Chesterfield: Concert crowds boost Spireites coffers

Tom Jones drew more than 12,000 people to the Proact on Saturday
Tom Jones drew more than 12,000 people to the Proact on Saturday

Chesterfield have reported the weekend concerts attracted combined crowds in excess of 17,500.

Sir Tom Jones attracted 12,253 to the Proact on Saturday, just under 3,000 fewer than Sir Elton John, who was the first artiste to appear at the Stadium in 2012.

Tinie Tempah, Labrinth, Lawson and the rest of the Party at the Proact billing were watched by 5,495 on Sunday, fewer than hoped.

Chairman Dave Allen said: “Many people have praised the organisation of both events, including the conference and banqueting side, and commented on the great acoustics.

“Following on from the success of the Elton John concert the Proact is establishing a reputation as being a superb venue for live music featuring some top acts.”

Whilst the money made from the events is expected to be used for debt reduction, manager Paul Cook will be hopeful that some may enable him to land his preferred targets for Chesterfield’s assault on League One next season.

Craig Davies and Jon Parkin are on his radar as are several other players.

Midfielder John-Joe O’Toole, who had a brief spell at Sheffield United, is amongst the men the manager is considering.

The 6’2” engine roomer scored 15 goals for Bristol Rovers last season. His career total prior was just 19 goals, so Cook will have to assess whether last term was a one-off.

Cook is keeping his cards close to his chest but it’s believed that these three players are not necessarily the manager’s first choices.

It is thought that his top targets are currently contracted to other clubs so could well cost a fee, which may be beyond the club’s budget.

It has been hinted his preferred striker is currently halfway through a two year deal and earning upwards of £5,000 a week, numbers that would certainly put off any formal approach.