STAGSNET`S STATISTICAL PREVIEW
Macclesfield is, like Kidderminster, another side which first was refused entry to the FL due to ground regulations, then a couple of seasons later, finally gained entry to the league (The Silkmen won the Conf in 1994-95 and then in 1996-97). On joining the League, the Silkmen were the fifth side to gain further promotion in their first FL season in 1997-98 (the others being Peterborough in 1960-61, Hereford in 1972-73, Darlington in 1990-91 on immediate league return after being relegated in 1988-89 and Wycombe in 1993-94) in second position being unbeaten at home, behind Notts County. But the Macc, as our next opponents also are called, have yet to win a game at Field Mill and the only time they have scored at the Mill so far was when the teams shared eight goals apiece in a 4-4 draw on August 28, 2000 – the first game at the new-look Field Mill in front of 3360. And the last time the teams faced each other in Stagsland was also on a Bank Holiday Monday. The lowest home crowd of the 2001-02 promotion season, just 2681, saw the Mighty Stags stuff the Silkmen 4-0 with the help of two strikes from Disley and one apiece from Greenacre and White. Needless to say that this is the up-to-date highest Stags win against the Macc. Incidentally, Macclesfield's up to date highest league win was in a home game against the Stags on November 2, 1999 – 5-2 to the Silkmen. All other league games between the clubs have been decided by the only goal of the game – the most important one being an injury-time Tankard header at Moss Rose on December 29, 2001 in front of 2550, of whom about a third, 771, took the relative short trip across the Peak District to Silkmen Country.
The teams have never faced each other in cup competitons but both teams have had FA Cup home games against West Ham. In Macclesfield's case, this happened only the week after Tankard's injury time winner. The Hammers won the 3rd round FA Cup 2001-02 tie with the same scoreline as with which the MIGHTY STAGS KO'ed West Ham in 1968-69 – 3-0!
Played for both sides (after Macclesfield joining the Nationwide FL): Colin Little, Neil Moore
Stats facts with the Stags figures first
Home: P 4, W 3, D 1, L 0, GF 10, GA 4
Away: P 4, W 2, D 0, L 2, GF 4, GA 6
Season Home Date Away Date
1997-98 1-0 1998-02-24 0-1 1997-10-18 Div 3
1999-2000 1-0 2000-03-11 2-5 1999-11-02 Div 3
2000-01 4-4 2000-08-28 1-0 2001-01-14 Div 3
2001-02 4-0 2001-08-27 1-0 2001-12-29 Div 3
Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag (pictured, above right)
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