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Spireites drummer set for tenth season

22 July 2018

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Lifelong Chesterfield fan Craig Oldfield - or 'Yogi' as he is affectionately called by fellow supporters - is set for his tenth season as the club's matchday drummer.

Yogi began attending games at Saltergate as a child alongside his dad and grandad. He started drumming at games after he was asked to help improve the atmosphere on matchdays.

He says: “Some fans think that I’m the main part of the atmosphere and some find me annoying. I’ve been described as 'Marmite' as you either love me or you hate me.”

Yogi drummed at Wembley in the JPT final against Peterborough and he has also entertained thousands while drumming in a marching band.

“I’ve drummed in Jersey and there were 40-50,000 people there and I was also fortunate enough to go to Disneyland Paris and there were 79,000 people there," he recalls. "They had to shut the park because it was that full.”

He loves combining his twin passions of football and drumming, saying: “It’s not very often you get to do stuff like this. I think I’d rather be on the pitch, but I wasn’t quite good enough unfortunately. Thankfully, my drumming has been able to get me noticed, I suppose.”

Yogi encouraged more fans to come to games and join in, adding: “The more fans that come down and join in, whether it’s singing or clapping, will make it easier for myself and I think it does help the players.”

To watch a video interview with Yogi, please click here.


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