Chesterfield: Ex-Owls ace Rodger Wylde joins club

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Former Owls star Rodger Wylde has been named as Chesterfield FC’s Head of Sports Science & Medicine.

As part of the change, long serving Jamie Hewitt becomes his assistant with prime responsibility for the academy players.

Wylde, 60, spent eight years at Hillsborough in the 1970’s before going on to play for Oldham, Sporting Lisbon, Sunderland, Barnsley and Stockport, where he became physiotherapist and he spent 25 years in that position at Edgeley Park.

Chief executive Chris Turner, who worked with Wylde at Hillsborough, Sunderland and Stockport explained the reshuffle: “In the current game, it is vital to have a fully qualified physio to diagnose and treat injuries and as a chartered physio with vast experience, we felt that Rodger was the ideal person to bring in.

“Jamie has served the club loyally, both as a player and as part of the backroom team, and we are delighted that he has agreed to take on a new role, working with the youngsters.”

The Autoworld Cup will be up for grabs tonight when the Spireites travel to Causeway Lane to face Matlock Town.

The fixture was a disappointing absence from last year’s pre-season calendar so a strong following of close to 1,000 is expected to make the trip along the A632 for the 7.30pm kick off.

Full back Drew Talbot and midfielder Ollie Banks are likely to miss out again, as they did for the weekend 1-1 draw at Buxton.

However keepers Tommy Lee and Aaron Chapman may be ready for a run out to displace triallist Liam Matthews.

Paul Cook is expected to use a number of youth team players in his squad with most players set to play 45 minutes again, as at Buxton.

Jake Beesley will be hoping for a run out, he was selected to play at Silverlands but Ritchie Humphreys declared himself fit to take over the slot.

Matlock opened their pre-season programme by giving Derby County a good run, the Rams won 1-0 courtesy of a Craig Forsyth strike.

Former Chesterfield manager Dave Rushbury is now on Mark Atkins’ Gladiators’ staff working with the Evo-Stik League side players on fitness.