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Remembering Saltergate: "A ground that oozed character"

7 May 2020

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On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the final game at Saltergate, supporter Marc Rhodes reflects on his memories of our old home...

Fond childhood memories come from weekend trips up to Chesterfield from Bournemouth to see the grandparents, trips that would always be punctuated by taking in a game at Saltergate if Chesterfield were at home.

Always taking our £5 seats in the Centre Stand, my granddad would drop me and my brother outside the club shop and be there again at full-time.

I always found Saltergate to be a ground that oozed character. The uniquely raised front row of the Main Stand provided excellent sightlines, and the foot stamp on the wooden floors whenever Town had a corner was a real highlight.

Adding to that a cup of pop and sharing a bag of fish and chips at half time and you had the perfect young football fan's experience.

Many an afternoon was spent cheering on Town in that famous old ground. One of my treasured possessions is the 09/10 home shirt with the Saltergate print on it.

Now when we make our trips up north to take my son to the state-of-the-art Proact, I make a point of driving past the old Saltergate site to pass on some fond memories.

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