TOGETHERNESS SAW REDS TO TITLE SUCCESS
Friday May 13, 2011
The Ripley and Heanor News reports that:"ALFRETON Town manager Nicky law praised the togetherness of the squad and club after a tremendous effort paid off with the Blue Square Bet North title.
He said: A big, big, pleasing factor for me is that we have done this, contrary to what has been bandied about on some non league forums, by not breaking the bank. Some clubs have just survived but we have had to be stronger than that.
"We refused to let anything unsettle us, particularly fans and officials of other clubs who have hid behind internet comments, saying we have spent loads of money when we have not.
"You look at some clubs who have nearly gone to the wall in search of the dream. It's great when it comes off, but we have very carefully planned this squad over four years
"Some of the players have cost us next to nothing. Josh [Law] came after being released by Chesterfield, Aden Flint came from just up the road at Pinxton, Liam Hearn and Paul Clayton came from almost obscurity while others like Anton Brown - released by Mansfield Town, and Anthony Howell - have also cost nothing
"There have been nominal fees for a few players, but they have been just that absolutely nominal. We haven't gone stupid with what we have done it is all down to the players who have been a credit to themselves and took the club somewhere where they have never been.
"We have also had to overcome the sales of both Aden Flint and Kyle McFadzean this seson, but those sales - which pulled in around £225,000 - have more than paid for the football side of the club to get promoted this season.
"At the end of the day, we have not let the disappointment of the last two years affect us. In fact, we have used it to our advantage. Everywhere we have been this season we have carried a picture of Fleetwood picking up the play-off trophy after they beat us last season and a certain other manager's comments about having money on them rather than Alfreton before a ball had even been kicked.
"They have been great points of motivation for us and when we have been put to the test these lads have come through.
"We have done it with hard work and good players and a togetherness I have not witnessed at many clubs. From the top of the club to the bottom we have stuck together.
"We have not trained properly for the last 16 weeks or so and we know that can't happen at the next level. We have wanted to get into the big boys' league and the majority of them barring a very few, are pretty much full-time with full-time players and staff.
"The lads have put in a massive effort and despite a massive backlog of fixtures, turned around a ten-point gap behind Nuneaton at one stage to finish 20 points in front of them. We have never looked for excuses, never blamed anything just got on with it and done the job."