Global suc­cess for Macc Town’s World Cup bid

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

MACCLESFIELD Town FC’s bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup has gone global.

The club’s web­site views rock­eted by 600 per cent af­ter the Ex­press re­ported on its tongue-in-cheek cam­paign to bring the con­test to the 6,355-ca­pac­ity Moss Rose sta­dium.

Me­dia manager James Beck­ett said: “The re­sponse has been fan­tas­tic and the ar­ti­cle has cer­tainly gen­er­ated a buzz around the foot­ball club.

“We’ve done eight live in­ter­views on ra­dio sta­tions and had re­quests from New Zealand to North­ern Ire­land!

“Web­site traf­fic over the two days fol­low­ing the ar­ti­cle was greater than the whole of May and me­dia re­quests keep rolling in. It seems peo­ple cer­tainly want to back the bid!”

He added: “Ob­vi­ously it was a bit of a PR stunt from us, we want to raise the club’s pro­file both na­tion­ally and lo­cally.

“We have a ter­rific catch­ment area around the club and if we show we are pre­pared to have a laugh, that can only ap­peal to po­ten­tial sup­port­ers.

“We had a great sea­son last year and hope to have an­other this year. We want peo­ple to be proud of their foot­ball club, even if we aren’t suc­cess­ful with our World Cup bid!”

●● Macclesfield Town named Bolling­ton Recre­ation Ground as one of the train­ing venues in its hoax bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Inset: The ‘bid’ logo

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