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Fan given chance to play for Macclesfield for £20,000

A Macclesfield Town supporter willing to pay £20,000 could pull on the club's shirt and play 10 minutes of competitive football next season.

The club, who are looking to raise £100,000 by the end of August in order to survive, are offering the chance of an appearance in a Conference Premier or cup game next season, according to the Macclesfield Express.

One fan can play for Macclesfield Town if they are willing to spend £20,000. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive

As well as having £20,000 in cash, the candidate must be a man aged between 18 and 35 but does not necessarily have to support the team.

The fan will also be given a squad number, a set of kits, have a place in the official team photo, train with the first team and be allowed access to all areas within the club.

The club's associate director Andy Scott told the newspaper that the deal would not affect the team: "If we are 3-0 up with 10 minutes to go that would be a good opportunity for (manager) John Askey to utilise the situation.

“There’s absolutely no way we would do it unless it was the right moment in the right game.”

It is thought to be the first time a professional football club has offered a fan the chance to play an official match.