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100-year-old fan visits the Proact

2 July 2018

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Colin Frost, who celebrated his 100th birthday in May, was a welcome visitor to the Proact last week.

Samantha Robinson, a carer at April Park Care Home in Eckington, got in touch with the club to ask whether it would be possible for Colin to visit the stadium.

She explained that Colin had been a big Chesterfield fan in his younger days - watching the team home and away - but he had never been to the Proact.

Nick Johnson, the club's head of media & communications, arranged for Colin to visit and he was joined by his friend Jim Silvers, together with Samatha and her colleague Julie, as they were given a tour which included a look behind the scenes.

Colin, who hails from Killamarsh, was very impressed with the stadium, saying: "It's grand! I like the fact that it's open with no houses around it."

Former mine worker Colin was around the age of 14 when he attended his first match and he used to stand on the Cross Street end at Saltergate. 

When asked to name his favourite player from his time watching the Spireites, he chose Billy Linacre, who turned professional as the Second World War came to a close before being sold to Manchester City for £8,000 in 1947.

"He was good and he was clever," Colin said as he recalled watching 'Legs' Linacre play. "When he went down that wing, he moved!"

Afterwards, Samantha sent a message to the club, saying: "Thank you so much for letting Colin and Jim come round and look. They had a brilliant time and really enjoyed themselves."

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