Chesterfield: Spireites break new ground at Hartlepool

Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner
Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner

Chesterfield’s warm-up match at Ronnie Moore’s Hartlepool on Saturday August 1 will be the first time the clubs have met in a friendly.

It’s no surprise that the fixture has come about, with Spireites chief executive Chris Turner being one of Pools’ most successful managers in their history and Proact defender Ritchie Humphreys being the Victoria Park team’s most revered player.

Had Paul Cook remained at the Proact Stadium, a couple of matches in Ireland were on the agenda, but his move to Portsmouth has seemingly ruled out that trip.

A Chesterfield 11 will also play at Clipstone (Thursday July 16, 7.30pm) and Retford United (Saturday July 25, 3pm).

No home friendlies have been announced.

New boss Dean Saunders has yet to add to his squad but, with 19 players already contracted for next season, his recruitment will be all about quality rather than quantity, though there’s a realistic chance that he will lose one or two of his star men.

In the striking department, the only players signed on for next season are Byron Harrison and Mani Dieseruvwe, so it is in this sector of the squad where most work needs to be done.