Sunday, 23 January 2011
264 Mark Monington
Position : Centre half
Played : 1998-99 to 2000-01
Appearances : 95
Goals : 12
Mark was signed on a Bosman from Rotherham in what looked like a "go on I'll have another one" purchase by the centre half -addicted Barrow. Mark came through the ranks at Burnley, making his League debut in March 1989 but never quite managing to make himself indispensable and moved to Rotherham in November 1994 after 84 appearances. He played 79 games for the Millers in three and a half seasons.
Despite the groans when he signed Mark turned out to be the best defender on the books. His debut was slightly delayed by injury but he was instantly impressive. Mark was a great stopper , at 6'1 and 14 stone he could muscle opponents off the ball without fouling them. In addition to that his distribution was pretty good and he was a potent threat in the opposition's box. It also benefitted Keith Hill's game that he didn't have to be the main stopper anymore and they became first choice centre half pairing for the next three seasons.The downside to Mark was a tendency to pick up red cards; we'd already seen that in 1993 when he was sent off along with Alex Jones for fighting.
He's also remembered for being a star in the Auto-Windscreens trophy. In 1999 he scored the golden goal to put Halifax out at The Shay. The following season he led the fightback from 0-2 down against Macclesfield scoring twice to put us level then in the next round he scored the winning penalty in a shoot-out against Hull.
Steve Parkin stunned everyone by releasing Mark and Keith Hill together in 2001. They had been the mainstays of a fine defensive record since he took over and Mark was only 30 ; all three of Parkin's subsequent centre half signings were older. I rank this decision as the biggest mistake since Sutton's release of Andy Milner and it caused problems for Parkin's three successors (exacerbated by David Hamilton's mislaying of Dave Bayliss).
Mark signed for Boston United in the Conference getting sent off on his debut but eventually making 26 appearances as they won the Conference title. He also came to our game at Mansfield and sat with the fans. He made one appearance for them back in the League then signed for Halifax, now back in the Conference, in November 2002. He stayed there till 2006 but missed the entire 2005-06 season through injury.