Three in a row sheer ecstasy for Chandler

The pre-match build up to the FA Vase final. Ian Chandler.
The pre-match build up to the FA Vase final. Ian Chandler.

WHITLEY Bay FC boss Ian Chandler has described lifting the FA Carlsberg Vase trophy for the third time in a row as ‘complete ecstasy’.

And it was a sharp contrast to the feeling he had on Saturday night when he was forced to leave Chris Fawcett out of the squad that would take on Coalville the following day.

He said: “It was the hardest thing in the world on Saturday picking 16.

“Chris Fawcett missed out and I still feel for him.

“But it was from the awful to the ecstasy and we are going to get some enjoyment out of it.”

The game will go down as the toughest of the three cup finals Whitley Bay have appeared in at Wembley, and the most entertaining for the neutral.

Along with his decision to leave Fawcett out the 16, Bay boss Chandler also picked experience ahead of youth in goal as Terry Burke got the nod ahead of Kyle Hayes.

And Chandler, pictured, felt his decision was proved to be the correct one.

“It was end to end stuff from start to finish and Terry Burke had a fantastic game and justified his place in the team.

“We rode our luck, we got the goals when we needed them, pretty much straight after they scored, and it was a typical Whitley Bay game.

“But I was never confident throughout because it was end to end.”

Chandler, who has been part of all four Whitley Bay FA Vase successes, as a player in 2002 and manager for the last three seasons, said the victory was extra special this year as there were six or seven new players in the squad.

And with numerous records broken in the FA Vase campaign over the past few years, it is proving hard for the 42-year-old to take in the reality of the success.

He added: “I think it will sink in if and when we lose, because at the moment we just want to keep going and going and keeping that record as long as we can.

“Now that we have got it we might as well stretch it out as long as we can.”