Silk­men in ‘bid’ to host the World Cup

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

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.

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We­ston play­ing fields is one of the ‘sta­di­ums’ (Google Maps) and Macc Town’s spoof World Cup logo

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●● The Silk­men would pro­vide ‘ex­cep­tional’ fa­cil­i­ties as World Cup hosts, says the web­site

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