Dedicated supporter Liam Ainger is Chesterfield FC’s young fan of the year.
And true blue Liam, 13, has collected his Fruit-shoot sponsored award at the B2net Stadium.
The enthusiastic Spireites supporter is a season ticket holder and has been a committed follower for seven years.
But last season – when Chesterfield clinched the League Two title – his support hit new heights.
The Old Tupton youngster unfortunately broke his leg in October and there were complications which saw him admitted to Mansfield’s King’s Mill Hospital for a fortnight where he had to be given antibiotics intravenously to cure a bone infection.
But Liam was so keen on witnessing John Sheridan’s aces that he insisted on having his IV treatment early, so he could attend matches at before going back to hospital.
Liam’s leg was in plaster for a total of 22 weeks and he never missed a game.
Liam was nominated for the Community Trust Junior Award by his mother who read about the awards in the Derbyshire Times.
The top young fan category attracted a number of excellent nominations but Chester the Fieldmouse, the Blues mascot, was won over by Liam’s story and selected him to receive the honour.
The first Chesterfield FC Community Trust Award presentations were held at the B2net Stadium last week when Liam collected his trophy from Chester and Sarah Hicks on behalf of Fruit Shoot.
Photograph by Tina Jenner.