“It is emotional”.
Those were the first words that came out of the mouth of captain Cleveland Taylor in the wake of Corby Town’s stunning title success at Poole Town last weekend.
Anyone in any doubt about how much winning the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division meant to the Steelmen players need have only looked at the skipper in the aftermath of a dramatic final-day showdown.
Needing a win, Corby squandered a 2-0 lead before hitting back to claim a 3-2 triumph thanks to Spencer Weir-Daley’s goal with just nine minutes of the season remaining.
For 31-year-old Taylor, a man with more than 300 Football League appearances under his belt, it provided him with one of his best moments in the game.
It also fully justified his decision last summer to come and play for manager Tommy Wright on a permanent basis following a loan spell at Steel Park in the previous campaign.
And the final day, in Taylor’s words, saw the young Corby squad “turn into men”.
“It is emotional,” the proud captain said when he was asked to put the title success into words.
“Myself, the gaffer (Wright) and (assistant-manager) Dave Clarke are all from a similar era of playing, we have had our ups and downs.
“At the beginning of the season I think all three of us knew we had something to prove within ourselves, although we didn’t say it to each other.
“The gaffer put his team together and he asked me if I was coming. It was at a time in my career where I just felt like I would come and play for fun. I just wanted to play.
“His determination and drive has grown and grown and it’s rubbed off on the lads.
“He has given me more responsibility and I have had to grow up. Maybe I have matured a bit too late in my career.
“But we started this season with a young group of players but on Saturday, they turned into men.”
Don’t miss full reaction and pictures of the Steelmen’s title success in this week’s Corby Telegraph, which is out now