When I was asked to write an article on Chesterfield's greatest ever player I was pleased but also dumbfounded, so I decided to ask other Chesterfield fans on their opinions but this was also mixed with vote results coming out at;
1)Ernie Moss – 5 – 17%
=Gordon Banks - 5 – 17%
3)Andy 'Bruno' Morris – 2 – 10%
=Kevin Davies – 2 - 10%
=Phil Bonnyman – 2 - 10%
5)Alan Birch – 1 - 3%
=Arthur Albiston – 1 - 3%
=Dave Lancaster – 1 - 3%
=Sam Hardy – 1 - 3%
=Dave Blakey – 1 - 3%
=Alan Birch – 1 - 3%
=Tom Fenoughty – 1 - 3%
=Geoff Salmons – 1 - 3%
=Jamie Hewitt – 1 - 3%
=Phil Robinson – 1 - 3%
=Darren Carr – 1 - 3%
=Dave Waller – 1 - 3%
So I decided to write about all of them.
Loyal Chesterfield fans will know that Ernie Moss is Chesterfield’s all-time top goalscorer and Gordon Banks went on to earn a World Cup winners' medal, these reasons alone making then 'legends', while Andy Morris made 225 appearances for us and was part of Chesterfield's historic FA Cup semi finalist side - scoring the first goal in the semi final at Old Trafford against Middlesbrough, and winning a penalty for the second.
Phil Bonnyman became a regular in Chesterfield midfield and was part of the 80/81 side that narrowly missed promotion. Now every English fan knows who Kevin Davies is and he started his career at Chesterfield and has now become a capped member of the English national side and is Bolton's captain.
Alan Birch was in the same squad as Phil while Arthur Albiston was a three cap wonder for the Spireites scoring once, Dave Lancaster scored two against Liverpool in our famous 4-4 draw, Sam Hardy spent two years at Chesterfield before moving to Liverpool and playing 21 times for England.
David Blakey deserves a special mention as he spent his entire 20 year career at Chesterfield, is our record appearance holder with 617 which isn't likely to be beaten.
Tom Fenoughty played 101 times for Chesterfield while Geoff Salmons also passed his century of games playing 120.
Jamie Hewitt also deserves a special mention as he was a member of the famous Chesterfield 1997 FA Cup team that made it to the semi-finals. In the semi final at Old Trafford, Chesterfield were trailing Premiership Middlesbrough 3-2 in extra time when he headed in a 119th minute equaliser. He remains at the club as our physiotherapist.
Phil Robinson played 61 times scoring 17 while Darren Carr also took part in the FA cup run, while Dave Waller got us to a Wembley play-off final where he missed a penalty and was forced to retire due to injury. Many current players are regarded as 'legends' however a true one is Jack Lester at 35 years old the veteran striker has scored 61 times in 116 games.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.