Memorial date for Spireites

Spireites young and old are being urged to attend an event to celebrate the first anniversary of the supporters’ club memorial garden.

The celebration, which is free to attend, will take place in the garden behind the East Stand at the Proact Stadium at 7pm on Friday, August 7.

At the event, names of Chesterfield FC supporters and players who have passed away will be read out in a ceremony the organisers hope will become an annual event.

Fundraising co-ordinator Phil Tooley said: “The last year has gone so fast and the memorial garden has developed in so many ways.

“Clearly the plants have matured and now look wonderful and the number of memorial plaques has grown significantly, showing that supporters value the facility.

“The families of around ten Spireites have had their ashes buried within the garden indicating that they view the place as somewhere very special.

“The number of visitors to the garden continues to grow and away fans that come to the Proact Stadium always comment on how good it is.”

The memorial garden opened on Saturday, August 2, 2014, with the family of the late Bob Pepper, a long serving secretary and director, unveiling the first plaque.

As well as the many fans who are expected to attend the event, a number of former Spireites players and managers are also scheduled to be there - including Jamie Hewitt, John Duncan, Kevin Randall, David Pugh, Adie Shaw, Martin Wright and Tom Fenoughty.

The event will also feature poetry readings from the Derbyshire Laureate Helen Mort, uplifting music played by the Lifehouse Church band and a new unique memorial, believed to be the first of its kind anywhere in the world of football, will be unveiled.

Supporters who have a name they would like to have read out at the event, should email memorialgarden@chesterfield-fc.co.uk with the details.