However, having undergone surgery on his dislocated shoulder, Ã¢â‚¬ËœYeatesyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ was forced to watch Phil ParkinsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s side seal their elevation from the comfort of his flat.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I got out of hospital on Saturday, went straight home and put on Gillette Soccer Saturday,Ã¢â‚¬Â admitted the 21-year-old. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was the worse 90 minutes of sitting on my own in my life!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But it was great at the final whistle. A few of the lads rang me when they got back in the dressing room, which was a nice feeling. The Club can be very proud and the lads can take great credit for what they have achieved because they deserve it."
Nevertheless, the Irish youngster finally got the chance to celebrate with his team-mates on Monday, joining them for a parade of the town.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The gaffer rang me to tell me about the parade on Monday and to be honest it was unbelievable, especially for me because the lads were celebrating Saturday and Sunday and I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be part of that.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t realise Colchester had that many people! We were out on the balcony at the town hall and there was such a big crowd there to greet us. It makes you feel special for a bit.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been over the moon with the way things have gone. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been involved in pretty much every game bar two and for myself football-wise that is what I went there for. I wanted to get games and I also now have a promotion under my belt. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to be happy with myself and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been great learning experience.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The last week will live long in the memory for Mark Yeates after seeing a season's hard work on loan with Colchester pay off with their promotion to the Championship.