The always popular Matlock Town v Chesterfield pre-season match at the Proctor Cars Stadium this coming Wednesday night will have extra poignance this year following the recent passing of Spireites legend Ernie Moss.
The 71-year-old is Chesterfield’s record goalscorer who, after retiring from playing, had three years in charge of the Gladiators. In his final season with Matlock in 2003/04, he led the Gladiators to promotion, finishing as runners up to Hyde United in the NPL First Division, Matlock also lifting the Derbyshire Senior Cup after overcoming Ilkeston Town in a two-legged final.
The friendly game between the Gladiators and the Spireites was always a special day for the Moss family who will be attending the game on Wednesday as special guests of Matlock Town.
A minute’s silence was held on Friday when Matlock beat another of Ernie’s former clubs in Mansfield Town.
But on Wednesday the intention is for it to be more of a celebration of Ernie’s life as daughter Nikki has requested that there be a minute’s applause and she would like the crowd to chant “Ernie, Ernie, Ernie!“
It is sure to be an emotional night when a huge crowd is expected, not only for the first Matlock game since the easing of Covid restrictions, but to honour a true footballing character.
Matlock officials advise spectators to arrive in good time ahead of the 7.30pm kick off to aid with smooth entry of fans into the Proctor Cars Stadium.