Chesterfield and the Proact Stadium:

Chesterfield Football Club is based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. The club dates back to at least 1867, changing its name to Chesterfield Town in 1884 and playing under this name until 1917. In 1919, the club briefly changed its name to Chesterfield Municipal but soon reverted to Chesterfield.

Chesterfield was one of the founder members of the Football League Third Division North in the 1921–22 season and the club has remained in the Football League ever since.

Currently plying their trade in League One, the Spireites, nicknamed thus on account of the local parish Church which has a well-known crooked spire, have played at the Proact Stadium since 2010.

The Proact Stadium is a modern, all-seater stadium with a capacity of 10,500.

Away fans are normally seated in the Rubicon Print Stand at the north end of the ground but part of the East Stand may be used instead when only small numbers travel. Wherever they are seated, fans will find themselves quite close to the pitch, with good views of the action.

The concourses are well-built and equipped with large televisions to keep supporters entertained.

The usual selection of food is available in the concourse areas, with the added bonus of locally produced pies. For an hour before kick-off, you can purchase a pie and a pint for £5.

The food kiosks stay open during matches but no alcohol is served after 9p.m.

How to get to the ground:

By car:

Use postcode S41 8NZ if using a sat-nav.

Leave the M1 at Junction 29 and then take the second exit at the roundabout onto A617 towards Chesterfield. At the end of the dual carriageway on the outskirts of the town centre, turn right onto the A61 towards Sheffield. Turn left at the first roundabout and you will find the Proact stadium on the right.

The club car park is strictly for permit holders only.

There is limited on-street parking available on side roads near the ground if you arrive early.

The Tesco store car park near the ground is patrolled on match days and cars will be towed so it is best to avoid this seemingly easy option.

The Fitness First opposite the ground has fifty parking spaces available.

On Brimington Road North,there is plenty of parking available around Racecourse Road East and a short walk under the bypass will take you to the away end.

Parking is available at the Donkey Derby pub on Sheffield Road at the cost of £5, which is refunded if you eat in the pub. This pub is predominantly used by home fans, however.

By train:

Walking to the ground from Chesterfield Railway Station will take at least twenty-five minutes.

Taxis are available outside the station or you can stroll into the town centre (five minutes’ walk) and get a bus from Cavendish Street.

The club runs a double-decker shuttle bus every ten minutes from 6.20p.m. The shuttle bus leaves from Rose Hill, close to the town hall. This will cost you £1 each way. Buses back from the ground run until 10.20p.m.

Where to drink:

The Rose and Crown is just around the corner from the ground and both home and away fans are welcome.

There are plenty of places to choose from on Sheffield Road, which is approximately five minutes’ walk from the ground. The Hare and Hounds Inn accepts away fans, as does the Derby Tup. The Red Lion is also popular with away fans.

If you want to venture into the town centre, try the Rutland Arms in Stephenson Place, which is a very old pub offering a wide selection of real ales.

The Spa Lane Vaults in Saint Mary’s Gate, a Wetherspoon’s pub, will also admit away fans.

Ticket information:

As of last Friday, 770 tickets from Villa’s allocation of 1,000 had been sold.

Tickets are still available, priced at £15 for adults and £7 for concessions.

Fans are advised to purchase tickets before travelling to Chesterfield.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Chesterfield away. Never to be forgotten. The memories come flooding back.

    Saltergate, mid-August 1970, a 3-2 victory, our first game in division three. The very first step on the long road back.

  2. Bowery came to Villa from Chesterfield for 500.000. He never scored a goal for us in 2 years. Then he went for 250,000 to Rotherham. Hit 2 goals on his first outing against Tamworth. How funny.

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