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Armistice Day Ceremony at Proact

11 November 2014

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To commemorate Armistice Day Chesterfield FC players and staff joined supporters at a special ceremony at the Memorial Garden.

After standing for two minutes of silence two poppy wreathes were laid on behalf of the players and the supporters club.

The names of the Spireite players who fell during the conflicts were read out by Peter Whiteley from the Community Trust while the poem In Flanders Fields was read out by trustee Kay Adkins.

Also at the ceremony were staff from the Tesco Extra adjacent to the Proact Stadium, keen to pay their respects and mark the occasion.

Chesterfield defender and PFA chairman Ritchie Humphreys laid a players' wreath and spoke about what the ceremony meant to him.

He said: "It's important because of what they gave up and what they sacrificed all those years ago. 

"My grandfather was a professional footballer during the Second World War and the people from the PFA went and visited the Somme during the summer with it being the hundred year anniversary of the First World War.

"Playing professional football is a real honour and those who went before us gave us the position to be able to go on and do that."

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