A SPIREITES fan has kicked off a campaign to honour Chesterfield FC’s legendary footballers on Saltergate.
Dean Fidler is bidding to recognise prominent Blues when the club’s old ground is demolished to make way for a housing masterplan by naming newly-created streets after them.
Dean has launched an online petition on Facebook and needs to attract 1,000 members before Chesterfield Cllr Ken Huckle – who supports the campaign – can debate the idea with council chiefs.
Forty-year-old Dean, from Haslam Court, Chesterfield, said: “I think it’s important to remember Saltergate and its rich history of football.
“It would be a shame if the ground gets knocked down and there’s no memory of it.”
On the petition, people have suggested naming the streets after a number of well-known past and present players including Ernie Moss, Gordon Banks and Jack Lester.
Dean said he and a judging panel would choose the winning names if the plan goes ahead.
Lifelong Spireites fan Cllr Huckle said: “This is a fantastic campaign. I hope to see the names of some of the stars who’ve graced the football grounds on the streets of Saltergate.”
A Chesterfield FC spokesman said: “After being at Saltergate for 139 years, it’s not surprising that fans will want to find unique ways of paying tribute to such a major part of the club’s history as well as the town’s history.
“This is a very interesting idea well worth considering.”
In March, the club and GB Development Solutions submitted a plan to create up to 68 homes at the old ground, which opened in 1871 and was in use until the Spireites relocation to the £13m B2net Stadium, on Whittington Moor, last July.
To join the campaign, go to Facebook and search for “petition to name the streets of Saltergate after famous Spireite heroes”.
l Which players’ names would you suggest for the roads? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.