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Liam Ainger, Chesterfield FC's young fan of the year, with Chester the Fieldmouse and Sarah Hicks.
Liam Ainger, Chesterfield FC's young fan of the year, with Chester the Fieldmouse and Sarah Hicks.
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I wish to give a well-deserved pat on the back to loyal Chesterfield FC supporter Liam Ainger.

The 13-year-old, from Old Tupton, has just collected an award after being named as the Spireites young fan of the year.

Chesterfield v Barnet'Jack Lester celebrates his goal.

Chesterfield v Barnet'Jack Lester celebrates his goal.

And for the dedication he has shown to the cause, Liam warrants our respect and admiration.

Football club bosses asked for nominations for a young fan of the year and they received some excellent entries.

But Blues community director John Croot was blown away when he read the submission from Liam’s mum.

A season ticket holder and a follower since the age of six, Liam unfortunately broke his leg last October.

Things got worse when complications set in and Liam had to be admitted to the King’s Mill Hospital, in Mansfield, for a two-week spell where he was given an intravenous course of antibiotics to cure a bone infection.

Brave Liam was not phased and he persuaded the nurses to give him his IV treatment early so he could attend games and cheer on Chesterfield to the League Two championship before returning to hospital for more treatment.

His leg was in plaster for a total of 22 weeks but true blue Liam never missed a match! Thankfully, he has now made a full recovery, and his commitment deserves a massive round of applause from us all.

Do you know of anyone who had shown such dedication in their support of Chesterfield FC?

If you do, contact andrew.jarvis@derbyshiretimes.co.uk