YES, these local derbies can get a bit heated and the picture above serves as a reminder.
There will be several derby matches for our local League One rivals when next season’s fixtures are released tomorrow and the picture of warring players is a flashback to the last time two of them met.
Chesterfield followers will eagerly scan the list come tomorrow for when they’ll renew acquaintance with Sheffield United.
The last time they met, in March 1989 at a packed Saltergate, the tension boiled over right at the start and led to the fighting fracas shown here.
It was, as is now, in the third tier of the game which was then Division Three.
United, the season after relegation, were going for promotion and were third. Chesterfield, fighting a relegation battle, were 20th.
The Blades followers were bouyant as they travelled down the A61. Their side was unbeaten in ten matches and had won the previous four. Chesterfield, inconsistent, were coming off the back of a 4-0 whupping of Cardiff.
It was a sell-out. A touch short of 11,000 were crammed into Saltergate. The build-up said it was “a needle match”, not least because Chesterfield had won 3-1 at Bramall Lane back on January 2.
It wasn’t long before there was a bust up - in the opening minute, in fact. Midfielders Bob Bloomer (Chesterfield) and Mark Todd (United) squared up to each other.
Then after just three minutes came the above incident reported thus... “there was a fighting scrum of 7 or 8 players, more akin to Twickenham than Saltergate.”
And the outcome? Apparently uncertain as to who started it all, the referee awarded United a free-kick and spoke to Chesterfield’s Trevor Slack and United’s Bob Booker. And that was it. Not even a booking!
The two clubs learn tomorrow when they will resume, er, hostilities. Next time, United will make a first ever visit to the B2net Stadium. Hopefully, there won’t be a similar picture to this one!
The score? Chesterfield won 2-1 with a Dave Waller double, Ian Bryson scored for United who got their promotion, but the Spireites went down!
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