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Spireites sign Bermuda international

Chesterfield have signed Bermuda international striker Rai Simons from non-league Ilkeston Town.

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Simons has signed a two-year deal and Spireites manager Paul Cook is delighted to have clinched his signature.

Cook said: "Rai is someone we have tracked for a while. We feel that he will develop as time goes on and have a bright future."

After agreeing a two-year deal at the Proact, Simons said: "I'm excited because I've been looking forward to this moment since moving to England at the age of 15. The set-up sounds brilliant and it is everything I could ask for."

Chesterfield boss Cook extends contract

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook has signed a one-year extension to his contract.

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook extends his contract Credit: Press Association

Cook, whose previous deal was due to expire in 2016, is now tied to the club until the summer of 2017, together with his assistant, Leam Richardson.

Cook joined the Spireites in October 2012 and has overseen the club's rise from League 2 as champions in 2013/14 and their stabilisation in League 1 during the current campaign.

The contract extension comes in the wake of the January transfer window, which saw the Spireites bring in five new players and sell striker Eoin Doyle to Championship side Cardiff City for a seven-figure fee.

Cook is delighted to commit his future to the club given the volatile nature of football management.

Along with the rest of the coaching staff, I was brought in to do a job and in football it's always a difficult job in an ever-changing world. I've been here now for two years and four months and I think I'm in the top 20 longest-serving managers, which is quite amazing. I'd just like to thank the chairman, Chris [Turner], the board of directors and all the supporters for all the faith they've shown in me. We feel we have a very strong unity here together as a club. Any manager will be clamouring for time, but in football today we don't get that. The club is very important to us all. Loyalty in football now is a very hard thing to come across and as a manager or a player I think you need to show that.

– Paul Cook, Chesterfield manager


Chesterfield appeal for fans to help clear snow

Come along and help Credit: Chesterfield FC

Chesterfield FC has put out an appeal for supporters to help clear the Proact Stadium pitch of snow this afternoon.

Fans are asked to turn up at any point and to take plastic snow shovels and/or wheel barrows in a bid to help increase the chance of tomorrow's match with Doncaster Rovers going ahead.

There will be some plastic shovels at the stadium for fans who don't have them to hand, though the more brought the better, and due to the fragility of the pitch, supporters are asked not to bring metal shovels, which could damage the grass underneath the snow.

Those giving up their time to help the cause will be given tickets for tomorrow's match.

Chesterfield ordered to replay cup-tie

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Chesterfield have been ordered to replay their FA Cup second-round tie with MK Dons by the Football Association.

The Spireites beat the Dons 1-0, but after the game admitted a charge of fielding an ineligible player, George Margreitter, and will now have to face Karl Robinson's side again.

Margreitter, who is on loan from Wolves, played in the fixture, despite not having completed the necessary paperwork in time.

FA asks for Chesterfield racism investigation

The Football Association has asked Chesterfield FC to launch an investigation into the alleged racist abuse aimed towards their players at Port Vale on Saturday (August 30).

The League One fixture was blighted by a confrontation between Spireites' defender Daniel Jones, a former Port Vale player and home supporters as the players left the pitch at the end of Chesterfield's 2-1 victory.

It is alleged that Chesterfield's black players were the subject of racist taunts from a small section of Vale fans.

Spireites chief executive Chris Turner said in a statement on his club's website: "Any form of racism cannot be tolerated. We have been asked by the FA to launch a full investigation, which will involve speaking to our players. I spoke to Port Vale Chairman Norman Smurthwaite after the match and he said they would hold their own investigation. "

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