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Moss, a fans hero

By Rob Smith
August 14 2004

Rob Smith has chosen to air his views about the clubs leading goalscorer, Ernie Moss. Moss thoroughly deserves his place in Spireite history. The first thing I remember hearing from the Kop was, "Ernie, Ernie, Ernie" in the 78-79 season (my dad took me when I was in 1st year juniors!). Ernie has been my hero since, and have we had a true Number 9 since? A local lad made good, a Spireite as well!

Ernie is still the clubs' record goalscorer, notching up more than 190 goals in over 530 appearances for the club during 3 spells.

He signed professional terms in 1968, making his debut the same season, but the club finished a disappointing 20th in the old division 4. The following season was a different story, with Chesterfield being crowned as champions, Moss forming a formidable parnetship with Kevin Randall, racking up 95 goals in 271 appearances before a 25,000 move to Peterborough.

Arthur Cox brought Ernie back to saltergate, and it was no coincidence that his return prompted the clubs next spell of success, winning the Anglo-Scottish cup, and narrowly missing out on promotion to the old first division, with a further 33 goals in 107 appearances. It was during this spell that he became the clubs record goal scorer, at Bramall Lane of all places, before moving to Port Vale at the end of the 80-81 season.

His third and final spell, again coincided with the clubs next spell of success, this time under John Duncan, winning the old 4th division championship for a second time, and 34 goals in 91 appearances.

A gentleman and a Spireite legend, with a record that is set to stand for some years to come.

Ernie is currently pursuing a management career at Hucknall Town, who recruited him after he brought an impressive degree of success to local side Matlock Town.

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