MATT Bloomfield said the thought of being relegated in his testimonial season didn’t bear thinking about – but final day survival was the proudest moment of his career.
The midfielder has seen it all during his decade of service at Adams Park but today looked to be his darkest day with Wanderers staring relegation into non-league football right in the face.
Instead he was able to celebrate the great escape, as a 3-0 Wanderers win at Torquay coupled with Bristol Rovers’ 1-0 home defeat by Mansfield Town meant the Chairboys stayed up on goal difference.
Nearly 1,000 fans made the journey to Torquay for what could potentially have been Wanderers’ final match in the Football League.
And at the end fans and players celebrated together, with manager Gareth Ainsworth bodypopping across the penalty area in relief at his side’s survival.
Bloomfield said: “I’m so chuffed for the fans. We’ve really put them through it this year and they have followed us through thick and thin. For all of them, I’m really pleased.
“We’ll remember that for the rest of our lives, we really will. It’s such an amazing moment, to be able to share that with the fans. It’s the proudest moment of my football career.
“Monday morning and Tuesday, we were really down from last week. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in thinking it was a big day and we’d come up short. Come Wednesday we were all talking about it and suddenly the belief started to grow. Gaz was convinced something was going to happen and we started thinking maybe it could.
“I was always confident we’d take care of our own performance, it was what was going to happen elsewhere."
This season has meant to have been one of celebration for Bloomfield, with the fans’ favourite marking his testimonial this year.
It was goal difference away from being a disaster instead – a fact the midfielder was keen to acknowledge.
He said: “I’m not sure if celebrating not getting relegated is the right thing but it’s the relief. If we’d have gone down, the ramifications for this club would have been catastrophic.
“It doesn’t bear thinking about, to celebrate your testimonial year and have a relegation in it would have been so disappointing. To be remembered as part of the team that took the club out of the league after ten and a half years would have been horrible. I didn’t want that on my CV.”