Tommy Lee - Chesterfield
Keeper Tommy was a junior player with Manchester United and helped the club’s reserve team win the ‘quadruple’ in 2005 before moving on to pastures new, but not so far away, with Macclesfield. After a brief loan spell with Rochdale, he joined Chesterfield in 2008 and has been a firm fans’ favourite; being voted the club’s player of the year two seasons running.
Michael Smith - Bristol Rovers
The lad from Ballyclare who also played for Ballymena has been ‘bally good’ for Bristol Rovers and has been voted the best right back in the division by his fellow pros. Having joined Rovers from Ballymena in 2011, he has amassed over 100 appearances for the West Country club and has played over 50 games this season as Rovers fought in vain to preserve their Football League status.
Michael Rose - Rochdale
A former England semi professional international, Michael has certainly been round the block as a pro, and was a consistent performer for Yeovil, Stockport, Swindon and Colchester before joining Rochdale in February 2013. He made over 40 appearances this season, contributing a few vital goals in the process, as Dale celebrated promotion to League One.
Ian Evatt - Chesterfield
Ian is enjoying his second spell with Chesterfield, and the team is certainly benefiting from the experience of a man who has played Premier League football with two clubs. After his release from Blackpool, Evatt re-joined Chesterfield in July 2013 and scored his first goal in his second spell for the club against Fleetwood in the Football League Trophy Northern Area Final, so booking their place at Wembley.
Liam Cooper - Chesterfield
The former Hull central defender joined Chesterfield on a permanent basis in January 2013 after an initial loan spell, much to the delight of manager Paul Cook who was well aware of interest in the player from clubs much higher in the league ladder. Alongside Ian Evatt, the former Scotland Under 17 and 19 international has played a key role in what has been an excellent season for the Spirites.
John-Joe O’Toole - Bristol Rovers
The former Republic of Ireland Under 21 international made his mark initially with Watford and later with Colchester before a loan move to Bristol Rovers led to a permanent deal last summer. The talented midfielder’s goal tally is well into double figures for the season – almost a third of the team total – and he kept the Pirates in with a chance of beating the drop until the death.
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