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Director John Croot on Ernie Moss

6 January 2015

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Life-long Chesterfield fan and now club director John Croot remembers Ernie Moss, the Spireites all-time leading goalscorer with 191 goals.

Croot says that describing Moss is a fairly easy thing to do: "I can pretty much say in one statement, prolific goalscorer!"

"You could expect a goal anytime when Ernie was playing and total commitment as well as being reliable, hard working and always willing to work for the team"

Moss was born in the area and Chesterfield was always home to him. Playing for the Blues on three seperate occasions over close to two decades, Croot says that Moss's future legendary status was sensed from early on.

"It was always known that he was a special player," said Croot. "The fact that he is a Chesterfield lad as well always goes down well with the fans." 

"I remember him scoring a hat-trick at Walsall and us losing 4-3, I've only seen that once and its only something Ernie could do, walk away on the losing team with the match ball."

Over the years Ernie contributed to the local community on many levels. Helping open the Memorial Garden outside of the Proact Stadium last year and volunteering with coaching younger teams to help improve their game.

Croot recalls: "I remember on a personal level, I was involved with the White Hart pub team in Calow and I remember talking to Ernie at Saltergate. 

"I explained where the team played on a Sunday and Ernie then said he would come and watch a game. He was true to his word, Ernie came down to the game and did a bit of coaching for us, thats what Ernie's about really."

"You always know when Ernie's around, the older fans tell the younger fans what he was like in their day."

"Knowing Chesterfield fans, what they really like is a player that is hard working, trustworthy and does the job for your team, giving 100 percent in the process."

The Spireites will be paying tribute to Ernie this Saturday with a visit from another of his former clubs, Port Vale.

"A lot of fans are looking forward to the day and to paying tribute by getting their badges, it's certainly got me thinking about some of the memories that Ernie was a part of at the club."

"He has certainly got a special place in the fans' hearts."

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