Chesterfield FC supporters honour deceased young fan with moving applause

Chesterfield Football Club supporters have today, Saturday, November 18, paid tribute to a 12-year-old supporter who died in October.

Saturday, 18th November 2017, 4:51 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:24 pm
Abbie Jacques. Picture supplied by Chesterfield FC.

Spireites were encouraged to pay tribute to young fan Abbie Jacques who tragically passed away after complications related to type 1 diabetes which she had been diagnosed with at six-years-old.

Her family was invited to Saturday’s game in which an image of Abbie was shown after 12 minutes in today’s afternoon match at the Proact Stadium against Exeter City prompting a round of applause from fans.

The hashtag #applause4abbie will be used on Twitter to encourage others to share the message and help raise awareness of the tribute.

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Abbie’s funeral was held on Thursday, at St Lawrence Church, in North Wingfield.

A statement on the Chesterfield FC’s website read: “Our sincere condolences go to Abbie’s family and friends at this time.”

Abbie’s father Ian Jacques stated he has been left overwhelmed by the club’s tribute.