Our train from London St Pancras arrived at Chesterfield shortly before 11:00 and a short walk enabled us to visit the Spa Lane Vaults. At this Wetherspoon establishment, my first choice was Delilah (3.7%) from Maxim followed by Owd Bull (3.9%) from the Hereford Brewery.
Prior to this hostelry the bells of Saint Mary and All Saints were ringing to celebrate a wedding and when we passed by en-route the nearby Rutland, a second ceremony was due to take place. Could be that Derbyshire couples are keen for their big day to involve that crooked spire?
|They came from the East|
The new stadium is well appointed, with identical stands behind the goals. The stands along the side differ in that the main West Stand is a taller structure, housing the club administration and corporate facilities. Our view from the opposite East Stand was very good. Unfortunately, the match was not one of the best I have seen. Both Chesterfield and visitors, Leyton Orient are struggling this season and occupied the bottom two places in the table. The scoreless game presented Orient with their first point of the season and consequently Chesterfield doubled their tally.
The match was crying out for a goal but it wasn't to be. After the match we adjourned to the splendid Derby Tup, just a couple of minutes walk along Sheffield Road. This is another quality ale house and Timothy Taylor Landlord did not disappoint (as ever –Ed). We caught the bus back to town and a revisit to the Rutland facilitated a couple of pints of Buxton Best (4.3%) from the Buxton Brewery. Our train back to London was conveniently timed at 19:39 and we were able to reflect on a fine day out. The match may not have been the most entertaining but the friendly locals and good ale more than compensated.
Programme: £3-00 (68 pages)