Chesterfield FC apologise to fans after an imaginary man won a club competition

James Higgins won the chance to travel with the team on a pre-season tour

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League One side Chesterfield FC have had to apologise to their fans, after an imaginary supporter won a prize in a pre-season competition run by the club.

The Spireites ran a competition where fans could win the chance to travel with the team on their pre-season tour in Europe. Only four fans, it has since been revealed entered the competition.

While rumours of poor sales of the competition continued to circle around the club's fans, James Higgins was named as the winner. The problem was that nobody had ever heard of him.

In a statement released yesterday by the club's director Ashley Carson, he apologised to the fans who entered the competition.

"I have discovered that a winning entry was not legitimate and the information supplied to the club's communications department had clearly been falsified with regards to the winner of a place at the pre-season training camp."

"Chesterfield Football Club apologises unreservedly to the four supporters who entered the competition and we can assure all supporters that following the internal review, disciplinary action will be taken."

Jonno Turner, a Chesterfield fan, gave the story some publicity on Twitter, by revealing what happened over the summer. It reads like a John le Carre novel...