Chandler sums up enormity of Whitley Bay achievement

WHITLEY Bay FC boss Ian Chandler could not have been happier for his players as they snatched an historic third FA Vase win in a row at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.

The Seahorses have become one of the most successful teams in the national competition, but Chandler says that the reality of the achievement will not sink in for a number of years.

“It’s not until about ten years time when people will look back at this and realise how special it was,” he said.

“It’s hard to put it into words how I am feeling.”

And with three victories at Wembley in three years, the manager is not against an attempt to make it four on the trot.

“Why not?” he said.

“It’s such a great occasion for our players to come here, and I have gone from the low feeling of picking the team last night and leaving some people disappointed, to a feeling of ecstasy.”

One of the most difficult decisions for Chandler to make was who to put between the posts, and he opted for the experienced Terry Burke to wear the number one shirt.

And the decision paid off, with Burke, who turned 39 on Wednesday, named the man of the match.

Chandler added: “It was end to end from start to finish, and Terry Burke had a fantastic game and justified his place in the team.”

As well as Kyle Hayes being named on the bench, club captain David Coulson was also a sub, which meant Damon Robson took on the captain’s role for the day to lead the team onto the Wembley turf just before 3pm.

Speaking just after the final whistle, Robson said: “It’s an immensely proud day for me today, I am really happy.”