ASHINGTON CFC chairman Ian Lavery was ecstatic at the final whistle on Saturday after seeing the Woodhorn Lane outfit indelibly write another chapter in its history following the 2-1 victory over Dunkirk in the FA Carlsberg Vase.
The chief was quick to salute the efforts of the management team and the players as they reached the last 32 of the prestigious competition for the first time.
A beaming Lavery said: “My heartfelt thanks go to Gary Middleton, Neil Winskill, Ritchie Bond and the whole of the management team for the professional manner in which they turned out what can only be described as an excellent Ashington first team.
“The side itself were an absolute credit to the town and the victory at Dunkirk broke new grounds in that this is the furthest Ashington have gone in the FA Vase tournament since its inception in 1974-75.
“The tremendous supporters of Ashington once again excelled themselves from the sidelines and gave full and noisy commitment throughout the 90 minutes of the game – and I’m sure they had an equally fantastic time as did the players management and officials of the club – and long may this continue.”
The chairman’s dream is to see a host of trophies on display at the club.
“The new club having taken roots at Woodhorn Lane in August 2008 are now developing into a very decent outfit,” he said.
“Being in the last 32 of the FA Vase rekindles the spirit of the Ashington team in 1973-74 when they reached the semi finals of the FA Amateur Cup.
“My dream would be to see the trophy cabinet full with trophies from all sections of our community club and the spirit at this club now is absolutely outstanding.
“It is only a dream but who knows. We take one game at a time; scoreline by scoreline and we’ll see where this takes us.”