Jim Brown set to leave commercial role

Following a restructuring of the Chesterfield FC commercial department, long-serving commercial manager Jim Brown will leave his role next week. He will continue to attend matches at the SMH Group Stadium in an ambassadorial role.

Jim, whose association with the Spireites goes back over 50 years, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club, making Chesterfield my home since coming down from Scotland.

“I have enjoyed an excellent relationship with sponsors and commercial partners over the years. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their tremendous support, both for me personally and the club.

“I am proud to have served the club for half-a-century. There have certainly been some testing times and I am delighted to see the team now doing well.”

Chief executive John Croot said: “Jim has been a fantastic servant to the club, providing decades of valued, loyal service. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to him, on behalf of the club.

“Jim is a very popular figure at the club and I am delighted that he will continue to have a presence on matchdays in the hospitality areas, maintaining the friendships he has formed over the years with sponsors and commercial partners.

“From a personal point of view, I have known Jim for many years and value him as a friend as much as a colleague.”

Jim first joined the club in December 1972, signing from Scottish side Albion Rovers.

His impressive form in goal captured the attention of top-flight Sheffield United and he moved to Bramall Lane during the 1973/74 season and won a Scotland cap during his time there.

Jim left the Blades in 1979 and spent three years in America before re-joining Chesterfield in 1983. He was appointed as commercial manager three years later, combining the role with playing for a spell.