A quarter of a century ago, Macclesfield Town lifted the GM Vauxhall Conference trophy for the first time and in doing so, arguably changed the narrative surrounding the club forevermore. In the fifth in a series of articles, we continue our look back at all the players who played their part in what was a remarkable achievement by featuring the commanding goalkeeper, Steve Farrelly.
Steve had already amassed over one-hundred appearances for the club by the time that the historic 1994/95 season began and in addition to this, had become a firm fans favourite with the Moss Rose faithful.
Signing from Southport back in February 1991, Steve had made his debut for the club in a Cheshire Senior Cup tie at Warrington Town.
With The Silkmen searching for a permanent replacement for the popular Alan Zelem, Steve adhered himself to the fans with a string of dominant performances right from the off.
In November 1993, Steve wrote his name into the history books by saving three penalties during an FA Cup First Round replay at Chesterfield and in doing so, helped ensure that Macclesfield Town became the first-ever non-league side to beat a league team on penalties.
Known for his unwavering command of his penalty area, Steve's time at the Moss Rose was also characterised by an incredibly powerful kicking ability - which proved to be an effective weapon in our armoury in both an offensive and defensive sense.
Indeed, back in December 1993 Steve used this to devastating effect during a GM Vauxhall Conference trip to Merthyr Tydfil. A long clearance up-field deceived everyone and proceeded to fly into the back of the net - much to the bemusement of everyone.
Steve was an imposing presence between the posts and as well as this, he also displayed a fine amount of agility which saw him make frequent gravity-defying stops.
After helping the club to win the Drinkwise Cup the previous season, Steve went on to play every single minute of every single game during our first Vauxhall Conference title-winning season and that in itself exemplifies just how important he was to that illustrious side.
He would make eighteen clean sheets that season and was only denied the accolade of being present during every minute of every game that year by being substituted in the Staffordshire Senior Cup semi-final on April 5th.
More prestigious accolades would follow however and in particular, Steve was named in the Conference Team of the Year in the summer of 1995.
Steve's performances understandably alerted sides higher up the football pyramid to his unquestionable potential and in July 1995, he signed for Rotherham United for a fee of £40,000.
He would go on to enjoy successful spells at Barrow, Kingstonian, Farnborough and Woking.
Steve's contribution to that memorable season is still remembered fondly here at the Moss Rose and you can listen to an interview that we did with him back in June below -