Chesterfield: Cook appeals for fans to fill stadium for ‘Lester day’

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Spireites boss Paul Cook has deemed the weekend fixture against Exeter City to be ‘Jack Lester Day.’

The manager said: “We can all look forward to a very special day for Jack Lester. We can’t look forward to going up, we can’t look forward to anything else but Jack will captain the side on Saturday, lead us out.

“I appeal to everyone to fill the ground and make the occasion and the ovation special, he’s been a special player for us. We can focus now on Jack Lester and his achievements that everyone should be proud of.”

Lester, 37, has scored 92 goals for Chesterfield in his six years in 170 starts plus 48 more appearances off the bench.

He scored more than 20 goals in each of his first two seasons and he’s bagged a trio of hat-tricks for the club.

It was decided by the club at the start of February that he wouldn’t be offered a new contract though the news wasn’t made public until earlier this month.

Raw striker Armand Gnanduillet is set to sign a deal for the club for two years.

The Frenchman has scored three times in his brief spell at the club.