Watch: Tyrer's Title Triumph With Chesterfield

Everton goalkeeper Harry Tyrer has thanked the “top-class” support he has received after helping Chesterfield end a six-year stint in the National League.

The 22-year-old Crosby-born Everton goalkeeper has been with the Spireites for the 2023/24 campaign, and they earned promotion to League Two on Saturday, clinching the fifth-tier title with a 3-0 home win over Boreham Wood.

Narrowly missing out on promotion last season, they lost on penalties to Notts County in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium, but 2023/24 has seen them become the dominant side in the division.

In Saturday's encounter, they just needed to avoid defeat to win the title, but produced an emphatic victory through two goals from captain Jamie Grimes, while Liam Mandeville was also on target.

At the other end, Tyrer - a clear fans' favourite - kept his 11th clean sheet of the league season, helping Chesterfield to seal all three points, and send the SMH Group Stadium into chaotic celebrations.

“We’ve worked all season for it,” Tyrer told evertontv. “It was a great win and a great end to the season. Good to get over the line.

“From minute one of pre-season, the fans were on my side and giving me a little song. The fans have been top class here.”

The loan to Chesterfield came after Everton Academy graduate Tyrer made 47 league appearances for National League North side Chester during the 2022/23 campaign.

Taking a step up, his move to the Spireites was aided by the strong links between his parent club and Chesterfield, with Paddy Byrne - Everton’s International Technical Manager - also operating as a Chesterfield first-team coach.

Boyhood Evertonian Tyrer, who joined the Toffees aged seven, was quick to thank Everton’s Head of Academy Recruitment & Player Pathways (former Loans Pathway Manager) James Vaughan, Goalkeeping Coach Alan Kelly, Director of Football Kevin Thelwell, and Blues No.1 Jordan Pickford for their roles throughout his development.  

“Vaughany has just text me then, and so has Alan Kelly,” he said after the game. “They’ve been instrumental with me, and always keeps in touch with me. Kevin Thelwell is always looking out for the young lads and definitely gives me a text now and then. It’s good to touch base with the home club, and my club, and it’s been a great season for me.

“I’ve made some mistakes. I’m a young goalkeeper - 22-years-of-age - and there are going to be mistakes in my game. I’ve got to learn from them and learn quickly because otherwise, I won’t be progressing the way I want to be. One day I want to be in that First Team.

“At the moment, Jord’s playing and he’s playing out of his skin. He’s a great goalkeeper to learn from. He’s got loads of talent and I want to learn from the likes of him. If I have a career half as good as him, I’ll be happy.”

Along with Tyrer’s impressive shot-stopping displays, Chesterfield Assistant Manager, Danny Webb, has been delighted with the on-loan goalkeeper’s temperament.

He added: “[I’ve been impressed] not just with his performances, but with his attitude and how he’s carried himself. He’s got swagger; he’s got confidence, but it doesn’t cross over into arrogance.

“Like the modern way now, he can play well with his feet – both feet. David O’Hare, the goalie coach here, has worked tirelessly with him and I think he’s improved him. He’s open to criticism; he’s open to bits of advice.

“He’s made some cracking saves this year, and it’s a great for him today to keep a big fat clean sheet.

“When he goes onto that pitch, he’s got full belief in himself. I think he’ll have a very good career – hopefully many years with us, but that’ll probably be out of our hands.”