England World Cup legend Gordon Banks, whose illustrious career began at Chesterfield, has wished his old club well ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup game at Derby County.
Banks, who retains an interest in the Spireites' fortunes, said: "I keep having a look at how Chesterfield are doing in the league and I wish them all the best for the game against Derby.
"You never know what's going to happen in a Cup tie and Chesterfield are doing quite well so there's always a chance."
Banks, 77, readily acknowledges the role played by Chesterfield in a remarkable journey which saw him start out at Saltergate and go on to help England win the World Cup in 1966. "They started my career," he said. "Had they not have come in for me, I might not have gone on to have achieved what I did in football."
After making 23 appearances for the Spireites, Banks was sold to Leicester City for £7,000 in July 1959 - a move which saw his wage increase to £15 a week!