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 seventh 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 exciting winger, Ian Monk.
During his time at the Moss Rose, Ian was known to be a skilful and creative winger, who possessed a remarkable turn of pace which threatened every opponent's defence.
Signed from Ashton United at the end of October 1994, he made his debut for The Silkmen in our dramatic 1 - 0 victory over Bath City on Bonfire Night. Replacing midfielder Neil Sorvel, Ian proved to be a hit with the Moss Rose faithful right from the word go.
In what proved to be another crucial home victory, McIlroy's men left it late that day and would only claim victory thanks to an injury-time strike by skipper Neil Howarth.
Ian went on to appear for The Silkmen on thirty occasions during that historic season and scored four vital goals in the process.
Perhaps the most iconic of these was when Ian doubled our lead against arch-rivals Woking at the Moss Rose on 10th December 1994.
Macc came into the game boasting nine consecutive Vauxhall Conference victories and they knew that a tenth over The Cards would set a league record.
Played on a blustery afternoon, McIlroy's men took the lead in the 23rd minute through defender Steve Payne - yet four minutes before the interval Monk would warm all our hearts with a moment of pure magic.
Picking up the ball mid-way inside the Woking half, he ran at the visitors defence like a man on a mission and after cutting inside, he deftly took the ball past Lawrence Batty to double our lead in audacious style.
A month later, Ian scored the winning goal in a 3 - 2 victory at Southport, as he very quickly became a fan's favourite courtesy of his mesmerising offensive play.
Ian not only scored goals, but he also created them. In addition to his pace, he also possessed a wicked cross which signalled havoc throughout many defences at the time.
Ian remained at the club until just before Christmas 1995, when he moved to Morecambe for an undisclosed fee.
There is no doubt that Ian's time at the Moss Rose is still looked upon fondly by all of us who remember it. He played his part in helping us achieve our historic feat and we will always be thankful for that.