CORNER Pin LG are basking in the glory of their best ever season!
The Saltney club made it a memorable treble in 2011-12.
Dave Tills’ side were crowned the Chester & District Sunday League Section A champions and followed up that success by winning the North East Wales FA Sunday Challenge Cup for the first time, beating Railway Cefn 4-0 in the final, and then claiming the Chester & District FA Sunday Cup for the third year running with a 1-0 victory over Saltney Ferry.
The Pin were founded in 2003 by John Rosedale and supported by manager Adam Laird, secretary Frank Shepherd and trainer Eric Pearson.
After joining the Chester & District Sunday League, they were forced to play their home games in England on the grounds of Chester Racecourse.
The club enjoyed their first few seasons in Section C and in 2006-07, under new boss John Feeney, were promoted to Section B.
Former Saltney Community Centre manager Kevin Langton then took over the hotseat, shortly followed by Lee Woodworth.
It was under player-manager Woodworth that the Pin really began to emerge as a force on the Sunday football scene.
In the 2009-10 campaign they finally got their hands on the Chester & District FA Sunday Cup – after losing two previous finals to Lache Athletic and Vicars Cross Dynamos – with a thrilling 5-4 extra-time victory over Dee Rangers.
They also won Section B to be promoted to the top flight of the Chester & District Sunday League.
It was only in 2009 that the Pin were affiliated to the North East Wales FA after winning their battle to enable them to play home games in Saltney, at The Lane.
The Pin went on to win the Section A title at the first time of asking and the Chester & District FA Sunday Cup for the second year in succession in 2010-11.
Current manager Tills then took over from Woodworth and, in his first full season in charge, he guided the team to a hat-trick of trophies.
Their glory run got under way when they retained the Section A championship with a 1-0 final-game victory over Saltney Social Club.
Captain Gareth Sudlow was named the Pin’s players’ player of the year at the club’s presentation evening.
The manager’s player of the year award went to club favourite Graham Jones.