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20 May 2019

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After making over 300 appearances for the club, we look back on Spireites stalwart Drew Talbot’s distinguished career in blue and white.

Barnsley-born Talbot started out at Sheffield Wednesday, as a striker, scoring five goals in his first season as a professional, which included a strike in Wednesday’s play-off final victory over Hartlepool.

Talbot had a loan spell at Scunthorpe United and later moved permanently to Luton Town in 2007.

After initially signing for Chesterfield on loan from Luton in 2009, he got his Spireites career off to a flyer.

In only his second for the Spireites, Talbot scored with a long-range strike against Notts County to claim a 1-0 win at Meadow Lane.

He found the back of the net once more during his short loan spell at the club, scoring with a speculative lob to open the scoring in a 2-1 win over Grimsby Town.

Talbot impressed during his loan stint and put pen to paper on a permanent deal with Chesterfield.

He notched ten goals in his first full campaign as the Spireites narrowly missed out on a play-off spot, but he was to change position and play down the right-hand side under John Sheridan.

Talbot was a crucial part of the Chesterfield side that secured promotion from League 2 as champions during the 2010/11 season.

He was to win silverware with the Spireites again the next season, this time featuring in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy winning team.

Craig Westcarr’s late strike sealed a 2-0 victory for Chesterfield in front of just under 50,000 supporters at Wembley Stadium.

That season ended in relegation to League Two for the Spireites, but they bounced back with promotion two years later.

Talbot made 25 appearances in Chesterfield’s League Two promotion campaign, which saw them crowned champions once again after pipping Scunthorpe United and Rochdale to the title by three points.

After seven years at the club, Talbot left for Portsmouth in 2016 to join former Chesterfield manager Paul Cook.

However, he only featured on the South Coast for one full season and was re-signed by the Spireites in January 2018.

In his final season as a Spireites he led the team as captain for a number of games before his campaign was cut short due to injury.

It was announced earlier this month that his contract won’t be renewed for next season, but Talbot will always be a welcome figure at the Proact after serving the club with distinction. 

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