Chesterfield legend hanging up his boots - the good, the bad and the ugly of Ian Evatt's time as a Spireite

Ian Evatt will officially hang up his boots on Saturday, after a cameo in his Barrow side's friendly against his former club Blackpool.

Thursday, 18th July 2019, 5:12 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th July 2019, 6:12 pm
Ian Evatt celebrating a goal as a Spireite, against Walsall

The Chesterfield legend left the Proact last summer and took charge of their National League rivals Barrow.

Here are images that capture his colourful and eventful time as a Spireite.

Roy McFarland brought Evatt to Saltergate in July 2003, for his first spell as a Spireite

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Evatt made 84 league appearances, scoring nine goals in that first stint, before being sold to QPR for 150,000.
Evatt was made captain at various points in his Town career
Evatt and the Spireites, including close friend Sam Hird, enjoying the title celebrations
There was a League Two title in 2013/14, under Paul Cook
The legendary centre-half was part of an era that created some highly popular players, like goalkeeper Tommy Lee.
Evatt and Town experienced defeat in the JPT final at Wembley
In the wars during his second stint
His goalscoring exploits continued in his second spell at Town, grabbing six in his 175 appearances between 2013 and 2018
And referees got plenty of feedback too
He wasn't a typical 'tubthumping' centre-half, despite never shying away from the rough stuff. Evatt could play, and regularly made forays into the final third to get on the ball.
Evatt was never shy to let his team-mates or opponents know his feelings
Evatt and former Chesterfield loanee Tom Anderson celebrating another goal
The latter stages of the Gary Caldwell era saw Ian Evatt left out of the side and told to take time off, but he still appeared at the Proact
As his career began to come to a close, new Chesterfield favourites like Joe Rowley began to emerge
His time as a Spireite ended in a suit, as caretaker manager, seen here with the man who would take over the reins at the Proact in the summer of 2018. Evatt's Barrow finished 11th in the National League, five points clear of Town.