On Saturday 2nd January I went to Saltergate to watch Chesterfield play Shrewsbury Town in the first game at Saltergate in 2010.
It was just little over 4 months since I had been sat at the New Meadow, watching the Spireites play Shrewsbury in beautiful sunny weather. However this game couldn’t have been more different weather wise. The Rotherham game had been called off on the 28th December due to frozen pitch and it was questionable that this match would go ahead either. The game did though go ahead after a pitch inspection from referee Phillips who decided the pitch was playable.
Before the match we wandered around the ground as usual, and while at the away end my Dad spotted Chris Waddle, former England player who played for Spurs, Newcastle, Sheffield Wednesday and Marseille in his playing career. Waddle will of course always be remembered for missing the penalty for England in the 1990 World Cup semi final against West Germany.
The match was far from a classic, neither side really looked up for it and had few good chances. The only goal of the game came in the first half when Dave Hibbert flicked the ball past Chesterfield keeper Mark Crossley. Chesterfield did very little to try to get an equalizer, and it wasn’t until Shrewsbury’s Neale got sent off and brought his side down to 10 men, that they began to push.
It was too little too late though, and without the finishing of the likes of Lester and Talbot Chesterfield seemed to struggle to make chances and the Shrews saw the game out and went home with all 3 points on a cold and snowy saturday afternoon.
After the game I got photos with Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Simpson and Chesterfield defender Mark Little.