Silkmen in ‘bid’ to host the World Cup
MACCLESFIELD Town FC have made an outrageous bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Football bosses used the club’s website to reveal their tongue-in-cheek aspirations to bring the prestigious competition to the Moss Rose stadium.
It said: “With exceptional facilities in and around the Macclesfield area and a footballing history to rival any previous host we are confident that this World Cup can be as successful as any.”
The proposals poke fun of Macclesfield’s inclement weather, recommending ‘air conditioned stadia’ are used to cope with the ‘whopping 14.1°C’ averages.
Other unlikely venues being proposed include Weston Playing Fields where the capacity is joked as being ‘124 spectators and eight dogs’.
The club also say it has budgeted £249.99 for the total cost of the tournament and it even created a Macc 2026 logo, a tribute to the one used for the 1998 World Cup in France.
The hoax is the brainchild of the club’s media manager James Beckett in a bid ‘poke a bit of fun’ at the current scandal FIFA is embroiled in.
He said: “It’s the end of the season and the website is a little quiet so we decided to have a little fun. It was immediately picked up on social media and has created a bit of a buzz.
“FIFA is not having the best time at the moment, so we wanted to poke a bit of fun to lighten things up.
“I hope everyone will back the bid for Macc 2026.”
The comical bid proposes that the opening and closing ceremonies and final are hosted by the Moss Rose stadium with current manager John Askey and celebrity antiques expert David Dickinson appearance.
The mock bid also proposes Bollington Recreation Ground Playing Field as one of a number of training facilities for teams, but warn that “it is the responsibility of each association to make sure that the pitch is clear of dog foul prior to the start of each session”.
Food and drink, the club claim, includes pies from Brassington’s Bakery and Marston’s beer.
Media facilities will be at Macclesfield Library while the six hotels and 16 B&Bs will be “more than adequate” for the 32 teams and supporters, according to the club.
The real bidding process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup starts this year with the host announced in 2016.
Weston playing fields is one of the ‘stadiums’ (Google Maps) and Macc Town’s spoof World Cup logo
●● The Silkmen would provide ‘exceptional’ facilities as World Cup hosts, says the website