Macc leg­end’s mum says omens are good

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James thinks the at­mos­phere in that game will have helped his side ahead of their match at Wem­b­ley.

“It was a good game against Lin­coln and those at­mos­pheres do make you play slightly better,” he said.

“Nat­u­rally it gets you go­ing for the game and I thought we per­formed re­ally well against Lin­coln.

“We have shown what we can do against some of the best teams in the league so we’ve got to go and re­pro­duce that.”

The FA Tro­phy fi­nal comes three weeks af­ter the con­clu­sion of the Na­tional League sea­son, and James ad­mits that the break without foot­ball is not ideal ahead of the match.

“It’s been dif­fi­cult re­ally. Usu­ally at the end of the sea­son you can switch off men­tally a bit, but not for us,” he said.

“We had a week to re­lax and re­group and then two weeks get­ting back at it and into the mind-set to go again.

“We’ve got to get the right in­ten­sity to make sure we’re at our best.

“The lads had a bit of a break from each other and I think we were all se­cretly de­lighted, but in all se­ri­ous­ness we’ve had a lot of long trips this sea­son and it is made a lot eas­ier as there are some funny char­ac­ters in the squad.” THE mother of Silk­men leg­end Richard Butcher be­lieves the num­ber 21 could help Mac­cles­field to vic­tory in the FA Tro­phy.

Gail Butcher, 53, thinks her son’s shirt num­ber, which was re­tired by Mac­cles­field Town in his mem­ory af­ter his sud­den death in 2011, com­bined with the fact it has been 21 years since the club’s last ap­pear­ance at Wem­b­ley and the date of this year’s fi­nal, May 21, is ‘a good omen’.

Gail, who will be cheer­ing on the Silk­men at Wem­b­ley, said: “The num­ber 21 is very sig­nif­i­cant to me be­cause of Richard. It’s spe­cial. So when­ever it crops up it re­minds me of Richard and makes me feel like he’s still with me.

“When Mac­cles­field got into the fi­nal my friend, Trevor Stokes, pointed out that it had been 21 years since Mac­cles­field’s last trip to Wem­b­ley and the fi­nal will be May 21.

“It’s also worth adding that the squad num­ber for Scott Fen­wick, who scored the win­ning goal for York against the other semi­fi­nal­ists Lin­coln, is 21.

“I like to think all those oc­cur­rences will be a good omen for Mac­cles­field.

“I’ll be there and I like to think Richard will be too, maybe help­ing the lads get that win­ning goal.”

Richard was just 29 when he died sud­denly of a heart con­di­tion. Since then the Silk­men have hon­oured his mem­ory in var­i­ous ways, most re­cently by re­boot­ing its youth set-up with Project 21 and re­nam­ing the old Cor­ner Flag Bar as Butch’s Bar.

Both projects were funded by the Richard Butcher Memorial Trust, which is run by Gail.

Mean­while, Macc are urg­ing fans plan­ning to take the trip down to Wem­b­ley to get in touch about sup­porter coaches.

It estimates trans­port on these coaches will be around £35 for re­turn travel. VIP coaches, which have table and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, will be priced at about £60 per per­son.

Visit the club’s web­site mtfc.co.uk for de­tails.

Tick­ets for the fi­nal, which also give you ac­cess to the FA Vase fi­nal, are avail­able from tick­et­ing­con­tent.thefa. com and cost £1 for chil­dren, £10 con­ces­sions and £25 adults.

Richard Butcher

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