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Evatt Hits 200 Spireites Appearances

18 December 2015

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Spireites defender Ian Evatt reached a significant landmark on Tuesday, playing in his 200th game for Chesterfield at Walsall in the FA Cup second round replay.

Achieved over two separate spells at either end of his career, Evatt began his career at Derby County, making 37 appearances for the Rams before moving to Chesterfield for his first spell with the club in 2003. 

This first stint saw the the centre-back at Saltergate for two years, nine league goals and 90 appearances before a six-figure move to Queens Park Rangers in 2005.

The 34-year-old had a spell in the Premier League with Blackpool before returning to the Spireites in 2013, where he has reached the 200 milestone in the game against the Saddlers.

When asked about reaching the landmark, Evatt said: “It’s nice to chalk up these sort of milestones. I think this season I have been a lot more consistent than in my first two years at the club.”

The defender also hopes to see the team improve on their league position in the next few weeks with the improvement in the Spireites’ performances in recent weeks.

He said: “Hopefully I can keep building on this first 200 and we can start to climb up the league because with the squad we’ve got we certainly should be higher.”

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