Leek Town Chairman Andrew Wain took time out at the weekend to extend his thanks to all Leek Town fans who have supported Blues throughout a magnificent season.
He was particularly pleased with the travelling fans at Ilkeston on Saturday who did the club proud despite the defeat.
“I would just like to say I was extremely proud of our supporters not only yesterday when they were subject to a lot of goading from their fans at full time but also for their support throughout the season.
“Our fans were magnificent and they should be very proud of the way they have conducted themselves”, he added.
Wain also commended the management team and players for their magnificent contribution to the Leek Town cause including the FA Cup run, the league campaign and reaching the play-offs making it the most successful season in recent years.
The Chairman is now hoping that as many fans as possible reserve places for the end of season celebrations and presentations.
The Blues’ board of directors are now working hard on attracting more finance into the club ready for next season after securing main club sponsorship with Adams Foods who are on board for a record breaking 15-years.
“I want to reassure fans that we will be building on what we have archived this season. When you put things into perspective what we have achieved since last August including good run in FA cup, a good run in league and a play off final it’s been nothing short of phenomenal.
“Those achievements are thanks to the players, back room staff, volunteers who do a hell of a lot and all the people who have supported us in any way over the last nine months.
“Well done to you all and please, please continue your support next season – roll on August”’ he added.
Leek Town’s promotion aspirations disappeared on Saturday after their season came to a disappointing end at Ilkeston when they were beaten in the play-off final shattering their hopes.
Blues had made a late run to reach the play-offs but they looked somewhat jaded after their colossal efforts in the semi-final at Carlton on the previous Wednesday whilst Ilkeston looked much fresher, having had two days extra to recover from their semi-final.
On balance of play the Robbins were worthy winners having enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and creating numerous chances whilst at the other end home keeper Lloyd Allison was relatively untroubled.
Ilkeston will now take their place in the Premier Division after hitting Leek with a two goal salvo in a two minute spell midway through the second half.
After the game Blues’ boss Lee Casswell said, “Obviously I’m a little disappointed with the result but if I’d been offered a play-off final back in August I would have taken it.
“However, Ilkeston were worthy winners in the end they put us under a lot of pressure and we held them well until they scored midway through the second half.
“When we went two down it was a game too far – the lads were very tired.
“We’ll now take a couple of weeks off before chatting to the chairman about next season. In the meantime I have had a word with most of the players and at this stage no-one has suggested that they are going to leave the club.
“Finally I’d just like to thank our magnificent fans who have been such a big part of the club this season – we hope to see them al again next season”, he added.