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Snow Games: Notts County 1986

21 January 2013

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When Sir Stanley Matthews decided to return to England to live after living in Malta and Canada, the first football match he attended was on 8th February 1986 at Saltergate, Chesterfield v Notts County.

The week leading up to the match had seen snow fall and the club put an appeal out for volunteers to help clear the pitch and, armed with shovels and brushes, the little army of people, which included manager John Duncan and his assistant Kevin Randall, cleared the playing surface sufficiently for referee Dennis Hedges to give it the thumbs up.

Accompanied by his friend, ex Scottish International and Blackpool team mate Jackie Mudie, Matthews, wearing a full length leather coat, was introduced to the teams and watched the match from the Director's Box. 

3623 braved the weather to see a Brian Scrimgeour penalty and an Ernie Moss goal earn a 2-2 draw for the Spireites. 

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