MARK Molesley admitted Cherries’ escape from relegation out of the Football League in 2008-09 remained a memory he would “cherish forever”.

Thursday marks 10 years to the day since the dramatic and emotional 2-1 victory over Grimsby Town, which secured safety after starting the League Two campaign on minus 17 points.

Cherries are set to release a documentary on Thursday to mark the achievement.

And Molesley, who featured heavily in the campaign having joined the club initially on loan from Grays Athletic in October 2008, said it was always nice to think back to pulling off the ‘Greatest Escape’ under the guidance of Eddie Howe.

He told the Daily Echo: “They are memories I look back on very fondly. Now I’ve retired you probably do get a little bit more sentimental about moments you’ve had in your career and that was without doubt the stand-out one.

“When you look back to it now you just realise actually how much pressure was around it and how much rode on it. A fantastic group of people and players.

“You can obviously see what the management team have gone on and achieved. You can see what a great group of players and a great group of staff it was and it shows you, when your back is against the wall, if you’re willing to dig in and work hard and continue to look to improve, you can achieve anything.

“That’s been the motto for the club ever since.

“It’s a fantastic memory for me and my family and one that I’ll cherish forever.”

While Molesley did not find the net against Grimsby, he played a key role in the late winner.

The midfielder went up for a header, which eventually dropped to Steve Fletcher to slam home in the 80th minute after Liam Feeney’s equaliser.

“Big ’un (Fletcher) needs to remember that was a big assist from me,” joked Molesley. “I think it would’ve been a penalty otherwise for a push in the back.

“He played on and Fletch spun and volleyed into the goal for heroic scenes at the end for him.

“It was a monumental day for everyone involved and one we all look back on.

“It’s nice the club are making a bit of a fuss over it and they’re looking back and remembering it as a pivotal moment.

“To play a small, small part in this club’s history, I’m immensely proud.”

With his playing days in the past, Molesley is now making his mark as a coach, juggling his time between a post as assistant boss of Cherries under-21s and manager of Southern League South title-chasers Weymouth.

And he said the achievements of a decade ago from himself and Cherries under-21s boss Shaun Cooper, captain in 2008-09, could help improve the club’s talents.

“You see more of it now with the social media and things like that,” said Molesley.

“It’s always nice to see and remember moments like that.

“It’s one I’ll forever cherish and we’re trying to impart that experience now on some of the younger lads and try and pass those experiences on.”