Marc Richards left Chesterfield after the club’s promotion to League One in 2014, but is set to return to the Proact for the first time when the Spireites come up against his Cobblers this Saturday.
Craig Draycott caught up with the striker who spoke about his time at the club as well as life after the Spireites.
“The promotion is my favourite memory from Chesterfield,” said Richards. “It had been tough for myself to come away from my previous club Port Vale because I had spent five good seasons with the club.
“Vale still have a place in my heart and it is one of the results that I look for, but it was the right move for me.
“When I realised that I would be leaving I knew that I wanted to go to a club who were looking to be successful and having spoken to a couple of sides over the summer I got that vibe from John Sheridan at Chesterfield.”
The Wolverhampton-born forward scored 20 goals in 72 appearances for the Spireites, and recalled that his two favourite finishes came in the same match.
“During my first season with the club we played away at Fleetwood and won 3-1, I scored a brace and both of those goals stand out in my mind.
“One was a volley from the outside of the box and the second was a left-footed swinger, the ‘keeper came rushing out and there was a defender on the line, I managed to miss him and put it into the top corner.”
After helping the Spireites to promotion, the forward opted to again drop down a division and re-sign for former side Northampton Town. The Cobblers have since been promoted and the 34-year-old explains his decision as well as the club’s aspirations for the coming season.
“I left Chesterfield on the basis that the manager at the time wanted to get Northampton promoted into League One and that was one of the questions he asked me, whether I wanted to get another promotion under my belt and obviously the answer to that was yes.
“I was full of confidence that the club could achieve that and we did in my second season there, so ultimately it turned out to be a good move for myself.
“If you ask anyone at the club the aim is to maintain our status in League One, but that is not to say it is all we are aiming for.
“We are setting our sights high, we want to be in and around positive positions in the league and I think we could realistically achieve the play-offs come the end of the season.
“We have certainly got a good enough squad with the signings that we have made over the summer; Alex Revell and Matt Taylor are two of many players that the manager has brought in who have bags of experience at higher levels.
“I am not ready to hang my boots up just yet, I am at the ripe old age of 34 now, but I feel good. I have had a couple of problems with my achilles over the past couple of seasons but I hope to have rectified that now. My body feels really good and I certainly hope that there will be a couple more promotions to come.”