RECREATION GROUND CLOSES AFTER 139 YEARS

Chesterfield Football Club played their final game at the stadium yesterday marking the end of a 139-year legacy.

The ground also known as Saltergate, has been home to the Spireites since 1871 and has had witnessed some fond memories along the way.

The all-time record attendance was 30,561, when Chesterfield hosted Tottenham Hostpur in the FA Cup in 1938 which ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw.

According to the record books, a total of 3,159 first team matches were played at the Recreation Ground, with 1,827 being league fixtures.

It was also used for cricket in the 19th century and there are records of six matches involving teams called Derbyshire or Chesterfield playing against the All-England Eleven from 1858 to 1872. The stadium was used to host rugby matches, concerts and community events.

In the 2009 film The Damned United, the ground stood in for Wembley Stadium, Carrow Road, Bloomfield Road and most prominently, Derby County's Baseball Ground which is now demolished.

The ground was chosen because it had not had any significant modifications since the 1970s,though some repainting work was done by the production team to differentiate the grounds from each other.

Saltergate will now host a series of final commemorative events before demolition as Chesterfield will switch to their new B2net Stadium for the 2010/2011 season.

Posted on 09/05/2010