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Macclesfield Town: An FA Cup history

SHOULD Macclesfield beat Chelsea in Saturdayés showdown, they will make club history.

SHOULD Macclesfield beat Chelsea in Saturdayés showdown, they will make club history.

No Silkmen team has ever progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup, losing in each of their previous six third-round appearances.

The most recent saw the Blues travel to Swansea in January 2004, going down 2-1 to a Lee Trundle brace.

Matty Tipton was on target for Macc but the Silkmen finished the tie with ten men, after Steven Macauley was shown a red card in the dying minutes.

In the 2002-2003 campaign, David Mossé team hosted Watford but lost the match 2-0, with Helguson and Pennant scoring the goals.

Macc had a home tie against West Ham United to contend with in 2002.

In a 3-0 defeat, Jermaine Defoe bagged a pair and a young Joe Cole, before his move to Stamford Bridge, scored the third.

1998és tie against Coventry City is best forgotten. The Silkmen travelled to Highfield Road full of hope but returned after a 7-0 drubbing.

Darren Huckerbyés hat-trick, along with contributions from Stephen Froggatt, Noel Whelan, Stephen Payne and George Boateng ensured a miserable day for Macc.

Sammy McIlroyés é87-88 Silkmen finished the league season unbeaten at the Moss Rose, and could have benefited from a home tie. Instead, they visited Port Vale, where they lost 1-0.

Macclesfieldés visit to Chelsea is a repeat of thousands of Macc fans flocking to West London, where the club played its most famous FA Cup game in 1968, the first time the club had reached round three.

The draw pitted Macclesfield against a First Division Fulham side containing England internationals Allan Clarke and Johnny Giles.

In the game, Keith Goalenés Silkmen led 2-1 at the half-time whistle, the goals coming from Fred Taberner and Brian Fidler.

However, Fulhamés class told (with assistance from a hotly disputed penalty decision going their way) and Clarke, Joe Gilroy and two from Haynes gave the hosts a 4-2 win.

In charge of the Cottagers for the first time that day was a much-younger Bobby Robson, in his first managerial post in England.

Robson lasted just 11 months at the helm, being sacked in November the same year, after relegation to Division Two and a poor start to the following campaign.

The now-knighted Robson won just six of his 36 games in charge but went on to become one of the most popular and respected English managers in the game, enjoying successful spells at Ipswich, England, PSV, Sporting Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona and Newcastle.

 

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