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Player of the Year Awards

29 April 2013

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Around 260 people attended the Player of the Year awards at the Proact on Sunday night.

Nathan Smith claimed both the fans' Player of the Year award and the Players' Player of the Year award.

Nathan has been a stalwart on the left-hand side of defence this season, making 32 appearances in all competitions. Having joined the Spireites in 2011, he has gone from strength-to-strength and has excelled throughout the season. The defender has made vital interceptions and his link up play going forward has also caught the eye.

Voted by the fans and his fellow peers, Nathan ends Tommy Lee’s run of three consecutive trophy wins. Smith, who signed a one-year contract extension in March, is currently recovering from an ankle injury, but he will be back for pre-season to prepare for the new campaign with the Spireites.

The Goal of the Season award went to Drew Talbot’s stunning strike against Burton Albion in March. The utility man picked the ball up and smashed an effort from 30 yards with his weaker foot. The ball nestled into the top corner and earned Chesterfield a 1-0 victory over their Staffordshire counterparts. 

Marc Richards won the Top Goalscorer award, finishing with 12 goals this season. This included braces against Northampton, Port Vale and Fleetwood. Jack Lester finished second with 11 goals in all competitions, but it was Richards who claimed the award.

Drew Talbot picked up his second award of the night, claiming the Community award in recognition of his help with the Community Trust, visiting schools and other local organisations on behalf of the club. 

Jamie McNicholas claimed the Young Player of the Year award. The youth team defender, who is in his first year as a scholar, will look to kick on next year in order to follow Jack Broadhead and earn a first-team contract.

The last trophy of the night was the Outstanding Achievement award, which went to Jack Lester. Jack received a standing ovation as he went up to the stage to collect the award. Jack ended with 94 goals for Chesterfield, including hat-tricks against Lincoln, Stockport and most notably Rotherham United. After announcing his retirement last week, Jack now aims to go travelling and gain an insight into sports psychology from experts abroad.

Player of the Year – Nathan Smith

Players' Player of the Year – Nathan Smith

Goal of the Season – Drew Talbot

Top Goalscorer – Marc Richards

Community Award – Drew Talbot

Young Player of the Year – Jamie McNicholas

Outstanding Achievement – Jack Lester

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