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Macclesfield Town FC: In-debt club in takeover talks

Macclesfield Town are in talks with potential buyers about a possible takeover, the club has confirmed.

Associate director Andy Scott said: "We've had two or three tentative inquiries, one of which looks quite promising."

He said the club was in "serious trouble financially" and it was a "miracle" it had survived this long, as it had £500,000 of debt back in May.

He said the club's FA Cup run has aided it through its financial woes.

The Conference Premier side drew 1-1 against Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday and will now receive a further financial fillip from a replay at Hillsborough.

Although the club's finances had been boosted by the FA Cup prize and gate money, Mr Scott warned it "still owed some big creditors".

"We've done incredibly well to get through to January 2014," he said.

"It's a miracle we've got here under the financial strain we have been under.

"The fans have been fantastic - season tickets were up 30% - and local businesses have stepped forward to help."

A 14-year-old double amputee completed an 11-mile walk to Saturday's game against Sheffield Wednesday to raise funds for the club.

George Blackshaw accompanied by his cousin Harry Irlam, also 14, walked from Mobberley to Moss Rose.

The pair raised more than £1,000 for the club.

Macclesfield Town reluctantly put its plans to be community-owned on hold in December because of its financial troubles.

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