LOWESTOFT FC: A fantastic campaign

PUBLISHED: 12:02 30 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:14 06 July 2010

Chappo's Corner

LAST Saturday was an emotional day, I think for a lot of people. I don't think we should underestimate what the lads have achieved this year and we as a collective have achieved as well.

Chappo's Corner

LAST Saturday was an emotional day, I think for a lot of people. I don't think we should underestimate what the lads have achieved this year and we as a collective have achieved as well.

When you look at everything, the players on the pitch, the squad as a whole, the supporters, the things that are happening off the field to help the team, me Ady, Flem and Dave as a management team - we all moved on so much.

To achieve back-to-back promotions as champions with over 100 points in two campaigns, with over 100 goals in both campaigns, is unbelievable - an amazing feat by the players they've been absolutely different class.

We can't praise them enough. As a management team we're just so proud of them all.

It's been an amazing season and on top of winning the league the way we did, we've also got to the first round proper of the FA Cup and been within minutes of being in the hat for the second round.

It's been a fantastic season and a collective effort by so many different people, who had an input in different ways.

The fans are brilliant. We had brilliant support again on Saturday against Tilbury to see us lift the trophy. They stayed back after the game to celebrate with us and there was no better way to thank them than to lift the trophy on our home turf in front of our home fans.

And to do in style by winning the last game with three good goals, a clean sheet and another three points, was the best way that we could thank them. Words couldn't replace that.

It was just such a huge occasion for everybody.

Tilbury are a good side and a good bunch of lads as well. They've got good managers and we probably couldn't have chosen a better team to come and enjoy the party atmosphere.

They showed their appreciation of the fans at the end and their fans joined in and it was just a great occasion all round. We're pleased we won the game with three really good goals and it capped the season off nicely.

Now we're waiting to hear if we are going to go in the Ryman Premier Division. All the signs are that we should be you can't count your chickens until it is confirmed.

Fingers crossed it will happen and me, Ady, Flem and Dave have got a lot of sorting out to do during the summer. Before anything else happens we'll get all the players in for fitness tests, have a chat with them all and give them all summer programmes.

We expect them to come back as fit as they are now or even fitter in some cases.

If they do that then fantastic, and then we'll look at areas of the squad we feel could maybe do with some more competition and if the right people are available we'll speak to our chairman and see what we can do.

We're more than happy with the squad we've got and that's why will have an opportunity and that's why they'll be given summer fitness programmes.

There will training sessions available throughout the summer and then will start probably start pre-season training at the end of June and then into the new season and a new challenge.

To win the league by 15 points is a massive gap at any level to win a championship by. Last year we won the Ridgeons League by 18 points, but to win this year by 15 is unreal.

It's a tough league and there are going to be some even tougher sides at the next level.

We're looking forward to the new challenge and it's got the town buzzing and the town talking and it's absolutely fantastic.

Micky Chapman was speaking to Mark Boggis

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