Players and staff at Wealdstone FC finally got to lift the Vanarama National League South trophy after a lengthy wait.
The Stones were crowned champions back in June, two months after the remaining matches of the 2019/20 campaign were cancelled due to COVID-19, but the squad and staff weren’t able to officially celebrate until late July.
They took to The Vale’s pitch, proudly held up the trophy and sprayed the champaign; without their fans, albeit.
A statement from the club read: “We are sorry you couldn’t all be with us to celebrate tonight. With COVID risk assessments in place, we were only allowed 30 people inside the stadium – including players and management. There will be a separate champions celebration to be announced in due course.”
Stones manager Dean Brennan was given an accolade of his own not long after the celebrations; that being the National League South Manager of the Year award.
“I’m delighted to receive the award”, said Brennan. “This is an award I will share with our management team, Stuart [Maynard], Gary [King], Kirk [Rayment] and Matty [Saunders].
“Awards like this are rewarded with success, without our team work ethic and togetherness we wouldn’t have achieved this success. Our players delivered us the National League South title by buying into our front-foot technical philosophy and our levels of performance was what pleased me most this season.
“To be honest, my mind is now totally focussed on the new season and it has been for some time.
“We all can’t wait to get going, hopefully we will get some clarity this week of a start date. I know all our players are really excited to get started and there is no doubt our supporters are too. We have plenty of work to get through but, like we have always worked, we will take it one day at a time.”