Every club has supporters that live abroad and last Saturday Chesterfield had fans make the trip from Belgium, Brazil and Turkey.
The Belgian Spireites, however, take being fans to a new level.
From their first visit they felt an affinity that has continued to grow as they become more involved in the community. Last year they walked over the Pennines from Manchester to Chesterfield to raise funds for the Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden and the year before they cycled from Brussels to Chesterfield to raise money for Ashgate Hospice.
They decided that, at the end of the current season, they’d like to offer to work in the community between the Bristol City fixture and the game with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday.
Their schedule covers working with French speaking students at New Whittington Primary School, restoration work at Barrow Hill Roundhouse and Arkwright Mill at Cromford, working with the Chesterfield FC Community Trust, helping at the Ashgate Hospice furniture store and working with the Chesterfield FC media department.
The photo (above) shows the Belgian Spireites at New Whittington Primary School earlier this week.