Hospice visit put things into perspective, says Chesterfield boss Martin Allen

Martin Allen
Martin Allen

Chesterfield manager Martin Allen said the squad were brought back down to earth this week by visiting a hospice.

The Spireites went to Ashgate Hospicecare to join in a festive sing-song and spread some festive cheer.

It followed a first National League win in four months, and news of a new signing, which Allen said had given everyone a boost.

The visit to Ashgate Hospicecare put some of the troubles around the football club — a planned fans’ protest aganst the decline of the club and poor results on the pitch — into perspective, according to the boss.

Allen said: “It has been a good week. We had a new signing, with Alfie (Beestin) coming in, and Charlie Carter can now at last start his rehab.

“Training has been bright. Loz’s (Laurence Maguire) operation went really well.

“We had a brilliant time at the hospice, meeting the volunteers, the staff and the patients. We all really enjoyed that.”

Allen added: “It’s been a good week of emotion, bringing everyone back down to the ground and realising how lucky we all are.

“With some of the difficult situations going on around the football club, when you’re visiting hospices and special units in hospital it maybe puts it all in perspective just a little bit.”