Chesterfield: Top-drawer Drew’s successful stats

Mr Reliable: Spireites' Drew Talbot in action against AFC Wimbedon. ''Picture: ''marisa cashill
Mr Reliable: Spireites' Drew Talbot in action against AFC Wimbedon. ''Picture: ''marisa cashill
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Billy Mercer, Ken Tiler, Charlie Bell, Bill Green, Alan O’Hare, Alan Birch, Frank Barlow, Mick Henderson, Chris Beaumont, Rod Fern and Ivan Hollett.

A Chesterfield XI that would prompt plenty of pleasant memories amongst Spireites in a pub debate, but what’s the relevance of that particular made up team?

They’re just 11 of the 23 ex-Spireites whose league appearance statistics have been overhauled this year by Chesterfield’s current Mr Reliable, Drew Talbot.

The former Owls and Luton all-rounder was an ever present this season until breaking his toe in the 2-1 defeat at Wycombe Wanderers on January 5 but he returned, to his adopted right-back position, for the 2-0 win over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. At 26 years of age, having joined Chesterfield, initially on loan, just over four years ago, the man signed by Lee Richardson primarily as a striker, was soon a regular on the wing.

However, in February 2011, in an emergency in a 2-0 win at Lincoln City when Simon Ford limped off, he slotted in at right-back and the bulk of his appearances since then have been in that position.

He started 44 league games in the 2010-11 Championship season and 43 in last season’s relegation, meaning he has well and truly put the injury nightmares he suffered early in his career behind him. He’s now racked up 162 league appearances for Spireites, just seven less than keeper Tommy Lee. Talbot will be hoping his next match, at Rotherham on Saturday, will be happier than his first encounter with the Millers, for Chesterfield in March, 2009. Rotherham won 3-0 and Talbot saw red for two bookable offences!