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Supporters to Cheer for Ernie Moss

3 October 2014

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A supporters initiative will see a minute of applause take place for Chesterfield legend Ernie Moss in the eighth minute of Saturday's match with Sheffield United.

Moss is the club's all-time leading goalscorer, having scored 192 goals over three spells with the Spireites, and wore the number eight during his time at the club.

Last Sunday evening Moss, who still regularly attends Chesterfield matches at the Proact, was invited along as a guest of honour to cut the ribbon at the Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden alongside Jamie Hewitt.

However, it was announced recently that Moss has been diagnosed with a form of dementia called Pick's Disease.

Moss's daughter Nikki spoke about her father and his process that lead to his diagnosis:.

She said: "It's been going on for a good few years, the family noticed his behaviour was not as it was. The biggest thing that we noticed was that he wasn't interested in football any more, then we twigged that something wasn't right.

"We kept going back to the doctor and after about ten years we had a diagnosis and it's a type of dementia. When you say dementia people assume it's Alzheimer's, but it's not that. It's a rare type called Pick's Disease and it affects quite a lot of people under the age of 65.

"My dad is completely unaware there's anything wrong with him and thinks we're just fussing over him and nagging him. He's very happy being at home with his set routine, it's social situations that he struggles with."

Chesterfield supporter and local freelance journalist Phil Tooley explained that Saturday's match was an especially apt time to celebrate.

He said: "The match on Saturday is appropriate because Ernie broke the goalscoring record and had his testimonial against Sheffield United.

"The minute of support says that we as supporters wish him all the best."

The full interview with Nikki, which appeared on Peak FM, can be heard here

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