Steve Cotterill, manager of Notts County, can finally celebrate after winning the League Two title. Notts were confirmed champions with a 5-0 win at Darlington on 27 April 2010.
The campaign started with a pre-season win against Nottingham Forest and was followed by high scoring wins against Bradford and Macclesfield. But this season has not all been plain sailing.
Ian McParland was the 'Pies manager at the start of the season. He started to feel the pressure when his team only drew at home to Burton Albion on 5 September 2009. A month later he lost his job. At the time Notts were fifth in the league.
On Tuesday, 15 December 2009, Hans Backe, McParland's replacement, quit Notts County after only three months in charge. He said he was frustrated by the lack of promised investment in the team.
Dave Kevan became caretaker manager and guided the team to the fifth round of the FA Cup, after beating Premier League Wigan Athletic in a replay. The team lost only twice in 12 games under Kevan as they tried to keep their promotion challenge going.
Steve Cotterill was installed as manager of Notts County in February, 2010, when the club were 14 points off the League Two leaders. He has only lost one game since he took charge.
On Tuesday, 13 April 2010, Lee Hughes scored his 25th league goal of the season as Notts County beat Lincoln City 3-1. It virtually assured them of promotion.
Promotion back to League One was officially secured in front of 8,500 supporters at Meadow Lane on Saturday, 17 April 2010, as Notts County beat Morecambe 4-1.
Now for the title... Lee Hughes celebrated victory during the match between Notts County and their closest rivals Rochdale, at Meadow Lane on 20 April 2010.
Notts needed a result at Darlington on 27 April 2010 to win the League Two title. They netted five on the night, including one from Craig Westcarr (pictured).
Kasper Schmeichel, Lee Hughes and the rest of the Notts County players and backroom staff celebrated on the pitch after the final whistle.
Steve Cotterill said: "To win the title was one of our hopes. It has taken a mammoth effort and the players have been nothing short of first class. I think they have got their rewards."
Steve Cotterill added: "I remember the first meeting with the players and I thought their hopes and aims would be win to the league. They probably looked at me and thought I was crazy because we were 14 points behind."
"You don't get this moment every day of the week. It was fantastic and I'm absolutely delighted," said Cotterill. "All the credit must go the players; they are an unbelievable set of boys with a terrific closeness."
After six years in League Two Notts County can now plan for the 2010/11 season as a League One football club.