Every match has become incredibly important for FC Halifax Town as they swiftly approach the end of the season. With just five games remaining, Billy Heath’s men will look to at least wrap up a play-off position but will first have to get through a strong Alfreton Town side.
The away side will be able to call upon a plethora of talent from their arsenal, one such talent is that of Andy Monkhouse. An experienced midfielder who has also played in the forward positions, Monkhouse has added some composure to The Reds’ midfield since his arrival in the summer of 2016.
Perhaps best known for his eight year spell at Hartlepool United the midfielder made over 300 appearances for The Pools making him one of only 16 players to achieve that feat. Partner this with the fact that before his time at Hartlepool he was the first signing that Dennis Wise made during his time in charge of Swindon Town.
In fact his ability was recognised the season that he signed on loan for Hartlepool in 2006-07 when he was named in the League Two Team of the Season. What a season it was for his side after they also wrapped up promotion to League 1 by finishing in 2nd place.
Despite a successful number of years with the club, when Monkhouse was 33 he was released and the player admitted himself it was a surprise to not receive a contract offer from the club.
After leaving he made the incredibly long trip from his North Eastern home to the South West, signing for then Conference side Bristol Rovers.
Rovers had just dropped out of League Two but Monkhouse helped the side regain league status in his first season. Chipping in with eight league goals and playing the entire campaign wasn’t enough to give the veteran another shot in the Football League as he went onto Grimsby Town the following season.
Monkhouse must be seen as a bit of a good luck charm when it comes to being promoted as he then helped Grimsby win the play-off final in his first season after again being a regular in the side.
He will not be able to repeat it for a third season running though as his Alfreton side are currently in 18th position. However they have already proved they can be a thorn in Halifax’s side by beating The Shaymen 1-0 in the reverse fixture, Monkhouse and his team will be looking to do just that again.
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