Whether you’re six or 66 you’ll no doubt have your favourite Spireites player. Well, Richard Cotterill will be drawing all of them!
Spireites fan Richard has set himself the task of drawing all the Chesterfield players he can get photos of, and when you consider that there have been the best part of a thousand in the last century alone, it’s no mean feat being taken on.
The money Richard raises is going to the charity Dementia UK, with Ernie Moss and his charity match over the summer providing the inspiration for the mammoth drawing project.
Richard explains: “I was sitting watching that game with my brother and I told him I thought I could draw those players in my style, which I call badly!
“I then thought that I have my favourite players, every other fan has their own, so it would be a unique way to celebrate our 150th anniversary this year.
“I spoke to Nikki, Ernie’s daughter, and she loved the idea and told me who she raises money for in aid of her dad, so it all started from there.”
Richard spends around 20 minutes, sometimes more, drawing each player on paper the size of a credit card, though admits some attempts have ended up in the bin.
“I try to capture the likeness of each player,” he said. “The picture of Jay O’Shea I felt I had to apologise for, but everyone who’s seen it says “that’s Jay O’Shea”, so I have managed to do it.
“The hardest pictures are of people like Tom Curtis who have softer features, when they’re done and I’m satisfied with them they make me the most proud.”
You can follow Richard’s progress and see more of his brilliant pictures on his Twitter page, Facebook page and via his entertaining blog.
You can also donate to Dementia UK using Richard's JustGiving page, which can be found here.
“The support and the retweets really keep me going,” said Richard. “I’ve had fantastic support from people and my wife especially – she was the first person to sponsor me, maybe she can be described as a long-suffering wife!
“I don’t have a time limit on finishing the pictures, I have drawn around 350 in the first two months, but finding pictures of the older players makes things more difficult.”
Eventually, the unique pictures are planned to be used on mugs, posters and other souvenirs available to supporters, with all funds raised going to Dementia UK.
Good luck Richard, we can’t wait to see the next pictures you draw!