Chesterfield fan who hasn’t missed a game since 1997 wins award

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A Chesterfield superfan who has not missed a game for almost two decades has been awarded a prize for her devotion to the club.

Spireites supporter Lesley Brentnall has been named as the Sky Bet League 1 Fan of the Month for November.

Lesley has not missed a Chesterfield game, home or away, for 17 years.

The last game she missed was back in 1997, when her mum grounded her for a home fixture against Bristol City.

Lesley said: “I have lived in Chesterfield all my life and both my mum and dad are Chesterfield fans.

“I am a firm believer in supporting your local club.

“There is something special about watching your hometown club through the good and the bad times.

“The highlight of my time as a Chesterfield fan was winning promotion in 2001. A Hull draw gave us promotion 15 minutes after Brighton had won the league at our ground.

“What a party we had.”

Former Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Turner, Chesterfield FC chief executive, said: “The award is deserved recognition of Lesley’s loyal support.

“To not miss a game in 17 years is a tremendous record.

“Lesley’s help with the True Blue Travel service is also appreciated by the staff who run it as she ensures everyone boards the coaches for away matches.”

Leam Richardson, Spireites assistant manager said he was thrilled for Lesley and spoke about how important such dedicated fans are to the club. He said: “I’m really happy for Lesley, she couldn’t deserve this award more.

“Sometimes it’s the players and manager who receive all the accolades at a club, but the truth is that clubs couldn’t survive without people like Lesley, so it’s great her contribution has been recognised.”