Wem­b­ley trip will be 4th for stal­wart Roy

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STUART GREER

AN ev­er­green foot­ball fan who has seen all three FA Tro­phy fi­nals fea­tur­ing Macc Town is gear­ing up for an­other.

Roy New­some was there to see the Silk­men win the first ever FA Tro­phy in 1970.

The bois­ter­ous 23-yearold was so ex­cited he in­vaded the pitch at the fi­nal whis­tle and joined play­ers in their cel­e­bra­tions.

Roy was also there for the next fi­nal in 1989 when Macc Town lost and he was cheer­ing from the Wem­b­ley ter­races when the club won it in 1996.

Now the 69-year-old grand­fa­ther of three is get­ting ready to roar on the lads at Wem­b­ley again on Sun­day. And de­spite hav­ing had a hip re­place­ment he is keen to re­peat his an­tics of 1970.

Roy, of Low­er­field Road, Hurds­field, said: “If Mac­cles­field win and I can get my leg over the bar­ri­ers I’ll be straight out on that pitch to cel­e­brate with the lads, as long as I don’t get in any trou­ble.”

Roy’s love of the Silk­men and his trips to Wem­b­ley have al­ways been a family af­fair. He started go­ing to the Moss Rose with his dad when he was a boy and since he was 16 has hardly missed a game, home or away.

His broth­ers Gor­don and Stephen were at the 1970 fi­nal and by the next two fi­nals Roy was shar­ing the fun with his sons Paul, now 43, and Stephen, 46.

Now three gen­er­a­tions of New­somes will be trav- elling to Wem­b­ley in­clud­ing Roy, Paul and grand­son Ge­orge, 12.

Roy, a re­tired Mac­cles­field Bor­ough Coun­cil worker, said: “Watch­ing Mac­cles­field has al­ways been a family af­fair. It started with my dad and me and my five broth­ers, then came cousins and now grand­chil­dren.

“I re­ally think we can win this game, but win or lose I am just look­ing for­ward to a great day out with my family.

“I’ve got my shirt, my scarf, my flag and I’m think­ing of paint­ing my face for the oc­ca­sion.”

An­other main­stay of Roy’s pre­vi­ous Wem­b­ley ex­pe­ri­ences has been his beloved wife of 47 years, San­dra. But this time she’s not so keen.

Roy said: “San­dra’s not al­ways been the big­gest foot­ball fan, but she’s loved to come along for the family day out.

“I’m try­ing to per­suade her to give it one last go as we don’t know if we’ll ever get the chance again. I’m keep­ing her seat on the coach just in case she changes her mind.”

Roy New­some with son Paul and grand­son Ge­orge

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