There was an impressive turn out for yesterday’s Armistice Day ceremony, held in our well-loved Memorial Garden.
Players and the management team were joined by staff from the Community Trust and the club, including partner organisations and many Spireites.
It was a special occasion, held to remember the 17 players and officials from Chesterfield FC who lost their lives in the wars of the last century.
The 15 players, manager and director who made the ultimate sacrifice had each of their names read out by Peter Whiteley, the governance officer of the Trust, who said afterwards: “It is one of the most important things I feel we do in the Memorial Garden. It is important for the Trust and also the club.”
John Croot, the Trust’s CEO, added: “It’s great that we’ve had supporters here, first-team players, youth-team players and of course members of the military. Chesterfield is very focused on bringing the community together. It’s such an important day in the Trust’s calendar.”
This year marks the centenary of the death of Lt Vernon Bowmer MC, the last player who died of injuries from the First World War. It is also 75 years since Sgt Fred Fisher, who also played for England, sadly died when his plane crashed in France. Wreaths were laid down for both these incredible men.
Thanks to all those who attended the service to respectfully mark this day. It was certainly a very special and moving afternoon for all involved.