Family’s pride as new housing development named in honour of Chesterfield FC legend Ernie Moss

Ernie Moss’s family have told of their pride after a new housing development in Chesterfield was named in honour of the Spireites’ legend.

By Michael Broomhead
Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 4:45 pm

A-Rock Construction has built ten luxury apartments on Saltergate.

They have been constructed on the site of the former Chesterfield FC social club – so the firm decided to call the scheme Moss Court to recognise the links with the Spireites and one of their most treasured players.

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Nikki Trueman and her dad Ernie Moss.

Nikki Trueman, Ernie’s daughter, said: “It’s such an honour for our family – and on the Saltergate land where my sister and I spent many, many happy childhood days.

“I just wish dad could see it and be aware of how highly thought of and respected he is.

“He is forever our hero and we are so proud.”

Seventy-one-year-old Ernie – who is Chesterfield FC's record goalscorer with 191 goals over three spells at the club – suffers from a rare form of dementia called Pick’s Disease and now lives in a care home.

Ruth Harvey, A-Rock Construction's operations manager, and Rockie White, managing director of A-Rock Construction, in front of gates at Moss Court. Pictures by Brian Eyre.

A gate which commememorates the history of Saltergate has also been unveiled this week as part of Moss Court.

Created by Derbyshire artist Denis O’Connor, the highly decorative stainless steel gate includes references to the area’s rich history.

Rockie White, director of A-Rock Construction, said: “This project has been a great experience to be part of.

“We have enjoyed the process, from understanding more about the history of Saltergate through to the manufacture and installation of a piece of art that can be enjoyed by residents.

Moss Court on Saltergate.

“We are delighted with the gate and feel it gives Moss Court a unique piece of artwork that finishes off the development perfectly.”

According to A-Rock Construction, Saltergate is named after its past association as the principal route used by the Cheshire to Chesterfield salt trade, believed to date from at least the 12th century.

“The beautiful gate celebrates this historic trade route which gave the name to one of Chesterfield’s best-known roads,” a company spokesperson said.

Moss Court has been designed with the over-50s in mind.

The one and two bedroom apartments are available for rent from next month.

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