We’re on way to Wembley as Silkmen book place in final
THOUSANDS of Macclesfield Town fans are booking a trip to Wembley after a wait of 21 long years.
Coach-loads of fans are expected to make the 400 mile round trip to London to take up some of the 10,000 places available after the Silkmen won a place in the FA Trophy final.
The last time Macc Town were at the iconic venue was in 1996 when they beat Northwich Victoria 3-1 to lift the FA Trophy for the second time.
It comes after 500 fans travelled to Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park to see the Silkmen triumph 1-0 to seal a place in the final on May 22 against York.
Rob Heys, general manager at Macclesfield Town FC, has urged as many fans as possible to support the team and help the club push for the cup.
He said: “The atmosphere at the club is great.
“Everyone has a smile on their faces and a spring in their step.
“Before the game I predicted the impact supporters could have. For 90 minutes on Saturday supporters made their voices heard. It was superb.
“It has been 21 years since we were at Wembley. There is a whole generation of people who have never experienced that magic. I want to see as many people down there cheering on Macclesfield, whether it’s their first time or regular supporters.”
Victory would see Macclesfield walk away with at least £41,000 in prize money even if they fail to win the final, and £66,000 if they do.
Among the fans booking a place at Wembley is Dean Holmes, 29, of Wenlock Close, who took his three-year-old son Archie to the semi-final.
He said: “The atmosphere was electric. We always believed we could win, but to do it was incredible. I’ve been a Macc Town supporter since I was a boy and even worked at the club for a time. It is an amazing club. I made a pact with myself some time ago that I would not go to the national stadium to see England play until Macclesfield went there first.
“A chance to see your team at Wembley is a dream come true. It’s going to be a fantastic day out. I cannot wait.”
Chris O’Neill, 32, took his five-year-old son Michael. Chris, of Park Lane, said: “It was absolutely brilliant. I’ve already booked our tickets to Wembley. It’s going to be magic. I just hope that we can bring the trophy home.”