Spireites hand over old wooden Saltergate seats

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Two of the original stand seats from Chesterfield FC’s former Saltergate ground are on their way to a permanent home at the Football League’s headquarters in Preston.

The two seats, which date back to the opening of the main stand at the old Recreation Ground in 1936, are to be refurbished and located in the reception area of the Football League’s Preston offices.

The Football League’s chief operating officer Andy Williamson recently made a visit to Chesterfield’s new B2net Stadium where the old Saltergate seats were formally handed over by CFC chairman Barrie Hubbard.

Williamson said: “With so much new stadia being developed we are delighted to take ownership before it’s too late for these historic old seats from Saltergate, which was one of the oldest grounds in the country.

“They provide a genuine link to the past and highlight once again the rich history of the Football League.”

Chesterfield FC chairman Barrie Hubbard said: “We are delighted that heritage items from Saltergate are being preserved for the future.

“The club has already handed over a couple of the old crowd barriers to football museums in England and Scotland, and now these two seats are to get pride of place at the Football League’s headquarters.”

Mr Hubbard, left, is pictured with Mr Williamson handing over the seats at the B2net Stadium.