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Kelvin Thomas says united effort helped secure League 1 football

6 July 2020

Chairman Kelvin Thomas says he feels the unity and the togetherness of the club, the supporters and the wider community played a part in the club's promotion to League 1.

Over the last few months the club, the squad and the Community Trust have all worked hard to support the local community in many different ways, and speaking in an extended interview on the club's YouTube channel at the weekend, the Chairman says he feels the on the pitch success is linked to the unity and togetherness around the club.

"One thing that stands out is how the club came together to win this promotion," he said.

"The community work, the togetherness, the unity - it was all there and I am sure it all helped. It was an incredible experience to be part of and the community spirit was brilliant to see. The players facetimed me from the pitch at Wembley, that meant a lot and it showed the respect, the trust and the unity about the club and that the players appreciated how we have managed things over the last few months. Also last Monday, I jumped on the podcast and had a beer with those guys and it shows how together everyone is who has this club at heart.

"The last month saw us go through a difficult period to sort things out and there was a huge amount to do, just to get the players on the pitch. The amount of work, the level of detail required was massive. We had some voluntary help which was most appreciated and it wasn't an easy time for the players and staff to go through with such a big testing programme for an extended period. It was a huge effort from the whole club and I am delighted it was ultimately rewarded.

"The unselfishness of what happened really impressed me across the whole club. When we spoke to the players about giving up their bonuses there was no issue, it was agreed immediately. When the players had the chance to call supporters - they just did it, no question. The eagerness among the staff to get back and help was just fantastic. As a club, we were united, fixed and focused on helping people, on being part of the community and then getting in to and winning the play offs. I do put a lot of our success down to the community work that happened and the spirit that created.”

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