Macclesfield Town fans have expressed their delight following Tuesday’s announcement that the club has been bought by a local businessman.
Robert Smethurst has purchased the assets of the football club following a difficult few years of financial problems for the Cheshire-based side.
The Silkmen were wound up in the High Court due to their debts of more than £500,000 and were then expelled from the National League in September.
However, Tuesday’s announcement, posted on Twitter by former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Robbie Savage – the new Head of Football Operations at Macclesfield – has given supporters some hope.
Macclesfield fan Andrew Jackson, founder of @SaveOurSilks, told The Gazette: “As a fan base we will have gone 18 months without watching our side play league football, but in 10 months’ time we will be back and it cannot come soon enough.
“The fans and the community deserve it and it will be amazing seeing all these new local towns and hopefully winning every week.”
Part of the assets bought by Smethurst include the club’s ground Moss Rose and they have also retained their brand and logo, but the intention is to rename the club Macclesfield FC.
Andrew added: “My biggest fear was losing the Moss Rose; that’s our home and that’s our heritage.
“That’s the most important part of our football club. I would take playing in the bottom tier with the Moss Rose over playing in League Two with no Moss Rose.”
The Silkmen, who will be managed by club legend Danny Whitaker, hope to compete in the North West Counties League in the 2021-22 season.
Other supporters took to social media to share their reaction to the news.