Welcome back... but safety worries limit kop capacity

Chesterfield have been given the green light to fully open the upgraded Kop for the visit of Peterborough on Saturday.

Chesterfield have been given the green light to fully open the upgraded Kop for the visit of Peterborough on Saturday.

But after concern was voiced over fans safety and comfort the capacity is to be limited by more than 1,000.

Although the Kop should be able to accommodate a maximum of 3,506 fans the local safety advisory group has recommended that the club restrict this figure to 2,455 for Saturdays match.

We opened two-thirds of the Kop for the Brentford match and concern was expressed over perceived crowding making people feel uncomfortable.

Fans were congregating on the gangways and these must be kept clear at all times. Supporters must spread right along the terrace area and make full use of the Kop area, said a club spokesman.

He added that the safety group would monitor the crowd situation on Saturday and make any necessary adjustments to the capacity for future games.

It is estimated that limiting the Kop capacity to its present figure could cost the club up to 13,000 per match in lost revenue.

Meanwhile work is continuing on the Cross Street terracing. It is due to be ready for the Wrexham visit on September 18 with a capacity of 1,400.

Saturdays match which kicks off at 2pm to give both sets of fans the chance to watch the England v Germany game in the evening has been made all-ticket.

There has been a big demand from Peterborough who have been allocated 800 seats in the wing stand.

No tickets will be sold on the day following police advice but the ticket office at Saltergate will stay open until 8.30pm on Friday.

Leading the match-day entertainment will be the Spirettes dance troupe who will be making their debut at Saltergate. They will be kitted out in new blue and white costumes provided free of charge by Dapet Textitles of Brampton.

Spireites fans have been warmly praised this week by Blues assistant manager Ian Banks.

The support has been fantastic. They realise the lads have been having a go in difficult circumstances and theyve been getting right behind us.

Looking back to the Notts County game when Martyn Booty snatched a last-gasp equaliser, he said: The performance was excellent and it would have been a travesty if wed lost..

Two of the players who have been missing through injury, Marcus Ebdon and Lee Richardson, were due to have a runout for the reserves against Halifax this week.

*Ballot papers have been sent out this week to the 3,060 members of CFSS for the election of nine board members. There have been 18 nominations and the results will be announced at the societys AGM at the Winding Wheel on September 12.

* Super fan Jonathan Hoare has completed his 400-mile sponsored walk which has raised 2,000 for the Blues.