WHITEY Anderson may need some more cases of champagne delivered to Ferney Park.
The celebrations are no doubt continuing following Ballinamallard United’s heroics at Windsor Park on Saturday.
A 3-1 victory over Linfield was the latest stellar triumph for the Premiership newcomers this season.
The Fermanagh club continue to receive the plaudits, and now boss Anderson himself has been recognised by the Northern ireland Football Writers’ Association after being named September Manager of the Month.
Whitey guided Ballinamallard to promotion last season, before taking the club to fourth place in the Premiership after the first two months of the season.
Despite starting the month of September with defeats against Crusaders and Glentoran, the Mallards fought back to claim a 1-0 win over Cliftonville before beating Portadown 2-0, Donegal Celtic 3-0 and Glenavon 2-1.
“I’d like to thank the Football Writers for this award,” an elated Anderson said.
“It’s a real honour for me to pick up an award in the presence of Dr Malcolm Brodie, who I remember reading articles by from the 1982 and ‘86 World Cups.
“The whole journey really feels like a dream. We never could have imagined making it to the Premiership a few years ago, never mind me winning an award for Manager of the Month.
“I don’t believe that our journey is over, but just like last year we will be taking it one step at a time. Despite our early success our aim is still just to make sure we are in the division this time next year.
“But for now we’re just enjoying ourselves – there is a great buzz about the place, I just hope this award doesn’t scud us.”