The Iron's midfield dynamo, Sean McAllister was delighted to seal promotion at the weekend.That was despite a failing to gain points from the fixture at struggling Exeter.
Wilcox’s men were left awaiting news from Highbury on the field after the final whistle as Fleetwood and Southend played out the last ten minutes of their tie. With the Cod Army failing to collect all three points the players were able to celebrate with staff and fans alike as the Iron returned to the third tier of English football at the first time of asking.
The midfield man told the Iron's official YouTube site: “It’s an unbelievable feeling.
“The lads have worked so hard. Obviously it wasn’t the way we wanted to do it today but it’s funny that it’s the first game we’ve lost in 29 and it’s brought the best result in us getting promotion.
“It’s fantastic, it’s been a great year and all credit to the lads, the staff and the fans who’ve been behind us all the way. Hopefully we can go and enjoy it now.”
Having sustained an injury in the run-in McAllister has been forced to look-on from the stands, admitting it has been nervy at times but was keen to praise the squad on seeing the job through.
He stated: “I’m gutted to have missed things with a rib injury. Obviously it’s an impact injury, not a pull or anything so there’s not much you can really do about it.
“I’ve been a bit of a nervous wreck watching from the stands. The lads have done ever so well with eight points from the last few games and they’ve finished it off so that’s brilliant.”
Terry Hawkridge, the Iron’s signing from non-league Gainsborough Trinity last summer has now effectively risen through seven tiers of English Football in four seasons. Adding promotion in his first full season as a professional was described by the winger as a “great” feeling but insisted focus must now turn to the final game of the season and a shot at the League Two title before celebrations can commence in earnest.
“Obviously we lost 2-0 on the day but we’re up in League One now for next year," he said.
"We’ve got to concentrate on York next week but then we can enjoy the celebrations.”
See much more from Sean McAllister, Terry Hawkridge and other Iron personnel on the club's YouTube site.