IT was party time at Wembley for thousands of Chesterfield fans after watching their team beat Swindon 2-0 to lift the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, writes Graham Walker.
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This was the first time the Spireties had vistied the new Wembley and it’s one they will never forget.
Here’s what some fans said as they left the ground.
Danny Brunt from Matlock, said: “It’s my first trip to Wembley and to win has been brilliant.”
Season ticket holder, Lee Barthorpe from Boythorpe, added:” I thought we would lose. I feel amazing now.”
Phil Ayres, said: “It has been absolutely awesome. What a day.”
Chris Mcann, from Compton Street, Chesterfield, said: “We were the underdogs against a top team. In the first half we rode the storm, got the first goal which gave us confidence then there was only going to be one winner.”
Born and bred Chesterfielder, Steve Kirk, now living in Lichfield, said it had been an amazing day. He added: “Hopefully it will give them a boost to stay in the league.”
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In their blue and white shirts, scarves, wigs and face paint, fans had to watch their side withstand a barrage of Swindon pressure for the majority of the first half and much of the second following Jack Lester’s disallowed strike in the eighth minute.
But the npower League One side, who last graced the national stadium in 1995, held firm and went ahead through an own goal from Swindon’s Oliver Risser before Craig Westcarr netted in second-half stoppage time to secure a memorable victory.
The League Two side slowly gained the upper hand and goalkeeper Tommy Lee did well to paw Holmes’ deflected shot to safety.
It was a battle of two former Owls legend bosses, as Paolo Di Canio’s Swindon dominated without finding a way through.
But the turning point was an own-goal which inspired John Sheridan’s Chesterfield to win and Lester sub Westcarr ignited the celebrations in earnest in injury time when he raced clear to beat the Swindon keeper and make it 2-0.
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