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Full name
Chesterfield Football Club
Nickname(s)
The Spireites
Founded
24 April 1919 [1[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-four_clubs-0|]]]
Ground
B2net Stadium
Chesterfield
(Capacity: 10,400)
Chairman
Barrie Hubbard
Manager
John Sheridan
League
League One
2011–12
League One, 22nd
Website
Club home page


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Chesterfield Football Club (
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/ˈɛstərfld/) is an English football club based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, which plays in Football League One, the third tier of English football. The club were founder members of the Football League Third Division North in 1921–22[1[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-four_clubs-0|]]] and have remained in the Football League since that time. While they have never played in the top flight, they rose to the second tier twice in the 1930s.
Having moved from their historic home of Saltergate after the 2009–10 season, Chesterfield now play their home games at the 10,400 capacity B2net Stadium.
Three prior clubs called Chesterfield F.C. or Chesterfield Town F.C. also operated, all of them basing themselves at Saltergate. However, despite the common location, a continuously existing club can only be dated from 1919. [1[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-four_clubs-0|]]]
Chesterfield's most notable recent successes came in the 1990s, when they won the Division Three playoff final at Wembley in 1995 and reached the FA Cup semi-finals two years later. They were the first club from outside the top two divisions to reach this stage of the competition since Plymouth Argyle in 1984. On 7 May 2011 Chesterfield beat Gillingham to secure the League 2 title.
John Sheridan is the current manager having been given a three year contract in June 2009, along with his assistant Tommy Wright. In 2011, Dave Allen was given full ownership of the club. Chris Turner was appointed as the club's new Chief Executive.

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[edit] History

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Former Chesterfield F.C. crest giving the questionable 1866 foundation date

[edit] Early Chesterfield Football Clubs

The first Chesterfield Football Club was formed in the late 1860s, as an offshoot of Chesterfield Cricket Club. (The exact date of its foundation is disputed: many sources list the year as 1866, but the current club's official site states that there is no evidence for its existence prior to October 1867. [1[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-four_clubs-0|]]] Despite this, club memorabilia and literature have frequently given 1866 as the year of formation).
The cricket and football clubs moved to the Recreation Ground at Saltergate in 1871, the same year that they became separate entities. However, a souring of the relationship between the two led to the closure of the football club a decade later, in 1881, when it found itself homeless.[2[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-basson_sunset-1|]]] There was a team called Chesterfield Spital entering the early years of the FA Cup.
Three years later a new Chesterfield Football Club was formed, again making its home at Saltergate.[1[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-four_clubs-0|]]] After changing its name to Chesterfield Town, the club turned professional in 1891 and won several local trophies in the following two seasons, entering the FA Cup for the first time in 1892. Chesterfield joined the Midland League in 1896, and successfully applied for a place in the Second Division of the Football League at the start of the 1899–1900 season, finishing seventh. After finishing bottom of the League three years in a row, the club failed to gain re-election to the League in 1909, returning to the Midland League.[3[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-Rough_Guide-2|]]]
In 1915 Chesterfield Town was put into voluntary liquidation and a new club with the same name was formed by a local restauranteur to play wartime football using locally-based "guests" from Football League clubs. It lasted only two years before its management and players were suspended by the FA for illegal payments and the club shut down. [1[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-four_clubs-0|]]] [4[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-potted_history-3|]]].

[edit] Current club

To fill the footballing gap left in the town, Chesterfield Borough Council formed a new club in April 1919, Chesterfield Municipal F.C., seeing it as a way to spearhead improvements in local recreational provision. The new club made great strides on the pitch in its first season, lifting the Midland League title – and did so despite three changes of management. However, the Football Association and Football League had already made clear their vehement opposition to a council-run club and ultimately forced it to cut its ties and become independent, reflected in a name change to Chesterfield F.C. in December 1920.[1[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-four_clubs-0|]]][5[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-4|]]][4[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-potted_history-3|]]].
In 1921–22, Chesterfield F.C. became a founder member of the new Football League Third Division North. Following the arrival of new manager Ted Davison in 1926 and chairman Harold Shentall in 1928, the club won the Third Division North title in the 1930–31 season with an 8–1 victory over Gateshead on the final day, and were promoted to the Second Division. Relegation followed in 1933, but the Third Division North title was again won in 1936.[3[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-Rough_Guide-2|]]]
After the war the club achieved their best League position, finishing fourth in the Second Division in 1946–47. However, the sale of several players at the end of the season reduced their overall quality, and Chesterfield were relegated at the end of the 1950–51 season. They were placed in the Third Division on its formation at the start of the 1958–59 season; future England international goalkeeper Gordon Banks made his professional debut in a Third Division game in November 1958, but was sold to Leicester City for a then-club record £7,000 fee at the end of the season. In 1961 Chesterfield were relegated to the Fourth Division for the first time.[3[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-Rough_Guide-2|]]]
Chesterfield spent eight seasons in the Fourth Division, earning promotion as champions in 1969–70 under manager Jimmy McGuigan. The Anglo-Scottish Cup was won in 1981. The club was relegated in 1983–84, and won the Fourth Division title the following season. Financial difficulties forced Chesterfield Borough Council to bail out the club in 1985 and the club's training ground to be sold. Relegation followed in 1988–89; Chesterfield reached the play-off competition a year later, but were beaten by Cambridge United in the play-off final. The arrival of John Duncan as manager in 1993 was followed in the 1994–95 season by play-off victories over Mansfield Town and Bury to earn promotion to the redesignated Second Division.[3[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-Rough_Guide-2|]]]
The 1996–97 season saw Chesterfield beat six clubs including Premier League side Nottingham Forest to reach the semi-final of the FA Cup for the first time. The semi-final match against Middlesbrough was drawn 3–3 after extra time; Chesterfield lost the replay 3–0.[6[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-5|]]]
The club were relegated to the Third Division in 2000 following a run of 21 games without a win, and chairman Norton Lea was replaced by Darren Brown. The following year, Chesterfield were deducted nine points for financial irregularities after Brown attempted to avoid paying Chester City the fee agreed by the FA for Luke Beckett. Amid mounting evidence of fraud, he relinquished control of the club in March 2001 and ownership passed to a hastily organised fans' group, the Chesterfield Football Supporters Society. Massive debts run up by Brown forced the club into administration, but the team still secured the division's final automatic promotion place. (Brown was later sentenced to four years in prison following a Serious Fraud Office investigation that led to charges including false accounting, furnishing false information and theft).[7[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-6|]]]
The Second Division was renamed to Football League One for the 2004–05 season. Two years later Chesterfield were relegated to Football League Two, although they did reach the regional semi-final of the Football League Trophy and the fourth round of the Football League Cup in the same year. The following three seasons saw no change in their League status.[8[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-fc-7|]]]
On 22 April 2011 Chesterfield were promoted to League One after a 0–0 draw between Wycombe Wanderers and Torquay United confirmed that the former could not catch Chesterfield, who had been top of League Two since 16 October 2010.[9[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-8|]]] On 7 May 2011 Chesterfield were crowned League Two champions following a 3–1 victory against Gillingham.[10[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-9|]]]
Chesterfield won the Football League Trophy in March 2012, defeating Swindon Town 2-0 in the final.[11[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-10|]]]
On 28 April 2012, Chesterfield were relegated back to League Two following a 3-2 loss to Yeovil Town, after just one season in League One.

[edit] Stadium

Chesterfield now play their home games at the new £13 million B2net Stadium. The first match at the B2net Stadium was against Derby County in a pre season friendly in which Derby won 5–4. The first goalscorer at the B2net Stadium was Craig Davies. The first competitive match at the team's new home was against Barnet, a 2–1 win during the first half of which Dwayne Mattis scored the first League goal at the ground. The last game to take place at Saltergate had been against A.F.C. Bournemouth on Saturday 8 May 2010. Chesterfield were 1–0 down at half time, but second half goals from Lester 10 minutes from time and Niven in the sixth minute of injury time, saw supporters invade the pitch for the first time, meant Saltergate was sent off with an impressive 2–1 win over already promoted A.F.C. Bournemouth. Emotions spilled over at the final whistle as the capacity crowd invaded the pitch for a 2nd time in celebration, and to say goodbye. The club moved to the B2net Stadium in July 2010. Chesterfield suffered their first home league defeat at the B2net Stadium after a 2–1 loss at Burton Albion on 13 November 2010. The highest attendance at the B2net Stadium was 10,089 at home to Rotherham United which they won 5–0 with Jack Lester getting a hat-trick.[12[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_fc#cite_note-Chairman.27s_AGM_New_Stadium_Statement-11|]]]
On 30 January 2012 Chesterfield secured a return to Wembley by winning 1–0 at Boundary Park to beat Oldham Athletic 3–1 on aggregate in the Northern Final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. This was particularly welcome for supporters following a dreadful run of form which had seen the Spireites fail to win a League game in 17 attempts, slump to the bottom of the League 1 table and lose at home in the FA Cup to Torquay United.

[edit] Honours

[edit] Minor Honours

[edit] Youth Honours

  • North & Midlands East Conference Winners: 2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11
  • FA Youth Cup Runners Up: 1955/56

[edit] Other Awards

  • FA Cup Giantkillers Trophy: 1996/97

[edit] Player records

[edit] Kit Manufacturers and sponsors

Period
Kit Supplier
Kit Sponsor
1976-79
Bukta

1979–82
Adidas

1982-83
Latif

1983-88
Latif
Coalite
1988-90
Bukta
Coalite
1990-92
Matchwinner
Coalite
1992–94
Matchwinner
North Derbyshire Health Authority/Gordon Lamb
1994–96
Matchwinner
North Derbyshire Health Authority/GK
1996–98
Super League
North Derbyshire Health Authority
1998-2000
Super League
Kenning Autos
2000–01
Aspire
Gordon Lamb
2001–02
TFG
Gordon Lamb
2002–03
Turf Sports
Gordon Lamb/Vodka Kick
2003–04
Uhlsport
Gordon Lamb/Vodka Kick
2004–05
Branded
Autoworld/Vodka Kick
2005-07
TFG
Autoworld/Vodka Kick
2007–08
Lotto
Vodka Kick
2008–10
Bukta
Vodka Kick
2010–12
Respect
Vodka Kick
2012-
Puma
Kick Energy

[edit] Club records

[edit] Players

[edit] Current squad

As of 8 May 2012Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.

Position
Player
1
England
England

GK
Tommy Lee
2
England
England

DF
Neal Trotman
7
England
England

MF
Mark Allott
9
England
England

FW
Craig Westcarr
10
England
England

MF
Danny Whitaker
14
England
England

FW
Jack Lester
19
England
England

FW
Scott Boden
21
England
England

FW
Jordan Bowery
23
England
England

MF
Mark Randall



No.

Position
Player
24
England
England

MF
Craig Clay
25
England
England

DF
Drew Talbot
27
England
England

MF
Tendayi Darikwa
28
Jamaica
Jamaica

DF
Nathan Smith
29
England
England

FW
Jacob Hazel

England
England

GK
Richard O'Donnell

England
England

MF
Jack Waddle

England
England

FW
Jonathan Wafula

[edit] Notable former players

For a list of notable Chesterfield players in sortable-list format see List of Chesterfield F.C. players.

[edit] Managers


[edit] Notes

  1. ^ //**a**// //**b**// //**c**// //**d**// //**e**// //**f**// //**g**// //**h**// //**i**// //**j**// Basson, Stuart (6 June 2010). "Four clubs for Chesterfield". Chesterfield F.C.. http://www.chesterfield-fc.co.uk/page/History/0,,10435~897585,00.html. Retrieved 2011-08-31. "Although there is a widely-held belief that the first Chesterfield club was formed in 1866, no contemporary documentary evidence has been found to substantiate a claim for formation earlier than October 19th., 1867... The Chesterfield Town FC (1899) Ltd was put into voluntary liquidation in 1915... This left a vacuum that the Chesterfield Borough Council filled by the formation of the Chesterfield Municipal FC on April 24th, 1919... That Chesterfield FC is the one that we watch today... Having done the research I favour the 1919 date."
  2. ^ Basson, Stuart (2010) "Saltergate Sunset: The Story of the Recreation Ground, Chesterfield", Chesterfield F.C., p27
  3. ^ //**a**// //**b**// //**c**// //**d**// Goldstein, Dan (1999). The Rough Guide to English Football: A fans' handbook 1999–2000. Rough Guides Ltd. pp. 154–158. ISBN 1-85828-455-4.
  4. ^ //**a**// //**b**// Basson, Stuart (13 June 2010). "Chesterfield FC: a potted history". Chesterfield F.C.. http://www.chesterfield-fc.co.uk/page/History/0,,10435~1053686,00.html. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  5. ^ Basson, Stuart (8 June 2011). "Seasons of Plenty 3". Chesterfield F.C.. http://www.chesterfield-fc.co.uk/page/History/0,,10435~2373653,00.html.
  6. ^ "Chesterfield Football Club – The Spireites". football-england.com. http://www.football-england.com/Chesterfield_Football_Club_CFC_Spireites_FC.html.
  7. ^ Conn, David (28 September 2005). "Prison finally catches up with Chesterfield's crooked Spireite". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2005/sep/28/chesterfield.
  8. ^ Chesterfield at the Football Club History Database
  9. ^ "Chesterfield promoted to League One after Wycombe draw". BBC Sport. 22 April 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13171930.stm.
  10. ^ "Chesterfield 3 – 1 Gillingham". BBC Sport. 2 May 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13247192.stm.
  11. ^ "Chesterfield 2-0 Swindon". BBC Sport. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17419742. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Chairman's AGM New Stadium Statement". Chesterfield Football Club. 2009-01-22. http://www.chesterfield-fc.co.uk/page/ClubAnnouncements/0,,10435~1529604,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
  13. ^ Chesterfield players with 100+ Football League appearances
  14. ^ "Ernie Moss". Chesterfield FC Official Site. 2 January 2008. http://www.chesterfield-fc.co.uk/page/PastPlayersDetail/0,,10435~73800,00.html. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  15. ^ Chesterfield youngest debutants
  16. ^ Chesterfield oldest debutants and oldest players
  17. ^ Record attendances and receipts

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