Saltergate Goalposts re-homed - at last!
A little piece of football history has finally been put in place at Hillsfield a little over a year after being purchased!
When Chesterfield F.C. vacated their old Saltergate ground at the end of the 2009-10 season, just about everything in the place was to be sold off to the highest bidders at an auction on 13th June 2010.
Items such as coat hooks from the dressing rooms, sofas and televisions from the Boardroom, corner flags, the dug-outs, pictures and signs removed from the walls, everything imaginable, were all up for grabs. Club officials from Rocester successfully bid £100 for the goalposts, and received a warm round of applause from the many supporters, bidders and onlookers seated in the main stand for finding a new home for the last ever set of goalposts used at the ground.
However, we weren't able to collect the posts until after the season had started so they have been safely stored away until being erected during the last couple of weeks.
Chesterfield's last game at Saltergate was on Saturday 8th May 2010 against AFC Bournemouth, in front of the season's best attendance of 7702. The Spireites needed a win and three other results to go for them to grab the final League Two play-off place.
The last goalscorer at the ground was Derek Niven, who found the net six minutes into stoppage time to give Chesterfield a 2-1 win. Unfortunately, only two of the three results needed elsewhere went their way.
The newly situated goals will be used for the first time when the Romans take on AFC Telford United in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday 5th July, kick off 7.45pm.
Rocester also purchased some turnstiles at the auction but they have not yet been put in place. The existing turnstiles at Hillsfield and the wooden seats in the stand came from another old Football League ground - Walsall's Fellows Park.