Barrie Hubbard, former chairman and life president of Chesterfield Football Club, has passed away aged 76.
Lifelong Spireites fan, Mr Hubbard, who stepped down from his third spell as chairman in 2012 to become life president had been battling illness.
Born in Chesterfield in 1939, Mr Hubbard’s 32-year involvment with the club he supported began in June 1983 when he joined the board.He appointed John Duncan as manager but was removed from the board of directors and replaced as chairman at the start of the 1985/86 season.
He returned little over a year later in November 1987 as part of a consortium with Norton Lea, who provided the finance, in a widely welcomed takeover.
Lea became chairman in 1991 and the club would go on to experience a successful period which saw a 1994/95 play-off win and a FA Cup semi-final under Duncan.
Mr Hubbard later offered advice to Chesterfield Football Supporters Society that rescued the club in Arpil 2000 after the ill-fated Darren Brown reign.
Mr Hubbard’s priority was the stadium and convinced Dave Allen to buy into the project that would see the club move from Saltergate to Sheffield Road.
Tributes came flooding in to the Derbyshire Times. Here are a collection of those that appeared on our Facebook page on Sunday.
Owen Pavey posted: “A true gent who will be sadly missed. Instrumental in the move from Saltergate to the new stadium on the Dema Glass site and even maned the ticket office for the first game.”
Elizabeth Shepherd added: “R.I.P. [Barrie] You’ll be sadly missed, thoughts and prayers with your family at this sad time xx.”
Jim Lowe: “R.I.P [Barrie]. We cannot ever repay you for all you have done for the club.”
Phil Booker posted: “God bless you [Barrie Hubbard]. R.I.P in Heaven.”
Chesterfield also published the following on its website: “Chesterfield Football Club are today (Sunday) saddened to hear of the passing of life president and former Spireites chairman Barrie Hubbard.
“Hubbard, who was 76 and had been battling illness, had a 32-year involvement with the football club and stepped down as chairman in 2012, after the club had moved to the Proact Stadium. The club’s thoughts are with Barrie’s family during this difficult time.”