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LEAGUE 2 LOWDOWN: MACCLESFIELD TOWN

2 July 2019

How did they do?

Sol Campbell’s side stayed up on the final day of the season after beating Cambridge and consigning Notts County to the National League. It was a remarkable effort by the former England and Arsenal defender, who took over last November when they were bottom of the league.

Turbulent summer

After the Cambridge victory it was revealed that the players had considered boycotting the fixture because of unpaid wages and financial uncertainty has continued during the summer at Moss Rose.

The club say they have paid their outstanding tax bill but are again due in court over a winding-up petition. While Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been paid £73,000 it was owed, the case has been adjourned until Wednesday after Egerton Youth Club took over the petition. The club, where Macclesfield previously trained, are owed about £20,000. It will be the club's third court appearance in the last three months.

Today it was revealed that the players are suing the club over two months’ unpaid wages.

In a letter posted online via fans' forum The Star Lane End, the players wrote: “Having exhausted all other options, we feel we have been left with no alternative but to seek legal advice and take action in order to gain payment of wages, for the last two months.”

Who’s left?

Harry Smith, the striker who scored nine goals last season, joined Northampton on a three-year deal.

Who’s come?

Despite the off-field uncertainty Campbell has been busy adding to his squad.

Former Motherwell striker Jacob Blyth, who scored three goals in 24 games for Barrow last season, has signed a one-year deal as has ex-Cambridge United and Gillingham midfielder Emmanuel Osadebe.

Ex-Swindon Town midfielder Jak McCourt has put pen to paper on a one-year deal along with Kidderminster Harriers wide man Joe Ironside.

In addition, midfielder Adam Dawson has signed a one-year contract extension.

When and where?

Macclesfield kick off their preparations at non-league Congleton Town on July 9. They visit Exeter on the opening day of the League 2 campaign before hosting Orient a week later. We visit Macclesfield on September 7 and entertain them on April 18.


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