Norman Whitfield was an uncomplicated, accomplished goalscorer whose career looked to be taking off at the highest level when war intervened, whereupon he became an artilleryman with the 117th Heavy Brigade. Like so many other long-serving veterans he was unable to pick up a pro football career upon his return.


Prudhoe-born, he moved south to Leicester Fosse as a 17-year-old in May 1913 and scored six goals in 24 Leicester appearances before war intervened. He was freed to Hednesford in the summer of 1920 but the Spireites completed a fine day's work when snatching him back from non-League football. He maintained an excellent scoring record in five seasons at Saltergate, despite his usually being one of the first to be dropped whenever desperate-looking team selections were called for. He may have suffered in this respect from a lack of overtly stylish elements to his play, but he remained hugely popular with the fans, who weren't as concerned as the selectors about which bits of his anatomy he used to put the ball away.


Norman was honest, hard-working and an excellent 'team' player who, at the age of thirty-one, may have been released a couple of years too early. A trial at Doncaster came to nothing and he returned to non-league football in the midlands with Worcester City. He later managed Nuneaton Town and Hinckley United, and was an occasion visitor to Saltergate after the second world war.


For Chesterfield: 120 League appearances, 60 goals.