Month: May 2015
Ground Number 132
First visit – Bristol Rovers v Grimsby (14/15 Vanarama Premier Division Play-Off Final)
Not a bad little ground to have a look at for possibly the last game of the season! The biggest contrast possible from my other new ground this week at Lostock Gralam. Having never been to the stadium before the redevelopment, I have nothing to compare it with, but I was impressed with Wembley.
Game 82 of the 14/5 season
The final league game for Macc of the 14/15 season, certainly no end of season feel to this one however! The hosts had seen themselves fall from a top 5 spot pretty early on and had bumbled along in the bottom half of the league, without ever looking likely to get relegated. The visitors had been in the play-offs for 21 consecutive weeks, but had fallen to sixth after a damaging away defeat to Forest Green.
Macclesfield still held out hope for some final day drama, with several permutations possible. Due to a pretty average goal difference, an away win was required above all else. This victory coupled with anything less than a win for Forest Green or a defeat for Eastleigh would see the Silkmen make the top 5 and contest play-offs for the first time since 2004/05.
Ground Number 131
First Visit – 12/5/15 Witton Albion reserves 0-2 Wythenshawe Town (Cheshire League Division 2)
This is a very basic yet tidy little non-league ground, whose owners Lostock Gralam will play in the twelfth tier of the English football pyramid next season.
The stand at Lostock, capacity 6, or 7 thin ones
An excellent read which charts Connor as he is granted open access to all things East Stirlingshire for the 2004/05 season. For the princely sum of £2,000 he is able to join the fold of Britain’s worst football team, meet the board for pre-season, stand in on all the team talks, travel on the team bus, and take on the temporary role as emergency kit man.
These are my thoughts on how each of Macc’s players performed in our excellent 14/15 season. Although we fell just short of the play-offs, a sixth place finish (the highest since 04/05), we had the third best home record in the league and the most points for 17 seasons.
All players started the season as a 5/10
George Pilkington A superb season from the ever dependable stopper, deservedly rewarded with players and fans player of the season. Continued to show that football intelligence and a reading of the game can make up for a lack of physicality. Held together a defence that kept 18 clean sheets and adapted well to playing with different partners. Well respected and will have a role in coaching younger players, hope to see him next season. 9/10