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Nicholson: "I will never forget this evening"

27 July 2016

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An emotional Shane Nicholson spoke to PlayerHD after playing 20 minutes for the Spireites in his former side's 2-1 testimonial loss to Derby County on Tuesday night.

Jay O'Shea's fine second-half strike was sandwiched by County goals from Darren Bent and Farrend Rawson and despite a spirited performance, the Spireites were unable to pull level again.

The night was about former Spireites and Rams left-back Nicholson, however, who received a guard of honour from both sides before and after the match.

Speaking after the game, the 46-year-old's main feelings were reserved for his fatigue: "I'm absolutely shattered! I didn't sleep one wink last night, I was panicking, but when I got out there I enjoyed it thoroughly. 

"I must have looked at the clock eight times in 20 minutes to see how long was left. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the turnout was incredible, I must thank both clubs for that."

Throughout the evening, plenty of warm emotion was directed in Nicholson's way and the man who played for both clubs during his two-decade career saw the funny side to the admiration.

"It was quite strange really," he joked. "When I was playing I had a lot of people on the touchline not wanting me to play!

"It was nice to see both sets of fans get behind me, and it was nice for my family also. It was enjoyable, a fantastic occasion for me and my family."

With a portion of the proceeds from the evening going to charity, Nicholson spoke of his honour at being granted his well-earned testimonial evening.

"I will never forget it," he said. "As soon as I was offered the opportunity by the club I was honoured and there was only one club I wanted to play as well - they accepted it so from the day it was organised I couldn't wait.

"In fact, I've been wishing my life away, last night I aged about ten years. I may be 46, but I look 56 today.

"Now I'm going home, eating, that's it! Eating on my settee and being with my lovely family."

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