Former chairman Barrie Hubbard is to become the new Life President of Chesterfield FC following the news that the Duke of Devonshire is to become the club’s first ever Club Patron.
The change, which takes effect this month, is in recognition of Barrie Hubbard’s achievements while being a director and chairman for most of the last 29 years.
He has been at the helm during a period which has seen three promotions, four relegations, two Wembley play-off finals, an historic FA Cup semi-final, and winning the JP Trophy final at the new Wembley Stadium last season.
Barrie’s lasting legacy is to have masterminded the club’s re-location to the new £13 million 10,300 all-seater B2net Stadium in 2010 after 139 years at Saltergate.
The club’s proud association with Chatsworth is also maintained for the future.
The Duke of Devonshire said: “It is very fitting for Barrie Hubbard to be honoured with the title of Life President and I am very happy to become the club’s first Club Patron to enable this to happen.”
Chairman Dave Allen said: “The Board of Directors wanted to reward Barrie for his remarkable achievement in serving the club for so many years.”
Barrie Hubbard said: “I absolutely delighted to be able to accept this wonderful honour from the club I have supported from being a small boy.
“Inevitably there have been ups and downs over the years but I am a lifelong Spireites fan and have only ever wanted what is best for the club.
“I am particularly pleased that the Duke of Devonshire is to be our new Club Patron as it maintains the football club’s long-standing connection with Chatsworth and the Cavendish family.
“As Life President of Chesterfield FC I pledge to give the position my utmost respect and attention and wish everyone at the football club all the very best in their endeavours to get the club into the Championship as soon as possible.”