On Monday 25th April 2011, I was at the B2Net Stadium to watch League 2 leaders Chesterfield face second placed Bury in a match that could decide which side will win the league.
There was a real buzz around the ground as we arrived and I was really excited about the occasion. Should Chesterfield win today they would win become Champions, however a defeat would mean it could go right down to the last game of the season to decide who would win the title.
There was lots of optimism, with flags and t-shirts saying ‘Chesterfield Promoted Champions’ on them even though the Spireites were yet to officially win the league. We wandered around for a while soaking up the atmosphere, chatting to various fans we know and taking plenty of photographs.
It was a beautiful sunny day and the match between the league’s two best teams was a brilliant prospect. Disappointingly, the Spireites played very poorly in the first half and fell behind after 12 minutes through a headed goal from Tom Lees. Despite Bury playing much better than Chesterfield, the score remained 1-0 until half time.In truth the Spireites never looked like scoring.
The league leaders played slightly better in the second half, and levelled on 50 minutes through a cracking goal from Craig Davies. To the joy of the away supporters Bury regained the lead just five minutes later with a goal from David Worrall.
Jack Lester then levelled once again in this end-to-end game on the 63rd minute, and this temporarily ended the 13 minute scoring spree. As time approached the game seemed to be crying out for a late winner, and I was desperately hoping that Chesterfield would get a fairytale ending to the season with a late winner sealing the title, but sadly it wasn’t to be. Instead, Ryan Lowe ruined my hopes by scoring an 86th minute goal to seal Bury’s promotion and ensure that the title race would go down to the wire.
After the game I was bitterly disappointed not to be celebrating a title victory, but instead I had to sit in the stands and watch Bury fans celebrate their promotion long after the game had ended.
Eventually we left the stadium, and I got pictures with Ryan Lowe, Phil Picken, Efe Sodje, Kyle Bennett and Nicky Ajose, before heading home.