Captain’s View: Richard Bunting’s weekly look inside The Walks
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On Tuesday night we finally achieved our goal of winning the title – and what an evening it was.
I've captained two sides to the UCL championship but winning the league with Lynn this week was by far and away the highlight of my career.
It's not just because the success came at a higher level. But it was more to do with the whole occasion. To clinch it at The Walks, in front of our own fans and such a big crowd, was absolutely brilliant.
There was a really, really good turnout and what happened at the final whistle with hundreds of fans running onto the pitch felt like the equivalent of winning League One or League Two for us.
It's the one moment in my career where I've felt like a professional footballer. To be fair, it's all a bit of a blur now. People say they can't remember winning cup finals, but I can't really remember much about just being swamped by hundreds of people.
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The whole club felt as one at the moment and it was an amazing feeling to be a part of it. I was on the pitch at the end thanks to the gaffer (Gary Setchell) who said he would do his utmost to get me on as a substitute, despite my injury problems.
To be fair, I thought he was mental. I honestly thought he'd forgotten the score. It was a really nice touch from him. Gullers (Phil Gulliver) came over and I said: 'Hold on, you're not coming off'. But he just wanted to give me the armband, which was touching. I think it just shows how much we all, as a squad, respect each other.
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The celebrations come on the final whistle, and when Shane Tolley scored the winner, were absolutely fantastic. And they carried long into the night and the next day. But what was really good was to mingle with so many fans after the game so we could pass the cup around and pose for pictures.
It's been a long old season and to have achieved our goal is just a great feeling. We secretly set out to win the league, and just went about our business quietly. The gaffer said we had a squad good enough to win the title. He's never been happy just to be a part of it. And he's added to his options as we've gone along.
But we can't forget the big contributions that have been made by everyone who has been and gone. Players like Hughesy (Rob Hughes) and Forshy (Jamie Forshaw) who scored crucial goals at Lincoln to help us win 3-2 earlier this season. Everyone has played their part.
We've stepped into the unknown. We've had our blips. And at one point Coalville were 17 points clear. But at that stage, they hadn't had their blip. Ours were spread out across the season, but they came out flying.
I wouldn't say they chucked the title away though. Their blip just all came in one big chunk. And we've won the league because we've been the most consistent side throughout the season.
Our league campaign ends at Belper Town on Saturday. I'm sure more fans would have made the trip had the title still been up for grabs but we, of course, will appreciate anyone who makes the journey.
Make no doubt about it, we'll be going there to win. The gaffer, Neil (Fryatt, assistant), and Ross (McNeil, coach) wouldn't want it any other way.
We all signed for this club to help awaken a sleeping giant. That's what we've done. Now, hopefully we can all play a part in bringing more success to King's Lynn at a higher level.
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