SPIREITES AT WEMBLEY: ‘Another chance to give us a day to remember’

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I cannot wait to see the Spireites back at Wembley again after what was such a memorable trip last time out, writes Josh Marsh.

Back in 2012, we faced Paolo Di Canio’s Swindon Town side, who were flying high in League Two, whereas Chesterfield were embroiled in a League One relegation battle.

Hardly anybody gave us a chance, and in fairness, who would have? We were scrapping for every point to avoid the drop, but Swindon were cruising towards a famous promotion. What followed would be one of the most memorable days in Chesterfield FC’s history.

An even first half ended at 0-0, and many fans took to the concourses to take refuge from the blistering London sunshine. Some supporters missed the moment when with the first attack of the second half, Alex Mendy’s cross fell to Robins defender Oliver Risser who accidentally turned the ball into his own net.

It was a great feeling to go 1-0 up, however tensions were still very high. It took some heroic goalkeeping from Tommy Lee to keep Swindon’s attack at bay, and it wasn’t until deep into injury time when Mark Randall slipped Craig Westcarr through on goal. Westcarr’s legs were looking very tired at this point, but he just kept running!

He had already missed a golden chance earlier in the game, so every Spireite in the ground held their breath. Westcarr coolly placed the ball past Foderingham in the Swindon goal, sparking jubilant scenes in the blue half of the stadium.

Shortly afterwards, the referee blew for full time and we had won our first ever football league trophy. This day was one of my proudest as a Chesterfield fan, and I can only hope that we can repeat this feat come March 30 when we meet Peterborough.

I believe it is highly possible that Paul Cook and his players can give us another day to remember. Come on you blues!