MEMORY LANE: Rovers come back to force replay in FA Cup classic

NDET 22-11-12 TW 5 1985 copy page
NDET 22-11-12 TW 5 1985 copy page

Like most clubs around the lower leagues, Chesterfield were looking to the FA Cup for a much-needed injection of cash in November 1985.

The Spireites travelled to Prenton Park to face Frank Worthington’s Tranmere Rovers in confident mood having beaten Newport County 3-1 the week before.

A flowing move involving Ernie Moss and Phil Walker released Paul Batty, who hammered the ball past Barry Sidwell to give the visitors the lead.

Their advantage was doubled shortly after the hour-mark when Mick Henderson converted Walker’s free-kick to send the travelling support into ecstasy.

The Spireites looked certain to be in the hat for the second round, but the good fortune they enjoyed in the early part of the game suddenly deserted them.

Brian Scrimgeour was adjudged to have fouled Rovers’ Ian Muir in the penalty area half way through the second half.

Ex-England international Worthington stepped up to send Chris Marples the wrong way to shift the momentum in the host’s favour.

Rovers were level when Muir’s 25-yard effort took a wicked deflection off Les Hunter past Marples to bring the side’s all-square at 2-2.

A second round tie with Bury awaited the winners of the replay at Saltergate the following Tuesday.

In an uninspiring game, that man Muir scored the only goal of the game to send the Spireites out - in what had by then become their customery pre-Christmas exit from the FA Cup.