Chesterfield 1-1 Bradford City – League 2

On Saturday 24th April 2010 I took a break from the snooker to go to Saltergate for the penultimate game ever at the ground.

Today was a game that Chesterfield needed to win to get back into the play off places. It was a beautiful sunny day and unless The Spireites make the play offs there will only be one more game at Saltergate after this one. This was the first match my Dad ever saw at Saltergate, so it was almost fitting that it was the 2nd to last one too.

As we did our usual walk around the ground we saw Jeff Hall, who is probably the biggest Chesterfield fan there is, he does everything for the club from selling programes to cleaning the changing rooms, and he was celebrating his 70th birthday today. After having a birthday photo with Jeff, we walked into the ground and took our seats.

The first half was very poor with neither side having any chances and both sides cancelled each other out. Chesterfield took the lead in the second half through Ishmel Demontagnac who beat the defence before taking the ball around the goalkeeper and putting it into an empty net.

Omar Daley got sent off on 71 minutes for elbowing Dan Gray. This however, seemed to make Bradford City play better than they had for the entire game. Just 4 minutes after the sending off, Gareth Evans scored to level the game.

A point at the end of the match is not really enough for Chesterfield, who now sit in 11th place with just 2 games left in the season.

After the match I got a photo with Chesterfield manager John Sheridan and defender Rob Page. I also met Bradford City players Gareth Evans, Louis Horne and Zesh Rehman.

Chesterfield v Bradford City


Not long to go now...

Jeff Hall celebrates his 70th at Saltergate!

Two colourful Bradford fans

The view from the away end entrance

The City Gent gives out bowler hats to travelling fans

The Away End


The Spirettes perform to the Kop

The teams line up before the game

The Bradford City huddle

Phil Picken takes a throw in

View from the burger van

The fans head home after there game

Bradford City's Gareth Evans

Sat in the Main Stand

Chesterfield's Robert Page

Spireites manager John Sheridan

Saltergate, the end is near

Just 1 game to go...

Chesterfield's new home


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