ACCRINGTON chairman Rod Kenyon said he almost copied Steven Gerrard - and slept with the Lancashire League trophy.
Gerrard admitted he went to bed with the Champions League Trophy when Liverpool won it and winning the league had the same effect on the chairman.
"I wouldn’t let go of it. I was like a kid with the best Christmas present ever as I wouldn’t let it out of my sight. Anyone who wanted it had to wrestle it from me. I wanted to sleep with it," laughed Kenyon.
"But words cannot describe how it felt to win the league. If someone had said at the start of the season, we would have done the double I would not have believed it.
"The team spirit is excellent and it has been a great season. I am ecstatic."
The team spirit showed as they did the traditional cup winning celebration on Sunday - and linked hands before running and diving on the muddy pitch.
But veteran Graham Lloyd let them get on with it - and stayed standing.
"I am too old for that," he laughed while fellow veteran Paul Carroll admitted: "That hasn’t done my knees any good at all!"
But luckily for Carroll and co, there is now a winter to recover and recollect on one of the best season’s ever for Accrington Cricket Club.
It isn’t just the fact they did the double - their first league title since 1975 and first Worsley Cup success since 1986.
It’s the way they did it, clawing their way from the bottom of the league last season into the champions spot this time - and surviving after debts almost forced the club out of existence last season.
"I wish I had had a bet on it," joked president Peter Barratt as they became the first club since 1948 to go from bottom to top in one season.
"It is fantastic and I still can’t believe we have done it. I would have thought anyone crazy if they had said we would win one - let alone two - trophies - at the start.
"It took the edge off the league win a little bit by the fact we couldn’t play at all this weekend because of the rain but we still enjoyed it.
"It has taken 162 years for us to win the double and I am a very proud man. And I would like to thank the players, supporters and everyone connected with the club who has stuck with us through thick and thin.
"It has been a hard fight for the last 10 years or so but this makes it all worthwhile. And now we have sampled success, we want more."
Lloyd, who came back to the club where he started his illustrious career for this season, has vowed to play on next year.
"I will be back," said the former England and Lancashire batsman. "It has been a great season and I have really enjoyed it.
"I always wanted to come back to the club where I started as I feel they invested a lot of time in me when I was a teenager and it is great to come back and win the double.
"There has been a lot of hard work and we have won some tough games. We have had some luck along the way as well but everyone has contributed at some stage of the season. It is great to see the smiles on people’s faces."
And he hasn’t ruled out dad David, now a Sky commentator but a former England player and coach, coming back next season. He made a couple of appearances for Accrington this season.
"He is delighted for us. I am sure he wants to don his whites again and he played a part in our success too."
Captain David Ormerod admitted that, with their final games against main rivals Rawtenstall and Lowerhouse called off at the weekend, it did make it a strange end to the season - but no one at Thorneyholme Road was complaining.
"I guess we would have preferred to play but then you get to the stage in the season where you just take winning the league and you just want to get over the finishing line whatever way you can.
"I do think we thoroughly deserved it though as we have lost only four games all season.
"I think there are a combination of things which helped us win it. We prepared well in winter and we introduced Graham and Paul Carroll who added talent and experience.
"We have won key games and everyone has chipped in with, say, 10 or 15 runs which have proved vital.
"I won the league three times with Bacup but I think the difference here is it is a real team effort.
"I loved my cricket there but this is more of a team performance. Roy (Silva), our pro, has played his part but we haven’t been dependent on him and the amateurs have done well too.
"We have turned it around and it is great for the club. It is strange to see everyone smiling instead of thinking about applying for re-election as you have to when you finish bottom.
"But we don’t want to stop here. We want to push on. We will go even harder next season and we won’t rest on our laurels."
Kenyon admitted: "I have a letter all printed out in my briefcase ready to apply for re-election - I have ripped it up now!"
Bowler Damian Clarke, who captained the club through some bad times, can’t believe what has happened.
"We used to be the team that would roll over and let you tickle our tummies," said Clarke, 38, who had never won a cricket medal until this season. "I think that’s why most of the opposing teams liked us! But if we can do the double it also gives hope for everyone else.
"I am just relieved it is over now as it became ours to throw away. It is a huge achievement and is unbelievable."