The Spireites are back to winning ways, and the change in fortune could possibly come down to a special gift presented to the club last week by Koichiro Suzuki, better known as Tokyo Spireite.
Saturday’s excellent 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers was the Spireites' first home win since late September. It was an excellent team performance topped off by a first Spireites home league goal in 11 years for Ian Evatt and a superb free kick from Jay O’Shea.
The result was also the perfect follow up to the midweek victory at MK Dons where the team battled back from a one-goal deficit to record their first away maximum of the campaign.
Both wins, at home and on the road, were testament to the hard work that the players have been putting in on the training pitch in recent weeks but perhaps there's something else that has contributed to the Spireites' recent change in fortune, something that can’t be measured using GPS vests and after match statistics.
The last two games and wins just happened to coincide with the visit of Koichiro, the Tokyo Spireite. It’s almost 20 years since Koichiro happened upon a group of Chesterfield fans after the club's historic FA Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough in 1997, then a chance meeting with lifelong Spireite Eric Vaughan at Saltergate and the football fanatic was converted.
Now with 20 members Koichiro and the the group make the pilgrimage to North Derbyshire at least twice a season to support the team but this time he came bearing gifts.
Before Saturday’s game Koichiro gifted the team with a Daruma doll decorated in Spireites blue to mark the club's 150-year anniversary and the Tokyo Spireites' 20th.
The traditional doll is said to be a ‘talisman of good luck’ to the Japanese people that represents perseverance and is seen as a gift of encouragement in the land of the rising sun. And there can be no denying that Saturday’s crucial win had an element of luck involved and a lot of perseverance from the team to get over the line.
Perhaps it’s a happy coincidence but whatever Koichiro and the Daruma doll have brought to the Spireites over the last two fixtures lets hope it’s here to stay.