SPIREITES AT WEMBLEY: A proud day for skipper Ian Evatt

Pictures Martin Bostock'Fleetwood Town v Chesterfield'Former Blackool player Ian Evatt for Chesterfield.
Pictures Martin Bostock'Fleetwood Town v Chesterfield'Former Blackool player Ian Evatt for Chesterfield.

Chesterfield captain Ian Evatt says it’ll be a special moment when he leads the team out at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.

The Spireites defender has been there three times before - winning twice with Blackpool - and will be hoping for a third success on Sunday.

Captain Ian Evatt heads clear from the Spireites defence by Tina Jenner Newport County v Chesterfield

Captain Ian Evatt heads clear from the Spireites defence by Tina Jenner Newport County v Chesterfield

Paul Cook’s Chesterfield side booked their place in the final after they saw off Fleetwood Town 3-2 on aggregate in the northern area final.

The concluding chapter of a two-legged tie came last month, which the Spireites lost 1-0 when Jon Parkin scored in the 90th minute.

But Chesterfield, backed by 6,000 inside the Proact Stadium, held on to ensure a Wembley date with southern area final winners Peterborough United.

Evatt produced an assured performance alongside Liam Cooper at the heart of the home side’s defence as they saw off Fleetwood’s advances.

Blackpool v West Ham in the Championship play-off final at Wembley 2012.'Ian Evatt climbs highest.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-5-2012

Blackpool v West Ham in the Championship play-off final at Wembley 2012.'Ian Evatt climbs highest. PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-5-2012

And the size of the achievement wasn’t lost on the 32-year-old. He said: “It’s very special. Every kid’s dream is to play at Wembley.

“It’s a special place and no-one can take it away from us. I’ve been lucky enough to play at Wembley three times. It’s something you remember for the rest of your life.

“We had to give everything out there on the night. I thought we played really well. It got a bit nervy towards the end.

“It was a bit of a sloppy goal, but to get to Wembley again is fantastic and it’s extra special for me being captain.”

Evatt scored his first goal since his return to Chesterfield in the summer in the first leg at Highbury Stadium in a 3-1 win over Fleetwood Town.

“They were two very difficult games,” he said. “Fleetwood are a good side. I thought over the two legs we were the better team and we deserved to get through.

“I’m delighted for some of the younger boys who have never experienced Wembley before. I’ve said to them for many it’s a once in a lifetime occasion.

“Hopefully we’ll embrace it and enjoy it. But we’ve got some tough league games coming up and we’ve got to make sure we win the league.”

Hundreds of supporters snaked around the Proact Stadium to get their final tickets with the club having sold upwards of 13,000 tickets prior to kick off.

Evatt added: “I’m delighted for the fans. This is a fantastic club and the support we have had from them this season, especially in some away games, has been nothing short of amazing. I’m married to a local girl, I live in the area and I know how much this club means to the people here and it is important we give them something to cheer about.”