A week of heartfelt tributes for Macc Town’s popular manager Keith Alexander is set to reach an emotional climax this weekend.
Fans will bid farewell to the club’s boss at the Moss Rose on Saturday with a ‘hats off to Keith’ tribute. Five hundred specially commissioned baseball caps, just like the one Keith used to wear, will be on sale at the ground.
Money from the sales will be paid into the Keith Alexander Memorial Fund until the club decides which charities it would like to help.
A single wreath will be laid in the dug-out before Saturday’s game against Bury – the club where he was once a director of football. Fans, players, staff and dignitaries will rise in unison for one minute’s applause in honour of the much-loved manager before kick off.
The club is calling on fans from all his former clubs to wear their replica strips out of respect and celebration on what it is calling ‘Keith Alexander Day’.
The father-of-four’s funeral will take place at Lincoln Cathedral in his home town on Monday and is expected to be attended by hundreds of Macclesfield fans, players and staff.
Shock at his death, aged 53, last Wednesday, has spread far and wide through the football world – with England star Wayne Rooney among those to pay tribute.
Mike Rance, Macclesfield Town chairman, said: "It has been emotional over the past few days. We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the response and the sympathy that’s been paid.We’ve been amazed by the respect that’s been paid and the black arm bands at the England game and the other games at the weekend."
England’s players all started last Wednesday night’s friendly against Egypt wearing black armbands as a mark of respect, just hours after Keith had died. Saturday’s home game will be the first chance for Macclesfield to come together in Keith’s memory, after days of tributes which have included politicians as well as former employers, players and ordinary fans.
The Silkmen beat Hereford 2-0 away in their first game after the tragedy.
"Hereford treated us with great sympathy," said Mike. "It was a difficult day but the players really turned up and put in an exemplary performance. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Lincoln are playing on the Friday night so we’re expecting a few Lincoln fans coming to pay their respects to Keith on Saturday."
Dignitaries and representatives are set to attend from all the clubs he has managed – Ilkeston Town, Northwich Victoria, Peterborough, Bury, and Lincoln.