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EVENTS

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Successful match against the Women's team held

The first challenge match between the Senior Spireites Men's team and the Spirettes Women's Walking Football team was held at the Dronfield Akademy in late 2023. 

The game was played in a competitive but friendly spirit and the overall event was very enjoyable. The two teams played 4 x 15 minutes sessions which the Men's team eventually won 5-1. The match was closer than the end score suggests with one of the quarters being 0-0. 

For the men's team there were goals from Alan Reynolds, John Dacey and Jeff Evans. Norman Green made several good saves to restrict the Spirettes to a single goal. Dee-Ann Lewis scored for the women's team and there were some excellent saves from Tricia Borrell.

After the match Cara Doxey of the Spirettes said - “The match was fabulous! Very supportive atmosphere and lots positive advice and encouragement from the referee. Huge effort from both sides - competitive and fun." Donna Fowles added  “I thought the men were very welcoming to us ladies and played the game in the way it was meant to be. The ref was very fair and looked after everyone well. I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the next one”

It is hoped that this will become a regular fixture with the next one to be held in the Spring of 2024.

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Annual Foot Golf Day

The Annual Foot Golf Competition took place at Barlborough Links. 12 members took part, but it was evident from early that John Quinn was well versed in this game and took an early lead and never looked like being caught, shooting a nine under par 57 and winning by 5 shots.

Clubman of the Year Award 2023

Chesterfield FC Trust held its first Awards Evening to acknowledge the outstanding individuals and groups who contribute to the local community as part of the Trust's activities. One of the awards was for the Male Walking Football Clubman of the Year.

All Senior Spireites were asked to nominate up to three members who they felt deserved to win the award. The shortlist of nominees were, in alphabetical order, Bob Berry, Tony Bettison, Rob Church, John Dacey, Roger Hancock, Steve Housley and Barry Smith. 

 

The overall winner was Rob Church, Social Secretary for the Club. Congratulations to Rob and well done to the other nominees for gaining the support of your colleagues at the Club.

The event was a very positive occasion and brought together different organisations in Chesterfield from right across the spectrum of friendship and support groups. Groups included those who support cancer patients and their families, ex-military personnel, people with a range of health issues as well as others who had football interests.

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Local Team matches

The Club played against Burton Albion in Spring 2023. The Spireites had to lend them Dave Brearley who was there to referee. It was a good friendly game but unfortunately Burton were the much better team. Their England over 65 striker scored 6 but Mel scored a hat trick to salvage a little Spireites pride.

In a local fixture against Mansfield Reds the Senior Spireites came out on top over the course of four matches.

The first game finished 1-0 in favour of the Chesterfield team, the second was also won by the boys in blue, 2-0. The third game was an even contest ending in a 0-0 draw. In the final match Senior Spireites also won 2-1 which finished off a very good performance. 

Thanks to the Mansfield Reds for taking part in this round of matches and we look forward to more encounters with other local teams over the next few months. Thanks also to Neil Haddy who was a good impartial referee, as always.

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