Unbridled glee as Cheltenham Town players and fans mark historic promotion with socially distant parking lot party
The Whaddon Road parking lot has never seen anything like the scenes which took place around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday night.
After securing automatic promotion for the first time as a Football League club with a 1-1 draw against Carlisle United, the Cheltenham Town players celebrated on the pitch in front of the assembled photographers and videographers.
Champagne was sprayed, songs sung and festive field dives were all undertaken with great fun, but something was missing.
A group of supporters had gathered at Whaddon Rec just opposite Jonny-Rocks Stadium and they were heard as the whistle sounded and Cheltenham’s sixth promotion in 24 years began in earnest.
The players couldn’t resist and they sprinted out of the ground towards the parking lot fence where a hundred cheerful fans were waiting to catch a glimpse of their heroes, having been denied the chance to watch them live for most of the 2020 campaign. / 21 due. to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was a truly wonderful sight.
Players, staff and supporters enjoyed the moment together in pure ecstasy, with manager Michael Duff performing a unique dance familiar to all Burnley fans, where he was promoted to the Premier League three times as a player.
Cheltenham has had their best Ligue 2 season and the fact that the pitch has been empty for all but two of their 44 Ligue 2 games is a shame.
But Tuesday night was an unforgettable experience for everyone connected with the club, whether they could be present in person or not.
The party in the conference hall was well past midnight, but there is still work to be done: winning the title and enjoying another unforgettable night when Harrogate Town visits Whaddon Road on Saturday week.
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