We’re on way to Wem­b­ley as Silk­men book place in fi­nal

Macclesfield Express - - SILKMEN ON GLORY TRAIL - STU­ART GREER

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.”

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