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FEATURE: 10 years on - Fans and players remember Saltergate


Saturday 8th May 2010 played host to the final game at Saltergate, after 3,159 fixtures across 139 years in all competitions the gates were closed at one of the oldest grounds in the world.


From the first game I attended back in 2003, watching the Spireites lose 1-0 at home to Sheffield United in Kevin Randall's testimonial match, I always felt a sense of nostalgia when attending a game at Saltergate.


Mark Allott played over 300 games for the Spireites and talked about how the players prepared for the occasion.


He said: "We were preparing for the game as any other, I think we had a chance of the playoffs but we had to win and other results had to go our way. But walking to the ground seeing and talking to people on the way you knew it was going to be a special day.


"My best memories are of the cup run we had in 2006, fantastic games under the floodlights, great atmosphere."


Saltergate holds memories for staff, players and the fans, with some marching from the centre of town to the stadium full of excitement for the occasion.


Gary Marsden, who started following the Spireites up and down the country 17 years ago said: "On one hand I was upset to see Saltergate go, but on the other hand I understood we had to move forward with the times, so it was a mixture of sadness and excitement.


"It was so different to Saltergate and shown our real ambition as a club."


Whilst the nation waits in anticipation on when the next live football match will be watched in England, today we look back on the memories made at what was home to so many people.

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