NON-LEAGUE football fans in Runcorn are celebrating promotion for the first time in a generation.
Not since the old Runcorn Football Club went up to the then Alliance Premier League, now the Nationwide Conference, as champions in 1980-81 has the town's senior team shown such a head for heights.
Runcorn FC Halton went up to Nationwide North for the one season but that was brought about by reorganisation - the now dormant club scraping into the top half of the UniBond League Premier Division to qualify.
The Runcorn team, which won the Northern Premier League title 26 years ago, had like the current one been rebor n.
But it didn't take a complete change of club to do it, just the Midas touch of a new manager.
That boss John Williams, who landed the NPL title in his first season and the APL in his second to make Runcorn the country's premier semi-pro outfit, was in the directors' box to see Saturday's landmark win.
And under Steve Carragher and assistant Mark Phillips, the new Linnets have albeit in a lower standard of football shown the same steely desire and determination displayed by their predecessors.
They have also done it with a degree of style, although the quality of their football has inevitably suffered of late as nerves and hard pitches have kicked in.
In many ways, Saturday's match mirrored Runcorn's entire season - a strong opening, slightly sticky middle and glorious end.
The action itself was largely forgettable but the occasion extra memorable and emotional after the trials and tribulations of the recent past.
It was a more anxious second half than it ought to have been.
Chances aplenty were missed before the break, just as they had been against Oldham in midweek.
After it, Thomas Lamb had a goal ruled offside while skip-per Paul Scott saw the crossbar keep out his header when a goal, which would have given more breathing space, looked certain.
Runcorn had taken the lead as Michael Young beat Holker's keeper at the second attempt in the 18th minute.
But the Cumbrians equalised four minutes later for an offence few in the ground spotted.
Todd Bamber sent Robbie Holcroft the wrong way with his penalty - to resounding silence.
Within a minute, however, Linnets had won back the advantage.
Striker Dave Thompson, a short-price favourite with midfieldman Scott for the club's inaugural player-of-the-year, took advantage of uncertainty in the Holker rearguard.
His pass freed right winger Andy McCoy into the box for the goal which took Linnets up to North West Counties Division One for 2007-08 - although there were 67 more nailbiting minutes to wait before the party could begin.
It was fitting the bubbly was cracked open at the final whistle in full view of the fans, who have by the very nature of the club helped to build its early success, rather than in the sanctum of the dressing room.
Some of those supporters had stayed with the previous club until the end, others have returned with their allegiances refreshed and there are even those who are completely n ew.
United in joy, they saluted the players who were embraced by club officials and management on the Wincham Park pitch.
So it's very much job under way if not yet done. This club wants to go a lot more places yet - not least home to Runcorn - and this Saturday there could yet be the championship to think about.
LINNETS: Holcroft, Holmes, Flood, O'Driscoll, Boden, Loughlin (Edwards 83), McCoy, Scott, Thompson, Lamb, Young. Subs: Parle, Quirk.