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Fifty years a Spireite!

12 September 2018

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Dave Foster, who has been following the Spireites for 50 years, was invited to the club on Tuesday, when he chatted with the management team before watching training and a practice match.

Dave made the trip from his home in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, after writing to Carl Muggleton.

Travelling distances is nothing new for Dave, who has covered thousands of miles over the years to watch his beloved Spireites. "This is my 11th season without missing a game," he said. "It is well over 500 games since I missed one. I don't think there is anyone who can touch me for attending as many games."

Dave, who has been in a wheelchair since being involved in a road traffic incident 34 years ago, can recount various sacrifices he has made over the years in order to follow Chesterfield. Recalling one particularly difficult trip, he said: "We played at Plymouth and I could only get back on the train as far as Bristol, so I had to spend the night at the train station, resting my head over a sink in the toilet!"

The former coach driver and lorry driver, who played at semi-professional level for Ilkeston, is originally from Nottingham and began supporting Chesterfield after becoming disillusioned with following Notts County.

"I remember coming up to Chesterfield with my dad on the steam train at a young age and something stuck in my mind, whether it was the blue shirts or the Crooked Spire, I don't know what it was. I started going to Saltergate and before I knew it I was going to places like Exeter when I was 15."

Reflecting on his best memories as a Spireite, 65-year-old Dave picked out two matches: "Playing at Rangers in the Anglo-Scottish Cup, when me and my girlfriend hitch-hiked up to Glasgow. We didn't get back until four in the morning. Also the semi-final at Old Trafford when we got robbed."

Dave is looking forward to seeing new signing Tom Denton pull on a Chesterfield shirt, commenting: "He's not just good with his head - he can play with his feet as well."


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