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Jubilant Chesterfield FC players celebrate victory parade

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Jubilant Chesterfield FC players, fans and management came together on Monday at the clubs victory parade to celebrate being crowned champions of Sky Bet League Two.

Paul Cook and his players were taken on an open top bus from the Proact stadium to the Town Hall where they were met by crowds of supporters.

They were then presented one by one to the crowd on the Town Hall balcony before heading back inside for a civic reception held by Chesterfield Borough Council.

After the team had been presented, the players headed downstairs to greet their fans personally, followed by Paul Cook who was summoned downstairs by chants of “We Want Cook!”.

At the civic reception held after the parade, Spireites boss Paul said that the team want to come back next season and be better.

He added: “We want to be more successful next season than we have been this season.

“It is important for now that the players go and enjoy their summer holidays and time with their families.

“I’d like to said thank you to everyone for their continued support of the club.”

The Spireites were crowned League Two champions at the Proact stadium on the last day of the season after coming back from being 1-0 behind against Fleetwood Town to win the game 2-1.

Defender Sam Hird, who scored the dramatic equaliser in the final game of the season, said that it was brilliant to have so many fans outside the Town Hall.

He added: “It’s good for us, the players, and most of all the fans that we have managed to get promoted.

“After winning the league on the last day the main feeling was relief, obviously we felt like we did enough to win it sooner but it was a very tough league.

“The aim next season, realistically, is first and foremost to secure our place in the league, and then we can push on from there.

“After that you never know.”

Skipper Ian Evatt, who lifted the trophy for Chesterfield on that day, said that it was lovely for such a big crowd to be outside.

He added: “Obviously the weather hasn’t been great so for people to come out in their numbers is fantastic.

“The fans have shown us good support all season and hopefully we have given them something to shout about.

“To get to a Wembley final and win League Two is something special and is something that we set out to do at the start of the season.”

At the civic reception after the event, the mayor of Chesterfield presented club manager Paul Cook and chief executive Chris Turner with a gift from the town.

Chris said that Paul and his players have represented the town in a fantastic manner this season.

He added: “I think the supporters too have represented this town in ever away league game we have played with dignity, pride and passion, which has been very important.

“It’s great to come back again after being crowned League Two champions three years ago but we don’t want to come back again.

“I think it’s time we were League One champions going in to the Championship.”

 

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