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Chesterfield defender was 'punched, kicked and spat at' by Preston fans

Chesterfield defender Ian Evatt has accused Preston fans of punching, kicking and spitting on him during the pitch invasion which followed the club's Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final defeat at Deepdale.

Chesterfield's Ian Evatt is restrained after he reacts to an alleged punch after the game Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

The Spirerites lost 4-0 on aggregate and Preston fans celebrated their first trip to Wembley in 21 years by pouring onto the pitch at the final whistle. During those scenes, Evatt, a former defender for Preston's bitter rivals Blackpool, has claimed that he was attacked and has called on those responsible to be "locked up".

Writing on his Twitter account, Evatt said: "To be attacked on a football pitch and fear for your safety is an absolute disgrace I was punched kicked and spat on several times #disgrace."

He then wrote: "Sky sported (sic) have given clear video footage to police and I hope those responsible are locked up !!"

Chesterfield assistant Leam Richardson also condemned the alleged scenes and insisted Evatt's previous allegiances with Blackpool were no excuse for what occurred.

"I think it's a disgrace personally," said Richardson. ""He did not react, categorically not. He never reacted. He was surrounded by a few thousand but he's conducted himself very well.'

Chesterfield also confirmed that Evatt had provided Lancashire Police with a statement following the game, while Preston had no comment

Fans invade pitch Credit: Clint Hughes/PA Wire/Press Association Images


Spireites sign Bermuda international

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

Credit: Tina Jenner

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."

Weightlifting husband and wife duo lift British titles

Now for many people getting older is a chance to take life a littler easier and put their feet up.

But for husband and wife Eric and Lynn Dolman from Tupton, near Chesterfield, that's not for them.

Instead the dynamic duo have just won a British title each.

So what have they been doing? Well it involves heavy metal, lycra and their converted garage.

Martin Fisher went to meet them:


Chesterfield artist's poppy installation credited with helping boost UK tourism

The poppy installation at the Tower of London by the Chesterfield artist Paul Cummins is being credited with helping to boost visits to UK tourist attractions.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by artist Paul Cummins at the Tower of London Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It is estimated five million people viewed the display of nearly nine hundred thousand ceramic poppies in commemoration of the First World War.

Chesterfield to be backed by fans in Derbyshire Derby

Chesterfield will have the backing of almost 6,000 fans in their FA Cup Derbyshire Derby with Derby tomorrow

The Spireites, who've had a good season in League One so far, are looking to make it into the fifth round for the only the second time in 60 years.

Both clubs have a lot of respect for each other and the match is a sell-out

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook believes that support could inspire them into the fifth round:

£400 million tourism development to bring 1300 jobs to Chesterfield

A £400 million tourism development for Chesterfield has been announced which will bring more than 1300 jobs to the town.

Work will soon get started on the Peak Resort project, an integrated all-weather, year round leisure, health, sport and education destination. It was formally announced by the Prime Minister during a visit to America.

Plans for the project - which is in the Chesterfield borough on the reclaimed opencast mining site, close to the Birchall Estate at Unstone - have been years in the making. It brings together hospitality, university, sport and medical expertise and will have 600 holiday apartments, hotel and hostel units with 250 woodland lodges.

This is a fantastic boost to Chesterfield and its economy and another sign of the confidence the business community has about investing in our borough. The development will provide 1,300 jobs when it opens, and hundreds more during the construction phase, so the opportunities for local people to get new jobs will be tremendous. And once completed the venue will bring thousands of extra visitors to our borough, improving Chesterfield’s tourism offer, with the knock-on benefits that this gives to our local shops and facilities.

– Cllr John Burrows, Chesterfield Borough Council

Work will start on site between March and April.

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