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Remembering Saltergate: "So many people stopped us and wanted photos with Dad"

6 May 2020

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As we build up to Friday's tenth anniversary of the last league game played at our former home, Nikki Trueman, daughter of Spireites legend Ernie Moss, recounts her memories of Saltergate.

Saltergate to my sister and I was our playground. We had the run of the stands and pitch after matches with the other players' kids.

After every match, Sarah and I would stand at the door to the changing rooms, waiting for Dad....and waiting and waiting...he was always last out.

The smell of Deep Heat wafting through the door....still a smell I love now.

We would always have drinks in the players lounge after the games...Panda Pop and crisps.

We always sat on the back row of the Family Stand and Dad always looked up to us and waved when he scored!

We often went in with Dad midweek if he needed treatment or to meet with someone. Many an ice cube did we eat from the ice box in the treatment room!!!!

I loved the time at Saltergate and standing proudly next to my daddy whilst he signed numerous autographs.

On the last game we went with Dad (it was my Irish hubby's first visit to Saltergate), so many people stopped us and wanted photos with Dad. It was a truly memorable and emotional day.

Saltergate to me is happy times, priceless memories x x x

Nikki Trueman (Moss)

*Nikki (right) is pictured with sister Sarah and Ernie at the Bournemouth match. The sisters are wearing shirts worn by their dad.

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