This was billed as Jack Lester’s day... amd how he responded.
Chesterfield’s star number 14 bowled out in style. In his farewell game he scored twice in the 4-0 romp.
The biggest hero of recent years was playing his last game as a professional footballer after six glorious years at the club, three each at Saltergate and the new stadium.
He scored in Saltergate’s last game and what was then the B2net’s first competitive game. From first to penultimate game he’s scored 92 goals in all competitions for the Spireites placing him in fifth spot in the all-time list behind Ernie Moss, Herbert Munday, Kevin Randall and George Smith.
The 37 year old will next season take a year observing coaching all around the world as well as doing some coaching and working with top sports psychologists.
In the 22nd minute Chesterfield went ahead. O’SHEA gathered on the left corner of the box before unleashing a crackerjack into the top corner to open the scoring.
Lester got a shot in after some fancy footwork, it was blocked, and Bennett hit high after a Randall error.
Spireites doubled the lead on the half hour. Woodman fouled Talbot and Townsend delivered from the right for RICHARDS to head home.
The crowd got exactly what they wanted on 34 minutes. Moore-Taylor was teased by the man in his last match and as the defender was bamboozled, he brought down LESTER who converted Chesterfield’s first league penalty in 61 games, hitting to his left.
Every outfield Spireite joined in the celebrations as Lester dashed to the part of the stand populated by his party of 40-plus family and friends.
O’Shea played a through ball for LESTER to slot home on the hour to continue the hero’s superb finale. A standing ovation followed.