Cheshire Independent Issue 134

JUNE 2019 24 Follow us on Facebook: Cheshire Independent Independent LOCAL SPORT We sell some of the leading electric bike brands on the market, top German brands including Haibike, Focus and Kalkhoff NOW OPEN! Wood Street Mill, Wood Street, Macclesfield SK11 6JQ . 01625 426333 MACCLESFIELD Town have confirmed that Mark Blower is to leave the club after five years in the chairman’s role at the Moss Rose. Speaking to about his departure he said: “This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, but due to personal reasons I will be stepping down as chairman. “I have really enjoyed my time at the club and Maccles- field Town will always remain incredibly special to me.” He added: “There have been many highs and lows over the last five years of course – with the FA Trophy Final, promotion to the EFL and retaining our League status being a source of great pride. “I wish the club every success going forward and would like to thank everyone who has helped me in so many ways during my time at the Moss Rose.” Major- ity shareholder Amar AlKa- dhi added: “There would be no MTFC in existence right now without the input of Mark. “The prudent and efficient way he ran the club, kept the club afloat and competitive. “Also, because of the honest and clear vision he had for MTFC it made me trust him completely, and carried on backing MTFC through the last tough few years. I will be forever grateful for that.” MACCLESFIELD keeper Kieran O’Hara picked up the inaugural Richard Butcher Player of the Year Award in the club’s end of season honours. And his efforts were also recognised by his teammates as he collected the Player’s Player of the Year accolade. The Manchester United loanee then made it a trio of trophies, as he picked up theMooseTours Away Player of the Year award. The Goal of the Season award was a keenly contested affair, with the ulti- mate winner being David Fitzpatrick for his finish at Vale Park. Finally, Callum Evans picked up the PFA Community Champion award for his work throughout the season. MACCLESFIELD boss Sol Campbell is urging the club to ensure it starts next season in a better position to avoid a repeat of this campaign’s relegation scrap. Speaking after his side completed their Great Escape on the final day of the campaign he said there were a number of things that needed addressing over the summer. The Silkmen have faced difficult times on and off the pitch, but looking ahead former England star Camp- bell said: “You’ve got to start right.” Speaking on the Daily Mirror newspaper’s website, he added: “We can’t afford to have a scenario where we have no training ground and no pre-season. That’s a rec- ipe for disaster.” Campbell took over the reins at Moss Rose back in November when the club was seven points adrift at the bottom of the table. Speaking about the way the club rallied to escape the drop he told the club’s official website: “Working together, fighting together and willing each other on has been key. “I’m so pleased that we’ve got through it; we’ve won the war and we’re in League Two next season. “It impacts the whole club and Macclesfield as a town; it helps people in so many different ways. “It meant a hell of a lot to me, the players, the fans of the club. It’s been great to stay up under all that pres- sure and when everybody doubted us.” “It’s great feeling, it’s been a journey. We’ve all learnt a lot about ourselves, as we all wanted to stay up, but at times we thought it wasn’t going to happen. There’s a bit of inner peace. “The main thing was to compete, that wasn’t hap- pening before. But the lads have got in there, got fitter, more focused, and tactically they are better now. It’s pleasing for me to see that squad progress and the play- ers grow in stature. “We stood firm and we got through it as a team and I’m so proud of the lads.” MACCLESFIELD Town’s final day of the season hero Elliott Durrell has told of his delight after his strike against Cam- bridge helped the Silkmen retain their EFL status. The midfielder’s 66th minute equaliser sparked memorable scenes of celebration at the Moss Rose as Sol Campbell’s side completed their Great Escape. After the game Elliott told the club’s official website: “I’m just elated. I have had a feel- ing all week that it was going to be my day. “I’ve had a lot of people mes- sage me in the week telling me that I made myself a fan’s favourite last year, so go out and become a legend. “I remember something that someone said to me last season, which was to have fire in your belly and ice in our mind. That has really stuck with me and when I went through on goal, there was no way that I was missing it.” He also spoke of his frustration with inju- ries during what was a difficult campaign for the club. He said: “With the injuries that I have had, it’s been frustrat- ing, very frustrating, but football changes quickly. “I just had a feeling that it was written in the stars for me and thankfully it was.” He added: “We just had to do our job. We knew that it was in our own hands, it has been for a few weeks now and we would have loved to have got over the line weeks ago. “But I don’t really think that there is a better way to do it than in front of your own fans with a packed out crowd, going one-nil down and your rivals taking the lead. It’s a special feeling.” LET’S GET IT RIGHT! Sol looks to the future after the Great Escape Chairman Mark departs ‘Written in the stars’ Kieran does the treble