Spireites prepared for big Wembley day

Good day: Jack Lester wants the winning feeling.  Picture: Steve ellis
Good day: Jack Lester wants the winning feeling. Picture: Steve ellis
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Spireites set-off to for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final this morning and their first stop off will be Wembley Stadium.

Talismanic striker Jack Lester said: “We’re going straight there to have a good look around. I’ve not been to the new stadium before.”

Lester played on the winning side at the old version of the world’s most famous ground, winning a play-off final with Grimsby Town. He said: “To go there and win is great. It’s not going as well as it could be in the league but we’re all going there to have a good day and to win. It’ll not be such a good day out if we lose.”

Chief Executive Chris Turner, a Wembley winner for the Owls and a loser with Sunderland recalled: “It’s a big day for everybody at the club, particularly the players. When you lose there you just want to get out of the place and go home.

“When you win, you want to stay there all night!”

With opponents Sunday’s Swindon Town riding high at the top of League Two he added: “People will look at the two teams and where we are in the league but I think we’ll surprise a few people.”

Turner confirmed that the club had sold around 17,700 tickets and that there will be an announcement today as to how you can buy tickets on the day of the final. He confirmed the competition had been a bonus for the club: “The business aspect has been enormous. To get to the final and play in front of around 50,000 supporters is something that’s not budgeted for at the start of the season.”

The team, who’ll be based in Windsor for their two nights before the game are, according to Turner: “Well prepared, the preparation couldn’t have gone better. We’ve prepared professionally and we’ve got the lads in the right zone to win. I’m looking forward to the game and hopefully winning the trophy. If we win it, it will be for the fans who have been enormous this season, we want to win it for them.”

Manager John Sheridan, also an Owls winner as well as tasting defeat under the then Twin Towers said his players: “Need to go there and enjoy the experience. Ron Atkinson told us that before we won the Rumbelows Cup and it benefitted us then. I’ll say the same thing.

“That was as good a day as I had in my playing career, scoring the goal and winning against Manchester United, especially being a Manchester lad, that made it special. But it was a team performance and an occasion I’ll always remember.”

“I think I know my team,” he said adding: “We’ve no real injury concerns, everyone’s trained, so we’ll just be without Neal Trotman, Liam Ridehalgh and Nicky Ajose who are cup-tied.”