Moss Rose: Macclesfield Town

London Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7SP, England
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League Two club Macclesfield Town have been playing football since 1876, though there have been some ups and downs for them during that time. The club’s history can be traced back even further than that, with the 8th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers having played football in the Cheshire town since around 1874. The Rifle Volunteers and Olympic Cricket Club merged two years later and the result was the formation of Macclesfield Town.

Though Moss Rose wasn’t built until 1891, it’s difficult to pinpoint exact locations where the club played its football in those formative years, but it's probable that it was mostly on fields in the town and football pitches attached to pubs. The club remained a non-league side until the 1990's, though it could’ve been promoted to the Football League sooner if Moss Rose had been up to scratch. Instead, they were denied entry in 1994 and had to wait until 1997.

Stats

Moss Rose Stats
Year Opened1891
Capacity6,355
Average Attendance1,839
Record Attendance9,008 (Macclesfield Town v Winsford United (1967))
Pitch Size100 x 60(6000)
OwnerCheshire East Council
Clubs HostedMacclesfield Town, Chester City
First Fixture12/09/1891
Macclesfield Town Football Club Stats
Year Founded1876
NicknameThe Silkmen
Club MascotRoary the Lion
RivalsAltrincham, Stockport County
Previous StadiumsVictoria Road
KitBlue & White (Home) / Red & Black (Away)
Training GroundSandbach Community Football Centre
Shirt SponsorArighi Bianci
Team OwnerRamy Ltd
Record GoalscorerJohn Askey (109)
Record AppearancesJohn Askey (679)

Moss Rose Photos

Moss Rose Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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The Moss Rose layout involves four different stands on each side of the pitch. Here’s a look at them:

  • Silk FM or London Road Stand - Considered to be the main stand of Moss Rose even though it’s not the largest; the London Road Stand has a seated section for five hundred and sixty-three supporters next to a terraced area for more than a thousand
  • Macclesfield Audi or Star Lane Terrace - Despite its name, the Star Lane Terrace does actually have some seats in it. There are four hundred and eighty-six of them, in fact, which are located next to a standing area that’s suitable for more than eight hundred fans
  • Henshaw's or McIlroy Stand - Despite having the word ‘Stand’ in its title, this part of the ground is entirely seated and is the largest section of the stadium
  • Silk Men or John Askey Terrace - Visting supporters find themselves in the John Askey Terrace, which has room for more than one and a half thousand of them

Macclesfield Town Football Club Ticket Prices

Moss Rose has both standing and seated areas, so the amount you’ll pay for your ticket will be dictated by which section of the ground you want to sit in. Here’s a look at the standing and seated prices for adults and concessions:

  • Adults: £15 - £22
  • Concessions: £12 - £17

Executive seating is not including in the price list.

How To Get Macclesfield Town Football Club Tickets

Macclesfield Town’s website is the place to start if you want to buy some tickets, though the ground is unlikely to sell out so you’ll likely be able to buy a ticket on the gate. You can also by over the pone or from the Town Hall. There is a small surcharge of 50p to pay with a card.

Getting To Moss Rose

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Macclesfield is in Cheshire, not far from bigger cities like Manchester. Here’s a look at your best options for getting to the Moss Rose:

Train - Macclesfield Train Station is about a mile away from the ground, so it’s reachable on foot if you’re young and fit.

Bus - There’s a bus stop right outside the ground where the number 9 will drop you.

Car - If you’re heading to the stadium by car then the A523 London Road is the main road that you’ll be looking for.

By Air - Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport are the two closest to the venue, with the latter being a tad nearer than the former, though both are handy enough.

Taxi - A taxi from Macclesfield Train Station to the ground will cost about £7 and should take around five minutes to complete its journey.

Parking Near Moss Rose

Your best bet for parking is on the road around the stadium, though you should always makes sure that you’re keeping your eye out for parking restrictions in place.

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Moss Rose Hotels

With the greatest of respect, Macclesfield isn’t the most happening of places in the Cheshire region, so you might want to consider staying in Manchester, for example. If you’re determined to stay close to the ground, however, then here are some hotels for you to look at:

Hollin Hall Country House Hotel - £60

Jackson Lane Kerridge, Bollington, Macclesfield, SK10 5BG
Located on the outskirts of Macclesfield is this classic country house that offers free parking to those of you with a car. There are just shy of sixty rooms and it has a restaurant and bar, too. There’s a lovely garden area, should the weather be nice, and if you’re hoping to do some business during your visit then you’ll be pleased by both the conference space and free Wi-Fi. More details.

The Bridge - £100

The Village, Prestbury, Macclesfield, SK10 4DQ
Located in the village of Prestbury, The Bridge is a pub-cum-hotel that has more than twenty rooms for visitors. As you’d expect from such a venue, there’s a restaurant and a bar area for you to get yourself fed and watered. You can buy newspapers in the reception, park your car for free if you’re driving and take a wander around the gardens. You can also use the Wi-Fi for free or sit out on the terrace when enjoying your nightcap in the summer. More details.

Mottram Hall - £130

Wilmslow Road, Mottram St Andrew, Macclesfield, SK10 4QT
Cheshire is full of of stunning country houses and Mottram Hall is one of the most attractive. With over one hundred rooms, two restaurants and an indoor pool, it’s entirely fair to suggest that Mottram Hall is at the high-end of hotels you might want to stay at when going to see Macclesfield Town play. It also has two restaurants, so you won’t be struggling to find somewhere to eat; least of all in the morning when you get an English breakfast included with the price of your stay. If you want to stretch your legs then the garden is available, or there’s the small matter of the golf course.
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Pubs & Bars Near Moss Rose

Much like with the hotels, the nightlife is better in Manchester. Regardless, Macclesfield boasts a few pubs as you’d expect for a nice Northern town. Here’s a look at the best of them:

Park Tavern

158 Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 6UB (01625 667846)
Park Tavern isn’t the sort of place you’ll want to head if you’re expecting a rowdy atmosphere and football on every screen. It is, however, somewhere to pop to if you you feel like partaking in some real ale and some tasty pub food. As well as all of the usual spirits and soft drinks, the Park Tavern brews its own beers and real ales and you’d be mad to miss out on them. A real ‘must see’ if you’re in Macclesfield and fancy a pint or two.

The Society Rooms

Park Green, Macclesfield, SK11 7NA (01625 507320)
The Society Rooms is a JD Wetherspoons establishment, meaning the you’ll know exactly what to expect the you head there. As well as bargains on the booze and horrendous carpets, you can find some tasty food at reasonable prices. As with the Park Tavern, you don’t tend to get proper football loving crowds in a Wetherspoon. That’s mainly because they don’t show the football on big screens all around the place, though they do often put it on the television nowadays if they can.

The Silk Trader

37 Brook Street, Macclesfield, SK11 7AD (01625 420504)
If neither a pub that serves real ale nor a Wetherspoons appeals to you then The Silk Trader might. It’s a modern-looking pub that boasts fun events like quiz nights on a regular basis. It’s also got a brilliant beer garden, if that appeals. Most importantly of all in comparison to the other two, the pub has TV screens dotted around that regularly show football matches. As the name suggests, this place has a Macclesfield Town leaning when it comes to their sporting bias.

Facilities

Moss Rose isn’t one of the best stadiums in the Football League, but there’s plenty about it to keep you busy on a match day. As well as places to get a bite to eat, you’ll also be able to water yourself, too. Just to be clear, we are talking about getting a drink, not going for a... you know.

Hospitality

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There are numerous areas offering excellent hospitality areas at the Moss Rose Stadium, with the predominant one being the McIlroy Suite. The Match Day Dining package will bring you a team sheet and program, two course meal, tea and coffee at half time and access to a pay bar. You will also get access to the best padded seats in the stadium.

Private Hire

The McIlroy Suite is also the main area of the stadium available for hire, with weddings, birthday parties and business meetings have all been hosted here. If you have more modest requirements, though there are also some smaller spaces available for small meetings and the like.

Stadium Tours & Museum

There are no tours of the Moss Rose stadium available right now. That can change but it’s unlikely to any time soon. Equally there’s no museum at the ground.

About Macclesfield Town Football Club

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Macclesfield Town have spent the majority of their existence in the lower reaches of the British footballing system. They joined The Combination in 1890 but withdrew from it at the end of the 1896-1897 season on account of the club undergoing financial difficulties. The club was then re-formed ahead of the 1900-1901 campaign, joining the Manchester League. They won it in 1909 and then again in 1911, fielding teams in both that and the Lancashire Combination Second Division in the 1911-1912 season. They were inaugural members of the Cheshire League after the First World War, becoming champions of it for the first time in 1932. In the 1933-1934 campaign the Huddersfield player Albert Valentine set the club’s record for goals scored in a single season with eighty-three.

The club’s modern era would have begun in 1995, but for the fact that Moss Rose wasn’t good enough to be allowed into the Football League. As a result the club remained in the Football Conference, only gaining promotion when they won the Conference again at the end of the 1996-1997 season. It wasn’t until they gained promotion that Macclesfield Town turned professional, with the momentum of their promotion to what was then Division Three carrying them forward to Division Two the following season. The Silkmen were relegated back to the Conference in 2012. They failed to get back into the Football League until the 2018-2019 season, having won what had then been renamed the National League the season before.

Moss Rose History

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Despite having first opened its doors back in 1891, there’a not a huge amount to tell you about the history of Moss Rose. Because of Macclesfield Town’s relative lack of success in terms of making their way through the English football system, the ground didn’t even see Football League games until Chester City played there between 1990 and 1992. That was because they were waiting for the Deva Stadium to open and their former home of Sealand Road was being closed. Ironically, even the first Football League match played there wasn’t won by the team using it as their home, with Exeter City beating Chester 2-1.

Given that Chester City were allowed to use the ground to host their matches in the early 1990s, it was a source of frustration to Macclesfield Town that the venue wasn’t considered to be acceptable for Football League matches after they won the Conference in 1995. That was because rules had been tightened since the days that Chester played there on account of the Lord Justice Taylor report into the Hillsborough disaster. Chester offered to allow them to play their games at the Deva, but that was rejected by the Football League.

Future Developments

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In 2007 the club confirmed that it was considering moving to a brand new location in the South Macclesfield area. At the time of writing that still hasn’t come to fruition, but it’s unlikely that any major changes to the Moss Rose will take pace until that has been decided.

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