Family, friends, players and supporters all gathered yesterday for the unveiling of the newly named Ernie Moss Way, adjacent to the Proact Stadium.
The road was named in honour of the Spireites' record goalscorer Ernie Moss, who is sadly suffering from Pick’s Disease, a rare form of dementia.
A large number of fundraising events and activities have taken place in Moss’ name since his diagnosis and the renaming of the road further emphasises how highly he is thought of within the town.
Councillor Howard Borrell said: “A lot of people had been pushing for a road to be named after Ernie and there was a petition created which I signed. It’s a complex process as it’s very difficult to re-name a road.
“I was chatting to lots of different people who wanted to make it happen and the obvious place to re-name a road to honour Ernie was adjacent to the football club, or somewhere nearby.
“It turns out that the road adjacent to the Proact is on private land, so we just had to identify who the owners were and then it took two or three months to get all of the processes agreed. This road now goes from Sheffield Road through to the bypass and it’s the obvious place as it’s adjacent to the football ground of the club Ernie loves.”
Ernie's family were all by his side as the grand unveiling took place and they were all visibly overwhelmed by everybody who has shown support and helped to make it happen.
“It’s an immensely proud day, historic,” said Ernie’s daughter, Nikki Trueman. “It was very humbling to see all of the fans out waiting for us along with ex-players, our friends and family to support us. It’s been fantastic.
“Things were always been bandied around such as there being a statue or part of the stadium being named after him, so you get used to the football banter and we didn’t expect anything to come back from it.
“Howard Borrell has been amazing; he got on to the Chesterfield Council, who took care of all the paperwork for free! The club have been amazing as well with us and Dad on matchdays and to see this coming to fruition was just 'wow'!”
Having enjoyed such a memorable day yesterday, Nikki is even more determined to continue raising awareness and funds for the fight against dementia.
She added: “We had Mark Rose, a Spireite from London, who entered the London Marathon with 'Ernie Moss' on the back of his shirt, running for Dementia UK.
"We’ve been in touch with Zoe Edge and she’s fundraising for Dad this year. We’re also hoping to do a big gala in the summer!
“It’s not just the money we raise, it’s also the recognition and getting the awareness of dementia out there. I’ll do anything within reason that’s put to me for Dad.”