Hometown glory for Swankie on historic day

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THE LICHTIES’ top scorer Gavin Swankie believes the club’s first championship was made even more sweeter by grabbing the final points needed against neighbours Montrose, writes Jennifer Newton.

The Arbroath born striker who is in his third spell at Gayfield knows just how much local pride is at stake on derby days.

And Swankie said there is nothing better than being crowned league champions for the first time ever on the same day as beating their local rivals 4-1.

He explained: “The last couple of weeks we have all been hoping winning the league was going to happen and it was just a case of getting over the final hurdle.

“And now we have done that it, especially against Montrose it is good for the fans.

“There was a great atmosphere today, all the boys enjoyed it and we got the right result which was the main thing at the end of the day.

“It is not as easy at 2-0 because things can go either way but we pushed for a third and fourth.”

Growing up watching Arbroath, Swankie admitted it was hard to believe that the club didn’t have any titles to their name.

But he added the team’s achievements this season will now see them go down in folklore.

He said: “There are a good set of boys here and everyone’s name will go down in history as everybody played their part.

“We got off to a shaky start at first and we struggled in the first quarter so it is an achievement we are now champions.”

The striker rejoined the Lichties last summer after being released from St Johnstone and he explained that Paul Sheerin being handed the manger’s job helped sway his decision to return to Gayfield.

He added: “I spoke to ‘Peanut’ at the start of the season about coming here and then I signed a one-year contract.

“We have won the league but ideally I would like to get back into full-time football.

“But I am just going to enjoy this and then have the summer off and see what happens.”