Goalkeeper earns double promotion from same league as he wins title and play-off

From suffering a double leg break in August to celebrating two separate promotions in April and May – Chris Haigh's 2022/23 campaign has transformed to agony to ecstasy.

After playing a back-up role to Mark Cousins as Ebbsfleet United cruised to Vanarama National League South glory, Haigh then joined Oxford City on an emergency loan a week after the title was confirmed.

Oxford, who ironically lost to Ebbsfleet as they were crowned champions, went on to win the playoff final against St Albans to join Haigh's parent club in the National League.

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To make his astounding season all the more impressive, the 26-year-old had to bounce back from a double leg break he suffered in August to collect double medals nine months later.

Taking to Twitter after keeping a clean sheet in Oxford's 4-0 win on Sunday (May 14), Haigh stated his joy as well as intentions going forward.

He said: "Sums it up… Double leg break in August, double promotion in May. Thank you so much for having me @OxCityFC. I’ve loved every minute. @EUFCofficial what a club & back where they belong."

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A fan said in response: "Two winners medals in a season. Congratulations Chris."

A second replied: "Two wins, two celebrations, two medals and two promotion bonuses!"

A third questioned: "Here’s one for you NLS (National League South) statos… has a GK ever been promoted twice in the same season?"

With Haigh laughing in response: "Part of a pub quiz surely. Thank you mate!"

With Ebbsfleet crowned champions on April 7, Haigh joined Oxford on April 15 after Adnan Kanuric was recalled by Nottingham Forest.

Speaking to the Non-League Paper before the final game of the season, Haigh had said: "I wanted to do it straightaway, not only to give me some competitive minutes but for them to really mean something. We had already won the league so this was perfect."

He added: "The best thing has been the dressing room. The boys have welcomed me in, it really feels like they want to be be a part of this team and I feel like I have settled in really well."


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