Richard O'Donnell

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Richard O'Donnell will become the 107th September-born player to make his Football League bow for Chesterfield when we kick off at York on September 8th, so long as Norm doesn't nobble him, and play himself!

Richard will celebrate his 24th birthday four days later, and is one of nine Spireites born on Sptember 12th. He was born on the same date in 1988 as David Dowson (and yes, a future blog post will cover Spireites born on the same day!) and he shares his birthday with Spireite legend Steve Ogrizovic. Mind you, so did Rob Beckwith.

He'll be Chesterfield FC's 68th Football League goalkeeper, the third whose name begins with "O" and will have to concede fewer than six goals to enjoy a better debut than Nathan Abbey. He is our 79th Sheffielder; our other Dee-dah goalkeepers are Max Ashmore, Malcolm Brunt, Gordon Banks and Cyril Hibberd.

Richard was allocated number 13 in Chesterfield's squad. Since the introduction of a squad number system those Spireites who cocked a snook at superstition and wore that number are:

1999-2000: Andy Leaning & John Vaughan.

2000-1, 2001-2: Joel Armstrong.

2002-3, 2003-4, 2004-5, 2005-6, 2006-7: none.

2007-8: Felix Bastiens.

2008-9: none.

2009-10: Barry Conlon.

2010-11: Mark Crossley.

2011-12: Greg Fleming.

Felix Bastiens made a point of asking for the number, and was the only Spireite in seven seasons to wear it. Odd that - I'd never have had Rico down as a superstitious man!


Categories: Milestones, Goalkeepers