Player from the 50s pays a visit

Former player Bill Leivers called into the SMH Group Stadium for a visit recently.

Bill made his debut for the Spireites in 1951 and played 29 games before a £10,500 transfer to Manchester City.

One memory of playing for Bill was his nose being broken by a kick at Saltergate but after a quick check at the nearby Royal Hospital, he returned to carry on playing in the days before substitutes.

After his transfer, he played more than 250 games for City including winning the FA Cup in the final where Bert Trautmann famously broke his neck!

At the age of 91, he is the oldest and longest-surviving FA Cup winner. After retiring, he became a manager, most notably taking Cambridge United into the Football League.

Bill now lives in Cornwall with his son Glenn who came with him to Chesterfield to visit family in the town. He keenly watched Chesterfield in the televised matches last season.

Bill is pictured with well-known supporter Jeff Hall, who recalls watching him play.