Mark Hughes admits he went back on his word after winning the League Two title on Saturday.
Accrington Stanley were crowned champions when they beat Lincoln City 1-0 at the Wham Stadium to open a six-point gap over Luton Town in second with just one game left to play.
The 31-year-old defender, who has not missed a minute of league action this season, says he felt relief that the club was finally able to clinch the trophy after disappointment in midweek.
“After we won promotion against Yeovil I must have had the worst hangover for about a week,” said Hughes. “I said I’d never do that to myself again, but it’s not every day you win the league so I had to celebrate!
“It was definitely relief more than anything when the full-time whistle went. Obviously, the result on Tuesday against Newport was disappointing, but the carrot was there for us and we had the bit between our teeth.
“We have been unbelievable all season. It’s such a tough division and to become league champions is incredible. Fair play to everyone who has played their part in making it happen.
“To a man, from front to back, we were brilliant on Saturday. It was a proper game. Fair play to both sets of supporters too because the atmosphere was fantastic.
“It was a proper team performance and a great example of why we’ve won the league because we have been doing it all season.”