(80th current League ground---out of *90)
(140th ground visited that has staged Football League/Premier League football following NUFC)
Date of First Visit: 3rd September 2019
Moss Rose, Macclesfield
Macclesfield Town 2
Newcastle United U21s 1 (Luke Charman)
EFL Trophy (group stage)
Attendance: 525 (74 Toon fans in away section plus several others in the home section)
"JUNCTION 27 WHERE ARE YOO?"
The day started off for me with a bus to the Toon and then onward to Durham by train with *'International RUSScue', where we cadged a lift from 'Blondie Alan the Morris Dancer' to Macclesfeeeld in deepest Cheshire!
*This woz Russ's maiden visit to a resorve away match---anothaa 'NUFC mad-sad groundhopper' to add to the 'saddos list'!
I'd brought a hand drawn map of how to get there (above) and az a truck driver who gans to the north west every night durin the week (apart from match days!) I woz trusted to get us to wor destination!
We got onto the M60 clockwise from the M62 and I told 'Blondie Alan' that we needed to torn off at junction 27----aall went fine az we got nearer---junction 24---junction 25---junction 26---junction 1???
"Where the hells junction 27, like???", I shouted!
Anyway, we torned off at junction 1 and az the map woz the route from junction 27, it woz now useless, az the directions to Macclesfeeeld were from there!
There woz a proper map on the back seat (Blondie doesn't have 'sat-nav') and lookin at it I could see that indeed there WOZ a junction 27, but it woz on the anti-clockwise side of the M60 only!
(ie: nee exit on the clockwise side!)
ANYWAY!--enough of that!----we rejigged wor directions and went doon the A34 instead and followed the signs to Macclesfeeeld which thankfully wasn't tooo far from wor original route! (10 or so miles extra via the A34)
I mentioned that there woz a pub caalled 'The Golden Lion' which I'd added to mee hand drawn map, but Russ said that HE'D sussed anothaa pub oot caalled 'The Railway View', which had real ale beer!
So we parked up at the Moss Rose groond and heeded there instead, az there woz still loads of time before kick off! (az yi dee!)
|IZ THAT A WONKY GATESHEED ANGEL ON THE MANTLEPIECE?|
After a few 'gargels' there with 'Dave from York' and 'Alex of St George' (who we gave pub directions to) we heeded for the groond where we purchased match tickets from a little window at the side of the main stand!---The tickets looked like receipts from Asda or Tesco and NOT match tickets?
<<< We heeded for wor seats in the ridiculously named 'Big Brand Ideas Stand' and there wer quite a few Toon groundhoppers present in the away section!
There didn't look to be more than 500 in attendance, aall told, and anly one stand woz open, which shows the total apathy for this competition from the locals!
NUFC U21s wore wor orange change strip, while Macclesfeeeld wor blue and white.
We didn't start off well, az Macclesfeeeld had more of the play and they took the lead in the 19th minute with a spectacular left footed strike by Fitzpatrick and we went in 1-0 doon at the break az the rain poured doon!---A poor 1st half from 'us'!
|LUKE CHARMAN'S SPECTACULAR GOAL! (LUKE IZ ON FAR RIGHT IN ORANGE)|
In the 2nd half we seemed 'up for it' at last--- and we scored a virtually similar goal to Macclesfeeeld's, when Luke Charman hit a brilliant left footed shot from ootside the box with just 3 minutes on the clock after the restart, to send 'The NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers' wild with delight!
The home side however, got the decisive winnin goal by Gomis in the 63rd minute with a close range shot!
The Toon tried in vain to get the equaliser but it wasn't to be az we trundled oot of the groond for the 160 mile jorney yem-----via junction 25 on the M60 this time! (Junction 27 where are yoo???)
PS: Moss Rose woz the anly current Leegue ground where NUFC have played before, where aa hadn't been tee!---so aa now have 'the complete set'! -----"YAHOO!" 😜
*There are currently just 90 Leegue groonds az Bury have been kicked oot and Coventry share groonds with Bormingham
FINK 'The mad-sad groundhopper'
*"WE WOZ THERE!"
|NOT A GOOD SIGN FOR THE FUTURE!|
THIS BOG STANDARD PICTURE
WOZ TAKEN BY 'DAVE FROM YORK'!