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On This Day: Silkmen Crowned 1995 Vauxhall Conference Champions

6 May 2020

Twenty-five years ago today there was a party atmosphere at the Moss Rose, as Sammy McIlroy's side lifted the GM Vauxhall Conference trophy for the first time in our history.

Mid-week results had meant that the former Manchester United and Northern Ireland midfielder's side could boast an unassailable lead as we went into the final game of an unforgettable season against Stevenage Borough.

Crowds began to gather from lunch-time in the build-up to the game, with a vast array of celebratory activities laid on by the Club ahead of kick-off.

On a blisteringly hot day, McIlroy's side were given a guard of honour by our visitors - who would go on to lift the coveted trophy twelve months later.

In the sweltering heat, the game was actually one to forget as Macc were beaten 3 - 0 by the Hertfordshire outfit, with Barry Hayles, Tony Lynch and substitute Marvin Bates all finding the back of the net for Paul Fairclough's men.

Yet nothing could detract the Silkmen fans from hailing their newly-found heroes on the completion of such an historic feat.

In many ways, that championship-winning side changed the narrative of the Club forever - in that from then on, people believed that the Football League was no longer a utopian ideal.

Although the celebrations went on long into the night that evening, there was absolutely no doubt that plans were already afoot to ensure that we would claim our rightful place in the Football League in the shortest time possible.

Macclesfield Town: Farrelly, Norman, Bradshaw, Payne, Howarth (Monk), Askey, McDonald, Wood, Power, Lyons Sorvel (Wright).

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