Hundreds of cheering fans lined the streets to join Chesterfield FC’s victory parade after the Spireites were crowned Sky Bet League Two Champions.
Manager Paul Cook and his players waved to supporters from an open top bus as it made its way from the Proact home stadium, at Whittington Moor, to the Town Hall, on Rose Hill.
The title was secured in the last match of the season during a 2-1 home win over Fleetwood at The Proact in what Cook described as the best moment of his career.
Cook, who appeared on the Town Hall balcony, told cheering fans: “We’re delighted because at the start of the season we set out with the players to try and be successful.
“And you know it’s tough in football, so we have to pay great credit to the players because without them we wouldn’t be standing here today. We’re very proud of them.”
The players were in great spirits as they returned from a celebration break in Benidorm after the last game of the season to mark their championship glory in style with the gathering fans.
They started the season strongly with an incredible run of undefeated games to stake their claim for the title early on and only two poor runs of form marred an otherwise perfect season.
Chesterfield FC’s success this season also included a trip to Wembley when they reached the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and lost 3-1 to Peterborough despite a cracking performance.
Captain Ian Evatt praised fans for turning out for the parade.
He said “It’s brilliant. Thanks for everyone coming out today on such a rainy day. At the start of the season we said we wanted to win the league and we got a trip to Wembley to boot.”
Supporter Kerry Childs, of Middlecroft, who was determined not to miss the parade, said: “It’s fantastic and they really deserve the title. They have played some great stuff this season.
“They showed great spirit to get over the blips and now they’ve won the title.”
The Spireites can now look forward to League One football and the fans are convinced the club’s Blue wave of success will continue into the next season.
Fan Joshua Dalton, of Wingerworth, said: “It’s really great that they have got promoted and won the title. We had some ups and downs but we’ve survived and done amazing. They will definitely be staying up in League One.”