Chesterfield: Inspirational Evatt’s passion for the town still shines brightly

Chesterfield v Fleetwood Town. Players celebrate after Chesterfield won the League 2 Championship. Captain Ian Evatt with the trophy
Chesterfield v Fleetwood Town. Players celebrate after Chesterfield won the League 2 Championship. Captain Ian Evatt with the trophy
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“I live and breathe this town and this football club,” states Chesterfield’s League Two title winning captain Ian Evatt.

When it comes to inspirational speeches, one would assume there is no short supply of them inside the Spireites changing rooms.

Paul Cook, the Chesterfield manager, probably wouldn’t have made too many more important ones at half-time on the last day of the season.

It sparked a convincing second half turnaround which sealed the championship in one of the most devastating displays of football.

The squad which marched to the title possessed many experienced players who have played further up the football pyramid.

The addition of Evatt in July of last year added to that list and his affection for the club shone through from his first interview.

“People may raise a few eyebrows for me to drop down into League Two but money isn’t a motivation,” he said in July 2013.

And that passion hasn’t deserted him over the course of another rigerous campaign.

“I want to thank every single one of the staff, the manager and players at this club. They’ve welcomed me into this club,” he said. “The manager made me captain and stuck by me for the first few weeks when I was finding my feet again. He believed in me and hopefully I’ve repaid him.

“I live locally, I’m married to a Chesterfield girl. I live and breathe this town and this football club. I’m delighted for the club, it deserves to be in League One at least.”

Rehabilitation from a knee injury delayed his comeback appearance for the club he served from 2003-05 until October of last year.

Since then, however, he has been an ever-present in the Chesterfield line-up and made more than 40 appearances in a campaign which also boasted a Wembley final.

Evatt was also selected in the PFA Team of the Year for League Two.