Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst hailed his players after they sealed promotion back to the Football League with a 3-1 Vanarama National League promotion final win over Forest Green Rovers.
A brace from striker Omar Bogle and an injury time Nathan Arnold struck ensured that the Mariners will return to the Football League for the first time since their relegation in 2010.
And the win over Rovers came twelve months after Hurst watched his side suffer penalty shoot out heartache in the Promotion final against Bristol Rovers.
Now he is left with a very different emotion, as he desribed their historic win as “a special, special day”
“The feeling sat here, compared to when I sat in this seat last year is a hell of a lot better, trust me,”
“I’ll remember yesterday for a long, long time, that’s for sure. It was a special, special day.
“I’m just so, so pleased for everyone connected with this football club. It does feel like we’ve proved a lot of people wrong.
“There’s been pressure and expectation right throughout the season, but we’ve finally done it.”
Hurst will begin his summer planning by assessing the Mariners squad, with several of their top players out of contract in the next couple of weeks.
And the former Rotherham United defender admitted that he could face a struggle to keep hold of some of his players.
“We’ll see, what I would say is that I’ve got some very good footballers and there has been attention from elsewhere and if we hadn’t done what we did yesterday, I think some may have moved on 100 per cent.
“By getting promotion and becoming a Football League club again, it may give us a chance of keeping them. We’re looking forward to our holidays – I think we’ve earned them – although we have got another game next week!
“We want to win that and sign off properly, but at the same time, the Football Club has to make decisions. I need to know what I’ve got to work with in League Two next season and see if we can make some of those lads offers that will persuade them to stay here”
Despite the interest from elsewhere Hurst is hopeful that the “euphoria” of their Wembley win, added to the team spirit he has in the group, will be enough to persuade players to stay with the club.
“There is a special bond between this group – and we all said that yesterday – but at the same time, people have to earn money.
“Whether or not the euphoria of yesterday and the bond that they have is enough to keep them, we’ll have to wait and see.”