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Macclesfield FA Cup preview

Last night we paid a visit to Southport. Tonight, we're off to Macclesfield Town.

It's 18 months since the Silkmen lost their place in the Football League and while promotion from the Conference remains the priority, another cup run will provide a much-needed financial windfall.

Chris Hall reports:

Macclesfied Town's future secured

Macclesfield Town crest Credit: Macclesfield Town

The future of Macclesfield Town FC has been secured due to a historic deal with Cheshire East Council.

The deal was sealed during an urgent meeting where Cabinet members voted unanimously in favour.

A cheque £285k was handed over to club representatives.

Macclesfield Town is the first senior club in England to become community owned, without first becoming insolvent.The deal means Cheshire East Council will acquire the freehold of the existing stadium and site so that the club can consolidate its debts.

The football club will remain at its current home until a new stadium is built in the future.

The funding will also enable the club to convert from a limited company to a community interest company in which members of the public will be offered the opportunity to buy shares making the club truly owned by the local community.

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Macclesfield Town appoint Brian Horton as new manager

Macclesfield Town have appointed Brian Horton as their new manager. He replaces Gary Simpson who was sacked yesterday.

Horton took over at Moss Rose in similar circumstances at the end of the 2003/04 season. He was most recently Phil Brown's assistant at Hull City and Preston North End.

His appointment is initially for the remainder of the current season.

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