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Remembering Saltergate: Recollections from the 1950s

5 May 2020

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Continuing our 'Remembering Saltergate' theme in the build-up to Friday's tenth anniversary of the final league match played at our former ground, Max Trickett has penned his recollections, going back to the 1950s...

Have many great memories of Saltergate.

I first went there about 1950 with my dad and he sat me on the wall that went round the pitch. No health and safety then.

One great memory was when we played Manchester United in the Youth Cup final and they had a young player called Charlton and we lost to a late winner.

Who can ever forget Kevin Randall waltzing down the wing and crossing for Ernie Moss to score? I remember a headed hat trick against Reading and we won 4-0.

I moved away from Chesterfield in 1971 but still loved coming back to the old ground. Last team to have floodlights and I believe a communal bath for the players.

Remember coming up for the League Cup game against Manchester City and we came back to win 2-1. Don’t think City millionaires could cope with the nearness of the fans.

My son and I came up for the last game against Bournemouth and deep in injury time we got the winner. Bournemouth still got promoted and rose to the Premier League.

Came up last year for a family funeral with my wife Pat and we drove to the site of the old ground. What a change to the area.

If you would like to share your memories of Saltergate, please email media@chesterfield-fc.co.uk.


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