|Posted on September 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM|
Richard O'Donnell and Jacob Hazel became the 34th and 35th players to make a full, competitive debut against York City when play began at Bootham Crescent on September 8th, 2012. Ten of those previous debuts were made by players in cup competitions, so in Football League terms, they are our 24th and 25th against The Minstermen.
O'Donnell is only the second Spireite keeper to debut against York and, listening to the commentary, he's already done better than Mike Pollitt, who conceded in the opening minute of his debut on the opening day of the "Darren Brown" season.
Six players made their debuts against York that day; apart from Pollitt, the starters were Steve Tutill, Lee Richardson, Sean Parrish and Luke Beckett, while Jamie Ingledow came off the bench to make his first appearance for the club.
Four of our debutants scored during their opening game; Harold Roberts, in the 1945-6 FA Cup, and Gwyn Lewis, Rob Alleyne and Sean Parrish in league matches.
The last Chesterfield player to make his full Football League debut against York and end up on the losing side was George Duncan, on August 26th, 1961.