A night to remember for junior football fans
THERE was an international flavour to summer at the Moss Rose last week, when Turkish side Besiktas took on FSV Mainz.
And in a bumper crowd at Macc Town plenty of local junior footballers turned out in force to see a fine summer spectacle.
Chief attraction was Besiktas’ new £5m signing from Chelsea Demba Ba, making his debut for Slaven Bilic’s side, who are preparing for their Champions League qualifier against Feyenoord.
The Senegal striker, who was introduced at half-time last Wednesday, took the time to pose for photos with the kids, a gesture appreciated by them.
On the field, Besiktas’ Canadian midfielder Atiba Hutchinson was the central figure as he scored both goals in a 1-1 draw.
After a goalless first half Mainz – who will compete in the Europa League as well as the Bundesliga this season – came on strongly in the second half and it took just six minutes of the second period for them to take the lead, via Hutchinson’s own goal.
Hutchinson made amends with 10 minutes to go, scoring an equaliser to see the match end all square.
And with a host of World Cup players on show on both teams it was a night to remember for the youngsters turning out in their droves.
“We made a big emphasis on getting some junior football clubs up to the ground,” said Danny Towns, a member of Macc Town’s management committee.
“Bollington United, Macc Tigers, Tytherington Juniors and Cheadle and Gatley were all guests of the club with free tickets for kids and parents and Chrome Motors provided a free buffet for the kids.
“The event was organised to ensure the children of Macclesfield got an opportunity, we were delighted to support it and we’re really happy with the outcome.
“If any clubs or organisations wish to get involved email me at email@example.com or call me on 07790 958220.”