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Former Spireite Seemley Passes Away

4 November 2014

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The former Chesterfield full-back Ivor Seemley has passed away in Sheffield, at the age of 85.

Seemley came through Sheffield Wednesday's junior sides to turn professional in July 1947, shortly after his 17th birthday. He was no stranger to Hillsborough, since he had been taken to watch his first game there at the age of six, and remained a devoted Wednesdayite throughout his life.

Seemley made his Owls debut on Boxing Day 1953. If he was made to wait a long time for an opportunity, that eventually came at the right time, as Wednesday embarked on an FA Cup run that took them past Chesterfield in round four and onto the semi-finals. Seemley played in all eight of his club's cup games that season and added ten league appearances to that total. 

Five more games came Seemley's way in 1954-5 but he moved to Stockport County at the end of that season. Seemley was County's first-choice left-back for two seasons and was a sound choice to replace Tommy Flockett at Chesterfield in 1957, when Tommy was freed rather too early, to join Bradford City. Chesterfield had to pay quite a high price for Seemley- although no money changed hands, County took Bill Sowden (scorer of 59 goals in 97 Spireite starts) in exchange.

Seemley made 78 appearances in the league for Chesterfield, despite the club's occasionally odd-looking selection policy. He was left out of the side just after it climbed to 4th in January 1958 and was not reinstated until the team's promotion chances had evaporated, in April. With Gerry Sears emerging to claim the left-back position, Seemley spent the following season at right-back, playing in all but two games. At the end of that season he was released, and spent time at Sutton Town before hanging up his boots. 

After football, Seemley worked at a sales office for a steel company in Sheffield. A natural sportsman, he played tennis, cricket and golf to a good standard. Seemley maintained his love for The Owls and retained a season ticket for them right up to this season. 


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