Moss Rose  - Macclesfield Town
Saturday January 3rd, 2009
V Everton, FA Cup 3rd Round, 3pm
By Bobby Rooney

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

Well I was looking forward to the Macclesfield game for numerous reasons really. It's the magic of the cup, the fans come out in numbers and make it a tricky yet entertaining game. Since the start of the Premiership, we have had limted opportunities to enjoy terracing, this would be my 1st game back on the terrace for Everton since the ever famous loss away to Shrewsbury back in 2003, so I was excited, that with the fact i'd never been to Macclesfield before meant I could add another ground to the list.

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

I wouldn't say the journey was hard really, just time absorbant, leaving our local railway station at 9.30 we got to Macclesfield just shy of 12.15, but the train was easy for us to go. On getting into Macclesfield there is a variety of different Pubs and the Town Centre on the right hand side, but we thought we'd head straight to the ground and catch a pint closer up. Coming from Train is easy and I do recommend it to anyone as you turn left when leaving the station and follow the road round before eventually stumbling across the stadium, it really is well hidden.
Whilst walking down, there appeared to be some street parking and some car parks, which charged £5.

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

On the way to the stadium we basically went from the town centre, there were plenty of pubs and a few fast food e.g. pizza shops and Chippy's. We didn't stop there as we were hoping for some resources nearer to the stadium. We went into a pub called the Three Crowns, situated on a bottleneck, as we were collecting tickets off a friend, they served a variety of beer and £2.30 for a Draught lager was what we paid.

As we got nearer to the ground, we saw a Co-op and a small Café which sells hot beverages (£1.00), Savoury goods (1.00), cakes and Soup, I bought a cornish pasty and it was delicious, I again would recommend going there. The home fans were very friendly and they had a bit of banter with us before hand and were quite helpful.

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

The ground is what I expected it to be like, not very modern and compact. But the pitch was really narrow and small, but very close to the stands suggesting that there wopuld be a better atmosphere. There appeared to be 2 more modern looking stands, the Alfred Mc Alpine stand and the Silkman Terrace (away end). The other 2 looked a little old, but rather unique addition to the Star Lane end, was that it is half seats and terrace, I liked the idea. Overall, not the best of grounds, but Macclesfield don't need anything bigger and it has character unlike many modern stadums.

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

The game itself was dominated by Everton, but it was no walk in the park, Macclesfield should have been 2-0 up before Leon Osman scored for Everton. Our end was quite good from where I was stood, but perhaps it may have been quieter to the Macclesfield fans, as I felt that at times they generated more noise, but not very often. Macclesfield perhaps could of and probably should of secured a draw in the last second after holding us out for another 45 minutes, but Tim Howard saved us, and we were were through. They do sell the famous Chicken Balti Pie (£2.40). The stewards were also very friendly, we had a bit of a talk with them about the game and they were more than helpful, Macclesfield should be proud. I didn't use the toilets so I cannot comment.

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

Leaving the ground is pretty easy, with it being a sell out 6,000 it was still 25,000 less than a regualr goodison crowd and their average attendance is 1700, so I wouldn't worry about that.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Managed to get home at 7.45 just in time to watch it again on the telly and that summed up my day. Went perfectly, had a good laugh, got to see the Blues win away (again!) and another cup run perhaps. The surroundings made the atmosphere better and there was always a kick to it, and I would recommend a trip to Moss Rose to anyone, friendliest place I've been.


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