club ground needed to be admitted into the Football League. Opposite is the open John Askey Terrace (named after a former player and manager), which is given to away supporters. In one corner of the ground there is a basic looking electric scoreboard which sits on top of the Police Control Box, next to the Macclesfield Audi Stand. The ground also a set of unusual looking floodlights.

The Club had hoped to move to a new stadium as part of a wider project to regenerate Macclesfield Town Centre which had been backed by Cheshire East Council. These regeneration plans had included the provision of a new 7,000 capacity stadium, situated south of the town centre, just a mile away from Moss Rose. However, the scheme has lost momentum and objections raised as to whether the Council should be spending money on a stadium, so unless the Club can find the necessary financial backing, then it looks like they will be staying at Moss Rose for a while yet.

Away fans are primarily located in the open John Askey Terrace, where up to 1,500 fans can be accommodated. Additionally, 403 seats are made available in the Henshaw's Stand, which sits at one side of the pitch. The seating may well be a better bet, as this stand is covered and the facilities new. Entrance to both areas is by ticket only, cash is not accepted at the turnstiles. 

On my last visit I opted for an away supporters seat in the Henshaw's Stand. Oddly you gain access to this relatively new stand by going through a rather old looking turnstile. However, once inside you should be impressed with the excellent facilities on offer. From your seat you can also enjoy the views of the rolling countryside stretching away behind the Main Stand. The view of the playing action and the atmosphere within the ground are both pretty good, with some enjoyable banter between the two sets of supporters. Food inside not only includes the usual fayre of Burgers and Hot Dogs (£3), but also a selection of Pies and Pasties, from local baker Brassingtons, including Meat & Potato (£2.90), Steak & Kidney (£2.70), Cheese & Onion Pasty (£2.70) and Sausage Rolls (£2). Macclesfield is generally a good ground to visit and an enjoyable day out as well, being hassle free and friendly on both my visits.

Please note that for certain games, only the seating area will be made available to away fans. The Club are partly making this decision on the projected number of traveling fans and whether the visiting club has only seats available (and no terracing) at their own ground.

The ground is located on the outskirts of Macclesfield and therefore there is not a tremendous choice of pubs or even a handy chippy. Adam Hodson a visiting Stockport County fan informs me; 'At the stadium itself, there is the Keith Alexander Bar which admits both home and away supporters. It is located in the Henshaw's Stand next door to the Sammy Macllroy suite  Apart from alcoholic drinks, hot food is on offer too'. Jonathan Woodard a visiting Brentford fan adds; 'The bar is free to get in and prices are reasonable and perhaps best of all you get a great view of the pitch so you can watch the teams warming up an hour before the game!'

The closest pub is the Golden Lion, which is just under a ten minute walk from the away turnstiles. I found the pub warm and friendly and I my last visit there was a 50-50 mix of home and away supporters. It serves real ale and on matchdays they offer Pie & Chips, plus a pint for £5, which can't be bad! The pub also offers free parking for coaches and mini buses if arranged in advance (Tel: 01625 423763). To find the Golden Lion, simply head down Moss Lane, which goes behind the away terrace, and then turn left at the corner of the ground and walk down behind the new stand. Keep straight on this road and you will come to the pub on the left. 

If you are into your real ale then I would suggest taking the 10 minute walk to The Railway View pub on Byrons Lane. This smallish pub has around six ales on offer including a number of guest beers. They also sell homemade pies and if the weather is good then there is a small beer garden. To find this excellent pub follow the A523 from the ground towards Macclesfield town centre. At a set of traffic lights turn right into Byrons Lane. Just go over the railway bridge and the pub is on the right. Paul Petty a visiting Colchester United fan adds; 'I went to the Railway on Byrons Lane before (and after) the game. I am not sure if it is a annual event but I was lucky enough to hit their mini-spring beer festival. I would highly recommend the pub for both the quality of the beer and the friendliness of both the landlord and clientele. My only regret was that I didn't book a later train back to London!'

If away fans are seated in the Henshaw's Stand then alcohol is available inside the ground in the form of Budweiser (£3) and Magners (£2.80).

From the South
Leave the M6 at Junction 17 and turn onto the A534 towards Congleton. On reaching Congleton town centre follow the signs for A54 Buxton. Stay on the A54 for around 5 miles and then turn left on to the A523 towards Macclesfield. You will see the ground on your left after entering the outskirts of Macclesfield. Mostly street parking around and behind the ground and on the A523 itself.

From The North
Leave the M6 at Junction 18 and take the A54 towards Congleton. On reaching Congleton town centre follow the signs for A54 Buxton. Then as South.

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Geoff Knights informs me; 'Macclesfield railway station is about one and a quarter miles from the Moss Rose ground, about a 20 minute walk away. As you leave the station, at the bottom of the station approach, turn left onto Sunderland Street and follow until the traffic lights at Park Green (War memorial and gardens). Turn left onto Mill Lane (it is probably better to cross onto the opposite side of the road here at the traffic lights) and follow this road which becomes London Road. Just after passing the Catholic Church on the right the ground comes into sight ahead.

Chris Dale adds; 'You can also catch a bus up to the ground from the new bus station in the town centre. To reach the bus station from Macclesfield railway station, cross the main road outside the station using the pedestrian crossing, turn right and then turn left by the car showroom into Waters Green and follow this road up the hill (Queen Victoria Street) to the bus station on the left. Buses returning from the ground stop on the main road outside the railway station. Times and Routes:- Service 9 Moss Rose circular - every 30 minutes (hourly at night and on Sundays) Service 14 Langley - hourly all day and evening (no Sunday service)   Further information is available on Traveline: Telephone number 0870 608 2608'.

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Home Fans*
Silk FM Main Stand: Adults £17, Concessions £13, Under 18's/Students £4, Under 12's £2**
Henshaw's Stand: Adults £17, Concessions £13, Under 18's/Students £4, Under 12's £2**
Macclesfield Audi Stand (Star Lane End): Adults £13, Concessions £9, 18's/Students £4, Under 12's £2**

Away Fans*
Henshaw's Stand (Seating): Adults £17, Concessions £13, Under 18's/Students £4, Under 12's £2**
Silkmen Terrace: Adults £13, Concessions £9, Under 18's/Students £4, Under 12's £2**

Concessions apply to Over 65's and the Disabled.

* These prices are for tickets purchased prior to match day. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up to £2 more per adult ticket and £1 more per concession ticket.

** Must be accompanied by an adult.

Official Programme £3 (on sale within the ground).

Altrincham and Stockport County.

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Record Attendance
9,003 v Winsford United, Cheshire Senior Cup 2nd Round, February 4th 1948

Average Attendance
2014-2015: 1,613 (Conference Premier)
2013-2014: 1,512 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 1,670 (Conference Premier)

Macclesfield Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Macclesfield Town v Grimsby Town
Conference Premier League
Saturday March 8th, 2014, 3pm 
Nathan Hill (Grimsby Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to the ground as it was one I had not done yet, and was interested to visit as, like Grimsby, Macclesfield used to be in The Football League.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I travelled on the supporters coach and had no problems with the journey. We found the ground quite easily, without any problems and were able to park right outside the away end, which was good.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We had filled up on McDonalds and KFC at the services on the way so before the game, me and my 3 mates decided to take a walk around the areas surrounding the ground. In fairness, The Moss Rose is situated in not the greatest of araes, but I had no problems with any locals.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

On the outside, Moss Rose looks like a well looked after stadium, with no apparent ageing. I did notice that the turnstiles were rather old, but that was all. When I was in the traditional terraces, the view of the game was decent, being very close to the pitch. The other stands looked average with The Main Stand overlooking the stadium.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

We took the lead in the 36th minute thanks to an ex-Macclesfield player, Connor Jennings. The game after that was fairly dull in parts, with many controversial decisions going in favour of the home team, including a harsh 93rd minute penalty being awarded. Scott Boden duly converted for the Silkmen, sending the travelling Mariners home with what seemed 2 points dropped. During the game, it was hard to generate an atmosphere due to the away end having no roof. However, we could hear every shout coming from the home end, fairly easily. I'm not sure whether that was due to the biting wind that day, or the way the stand is erected. I hardly noticed the stewards all game, leading to a very relaxed atmosphere, until the end, when some bitter Grimsby fans decided to rush over to the nearby Macclesfield fans, trying to provoke them. The stewards tried to deal with the 50+ Grimsby fans but struggled at times, however they did manage to prevent the trouble escalating. Facilities were poor with only one small food bar, leading to a very long queue at half-time. The menu flattered the food, as half of the food advertised was unavailable. I bought a small hot dog and a very small cup of chips, totaling £5, which was unbelievably priced for such small portions.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There wasn't too much traffic after the game, with the coach leaving smoothly, except for a few odd Macclesfield 'fans' shouting and gesturing at us, in a none too friendly manner!

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I enjoyed the day out to Macclesfield and enjoyed the traditional terracing. However, I would recommend that anyone wishing to visit Macclesfield, that they bring their own food! 

Macclesfield Town v Shrewsbury Town
League Two
Friday April 6th, 2012, 7.45pm
Myles Munsey (Neutral fan)

Reasons for visit:

This is a trip I had anticipated and organised for some time long before Macclesfield’s slide down the league. Promotion chasing Shrewsbury needed points for different reasons. A good encounter was in prospect. I needed the ground to reduce my required list for Cheshire!

Getting there:

I had arranged to stay in Macclesfield as I was visiting Brammall Lane the following day so a 25 minute walk through the town brought me directly there. The ground is easy to find and is well signposted on those brown tourist signs.

Before the game:

Owing to a number of places being closed on Good Friday a visit to the 24h Tescos to stock up on cash and sandwiches was required. At the ground I bought a programme from the club shop and engaged in friendly chat with the amicable stewards.

First impressions:

The ground was much as I expected. Modest. A world of difference from the Ricoh Arenas and St Mary’s of this world. The ground is shoehorned in by side streets, but once inside is actually quite spacious. The view of the hills would have interested me far more had it not been a soggy old night –rather a surprise after such a dry spring.

They are certainly proud of their club in Macclesfield with the MTFC logo cemented into the street outside the club shop and actually on the soap dispensers in the gents. Proper hot air hand driers in there too!

The mixed seating and standing at the Audi/Star Lane end (where I took up position) was unusual to say the least. I was not however tempted to sit as leaning on a crash barrier is something I don’t do often enough!

Looking Towards The Main Stand

Main Stand, Moss Rose, Macclesfield

The game:

This was a most entertaining encounter which despite the home side’s considerable efforts was won by the travellers 3-1. The wet surface meant the ball fizzing around and the match was played at high tempo.

Well taken goals by Collins and Wright had the Shrews in control before Mendy replied with a left-foot rocket into the top corner. A fight back was extinguished by another smart finish by Collins which wrapped things up.

There was a tremendous atmosphere in the home end which had its own resident drummer. Plenty of banter and noise for the first 80 minutes or so then Shrewsbury’s third goal left the place understandably deflated. 
Getting from the ground:

Straight out, then down the hill back into town.

For those who like the traditional football ground then Moss Rose is it -even down to the wooden turnstile booths. This is an unashamedly down to earth venue but there are a number of interesting features making the ground suitably arcane. Moss Rose I’m told is named after the pub (long demolished) that used to overlook the corner that joins the Main Stand and Silkmen End.

Friendly staff, no hassle, no frills and no prawn sandwiches! 10/10

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Updated 31st October 2015