It has been confirmed that both Scunthorpe United at the home Academy games and Hartlepool United at the away Academy games will hold a minutes silence to pay their respects to and in remembrance of Ian 'Chalkie' Whyte when the Club's Academies play each other on Sunday 17th February 2019.
Sadly after his brave battle and with his loving family by his side Ian passed away on Wednesday the 6th of February 2019, aged 67yrs.
The former Norwich City and Iron player is better known for his Academy work in senior roles with Sheffield United, Portsmouth, Derby County, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest, while he also returned to Scunthorpe to take up a similar role.
After taking his FA Advanced Coaching Licence in 1989 he would begin his academy journey as Centre of Excellence Director with Grimsby Town between August 1990 and March 1993 before taking the role of Head of Youth Development at Glanford Park.
'Chalkie', as he is better known, would work under first team manager Richard Money and was responsible for the management and coaching of the U19 side in the Northern Intermediate League. He would remain at the club for two-and-a-half years, leaving in August 1995.
Senior Academy roles at Lincoln City, Nottingham Forest, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Derby County, Sheffield United and Portsmouth followed for 'Chalkie'.
He returned to the Iron as part of the Academy set-up on a part-time basis in September 2016 and would predominantly be a coach of the U15s. His ill health would mean he would cease to be involved with the set-up in December 2017.
The Academy would like to pass on their sincere condolences to Ian's family, former colleagues and friends at this difficult time.
A tribute from Academy Manager Tony Daws...
Although recovering from his illness, when 'Chalkie' returned to the club in 2016, he was just as enthusiastic as he ever was.
It was great having Ian involved, seeing him pass on the benefit of his vast experience and knowledge to our young players, knowledge learnt over a life-time of football involvement.
Ian barely missed a coaching session, two nights a week, Saturday morning and Sunday morning. His CV was stacked with qualifications and a lifetime of learning.
Due to his health, Ian was no longer able to continue his work within the Academy and at the half year break at Christmas 2017, he had to call a halt to his involvement.
Ian’s passing is a very sad day for his personal family and friends and also for his ‘football family’ of which there will be thousands.
To his family, we send our deepest condolences.