IT was a long time coming – but finally they got what they deserved.
Two months after clinching the League Two title, Chesterfield FC celebrated in style on Tuesday night in the company of legions of buoyant fans during a very special bash to remember.
Town streets turned into a sea of blue and white as the newly-promoted Spireites attended their eagerly awaited and much talked about civic reception.
There was a real carnival atmosphere as hundreds of overjoyed supporters, young and old, many waving flags, banners and scarves, gathered to celebrate the victorious team’s championship-winning season in League Two.
Mum Marie Boyer, of Mastin Moor, said: “We’re so proud of the Spireites and it’s great to be here – there’s a stunning atmosphere.”
Life-long fan Jane Shields, from Chesterfield, added: “It’s fantastic to be here. OK, it’s a shame it wasn’t held sooner, but there’s an excellent feeling.”
As excited supporters belted out tunes including Simply the Best and chanted “we are top of the league, say we are top of the league”, club management – including boss John Sheridan – and star players arrived at Chesterfield town hall to deafening applause, following an open-top bus tour from the B2Net Stadium on Whittington Moor.
And just moments later, the management and players took to the balcony of the town hall to say a few words before they lifted the npower League Two Championship Trophy as a huge roar of cheers erupted and a shower of blue and white confetti fell around the sporting heroes.
John Sheridan praised the fans and his players, and said: “I’m really looking forward to this next season.
“We’re going to go in there and expect to do well. If we do that – and if we have the support we had last year – we’ll be going in the right direction.”
The management and players were given a warm welcome by the Mayor, Cllr Peter Barr, and the leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, Cllr John Burrows.
For more pictures, see this week’s Derbyshire Times.