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Gladiators and Spireites set to face off in Ernie Moss Challenge Cup

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Gladiators and Spireites set to face off in Ernie Moss Challenge Cup

Former Matlock Town manager and Chesterfield goalscoring legend Ernie Moss will be remembered when the Gladiators and the Spireites face up in the upcoming pre-season friendly at the Proctor Cars Stadium on Saturday 16 July (3pm).

The teams will be playing for the Ernie Moss Challenge Cup, the winning team receiving the silverware from members of Ernie’s family.

Ernie’s daughter Sarah says the cup will be played for annually, with the game always proving to be a popular attraction to fans of both clubs.

“It was the idea of two of our friends, Darrell Clarke and Andy from Not Just T Shirts on Derby Road, Chesterfield who discussed this after the game last year. They wanted to provide a trophy and call it the Ernie Moss Challenge Cup. Andy offered to pay for it which is a fantastic gesture. We agreed it would be great if it could be presented to the winners of the Matlock v Chesterfield game, so our family will present it to the winners on a yearly basis.”

Ernie made 539 appearances for the Spireites in three spells, netting a record 192 goals. He played briefly for Matlock before being appointed the Gladiators manager in 2001, leading them to second place in the NPL First Division and promotion in 2003/04 in a season when Matlock also lifted the Derbyshire Senior Cup.

“Dad loved his times at both Chesterfield and Matlock Town so this really is a fitting tribute” said Sarah.

“As a family we would be absolutely honoured for this to happen and to keep Dad’s memory alive.”

Admission prices for the game are £10 adults, £6.50 concessions(over 65), £5 students (with valid card), £3 for children 11-16, and children 10 and under free.

Ian Richardson