A commemorative piece of public artwork has been unveiled by Chesterfield Borough Council, celebrating Saltergate’s footballing heritage.
The artwork, entitled ‘The Spirit of Saltergate’ by local artist Melanie Jackson, features Chesterfield FC supporters celebrating a goal and is manufactured in metal with a stone base.
It features the legend ‘Saltergate 1871 - 2010’ commemorating the football ground which occupied the site for almost 140 years.
The design was developed in consultation with fans of the club.
The sculpture was fabricated by specialist firm Chris Brammall Ltd with stone supplied by Realstone Ltd based in Wingerworth.
Melanie has also designed a bespoke tree guard for a tree planted at the site of the new Saltergate development of 68 homes by Barratt Homes.
There is also a series of 11 bronze plaques showing images associated with Chesterfield FC.
They have a QR code allowing people to scan them and watch short videos about the history of the club on their smartphones.
The content has been supplied by Chesterfield FC’s Community Trust from its archives.
Councillor Terry Gilby, Chesterfield Borough Council’s deputy leader and executive member for planning, praised the artwork.
He said: “Like many other Chesterfield FC supporters, I have many happy memories of matches at Saltergate and so it is good that this has been reflected in this artwork by Melanie Jackson and the plaques.
“I’m pleased supporters were involved in developing the design for the artwork, which will allow future generations to see where Saltergate football ground stood.”
Peter Whiteley, director of Chesterfield FC’s Community Trust, says including Spireites’ supporters in the consultation process made the final artwork design even more special.
He said: “It was a great idea to include the fans when thinking about commemorating the club’s former home.
“I am proud of what the final artwork represents.
“It is also very exciting that there is a multimedia aspect to the piece and it can be a focus for the ongoing heritage work undertaken by the Community Trust.”