SHUFFLEBOTHAM Street? Rackstraw Road? How about Misse-Misse Mews?
None of these were selected but the list of old players names put forward for streets being built on the site of Chesterfield’s old ground at Saltergate has been whittled down to a shortlist.
All that history has gone now and the old terraces and seats carted away but a competition launched by the club and Chesterfield Borough Council to name the street received more than 160 suggestions and seven have been chosen for the public vote: Blakey Banks, Hubbard Place, Mossy Banks, Moss Crescent, Recreation Crescent, Saltergate Crescent, Spire Heights.
Spire Heights is clever, as is Blakey Banks and Mossy Banks combining players names - Dave Blakey is the club’s record appearance maker with 617 league games, Ernie Moss top goalscorer with 162 league goals.
Barry Hubbard is the former chairman who helped save the club in 1983, and again, along with the Chesterfield Football Supporters Club (CFSS), in 2001.
Gordon Banks’s name speaks for itself and England’s World Cup winning keeper made 23 appearances for the club as a youngster between 1955 and 1959.
Tough selection poser.
Councillor John Burrows, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council said: “We were pleased so many people entered the first stage of the competition. We now need, in true X factor style, to get the public to make the final vote on what they want the famous street to be called.”
Chris Turner, chief executive at Chesterfield Football Club and former Sheffield Wednesday keeper said: “It will be a hard choice for some fans to make as all the final suggestions deserve the recognition but there’s only one street so we’re happy to leave it to the fans and local people to make the final choice!”
Who wouldn’t want to live on a street named after Thomas Shufflebotham who played 33 games for the Spireites in 1903 or Rackstraw Road after Sheffield-born striker Charlie Rackstraw who nabbed 48 goals in 172 games from 1958 to 1964.
Jean Jaques Misse-Misse - an unfortunate name for a striker - played once for the club in 1998 and Misse-Misse Mews might be pushing it. But it’s good fun and, for what it’s worth, The Diary’s choice would be Mossy Banks.
While we’re on the topic of Saltergate The Diary wonders what happened to all that lovely dark wood panelling from the boardroom and offices at the old ground?
The vision of the late and legendary club chairman Norton Lea running the operation like a patriarchal mill owner from those deliciously gloomy offices under the main stand is one never to be forgotten. Let’s hope it all went to good use rather than in a skip.