QUEEN’S PARK manager Dave Evans wants the Welsh National League Premier Division to be the first of many trophies for the club.

Park were crowned champions after title-favourites Corwen suffered an end of season collapse.

Evans’ side didn’t apply for promotion to the Cymru Alliance meaning Corwen will at least have the consolation of going up.

But don’t rule out Park making their advances up the Welsh pyramid system in the future.

“We wanted to stay at The Dunks - our spiritual home - instead of ground-sharing at Stansty,” said Evans. “We’re a community club and we want to stay at Queensway.

“We also want to build the club; we’ve got plans for a 100-seater stand and off the field the club is very stable.”

It has been a tough time for club after manager Martin Ford died last year.

Ford was an inspirational figure at the club and Evans added: “The emotions involved in this title race have been special and there has only been one person on everyone’s minds and that was Martin Ford.

“We started the season with the only aspiration of keeping the club going and we would have been more then happy to finish mid table and move onto next year but it became evident quite early that there was something special happening around the club as we kept picking up league results and moving up the league.

“Martin did everything at the club. He was manager, secretary, treasurer, you name it. Now we have a committee doing that and our supporters have been phenomenal all season.

“I hired a coach to go to Mold Alex to watch the final game against Corwen. We had 50 on that and another 70 made their own way.

“After a small pitch side celebration we went to visit Martin’s resting place to let the big man know what we had achieved in his name.

“Macca gave a great speech at the graveside and emotions ran free. I think this was a fitting end to the season and a fitting tribute to the big man.

“I can’t pick out any single player as it would be unfair as this has been a true team effort from the supporters, back room staff and players.”

Now it’s a case of building for next season with a strong defence of their title and a good run in the Welsh Trophy - a competition won by league rivals, Cefn Albion.

“That’s what we are targetting - the Welsh Trophy,” added Evans whose side had an amazing finish to a season that saw Mike Latham end up the Premier Division’s top scorer with 25 goals.

“We got knocked out of all the cup competitions early last season - Corwen ended our Welsh Trophy run but at least we ended the bogey by beating them in the league.”

Asked whether he’d be adding to the squad which is made up mainly of players from the Wrexham area, Evans added: “We’re mostly Park lads but we went slightly posh last season and brought in three players from Overton.

“We’ll see what happens in the summer but the lads want to stick together and take it to the next stage.”