Managers: their first game...

Posted on October 28, 2012 at 10:05 AM

You can argue that he didn’t pick the team, but Paul Cook was involved from the start of the first match following his recent appointment as Chesterfield manager, which ended in a disappointingly tame home defeat.

I though it might be interesting to see how the last ten appointees to the Chair of Misery at Chesterfield had fared on their first game in the job. Cook’s result merely continues a disappointing trend that has seen the last three managers start with a defeat.

Overall, the last ten managers’ first games in charge have produced an underwhelming won 2, drawn 3 and lost 5 record, with only 8 goals being scored and 14 conceded.

Oddly, perhaps, the only two managers to start with a win came to be regarded as among the worst of the ten.

On reflection, I suppose it isn’t peculiar that any new manager of Chesterfield FC should start with a defeat; of the nine before Cook, only Nicky Law left because someone else wanted him, while all the others were sacked (or not kept on beyond their contract expiry) because of poor results, so the new man came in with the team in a slump.

Here are the records of our last ten permanent appointments to the manager’s office:

Paul COOK                            Barnet                                       H       L            1-2

John SHERIDAN                   Torquay United                         A       L            0-2

Lee RICHARDSON               Swansea City                           A       L            0-2

Roy McFARLAND                 Wrexham                                  A       D            0-0

Dave RUSHBURY                Oldham Athletic                        H       W           4-2

Nicky LAW                             Bury                                          A       D            1-1

John DUNCAN                      Darlington                                 A       D            1-1

Chris McMENEMY                Scarborough                             H       L            0-1

Paul HART                             Bristol Rovers                           H       L            0-3

Kevin RANDALL                    Preston NorthEnd                    A       W           1-0

This website platform doesn't do tables ever so well. And if you copy & paste out of Word, it randomly deletes spaces between words. Sorry about that.




After Accrington

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Some notes to follow the entertaining 4-3 win against Accrington - our 19th win by that score since 1921.

The dismissal of Accrington's Liddle saw a Chesterfield opponent sent off in consecutive Football League games. This is not quite the rare occurrence I thought, when it first happened; there are five other occasions where the bath has run early in successive matches since the start of the 1996-7 season.


11.1.97 and 14.1.97: Two Bristolians, Rovers' Billy Clark and City's Darren Barnard, both went in successive games; their total pitch time amounted to only 27 minutes, with Clark going after just 9 minutes - a record for the fastest by an opponent from the kick-off that was equalled by Wycombe's Johnson this season.


15.9.2001 and 18.9.2001: Northampton's Marco Gabbiadini walked for memorably violent conduct after 18 minutes of our game at Sixfields, whereas Wrexham's Darren Chalk came on as a sub with the manager's instructions - "Get on there and put yourself about a bit" at the forefront of his mind, picking up two yellow cards. As far as we are aware he was the first sub to be sent off against us.


22.10.2002 and 26.10.2002: Andy Farrell (Halifax) and Ian Richardson (Notts County) both went for violent conduct...


2.10.2004 and 10.10.2004: did Jamie Smith (Bristol City) and Ian Ashbee (Hull City).


12.12.2008 and 20.12.2008: Consecutive league games, but with a cup game between them. We include this because the cup game's outcome was influenced by Pace & Co, electricians to the East Manchester area. "No job too small, or floodlight power cable too thick." The guilty players were Francis Green, of Macclesfield, sent off for fighting with Alan Goodall, which in Green's defence was never an easy thing to avoid, and our own Marc Richards, who went for thumping our own Aaron Downes at Vale Park. While playing for the other side, of course!