Month: August 2015

(18-8-15) Lincoln 5-3 Macclesfield (Vanarama National League)

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Game number 9 of the season

The 4th game of the season for the Silkmen, after taking 4 points from their last 2 home games. A visit to Lincoln never really fills the average Macc fan with much hope however, with just 2 victories in the last 20 visits to Sincil bank, only one of which I have been lucky enough to see.

This was another game for me watching from the press box, and it certainly kept us all busy on social media and the radio, with 8 goals and chances galore throughout the whole 90 minutes. The game opened in typically cagey fashion with neither team taking much of a chance in possession. However it soon burst to life as the away team scored 2 excellent headers from pinpoint Paul Turnbull set pieces, to find themselves with a 2 goal cushion after just 6 minutes; Dennis and Lewis the scorers. Read the rest of this entry »


Soccernomics by Kuper & Szymanski

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This is the sort of book that the traditional English manager would gladly use as a doorstop at the training ground, such are the challenges that it makes to the status quo. This is an analytical book which takes an economists perspective on various football topics.

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(1-8-15) Macclesfield 7 – 1 Congleton (Friendly)

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Game 5 of the season

The final pre-season fixture before the big kick off at Torquay on August 8th. After Stoke U21 pulled out at pretty short notice, Congleton stepped in to ensure that we were able to complete our preparations in a semi-competitive environment. The Silkmen put out a strong line-up, with Sampson, Pilkington and Turnbull out with injury.

One entertaining feature of pre-season games at this level is trying to work out who the trialists are. Shawan Jalal was pretty well known, but our number 14 for the day was merely known as Mr Holmes, very formal if not slightly mysterious. What was not quite so entertaining was the injury to Curtis Haynes-Brown early in the first half, with an innocuous looking challenge seeing the left back stretchered from the field and taken to hospital. Initial reports seem to suggest a ruptured achillies, which would rule him out for the majority of the season.

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