Club officials were saddened to hear this week of the passing of Terry Walker, a lifelong Spireite and season ticket holder for many years.
Terry died in Ashgate Hospice after a brave battle with Motor Neurone Disease.
Born and bred on Derby Road, Terry attended matches for more than 60 years. Well known to those of a certain age as the manager of the Adam & Eve nightclub in Chesterfield, he had a spell living and working in South Africa. After returning to his home town he had recently been working for Hillary’s Blinds in and around the area.
Terry used to watch matches from the Compton Street terrace and later from the Kop until the club moved to the Proact. He and a group of long-standing pals then moved en-masse to the East Stand. He followed the team up and down the country and his quick, dry wit was never far away, irrespective of the team's form.
When one of his friends told the club of Terry’s diagnosis in May 2015, Chris Turner immediately contacted them and told them that he would be able to attend as many games as he could as a guest of the club. Terry, his family and friends were overwhelmed by the gesture and with the help of his pals in the East Stand, he managed to attend many fixtures last season.
As Terry's health deteriorated, it became clear the final home game last season against Bury would likely be his last. Attending games was a real ordeal by that time but he bravely put his problems to one side and he looked forward to each game. After Town won the game and secured safety, he and his pals had an emotional farewell.
Supported by his wife Linda, family and friends, Terry defied the odds and the doctors until last week. Although very ill, he remained in touch with events at the club and listened to games on the radio right up to the end.
Club officials send their sincere condolences to Terry’s family and friends. Terry's funeral will take place at Chesterfield Crematorium on Thursday, February 2 at 10.30am.