Worksop Borough captain Craig Spink has gone out on a high note, winning the Worksop Sunday League treble in his final season.
The 34-year-old retired from playing after 16 years with the club – 10 of them as skipper – and he called Sunday’s 8-0 Benevolent Cup triumph over Kilton Rovers a dream ending.
The cup final win made it three trophies for the 2013/14 Borough squad, who also won the Division One title and the Challenge Cup.
“It’s unbelievable,” Spink told the Guardian.
“It’s the first time the club has won the treble since 1984 so it’s a bit special for us.”
Along with Spink and the players, the treble was a big achievement for manager Lee Howard and secretary Peter Pettinger.
The captain said: “They’ve been there 20 years plus.”
“Lee played for the club and has managed it, so he’s been there man and boy.”
“Everyone is over the moon, it’s been a great team effort.”
If an 8-0 win in a cup final to clinch a treble was the cake, then Spink’s team-mate Matt Booth iced it.
Spink explained: “Matt could have scored his 40th of the season, but he let me take the penalty for the last goal to get my name on the scoresheet.”
“That, and the treble, topped 16 years off – you can’t ask for anything more.”
Although this season will obviously go straight in at the top of the captain’s highlights, he’s had more than his fair share of glory with Borough.
“We’ve always been there or there abouts, fighting it out for the title and getting to cup finals,” he said.
“We’ve done the double on two occasions.”
“This season Stanley Street, St Joseph’s and Greendale all had good sides and there were four of us battling it out for the top spot.”
“I’ll definitely miss it, I wanted to play for as long as I could – but there’s no better way to go out.”
Spink will now move into coaching with Worksop Boys Club, where his young son has begun playing.
But he’s confident Borough’s legacy will be in capable hands.
“We’ve got a good nucleus of young lads who will hopefully go on and play for the club for a long time to come.”