Macclesfield R.U.F.C.

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Macclesfield
Macclesfield rfc logo.png
Full name Macclesfield Rugby Union Football Club
Union Cheshire RFU
Nickname(s) Blues
Founded 1877; 140 years ago (1877) (present club formed in 1927; 90 years ago (1927))
Location Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
Ground(s) Priory Park (Capacity: 1,000+ (250 seats)[1][2])
Chairman Peter Harper
Coach(es)

Giles Heagerty

(Head Coach)
League(s) National League 2 North
2016–17 16th (relegated to National League 2 North)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.macclesfieldrufc.co.uk

Macclesfield RUFC is a rugby union team based in the Cheshire town of Macclesfield and operates four senior sides, senior and junior colts and ten mini/junior teams.[3] The first XV, known as the Blues. Having been promoted from the fourth tier of the English rugby union system, National League 2 North in the 2015-16 season the Blues found the going too strong in the 2016-17 season and have again been relegated from National League 1. The second XV, known as the Lions, plays in the Cotton Traders Premier League finishing a close second, having lost only two games in 2016-17 season. The third XV finished top 3 of the Standish Media Services division 1 whilst the fourth XV are promoted from the Freshlet Division 4 South into Division 3 from 2017-18.

History[edit]

Macclesfield RUFC was formed in 1877 although the present club was formed in 1927. After playing at several venues, the club moved to its present home in 1980. Five years later they participated in the forerunner to the launch of the national league system when they participated in the Girobank North West League. Over the last 25 years Macclesfield have climbed the pyramid spending one season in National One during the 2012–13 Season before being relegated but bouncing straight back after winning promotion during 2013–14 Season. However the 2014/15 Season saw the Blues relegated back to National 2 at the end of the campaign. They won the old North West 1 in 1991–92, North 2 in 1994–95 and entered the old National 3 North, then the fourth tier of club rugby, in 2002, winning the league in 2009–10, by which it had been restructured as National League 2 North.[4]

Current standings[edit]

2016–17 National League 1 Table watch · edit · discuss
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Hartpury College (P) 30 30 0 0 1455 532 923 28 0 148
2 Plymouth Albion 30 24 0 6 879 523 356 17 5 118
3 Ampthill 30 22 0 8 844 584 260 17 3 108
4 Coventry 30 20 1 9 974 733 241 17 2 101
5 Birmingham Moseley 30 20 0 10 854 682 172 15 3 98
6 Rosslyn Park 30 16 1 13 867 682 185 13 7 86
7 Blackheath 30 14 1 15 692 724 −32 13 4 75
8 Esher 30 13 0 17 828 854 −26 16 6 74
9 Old Albanian 30 13 0 17 749 926 −177 14 5 71
10 Darlington Mowden Park 30 13 1 16 695 791 −96 10 5 69
11 Loughborough Students 30 10 1 19 905 966 −61 16 8 66
12 Fylde 30 10 0 20 691 1050 −359 15 4 59
13 Hull Ionians 30 10 1 19 679 944 −265 9 7 58
14 Cambridge 30 8 1 21 779 994 −215 18 6 58
15 Blaydon (R) 30 8 2 20 642 1010 −368 10 6 52
16 Macclesfield (R) 30 4 1 25 579 1117 −538 8 5 31
  • Points system: 4 points for a win; 2 points for a draw; 1 point if a team loses by seven points or less (losing bonus); 1 point if the team scores four or more tries in a match (try bonus)
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 29 April 2017
Source: "National League 1". NCA Rugby. 


Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cheshire FBU Response to ‘Draft’ Corporate Plan & IRMP 2011/2012" (PDF). Cheshire Fire Authority. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Harper hoping for a Macc makeover". The RUGBYPaper (441). Rugby Paper Ltd. 26 February 2017. p. 43. 
  3. ^ Club website 'About our Club' page
  4. ^ Club website - history page

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