Re­union for for­mer foot­ball leagues

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

PLAY­ERS, man­agers and ref­er­ees who were in­volved in two de­funct am­a­teur foot­ball leagues held a fundrais­ing re­union.

Almost 300 peo­ple turned up at the Pack Horse So­cial and Bowl­ing Club on Abbey Road for a cel­e­bra­tion of Mac­cles­field Sun­day League and East Cheshire Satur­day League.

The two leagues clocked up 100 years of am­a­teur foot­ball be­fore fold­ing at the end of last sea­son. The re­main­ing eight teams have joined the Leek Sun­day League or the East Cheshire Sun­day League.

The demise was blamed on poor fa­cil­i­ties, in­creas­ing costs and a lack of in­ter­est in run­ning lo­cal foot­ball teams.

The event was or­gan­ised by Mal­colm Maginn, Phil Ed­wards and Stu­art Street as a fundraiser for East Cheshire Hospice.

A raf­fle, in­clud­ing prizes of an Eng­land shirt signed by Ge­off Hurst and Martin Peters, and a Manch­ester City shirt signed by Rod­ney Marsh, raised £780.

As well as the many play­ers who turned up there were of­fi­cials in­clud­ing fa­ther and son ref­er­ees Dave and Tim Ham­mond.

Chair­man of Mac­cles­field and Dis­trict Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Phil Ed­wards said: “The two leagues go back as far as the mid-1960s. That’s 50 years of the two leagues. Most of the nine dis­tricts in Cheshire have seen leagues dis­banded thanks to the costs of grass roots foot­ball, with in­surance costs and pitch hire of­ten too ex­pen­sive and club sec­re­taries and man­agers hav­ing to do vir­tu­ally all of the work to keep teams go­ing.

“We all great time at the re­union and I would like thank all those that at­tended and the Pack Horse for host­ing.”

●● Mal­colm Maginn, Phil Ed­wards and Stru­art Street

●● Keith Rogers has made the fi­nal of a na­tional pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion with this snap

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