Aaron Chapman admitted he couldn’t put into words how he felt after a historic season where Stanley lifted the League Two title.
The 27-year-old keeper isn’t usually lost for words but he was stunned as a record crowd at the Wham Stadium – 4,753 – watched Stanley crowned champions of League Two yesterday.
Chapman has had a battle for the number one spot since he signed in the summer of 2016 but now he has made the place his own.
“I just can’t even describe it, it’s relief, joy, I don’t know, it’s so hard to put into words,” said the tall stopper.
“I have kept 19 clean sheets. If someone had said to me at the start of the season I would play 19 games I wouldn’t have believed them, never mind keeping 19 clean sheets.
“I need to thank the gaffer for putting his trust in me.
“The scenes after the game were just unbelievable, you could see how much it meant to everyone.”
Accrington never looked back after defeat to Carlisle on Boxing Day with 18 wins in the next 21 league games.
“If you go on a run like that, you should win the league,” said Chappy. “It came out of nowhere really but we always knew we had the players here who could do this.
“I won League Two with Chesterfield but never played so this means so much more. It’s been so great to be a part of this, the players are great although, to be fair, anyone could play in goal with these players in front of them!”