Brentford goalkeeper David Button pleased to mark promotion from Sky Bet League One in front of Bees fans
David Button said collecting medals to mark promotion from Sky Bet League One in front of a packed house at Griffin Park was “a great feeling”.
The goalkeeper spoke to Bees Player after Brentford ended their season with a 2-0 win over Stevenage in front of more than 11,000 at Griffin Park.
Following the match The Bees were presented with medals and a trophy as recognition of their achievement in reaching The Championship.
Brentford will play in the second tier next term for the first time since 1993 and for only the second season since 1954.
David joined The Bees from Charlton Athletic in July and said he came to West London to be successful.
He said it was great to celebrate promotion with the Brentford fans that had backed the team all season.
“It is a great feeling for everyone,” said David.
“It is what I came here for, to be successful.
“We have managed to achieve that.
“The hard work starts now for a big season next year.
“It was a great feeling to get those medals.
“It was nice to share it with the fans; they have been great this season.
“There was a packed house today and it shows how far we have come and what everyone has achieved together.”
Brentford put together a run of four defeats in 36 League One games after sitting mid-table after ten matches.
David said the squad knew it would come right.
“We didn’t get off to the greatest start,” he admitted.
“But we knew as a group of players we weren’t performing to what we could.
“We raised it around Christmas and we knew we would be fine.”
The Bees brought their season to a close with a win over Stevenage.
After a first half with little action, The Bees went up a level after the break and won thanks to goals from Stuart Dallas and Alan Judge.
David said it was important for the squad to finish on a high after losing to Colchester United in their penultimate fixture.
“We let ourselves down a bit last week,” said David.
“Before that game the gaffer wanted to make sure we won.
“That was even more so today.
“We want to take it in to next season.”
As well as promotion celebrations, Club Captain Kevin O’Connor came on in the first half to make his 500th Brentford appearance.
He became only the fourth man in the Club’s history to hit that landmark.
“Kevin is a legend and he deserves that status,” said David.
“I sit with him on bus and he is a top bloke as well as a great player.
“He leads us by example.
“Everything he does around the place is top class.
“I can’t speak highly enough of him.
“He deserves all the praise he gets.”
David added it was important to have a break before then attacking The Championship in 2014/15.
“We take our rest, which we have deserved, it has been a long season,” said the goalkeeper.
“We will then get ourselves fit and raring to go for the new season.”
Bees Player subscribers can see a full interview with David Button here.