|Posted on November 3, 2012 at 7:10 PM|
Chesterfield's tremendous 6-1 win over Hartlepool in the FA Cup on November 3rd saw The Spireites score six goals in a match in the competition proper for the first time.
To find a bigger win at this stage of the competition we must go back to 1913-14. In those days, the fifth qualifying round was the equivalent of today’s first round proper, for the number of teams involved in it. On December 17th 1913 we played North Shields at home in a 4th qualifying round replay, and beat them 8-2 (with only three different goalscorers.) Half the regular North Shields team couldn’t get time off work for the game and the ref kicked off early to allow for the possibility of extra-time (no floodlights, of course.) We were apparently 5-0 up before the advertised kick-off time!
We beat Dronfield Woodhouse 11-1 in the preliminary round in1920-1. The game was drawn to be away, but played at Saltergate.
Anyone from County Durham had best look away, now.
Chesterfield had six different goalscorers in a game for only the fourth time in its history. Here are the other three:
25.4.1931: Chesterfield 8 Gateshead 1. Pynegar 3, Binks, Lee, T Bell, Schofield (pen,) Thornewell.
20.10.1956: Chesterfield 6, Gateshead 0. Hutchinson, Smallwood, F Capel, Sowden, Havenhand, Burrell.
9.3.1963: Chesterfield 6 Darlington 1. Lovie, Poole, Duncan, Meredith, Rackstraw, Clarke.
Chesterfield Town equalled the feat once:
19.4.1902: Chesterfield Town 8 Stockport County 1. Munday 3, Brown, McCracken, Earl, Taylor, O’Rourke.
Given the resources of a club like ours, it was perhaps a failing of the Sheridan regime that no trainee players were given at least a small taste of first-team action under his stewardship. By coming on late in the game against Hartlepool, Jack Broadhead thus became the first trainee to play for Chesterfield’s first team since Jordan Bowery in 2008-9. He was the first trainee defender to do so since Ashley Foyle in 2005-6, but it should be remembered that Foyle was part of a training scheme that briefly ran for three years; having turned 18 just one month ago, Jack is therefore the youngest defender to debut for Chesterfield since Gregg Pearce, in 1997.
No doubt more milestones will occur to us over the days to come (most goals in a game from non-forwards, anyone?) and we'll investigate these, as they do.