Mooney went on a run of scoring in six successive matches that season, including both in a 2-1 win at Port Vale at the end of April. “I remember getting on the bus afterwards and speaking to my dad and telling him I felt we had this momentum that I'd never felt before in my life,” said Mooney.
Mooney was a bit of a torch bearer for a side that had a bit of everything. It could play when it needed to, through Micah Hyde and Peter Kennedy, and it also had the capacity to grind it out. It was not a team that could be rolled over, that's for sure.
“You had me, Pagey and Robbo and you wouldn't want to walk into us down a dark alley,” said Mooney. “We ran everything and if somebody was not pulling their weight, we told them. Behind that you had Alec, Steve Palmer, Darren Bazeley and Peter Kennedy who were also leaders. Someone like Allan Smart grew into that role.
“It was just a really good group, very similar in age and we just had a great team spirit and a team full of winners. I reckon in the last 12 games we didn't lose a 50-50 let alone a game. We won everything in the last two months and it was like that in training, too.”