My first girlfriend's mum ran off with a miner called Ron from Arkwright Town so she went to live there as well. It was like stepping back a generation. Families there still called their sons and daughters old-fashioned names, and Ron's own kids were called Frank and Dot. Boys and girls would get married in their teens to someone who lived on the same street, then get a divorce and move in with someone across the road.
The miners, if they could have done so, would have lived their entire lives within a triangle of pit, club and home. Once a year they would be dragged moaning and groaning to Skeggy for a day out and they would insist on taking the dog with them. If Ron were still alive when the village was knocked down he probably hid in the cellar to avoid moving to the new one, in which case he'll still be down there to this day.
Ivan Hollett, from Pinxton, was the fans' favourite in the mid sixties, and had been sold to Chesterfield for a knockdown £1000 as a neighbourly gesture from Mansfield after Chesterfield centre forward Ralph Hunt was killed in a road accident, and since Saltergate had no floodlights the testimonial match for Mrs Hunt and her children took place at Mansfield as well.
In his autobiography, Paul Holland (Mansfield, Sheffield United, Chesterfield and Bristol City, and admirer of the steps leading down to Anstey's Cove) pays tribute to Ivan's influence on his career and considers him a great friend.