Jack Lester has described the club's decision to retire the number 14 shirt in his honour as "an amazing gesture", adding that he feels "extremely grateful and humbled".
The Spireites legend, who retired from playing at the end of last season, is currently studying coaching methods in Europe. From his base in Marseille, he sent the following email to the club's media team:
I was quite taken aback when I heard the decision. What an amazing gesture by the football club. I don't suppose you could ever feel worthy of such a thing, but I do feel extremely grateful and humbled.
Nearly every footballer will tell you that retiring from playing the game you love is one of the most difficult transitions they will encounter, and you hope that you've left a small imprint on the game that means so much to you, so for the club to make this gesture I really feel like I've left a small imprint on Chesterfield Football Club, and that feels fantastic.
I thought the last game of the season was the perfect send off and the cherry on the icing on the cake, and so this must be the sparkler on top of that.
So a genuinely massive thank you to everyone at Chesterfield FC involved in the decision, I am extremely grateful, and a massive thank you to the fans of the club whose support has played a major part in the success and enjoyment I had during my time there, which will have played a part in this amazing gesture.
Like I said I don't think you could ever feel worthy of such an honour, but I do feel extremely grateful and touched. Thank you.