Chesterfield legend Brian Ashley passes away

Chesterfield legend Brian Ashley has passed away.

Monday, 24th October 2016, 1:14 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 9:02 pm
RIP Brian. Picture: Chesterfield FC.

The 77-year-old - who was better-known as Brian the Singing Miner - died peacefully this morning.

Brian became famous in the 1980s as the lead singer of the band 'Brian The Singing Miner And The Flying Pit Props', packing out clubs across the area.

His 1989 version of Spanish Eyes was even said to have been the number one selling single in Chesterfield when it was released.

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Brian was a big Spireites' fan.

In a statement, Chesterfield FC said: "We are all saddened to hear of the death earlier today of Brian the Singing Miner - one of the club's well-known fans.

"One of his final wishes was to come to see his beloved Spireites play. Brian was brought along by his carer to see Chesterfield play one last time on Saturday, as shown in the photo.

"The club's thoughts are with Brian's family and friends at this difficult time."