Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Achieving Something Is a Good Feeling, but Winning Is a Great Feeling

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Achieving Something Is a Good Feeling, but Winning Is a Great Feeling

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Byline: Jonathon Taylor Sports writer jonathon.taylor@trinitymirror.com

BORO Under-21s coach Paul Jenkins admits winning the league is "the proudest moment" of his life.

Monday night saw Boro's talented youngsters clinch the Barclays U21 Premier League Second Division title without kicking a ball, after secondplaced Reading were beaten 2-1 at Wolves.

Boro have been top of the pile since January, and an incredible 12 wins from their last 13 matches saw them over the line with one game to spare.

And for Jenkins, who has been a Boro coach for two decades, the emotion of winning the title in his first year as U21s boss was clear to see.

"I said achieving something is a good feeling, but winning is a great feeling," Jenkins said.

"I'm so proud of the players and the staff, and to have got ourselves in the position we have is an unbelievable achievement and effort since the start of the season.

"To be top of the table, unmoved, from January until the end of the season is an incredible achievement. That can't be underestimated.

"If you look at the statistics, before Christmas we went eight games unbeaten, and we've finished the season having won 12 of our last 13 and seven in a row. Those stats are there in black and white - we've deserved to win the league.

"I've served this football club for 20 years and this is without question one of the proudest moments of my life.

"After 20 years of hard work and hard graft, it feels like all that has been rewarded."

Boro were preparing hard for last night's North Riding Senior Cup final clash with Guisborough Town, so were keeping up to date with events at Molineux on Monday via social media.

Jenkins admits he told his staff only to inform him of the score after the final whistle - but the news of an imminent title filtered through much earlier. …

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