All at Chesterfield FC were saddened to hear of the recent death of lifelong Spireite Victor Beaumont, who travelled regularly from Malvern near Worcester with his son John and grandson Tim.
Victor, 93, was a wood pattern maker, born in Whittington, who pursued his trade firstly at Bryan Donkin in Chesterfield and then elsewhere, including Weston-super-Mare. Victor’s first game was a 1-0 home victory over Wrexham on August 27, 1927 and despite his travels, he continued to support the Spireites throughout his life.
His most memorable game was the home FA Cup tie against Tottenham, with our record attendance of over 30,000 fans.
Joe Devine’s leg was broken right in front of Victor that day. Favourite players from the past include Ray Middleton (keeper), Alan Sliman (centre-half) and Harry Clifton (inside forward).
John was taken to his first game in September 1958 by his grandad and Tim's first game was the Wembley Play-off final against Bury.
A season ticket holder with his family in the HTM West Stand, Victor will be sadly missed by family, friends and all who knew him.