A road adjacent to the Proact Stadium is being named Ernie Moss Way - in honour of the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.
A few months ago a group of supporters started a petition that aimed to formally recognise Ernie by naming a road in his honour. The proposal received the full support of the club, but there were complications as the land is private and agreement had to be sought from the land owners, Wilson Bowden, together with Chesterfield Borough Council. Both were extremely helpful and appreciated that the naming would have a positive local impact.
Ernie notched a total of 162 goals in 469 appearances during three spells with Chesterfield - the last of which tended in 1986.
Sadly, in recent years, his ability to recall his earlier career has been significantly impaired since he was diagnosed in 2014 with a rare form of dementia called Pick’s Disease. His family have since been very active in helping to raise funds for Dementia UK and, at the same time, help to broaden the public understanding of the disease.
Councillor Howard Borrell, who has played an instrumental role in road-naming process, said: “Ernie became a local hero for his achievements but also because he has always been a genuine person who loved the game and would always find time to chat to supporters and reminisce about the past.”
Ernie's wife Jenny and daughters Sarah and Nikki are delighted that he is being recognised in this way. They said: "As a family we all feel very humbled and honoured that so many people have worked so hard to ensure that a road is named after Ernie. Ernie Moss Way will always be there for future generations to smile and reminisce about when they visit the stadium or do their weekly shopping.
“We'd also like to thank Wilson Bowden for being so willing to help and the staff at the Town Hall for their time and assistance and Councillor Howard Borrell for bringing the whole process to fruition.
“We'd also like to thank Paul Bullock, who started the original petition, Nigel Goodlad, who created and managed the online fundraising and, of course, all the amazing Spireites who have shown the family such kindness and endless support."
The official naming will take place at 10.30am on Tuesday, April 25. Afterwards, the club will host a private champagne reception for Ernie's family and friends.