Appeal to honour Spireites

Saltergate
Saltergate

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.

sp93004 Chesterfield Football Fan's Facebook Page. Dean Fidler.

sp93004 Chesterfield Football Fan's Facebook Page. Dean Fidler.

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”.

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