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Lester's shirt retired

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 11:35 AM

At the dawn of the new season, Chesterfield FC broke the news of the retirement of the #14 shirt, last worn with distinction by Jack Lester. This is very much something associated more with the razzmatazz of sport in the United States, where football teams usually contain dozens of players and no-one bats an eyelid at a guy running out in the number 93, or whatever.

Over here we have not long since moved away from numbering our players 1 to 11, and to retire a number s...

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Heritage at The Hub

Posted on July 28, 2013 at 3:35 PM

One of the strands of the Community Trust’s work concerns the football club’s heritage.  The opening of The Hub in September gives a unique opportunity to showcase images and artefacts that represent the history of our Club.  I want to whole history of what made Chesterfield FC whether it is from 2001, 1919 or 1863.


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A local trophy re-surfaces

Posted on June 8, 2013 at 1:10 PM

When my friend and fellow history buff Peter Whiteley emailed me to say that he had been handed the Derbyshire Times Hospital Junior Cup Competition trophy and wondered what to do with it, a bell rang. "Hold on to it," I said, "since you might have been handed something we've actually won before."


And so it proves. Despite the trophy's name, its shape led to it being more popularly known as the "Derbyshire Times Shield," and the photo below shows the victorious Chesterfield...

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Don't talk about the war...

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM

One of the odd artefacts from the Club is what seems to be a miners’ lamp from Saarbrücken.  We played 1. FC Saarbrücken as part of the series of friendlies around the 1951 Festival of Britain.  We played two matches one against the Belgians of Anderlecht and the second against the team that I assumed came from West Germany.  Except our second lot of visitors were not from Germany.

If you look at the Saarbrücken team today they are in the ...

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How seasons unfolded

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM

A new entry to the "team" stats deserves a bit of explanation. "How seasons unfolded" displays the side's highest and lowest league positions during a season, and shows whether the highest pre-dated the lowest, or vice-versa. Other columns show the side's league position after ten games, and with ten games to go, beside the finishing position.

The last colu...

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Summertime stats update

Posted on May 25, 2013 at 3:15 AM

The update is coming along nicely. New to the lists is one that catalogues all the players who have scored both for us and against us in competitive football. That number currently stands at 108, I think, and includes 25 players who have scored against us for a side, and for us against the same side. The most recent of those is Marc Richards, who scored for and against us and Port Vale.

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This day in Spireite History: April 27th

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Two promotions and a championship have come the way of our first team, while other spireite sides have also brought honours to the club on this day.


The 2-0 defeat of Hartlepools United on April 27 1936 confirmed Chesterfield’s status as champions of the Third Division (North) and secured their promotion to Division Two. It marked the start of what might legitimately be considered the brightest period in the club’s history and also kick-started a programme of gr...

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Supersub swansong?

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Scott Boden’s unexpected recall to the Spireite colours from loan at Alfreton Town means that Jon Howard is no longer safe in his position as Chesterfield’s most-used substitute. Averaging a goal every five games from his 20 starts, Scott has come off the bench 83 times to net 11 goals. His starting record is therefore nearly twice as good as his scoring record when coming off the bench, yet it is for his achievements in that latter capacity that he will be remembered. In all, Sco...

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Can I play you every week?

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 5:45 PM

One of my latest doomed-to-be-half-finished projects on the facts and figures front is a list of every opponent who has scored a hat-trick or more against us. Some time soon I'll get up to make a cup of tea, or something, and forget that I started it.


Or I might get sidetracked by people like this chap, Bert Whitehurst, the Rochdale forward from the 1920s. Why him, particularly?

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No pen all hours

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 4:55 AM

Chesterfield will go into the Burton Albion game on Easter Saturday without having been awarded a penalty kick in their previous 54 Football League games. Dean Morgan’s winner against Sheffield Wednesday in game number 31 of the 2011-12 season was our last. Is this a record?


That’s a little difficult to establish, of course, because accurate records of penalty misses have never been kept. We can say that the club once went ninety-two games wit...

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