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Chesterfield FC are a professional football club located in the town of Chesterfield in Derbyshire. Having spent most of their history playing in the lower leagues of English football, the club are currently members of England’s third tier, League One.
The history of Chesterfield Football Club starts in 1919, though there were previous incarnations of the club as far back as 1863.
In 1867, like with many football clubs created in the late 1800’s, a Chesterfield Football Club was founded as an offshoot of the local cricket club - in this case Chesterfield Cricket Club. In 1871, the football and cricket club separated, but both played their respective home matches at the Recreation Ground. In 1881, this Chesterfield Football Club closed down after a dispute with the cricket club.The Chesterfield players joined other football clubs in the local area. Many of these players rejoined, though, in 1884 when another Chesterfield Football Club was founded.
The club changed its name in 1891 to Chesterfield Town, and became a professional football club. After playing in the Sheffield & District League and the Sheffield Challenge Cup, Chesterfield Town joined the Midland League in 1896.
Four years later, the club were awarded a place in the Football League Second Division. Following a series of mid table finishes, the club finished bottom of the Second Division table for four consecutive seasons. The club applied to be re-elected to the Football League each time, and were successful, but in the 1908/1909 season their application was refused and the club returned to the Midland League.
The club were successful in their first season back in the Midland League, winning the division and finishing in the top five in five of the following six seasons. However, in 1915, Chesterfield Town went into liquidation. A new club of the same name was formed but closed down after two years, with the Football Association suspending members of the management and playing staff for illegal payments.
In 1919, the Chesterfield Borough Council formed a new Chesterfield Football Club. First known as Chesterfield Municipal FC, the club won the Midland title in its first season. The problem with Chesterfield Municipal is that they were a council run club, something that the Football Association and the Football League disagreed with. The club broke its ties with the council, and changed its name to Chesterfield name in 1920.
Chesterfield became one of the founding members of the Football League Third Division North. The club performed well in its new division, and won the Third Division North title in the 1930/1931 season, earning promotion to the Second Division.
However, Chesterfield’s time in the second tier was short lived. A 17th place finish preceded a 21st position finish and the club were relegated back to the Third Division North.
The club almost bounced back at the first time of asking, just missing out on another title. Promotion did come two years later, with Chesterfield winning another Third Division North championship in the 1935/1936 campaign.
After the Football League calendar resumed after the Second World War, Chesterfield became an inconsistent side. Finishes of 4th and 6th interspersed with 16th and 14th finishing positions and in the 1950/1951 season Chesterfield were relegated once more.
Back in the Third Division North, the club finished consistently in the top eight, including four consecutive 6th position finishes. However, Chesterfield began to struggle, with their troubles culminating in relegation to the Fourth Division in the 1960/1961 season.
Chesterfield’s struggles continued in the early 1960’s, with the club facing a series of relegation battles as they adapted to life in the Fourth Division. These struggles ended though in the 1969/1970 season when the club lifted the Fourth Division title, sealing a return to the third tier of English football.
Chesterfield spent 13 successive seasons in the Third Division but suffered relegation in the 1982/1983 campaign. They soon earned promotion though, when two years later the club won another Fourth Division title.
The topsy turvy nature of Chesterfield’s league form continued, though, and the club suffered another demotion in the 1988/1999 campaign. The club came close again to earning immediate promotion after reaching the Fourth Division playoff final, but lost in the final to Cambridge United.
In 1992, the Football League divisions were renamed following the introduction of the Premier League. The Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three. As such, Chesterfield began the 1992/1993 season in Division Three.
Two seasons later, Chesterfield reached the playoffs again. This time, the club was successful, beating Mansfield Town in the semi final and a win over Bury in the final.
The 1996/1997 campaign saw Chesterfield achieve their best ever FA Cup run, when they reached the semi final of the competition. They were eventually defeated by Middlesbrough, who won 3-0 in the semi final replay after the first match ended in a 3-3 draw.
The 1999/2000 season culminated in demotion, but the club achieved promotion the following season, despite backroom turmoil hitting the club. Chesterfield were given a nine point penalty for financial irregularities. New chairman Darren Brown had caused the club to go in a great amount of debt, and had tried to avoid paying the agreed fee to Chester City for their player Luke Beckett. Amongst this turmoil, the Chesterfield Football Supporters Society took over the club in 2001.
The football club suffered relegation again in the 2003/2004 campaign and were demoted to the newly named League Two. (The Football League divisions were rebranded once more, with Division One named the Championship, Division Two League One and Division Three League Two.
Chesterfield earned promotion back to League One in the 2010/2011 season, winning the League Two title. However, the club suffered an immediate relegation. Chesterfield earned a quick return to the third tier in the 2013/2014 season, picking up another League Two title in the process. The club almost earned consecutive promotions after reaching the League One playoffs, but were beaten at the semi final stage by Preston North End.
The 2016/2017 season is the third successive campaign Chesterfield have spent in League One.
The first Chesterfield crest featured a crooked spire. In 1945, this Chesterfield football badge was changed to a shield shape featuring the club’s initials intertwined.
In 1968, the Chesterfield football crest was based on the Chesterfield coat of arms, and became the club crest until the late 1970’s.
A new Chesterfield badge was then designed. This was based on the club’s original crest, and featured the crooked spire
From 1998 to 2010, the Chesterfield crest featured the intertwining club initials encased in a shield, which in turn was placed inside a blue and white circle with the club named printed around the top.
In 2010, the current Chesterfield badge was designed. This features the intertwined initials and a crooked spire, sat inside a shield with the club name across the top.
The Chesterfield colours are traditionally blue and white. These Chesterfield kit colours have been used since the club were reformed in 1919, though in the club’s first season the Chesterfield players wore black and white hooped shirts and white shorts and black socks.
From 1921 to 1928, the club colours were blue shirts, worn with white shorts and black socks with a blue trim. From 1928 to 1945, the Chesterfield players wore blue and white striped shirts, worn with dark blue or black shorts and blue and white hooped or black socks.
In 1945, plain blue shirts were reintroduced. From 1945 to 1972, the club wore blue shirts and white shorts with blue socks.
For the 1972/1973 season, the club adopted an all white strip, before reverting to blue shirts the following season. From 1973 to 1988, the Chesterfield colours were blue shirts with white shorts and white socks.
Since 1988, the Chesterfield players have worn blue shirts, white shorts and blue socks. For the 2016/2017 season, the Chesterfield kit featured a blue shirt with a horizontal white stripe down the side, worn with white shorts and blue socks.
The Chesterfield stadium is called the Proact Stadium. The club moved into this ground in 2010, and the stadium was first known as the B2net Stadium. The Chesterfield stadium capacity currently stands at 10,504.
The Chesterfield stadium layout features four main stands. These are the HTM Stand (West Stand), The Karen Child Stand (South Stand), the Rubicon Print Stand (North Stand) and the Spencers Solicitors Stand (East Stand).
Chesterfield had previously played at Saltergate, also known as the Recreation Ground. This Chesterfield stadium had a capacity of 8.504, and was used for football in Chesterfield since 1871, making it one of England’s oldest grounds before it was demolished in 2012.
The Chesterfield supporters enjoy a rivalry with Mansfield Town. This Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire derby has provided some fierce matches in the past, with a series of exciting clashes.
Chesterfield supporters also have rivalries with those from Rotherham United and the two Sheffield clubs Wednesday and United. Grimsby Town, Notts County, Doncaster Rovers, Derby County and Barnsley are also classed as rivals.
The current Chesterfield owner is Dave Allen. Allen is the majority shareholder of the club, and also holds the position of chairman.
Dave Allen first got involved with Chesterfield in 2009, whilst he was still a shareholder at Sheffield Wednesday. Allen invested millions into the club, helping Chesterfield achieve promotion and building the new Chesterfield stadium the Proact Stadium.
The list of Chesterfield stats begins with their all time record appearance maker. Dave Blakey holds that record, making 658 appearances for the club between 1948 and 1967.
Ron Powell, Albert Holmes, Ernie Moss, Sean O’Neill and Jamie Hewitt have all made 500 appearances or more for Chesterfield, the only players aside from Blakey to have achieved this feat.
Chesterfield’s all time record goalscorer is Ernie Moss. Moss scored 192 goals in 539 appearances for the club across three spells, from 1968 to 1975, 1979 to 1981 and 1984 to 1986.
The highest home attendance a Chesterfield side has played in front of is 30,561. This number of spectators watched Chesterfield play Tottenham Hotspur in 1938 at the Recreation Ground.
The highest attendance at the Proact Stadium is 10,089. This crowd figure was achieved against Rotherham United in 2011.
The current Chesterfield players list consists of 30 members of the first team squad, supported by the Chesterfield Academy. This list includes three players brought in on loan, and Ritchie Humphreys who holds the position of player-coach.
Notable ex Chesterfield players include Jack Lester, who’s number 14 shirt number was retired when he left the club in 2014; Horace Wass; Billy Kidd; George Smith, Gerry Sears; Sean Dyche; Kevin Davies and Jason Lee.
The oldest player to ever represent Chesterfield was Billy Kidd, who made a playing appearance aged 40 years and 232 days. The youngest player to have represented the club is Dennis Thompson, who made his first appearance aged 16 years and 159 days.
The current Chesterfield manager is Danny Wilson. Wilson took over the Chesterfield managerial reins in 2015, replacing Dean Saunders.
Danny Wilson became the 29th man to take charge in Chesterfield manager history.
Chesterfield are known for their quick turnover of managers. John Duncan holds the record for the most number of years in charge of the club, managing the club for eleven years, though this came in two spells, firstly from 1983 to 1987 and then again from 1993 to 2000. No other Chesterfield manager has been in charge of the club for more than seven years.
The Chesterfield honours list consists of four fourth tier titles (1969/1970, 1984/1985, 2010/2011 and 2013/2014); two third tier (Third Division North) titles (1930/1931 and 1935/1936); one fourth tier play off winner (1994/1995); one Anglo-Scottish Cup win (1980/1981); one Football League Trophy win (2011/2012); six Derbyshire Senior Cup wins (from 1899 to 1937); and four Derbyshire FA Centenary Cup wins (1995 to 2010).
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