GOALSCORER Shaun Hill has called on the people of Haddington to join the title party on Saturday.

The hometown hero was on target in the 2-1 win over Kennoway Star Hearts at the weekend as the Hi Hi wrapped up the East of Scotland Football League (EoSFL) First Division Conference A title.

Celebrations lasted well into Saturday evening and Hill is hoping Millfield is packed this weekend when they host Edinburgh United in the final home league game of the campaign.

He said: “Hopefully, everybody comes along and there is another big crowd.

“As long as I have played, I have not known Haddington to be winning leagues or titles.

“I know for a fact that it means a lot to the players.

“The work we have put in all year, the training is different class.

East Lothian Courier: Haddington Athletic have enjoyed a season to remember and secured promotion last weekendHaddington Athletic have enjoyed a season to remember and secured promotion last weekend

“I would be surprised if there were many League One or League Two teams that do as much as us fitness-wise.

“It’s been a good year.”

The title celebrations capped off a memorable year for Hill, who is in his fifth season with the club.

The first-half strike at Treaton Park was his 25th of the campaign, while Haddington enjoyed a great debut Scottish Cup run, knocking out Deveronvale from the Highland League before a stoppage-time goal from Dominica international Julian Wade saw them lose out to Brechin City.

Hill, who attended Knox Academy, said: “This is the best season, personally, for me.

“I don’t think I have ever scored this many before!”

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Hill, 30, is now looking forward to next season and Haddington making the move up into the EoSFL Premier Division.

The promotion and prospect of facing the top teams in the league is not entirely a step into the unknown, though.

Hill and his team-mates have already tested themselves against top-flight opposition in the various cup competitions this campaign.

Among those ties, they have defeated East Lothian neighbours Dunbar United and Musselburgh Athletic, as well as Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts.

Hill said: “It is looking pretty promising – it’s exciting!”