We continue our summer study in to Pools' opponents for 2017/18 and today's instalment take us to Cheshire.
Nickname: The Silkmen
Who’s in charge?
Macclesfield Town legend John Askey has been the man in charge at Moss Rose since 2013 when he stepped up to replace David Moss, whom he had worked alongside as Assistant Manager.
A forward during his playing days, Askey started out at Port Vale but dropped in to non-league with Milton United after struggling to make a First Team breakthrough at Vale Park.
In 1984 he joined Macclesfield and his goals helped them begin their move up in the footballing world, culminating in promotion to the Football League as Conference champions in 1994/95.
Askey continued to play for Town in the league and he didn’t hang up his boots until 2003 by which time he was 39 and had scored over 150 goals in almost 700 appearances.
How did they get on last season?
Macclesfield Town’s chances of sneaking in to the National League play-offs were dealt a blow by a loss of form in the closing stages during which they failed to win in any of their final five games.
Three wins from four during April had given them hope of nudging in to the top five but in the end they had to be content with a ninth-place finish.
There was also Wembley heartache for The Silkmen as they lost out 3-2 to York City in a thrilling FA Trophy Final at the end of the season.
When did we last meet?
The last meeting between the two sides came in February 2007 and Pools just about got the three points thanks to a late own goal from David Morley. James Brown and Richard Barker had earlier put Danny Wilson’s men in the driving seat but The Silkmen looked like snatching a draw with two second half goals until Morley’s late moment of misfortune.
It was actually the final instalment of three encounters between the sides that season after a 0-0 draw at Moss Rose in August 2006 was followed by Town knocking Pools out of the FA Cup four months later.
Where do they play?
Moss Rose was built back in 1891 and has hosted Macclesfield Town games ever since, also hosting Chester City for a spell before 1990 and 1992. It has a total capacity of 6,355.
When do we play them?
Pools will travel to Macclesfield for the first away game of the season on Tuesday 8th August before welcoming the Silkmen back to The Vic on Saturday 2nd December.
Mark Carruthers of NonLeagueDaily.com gives us his insight on what we can expect from Macclesfield Town in the coming season…
“Last season was another season of progress for the Silkmen under the stewardship of manager John Askey.
“For me, Askey is one of non-league’s most underrated managers and has worked wonders with a relatively modest budget.
“A ninth place finish, a run to the Second Round of the FA Cup and a trip to Wembley in the FA Trophy Final, albeit an unsuccessful one, represented another fine season for the club.
“It’s been a busy summer for Askey, with seven players joining the club including experienced goalkeeper Shwan Jalal and former Torquay United skipper Courtney Richards.
“There have been departures, with energetic midfielder Kingsley James and defender John McCombe joining Chester and key midfielder Ollie Norburn heading to Tranmere Rovers.
“There is still work to do this summer for Askey and assistant manager Steve Watson. They have confirmed that a number of trialists are being looked at during their pre-season fixtures.
“I think that unless some strengthening takes place it is likely that they will finish in a similar position to last season, rather than the play-off push they may be targeting.”