A look at the home of Chesterfield
Having this week discovered that the Grecians will be commencing the 2017/18 campaign at home to Cambridge United, we offer a flying tour of the six new grounds that the Grecians will be visiting during the course of the next season.
First up Rory Ngah takes a look at:
Chesterfield – Proact Stadium
Fixture Date: November 18, 2017
Distance from St James Park: 235 Miles
Having spent the previous 139 years at their former home, Saltergate, the Spireites moved into the Proact Stadium in 2010, christening it with a 2-1 league victory over Barnet that August.
The stadium has staged England U19 and U21 fixtures as well as hosting a number of weddings and pop concerts, with Elton John packing out the venue in 2012.
Away fans are normally housed in the Rubicon Printing Stand at the ground’s north end, which can hold up to 2,100 spectators.
Top Tip for Travelling Fans: Try the Pies
Although there are a number of food outlets in Chesterfield itself, the pies at the ground are provided by local firm Jacksons Pies, with the Peppered Steak and Brampton Ale Pie sounding like a particularly good steal at just £3.
City’s Last Visit: Chesterfield 1-1 Exeter City, 18th April 2014
With the Spireites sitting pretty near the top of the table, a determined City side looked to cause an upset, with Matt Grimes snatching a goal midway through the first half.They managed to hold the lead until the 78th minute, when Eoin Doyle converted his own spot kick, after he had been tripped in the area, ensuring that the spoils would be shared.