David Lloyd admitted he didn’t think Lancashire had a chance of winning the LV= County Championship this year.
But the Accrington-born former Red Rose captain and coach is absolutley delighted they proved him wrong.
Lancashire claimed their first outright title in 77 years, ending the season 11 points clear of nearest challengers Warwickshire.
With a crippling legal wrangle over the £32m redevelopment of Old Trafford causing them major financial problems, they went into the season without a big name overseas signing and having to rely on a group of largely homegrown youngsters.
But it proved to be a blessing in disguise as, although many saw them a relegation candidates, they won 10 of their 16 games to end the club’s Championship drought.
"It is a terrific achievement and will now stop people reminding everyone to do with Lancashire that it is 77 years since we last won it," said Lloyd, who took over the role of president of Accrington Cricket Club this year.
"The number of people who have come up to shake my hand over the last few days has been amazing. They were saying well done to me and I haven’t even done anything!
"It just goes to show the feeling around the country for Lancashire.
"I have to admit I didn’t think they would be anywhere near winning it this year. But they were in the right place at the right time.
"The legal battle over the redevelopment could have gone either way and if they had lost it they would have been in serious trouble. But the place was given such a huge lift when that was sorted out.
"When I was playing, it was crucial to wear the Red Rose with pride.
"We used to go out in our club blazers and remember getting into several scrapes in bars when someone called the rose a poppy!
"It just showed the total commitment we had for the club, and that is exactly what this group of players have shown this season."