52 – 1st April (NEW GROUND)
Boreham Wood 2-4 Macclesfield (National League) 6/10
Ground number 141
First visit – 25/2/17 (Dulwich Hamlet 2-2 Macclesfield – FA Trophy Quarter Final)
FA Trophy final quarter final day and the draw had thrown up a tricky encounter at Dulwich Hamlet. Another in the category of may not get chance to watch Macc here again – so best go just in case.
New ground number 138
First visit = 15/10/16 North Ferriby 1-4 Macclesfield (FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round)
A trip to Conference new boys North Ferriby United was the draw handed to Macc this season in the final qualifying round of the FA Cup. So my first trip to Grange Lane was moved forward from the scheduled league game in January.
Ground number 136
First Visit = 16-1-16 Truro 2-2 Macclesfield (FA Trophy 2nd Round) 6/10
There were certainly mixed emotions amongst the Macclesfield faithful when Truro away came out of the hat for this second round game, with a 619 mile round trip not everyone’s idea of a relaxing day trip.
Ground number 135
First Visit = 2-1-16 Tranmere 1-2 Macclesfield (Vanarama National League) 6/10
A huge ground (it holds over 16,000!) for a fifth division side and it really makes you want to get back into the league to go to more clubs of this size.
Prenton Park has a lot of history and has been the home of Tranmere for over 100 years.
It is dominated by the imposing Kop behind one of the goals and is a tidy modern stadium that not so long ago was hosting second tier football.
Ground number 133
First visit – 6/10/15 Guisley 0-3 Macclesfield
A torrential downpour followed us all the way over the hills to Guisley and lasted for much of the first half. Despite much more well equipped neighbours failing to beat the rain (Bradford’s JPT tie was abandoned in the 1st minute), we were able to enjoy a cracking 90 minutes of football on a good surface.
The ground does look a little more like an Evo-Stick venue that a conference ground, but there is a lot of effort going in to upgrading it and what facilities there are, are well kept. It certainly helps that all the staff and fans were also very friendly which made for an enjoyable trip.