Long-serving Chesterfield FC cameraman reveals his favourite moments behind the lense

Long-serving cameraman Andy Barker has given an insight into some of his favourite moments behind the lense at Spireites matches.

By Liam Norcliffe
Saturday, 13th June 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Sunday, 14th June 2020, 11:36 am
Spireites cameraman Andy Barker. Picture supplied by Chesterfield FC.
Spireites cameraman Andy Barker. Picture supplied by Chesterfield FC.

Andy has been filming Chesterfield’s home matches since 1994.

He has captured some of the club’s most famous moments including the FA Cup quarter-final win against Wrexham and the victory against West Ham United in the League Cup in 2006.

“We had some cracking games down at Saltergate,” he told the club’s official website. “The other cameramen always used to say that the gantry had one of the best views for filming. I used to have some good fun down there.

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“Some memories which stick out are the game against Wrexham in the FA Cup and the game against West Ham United at Saltergate. I also have good memories of when Paul Cook was in charge and John Sheridan the first time round.”

As well as filming Chesterfield’s home matches, Andy, who is also a bricklayer, has worked for the BBC and ITV.

Despite his love for football now, he admitted he was not that interested in sport as a youngster.

He said: “I was more into cars and rallying. A friend of mine encouraged me to go down to a game one day and that was it. I’ve been going ever since. I think Paul Hart was in charge when I first started.

“I then got asked to join the Chesterfield Supporters Club committee after winning a kit competition. I was on the committee for about 15 years. During that time, I was asked whether I was interested in being the cameraman and I just started doing it.

“It took a bit of getting used to. I wasn’t used to keeping quiet and having to concentrate on the match, but it’s been very enjoyable.”

Town have not been in action since the middle of March and like the rest of us he is “missing it a lot”, he says.

“When you’ve been doing it for 26 years and then all of a sudden it’s just stopped, it’s like they’ve put the handbrakes on and you’re just waiting for the green light to go again,” he added.