The visit of Exeter to the Proact Stadium on Saturday signals the end of Jack Lester’s six-year association with the Spireites.
The former Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United forward, who is agonisingly close to a century of goals for Chesterfield, will lead the side out for the last time in front of a bumper home crowd.
Lester thanked the supporters for sticking by him through thick and the thin when he announced he would be leaving the club.
And, on the eve of the veteran striker’s farewell game, two members of the Spireites Jury deliver their verdict on Super Jack.
By Jon Howes
Sadly, all good things must come to an end.
The departure of Jack Lester will bring mixed emotions from every single Spireite, thoughts of all the good times and those of never seeing him take to the field again in a Chesterfield shirt.
In every game he played in he brought quality and skills exceeding the standard of the League. He could turn a game with his vision, to pick out a pass, or in attack, scoring from anywhere on the pitch either with both feet and his head.
You always had the feeling that when Jack was on the field, you could get a result from a game.
He has too many brilliant and important goals to start to catalogue, however a first half hat-trick at Sincil Bank against Lincoln in November 2007 sticks in my mind, probably his first hat-trick for the club.
He finished the 2007/08 season as Chesterfield’s top scorer, with 27 goals in all competitions. By the end of the 2008/2009 season, he had set a record in becoming the first striker at Chesterfield to score 20 goals in consecutive seasons for 82 years
But, when you speak of hat-tricks and important great goals, who could forget the three goals in front of a capacity crowd and on TV against rivals Rotherham United, absolute classic!
A League Two title winner’s medal and being receiving Captain of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wembley, two achievements we are all appreciative of and Jack will take with him forever.
A true legend and servant at Chesterfield, who will always be greatly respected and highly spoken of.
Many thanks Jack!
By Lesley Brentnall
I will always remember the day we signed Jack Lester, I thought it was a joke!
A player of such ability coming to my beloved Chesterfield! But no it was true and what a player he has been.
Jack will probably be one of my favourite players of all time. The way he can change a game and bring some much needed magic is something every football fan wants to see.
His demolition of Rotherham and Stockport in our championship winning season or the goals he scored at Mansfield in 2007 will be remembered by Spireites for years to come.
He also brought a touch of humour to the game like his free kick lob against Droylsden that sparked a war on the Saltergate touch line.
I am going to miss Jack and would like to thank him for making games a pleasure to watch. He will always be a Chesterfield legend and one that is definitely being released before his time!
A few more messages from the fans...
Rachel Short said: “The number 14 shirt will never be the same without you. You will always be a legend to everyone at this club. All the best for the future, Jack!”
Kevin Wagg added: “He is a Chesterfield FC legend! My all time favourite Spireite. My favourite memories are the hat-tricks against Lincoln City, Rotherham United and Stockport County.
“All the best for the future and I hope to see the second coming one day.”
Pam Short blushed: “Wonderful smile and brilliant footballer. Good luck, we will all miss you.”