Tributes paid to Ernie

Tributes paid to Ernie

Senior club officials have paid tribute to Spireites legend Ernie Moss, who has passed away at the age of 71.

Chief executive John Croot said: “One of the highlights for me when I was a young lad following Chesterfield was watching Ernie play. You knew when you saw his name on the team sheet that there was a good chance he would score.

“Ernie would give his all for Chesterfield and that made him a very popular figure with supporters. His dedication and professionalism shone through and he will always feature when people from that era talk about their favourite players.”

Chairman Mike Goodwin said: “I remember standing on the Kop, chanting ‘Ernie, Ernie, Ernie!’. Ernie was an old-fashioned centre-forward who led the line well. He was a great goalscorer.

“Later, after Ernie had ended his playing career, I used to visit the Moss & Miller Sports Shop and chat to Ernie. It’s a sad loss to lose someone of Ernie’s standing.”

Commercial manager Jim Brown, who played in the same team as Ernie, said: “I was really sad to hear the news about Ernie – a local lad who became a legend for his home town club.

“He was a player who always gave 100% effort at all times and he was a joy to play alongside, someone you could always rely on as a friend and team-mate.

“The number of goals he scored and the appearances he made speak volumes for the man he was. When you heard the fans shout: ‘Ernie, Ernie, Ernie!’ the opposition team knew they were in for a difficult day.

“He will be greatly missed by his friends and footballing colleagues and our thoughts are with Ernie’s wife Jenny and his family at such a sad time.”