Only four fans entered a raffle to join Chesterfield's squad on a tour of Hungary - and none of them won


Lower-league club Chesterfield have been left red-faced after just four fans entered a raffle to join the squad on their pre-season tour of Hungary - and then the winning entry was not legitimate.

The club announced last week that the winner of the competition - "Surrey-based Spireite James Higgins" - had fallen ill and was unable to make the trip for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang out with his club's players and staff as they get ready for the new campaign.

General view of the Proact Stadium, Chesterfield
(Rui Vieira/PA)

That's a bit of bad news, thought most Chesterfield fans.

Some Spireite supporters, however, took a different view and smelled something fishy about the statement - which has since been removed from the club's website - and which concluded by saying all fans who entered the raffle were entitled to a refund as "an act of goodwill".

Jonno Turner was apparently one of the Chesterfield fans whose interest was piqued, as he entertainingly documented on his Twitter account.

At that point there was no solid evidence for the suspicions of Turner and his like-minded fans...

That was until Chesterfield released a statement saying that there had been a "misleading outcome" and that they would conduct an internal review into the matter with disciplinary action to follow.

Chesterfield website statement
(Chesterfield website screenshot/PA)

Chesterfield director and company secretary Ashley Carson issued the contrite statement, in which he confirms that the winning entrant was "not legitimate" and that "information supplied to the club's communications department had clearly been falsified with regards to the winner".

That does still throw up the possibility that James Higgins does exist.

But it is the revelation of the number of people who actually entered the raffle in the last line of the statement that completes a miserable episode for the League One club when Carson dutifully "apologises unreservedly to the four supporters who entered the competition".

Four fans!