#WXMANORAK | BLANKETY BLANK

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 18 Feb 2021

When we travelled to Aldershot in December 2018, little did we know that we were about to start a rather remarkable sequence.

The game ended goalless, and 26 months later it remains our most recent 0-0 draw in an away game.

That's 45 games without a goalless draw on the road - if tomorrow's game doesn't bring that sequence to a close, we'll have gone the equivalent of two seasons' worth of away matches without a 0-0!

This pattern isn't replicated at home either: we've had 6 goalless draws at The Racecourse in the same period.

It's a remarkable sequence, but a skim back through the records reveals that it's by no means as unusual as you might think.

It's only the twelfth longest such sequence in our history. Remarkably, we started off our history by establishing the club record: each of our first 146 away games contained at least one goal. That's 24 years without returning home with a 0-0 draw under our belts.

Of course, 0-0 draws are like London buses: you wait two and a half decades for one, and then 2 come along at once! The sequence ended on April 12th, 1902, with a draw at White Star Wanderers in the Combination League, and 2 away games later we did it again, drawing a blank at Birkenhead. Amazingly, we then went another 90 away games without a goalless draw, the third longest sequence in our history!

Of course, we don't know when our current run will end, so the record could eventually be challenged. It's already the second longest run in the National League: 5 more games will match the sequence established between April 2014 and February 2016.

Of course, there's still one burning question to answer: what's the dullest team we visit? Well, when you consider how many goalless draws we've played out at different venues, there's a clear winner! We've played out 10 0-0s at The Shay, a whopping 15% of our away games against Halifax. 

 

 

 

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