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Jean Oates

16 May 2020

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Club officials were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Jean Oates at the age of 89.

As well as a season ticket holder until the last couple of seasons, Jean was the daughter of Spireites legend Oliver Thompson.

Oliver played more than 200 games for Chesterfield and rejoined the staff when Jean was still a toddler. This meant that Jean grew up around Saltergate while her dad was a coach and trainer. She still lived in a club-owned house on St Margarets Drive when her father died in the seventies. Several players would have lodged with her family over that time.

Among many jobs over the years was a spell at the glassworks where the stadium stands as well as work at the Aquarius where no doubt she served many of the playing staff!

Although widowed young, Jean had three children, 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She watched seven of her grandchildren appear as mascots at matches for her beloved Spireites.

Jean followed Chesterfield all around the country and her last match was against Aldershot the season before last. Until very recently “Mrs O”, as she was known locally, lived close to the stadium on Stand Road.

Jim Brown paid tribute to Jean, saying: "I'm really sorry to hear about Jean, who was a lovely lady and a true Spireite.

"Ollie introduced me to the family just after l first signed for the club. Jean and the rest of her family made me very welcome and it was nice for me as l obviously didn't know that many people in Chesterfield. She will be very sadly missed."

We extend our sincere condolences to her family and all her friends.


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