BARNTON limped to the end of their eighth Mid Cheshire League championship season on Wednesday.
Even if the title had not been won, it would still have been far and away the greatest campaign in their history.
But the more success Barnton have, the more likely a bigger club will take a fancy to their manager and players.
Twice during the season, Barnton were transformed into the England team and set on their UEFA Regions Cup adventure, winning their preliminary qualifying group then losing out to Ireland on their return to the continent.
Time lost then needed catching up in the spring, so they crowded in the fixtures and emerged as champs again, overtaking Middlewich Town, who have been kicking themselves for losing some 'easy' games.
The derby spark was missing from their clash at Townfield Lane on Wednesday. A dull 0-0 draw was the outcome, though boss Nick Armitage said: 'We picked up the trophy on the night and that was nice. They were the better side in the second half and probably should have won.'
Two days earlier, Barnton drew 0-0 at Poynton, having played the whole game with only eight men.
'A good result considering, though I expect we'll get fined,' said assistant boss Mark Warburton. 'But playing so many games and with the effect of the foreign trips, one way or the other we are physically and mentally shattered. It has been hard getting a team out.'
New players will be a priority at Barnton whatever happens.
Either they will be signed by Armitage and Warburton - or their successors.
Earlier in the season, Armitage was interviewed for the Witton Albion and Congleton Town jobs and it seems only a matter of time before a club higher up the pyramid gives him a chance.
And if that happens, it is a safe bet that many of the Barnton team, collected largely from the Warrington and Runcorn areas, will follow.
Warburton said: 'The players want to stay together and that will be at Barnton if Nick stays.'
Armitage added: 'I'm open to offers. I'd like to progress and it doesn't look as if Barnton as a club will go higher. If no-one comes in for me, of course I'd like to stay.' If the management team goes and players follow, Barnton and the club's small committee would be in for a worrying summer.
So far, Kevin Towey is the only certain departure. It was his goal that shot Barnton to victory in the FA Systems Cup to qualify them for Europe. But he now lives in York-shire and last week played for Counties League side is after the goalkeeper, Richie Mottram.'
Armitage has been asked to manage the team again in the FA Systems Cup and it is up to him whether Barnton will play under the MCL banner again or if a representative side is chosen.
Rather than try to relive old glories, Armitage may plump for the latter.
He managed the MCL side to a 2-0 win over the West Cheshire League - a game squeezed between the Poynton and Middlewich fixtures - in the annual challenge match, in Run-corn.
The West Cheshire side was the one that will represent the league in the Systems Cup, while Mid Cheshire have a bye to the last 16.
'I had the chance for a close look at some other teams' players and they were good, but I have all the summer to think about it,' he said.