The region’s football family came together last night as our six clubs gathered to honour the winners at The Star’s Football Awards.
And there was a special welcome for those from Chesterfield football club who were able to continue their celebrations just 24 hours after clinching promotion from League Two.
In fact, there were further reasons for the Spireites to celebrate last night as Paul Cook was named Manager of the Year whilst Ollie Banks was our Young Player of the Year.
In his first full season (he took over in October 2012), Cook has delivered promotion to Chesterfield, could cap that with the League Two title on Saturday and led them to Wembley in the JPT Final as well, along the way playing an excellent brand of passing football.
Banks, 21 and son of former Barnsley and Rotherham United midfielder Ian, was signed from FC United of Manchester last September and has adapted superbly.
Our Team of the Year was Rotherham United who have done so well in their first season after promotion, topping 80 points in League One, third highest scorers in the Football League and reached the Play-offs.
Our Special Award went to Sheffield United, honouring their 125th anniversary and the brilliant day they organised to commemorate it and also their achievement in reaching the FA Cup semi-final, beating two Premier League clubs and two Championship clubs along the way.
There was a Blades double with Chris Morgan, now the club’s Under 21 coach, and former skipper of both United and Barnsley, being elevated to our Hall of Fame.
The respective Player of the Year awards at each club went to: Blades - Harry Maguire; Owls - Liam Palmer; Reds - Chris O’Grady; Rovers - Chris Brown; Millers - Lee Frecklington; Spireites - Gary Roberts.
Rotherham’s Kieran Agard won the Golden Boot as the region’s top scorer.
The Derek Dooley Lifetime Achievement award went to Tommy Docherty.
* See Friday’s Star for awards supplement