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Fiftieth anniversary of trophy presentation

27 April 2020

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Spireites being presented with the Fourth Division championship trophy following a 3-1 victory over Peterborough United.

Supporter Steve Arnold, who features in the above photo, has been in touch and kindly provided some cuttings from the Derbyshire Times. Steve looks back on that memorable time...

I saw my first Chesterfield game in January 1965 (0-3 against Peterborough U in the FA Cup round 3). 1969-70 was a wonderful season, after the false hope of 1967-68, when we won all of our opening 12 home games before a steady decline. 
On 27 April 1970 we had secured the title, two points ahead of Swansea Town (as they then were) who had already completed their fixtures. It was the night we knew CFC would be presented with the trophy.
It was another terrific performance. We won 3-1 with goals from Ernie, Charlie Bell and Tony Moore. The attendance was 14,250.
Lots of youngsters, including my 15 year-old self, climbed up onto the Saltergate pitch after the cup had been handed over by Len Shipman, the Football League president, to captain John ‘Dan’ Archer. We accompanied the team as they lapped the pitch.
It was a wonderful side, in which Ernie and Kevin Randall scored nearly forty goals between them, and Tom Fenoughty and Archer added another 20 from midfield. It was a largely settled side, with seven players making 42+ appearances. 
In the photograph, full-back Albert Holmes (who was the only player to make all 46 appearances) holds the cup aloft. Tony Moore can be seen on the far left. I’m on the extreme right. I still have the scarf.
Steve Arnold
Many thanks for getting in touch with us, Steve and providing some great memories from half a century ago!

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