A Pre-World War Two miscellany
Action from the 1926-7 FA Cup third round tie at Fulham. The ball runs free in the Spireite penalty area as Alf Saxby and (we think!) Shirley Abbott combine to rob a Fulham man. The Cottagers went on to edge Chesterfield out by a 4-3 scoreline in an entertaining game.
A posed effort for a pre-season photocall. George Thornewell is given a ride back to the changing rooms on the heavy roller. Among those pushing are Richard Duckworth, Jimmy Bullock and Harold Schofield, while Arthur Machent, we think, is steering the thing.
This, and the one below, are fairly self-explanatory. The old stand at Saltergate seemed to come down in a day or two, which must have been a tad worrying for those who used to sit in the thing! The new one, below, wasn't completely finished until a matter of days before its official opening, against Sheffield United on November 7th, 1936.
Chesterfield's new players line up for the camera in August 1937, under the supervision of trainer Shirley Abbott. From the front: Steve Alderson, Albert James, Les Sullivan, Peter Ramage, Ken Johnson, Ernie Wright, George Milburn, Joe Devine, Jim Spedding.
Captain George Milburn shakes hands with his Bradford City counterpart prior to the kick-off of their FA Cup, fourth round replay at Saltergate on January 12th, 1938. The sides had drawn 1-1 at Valley Parade and could not be separated here, with the match finishing 1-1 after extra time. A second replay (ask your granddad) settled the tie, The Spireites winning 2-0 in a game played at the neutral Bramall Lane.