Gills skipper delighted with winning league title
Adam Barrett spoke of his immense pride having lifted the League Two Championship trophy following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with AFC Wimbledon.
A point was enough to clinch the title in front of a full house at Priestfield, and the Captain said the memories will stay with him for the rest of his life.
He said: “Obviously the main aim was promotion but on a selfish note to go and lift the trophy it’s a very, very proud and special moment for me and one I shall cherish forever.
“The club hasn't done it for 50 years and I had my family all there - it was a magical moment and it still hasn’t sunk in but it’s fantastic and a great achievement. We have worked extremely hard to get there and I’m a very proud man.
“The atmosphere was brilliant but to go out there and pick the trophy up that’s special and it’s something that will live with me for the rest of my life without a doubt.
“We have been top of the league all season, we deserve to be champions and quite rightly we got crowned.”
The Gills had gone two goals up thanks to Deon Burton and Danny Kedwell, but the Dons responded well after the interval and scored two of their own to snatch a point.
Barrett conceded it was disappointing not to win, but said the day was all about taking the championship.
He added: “We were 2-0 up and I thought in the first half we were cruising and doing very well. Fair play to Wimbledon because they came at us and had nothing to lose – they are fighting for their lives down there.
“I think we made it difficult for ourselves, we made poor decisions and we are disappointed not to have won it but at the end of the day it’s about being champions and it’s another point at home, we haven’t lost.
“It’s extreme pride, to a full house at home and to be the skipper that lifts the trophy it brings a lump to your throat.
“I have some real good friends too and we all stick together. It’s been a fantastic team effort and a big thank you to the supporters.”
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