Fresh from winning the Drinkwise Cup, Sammy McIlroy took charge of his second season at the Moss Rose in the summer of 1994.
Macc had finished seventh during the previous campaign, and confidence was high that an improvement could be made over the next nine months.
On a baking hot August day, Macc faced old Conference rivals Welling United at the Moss Rose for what was the start of a momentous season.
Macc started the brighter and threatened the Welling defence right from the off. Darren Lyons was creating a great deal of room down the flanks as early chances for Phil Power and Steve Tobin went begging.
Macc did break the deadlock just after the quarter hour mark however when Neil Sorvel capitalised on some poor defending to smash home.
Five minutes before the break, Phil Power scored Macc’s second to ease the nerves somewhat as despite still dominating possession, the visitors had created numerous gilt edged chances to hit back.
Two minutes after the restart however, the game was put out of sight when John Askey’s cool finish gave The Silkmen their third.
The visitors pressed and pressed, yet ‘keeper Steve Farrelly was in fine form, making some top drawer saves to keep Welling at bay.
Although The Wings did score a consolation goal, it proved to be in vain, as Macc began the journey which would see them crowned Vauxhall Conference Champions the following May.
A crowd of 757 had witnessed the opening match of the season and despite promotion cruelly denied, this would to rise to 2054 when Stevenage visited the Moss Rose on 6th May – little did we know that the story was only just beginning.
Macclesfield Town: Farrelly, Locke, Murray, Kendall, Howarth, Sorvel, Askey, McDonald, Tobin, Power, Lyons.