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Next season's away shirts- and their predecessors

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM

The Club is asking the fans to vote of next season’s awayshirt.  The page to see the selections is here.

Over the last 50 years we have worn change kits in thirteen different colours with a couple of distinctive third strips as well.  The majority of those change strips were red although this figure is skewed by a run of red through ...

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Sub record corrected

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Not for nothing does my Twitter biography call me a "purveyor of occasionally erronious historical football info to the good people of Chesterfield." Thankfully, an army of a couple of people swing into action at every claim, to check it and correct where neccessary. When you're dealing with thousands of facts a day, the odd error is likely to creep in.

The thing on the "Sky is Blue" Facebook page about our recent subless game at Dagenham is a case in point. Looking back through ol...

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This day in Spireite History: February 26th

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 2:15 AM

The former England international Joe Spence made his last Chesterfield appearance on this day in 1938 in a 4-0 defeat at Bury that might have been the catalyst for our appropriating their manager at the end of that season. Not that that sort of thing could ever happen again, of course...

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This day in Spireite History: February 23rd

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 4:45 AM

Be it ever so humble...

Chesterfield have played 11 Football League games on this day and, remarkably, all bar one have been at home. Our solitary away game was our first, a 3-2 win at Hartlepool in 1924; every game we’ve played in the league since (from 1929) has been at our place.


Results tend to come in clumps for us, on this day. Our first four February 23 games were won, then we went 51 years without gaining m...

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This Day in Spireite History: January 12th.

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 5:45 AM

Nine Football League games played on January 12th have seen Chesterfield win four and lose five, with no draws. Three out of four homes on this day have been won, with our only defeat being to Scarborough in 1991, when the first match of Chris McMenemy’s period of management rather set the tone for much of the rest of it. Phil Brown’s two penalties secured a win over today's opponents Northampton in 1985, while a single Trevor Hebberd goal on a howlingly cold Boothferry Park night...

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January 9th, 1954

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 3:10 AM

Keith Marsden (partly hidden) heads Chesterfield into the lead against Bury in an FA Cup, third round match played at The Recreation Ground on this day in 1954. George Smith, from whose collection this image came, is the other Chesterfield player. Chesterfield went on to win 2-0.

Tony McShane

Posted on January 6, 2013 at 5:30 AM

The former Chesterfield manager Tony McShane passed away in Plymouth on Christmas Eve, 2012.


Belfast-born, Tony joined Plymouth as a 21-year old wing-half and won promotion to division two with them in 1952. He moved on to Swindon before cutting his managerial teeth at Goole Town. Nine weeks as Scunthorpe manager saw him save the Iron from relegation to di...

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This Day in Spireite History: December 29th

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 5:00 AM

We’ve played eleven Football League games on December 29th, winning eight and losing two. Eight of these eleven games have been played at home: only Stockport’s 1-1 draw at Saltergate in 1990 prevents us from enjoying a 100% record in these home games. We haven’t lost on this day since going down 1-0 at our good old local Christmas rivals Plymouth, in 1979.


Our last home outing on this day was the 2-1 win over Notts County in 2001, in...

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This day in Spireite History: December 26th

Posted on December 26, 2012 at 6:40 AM

Given its status as a “traditional” football day it shouldn’t come as much surprise to learn that we’ve played more on December 26 than any other day. Our 63 games to date have seen 27 wins, 16 draws and 20 defeats, with 93 goals being scored and 78 conceded. The game against York City is only our second Boxing Day home game in the last seven years – of the 63 games we’ve played on this day, 29 have been home matches.

Is this a traditional day for loc...

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The first black player on The Rec?

Posted on December 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Our own Peter Foley, the 1960s? Doncaster's Charlie Williams, a decade earlier? Think sixty years before that!

Step forward Arthur Wharton, widely accepted as the first black professional footballer in the British game. There's a decent biography of him on the "Football Unites, Racism Divides" website here and I can...

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