Richards is target for Spireites

Marc Richards
Marc Richards

Chesterfield FC are among the front runners to sign Marc Richards who has held talks twice with the B2net club.

Striker Richards, 29, netted 17 goals with Port Vale last term and has been the Valiants’ leading marksman for the last four seasons, hitting the net 67 times in 181 league appearances.

Richards visited the Blues for a second time on Tuesday but he is thought to be keeping his options open and has several clubs, including a number of League One teams, chasing his signature.

He is out of contract at Vale Park but has been offered an improved contract there, while other clubs also interested in him include Rotherham, Bradford, Northampton and League One side Preston in addition to Crawley and Shrewsbury who have been promoted from League Two.

Currently settled with his family in Rugeley, Richards celebrates his 30th birthday in July and is weighing all possibilities and looking for the deal that suits him best.

Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner refused to name names but said talks had been held with a quality player and he hoped a new man would sign before the end of the week.

But he asked fans to be patient and said it was all ‘in the lap of the gods.’

It is known that the Spireites are looking for a 20-goal-a-season striker and Richards would seem to fit that bill.

Of the five players offered new one-year contracts, three - striker Scott Boden, midfielder Craig Clay and defender Tendayi Darikwa - have signed while Mark Randall has indicated he will put pen to paper. The club still has to hear from Danny Whitaker.

Meanwhile, the B2net Stadium has been chosen to host an England U21 international in September.

Stuart Pearce’s table topping Young Lions will face Norway U21s in a UEFA 2013 European Championship qualifier on Monday, September 20, and Chesterfield’s ground will be the venue.

The U21s face a double header in September – following a six month break from competitive action – as they go to Azerbaijan before returning to these shores to face a Norway side they have already defeated, 2-1 in Drammen.

With two games to go for England in Group 8, Pearce’s team sit seven points clear of second placed Belgium, who have played the same number of games.

The B2net has already staged two international games but the one in September will be the biggest so far. Last October Kenny Swain’s U16s beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in the Victory Shield at Chesterfield, drawing a crowd of more than 4,000, while nearly 10,000 turned out for the first international at the new stadium against Germany’s U19s in February, 2011.

Tickets for the England U21s fixture are priced at £10 adults and £5 children .

To book tickets, call (01246) 488232 or email to get your tickets now or book online at

The stadium will host a charity game on Sunday when a team of Spireites legends faces a side of players who appear in the TV soaps EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

The match is Jamie Walker’s seventh Annual Charity match is in aid of three charities, MI Soapstars Official Charity - Once Upon A Smile, Lymphoma Association, and Chesterfield FC Community Trust.

Last year’s match was a goalfest, which was narrowly won by the Celebrity Soapstars 5-4, but more importantly the match raised £20,000 for the three nominated charities.

Jamie is the son of former Chesterfield FC striker Phil Walker who made almost 250 appearances for the Blues in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Reduced price tickets for this popular charity match are now on sale in the club superstore - adults £5, concessions £3, plus big value family tickets also available.

The match has a kick-off time of 3pm and Sunday lunch can also be booked in the B2net Legends Lounge ahead of the game - contact the B2net Events Team on (01246) 209765 extn 4161/2.