Kings Langley completed one of the most remarkable rises through the non-league football pyramid this afternoon when they clinched the Southern League Division One Central title.
The 1-0 win at Petersfield Town, secured by Mitchell Weiss’ 29th league goal of the season, clinched back to back league titles and a third successive promotion. Three years ago they were playing in Division One of the Spartan South Midlands League and wondering whether they could be demoted a division because of strict rules over ground grading. Now, following promotion from Division One of the South Midlands League, romping to the Premier Division title and today clinching the Southern League crown at the first attempt, they are preparing for life in the Southern League Premier Division alongside the likes of Cambridge City, Kettering Town and Chesham United.
The success is testament to the management duo of Paul Hughes and Ritchie Hanlon, who first met at Chelsea when their professional careers started, and the unheralded and unseen work of club officials Andy Mackness and Derry Edgar.
We’ll have much more in next Thursday’s print edition of WD Sport but below is a video of the celebrations at the final whistle and some of the congratulatory messages the club have received.