Macclesfield Town fielded a team of youngsters and on-loan players in yesterday’s FA Cup tie against non-league Kingstonian who promptly dumped them out the cup with a 4-0 victory.
The Silkmen’s senior players went on strike over unpaid wages in the week prior to the game, and rather than forfeit the match and risk a two year ban from the competition; the club chose to cobble together a team to fulfil the fixture, which took place against a background of fan protest against controversial owner Amar Alkadhi.
It was a difficult day at Mose Rose; the inexperienced side were outplayed by their seventh-tier opponents in front of a sparse but volatile crowd. Many home fans chose to boycott the match in support of the players and in protest over the way the club is being run by Alkadhi, but those who did attend made their feelings clear to the club’s hierarchy.
The hostility spilt over on to social media after the game when the club posted a tweet congratulating the players on their performance but made no mention of the club’s current problems. The post provoked a furious reaction from many fans, totally disillusioned and angry at the club’s plight.
Here is a selection of enraged supporters responses on Twitter.
You should never have put these boys into this situation. They deserve better. Shame on you Amar Alkhadi 😠
— Christine Williams (@cmwilliams236) November 10, 2019
Is this the owner talking? It’s a bit disrespectful against the players that have turned up all season and not always receiving their salaries.
Classless and Clueless!
— chuckie⚫️⚪️🇬🇷 (@chuckiethepie) November 10, 2019
Disgrace of a man Amar
— Bradey (@Sam_J_Bradley) November 10, 2019
Embarrassing that a club plays kids due to owner not paying wages. Shambles
— justin holmes (@buxtonblue) November 10, 2019
Sorry Macc, can’t see how this is a good thing….
— Phil Hart (@philinasia) November 10, 2019
It's shameful that they have been put in this position. Kingstonian got £36,000 for winning this tie and Macc were never given a chance. Shame on the club for not even mentioning what is going on. A dark day in Silkmen history. #Amarout
— Mosley (@JamesMo30538090) November 10, 2019
You put them in a terrible position today. Their debut games should be experiences to enjoy and remember not endure. They did their best but management didn’t . Pay our lads their wages. #silkmen #FACup #Amarout
— jacqui beal (@jacquibeal) November 10, 2019