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Sergeant-Major Joe Smith, 13/11/1916

Posted on November 13, 2016 at 6:10 AM

The last former Spireite to lose his life in the series of engagements known as The Battle of the Somme died on November 13th, 1916.

Joe Smith was a powerful centre-half who signed from Birmingham in the summer that war broke out. He brought firmness and leadership to the side, and quickly became a favourite. Joe joined up halfway through the 1914-15 se...

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Billy Gerrish

Posted on August 7, 2016 at 11:25 AM

August 8th 2016 marks the centenary of the death of the former Chesterfield Town player Billy Gerrish, killed in action during the extended Battle of the Somme.

A competitive, scheming and powerfully-built inside-right, Bill was born in Bristol in 1888 and rose through local football to join Southern League Bristol Rovers in 1905. £200 paid for his transfer to Aston Villa in 1909. His s...

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Fred Bulcock

Posted on July 9, 2016 at 4:05 AM

Today marks the centenary of the death of Freddie Bulcock, the third former Chesterfield player to lose his life in the Great War. A clogger by trade, Fred lived at 55 Sheffield Road. A noted local athlete he joined The Spireites from his local Stonegravels Red Rose side in 1911 and stayed for one season, playing reserve football, before moving on to Hardwick Colliery and Staveley Town.

Fred was drafted into the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers upon enlistment in January 1915....

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Another Albert Nuttall photo

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM

No sooner do you find one piece about Albert Nuttall, the Chesterfield Town director who lost his life on active service in the Great War, than you stumble across another one. I'd had this photo in the files for an age, but hadn't known the names of the players. Yesterday, without searching for anything specific, it popped up, named, in an old Derbyshire Times.

It is of interest to Chesterfield FC historians because the Chesterfield Wednesday side, of which this is a photo, from around ...

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Another supreme sacrifice

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM

It might be considered inevitable that after we unveil a memorial to the club's war dead we should find another. This is not through want of dilligence in our research, but rather because new research tools are coming online all the time, and these were but dreams of ours when we started this madness, thirty years ago.

So it is that a random search discovered the story of one Albert Nuttall, gentlemens' outfitter and former Chesterfield Town director, who closed his business down and jo...

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A 1905-6 contract

Posted on November 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM

I'm indebted to Andrew Foster, grandson of our former player Joe Ball, for sending me a copy of his contract with the Chesterfield Town club, from the 1905-6 season. Joe joined us from Clowne White Star in 1903 and was sold to Bury for what might have been a British transfer record of £400 in December of that year. The fee is confirmed in Bury's minute books. Wiki suggests here that Alf Common's move to S...

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Gerry Burrell

Posted on November 1, 2014 at 6:25 AM

News reaches us that the former Spireite Gerry Burrell passed away in Belfast on October 25th, at the age of 90.

Belfast-born, Gerry was a schoolboy international and served his time as an electrician at Harland & Wolff while playing after the second world war with a Belfast Celtic side that has assumed almost legendary proportions. He crossed the water in 1947 to join St. Mirren ...

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3-0, and we didn't win

Posted on October 6, 2013 at 2:10 PM

First and foremost, congratulations to Morecambe for their spirited fightback to overturn a 3-0 halftime deficit and win, on Saturday 5th October 2013. Where does this archetypal "Game of two halves" stand in our history?

Going back to the formation of the Third Division (North) in 1921, we have had at least 95 halftime leads of three clear goals in first-team, competitive matches. (Ten early halftime scores are yet to be found.) The Morecambe game was the first occasion on which a...

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Top After Ten (1)

Posted on September 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM


With ten games of the 2013-14 season gone, the Chesterfield Football Club will sit proudly atop the League Two table. Perhaps surprisingly, this appears to be only the fourth time that we have occupied top spot in any division after ten games. Time allowing, I’ll look at the three previous times in the blog this week.

In 1933-4 Chesterfield bounced back from the pain of relegation from level two to lead the Third Division (North) table from September; there they remai...

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The Hub

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 4:20 PM

I moved from being a simple fan to a Club official because of the consultation on the original "The Clubs the Hub".  I have been regretting it ever since.

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