Spireites pay their respects to former goalkeeper Fulop

Former Chesterfield goalkeeper Marton Fulop has died at the age of 32.
Former Chesterfield goalkeeper Marton Fulop has died at the age of 32.

Chesterfield will pay tribute to Marton Fulop before Saturday’s match against Oldham after their former goalkeeper lost his battle with cancer, writes Danny Hall.

Fulop passed away yesterday at the age of just 32.

He arrived at the Spireites on loan in 2005 from Tottenham and although he played only seven games, the Hungarian made a lasting impression on the club’s supporters.

“Fans will remember Marton as a very competent goalkeeper who made an impression during his short time at Saltergate,” said club director John Croot.

“He made his English league debut for the club and was a popular figure while here.

“Marton also left a legacy at the club as he recommended his friend Janos Kovacs back in Budapest to the manager at the time, Roy McFarland.

“The club were looking for defensive re-enforcements at the time and Janos came over without speaking a word of English with a note that said “I am a friend of Marton Fulop,” and he played for the club for three years after that.

“The pair’s friendship meant that Marton was a regular figure in the town and at Saltergate - and even when he was playing in Greece we would receive positive messages on social media from him.”

Fulop later enjoyed loan spells at Coventry and Sunderland, making his move to the Stadium of Light permanent in 2007.

Former Sunderland teammate Darren Ward, now goalkeeping coach at Sheffield United, posted his own tribute to Fulop on Twitter.

“Shocked and saddened at the news that my former Sunderland colleague has passed away,” Ward wrote.

“RIP Big’un.”