Robbie Savage tries to stop a brawl on the terrace during a huge local derby in Macclesfield

Robbie Savage intervenes to stop a terrace fight during a huge derby between the Macclesfield Director of Football’s side and local rivals Congleton… with fans greeting ex-Premier League star after ‘cans were thrown and smoke bombs went off’

  • Robbie Savage intervened to try to separate rowing fans during a local derby
  • Images show how the ex-Wales international dismantles the problems on a busy terrace
  • The fleeting altercations took place in Macclesfield, where Savage co-owns
  • A Savage spokesperson is quoted as saying he ‘wanted’ to ‘break up’ the mobs


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Ex-Premier League ace Robbie Savage bravely waded into a crowd of outraged football fans in a bid to prevent supporters from attacking each other on a terrace during a fiery local derby clash.

Extraordinary images have emerged of Savage, better known for his flamboyant punditry since his retirement from elite football in 2011, making his way to the feuding factions at Macclesfield Football Stadium.

The football director of North West Counties Premier Division club Macclesfield had clearly seen enough during the grudge match, which saw the Silkmen face off against local rivals Congleton.

Former Premier League midfielder Robbie Savage ran onto the pitch to break up a brawl during Macclesfiel's match against local rivals Congleton

Former Premier League midfielder Robbie Savage ran onto the pitch to break up a brawl during Macclesfiel’s match against local rivals Congleton

Fans have praised the Macclesfield director of football for intervening after 'cans were thrown and smoke bombs dropped' in the stands, with some punches.

Fans have praised the Macclesfield director of football for intervening after 'cans were thrown and smoke bombs dropped' in the stands, with some punches.

Fans have praised the Macclesfield director of football for intervening after ‘cans were thrown and smoke bombs dropped’ in the stands, with some punches.

As tempers flare, Savage can be seen making his way to the scrap yard and placing a hand of peace on a man’s shoulder, while two mobs of angry-looking adversaries confront each other.

Other videos appeared to show fans bumping into each other, with Savage waving people away with his back to the game in a move that impressed many onlookers.

One of them said, “Bring up Robbie Savage because he entered the fighting mob to calm it down. Absolute legend.’

Others watching the frenetic action, which took place in the 90th minute of the sold-out game, called Savage ‘super Rob’ and applauded the former Derby and Leicester midfielder for ‘figuring it out’.

A viewer dubbed the showdown ‘El Cheshico’ because of its Cheshire setting, one viewer commented: ‘Full at kick-off. Game stopped. Robbie Savage is wading in an appeal to fans.”

A Savage spokesperson said: The sun that the former Wales international had been ‘enthusiastic’ to end the clashes.

They said: ‘Robbie, who co-owns the football club, was keen to split up the small roster of aggressive fans to ensure the match ended without violence.

He hopes everyone got home safely. It was a fantastic opportunity for Macclesfield Football Club today, with over 3,500 fans back at the stadium.”

A supporter told the outlet: ‘In the beginning, supporters just threw cans and about 20 minutes before kick-off there were smoke bombs. Then they all rushed each other a bit.’

Savage was named head of football when non-league Macclesfield relaunched in February

Savage was named head of football when non-league Macclesfield relaunched in February

Savage was named head of football when non-league Macclesfield relaunched in February

Macclesfield joined the fifth step of the National League system this month. Earlier on Monday, the proud Savage had tweeted: “It’s unbelievable that only three teams in League Two on Saturday and four in the National League had a bigger turnout than The Silkmen will get today.

“We’ve got the eighth biggest today, from League Two down, this Bank Holiday weekend on step five of football.”

Macclesfield won the match 1-0 thanks to James McNally-Berry’s second half strike.

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