Down memory lane for Cook

Paul Cook
Paul Cook

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook is relishing the visit of former club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Spireites go head-to-head with Kenny Jacket’s Wolves side at the Proact Stadium tonight in their penultimate pre-season friendly before the League Two season opener away at Bury on August 3.

It will be the first time Cook, who played more than 200 games during almost five years at Molineux, has faced Wolves as a manager.

He said: “It’s a fixture I’m very much looking forward to. They’re a big club with great support and it’s got the makings of a very entertaining game.

“I have fantastic memories of my time there. It was a time when the club was in the old fourth division and we were climbing through the leagues.”

Cook joined Wolves in November 1989 from Norwich City and quickly established himself as a fans’ favourite. He found the net 21 times in 214 appearances before testing himself in the Premier League with Coventry City.

And there is no doubt in his mind the club will get back to where they want to be.

“There are so many good people who have worked hard at the football club and I certainly wish them all the best for the season ahead,” he said.

On the back of three wins, Wolves battled out a 2-2 draw with Barnsley on Saturday.

While Chesterfield will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Conference side Southport.

He added: “We’ve had some good performances during pre-season and we won’t get carried away. Our preparations have been good and it’s all geared towards Bury on the opening day.”

Nathan Smith, who got 30 minutes at Southport, is expected to feature as he continues his rehabilitation from injury.