SPIREITES RETRO: Roger Hunt, Gordon Banks and the boys of ‘66 take on Town

England World Cup winner Roger Hunt firing goalwards during Chesterfield's visit to Bolton Wanderers on November 13th, 1971. Albert Phelan and Charlie Bell try to block, while Albert Holmes look on, anxiously.
England World Cup winner Roger Hunt firing goalwards during Chesterfield's visit to Bolton Wanderers on November 13th, 1971. Albert Phelan and Charlie Bell try to block, while Albert Holmes look on, anxiously.
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This week’s Spireites nostalgia shows England World Cup winner Roger Hunt firing goalwards during Chesterfield’s visit to Bolton on 13th November 1971.

Albert Phelan and Charlie Bell try to block, while Albert Holmes look on anxiously.

Hunt was one of eight ‘Boys of ‘66’ whose career highlight was unquestionably playing against Chesterfield in first-class competitions, and he was the only one to score at Saltergate, a feat he achieved in his club’s 2-1 defeat at Chesterfield that season.

Gordon Banks of course started with Chesterfield but saved his only game against us for Stoke, in the 1971-2 FA Cup, at The Victoria Ground.

George Cohen spent his entire career with Fulham and did not play against the Blues.

Geoff Hurst and Bobby Moore didn’t, either, although Moore came here as Southend’s manager in the 1984-5 season.

That encounter is remembered by children queuing at the club shop door for the colourful assessment he gave of his team’s performance that day, heard through the open windows of the away dressing room.

Shirebrook-born Ray Wilson turned out for Oldham against The Spireites in the 1969-70 season.

Nobby Stiles and Bobby Charlton both played for Preston against Chesterfield in 1974-5, with Charlton becoming the second World Cup winner to score against us when he netted the winner in the Deepdale game.

Jack Charlton played for Leeds against Chesterfield in the 1960-1 Football League Cup while Alan Ball turned out for Blackpool against The Blues in 1980-1.

The last of the 11, Martin Peters, played out his career at Bramall Lane and appeared for United against Chesterfield in the 1980-1 season, too.