1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
Over the last four years or so, I have grown a
soft spot for Chesterfield, having visited games
from time-to-time since visiting Saltergate in
2010. With Leicester playing on the Friday night,
my father (who's from Leicester, hence the life
sentence) and I decided to take a visit to this
game, and with Bradford getting to the League Cup
final we felt we were in for an entertaining
match, and we weren't to be disappointed.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
We took the train from Leicester to Chesterfield
at midday, which took just under 45 minutes. After
getting some food in the town (As a general rule I
avoid stadium food due to high prices) we took the
bus to the ground, arriving at around 13:45.
3. What you did before the game? Pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Being too young to drink and my father being
teetotal, after purchasing our tickets we headed
to the club shop to have a look round. An amusing
incident occurred when a chap with a half-eaten
hotdog put it on the counter by mistake whilst he
was being served, and when the next chap was being
served the cashier asked him "You're not going to
put your sausage on the counter are you?" to much
laughter and applause from everyone in the shop.
Very "Carry On"!
I've been to five Chesterfield games in the past
and have never experienced any trouble, with a few
Chesterfield fans on the bus to the ground
engaging in good-natured banter with a couple of
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
This was my second visit to Chesterfield's new
ground (now the Proact Stadium) and my impression
of it is in line with many new grounds appearing
around the country. It's a pleasant, tidy ground
that serves its purpose, but lacks the stand out
factor that Saltergate had. However, times change,
and Saltergate, as characteristic as it was, was
on its last legs and Chesterfield needed to up
sticks and relocate.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game itself was very entertaining. Both
Chesterfield and Bradford got behind their teams,
which made for an amazing atmosphere, albeit with
unoriginal songs apart from a few choruses of
"Yorkshire"/"Derbyshire". Both sides came flying
out of the blocks and Bradford took the lead
through NahkiTendayi Darikwa's well-placed finish.
Bradford retook the lead ten minutes later after
Ricky Ravenhill placed a shot into the bottom
corner through a crowd of bodies. Chesterfield, to
their credit, kept going to the end and got their
reward with the last kick of the game after Sam
Togwell poked home from an Alex Henshall corner.
Final score: 2-2. A fair result on reflection.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Getting away from the ground was no problem. A
line of buses was waiting outside the turnstiles
and we managed to get onto a very crowded one back
to the town centre. We left Chesterfield at 17:40
and arrived back at home in Leicester at around
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A very enjoyable and well-spent afternoon at the
football. Bradford remain in the playoffs and
Chesterfield have an outside chance of making the
playoffs, so it'll go down to the wire. Both sets
of fans were well behaved and apart from your
usual football banter there were no signs of
trouble brewing, with both sets getting behind
their teams. The game itself was a real credit to
League Two, and dad said it was one of the best
games he'd seen in ages. Well worth the £15 for
me! And to top it all, we even got caught on
camera by the BBC's Football League Show.