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Chesterfield legend Drew Talbot announces retirement from football

Former Chesterfield full-back Drew Talbot has officially announced his retirement from football due to an ongoing knee injury

He was involved in winning two league titles with the club along with a Johnstones paint trophy win at Wembley in 2012.

Talbot, who made 300 appearances for the club thanked the supporters and staff at the Proact in an emotional statement on the club's website:  "I believe I played some of my best football in a Chesterfield shirt and to accrue over 300 appearances, while captaining such a historic club, is an honour that I cannot put into words.

"This is a special club, a club with a special place in my heart, a club my children now support!  

"From the playing staff - to the staff behind the scenes that are around the club on a daily basis - you are awesome! I know it is an old cliche but I have truly made friends for life and I cannot thank each and every one of you individually for the help, guidance and kindness you have given me. It was never unnoticed or taken for granted."

"Finally, to the Spireites fans: Your support - whether it be at home or away - has always been second to none. From the Wembley trips, to Cheltenham away on a freezing cold Tuesday night, you were there. During our unbeaten runs, sitting pretty at the top of League Two, to our painstaking losing streak at the bottom, you were there. Without you guys, we couldn’t do what we do and your support means the world!"

Talbot was signed by Chesterfield on-loan from Luton in 2009, before making the transfer permanent at the end of the season. He originally played as a striker, before John Sheridan moved him into a right wing and then right-back position.

He transferred to Portsmouth in 2016, before once again re-joining Chesterfield in 2018.

Following his decision to retire from playing, Drew Talbot has been offered a testimonial to mark his loyal service to the club and will take up an honorary role as a club ambassador. 

“This club means a lot to me and I am very grateful that I am being honoured in this way,” said Drew. “I’d like to thank Ashley Carson for offering me a testimonial and asking me to become a club ambassador.”

Spireites chief executive Graham Bean said: “Drew is very much a part of the Spireites family, having served the club with distinction over many years. He is a club legend and we feel that his loyal service should be recognised in this way.

“I am sure that Chesterfield fans will fully support Drew’s testimonial year and join me in wishing Drew and his family all the very best for the future.”

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