Probably the oldest club in the world…that’s the ExSpires


Chesterfield is home to what is probably the oldest six-a-side soccer team in the world and they’re about to embark on their first overseas tour, as Barrie Farnsworth discovers.

QUEEN’S PARK must have seen some strange sights in its long history – but the return of Dave Fookes to the sport centre’s all-weather pitch a few weeks ago must be one of the most unusual. For 62-year-old Dave had suffered a cardiac arrest in the same spot a few months earlier and was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment. But it clearly takes more than a heart attack to keep Dave away from his mates in what could be the world’s oldest six-a-side soccer team, the Chesterfield ExSpires…