The Spireites welcomed some special guests to the Proact at the weekend in recognition of UK Older People's Day.
For their their game against Bradford City, Chesterfield played host to one of their oldest surviving players - 93-year-old Des Collins - together with representatives from the Senior Spireites Exercise & Social Group and the Senior Spireites Walking Football Club. There was also an appearance from veteran entertainer Bernie Clifton, who resides in the area.
Chesterfield's head of media & communications, Nick Johnson, said: "We decided to mark the day and raise awareness of the initiatives involving older people promoted by our Community Trust following a suggestion from Phil Tooley. Phil, who is known by many fans for his long association with the club and media work, contacted me after reading about a Swedish club recognising their older supporters at a match.
"I thought it was a great idea and our chief executive, Chris Turner, was only too happy to invite a number of guests including Des Collins to the match and introduce them to the crowd. As well as the groups mentioned, we also hold bi-monthly Senior Spireites lunches which are very popular and there is a Bridge Club meeting every week in The HUB."
UK Older People’s Day coincides with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, which was introduced to take a stand against ageism by drawing attention to and challenging negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older persons and ageing.