There were scenes of celebration and jubilation as Padiham FC marked their sensational promotion from the North West Counties Premier Division.
The overjoyed team, led by Steve Wilkes, raised the trophy at Runcorn Town’s Pavilion Sandy Lane Stadium despite a 1-0 defeat. And the celebrations went on long into the night back home in Padiham.
“I don’t think words can describe it,” said Wilkes. “It’s absolutely brilliant. It was a fantastic day, unfortunately we couldn’t get the result we wanted, but it’s not about the one game it’s about the 41 that came before it.”