A THOUSAND loyal Spireites welcomed their League Two champions at a rapturous civil reception in Chesterfield last night.
John Sheridan’s boys were waved off from the B2Net stadium, before travelling across town on two open buses to the Town Hall, where a sea of fans cheered them in.
Singing ‘We Are The Champions’ and ‘Spireites Till I Die’, the fans welcomed each victorious squad member as they appeared on the Town Hall balcony.
Season ticket holder Neil Boyer, aged 53, who went to every home game with his lads James, 11 and Joe, nine, told The Star: “This is great for the club and great for the town.
“It’s been a fantastic season. The atmosphere at every game was great at the new stadium. I wasn’t sure about leaving the old ground but it was a brilliant move.”
The driver from Staveley added: “To be here welcoming the boys in at a civic reception is unreal.
“Watching the Spireites get to the FA Cup semi-final in 1997 was pretty good - but winning the league is amazing.”
Cameron Watts, 10, at the celebration with his mum Jane, said: “My favourite game of the season was when we beat Rotherham 5-0.
“I missed just one match at home and went to five games away. Going to Torquay was amazing.”
Jane, from Newbold, added: “What a celebration! We waved them off from the stadium then jumped in the car and rushed across town to be here to take part in the reception and soak up the atmosphere.”
A poor sound system hampered Chesterfield Mayor Peter Barr’s welcome, but the whole crowd heard the mention of playing Sheffield United and Wednesday in League One when the new season starts in a few short weeks.
“I’m sure you’ll give them a brilliant welcome,” he said, as a great laugh went up.
Council leader John Burrows abandoned the microphone to shout: “Get to the top of League One and we’ll do this again next year. That’s a promise!”