IT’S the Holy Grail for avid Spireites’ fans – and it could be yours for just £1.
The football used in the last-ever game at Saltergate bears the name of Derek Niven, who scored the final goal at the old club home, and is the first prize in a special star raffle at the new B2net Stadium.
A signed Chesterfield FC shirt from this season – where the team is currently soaring ahead – is the second prize with rare vintage programmes the third.
Cash raised through £1 tickets will boost Mayor of Chesterfield Cllr Keith Morgan’s civic charities.
“This is a chance to get a piece of history in your hands”, said Cllr Morgan.
“The raffle gives everyone the opportunity to be part of Chesterfield FC’s exciting success but also to contribute towards this year’s mayoral charities.”
It is estimated a ‘five figure sum’ has been raised for specially adapted equipment in a new activity garden at mayor’s charities Fairplay – also backed by the Derbyshire Times – and The Samaritans.
The spectacular raffle will be drawn during The Blues’ clash with Bury on Monday April 25.
Alan Steven, club director of marketing, said: “A Saltergate last match ball has to be a collector’s item as it was used in the final game against AFC Bournemouth, which ended 139 years of football at the Recreation Ground.
“We have also donated a signed shirt and hope these items will help the mayor’s appeal for such a worthy local cause.”
Raffle tickets are available from the Derbyshire Times’ office on Station Road, Chesterfield, in the club shop and at the Rose and Crown or Tramway pubs in Brampton. Alternatively call (01246) 345239.
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l Fine wine and food plus a raffle are also on offer in the mayor’s grand charity dinner at Casa Hotel next Friday, April 8. Call (01246) 345239 to buy £45 tickets.