Sean McConville called it ‘the best day of his life’ after lifting the League Two title trophy with Accrington Stanley.
The winger has suffered more heartache than most with the Reds, missing out in the 2010/11 play-offs to Stevenage and then the huge disappointment at losing out on automatic promotion with a 0-0 draw with Stevenage again on the final day of the 2015/16 season.
The 29-year-old could barely speak after the final whistle as Stanley’s 1-0 win over Lincoln put them six points clear of Luton with one game to play.
“This is the pinnacle of my career,” said McConville. “To set your goal at the start of the season and achieve it in the manner we did, that’s something. It’s the best day of my life.
“I have missed out on the play-offs three times, twice with Accy and once with my first club Skelmersdale and we did not want to go through the play-offs so we set our sights on automatic promotion.
“Once we got automatic promotion we knew we could top it off by winning the league. We didn’t just win it but in my opinion we coasted it towards the end with a six point gap with a game to go.
“We have a really good squad and we know we can build on it in League One.”
After a record crowd at the Wham Stadium watched Stanley lift the trophy, McConville is hoping there are plenty more good times to come to the Reds.
“The crowd, the atmosphere was superb. Hopefully we will experience more days like this in League One with big crowds and big games.
“It’s something to look forward to. I know, though, when I finish my career I will look back at this moment and think ‘wow.'”