Chesterfield: Last-day send-off for Spireites ace

Jack Lester
Jack Lester

Manager Paul Cook is bitterly disappointed that his side won’t be battling for a play-off place at home to Exeter City tomorrow.

However he’s hoping there’s a bigger than average crowd in the ground to give a great send off to 37-year-old Jack Lester in his final game for the club.

“He’s been a legend because the Chesterfield fans have always felt he’s capable of scoring a goal from nothing,” he said.

“ When he first came to the club it was clear he was a better player than the league he was in.

“But football moves on. I can’t keep everybody and play 20 in the team. It’ll be an emotional day for Jack and I hope he gets the send off he deserves.”

The manager will be without keeper Tommy Lee, who fell awkwardly in training at the start of the week.

“He’s having a scan today but the injury isn’t thought to be as bad as initially assessed. Richard Brindley, who was withdrawn with a developing hernia problem in last week’s 3-1 win at Fleetwood Town will also be missing,” he said.

Lester, who’ll skipper the side, could be playing alongside Armand Gnanduillet who’s on the verge of signing a new two-year deal. “There are a few hurdles to get over still,” said Cook, “But it’s close.”

“Exeter will be even more disappointed than us at missing out on the play-offs,” Cook added. “They’ve been in the top three but have fallen away while we’ve been making steady progress, but not quite fast enough.”

Cook, without revealing anything, indicates his squad-building for next season is going well. “We’re close with two or three and we’ll be back in work early on Monday to keep things moving.”