Little Known Football Fact #1: Gordon Banks Played For Chesterfield

I couldn’t possibly blog about Chesterfield without the obligatory picture of St Mary’s and All Saints Church.

That’s the crooked spire in case you’re not sure and it’s so famous that even the football team are nicknamed the Spirerites.

Chesterfield Spire 05.01.19  (3).jpg

Mind you, I wonder if their demotion last year to the Conference – and currently on the cusp of a double relegation – has had an impact on the pub trade in the town.

(I didn’t know this…)

Chesterfield pre emptive 05.01.19  (10).jpg

Think York, Stockport (Mudgie’s boys) and Torquay for clubs who have drifted down the leagues and a home fixture against Bromley seems infinitely less appealing than a local derby against Mansfield or Notts County.

Anyway after holding the mighty Solihull Moors to a 2-2 draw on New Year’s Day maybe 2019 will see a Spirerites revival although I am sure they would welcome a young Gordon Banks back into the fold!

Chesterfield spire 05.01.19  (6).jpg

The High Street knows how to sell itself and it had a nice little market too along with a classic looking boozer that I missed on this occasion.

chesterfield pre emptive 05.01.19 (4)

But, one I didn’t miss as it was part of the ‘Brampton Mile’ was 333 – The Tap House S40 2BY, which I think has had many guises and name changes over the years but has settled on being the Tap House for Barlow Brewery.

Chesterfield Tap House 05.01.19  (2).jpg

It’s a classic old pub with etched windows, tiled flooring, great hanging baskets and a central bar

Chesterfield Tap House 05.01.19  (30).jpg

and it was fairly quiet when my pal and I entered at around 3pm on a Saturday but the conversation was still witty in a ‘proper pub’ way at the bar between the boys who were friendly and eager to chat.

Chesterfield Tap House 05.01.19  (21).jpg

The one thing I noticed about all the boozers in Chesterfield is that, and this isn’t always the case, they were all complimentary about each other and happy to recommend other places to have a pint in.

Chesterfield Tap House 05.01.19  (25).jpg

However, I have a confession to make – I missed out on the Bass!

Chesterfield Tap House 05.01.19  (11).jpg

I realise this may mean another blogging ban but this day did provide other opportunities

Chesterfield Tap House 05.01.19  (10).jpg

that I gratefully accepted and I was more than happy with the Devotion (Abbeydale).

Chesterfield Tap House 05.01.19  (20).jpg

Rich would have been pleased to see plenty of Neck Oil on offer too and my mate had a third pint taster tray and the consensus was that the best beer on offer originated from Barlow themselves in the form of Mish Mash.

Chesterfield Tap House 05.01.19  (27).jpg

This was a classic boozer  but a much bigger space needs more people in it to generate a buzzing atmosphere and might be why established Micros, in the right location, can be louder and livelier.

chesterfield tap house 05.01.19 (14)

Nonetheless, this is an excellent town centre pub and well worth a visit as one of many options to explore.

16 thoughts on “Little Known Football Fact #1: Gordon Banks Played For Chesterfield

  1. Rich would have joined you on the Abbeydale – I quite like their beers, they seemed to up their game a bit about 12 – 18 months ago and they’re doing some really interesting stuff. A lot of places who keep it will tell you Moonshine is the top seller but they are turning out much more interesting beers these days; nothing wrong with Moonshine though.

    I make no comment about the price of the beer, other than to say that Gordon Banks was transferred for a record fee of £7k in 1959, I’m sure the Dinosaurs of the day would have cried – How Much!

    If you ‘had’ to go in goal when you were a kid in my day then the only person to be was Gordon Banks.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. “That’s the crooked spire in case you’re not sure.”

    Sigh; guilty as charged. (blush)

    Did they get the architect who did the leaning Tower of Pisa for that? 🙂

    “(I didn’t know this…)”

    Crikey!*

    *(I know it’s not the same as football but I was pretty good at chesterfield rugby back in the day). 😉

    “although I am sure they would welcome a young Gordon Banks back into the fold!”

    Who wouldn’t?

    “and a central bar”

    What? No left or right? 😉

    “but the conversation was still witty in a ‘proper pub’ way ”

    I do believe I’d fit right in. 🙂

    “they were all complimentary about each other and happy to recommend other places to have a pint in.”

    Good for them.

    “I realise this may mean another blogging ban but this day did provide other opportunities”

    I’ve got your back.
    (since you let me off easy) 🙂

    “and my mate had a third pint taster tray ”

    Yikes! Ok, you’re on your own vis-a-vis RM now! (LOL)

    “and might be why established Micros, in the right location, can be louder and livelier.”

    Interesting point.

    Cheers

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s