About 18,000 spireites fans made their way to Wembley with Swindon bringing about 31,000. The sun was bright, the atmosphere was electric, as a sea of blue and white made its way towards the Stadium. Both sets of fans mingling with each other, everyone was friendly, they were all here enjoy the occasion no matter what the result. The spireite fans were hopeful, where as the Swindon fans were confident.
Sheridan made 2 changes, Trotman cup-tied was replaced by Ford, Lester was made Captain and replaced by Westcarr.
The Spireites made a bright start, in the 4th minute Bowery made a run down the right, passing back to Talbot to cross for Lester, his header was saved by the keeper. On 6 minutes Ford headed against the bar and Lester found the net, the Spireite fans were on their feet, not realising the linesman had his flag up, Ford was ruled offside.
25th minute Mendy won the ball off a defender and ran towards goal, but could only fire his shot over the bar. Swindon were starting to look dangerous, Holmes shot was blocked by Thompson and was deflected towards goal, Lee pulled off a great save. Lester went down injured and had to make way for Westcarr, Allot took over as Captain. Half Time 0-0.
Some fans were still in the concourse waiting to be served, when Bowery had a shot which found Bowery, he did a superb turn and his cross was met by a Swindon defender who put it into his own net. The Spireites had scored, a massive roar went up from the blue half of Wembley, the underdogs were leading. Westcarr had a good chance on 60 after a superb ball from Thompson, and shot just wide of the net.
Mendy tried an overhead kick which went over the bar from 12 yards. Swindon decided to change things, just having 3 at the back, the Spireites were putting pressure on Swindon everytime they had the ball. Westcarr had another great chance, Talbot flicked the ball to him, he only had the keeper to beat, he shot wide.
In the 80th minute Randall came on for Moussa, Talbot found Bowery, who was in space, the defence caught up with him. He had ran his heart out, another good display from the much improved Bowery, who had chased everything was replaced by Boden after 85 minutes.
Swindon were determined to draw level, in the 89th minute, a goal bound shot from Cibocchi was tipped over by Lee. Four minutes were added on, could the Spireites hold, having been denied a victory in quite a few games in the last few minutes. The game was almost up when Randall played a lovely ball for Westcarr to chase, he got the keeper to come out, and this time he wasn't going to miss, and his shot from the edge of the box, hit the back of the net. Remarkable scenes as 18,000 Spireite fans celebrated, knowing they had done it, the Johnstones Paint Trophy would be on its way to the Spireites for the first time in history of the club.
The final whistle was blown, and Jack Lester who has been a legend for the Spireites lifted the trophy aloft. What an amazing day the Spireites started as underdogs but finished as winners. Di Canio was left to moan at his team, and admit he had made mistakes. Sheridan is now the greatest manager in the Spireites history, no one as ever won 2 Trophies. A remarkable achievement, now back to the league and hopefully this will give the team the lift they need to avoid relegation.
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