On Saturday 7th February I went to Saltergate to watch Chesterfield play Lincoln City.
Coming into the match Chesterfield sat just inside the play off spots, while Lincoln sat at the other end of the table, battling against relegation.
Before the game there was a minute’s applause for ex Chesterfield player Jimmy Smallwood who died earlier in the week.
Lincoln looked very weak early on in the game, rarely troubling Chesterfield keeper Tommy Lee. Meanwhile Chesterfield started superbly, creating plenty of chances. On the 19th minute Dominic Green gave the Spireites the lead with a brilliant goal. He got the ball about 25 yards away from goal, turned and blasted the ball into the net.
Barry Conlon made it 2-0 on 50 minutes when he headed the ball into the back of net. Chesterfield looked comfortable from here, however they made it hard work at the end. On 65 minutes Moses Swaibu scored after Tommy Lee made a mistake and lost the ball to make it 2-1.
This gave Lincoln hope and they began to play a bit better football, however Chesterfield managed to survive and take all 3 points.
After the match I got photos with goalscorer Dominic Green (who is on loan from PeterboroughUnited)
I also managed to meet Chris Sutton the Lincoln City manager.He had a very notable career playing for Norwich City, and in July 1994 became most expensive player in English football when he signed for Blackburn Rovers for 5 million pounds.
With Blackburn he won the Premiership title famously playing alongside Alan Shearer.Their partnership was known as “SAS” (Sutton and Shearer) He then went to Chelsea for 10 million pounds before moving on to Birmingham City, Celtic and finally Aston Villa where he retired in 2007. He was also capped by England once (v Cameroon in November 1997)
I also got my picture taken with with Steve Baines, former Chesterfield captain (and ex Huddersfild Town and Bradford City amongst other clubs)who later became a referee. Before the game I got photos with Dan Gray and Chesterfield’s new signing from Grimsby Town Danny Boshall.