On Saturday 27th February 2010 I went to Saltergate to watch Chesterfield play Aldershot Town in League 2.
The Spireites came into this game with 6 consecutive wins, knowing that if they won today it would be the first time in 43 years that the club had won 7 games in a row. A victory would also place Chesterfield in the automatic promotion zone.
The first half of the match was very poor, with Aldershot looking the slightly better side. Very early the Shots forced Tommy Lee, the Spireites goalkeeper, to make a wonderful save. Aldershot also had a shot cleared off the line by Alan Goodall as the half time whistle got closer. Chesterfield had very few chances in the half and never really got going.
At the break I got photos with Frankie Artus and Wade Small as they came across to sign some autographs.
The second half was sadly no better, Chesterfield still looked poor and created very few chances. Danny Hylton gave the Shots the lead with what turned out the only goal of the game. Alan Goodall lost the ball to an Aldershot attacker, and a few passes later the ball was in the back of the net.
It wasn’t until the last 5 minutes that the Spireites looked like scoring. A few corners were headed wide and a shot very late on went just inches past the post.
After the game I got a photo with Aldershot Town manager Kevin Dillon. As a player Dillon played for Birmingham City, Portsmouth, Newcastle United and Reading before finishing his career at Stevenage Borough. He was the caretaker manager of Reading in 2003 before joining the Shots last year.