Spireites legend Bob Newton will have a keen eye on Saturday’s game as the Spireites come up against the last English club he represented, Bristol Rovers.
‘The Newt’, who celebrated his 60th birthday earlier this week, took time out to look back at his short time in the south west, when he played under Bobby Gould.
He said: “Bristol Rovers is a great club. There were some great lads who played for them, including Nicky Tanner, John Scales, Gary Penrice and Steve Yates.
“I’d also like to mention Tim Carter, a goalkeeper who sadly took his life a few years ago. He was great lad. It just shows you that football isn’t everything and life has a different view. Tim was a great guy and a great coach.
“Gould signed me and Dave Rushbury we were there to essentially keep them up and that’s what we did. I wasn’t at my best but we had the experience and good young lads as well like Tanner, Penrice and Darren Carr, so they were blended with our experience and got them through it. Bobby actually wanted me to be his assistant and I don’t know why I turned it down.
“I’ve got some great stories of Bobby. We were bottom of the league and hadn’t played for four games because of bad weather. We turned up for our next game and the pitch was like a mud bath, there was no way it could be played but Bobby got hold of the referee and insisted it was playable. The referee said, ‘No chance’ so Bobby replied, ‘Get your Wellingtons on and go on the pitch.’
“Bobby took the ref to what he thought was the driest part of the pitch. They were both still arguing and eventually the ref said for the final time to him that the game was off and walked off. Bobby tried to walk off but he was stuck in the mud and had to remove his boots to get off the pitch!”
Bob, who scored 35 goals for the Spireites between 1983 and 1985, thinks it’ll be a close encounter between his two former employers at the Proact. He commented: “I see it being a draw but my football predictions are terrible!
“Bristol Rovers have a great defence so I think that’s what’s got them through it so far, but we’re on the back of a win so we can get there.
“I love both clubs and it’s a difficult one when you’ve played for both but I am a Spireite through and through so I want Chesterfield to win.”