The Catholic manager of FC Halifax Town has thanked God after his team won the FA Trophy to cap a triumphant season which seemed destined for disaster.
Halifax, who play in the Vanarama National League, defeated Gateshead 1–0 at Wembley on 21st May to win their second FA Trophy.
Earlier in the season, wins were proving elusive, but the team finished strongly to end up 11th and with a memorable trophy to savour.
Reflecting on the victory, manager Chris Millington, 47, told the Universe: “It’s definitely been a journey, and it’s been a great season in terms of faith and closeness to God. It’s helped me to lean on God a lot more.”
This season was Chris Millington’s first as Halifax boss, and it has been something of a rollercoaster ride.
“We had a really poor January and February, a poor run of games. Not that long after things started to change. We finished strongly and there were loads of positives to come out of it. We’ve come out of it with a national trophy, which is quite sought after,” he said.
The final was a closely fought affair, a game of very few chances and both teams defending strongly, before Jamie Cooke scored on the stroke of half time. Mr Millington called the occasion at Wembley ‘surreal’, and paid tribute to the contribution of his players, coaching staff and all involved in the club.
“It still feels a bit surreal-like it’s something I’ve witnessed happening to other people,” he said.
“There’s no way I can say in words how amazing they’ve been this season; it’s impossible to articulate and give everybody outside the club a picture of what they’ve done.”
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