Arthur Bellamy peacefully passed away on the morning of Wednesday, January 22 following a long battle with illness.Chesterfield Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the death of the former Spireite who made 133 league appearances and scored 12 goals during his time at the Blues.
Arthur joined Chesterfield from the Clarets for a club record £10,000 in 1972 and spent four seasons in North Derbyshire before retiring from football and returning to Burnley to take up employment as a milkman and a newsagent.
"This cool-headed midfielder played a significant (and often undervalued) role as the old guard of the '69-70 championship team were phased out and replaced by a team that more than held its own in the Third Division.
His signing was a substantial one for the Spireites, not just for the size of the fee, but the fact that Arthur came out of a Burnley team doing well in the Second Division at the time.
A thoughtful and subtle player, he held the midfield together with sound tackling, short passes and trademark one-twos to open up play." - Club historian, Stuart Basson
The midfielder re-joined the club were he began his career in 1979 as part of the Claret's coaching staff - taking the role of 'B team' coach. Eventually, Bellamy became the assistant manager in 1986, a position he held for almost three years.
From there he returned to coach the youth team before standing down after which he joined the ground staff, eventually becoming the club's head groundsman until his retirement at the end of the 2006/07 season.
Chesterfield Football Club would like to offer Arthur's wife Maureen, along with all his family and friends, its deepest condolences at this difficult time.