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Remembering Saltergate: Fan who "caught the bug" in the 50s

9 May 2020

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Glenn Hutchinson has been in touch to tell us how his passion for the Spireites began when he visited Saltergate as a youngster in the mid-50s...

I first visited the ground when I was about 7/8 in 1954/55 with my dad. Caught the bug and been a Spirerite ever since.

When I was about 10/11, a friend of mine, Paul Brunt, invited me to assist him with half time scores at the old scoreboard on Cross Street.

Have many memories of going into the players' entrance to collect scores and then moving over to the door entrance to the scoreboard. It normally took us about 10/12 mins and we generally missed some of the second half but it did give a star-struck boy access to the players' tunnel and lots of imagined games playing for 'The Blues' - I never did.

Also saw many great players, particularly in Central League matches when early sights of Duncan Edwards and Mark Pearson etc playing for Man Utd reserves particularly stick in my mind.

As I have lived in the south for 45years, I don't get to many home matches any more but I always time family visits to coincide with a home match so have paid many visits to Saltergate and also the new ground over the years.

Also go to away games anywhere within one-and-a-half-hours' hours drive of my home near Brands Hatch in Kent.

Also was a life member of CFSS and still hold a small shareholding in the club. Looking forward to season 20/21 in hope we can regain our EFL place.


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