SPIREITES AT WEMBLEY: ‘A day that will live long in the memory’

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A cup final at the legendary Wembley Stadium for a player is perhaps a once in a career opportunity, writes Jon Howes.

However, for a town like Chesterfield and its supporters, it will be a second visit to the home of football inside two years and another Spireites experience that will live long in the memory.

At the 2012 JPT final, I was mildly optimistic of our chances of victory even though at that time, we were in a relegation dogfight near the bottom end of League One.

The day itself was fantastic! A bright sunny March afternoon at Wembley, the crowd were in very good voice and the team delivered the result we had all dreamed about - prompting excitement, relief, elation and sheer pride.

This year, I am confident we have a squad of quality players with the energy, skill, experience and capabilities to wear the shirt with integrity and honour and battle for the Spireites to bring the trophy back to Chesterfield.

Our opponents on the day, Peterborough United, are in the League One play-off zone, aiming for a return back to the Championship, so hopefully this game will be a slight interruption to their main focus.

However, I anticipate that the JPT final will not be a significant distraction to Chesterfield away from domestic affairs in League Two.

In fact the result will be severely diminished, if we do not achieve automatic promotion to League One.

The Spireites have a busy match schedule in the run up to the final, playing four games in less than two weeks, which is one game more than Posh.

I am positive Paul Cook and his staff will professionally approach and manage each remaining game with the attitude that they must defeat the opposition put in front of them, on that day.

Let’s hope all our squad can stay fit and injury free, we need the team to be consistent and at the top of their game. Finally, always remember, if you don’t shoot, you don’t score!

Good luck to Paul Cook, his staff and the squad!