I think we’ve all dreamt of playing for our team, pulling on the beloved shirt and running out on to the hallowed turf, but would you pay £20,000 for a chance like that? Of course you would.
Macclesfield Town initially offered one lucky football fan that chance, to play for 10 minutes in a professional game.
With their debt problems needing £100,000 by September, they were looking to give one lucky person a ‘unique moment in English football’.
The £20,000 experience would of given the fan a squad number and a set of home, away and training kits. The “player” would then train with the first team for a whole week and even get a place in the official club photo.
The only thing the winner needed was to be male, aged between 18-35 and physically fit and this would have given the chance to feature in a league or Cup game for 10 minutes.
The Football Conference and the football authorities, upon hearing the idea said they had not received any official notification of Macclesfield’s brilliant plan and this seemingly was where the dream crumbled.
No sooner had the news been broken Macclesfield released a statement feeling the “possibility of altering the outcome of a competitive fixture clearly crosses an important line with respect to the integrity of the game”, The club also apologised to the powers that be for an “error of judgement”.
This seemingly ended the chance for an ordinary fan to step into the team from the terraces and score the winning goal, even though us normal fans may never get that chance, we can all dream.