Spireites to host Derby County in pre-season friendly

Shane Nicholson played for both Derby County and Chesterfield. Photo by Tina Jenner.
Shane Nicholson played for both Derby County and Chesterfield. Photo by Tina Jenner.

Chesterfield will entertain Derby County in a testimonial match for Shane Nicholson as part of their pre-season programme.

The fixture will take place at the Proact Stadium on Tuesday, July 26 (7.30pm).

Nicholson played for both Chesterfield and Derby in a 21-year playing career and it is fitting that the two clubs will meet in a match to honour the former defender and reward him for his loyal service to the Spireites.

After retiring from playing during his second stint with Chesterfield in 2007, Nicholson was then employed by the club as a fitness coach and remained in the role until last summer.

Nicholson said: “Not only is it a chance for me to say thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, but more importantly be able to help a young special lady called Sheenam, who has suffered from Junior Huntingdon Disease (JHD) for the last 13 years. The adult version of the illness had sadly claimed the life of her father only a few weeks before Sheenam herself was diagnosed.

“On meeting Sheenam and her dearest mother Paramjit, it was clear the family had faced and continued to battle with one of life’s cruelest illnesses, however they never cease to both light up a room with their smiles.

“Both Paramjit and her daughter Sheenam have become close friends to my family and I’m honoured to be able to help towards the necessary life changing treatment in India. So please come along and show your support and be a part of something special for both myself and Sheenam.”

Further details regarding the testimonial match will be released in due course.