Jack Lester was described as a model professional after he ended his career with two goals in Chesterfield's 4-0 victory over Exeter City at the Proact Stadium.
The 37-year-old marked his 395th and last League game with a penalty and a typically clinical finish after Jay O'Shea and Marc Richards had opened the scoring.
Chesterfield assistant manager Tommy Wright said: "I think the players wanted to win it for Jack. It was great for him to score two goals and I don't think the script could have been better with him getting our first penalty in the league this season and dinking it like (Antonin) Panenka the Czechoslovakian.
"It was a great day and it's a credit to all the players that they put on a performance like that for a great professional and a good man. He's been a model professional, he's always wanted to play every game. He's been a great finisher and I'm sad to see him go."
Chesterfield had been tipped as one of the favourites for promotion and Wright admitted: "In the last six or seven weeks the form has been quite good but the league doesn't lie.We have good players at the club and everyone should be optimistic for the coming season."
Exeter boss Paul Tisdale gave some of his younger players a chance and was encouraged by how they shaped up.
He said: "I'm really pleased with the way those young players played. I think it's a sign of things to come over the next 18 months or two years.
"It was a good opportunity to see them play, we were a bit nieve at times and a little bit too nice in some areas of the pitch but I really enjoyed the game.
"It's never nice to lose a game of football and 4-0 doesn't look good but I'm really pleased with some of the players and we are making progress.
"It was an opportunity for them to play and for me to see how they make decisions in this sort of situation and I've learnt a lot from the day. We are going to have to bring some of these players through and they are not going to win games straight away."