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Spireites from Down Under visit Proact

24 June 2019

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Lifelong Spireites fan Dan Pollard, who now lives in Australia, recently visited the Proact Stadium for the first time.

Dan, a 43-year-old living in Maitland, New South Wales, called in at the stadium with his wife Greata and sons Charlie (12) and Toby (10), during a trip to his childhood town.

Dan was born in Chesterfield and lived in Calow until the age of 11, when his dad’s work took them Down Under.

A couple of legendary strikers come to mind when he talks about the players he watched as a kid. Dan said: “It was at the back end of Ernie Moss’s career when I first started watching matches at Saltergate. I also met Bob Newton, who was a character.”

Dan and his sons are avid followers of the club, from a distance. “We follow the club on social media and the boys have both had Chesterfield shirts,” he said.

“It was good for them to see a ground in England and to go into the dressing rooms, which they really loved. They play representative football for the region and they got such a buzz from it. It made their holiday.”

Dan, who drives dump trucks in mines, thanked chief executive Graham Bean for showing him and his family behind the scenes at the stadium. “Graham went above and beyond. It was an amazing gesture from him.”

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