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Alec - my pride at Watford's "fantastic" success

25 May 2006

Watford goalkeeping coach Alec Chamberlain has talked of his "pride and delight" at the club's rise into the Premiership.

It is the second time in Alec's 10 years at Vicarage Road that the Hornets have reached English football's top flight, and Alec said this achievement even topped the successive promotions under Graham Taylor.

"Baring in mind many people were suggesting we were relegation contenders before the season started, making it to the Premiership is a fantastic achievement, and I'm delighted for everyone at the club" said Alec.

"Obviously the gaffer - Aidy Boothroyd - takes great credit for what he has acheived in his first full season as a manager, but this has been a fantastic team effort all round, from the regular starters to the backroom team, and I have been proud to be involved."

Alec said the Play-Off Final against Leeds United at Cardiff's Millenium Stadium was among the highlights of his career, even though he didn't play.

Just to be involved was fantastic, and obviously, as his coach, I am very proud at how well Ben Foster has played this season," said Alec. "Ben has had a terrific season, and he is definitely one for the future, that's for sure.

"On a personal note, it was a fantastic gesture by Aidy to bestow the honour of my son, Ryan, being mascot for the day. It made it a really special day for me, and for all my family, and it's a day Ryan will remember for the rest of his life.

"As regards the game, I thought we played superbly. We were always in control, though, like the gaffer, I refused to get too carried away until Darius tucked away the penalty to make it 3-nil.

"What an incredible way to finish a wonderful season, and roll on the Premiership. We lasted just one season last time, but I'm sure we'll be giving it our best shot, and after what he's achieved so far, I am sure Aidy will be thoroughly prepared, and up for the challenge of matching his managerial skills against the best in the business."

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Written by Peter Jones, of the PR consultancy Red Alert Media.

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