LET the celebrations begin. Chesterfield FC have won promotion to League One!
Their elevation was confirmed when rivals Wycombe Wanderers drew 0-0 at play-off challengers Torquay United.
The result means that third-placed Wycombe cannot catch Chesterfield, front-runners since October, who can now start looking forward to life in League One next season.
John Sheridan and his players fully deserve all the praise they have received during this fantastic table-topping campaign.
But the Blues boss will not be satisfied with promotion - he wants his Spireites to become champions.
That will place him men alongside the title-winning teams of 1969/70 and 1984/85 in the Spireites pantheon
There is a chance that they could clinch the championship with a win at Oxford tomorrow, but a more likely scenario is that Easter Monday’s showdown at the B2net against second-placed Bury will settle the issue.
It has been a magnificent time for the Spireites since they moved from rundown Saltergate to their new ground at Whittington Moor last summer.
Sheridan made a number of extremely shrewd signings - such as striker Craig Davies, dynamic midfielder Danny Whitaker and the adaptable Dwayne Mattis - and the team began strongly, displaying an exciting brand of attacking football which delighted the fans as attendance figures swelled.
Goals came by the shed-load and a 4-0 triumph over Hereford was followed with an amazing 5-5 draw with Crewe.
They also edged a seven-goal thriller with Crewe and there were smiles from all Blues followers when they saw off Accrington Stanley 5-2.
Chesterfield’s away form has been top-notch this term as Sheridan’s men have proved consistently that they are a cut above the rest.
A 5-0 routing of promotion rivals Rotherham galvanised belief, as did a triumph over Port Vale while the stadium echoed to chants of ‘We are going up’ and ‘Just bounce if you love the Town’ during the recent 2-1 verdict against Macclesfield.
An open-top bus tour of the town centre and a civic reception at the town hall seem likely events as jubilant supporters look set to celebrate the success for some time.
Full coverage in next week’s Derbyshire Times - and don’t miss our fantastic 12-page celebration promotion supplement on May 5.