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MEDIA WEEKLY: Closing Windows and Sighs of Relief

2 September 2016

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The transfer window has it's thrills and the odd spill but much like Christmas, the end of it certainly brings some relief, from the media point of view at least.

Final Day Dramas

Throughout the window, and even on Deadline Day, we often know not too much more than the supporters. Sometimes we'll be told to prepare for an incoming or an outgoing, but especially on the last day, this can require articles written quickly.

When we're let know that a movement is on the way to completion, then it's time to get in touch with the other club involved. With our division mates in League One and also in League Two this is usually easy and good humoured, with the question of "is he any good?" often the first point of business.

Next, both teams need to agree a time to put out the transfer news online and across social media, though if you're struggling to get hold of a Premier League team - as was the case with Reece Mitchell's move from Chelsea - this can be less than easy.

So, all's in place, now we need a player. Since I've been with the Spireites the signing of Sam Clucas stands out. The imminent arrival was expected from mid-afternoon, the camera was primed and set-up, Tina arrived to take the photos...but no sight of the signing.

By 4pm the word was that Sam had left his native Lincoln and was on his way to the Proact, though by 7pm and then 8pm we were still a star signing short and Nick, Tina and I were running out of conversation and pizza. Thankfully, Sam finally arrived at 9pm, we took the photos, recorded an interview and that masterstroke of a player was finally ours.

Back to Wednesday night and we needed to be up and ready until up past the deadline at 11pm. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's move to Shrewsbury was announced late on and we thought, but weren't 100% sure, that it would end our last-minute dealings. Thankfully we were right about that.

It's good to now be back to focusing just on the football, starting with AFC Wimbledon tomorrow, should be a good one.

New Signings, Watch Your Shoes

Thursday morning and one of the first to pop his head around the corner in the media room was Tom Anderson, a lovely lad and it hardly feels like he's been away.

One member of the coaching staff was more reluctant to say hello, however. Academy manager Mark Smith has an odd habit of borrowing trainers, from pretty much everybody.

So, as Tom walked down the corridor making his re-introductions, Mark was seen to nudge a pair of black Nike trainers under a bag of balls to hide his secret. Tom will be happy enough to unexpectedly get them back in the end!

Safe trips down to London to those heading to Kingsmeadow tomorrow, and going or not have a great weekend. hopefully with a buoying Spireites win.

Iain Pearce - Spireites Media Team

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