Boro chairman wants a taste of 2007
BORO chairman Phil Wallace knows what it s like to lose in an FA Trophy final and it s not something he wants to repeat. While every Boro fan remembers the joy of victory against Kidderminster in 2007, Wallace can still recall the heartache he felt when
BORO chairman Phil Wallace knows what it's like to lose in an FA Trophy final and it's not something he wants to repeat.
While every Boro fan remembers the joy of victory against Kidderminster in 2007, Wallace can still recall the heartache he felt when the club lost to Yeovil at Villa Park five years earlier.
And it's not an experience he's planning on re-living.
"It'll be great as long as we win," Wallace told The Comet. "I've had one victory and one loss and the loss wasn't great. The victory was great - it's all about winning.
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"Everything you do you've got to win. If you don't win there are no prizes for coming second."
There were a few eyebrows raised when Wallace re-appointed Graham Westley as manager last summer but the decision has been proved right with the Boro boss leading the club's hunt for success on two fronts.
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While the Football League is now out of reach, victory tomorrow would go some way to making up for the pain of the defeat at Cambridge on Monday and there are now few supporters quibbling that Westley's return has been anything but successful this season.
"When I announced it (Westley's re-appointment) and had that discussion at the fans' forum, two thirds of the people that were there said they were prepared to trust my judgement and hopefully I've rewarded that trust.
"I knew what Graham was like. I knew he was different I had no doubts that he would make a dramatic impact on the football club. The third that didn't want to give me the trust hopefully have also been turned around.
"Sometimes you've just got to do what you feel is right. I thought it was the right thing to do, I was totally convinced about it and I suppose it has been proved right but, as Graham has said, until we win promotion, until we win things, we've achieved nothing."
The chairman also paid tribute to the backroom staff, who have helped the team on their journey to the final. It is easy to overlook the impact the likes of assistant manager John Dreyer and first team coach Dino Maamria have had but Wallace believes the club is as strong off the pitch as on it with everyone pulling in the same direction.
"Everything is about a team - the football team that is on the pitch, the management team, the team in the boardroom right down. It's a whole team thing. You don't achieve anything as individuals.