Tommy Lee: If Chesterfield need inspiration, look at Leicester City

Tommy Lee Columnist
Tommy Lee Columnist

Saturday afternoon saw us defeat Bury and claim the three points we needed to secure our League One status for another season.

All that mattered was winning the game but we managed to do it in style, scoring three excellent goals and keeping a well deserved clean sheet.

It was perhaps the least our home fans deserved after an indifferent season at the Proact.

We spoke at length after the Swindon game and during in the week just how important it was for us to avoid relegation.

The ramifications of dropping down a division affect not only the fans and players, they have aneffect throughout the football club and the town.

The pressure was most definitely on and we performed.

Relegation is something I’ve suffered once before in my career with Chesterfield and I can honestly say it is a feeling that I never want to experience again.

From a personal perspective it was a ‘badge of dishonour’ that hung around my neck like an albatross for a long time.

Of course, there can be a number of reasons and excuses why teams are relegated but after 46 games of a league campaign, if you find yourself in the relegation zone and you are brutally honest, it’s because you deserve to be.

There were no celebrations after the game, as a team we were pleased with the performance and relieved to have crossed the finish line.

I hope that we can learn from the lessons of this campaign and focus on the positives, not least our excellent away form and the emergence of some exciting young players who could all have big futures for the club.

Starting at Bradford on Sunday, we have an opportunity to finish the league on a high and lay down a marker for where we want to be competing next season, at the right end of the table.

And if we need any inspiration as to how a team can change its fortunes then we have it in the brilliant Leicester city.

From relegation certainties to Premier League champions in the space of 12 months, it truly is a remarkable story.

A team full of players deemed ‘not good enough’ by the country’s biggest football clubs, assembled on a relative ‘shoe-string’ and guided by a manager who we were told only ever finishes second, have not only won the league they’ve done it with a refreshing naivety that flies in the face of everything we are told a Premier League winning team should be.

The impact that the Foxes triumph will have on English football remains to be seen but the fact they have seen the astronomical sums of money wasted by the ‘big’ clubs in search of the title and raised them a team with an English spine, full of desire and talent and a unrivalled togetherness will have undoubtedly, shook the game to its very core. Whatever happens to Leicester City next season is irrelevant.

They have proved that with thoughtful recruitment, an unshakable belief in the way they want to play, consistent team selection and a collective desire to fight for each other, anything is possible.

They have rewritten the rulebook and drawn a blueprint for success that is there for all to see and hopefully, take advantage of.