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Former chairman passes away

18 May 2020

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We are sad to learn that Ian Gaunt, a former chairman of the club, has passed away at the age of 81 following a period of ill health.

Ian joined the board in March 1971 and was named chairman in October 1979.

During his tenure, fans saw some of the best football witnessed at Saltergate with players like Alan Birch, Danny Wilson and Phil Bonnyman all brought in. He was chairman when Chesterfield signed three players on transfer deadline day and were the biggest spenders in England.

The Spireites beat mighty Rangers on the way to winning the Anglo-Scottish Cup and narrowly missed out on promotion to the second tier. They finished fourth and would have gone up if three points for a win had been introduced a season earlier.

When Mike Watterson joined the club, Ian stepped down as chairman and left the club in June 1983.

Ian was a qualified quantity surveyor and was in the building trade with C.E. Gaunt & Son Ltd, operating at West Bars and latterly on Clayton Street.

A past President of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, he was recognised for 50 years of service earlier this year.

Ian leaves behind wife Jackie, along with two sons and two daughters and other family members.

Our sincere condolences are extended to Ian's family and friends and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

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