“200,000 living in the town, it deserves a Football League Club”
Warrington Town Chairman Toby Macormac talks to University of Chester student DANNY PRYER about his ultimate aim for the Yellows and reflects on his arrival at Cantilever Park.
THERE’S nothing better than seeing your hometown team succeed – but becoming a Football League club is what the locals deserve, in the eyes of Warrington Town chairman Toby Macormac.
The man who took over the reins of a struggling outfit in 2009, has since overseen the Yellows' greatest ever era - and he isn’t done yet.
Macormac has aspirations for the Wire to build on their fan base, as well as two trophies, an FA Cup giant killing and club-record promotion over the past few years.
The chairman admits their best moment, winning the Evo-Stick Northern Division One was needed more than celebrated, but will take “one step at a time” to leave a footballing mark in the area.
“I suppose I still want to get to the football league. With 200,000 people living in the town, it deserves a football league club,” he said.
“Coventry City is an example. They are not doing great in the league but there attendance was just under 5,000 the other week, that’s 5% of our population.
“If we can get 5% watching us and build on that, you could build something here, build a legacy in the town as far as football is concerned.
“Winning the League last year, was more “we’ve finally got that promotion that we need, we’ve finally got to the next step”, rather than jumping up and down and high fiving everyone.
“We have to take one step at a time but it’s getting more and more difficult each season.”
The Yellows have emerged as the surprise package of the season as they currently sit sixth in the Evo-Stick Premier Division. It’s all the more impressive given that it's a league they’ve never been in before, with many predicting they would struggle ahead of the campaign.
He said: “Where we are now means it would absolutely be a positive season. There was a few polls knocking around pre-season and I think one was 58%, which said we’d finish in the bottom half. I think 65% said we’d finish between ninth and 12th. Some even said we’d be relegated, I think it’s a great effort from us first season in."
He continued: “When he (Carden) came in, for me to expect him to only lose six games between October and April would have been a huge task.
“He's done great and we've even had an outside chance of promotion, but to land in a division that we probably didn’t really expect to be in - everything from the ground to a different budget, different kind of players, it would be a big task.
“Wherever we finish in the first season, it’s quite an achievement really.”
As well as the impressive rise up the League table, the Cantilever outfit narrowly missed out on a first Cheshire Senior Cup Final, as they lost on penalties against Nantwich Town 5-3 in the last four.
For Macormac it is further evidence that he made the right decision when he took the decision to change manager after losing eight games before October.
“We got a proper caning when we changed the manager 10 games in,” he said.
“Some said ‘’He’s changed it again, whys he done that?” And that I had a revolving door policy.
“I did it because I didn’t want to get to April and think, “Have I done everything I can to finish as high as we can?” In the division that we’ve never been in before.
“Paul’s come in, we’d lost eight games when he took over, we didn’t put any pressure on him at all, but he's flourished.”
It's not the first time Macormac has taken decisive action to boost the club. Struggles were present at Cantilever Park when he first arrived eight years ago.
The Wire chairman is a hard-working, passionate man who doesn't want to spend too much time dwelling on previous achievements, though when pressed, he takes up the story of how an old friend was key to the start of his Warrington adventure.
“I don't want to sound too arrogant, but they rang me. I’d done work at other clubs, taken them up to certain levels, but had been out the game for a few months," he said.
“The secretary at the club at the time had been a long football friend of mine. I'd been at a few clubs with him, played for him for a few seasons and he phoned me out the blue.
“I came in and did a few weeks undercover as a spectator to get a feel of it. After a fortnight, I found a few things that were wrong.
“I got my feet under the table upstairs and it just took off from there really.”
It certainly has, with Town going from strength to strength.
The club may face a battle to reach the play-offs in the climax to this season, but with Macormac leading from the top, the Wire are in safe hands with a bright future ahead.