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Senior Spireites play warm-up games against Australia’s Walkeroos
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The World Championships of Walking Football’s international organisation were held in Chesterfield in May 2024. To help the team from Australia warm up for the tournament Chesterfield’s walking football club, the Senior Spireites, played a series of games against them. These matches are the first international games that the Spireites, as a large group of players, have taken part in during their 12 year history.


For many of the Senior Spireites this was their first chance to play against an overseas team. The Club’s members were divided into one of four age groups to play against the opposition, Over 50’s, Over 60’s Over 65’s and Over 70’s, to provide an opportunity for as many people to participate as possible. The games were competitive in all age groups with the Senior Spireites giving the visitors a good workout prior to the World Championships.


Malc Perks, Chair of the Senior Spireites, commented: “To have an international football tournament taking place on our door step is an amazing opportunity to both watch high quality sport and to be involved in its organisation. The Senior Spireites have always had a close relationship with Chesterfield FC Community Trust and so we jumped at the chance to play some warm up matches against one of the visiting teams. Our Club members helped over the weekend of the Championships with car parking duties, match stewarding and supporting the Trust to make this unique event as successful as possible.”

One of the players, Gary Millward, summarised the event as "a great two days which was very well organised, a very enjoyable experience and a pleasure to be involved with the Over 60’s team (thanks guys). Also to be representative of the overall Senior Spireites club as an organisation, with each team and age group at our club performing admirably and professionally against high class of opposition."

The warm up games and the involvement of the Club's members at the tournament was organised by Malc Perks, the Chair. In recognition of the huge amount of time and effort that Malc put into these events he was presented with a gift voucher, a present and a Thank You card from the Committee on behalf of the rest of the members - well done Malc!

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Winner of Last man standing competition donates prize to charity

Paul Bradley has won a half share in the club's Last Man Standing football competition and gave the £56 straight back to be donated to the Ashgate Hospice Charity. With all the Club events that are happening in May it is hoped to at least double the amount of money that will be raised for this worthwhile local charity. Thank you to Paul for his kind donation.

Senior Spireite Keith Arrowsmith plays for England

On Saturday March 23rd the England Over 75s walking football team wearing their red away strip, took on the might of a Welsh team at Colliers Park, Wrexham, the training ground of the W.F.A. Keith Arrowsmith, a regular player at Hasland and Dronfield was selected to play for England and also scored in the match. Congratulations to Keith for this notable achievement.

10 Year Awards presented in March 2024

At the 2024 AGM in March a further three 10 Year Awards were presented to members who had been with the Club for this period of time. There are now 15 current members who have been playing walking football for more than 10 years since the Club was founded in 2012.

The members to receive the Award were Roger Hancock, Steve Housley, Malc Perks and Alan Reynolds.

10th Anniversary game against Rotherham held in February

The original Senior Spireites team from 2014, wearing blue and white shirts are (left to right) 

Back row: Chris Cobb, John Longstaff, Roy Beresford, Dave Green, Stuart Laycock, Ian Edmundson (slightly hidden), Barry Smith, Neil Haddy,  

Front row: Mel Pullen, Keith Arrowsmith, Norman Green.

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For the rematch 10 years later the over 70 squad was Keith Arrowsmith, Roy Beresford, Rick Cunningham, John Dacey, Ian Edmundson, John Longstaff, Alan Reynolds and Barry Smith. Our over 60 squad was Dave Brearley, Stuart Brearley, Steve Gleadall, Pete Jacques, Charlie Last, Derek Lowe, Neil McKinnon, and Kevin Pritchard.

On 26th February 2024 seventeen intrepid Senior Spireites traveled to Rotherham Mature Millers for the anniversary of a game played there on 26th February 2014.

An over 70s squad, including six of the original squad who played in 2014 and an over 60s squad, several of whom are also over 70. Unfortunately, the Rotherham over 70s squad only had one of their original players from 2014. Mel Pullen, another of our original 2014 squad members, also traveled and refereed on one pitch while Rotherham provided a referee on the other pitch.

There was a car share scheme and all managed to find their way to the venue, mostly arriving in good time! The games were played in good spirit and there was a magnificent buffet provided by the Mature Millers afterwards.

There was a round robin tournament between the four teams, so 70s Vs 70s to start then 70s Vs opposition 60s then 70s Vs our own 60s. Unfortunately the Senior Spireites over 70s team lost to Rotherham's over 70s, thanks to some rather careless play and a brilliant display by their goalkeeper. Chesterfield's over 60s lost to their over 60s. The over 70s then lost to Rotherham's over 60s but at least managed to score the only goal of the day thanks to a well placed bullet from John Longstaff. The Senior Spireites over 60s lost to their over 70s team, probably another brilliant goalkeeping display. Rotherham's over 60s team gave the Senior Spireites over 70s team a good thrashing and Rotherham's over 70s team finally capitulated against their over 60s. So no points for the over 70s.

Unfortunately, Roy Beresford was unable to repeat his feat of a double hat trick from 2014. However it was a very enjoyable trip to the mighty Rotherham and all participants look forward to playing again in 2034!

Visit from German radio station to research the origins of walking football

Below is a photo of the Club members with Eddy from Deutschland Funk Radio in Germany, who was accompanied by his wife Ingrid. Eddy is in the UK to investigate the origins of Walking Football and of course, Chesterfield is the birthplace of the sport.

He interviewed several players to get their thoughts and opinions on the health benefits gained by participating walking football. 

Eddy also watched our session with great interest before leaving for The Technique Stadium to interview John Croot, the Club's President and inventor of the modern form of Walking Football.

The Club presented the Guests with some small mementos of their visit. This included a Senior Spireites Mug, a Senior Spireites pen and a Club pennant.

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Message from the Club's Chairman Malc Perks

Malc Perks, the Club's Chairman, tells us about how he got into Walking Football, the development of the Club and his thoughts on how it should progress in the future.

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