Denis’ dream outing

Chesterfield's Youngest Player Guest at the B2Net. Dennis Thompson.
Chesterfield's Youngest Player Guest at the B2Net. Dennis Thompson.
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dreams came true for the youngest ever Spireite when he watched the Blues as a special guest 60 years after making his club debut.

Denis Thompson (76), had a weekend to remember when he went to watch Chesterfield FC take on Aldershot Town at the B2net Stadium – the first time he has been to a match at the new ground on Whittington Moor – in a special trip arranged by the Derbyshire Times and the club.

John Sheridan’s men battled fierce gusts and torrential rain in Saturday’s game which ended 2-2 – and Denis loved every minute of the action.

“We had a really, really wonderful time,” beamed Denis, who was accompanied by wife Kathleen (77) and 43-year-old son Paul. “Before Saturday I hadn’t been inside the new stadium and I hadn’t seen the Spireites play since the 1980s, so my dreams came true. I had the time of my life and we’d like to say a huge thank you to the Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield FC.”

In December, we told how Denis – whose debut game against Notts County ended nil-nil at Saltergate on Christmas Day in 1950 – was aged just 16 years and 159 days old at the time, making him Chesterfield FC’s youngest player, a title he holds to this day.

Speaking of the match, Denis said: “The lads played well overall, despite the weather. And we were very impressed by the B2Net Stadium. We had a fantastic view – we could see everything – and the atmosphere was brilliant.”

Carol Wilby, chief executive of Chesterfield FC, said: “We were delighted to welcome Denis, Kathleen and Paul and very pleased they enjoyed themselves.”

Kathleen and Denis – who spent six years with Chesterfield FC and worked as a miner before retiring in 1987 – have three sons, five grandchildren and a great-grandson.

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