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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: The Blues head to Macclesfield on Saturday

We take a look at this weekend's opponents

19 October 2018

It's just over nine years since these sides last met - and over 12 years since they played a league fixture, with the Silkmen having dropped out of the Football League in 2012.

Danny WhitakerIt's been tough going so far in their first season back in the EFL and they parted company with Mark Yates two weeks ago, as he took them into October winless and in bottom spot. 

Three home draws had been the only bright sparks in an otherwise troubled opening two months, but a defeat on their home patch at the hands of Notts County, albeit following a creditable 3-3 away draw at Newport, proved to be the straw that broke the camel's back as Yates was asked to leave Moss Rose.

Danny Whitaker and Neil Howarth stepped in as joint caretaker managers for the Accrington and Tranmere games, and it was a baptism of fire at the Wham Stadium as they went down to a 4-1 Checkatrade Trophy defeat.

Last Friday's visit to Prenton Park brought the Macc Lads an unwelcome record as they went to 36 consecutive league games without a victory, matching Derby County's troublesome run from 2007/08. A late goal from Harvey Gilmour was enough to give Tranmere the points.

Danny Whitaker [3 goals], Koby Arthur [2 goals and 1 assist] and David Fitzpatrick [2 goals and 1 assist] are the men to watch as the Silkmen look to push on this weekend.


Manager’s thoughts ...

John SheridanSpeaking ahead of the weekend trip, manager John Sheridan said: "Our away form is excellent at the moment and we want that to continue.

"I'm under no illusions that the current run will be put to the test on Saturday. As we've seen first hand in recent weeks, this is a division which is very evenly matched and any team can beat any other team at any time.

"Macclesfield will be hurting with the start to the season they've had, because they got used to winning games last season. I have no doubt they'll do everything to turn things round, so we have to make sure we don't give them the spark which pushes them on.

"It's a game for us to look forward to and one where we are looking to continue our run and get another good result."

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Did You Know?

+ The beginnings of the club can be traced in part to the 8th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers, who played their first match in 1873. The Olympic Cricket Club also played football in Macclesfield, and in October 1876 the two organisations amalgamated to form Macclesfield Football Club.

+ Macclesfield were founder members of the Cheshire County League in 1919.

Sammy McIlroy

+ The 1994-95 season saw the Silkmen win the Vauxhall Conference, under Sammy McIlroy, heading the table from 5 November 1994 until the end of the season. They were denied promotion to the Football League due to ground criteria.


Head to Head

These sides have met on a total of 16 occasions with a fairly even split between wins and defeats. United have come out on top on six occasions, with Macclesfield triumphant on seven.

  Carlisle wins Draws Macclesfield wins
Cup 2 0 1
League 4 3 5
FA Cup 0 0 1
Total 6 3 7

The last meeting between the sides was in October 2009 when the Silkmen headed north for a JPT evening fixture. A tight first half sprung to life in time added on when Shaun Brisley put the visitors ahead. 

The Blues turned things round with goals from Matt Robson, Scott Dobie (2) and Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, and they saw it through to successful progression despite a late reply from John Rooney.

Watch the goals from that game here ...


Man in the middle

Michael SalisburyOur referee for this game is Mr Michael Salisbury. Michael has taken charge of 12 games so far this season showing 36 yellow cards and one red.

We saw him on three occasions last season, starting with a 2-0 home defeat to Stevenage last September. Second half errors from keeper Shamal George opened the door for Boro to win the game, and Danny Grainger, Luke Joyce and Richie Bennett had their names taken on the day.

He was back at Brunton Park in December when we lost 2-1 to Port Vale. Richie Bennett bagged our late consolation, but goals from Tyrone Barnett and Tom Pope had already done the damage. The referee's notebook stayed in his pocket that afternoon.

The last time we saw him was for our January 2-0 FA Cup defeat at Hillsborough when goals from Marco Matias and Athde Nuhiu secured progression for the Owls. It was another game without cards, but there was plenty of snow as the white stuff fell at an alarming rate causing problems both during the game and for the journey home.

Referee - Michael Salisbury
Assistant Referee 1 - Stephen Wade
Assistant Referee 2 - Alix Pashley
Fourth Official - Joe Simpson


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Macclesfield 2 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

20 October 2018

United were back on the road on Saturday afternoon as they made their first visit to Macclesfield since 2006.

The Macc Lads went into the game having equalled a Football League record of 36 games without a victory - a record shared with Derby County from their difficult run  back in 2009.

United had won their previous three fixtures on the road, so they went to Moss Rose in confident mood with Anthony Gerrard [suspension] back in the selection mix. Hallam Hope [calf] and Gary Liddle [knee] missed out as they were added to the injury list.

It was a tight opening five minutes as both sides protected their lines, but United fashioned a chance from nothing when Bennett flicked on a huge kick from Collin. Yates took it on his thigh, then spun to shoot on the volley, with keeper Taylor caught on his heels. He was relieved to see it skip past his upright.

The Silkmen played some good football in the middle third but they couldn't find a way through the stubborn United defence as they dealt with everything that came their way. And it was the visitors who went close again when Yates turned his man tight by the touchline. Etuhu took over, and his pass to Jones invited a long range shot. The midfielder connected well but it was always heading wide.

Carlisle stayed forward and a free kick from Sowerby had to be put behind before Bennett could get a touch. Three testing corners followed as Mike Jones found good deliveries, but Parkes and Gillesphey were both unlucky as their guided headers were met with some important last ditch defending.

The first chance for the hosts came on 22 minutes when Blissett jumped highest to meet a deep free kick. His header was goal bound until Gillesphey got in the way on the line. United broke at pace, but that brought a worrying moment for central defender Tom Parkes as he appeared to pull up with a muscle problem.

It sparked a better spell for the Macc Lads and Rose unleashed a shot from distance which Collin saw late. He dived to cover it, but he pulled his hand away to let it go behind.

Macclesfield then had a goal ruled out for offside when Vincenti nodded a quickly taken throw into the net. Parkes waited for the complaints to die down before he gave up his battle against his injury as Glendon came on to replace him. Etuhu dropped to left back to cover the gap.

Jack Sowerby was a whisker away from opening the scoring just after the half hour when he wheeled away from his man on the left flank. He took a quick look before letting fly with a thunderbolt which had Taylor well beaten. It dipped late, but the travelling contingent were disappointed to see it drop onto the roof of the net.

Etuhu was next to test the target when he kept his head over a fierce shot from distance. Taylor got down to parry, and Bennett was first to react as he clipped the loose pieces back into the mix. Lowe had time to guide a chested pass at his keeper before Nadesan could pounce.

Carlisle had Adam Collin to thank for the scores remaining level on 39 minutes when Marsh burst through and into the area. He angled his shot at the bottom corner but the stopper stayed big to make a superb save with his boot. United broke and a whipped ball across the face of goal was just too far in front of Bennett as he threw himself at it to try to get the toe poke.

Yates blazed a late chance over the bar when a deflected Nadesan cross landed at his feet, and the game was finely poised as the sides made their way down the tunnel for the half time team talk.

United took the lead early in the second half when Etuhu lofted a high ball into the area. Bennett made it his own with a measured flick and Ashley Nadesan bagged goal number five for the season as he committed himself to the challenge by taking both the keeper and the ball over the line.

The Cumbrians stayed on the front foot following the goal, with Yates and Etuhu terrorising the right side of the home back line, and all a low corner from Jones needed was a flick as Sowerby jumped over it and allowed it to run. Maycock stepped across to hook it away.

A lovely pass from Rose found Carlisle flat-footed on the hour as Fitzpatrick was suddenly free and clear on the left wing. His forwards were slow to react as he whipped a great ball across the face of goal.

Macclesfield started to look for possession and a clipped cross from Hodgkiss brought Vincenti into the box. He won the header, but was left exasperated as it dropped the wrong side of the post.

Subsitute Harry Smith had explaining to do when he somehow missed with a header from just eight yards out. It was on a plate for him from Hodgkiss, once again, but he sent it over the bar.

Smith was guilty of another glaring miss when he beat the offside trap to go one-on-one with Collin. He had options, and he was disappointed with himself when he simply rolled the ball straight at Collin.

Midfielder Sam Adewusi made his league debut as he came on to replace Gary Miller, but the switch was immediately met by loud appeals for a penalty as Stephens was felled inside the Carlisle area by the youngster. The referee pointed to the spot, and Michael Rose kept his cool to slide the spot kick past Collin. 

The Moss Rose comeback was completed on 83 minutes when Smith latched on to another ball over the top. He somehow got the ball back into the mix and Vincenti had the simple task of picking his spot from very close range.

Jones had a shot deflected in time added on, but Macclesfield held on to bring their horrible 36-game run to an end, making sure they didn't become standalone owners of one of the league's most unwanted records, and it also brought an end to United's own good away run with the Blues now looking to an immediate bounce back at Lincoln on Tuesday night.



Macclesfield Town - Rose (79 pen), Vincenti (83)

Carlisle United - Nadesan (50)



Macclesfield Town - Stephens (90)

Carlisle United - Glendon (70)



Macclesfield Town - Taylor, Hodgkiss, Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Grimes, Marsh (Stephens 70), Blissett, Napa (Smith 70), Maycock, Vincenti (Welch-Hayes 88), Rose. Subs - O'Hara, Kelleher, Wilson, Pearson.

Carlisle United - Collin, Miller (Adewusi 77), Gerrard, Parkes (Glendon 22), Gillesphey, Sowerby, Jones, Etuhu, Yates, Bennett, Nadesan (McCarron 87). Subs - Gray, Slater, Campbell, Birch.


Referee - Mr Michael Salisbury

Attendance - 2,153 (704 away fans)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: October trip to Macclesfield Town

Ticket and pricing information for a 'local' away day

7 October 2018

United face Macclesfield Town for the first time since their return to EFL action this October.

The Blues face the Macc Lads on Saturday 20 October with a 3pm kick off.


  Seating Standing
Adult £22 £15
Senior (over 65) £17 £12
Under 25 £12 £12
Under 18  £6 £6
Under 12 £3 £3
Carer £0 £0

We have been given an initial allocation of 221 seats and 288 terracing tickets.

There are 409 seating tickets and 1,500 terracing tickets available if needed. 

Ticket prices will not go up on the day. 

Tickets can be bought on the day from the away ticket office. 

Tickets can also be collected at the away ticket office on the day of the game. 

Disabled info: Wheelchair tickets are available in the Big Brand Ideas Stand. The relevant concession price will be charged with carer going free.

Dates of sale:

Date Time
Monday 8 October 10am to 5pm
Tuesday 9 October 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 10 October  10am to 5pm
Thursday 11 October 10am to 5pm
Friday 12 October 10am to 5pm
Saturday 13 October 10am to 2.30pm 
Saturday 13 October 4.45pm to 5.15pm
Sunday 14 October Closed 
Monday 15 October 10am to 5pm
Tuesday 16 October 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 17 October 10am to 5pm
Thursday 18 October  10am to 5pm
Friday 19 October 10am to 5pm


Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0844 371 1921 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card. Calls to this line are charged at 7p per minute from a landline. Mobile charges may vary.
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 
Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have made their purchase over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p.
The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Wednesday 17 October 2018.


CUSAT will be running a coach for this fixture - click HERE for more information on booking and departure times. 

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