Spireites train at Chatsworth House

It’s not everyday you see star footballers training at one of the most iconic stateley homes in the country.

But on Thursday Chesterfield FC team mates were put through their paces in the grounds of Chatsworth House.

NDET 19-7-12 TW 7 Chesterfield FC training at Chatsworth

NDET 19-7-12 TW 7 Chesterfield FC training at Chatsworth

The squad – currently preparing for the new football season – was invited to take part in the unique training session by the Duke of Devonshire.

“It’s great to see them here,” said the Duke, the new Chesterfield FC club patron.

“My family has always supported the club – we have a great relationship with them.

“My late father was club president for around half a century until he passed away in 2004.”

The team – which ran around the stateley home’s grounds before taking part in a number of football training drills in the back garden – wowed visitors both young and old.

Manager John Sheridan said he wants the Spireites to go from strength-to-strength when the new season kicks off next month.

He added: “We’re hoping to have a successful season and bounce back into League One.

“It will be a difficult and long season but we’ve got a lot of great players – five new – who will score goals.”

The new signings are goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell, from Sheffield Wednesday, striker Marc Richards, from Port Vale, central defender Sam Hird, from Doncaster Rovers, defender Terrell Forbes, from Leyton Orient and midfielder Sam Togwell, from Scunthorpe United.

There are two pre-season friendlies at the B2net Stadium – against Huddersfield on Tuesday, August 7, before Nigel Clough brings his Derby County to Whittington Moor on Saturday, August 11, kick off 3pm.

Chesterfield will be in serious competitive action for the first time on Tuesday, August 14, when Tranmere Rovers are the visitors in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

Four days later, Chesterfield begin their campaign for promotion when they travel south to meet AFC Wimbledon.

Chris Turner, Chesterfield FC chief executive, said: “Bring on the new season – we can’t wait.”