Whisper it quietly, but Chesterfield probably produced as many quality wingers as they did goalies. Among the better of these was Jacky Fisher. In the days before the `photo opportunity', the Hodthorpe-born lad put pen to paper for the Spireites in the unlikely setting of the refreshment room on Doncaster station. After one season of Midland League football he easily made the adjustment to Football League standards, and quickly established himself as the fans' darling. His sale to Burnley towards the end of 1921-2 was thus met with dismay: the news that it brought in a club-record £1000 fee turned dismay to outrage, the feeling being that he was sold only to beautify an otherwise grim balance-sheet.
At the end of `22-3, Fisher was brought back from Turf Moor. The directors became more popular than free ale, but at a price: in swapping him for George Beel, who was mysteriously unpopular on the terraces, Burnley got the man who would go on to be their record League goalscorer. In an age when players tended to come and go after one season, Fisher stayed for another four, scoring a total of 31 goals in 172 appearances and laying on countless more with his pace, excellent close control and accurate crossing on the run.
Jacky was one of several players who left the club when a residential condition was inserted into playing contracts in 1927. He went non-league with Mansfield Town before enjoying one more go at League football with Lincoln in 1928. A natural athlete, he also played first-class cricket for Derbyshire.
For Chesterfield: 173 Football League appearances, 31 goals.