Gallery: Royston lift up the Division One trophy in front of a huge crowd at Garden Walk

PUBLISHED: 11:22 20 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:02 11 May 2010

Alan Barlow

Alan Barlow

ROYSTON Town finally got their hands on the Spartan South Midlands Division One trophy after winning their last league home game of the season 3-1 against Buckingham Athletic. They did so in front of one of the biggest gates ever seen at Garden Walk as 82

ROYSTON Town finally got their hands on the Spartan South Midlands Division One trophy after winning their last league home game of the season 3-1 against Buckingham Athletic.

They did so in front of one of the biggest gates ever seen at Garden Walk as 822 people turned up for the game - just 54 short of the club's record attendance of 876 set against Aldershot in 1993.

But, according to Royston president Alan Barlow, whereas Aldershot brought 500 of their own fans 16 years ago Buckingham hardly brought a soul on Saturday and almost everyone in the ground was there to cheer on Royston Town.

"It is an absolutely brilliant number" Mr Barlow said.

"They're all Royston people and it was a fantastic turnout. The club would like to say a really big 'thank you' the people of Royston for coming out and supporting us on this special day.

"So many of them came up to me and said they thought the standard of football was top drawer so hopefully we'll get a follow through from Saturday's game with more people wanting to come and watch us in future."

Asked if there was an open top bus ride planned, Mr Barlow added: "It would be nice if the town council would suggest it. Or at the least a civic reception!"

The fantastic atmosphere in the ground saw an outstanding performance from man-of-the-match Ricky Young who scored the Crows' first goal.

It wasn't one of the Crows' best performances but the pressure was off, and once Craig Hammond was through just before half time to smash home the second Royston were able to relax.

In the second half Buckingham pulled one back after some sloppiness at the back but all that was forgotten after Young fired home from 25 yards out at the clubhouse end of the ground.

At the end of the match Royston walked back out onto the pitch through the Buckingham guard of honour and received the team-of-the-month award, players' league winner's medals and the Division One Trophy.

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