Fans urged to cheer Silk­men in fi­nal push to Wem­b­ley

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STU­ART GREER AND RUS­SELL EDGE

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town are just 90 min­utes from Wem­b­ley and the club is urg­ing fans to get be­hind their bid to reach the fi­nal of the FA Tro­phy.

More than 2,300 fans sup­ported the Silk­men at the Moss Rose on Satur­day against Tran­mere Rovers in the first leg of the semi fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion.

With the sec­ond leg at Tran­mere this Satur­day (March 18) finely bal­anced at 1-1, Mac­cles­field are 90 min­utes away from a place in the fi­nal.

Coach-loads of fans are ex­pected to take the 50 mile jour­ney to take up some of the 2,000 places in the away end at Pren­ton Park.

Rob Heys, gen­eral man­ager at Mac­cles­field Town FC, is urg­ing as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to take the trip and cheer the boys to vic­tory.

He said: “Ev­ery­one at the club is try­ing to keep calm but it is hard not to find your­self get­ting ex­cited about be­ing within touch­ing dis­tance of a cup fi­nal at Wem­b­ley.

“John Askey is do­ing a great job pre­par­ing the lads on the pitch, and Tran­mere will have a big crowd there, so we need as many of our sup­port­ers to make the trip. Never un­der­es­ti­mate the im­pact the crowd can have on a game, our fans have been in­cred­i­ble all sea­son, and I am sure they will get be­hind the lads and make them­selves heard on Satur­day.” A place in the fi­nal is also worth £16,000 in prize money, a wel­come in­come for the non-league club. Among those fans head­ing to Tran­mere is Chris O’Neill, 32, who watched the 1-1 draw on Satur­day with his son Michael, five.

Chris, a ware­house worker liv­ing on Park Lane, said: “This is a chance for the town to take ad­van­tage of the club’s suc­cess and get be­hind them at the cru­cial time. “A fi­nal at Wem­b­ley will be amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and Michael and I will be do­ing what we can to push the lads over the line.”

An­other fan plan­ning to take the trip to Tran­mere, Steve Caulcott, from Prest­bury, holds the com­pe­ti­tion in high re­gard. He said: “It’s a fabulous com­pe­ti­tion. You al­ways want to get to Wem­b­ley, whether you’re Mac­cles­field or Manch­ester United, and this tro­phy gives us a great chance of do­ing that. I’m lucky I’ve been to Wem­b­ley three times and it’s al­ways great to see your side back there. It would mean ev­ery­thing, not just for the fi­nan­cial side.”

Pic­tures: Conor Mol­loy

Silk­men sup­port­ers at Satur­day’s FA Tro­phy semi-fi­nal first leg against Tran­mere Rovers

Mac­cles­field Town fan Chris O’Neill with his son Michael, five

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