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Turner's Humphreys Tribute

20 November 2013

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Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner has paid tribute to Ritchie Humphreys, who made his 600th league appearance at the weekend, describing him as a "tremendous professional".

In his From the Boardroom column for Saturday's edition of Inspire matchday magazine, Turner says: "Ritchie's had an outstanding career and for me personally, I don't think I've signed a better player or a better professional than him.

"He joined me at Hartlepool United in the summer of 2001 and he gave 12 excellent years of service to the club, gaining promotion on a couple of occasions. He was generally the most well-liked professional to have ever played for Hartlepool.

"In the summer, he gave me a call because he was unsure on whether to sign a new contract at Hartlepool and asked to train here. After two days, Paul (Cook) said to me that he was outstanding and the rest is history.

"He is a tremendous professional. His ability has never been in question and his performances for us this season have been outstanding and long may that continue. 

"As we all know, he’s just taken over as chairman of the PFA, which is a massive position to hold and shows that he’s looked at by his peers as being an outstanding candidate. When he eventually hangs up his boots, there will be a lot of people interested in seeing what he does."

Humphreys, who made his debut for Sheffield Wednesday back in 1995, will receive a special presentation shortly before kick-off on Saturday to mark his 600th league appearance.

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