AN EMOTIONAL Neil Young spoke of his pride after leading Chester FC to back-to-back titles.
Young’s side were crowned the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division champions today after they drew 1-1 with nearest rivals Northwich Victoria at a sold-out Exacta Stadium.
And there was no one happier than the Blues boss.
Young said: “It’s an unbelievable achievement but it’s not just about myself. Me and Gary Jones hooked up together four years ago now and we’ve had a play-off final defeat and three promotions.
“I was asked a question when the people from Chester first came to visit me and that was, ‘would I be able to get the club out of the North West Counties?’ I believed I could but now I’m standing here two years later – and having invoked a two-year contract, which is good – with two championships at the next level up is unbelievable.
“It’s also quite emotional as we do put a lot of work in.
“All credit to the players, they have been absolutely fantastic. I am a taskmaster and I don’t smile very often but I want to give them all the credit in the world as they’ve been absolutely tremendous this season.”
Chester needed just a single point to secure top spot and end the challenge of second-placed Northwich.
But they left it late to get the draw they required as top scorer Matty McGinn netted a wonderful 85th-minute equaliser.
Young said: “It was an unbelievable goal and Matty’s got that quality.
“When he cut inside I thought he was going to cross it but then he’s hit it. It was a fantastic finish and cue delirium.”
Young also had words of consolation for Vics, who remain 11 points behind the Blues going into the final three games of the season.
Young said: “Northwich are a good side and they’ve got some excellent players. They’re proud and they didn’t want to see us celebrating on the pitch, so fair play to them.
“Tom Field got a bit of stick coming back to his former club but he congratulated all the players and he was stood outside clapping them in.
“Football is all about rivalry but you’ve got to take your hat off to Northwich as they’ve gone hammer and tong with us all season. But I just think we’ve just been that much better and consistent, especially over the last 10 games. But they are going to be a force in the play-offs and I’m sure the other teams in the play-offs will not want to play them.”