Redbridge boss Spillane has happy memories of season while Wright faces Peaks challenge

PUBLISHED: 17:10 03 May 2012

Redbridge goalkeeper Joe Wright

Redbridge goalkeeper Joe Wright

Copyright: Dave Horn Photography

Debut season for Spillane in Ryman One North has gone well

Despite failing to reach the Ryman One North play-offs, Redbridge boss Terry Spillane believes the season has been one that everybody at the club can look back on with some fond memories.

The Motormen have enjoyed a stellar campaign in the cup competitions, progressing all the way through to the second round proper of the FA Cup and a tie at League Two promotion hopefuls Crawley Town.

Spillane’s side also went a little way in the FA Trophy before being knocked out by Ryman Premier side East Thurrock United in the third qualifying round.

And though there is obvious disappointment at missing the end-of-season showdown, there are plenty of positives that the former Stansted man can take from the campaign.

“I have proved a lot of people wrong,” said Spillane.

“Many raised their eyebrows when I was appointed and brought in the initial squad, but it’s nice to have gone a little way to proving them wrong.

“There have been a few disappointments over the season, but they are by far outweighed by the positives. There are a lot of good memories.”

Redbridge still have one game left to play after Saturday’s home game against Chatham Town was called off because of a waterlogged Oakside pitch.

And after initially being re-arranged for Tuesday, it has now been switched to tonight assuming the recent spell of inclement weather clears enough to deem the Oakside pitch playable.

“Everyone just wants the season to be over,” added Spillane. “Whatever happens we finish in sixth spot, which is a great achievement for this club. It’d be nice to finish with a win and go out on a high.

“I was told to get this club back into the top half of the table and we have done that by some margin.

“But there is still a feeling of disappointment from both myself and the players that we have finished sixth.

“We still feel we could have done better which is something considering the season we have had.” concluded Spillane.

Meanwhile, club goalkeeper Joe Wright will be taking part in the 3 Peaks challenge this month - which consists of climbing the three largest peaks in the UK - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon in just 24 hours.

Wright will be taking the challenge with well known non league keeper Nicky Eyre, Tottenham goalkeeping coach Perry Suckling and Bishop’s Stortford’s Jamie Gage to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

Their aim is to raise around £10k for Breast Cancer Care by Christmas.

They already have £1500 already pledged for the 3 Peaks Challenge and expect this to triple by the time they have completed the challenge.

Please help support Wright in his challenge by donating towards this worthy cause. You can donate on his charity web page at

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