Moss Rose
Macclesfield Town v Shrewsbury Town
Friday April 6th, 2012, 7.45pm
League Two
By Myles Munsey

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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