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Aaron Chapman's Route to the First Team

5 September 2014

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Aaron Chapman made his Spireites debut in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Scunthorpe United and, after an unfortunate slip for the second Iron goal, impressed with some good saves.

However, Chapman, now 24, has had an unusual pathway into a football career and didn’t play at all until he was in his late teens. Even then, he was only playing for a Sunday League team when he got noticed by scouts.

He said: “I never played football, even at school, I just played cricket. It wasn’t until I was about 19/20 before I started playing football.

“I was just a normal lad working in a call centre just trying to earn some money and get by, playing for my mate's Sunday league side. A year later and I arrived here.”

Making the transition from amateur to professional was not been easy for the Spireites stopper.

Chapman said: “It’s taken a lot of getting used to, training every day. I’ve gone from working all week and training once a week to training every day and it takes a lot out of you, but I’m getting used to it now and I feel personally that I have got a lot better.”

Chapman spent the end of last season on loan at Conference side Chester and earned some valuable game time with them.

He said: “I took a lot from playing with Chester because I was training all week and playing at the end of it, I felt like there was an end product and a release from training.

“I’m learning a lot through training with Eric Nixon and Tommy (Lee), and you learn from games as well. I’ve come back here after playing at Chester and now I’m trying to cancel out those mistakes in training.

“Working with Eric Nixon and Tommy is great. I’m training well and working hard and if learn from them and have half the career either of them has had I’ll have done something right.”

Tommy is keen to praise Chapman - a player he feels is a worthy understudy for the spot between the posts. 

He said: “The games at Chester were invaluable for Chappy. He’s a good goalkeeper and just a bit rusty round the edges.

“He came to football very late and with the talent he’s got and the way he’s progressed he should be really proud of himself. I’m sure he’s going to have a big future in the game.”

Chapman has had to wait patiently for his first start at Chesterfield and after being at the club for a year now he is ready to build on his first Spireites playing experience.


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