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Former Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor dies

Phil Taylor (second from right) has died aged 61 Credit: PA

Phil Taylor, the former drummer with British rock band Motorhead who was from Chesterfield, has died.

The 61-year-old played with the heavy metal group from 1975 to 1984 and 1987 to 1992 alongside frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister and guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke.

"My dear friend and brother passed away."

"He had been ill for sometime but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes. I have known Phil since he was 21 and he was one hell of a character."

"Fortunately we made some fantastic music together and I have many many fond memories of our time together. Rest in Peace, Phil!"

– Eddie Clarke, Motorhead guitarist

Grammy-award winners Motorhead are perhaps best known for their single Ace Of Spades.

Taylor played on all of the group's major albums, including Overkill, Bomber, Ace Of Spades, and live recording No Sleep 'til Hammersmith.


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Chesterfield marathon to raise money for Kids 'n' Cancer

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Runners will be pounding the streets of Chesterfield today as they take part in the Chesterfield and Derbyshire marathon. There will also be a half marathon, fun run and a relay race, where four competitors take a share of the course.

The event will once again be in support of children's charity Kids 'n' Cancer, along with other local charities and good causes.


FA charges Chesterfield and Preston over player row

Chesterfield's Gary Roberts Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Chesterfield and Preston have both been charged by the Football Association for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

The charge relates to the Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final first leg between the two clubs at the Proact Stadium last week.

A testy beginning to the match finally boiled over in the 28th minute when Chesterfield winger Gary Roberts and Preston forward Paul Gallagher tangled.

Roberts appeared to grab his opponent by the throat as both players attempted to get up from the ground and a melee ensued involving men from both sides.

In addition, Preston assistant manager Glynn Snodin has been charged with misconduct.

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Dean Saunders appointed as new Chesterfield manager

Chesterfield have appointed Dean Saunders as their new manager.

He takes over from Paul Cook, who left for Portsmouth on Tuesday, and has been given a two-year contract.

It is a great opportunity as this is a club on the rise, run by good people, and I am inheriting a very good team from Paul Cook.

Taking over now gives me a full pre-season to make a fresh start, put my plans in place and work with the squad, which is a great position to be in.

The profile of the club has been raised in the last few years and there has been an impressive increase in attendances so it is an exciting prospect and I can’t wait to get started.

– Dean Saunders

When chairman Dave Allen and I met Dean, it was clear that he shared our vision for the future of the club. He has infectious enthusiasm for the job and he is in the enviable position of joining a club with solid foundations.

– Chris Turner, Chesterfield chief executive
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Reports: Dean Saunders set to be appointed new Chesterfield manager

Dean Saunders is set to be appointed as the new manger of Chesterfield, ITV News understands.

Dean Saunders Credit: Press Association

The former Bradford City and Sheffield United striker will replace Paul Cook, who was released from his contract by Spireites on Tuesday to take over at Portsmouth.

Cook guided Chesterfield to the League One play-offs, where they lost to Preston.

The club have called a news conference for midday to announce Saunders' appointment.

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