Denis’ dream outing

Chesterfield's Youngest Player Guest at the B2Net. Dennis Thompson.
Chesterfield's Youngest Player Guest at the B2Net. Dennis Thompson.

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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