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League One Preview: Chesterfield

29 June 2015

A look at the teams we'll be taking on next season - today we look at Chesterfield...

About Chesterfield


Nicknamed The Spireites, Chesterfield are a club based in Derbyshire. The Spireites are another side who the Shakers are familiar with having spent several seasons alongside them in both League 1 and League 2. Our most memorable encounter with Chesterfield was on 25th April 2011 when the Shakers clinched promotion to League 1 at the Proact Stadium in a nail biting 3-2 victory, with Ryan Lowe scoring the winning goal. 


How did they get on last season?

The Spireites surprised many in their first season back in Sky Bet League 1 with a finish in the play-offs. The side were knocked out of the play-offs by eventual champions Preston North End in the two-legged semi-final. 

Who's the Gaffer?

Dean Saunders. Saunders took over at Chesterfield in May after Paul Cook left for the Portsmouth job. Saunders signed a two-year contract with the Spireites when his short-term contract as Interim Manager at Crawley Town came to an end. Saunders has managed clubs such as Wrexham, Doncaster Rovers and Wolves. Saunders began his footballing career at his hometown club of Swansea as a striker, he went on to play for the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion, Derby County, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Galatasaray, Nottingham Forest and Benfica, just to name a few. 

Who’s the star player?

Last season’s stand out man was attacking midfielder/right-back Tendayi Darikwa whose consistent performances during the course of last season saw his teammates vote him Players' Player of the Season and the club's fans vote him their Player of the Year.

In his early days at the club he played the part of an attacking midfielder, but under the management of Paul Cook he was switched to an attacking right-back position, a position which has brought him a great deal of success.

Last season Tendayi’s name featured on all 56 team sheets, this saw him become the Spireites' first ever-present outfield player in a season since Tom Curtis in 1995-96.

About the ground

The Proact Stadium (formerly known as the b2net Stadium) is an all-seater football stadium in Whittington Moor, Chesterfield. It has a capacity of approximately 10,500. When the Shakers make the trip over to Chesterfield we will be housed in the North Stand (The 'Rubicon Print’ Stand) where up to 2,088 can be seated.

vs record

Games won: 35

Games drawn: 20

Games lost: 30

What are the current odds on Chesterfield getting promoted next season?

 League One this coming season. Sky BetChesterfield are priced at 11/2 to gain promotion from 

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