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Leicester's Young Guns Too Strong For Weakened Matlock
Wednesday 30th July 2014 The young guns of Premiership new boys Leicester City were too strong for a youthful injury hit Gladiators line up, although the Foxes final two strikes were delayed until the dying embers of the contest.
Tuesday night's Autoworld Arena clash saw Matlock give their all, but they were facing a big and athletic Leicester under 21 side who in all probability, would not look out of place in the Championship.
Goalkeeper Jon Kennedy was named skipper and was the only Gladiator over the age of thirty in an unfamiliar line up missing a host of household... READ MORE...
How-ell Do You Do! Alfreton Bring In More New Blood
Wednesday 30th July 2014 Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has brought former Reds player Anthony Howell back to the club on a one-year deal ahead of the 2014/15 Conference Premier season.
Howell, 28, recently left Mansfield Town after two seasons with the Stags, in which he helped them to the Conference Premier Division title at the end of the 2012/13 campaign. He is primarily a central midfield player but can also operate as a striker or winger and was previously with Alfreton for two-and-a-half seasons, helping the club win the Conference North title in the 2010/11 campaign. Anthony (left) is Manager Law's eleventh new signing of the summer.
Holmebrook Park Hosts 'Festival Of Football'
Tuesday 29th July 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by the CASA Hotel
Chesterfield football fans can put their best foot forward at a festival of football to celebrate the reopening of pitches at Holmebrook Valley Park.
The event, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, takes place on Sunday 3rd August from 10am to 2pm and allows residents to try out the improved football pitches at the park. The event is free and there is no need to book.
Coaches from Chesterfield Football Club, the Football Association and local coaches will be offering training for youngsters. READ MORE...
Staveley MWFC Take On Chesterfield FC In Preseason Friendly
Monday 28th July 2014
A very local derby tonight (Monday 28th July 2014), as League One Chesterfield FC and NCEL Premier Division Staveley MWFC meet in a friendly at Inkersall Road, ko at 7:30pm.
After Staveley Chairman Terry Damms' recent negotiations to form a close link with the Chesterfield FC Youth Team, the Spireites are returning the favour by taking on their close neighbours in another pre-season warm up game, with ex Premier League Ref Uriah Rennie doing the honours. Admission is £5 adults and £3 concessions, The Cafe, Bar and Tower Bar will be open and all are welcome!
Victoria Tackles Gruelling Desert Marathon For Local Charity
Monday 28th July 2014 A Chesterfield woman is set to go the 'extra 150 miles' for a Chesterfield based children's cancer charity when she takes on a gruelling marathon challenge in the Sahara Desert.
Victoria Crampton, 24, will compete in the Marathon de Sables - dubbed the toughest footrace on earth - in aid of Chesterfield based national charity, Kids 'n' Cancer, which specialises in securing Proton Therapy treatment for young people with different forms of cancer.
The challenge, which will take place in April 2015, will see... READ MORE...
Spireites Step Up Pre-Season With Draw Against Leeds United
Monday 28th July 2014 Leeds took the lead from the penalty spot through Rodolph Austin shortly after half time before a well taken brace from Sam Morsy put Chesterfield ahead, only for Austin to deny the Spireites a Championship scalp with a second penalty five minutes from time.
Amid anxiety surrounding the financial power of the club ahead of the coming season, Paul Cook's side produced a first half performance that called into question the one division between the two sides.
Jay O'Shea returned from a hamstring injury to partner... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Matlock Make It Five Pre-season Wins In A Row
Monday 28th July 2014
The Gladiators made it five successive pre-season wins with a 3-1 win in the searing heat of Worksop's Sandy Lane, after an impressive display of passing football.
Oscar Radford, Jason Stokes and Leon Osborne were the goalscorers, putting Matlock into a commanding position against their Toolstation NCEL Premier Division opponents, before former Gladiator Lee Whittington pulled one back for the Parras who also included former Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Alan Quinn plus former Buxton player manager... READ MORE...
Matlock Notch Up Pre-Season Friendly Win Over Mansfield
Thursday 24th July 2014 Corey Gregory's 13th minute header won the game for Matlock, who after looking like hitting a cricket score, increasingly lost their way as the game wore on.
Here lies a lesson for Matlock, one that bit them on the behind many times last season. Be ruthless, take the opportunities that come your way, else you might be punished.
On the night, a youthful Mansfield outfit had neither the quality nor the strength to unhinge the Gladiators back four, but better sides might have... READ MORE...
Staveley MWFC Host Inaugural Interleague Toolstation Cup
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Staveley Miners Welfare FC will be hosting the Toolstation Cup, the first ever interleague match between the Toolstation Northern Counties East League and the Toolstation Western League, at their Inkersall Road ground on July 26th at 3pm.
Knaresborough Town, winners of the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Cup, will take on hugely competitive Bristol Manor Farm, runners up in the Western League 2013/14 season, in the game which will showcase the leagues' talents at their very best. READ MORE...
"We Haven't Cut The Budget!" Chris Turner Talks
Tuesday 22nd July 2014 After the surprise statement from Club chairman Dave Allen regarding the club's finances yesterday, The Chesterfield Post spoke with Chesterfield FC's CEO Chris Turner to clarify matters.
He confirmed that no new money would be available for signings, although that does not mean that there would not be anyone allowed to sign. He said, "We haven't cut the budget, it's exactly the same as last season. We had hoped to have a bit more in the kitty with what we were going to make from the concerts but it's left us a bit tight."
The shortfall came to light at the end of June confirms... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Matlock Deservedly Win Against Grimsby - Plus Fixtures News
Tuesday 22nd July 2014 Amongst the Gladiators pre-season build up, they put together a promising performance at the weekend as they deservedly beat Grimsby Town, who were beaten play off semi-finalists in the Conference National last term.
Goals from trialist forward Ben Hutchinson and Leon Osborne earned Matlock their victory, with Scott Neilson scoring in between for the visitors, who included former Matlock goalscoring hero Ross Hannah in their attack.
Hannah was recovering from a jaw injury and had little chance... READ MORE...
Disappointment As CFC Chairman Hints At No New Signings
Monday 21st July 2014 After weeks of speculation regarding signings, there was disappointment throughout the Chesterfield FC fan base with the release of Chairman Dave Allen's statement confirming that the budget had been 'trimmed' - and that no new signings were therefore imminent.
Businessman Allen, who is widely credited for overseeing the move from Saltergate to the PROACT, has been on record as saying he has pumped over £7 million into the club, some of that funding new players.
With the club now back in League One and looking to stay there... READ MORE...
Interview With Spireites CEO Chris Turner - "We Have No Fears"
Sunday 20th July 2014 Following on from our interview with Chesterfield FC's CEO Chris Turner, regarding the academy, we caught up with him last week for a few words about preparations for next season in League One.
Turner feels that pre-season is going well and unperturbed, he says, by results, "The boys are looking fit. They've worked extremely hard, the games are part of the process - to be 100% fit come August 9th at Leyton Orient.
"The games we've had so far - the afternoon at Buxton was a training game, Matlock was bit longer for the players, Shrewsbury Saturday..." READ MORE & AUDIO...
"We'll Give It Our Best Shot" - Interview With CFC's Kev Lynch
Tuesday 15th July 2014
With the season start just under a month away, Chesterfield FC are looking ahead and preparing for life in League One.
It's a busy pre season programme with trips already made to Buxton, Matlock and Shrewsbury resulting in a draw, a win and a loss!
The Chesterfield Post spoke to First Team Development Manager Kevin Lynch who was, this time last year, about to begin his first season at the PROACT, after being brought here by Paul Cook from non-league Marine FC... READ MORE & AUDIO...
"We Try To Do It The Right Way" Spireites On Sponsorship
Monday 14th July 2014 Following our recent report that Chesterfield's academy has retained its category 3 status - auditors from Double PASS found the club to meet standards that are set throughout the Premier League and Football League - the club is now appealing for local businesses and organisations to share in its success.
Although the Spireites fell slightly short of the required pass mark in an initial audit in November last year - meaning they were threatened with a downgrade to category 4 that would have seen a drastic decrease in funding and the loss of the U9 to U16 programmes - the club elected for an early re-audit... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Darikwa Agrees Contract Extension
Saturday 12th July 2014 Chesterfield FC star Tendayi Darikwa has agreed a contract extension which ties him to the club until the summer of 2016.
After putting pen to paper on the deal, the versatile youngster said: "I'm delighted to get it sorted out and I can't wait for the season to start. I can focus on the football side of things now after talking about my contract situation with my agent over the last few months. Hopefully I can repay the club with some good performances next season. I think we've got a good group of players and there's no reason why we can't push on." Darikwa, 22, is closing in on 100 appearances for the Spireites after making his senior debut against Burton Albion in the FA Cup in November 2010.
Chesterfield CEO Eyes Larger Attendances At The Proact
Tuesday 8th July 2014
Chesterfield Chief Executive Chris Turner has eyed larger attendances at the Proact next season in order to provide a more competitive budget for Paul Cook to seek promotion to the Championship.
As yet, the ticket office at the Proact Stadium has seen a slight increase in season ticket sales with a figure of around 4,000 sold for the coming campaign.
Chesterfield can anticipate a rise in the number of away supporters next season in a much more local league than the title winning season that... READ MORE...
Spireites Start Pre-Season With A Draw At Buxton
Tuesday 8th July 2014
Chesterfield opened their pre season campaign with a 1-1 draw against local side Buxton at the Silverlands.
Former Matlock striker Shaun Tuton handed the non-league outfit the lead on 29 minutes before Jay O'Shea levelled on 80 minutes as Manager Paul Cook handed first starts to new signings Charlie Raglan, Daniel Jones and Charlie Dawes.
Wearing the side's new white away strip, Cook fielded two different teams each side of half time, with a balance of experience and youth taking... READ MORE...
Former Alfreton Player Manager Jim Bullions, Dies Aged 90
Monday 30th June 2014 It is with great sadness that Alfreton Town Football Club announce the death of former Reds player and manager James Law Bullions who has passed away at the age of 90.
According to the Leeds United History website, Jim Bullions became Player Manager with Alfreton in September 1960 and played 58 games before retiring and went on to complete nine years in the role of Manager.
He remains the club's longest serving manager to date, and ironically, shares the same name as the second longest-serving manager of the... READ MORE...
Cook And Turner Look Ahead To Life In League One
Sunday 29th June 2014 The season may have ended in May but both Chesterfield Manager Paul Cook and CEO Chris Turner said this week that their work has still continued over the summer - trying to strengthen and assemble the squad ahead of the beginning of the new campaign in League One in just seven weeks time.
At the launch of the Champions Ale this week - and as the players and backroom staff at the club prepared to travel to Portugal for a bonding trip - The Chesterfield Post caught up with both the Manager and CEO and were told that signings are still likely to take place ahead of the start of the season... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Evatt Is "Raring To Go" Ahead Of Spireites' New Season
Sunday 29th June 2014 - Interview by Rhys Bowen
Ahead of their pre-season bonding session in Portugal, Spireites' captain Ian Evatt spoke to The Chesterfield Post about the season ahead, the club's achievements last season and any transfer speculation.
The event, organised by the club, celebrated the release of The Champions Ale created by Brampton Brewery as a result of the success of the club last season - with Manager Paul Cook and Ian Evatt in attendance.
In response to the ale, Ian felt that it showed just... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Leeds Friendly Added & Alfreton Fixture Change For Spireites
Saturday 28th June 2014 Chesterfield will take on Leeds United in a friendly at the Proact Stadium as part of the Spireites pre-season schedule.
The fixture has been arranged to take place on Saturday, July 26th (kick-off 3pm), meaning the friendly against Alfreton Town that had originally been scheduled for the same date will be brought forward to Tuesday, July 15th.
Paul Cook's side last faced the Whites in the opening round of the Capital One Cup at Elland Road last season where the Championship outfit eventually prevailed 2-1 after initially falling behind to a well-worked Eoin Doyle goal. READ MORE...
Extended Contract For Spireites' Striker Gardner
Monday 23rd June 2014 Chesterfield forward Dan Gardner has signed a 12-month contract extension which ties him to the club until the summer of 2016.
The 24-year-old impressed after signing from FC Halifax Town in January - scoring three goals in 11 appearances - and he is delighted to have strengthened his commitment to the club.
"It means a lot because I'm enjoying my time at the club and playing some of my best football here," said Gardner. "I'll work hard and try and cement my place in the team to help Chesterfield push on from last season." READ MORE...
Gladiators Boss Admits Strikers Departure Is "A Huge Blow"
Friday 20th June 2014
Matlock boss Mark Atkins admitted that striker Shaun Tuton's departure up the A6 to divisional rivals Buxton was a huge blow.
Tuton quit the Gladiators for a second time, just seven months after rejoining them from Belper Town, after originally moving to Christ Church Meadow in October 2012.
"It's something we obviously didn't want to happen, we wanted to keep him and build our team around him" said Atkins. READ MORE...
Spireites' 2014/15 Campaign Takes Shape! Fixtures News...
Wednesday 18th June 2014 The day after it was announced that Chesterfield will take on Huddersfield at home in the Capital One Cup first round (w/c 11th August), the Spireites have found out this morning how the 2014/15 will take shape.
Chesterfield begin life in the new league away at Leyton Orient on Saturday August 9th, with the first home game taking place a week later against fellow promotees Rochdale on Saturday August 16th.
The much anticipated local derbies will take place at home...READ MORE...
Sam Morsy Extends Spirietes Contract
Wednesday 18th June 2014 Chesterfield midfielder Sam Morsy has signed a contract extension following an impressive first season at the club which saw him win the Player of the Year award.
Morsy, who was signed from Port Vale last summer, is now tied to the Spireites until the summer of 2016.
The 22-year-old is pleased to have put pen to paper. He said: "We had a great season collectively and individually I thought I did well so I'm delighted to have signed my contract." READ MORE...
Matlock Town Hit A Six In Pre-Season Game Bonanza
Friday 13th June 2014 Mark Atkins' desire for more home pre season friendlies has been satisfied to the full as the Gladiators announced their sixth warm up game at the Autoworld Arena.
Conference Premier side Grimsby Town come to Matlock on Friday July 18th, which should see the return of a former Gladiators hero.
Ross Hannah, who is Matlock's record goalscorer in a single season, when he hit 52 league and cup goals in 2010/11 prior to moving to Bradford City, should lead the Mariners' attack. His return should see a healthy crowd turn up... READ MORE...
67 Year Old John Is 1,000th Entrant To Chesterfield Marathon
Tuesday 10th June 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by the CASA Hotel
A 67-year-old man from Clay Cross has become the 1,000th person to sign up for the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon.
John Edward Bee, a former member of North Derbyshire Running Club, will take part in the 26-mile distance event on September 14th. While an experienced runner, it will be the first Full Marathon for John, who has taken part in a number of half marathons, 10km and 5km races in the past.
John said: "I'm hopeful I can finish the full distance, but..." READ MORE...
Alfreton Town Boss Nails On Wood
The deal will keep tough-tackling Wood at the Impact Arena until 2016. The popular 22-year-old right-back was named as the named the ATFC Supporters' Player of the Season, after a tremendous first season with the Reds as they finished eleventh in the Conference Premier Division. He enjoyed a hugely consistent campaign where he also played in central midfield for several games and only missed one game out of 50 for the club - and that was due to illness.
Chesterfield FC's Academy Retains Category 3 Status
Thursday 5th June 2014 Chesterfield's academy has retained its category 3 status after auditors from Double PASS found the club to meet standards that are set throughout the Premier League and Football League.
The Spireites fell slightly short of the required pass mark in an initial audit in November last year, threatening a downgrade to category 4 that would have seen a drastic decrease in funding and the loss of the U9 to U16 programmes.
However, after the club elected for an early re-audit in April 2014, Chesterfield's academy was found to meet the required standards and were... READ MORE...
Spireites To Face Shrews
Monday 2nd June 2014
Chesterfield will travel to Shrewsbury Town as part of their preparations for the new season.
The Spireites will make the trip to the Greenhouse Meadow on Saturday, July 12th (kick-off 3pm).
The pre-season programme begins a week earlier with a game at Buxton (Saturday, July 5th), followed by another encounter with local non-league opposition when Chesterfield make the short journey to Matlock Town on... READ MORE...
Spireites' Boss Set For Chesterfield Half Marathon
Saturday 31st May 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by the CASA Hotel
Chesterfield FC Chief Executive Chris Turner is one of the latest people to sign-up for the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon.
Chris will run the Half Marathon distance within the race, which takes place in the town on September 14th. He is running on behalf of the Spireites' Football in the Community programme.
With the 1,000 registered runners total set to be broken today (with the entry discount deadline at midnight tonight - Saturday 31st May), the event... READ MORE...
Matlock News - Rams, Owls & Foxes Visit And Worksop Resign
Thursday 29th May 2014 Matlock Town's pre season programme took shape further this week and it's another prestige home friendly for the Gladiators, as Derby County announced they would be visiting the Autoworld Arena.
Only days after the Rams' heartbreaking Championship play off final defeat by Queens Park Rangers at Wembley, their head coach Steve McLaren and Chief Executive Sam Rush confirmed the match which will take place on Thursday, 3rd July.
This is currently Matlock's opening pre season encounter and... READ MORE...
Win A Pair Of Tickets For Celebs v CFC Legends Charity Game
Wednesday 28th May 2014
JD Sports have given us 3 pairs of tickets for you to win for a very special football game taking place at the PROACT this Sunday, 1st June. The winner will also receive a T-Shirt signed by all the celebrities.
Stars of the TV soaps, including Jack Mcmullen, better known as Finn Sharkey and Ben Ryan Davies from Waterloo Road, along with Calvin Demba (pictured), from Hollyoaks will be at Chesterfield FC's stadium to take on a team of Chesterfield legends - expected to include Bob Newton, Jack Lester, Dave Waller, Steve Norris and Sean O'Neill. READ MORE...
Three Deals Done For Chesterfield FC
Wednesday 21st May 2014 Chesterfield have secured the services of Sam Hird and Charlie Dawes, who have both signed contracts at the Proact Stadium, along with Assistant Manager Leam Richardson who has committed to the club for a further two years.
Sam Hird's previous contract expired at the end of the 2013/14 campaign but the defender's new two-year deal will keep him at Chesterfield until the end of the 2015/16 season.
The 26-year-old made 44 appearances in all competitions during... READ MORE...
New Recruits Join Spireites' Academy
Wednesday 21st May 2014 The Chesterfield FC development centre continues to produce players for the club's academy, with eight youngsters recently making the step up.
Liam Sutcliffe, Head of Academy Recruitment, is delighted to see so many talented youngsters given a chance to progress after impressing during their time in the development centre. "They will be a fine addition to the academy, having been identified as having the necessary potential," he said.
"Not only will they help out the academy, but they will also..." READ MORE...
Defender Jones Joins The Spireites
Thursday 15th May 2014 It was revealed this morning that Chesterfield have made their first close-season signing, securing the signature of defender Daniel Jones.
The 27-year-old left-back, who was a free agent after leaving Port Vale, joins the Spireites on a two-year contract.
Jones had no hesitation in signing after speaking to the manager and viewing the facilities at the Proact Stadium. He said: "I'm really delighted to have joined Chesterfield because it's a very ambitious club." READ MORE...
Chesterfield FC Trio Sign new Deals
Wednesday 14th May 2014
Jay O'Shea, Ritchie Humphreys and Ollie Banks have all signed new deals at the Proact Stadium.
O'Shea's new two-year contract will keep him at Chesterfield until the end of the 2015/16 season after his previous deal expired at the end of this campaign.
Speaking about extending his stay in Chesterfield, the Irishman said: "I'm absolutely buzzing to be honest! When I came here, I left a League One club but I knew that this was a club with ambition. READ MORE...
Quartet Released By Chesterfield FC
Tuesday 13th May 2014 Chesterfield have released Sam Togwell, Jamie Devitt, Matty Brown and Jacob Hazel while new deals have been offered to out-of-contract players Jay O'Shea, Ritchie Humphreys, Sam Hird, Marc Richards and Nathan Smith.
Spireites manager Paul Cook thanked the out-going players for their service, saying: "All of the players have made a contribution and we would like to thank them and wish them the very best for the future.
"Talks are now taking place with the players whose current..." READ MORE...
Chesterfield Turns Out To Honour Footballing Champions
Tuesday 13th May 2014 Even the dank and dismal weather couldn't dampen the spirits, as thousands of Spireite fans turned out en route from the PROACT to Chesterfield Town Centre, to watch Chesterfield FC parade the Championship Trophy won a week last Saturday after a nervy end to the season.
After a well deserved break to Benidorm last week the staff and many of the players and their families, took to the streets to thank the fans for their support over the last season - and to show off the silverware, decked in the blue and white SkyBet ribbons.
They then attended a reception at the Town Hall... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Spireites Show Off The Silverware In Town Parade
Monday 12th May 2014
Chesterfield FC are tonight displaying the SkyBet League Two championship Trophy to Spireites throughout the town as they parade from the Proact Stadium to Chesterfield Town Hall on an open top bus.
Despite the not so sunny weather, crowds are turning out to catch a glimpse of the team and the silverware either en route or from the balcony of the Town Hall.
We will bring you a report and pictures as they arrive. READ MORE, VIDEO & PICS...
Spire Lotto Has Now Begun! You Could Win Up To £10,000
Monday 12th May 2014 Chesterfield FC's new lottery is being introduced to replace the long running 'Blues on the Move' scheme.
Those taking part will be allocated four numbers and £500 will be added to the jackpot prize fund on a weekly basis. The jackpot will be won by anyone whose four numbers match the four drawn.
If the four numbers are not matched, the prize fund will rollover to the following week. If the prize fund reaches £10,000 and nobody has matched the four numbers drawn, continuous draws will be made until a winner is found. READ MORE & RESULTS...
"A Great Achievement" Chris Turner Interview, Moving Forward
Thursday 8th May 2014 Chris Turner, CEO at Chesterfield FC, is understandably delighted to have seen the promotion to League One.
The former Manchester United Goalkeeper, who has been with the Spireites for 18 months, says that a higher league will prove beneficial financially for the club, due to the higher attendances and prospect of derby games with the likes of Sheffield United, Barnsley and, depending on the League One playoff results, Rotherham United.
In a wide ranging interview, Chris begins by saying... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Staveley MWFC To Form Committee To Help With Expansion
Thursday 8th May 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC's Chairman and owner, Terry Damms, has released a statement today to explain that the club are looking to form a new committee to help with the expansion plans they have for the Toostation Premier Divison side.
In the statement, Terry Damms says, "Some 7 seasons on since I took over the club and inputting a large slice of my time and financial support, we have developed such a great club in depth, whilst also enhancing facilities on Inkersall Road, that at its level within the Derbys/Yorks/Notts borders, it is said by football pundits and authorities to be the best around." READ MORE...
Alfreton Lay Down The Law For Another Year
Wednesday 7th May 2014 Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has agreed a new one-year rolling contract.
As the club prepare for a fourth straight season at non league's highest level, the Reds' boss will be entering into an eighth consecutive campaign in charge at the Impact Arena.
And the 2014/15 season will also be a history-making landmark one for Law who will become the club's longest ever serving manager in December, when he will surpass Jim Bullions - who also played in the 1946 Derby County... READ MORE...
Victory Parade To Celebrate With The Champions
Tuesday 6th May 2014 It's been announced that Chesterfield residents can share the joy of Chesterfield FC's SkyBet League Two Championship triumph with a victory parade through the town.
The event will take place on Monday 12th May, although the event timings are provisional and subject to change. The coach carrying the players is estimated to leave the Proact Stadium at 6pm, arriving at the Town Hall, Rose Hill, for 6.30pm.
The players will appear on the Town Hall balcony followed by a civic reception hosted by Chesterfield Borough Council. Further details to come.
Chesterfield's Title Winning Victory - Match Report
Sunday 4th May 2014 Chesterfield came from behind to secure a second SkyBet League Two title in three years with a thrilling 2-1 win over Fleetwood Town at the Proact Stadium.
Fleetwood took the lead through Matty Blair, before a second-half fightback saw goals from Sam Hird and Gary Roberts clinch Chesterfield the league title by three points.
Paul Cook made two changes to the side that secured promotion against Burton Albion, with Ritchie Humphreys and Drew Talbot returning... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Are Champions! Spireites Going Up In Style
Saturday 3rd May 2014Chesterfield FC are promoted as Champions of SkyBet League Two after a 2-1 win at home against Fleetwood.
Goals from Sam Hird and Gary Roberts did the job after the Spireites fell behind to a 13th minute opener from the visitors, but the home side came out revitalised for the second half - and the equaliser from Hird on 51, with the winner following just four minutes later from Roberts, sent the Proact into wild celebration as the title became reality.
A massive CONGRATULATIONS... READ MORE, VIDEO, PICS & AUDIO...
Doves Eye View - League Two Champions At The Proact?
Saturday 3rd May 2014
Going into the final game of the season the Spireites have already secured promotion to League One - and the title of League Two Champions is there for the taking.
Expectations were high - but who wouldn't have accepted that nine months ago?
Thanks to the unforgettable win at Burton Albion, a capacity home crowd can enjoy Saturday's game without worrying about the play-offs but also in the hope and expectation of witnessing a Championship winning display. READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - Thoughts Turn To The Champion's Spot
Friday 2nd May 2014 After the euphoria of Sunday's promotion to League One with a 2-0 win away at Burton, thoughts will doubtless have turned to the possibility of bagging the Champions spot at the PROACT this Saturday in front of a sell out home crowd.
As he faced the media this afternoon ahead of the clash with Fleetwood, Chesterfield FC Manager Paul Cook was understandably delighted to have achieved what he has promised all season - promotion.
However, that was tempered by caution of one game left... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Alfreton Town FC Hang The 'For Sale' Sign Up
Thursday 1st May 2014 Alfreton Town Football Club chairman Wayne Bradley has put the club up for sale, just days after it ended the 2013/14 season in it’s highest ever league position.
The Reds supremo has overseen a remarkable rise from the Northern Counties East League in 2002 to it's current position as an established and respected Conference Premier Division club - but now admits it needs an injection of fresh desire, finances and drive to take it to the next level.
"We have had the best season where we have finished..." READ MORE...
Staveley MWFC To Host The H-K-L NMU19 Cup Final
Wednesday 30th April 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC are hosting the North Midlands Under 19 League Cup Final at Inkersall Road on Thursday 1st May, kick off at 7:30pm.
The game between Worksop Town FC and Sheffield FC's Under 19s should be a great match and a chance to see some of the local footballing stars of the future in action.
As always, a warm and friendly welcome awaits at Staveley's home ground and all are welcome, entry is just £2 for adults and £1 for children/concessions.
Derbyshire Senior Cup Final At The Impact Arena
Tuesday 29th April 2014
A reminder that Alfreton Town Football Club are hosting this season's Derbyshire Senior Cup final between Ilkeston FC and Glossop North End this evening (Tuesday 29th April 2014).
Defending holders of the trophy, Ilkeston FC take on Glossop North End at the Impact Arena and the tie has a 7.45pm kick-off.
Admission is £8 for adults, £4 for concessions and £2 for supporters aged 16 and under.
Double Win For 12 Year Old Yachtsman Daniel
Tuesday 29th April 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by the CASA Hotel
The first two events in the 14th Derbyshire Youth Sailing Peak Dinghy Spares Series have been won by 12 year old Daniel Wellbourn Hesp from Bonsall, who is a member of Carsington Sailing Club.
Daniel, who attends Anthony Gell School and is an accomplished Optimist class dinghy sailor, is currently leading the series ahead of the reigning Derbyshire Youth Sailing Champion from 2013, Josh Haynes (15) of Matlock, who is a member of Trent Valley Sailing Club and sails a Laser 4.7 class dinghy. The first two events at Burton Sailing Club and Toddbrook... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Actor Takes On Lucky Marathon 13 In Hometown
Tuesday 29th April 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by the CASA Hotel
Chesterfield actor George Telfer is set to take part in his 13th marathon on home soil.
Mr Telfer, who starred in the 'Auton' film series, will be joining 1,000 runners expected to take part in the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon on September 14th, 2014.
The 52-year-old has previously run ten London marathons for charity, eight of which have been in aid of charity Whizz Kids, an organisation who... READ MORE...
Spireites Drink To Promotion After Defeating Brewers
Monday 27th April 2014 There were huge celebrations at Burton on Sunday as Paul Cook's side earned promotion back to Sky Bet League One, thanks to a 2-0 victory against the Brewers following a second half brace from man of the moment, Jay O'Shea.
O'Shea struck soon after the re-start and sealed the win with a second goal in the 79th minute to send the two thousand plus travelling Spireites into party time.
The win also took Chesterfield back to the top of the table, meaning that victory at home to Fleetwood Town next weekend would secure the... READ MORE...
Staveley Finish On A High As 2 Players Scoop All The Awards
Monday 28th April 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley brought the curtain down on a mixed season with an emphatic 5-1 victory over already relegated Lincoln Moorlands Railway at Inkersall Road.
And after the game, the End Of Season Awards were then dominated by just two of the club's players.
With several players unavailable, Josh Fields and Ryan Watters were brought in from the Under 19 team. Both showed that they have the ability to play at this level next season with Watters taking the Man of the Match award for his... READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - Chesterfield's Penultimate Game Beckons
Friday 25th April 2014 It's the last away trip for The Spireites this weekend - and with just two points separating them from top placed Scunthorpe, it's very much 'game on' in respect of both promotion and even the Championship.
However, with next week's opponents Fleetwood coming up on the rails, Gaffer Paul Cook says caution remains and asserts that the squad is taking nothing for granted as they approach the penultimate game of the campaign.
He confirmed that, with Morsy out through suspension for the remainder of the season, there are few injuries to consider - with only... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Lights On, But Nobody Home! Staveley Lose At Glasshoughton
Thursday 24th April 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley Miners Welfare wearing their away colours of orange, orange and more orange arrived at Glasshoughton aiming to right the wrongs of last months encounter where a disappointing performance ended in salvation at 1-0 down thanks to a double floodlight failure which eventually forced the referee to abandon the game.
After filling the meter with tokens Staveley kicked off going left to right and had the lion's share of the early possession but without creating anything of note. 14 minutes in and after Glasshoughton had vaguely threatened... READ MORE...
Tapton Golf Pro Recognised For Dedication To Coaching
Wednesday 23rd April 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by the CASA Hotel
A leading North Derbyshire golf pro has been recognised by a prestigious instructor board for his dedication to coaching.
Craig Pollard, who delivers golf sessions at Tapton Park Golf Course, which is operated by Sheffield International Venues (SIV), has been honoured by the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) board.
Craig, who leads one-to-one coaching, group coaching for the new Junior Academy at Tapton and 50 plus Academy, has been a qualified PGA... READ MORE...
Daggers Defeated - But Promotion Remains On A Knife Edge
Tuesday 22nd April 2014 The Spireites picked up three vital points in East London as they consolidated their second place in SkyBet League Two, thanks to leading scorer Eoin Doyle, who stroked confidently home just before the half hour mark.
Prior to kick-off, Rochdale had won in Bristol to add pressure to the fixture.
Subsequently, ten-man Fleetwood defeated Wycombe and Burton picked up just a point at Newport, to effectively leave the Brewers out of the chase and Fleetwood still points adrift, as the fight for promotion remains unresolved. READ MORE...
Matlock Earn A Last Minute Point At Home To Buxton
Tuesday 22nd April 2014 Oscar Radford's 89th minute equaliser, his first goal of the season, earned Matlock a deserved point against ten man Buxton.
The Bucks scorer, a former Gladiators striker in Lee Morris, had been sent off for a 63rd minute second bookable offence, three minutes after nodding the visitors in front.
But Radford popped up to level late on, to give Matlock the least they deserved from a disappointing affair which was halted constantly by referee Dave Plowright's whistle, with both sides needing to take extra care going forward by not conceding possession needlessly in the final third. READ MORE...
The Leam Richardson Interview - "Everything To Play For!"
Sunday 20th April 2014 There are just three games to go in the 2013/14 campaign and with no team yet promoted to League One, hopes are high that Chesterfield could still go up as Champions.
Having been in the top three in SkyBet League Two for most of the season, the Spireites now sit in second, just two points behind Scunthorpe, who are on a remarkable 27 game unbeaten run.
Having drawn at home to Exeter on Saturday, it is perhaps fitting that, over Easter weekend, results going 'our' way, and a win at... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Draw For Alfreton After Six Goal Thriller At Home To Grimsby
Sunday 20th April 2014 Two crucial decisions that went against Alfreton Town in their televised home game against Grimsby Town on Good Friday, ultimately cost the Reds their last lingering hope of a Skrill Premier play-off place.
The cameras proved that the second goal of former Matlock Town striker, Ross Hannah's hat-trick should have been ruled off-side, just nine minutes after Alfreton had levelled the game at 1-1, then right at the end Aswad Thomas handled Job Ayo Akinde's shot on the goal-line without a penalty being awarded.
On the positive side though, apart from this being the Reds' first... READ MORE...
Basford's Revenge With A Win Against Staveley. Match Report
Sunday 20th April 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Having beaten this opposition three days earlier, Staveley travelled down the M1 to Nottinghamshire for the return fixture against fifth placed Basford United.
The home side put out a stronger team for this fixture with their leading scorer and former Matlock Town FC striker, Tyiesse 'TJ' Nightingale back in the side along with Stuart Hendrie.
This proved to be yet another frustrating afternoon for SMWFC followers - Staveley looked good when in possession but, without an obvious... READ MORE...
Matlock's Missed Opportunity Away At Nantwich
Sunday 20th April 2014 Matlock should really have brought all three points back from the Weaver Stadium on Saturday after dominating the opening half - and although Nantwich fought back with spirit after the interval, it was a missed opportunity of a league double over the Dabbers.
On another day, Danny Holland, back from suspension, could easily have finished with a hat-trick. He put Matlock into a 12th minute lead but unluckily struck the woodwork twice before being unable to convert a good second half chance.
Holland was one of two changes made by boss Mark Atkins... READ MORE...
A Dramatic Comeback At The Proact For 10 Man Chesterfield
Saturday 19th April 2014
Ten man Chesterfield came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw with Exeter City and earn a valuable point in the race for promotion.
Exeter went in front through a Matty Grimes free kick before Eoin Doyle levelled from the penalty spot in the second half.
Sammy Morsy's season ended after receiving a straight red card in the second half as Chesterfield look to close the two point gap on league leaders Scunthorpe United. READ MORE...
The Paul Cook Interview - "It's About Winning!" Exeter Preview
Thursday 17th April 2014 With just 4 games to go until the end of the season, Chesterfield gaffer Paul Cook admits that every game is now vital to their quest for League One football next season.
This campaign has seen The Spireites rarely out of the top 3 and, just two points off the top spot. Cook admits, "It's important we just stay with it - there are 4 games to go."
There were four changes from the team that lost at home to Newport and Cook says, "I felt that, in the first half at Newport, we were just ..." READ MORE & AUDIO...
Chesterfield Marathon Offer To Sheffield Half Marathon Runners
Thursday 17th April 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by the CASA Hotel
Runners in the cancelled Sheffield Half Marathon are being given a discount to enter in the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon in September.
Organisers of the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon will provide entry into the full marathon at £25 and the half marathon at £15 - a reduction on the current prices of £35 and £20 respectively - if they sign-up before June 1st 2014.
Also, any runners entering the team relay race, usual price £100, will receive a £20 discount, even if only one of the team members qualifies for the... READ MORE...
Doves Eye View - Dave Dove Previews Exeter Game
Thursday 17th April 2014 Phew! - that's more like it! A week ago, the jitters had firmly taken control and I was fearing that our promotion chances might be slipping away.
After last week's excellent win at Hartlepool and slip-ups from the other teams at the top, I feel a whole lot better. The job is far from done but our lead over the teams in fourth and fifth place puts us in a very strong position. The Championship title is again a realistic ambition, although of course, it's not entirely in our hands.
So with four games left to play we are in the third promotion spot... READ MORE...
Staveley Win Comfortably At Home To Fifth Placed Basford
Thursday 17th April 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley got back on track with a good all round performance and two quality goals on Wednesday evening at Inkersall Road, to gain all three points against fifth placed Basford United.
There were two changes to the team that started the previous game against Tadcaster, with 16-year old Chris Butt given his first start in goal since December and James Colliver starting in place of Wes Hill who was unavailable.
As a result, the back four was reshuffled, with Ryan Dickinson... READ MORE...
Spireites Restore Title Hopes With Well Deserved Win
Monday 14th April 2014 With other results going in their favour, Chesterfield took a massive leap towards securing an automatic promotion spot and also restoring title hopes, after coming back from behind in a comfortable victory over relegation threatened Hartlepool at Victoria Park.
Manager Paul Cook reshuffled his pack following last week's disappointing home draw against Newport County - surprisingly, bringing in Nathan Smith at left back for only his 11th appearance of the season to replace Pools' legend Ritchie Humphreys.
Sam Hird replaced the suspended Jimmy Ryan to anchor the... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Panthers Finish Season On A High With 50 Points
Monday 14th April 2014 The last match of the season and Panthers were determined to go out in style, and they did!
Travelling south to Leesbrook, Panthers came away victorious cementing an outstanding first season at their new ground.
The victory now leaves Chesterfield Panthers free to concentrate on the RFU Cup semi-final on Wednesday 16th April at home.
It was a bright start for Chesterfield, with only stout defence... READ MORE...
Consistently Inconsistent! Staveley Lose To Tadcaster Albion
Monday 14th April 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
The consistently inconsistent Staveley MWFC took to the field against Tadcaster Albion and were looking to end a run of three straight defeats.
Things didn't start well as Tadcaster, clad in all yellow, went into the lead after only 3 minutes when a hopeful punt up field was lobbed past keeper Declan Howard by Stuart Rice. 0-1.
When you're playing against a team like Tadcaster going for the title, you need a few things to go your way, one of them is refereeing decisions and... READ MORE...
Three Red Cards As Matlock Earn A First Win In Nine
Monday 14th April 2014 A goal in each half secured Matlock's first win in nine league matches, but the big talking point was a triple sending off incident seven minutes before the break.
Steven Snaith's terrible, reckless challenge on skipper for the day, Adam Yates, caused a melee involving lots of players from both sides and when the dust had died down, Manchester referee Martin Rawcliffe sent off Snaith, together with Matlock's Cecil Nyoni and the Seasiders midfielder, David McTiernan.
To send three players off looked like a huge over reaction from the... READ MORE...
Leam Richardson Interview - Spireites Hoping For Pools Win
Friday 11th April 2014
After seeing Chesterfield drop two points after Newport County equalised late in last Saturday's home game, Spireites' Assistant Manager Leam Richardson was in determined mood as he faced the media ahead of the away clash with Hartlepool earlier today.
With five games remaining in the 2013/14 campaign, and with resurgent Fleetwood snapping at the Spireites' heels for the last automatic promotion spot, the assistant Gaffer admits there is no room for complacency or anything less than 100% application from his players. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Young Local Skater Invited To International Training Camp
Friday 11th April 2014 Other Sports proudly sponsored by the CASA Hotel
Two talented young iceSheffield ice skaters have been invited to a high-profile international training camp in Germany.
Ice dance duo Lucy Hancock, 11, and Sam Lawrence, 14, from Chesterfield, have progressed through the Learn to Skate programme at iceSheffield.
They are now preparing to spend ten days at the specialist training camp in Oberstdorf where they will be coached by some of the world's elite and skate alongside top couples in their age category from all over the globe. READ MORE...
Spireites' Jimmy Ryan Claims Ultimate Finish Glory!
Friday 11th April 2014 A spectacular 25-yard effort has ensured Chesterfield's Jimmy Ryan has become the latest winner of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Ultimate Finish competition.
The 25-year-old produced a rocket shot to give his side a 3-1 victory over Fleetwood Town in the Northern Area Final first leg.
The Spireites eventually ran out 3-2 aggregate winners to secure an appearance in the final at Wembley, where they were edged out 3-1 by Peterborough United. Ryan was one of three players nominated for the Ultimate Finish Area... READ MORE...
Matlock Town News Round Up And Whitby Preview
Friday 11th April 2014 Matlock boss Mark Atkins and indeed - the club's fans - wanted a positive reaction from the players in the derby at Buxton on Wednesday night after a lack lustre show in a 1-0 home defeat to Witton Albion last weekend and my word, they got one.
Although the Gladiators' winless sequence was extended to eight matches since the 3-1 victory at Ilkeston on March 8th by the 1-1 draw at the Silverlands, Atkins was a much happier man. Even the most ardent of Buxton fans would concede that a draw was the very least that Matlock deserved, and had it not been for the woodwork and a hat-trick of top class saves from the Bucks' veteran... READ MORE...
Season Ticket Payment Option Welcomed By Spireites
Thursday 10th April 2014 Chesterfield FC has said that the opportunity to pay for season tickets by monthly instalments has been welcomed by fans who would prefer to not make a lump sum payment.
For the first time, Chesterfield fans have been given the option to spread the cost of paying for season tickets by making ten monthly payments in a credit agreement with Zebra Finance.
David Hall and his daughter Kayleigh from Bolsover were the first supporters to take advantage of the monthly payment option. READ MORE...
Staveley Lose Out To Barton Town Old Boys. Match Report
Thursday 10th April 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley were beaten by a strong Barton Town team which sits in third place in the league - and has an outside chance of winning the Toolstation NCEL Premier title this season, with four games left to play.
Home supporters would have been looking to see evidence that their team has sorted out the defensive short comings that were very evident at Albion Sports in the previous game.
Caretaker First Team Manager James Colliver made five... READ MORE...
A Well Deserved Point For Matlock After A 'Feisty' Derby
Thursday 10th April 2014 Martin Foster's penalty at the death, earned Matlock a well deserved point in a feisty derby at the Silverlands, after substitute Mark Reed had headed Buxton in front in the 84th minute.
But even the most ardent of Buxton fans would concede that a draw was the very least that the Gladiators deserved. The Bucks were thankful that veteran goalkeeper Andy Warrington was in top form in the first half, pulling off three top drawer saves to prevent Matlock from taking control.
The offer of free admission enticed 531 fans to watch what was a... READ MORE...
Panthers Crowned League Champions After 28 Years!
Tuesday 8th April 2014 Chesterfield Panthers 1st XV have been crowned league champions - for the first time in over 25 years, following their confirmation of promotion, Chesterfield cruised to victory over Keyworth RUFC on Saturday 5th April with a 90 - 0 win.
Such was the volume of tries and conversions during the match that the referee struggled to keep up with the score resulting in an official full-time recording of 83 - 0.
Fans at Dunston Road watched the Panthers run in 14 tries on home soil, to cement their name in history once again, 28 years after the club's glory days! READ MORE...
Centenarian Gladys Enjoys The Proact VIP Experience
Tuesday 8th April 2014 Centenarian Gladys Smith, was treated to VIP hospitality at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium on Saturday as she attended a football match for the first time in her life.
Gladys, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Mother's Day, was thrilled to receive an invitation to attend the Newport match with members of her family, including daughters Pauline and Linda, son Brian and grand-daughters Julie and Jane.
After being given a tour of the stadium, Gladys enjoyed a meal in the Leengate Legends Lounge with her fellow diners, before presenting the... READ MORE...
Reds Aim To Get Back In Play-Off Spots Against Aldershot
Tuesday 8th April 2014 Having slipped out of the play-off spots for the first time since mid-December over the past week, Alfreton Town will be pushing to reclaim their place in the top five when Aldershot Town visit the Impact Arena tonight.
The Reds will be looking to channel the disappointment of a controversial stoppage time goal being ruled out, that appeared to have crossed the line, in the 2-2 home draw against Welling United.
The visitors, docked ten points at the start of the season, are... READ MORE...
Staveley Given 'Six Of The Best' At Albion Sports
Tuesday 8th April 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley were deservedly given 'six of the best' as they failed to defend properly in this action packed game which finished 6-2 to the home side.
The chief tormentors were the Facey brothers - Daniel and Delroy - both strong quick attackers who between them had scored 42 goals between them before this game. They had added three goals to their combined tally 90 minutes later.
Time after time, the Staveley back line was caught out by a long ball over the top and the Albion Sports forwards cashed in on the generous amounts... READ MORE...
Spireites' Memorial Garden Fundraising Now In Full Swing
Monday 7th April 2014
Fundraising for the proposed £35,000 Chesterfield Memorial Garden is now in full swing - with the current total being £9345.
Generous supporters contributed £1,308.70 via bucket a bucket collection at Chesterfield's game with Newport County, whilst two businesses, John Church Planning Services of Clay Cross and JJM Financial from Leicester, both confirmed their sponsorship of the Garden, each donating £500. The Supporters Club is hoping to attract twenty such business sponsorships with each donator being acknowledged within the Garden. READ MORE...
Cycling Legend's New Cycling App Has Peak District In Top 5
Monday 7th April 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by the CASA Hotel
A new app from cycling legend Chris Boardman showing his favourite routes, has been launched with the Peak District featuring in the top five rides.
With excitement levels rising ahead of the Tour de France, which comes to Britain in July 2014, Chris Boardman has teamed up with Ordnance Survey to create OS Ride. The easy to use app uses Ordnance Survey's detailed outdoor mapping, enabling cyclists to successfully navigate and track their progress as they ride the routes ridden by Wiggins, Froome, Cavendish and co. READ MORE...
Matlock Surrender To Battling Witton. Match Report
Monday 7th March 2014 This was probably Matlock's worst home performance all season as they succumbed to a Witton side battling to avoid relegation.
The difference between the sides, apart from Robert Bodie's 40th minute winner, was the desire levels. It appeared as if Witton wanted the points more while Matlock merely went through the motions.
So the performance made a mockery of manager Mark Atkins' pre match challenge of asking his players to win their last six matches to end the season on a high. And Atkins was clearly angry and upset with his team who were kept... READ MORE...
Spireites Frustrated With A Draw Against The Exiles
Saturday 5th April 2014 Chesterfield scuppered the chance to stay within touching distance of the top of League Two with a frustrating draw with Newport County.
The Spireites suffered a Wembley hangover as a late Newport equaliser cancelled out Jimmy Ryan's second half goal to deny Paul Cook's side a vital three points at the Proact Stadium.
Cook made one change to the starting line up from the defeat at Wembley, with the injured Ollie Banks, who will be under the knife on Monday with ligament damage to his foot, replaced by Daniel Kearns. READ MORE...
Staveley Mourn The Loss Of Long-Time Fan, Bernard Tilley
Saturday 5th April 2014
Staveley MWFC and Chairman Terry Damms, send their condolences to the family of Bernard Tilley, who sadly passed away today.
Terry Damms said. "Bernard was a lovely man and a gent who will be hugely missed here. Rarely have I met a gentleman with such manners, politeness and honesty - and the news is devastatingly sad for his family.
"RIP Bernard and thank you for being a friend and supporting SMWFC. You will be sadly missed."
Paul Cook Interview - Return Of The Exiles. Newport Preview
Friday 4th April 2014 After the heartbreak of losing at Wembley, Chesterfield now have just 6 matches of the campaign left to gain promotion to League One.
With 15,000 supporters from the town making the journey to the capital on Sunday, Spireites' gaffer Paul Cook will no doubt be hoping that some of those will swell the support at the PROACT, as the Spireites approach the run-in.
Ahead of this Saturday's match against the Exiles - the surprise package after only gaining league status last year - Paul Cook spoke to the media where he expressed his pride in the squad - and the travelling 'twelfth man'. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Doves Eye View - Spireites Welcome Newport County
Friday 4th April 2014 Chesterfield return to League action on Saturday when they face Newport County at the Proact Stadium.
Winning at Wembley last Sunday would have been nice for the 15,000 or so Spireites fans who made the trip but, the 6,000 fans who will continue to support the team on Saturday, know that promotion is the prize that really counts.
With six games to go, the Spireites are currently in third place and handily placed to win that prize. On 70 points we are five points ahead of Fleetwood Town and Burton Albion and have a considerably better goal difference than both. READ MORE...
Latest Staveley MWFC's Football Camp Dates Announced
Thursday 3rd April 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC are holding two new exciting two-day Football Camp for all youngsters aged 5 to 16, during April's Easter holidays, after the hugely successful Half Term camp in February.
The holiday's are not too far away, and Staveley MWFC's football development coaches are staging TWO 2-day Football Camps to give the chance for boys and girls aged from 5 to 16 to let off some steam, learn some new skills and have some great fun. As before, to beat any chance of bad weather disruption, the camps will take place on school premises where indoor facilities are... READ MORE...
Matlock Settle For A Point In Lively Clash Against Blyth
Wednesday 2nd March 2014 The Gladiators had to settle for a point in a feisty clash at the Autoworld Arena on Tuesday night which saw eight yellow cards and a Blyth equalizer six minutes from the end.
The Northumbrians really needed all three points to keep their play-off bid going but it looked as if they would make the long journey home empty handed, after substitute James Ashmore had given Matlock a deserved 65th minute lead.
But just one moment of indecision cost the hosts the extra two points in an otherwise excellent defensive display and Ashley Davis took full advantage. READ MORE...
Staveley MWFC Show Their Best And Worst Against Thackley
Tuesday 1st April 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley Miners Welfare produced arguably their best - and worst performance of the season on a glorious early Spring Saturday afternoon, at home game against Thackley.
The early season pacesetting Dennyboys have suffered a dramatic fall from the summit of the league since our 1-0 defeat in October and now find themselves in midtable.
A much improved Staveley side, buoyed by the recent good... READ MORE...
Dig Out Some Change This Weekend!
Tuesday 1st April 2014 Spireites fans have their chance to make a huge difference this weekend as the Supporters Club holds a bucket collection and text fund raising campaign to raise fund for the proposed Memorial Garden.
The GARDEN, which will cost around £35,000, will be built opposite the Community facilities in the East Stand, with building set to start in June with the opening planned for early August. An army of bucket collectors will be hoping to raise significant funds at the game and they'll also be handing out flyers to encourage mobile phone users to donate via text (Text Gard02 £5 to 70070) - so look out for the fundraisers and be as generous as you can to ensure the hoped for timescale can be met. Thanks!
Matlock Suffer Narrow Defeat After Battling With FC United
Tuesday 1st April 2014 Matlock made league leaders FC United battle all the way for their eleventh successive league victory, with a spirited performance in front of a 2,044 crowd at Gigg Lane.
They silenced the large crowd by taking the lead through Danny Holland on the stroke of half time, but United's Tom Greaves notched a second half brace to turn the game around, the result though being in doubt right until the very end.
Matlock gave a debut to on loan Chesterfield defender Jack Broadhead, in a 3-5-2 formation, with another deadline week signing, Jordan Jones... READ MORE...
Paul Cook And Darren Ferguson - After The JPT Final
Monday 31st March 2014 Paul Cook expressed his pride in his side's efforts and commitment after the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final defeat to Peterborough at Wembley on Saturday.
The 3-1 scoreline was far from an accurate reflection of a dominant Spireite display which disguised the division gap between the two sides.
First half goals from Josh McQuoid and Shaun Brisely sent Peterborough in front, before Eoin Doyle gave the Spireites a lifeline, only for Britt Assombalonga to ensure the win for Darren Ferguson's side from the penalty spot. READ MORE...
Spireites Sing The Blues After JPT Final Heartache
Sunday 30th March 2014
Chesterfield were left heartbroken as the Wembley dream was dashed by ten-man Peterborough United, who ran out 3-1 winners in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final.
Paul Cook saw his side produce a largely dominant display - but a more clinical Peterborough capitalised on their limited opportunities to secure the first major honour in the club's history.
First half goals from Josh McQuoid and Shaun Brisely handed... READ MORE...
"It's The Main Event!" Chesterfield FC Heads To Wembley
Friday 28th March 2014 "It's a massive achievement for the town and the club - it's a special day. Some supporters go a lifetime without having the opportunity to go to the best stadium!. You can't express enough how big it is for any club to play in a major final in English football", that's Chesterfield FC CEO Chris Turner as he faced the press just 48 hours from the Spiretes' Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final against Peterborough United.
Near on 15,000 tickets have been sold and Chris acknowledges that it will be a great occasion for the supporters who are making the trip to the capital, "They enjoyed it last time and I'm hoping they will enjoy the day again." READ MORE & AUDIO...
Chesterfield Junior Blues Are On The Way To Wembley
Thursday 27th March 2014 A junior football team from Chesterfield is Wembley bound, after being rewarded for their work within the community by the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Chesterfield Junior Blues have been awarded 50 tickets for Chesterfield's big Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final showdown with Peterborough United at Wembley on Sunday.
Tournament sponsors Johnstone's Paint ran a competition to allocate 50 tickets for a junior football team in the Chesterfield area, to mark the... READ MORE...
Staveley Share The Points In An Enthralling Encounter
Thursday 27th March 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
The points were eventually shared in this enthralling end to end match, which saw Staveley take the lead three times, only to concede for the third time in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
James Colliver made one change from the team that won so impressively at Heanor, with Matt Hassett replacing Wes Hill who was unavailable due to work commitments.
However, player-manager Colliver was forced to leave the field with a calf injury after 11 minutes and was replaced by recent signing Robbie Start. READ MORE...
Spireites Net Three Points With Win Over Shrimpers
Wednesday 26th March 2014 It's now game on for Wembley this weekend, as Chesterfield gathered up three valuable points from last night's game against Morecambe - leaving them in the automatic playoffs with just 6 games to play in this season's SkyBet League Two campaign, with Jay O'Shea's 18th minute header the difference between the two sides.
Chesterfield Manager Paul Cook made four changes to the side - notably bringing on 17-year-old Mason Bennett (who is on loan from Derby County) - to make his first start for Chesterfield. Eoin Doyle, Jay O'Shea and Jimmy Ryan came into the side - whist Hird, Richards and Banks were left on the bench... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Panthers On Target To Be Crowned Champions
Tuesday 25th March 2014 Chesterfield travelled to Cleethorpes on a coach trip with their barmy army of fans - who outnumbered the home team's supporters - and created a great atmosphere for the Panthers.
A hard ground in windy conditions didn't make for a great spectacle of game. But a win is a win - and Panthers were happy to take their 15th consecutive victory.
Under horrible conditions, the game was very scrappy from the off for both sides. In spite of having most of the possession however, Chesterfield failed to finish off some well worked set pieces from the forwards. READ MORE...
Business Sponsors Sought For Spireites Memorial Garden
Tuesday 25th March 2014
Chesterfield FC Supporters Club is seeking twenty local businesses to each donate £500 as they look to raise the money needed to build a Spireites Memorial Garden.
The Garden, which could see building start start as soon as Tom Jones has left the stage in early June, is to commemorate former Spireites supporters who've passed on, as well as remembering ex-players and managers killed as they served their Country in the conflicts of the 20th Century. Memorabilia from Saltergate will also be incorporated into the design. READ MORE...
Doves Eye View - The Biggest Of Games! Morecambe Preview
Tuesday 25th March 2014 The debate still continues as to whether it was one point gained or two points lost for the Spireites at Mansfield on Saturday.
In my view, we won't know until tonight. Three points against Morecambe at the Proact and four points from the two games looks a fairly healthy return. Anything less than three points on Tuesday - and it will be hard to avoid using the word 'paltry' to describe the points haul.
Results on Saturday saw the Spireites drop to third place in the SkyBet League Two table. Rochdale are now top, three points ahead of us... READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - We Need To Get The Club Over The Line
Monday 24th March 2014 With just seven games left to play in this season's SkyBet League Two, it was a clearly determined Paul Cook who faced the media ahead of tomorrow night's game against Morecambe.
Having seen his side drop to 3rd place, behind Rochdale and Scunthorpe after drawing against Mansfield on Saturday, Cook was realistic about the remaining games, telling The Chesterfield Post that, "Togetherness is key. There are three teams who will privileged to leave the league. We want to be one of those three.
"At the moment, Rochdale and Scunthorpe have..." READ MORE & AUDIO...
Spireites Edge One Point Closer After Close Call At One Call
Monday 24th March 2014 This was a game that many fans had tagged as "must win" - instead, Chesterfield had to settle for a point, against a hard working Mansfield side that deserved their share of the spoils, but ironically ended up consolidating their top three spot after both Fleetwood and Burton lost.
Both sides had good chances but in the final minute of added time, Ollie Palmer looked certain to seal it for the home side, instead, with the goal at his mercy, he fired wide of the right upright - much to the relief of the 1,500 travelling Spireites.
Spireites' Manager Paul Cook explained, "At this stage..." READ MORE...
Young Staveley Side Shock High Flying Heanor
Monday 24th March 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley were missing the services of central defenders Matt Hassett, Adam Jukes and captain Jamie Smith, the latter injured in the pre-match warm up, and were forced to field no less than six players aged 20 and under.
Given that Heanor Town were on an eight game unbeaten run, with 49 goal Kieran Debrouwer in their ranks, on paper it, would've been hard to predict anything other than a comfortable win for the home side.
Football however, isn't played on paper... READ MORE...
Matlock Bring A Hard Earned Point Home
Monday 24th March 2014 Matlock earned a well deserved and hard earned point from a physical and direct encounter when they made their first ever visit to Barwell on Saturday.
On a day when quality attacking play was sparse in blustery conditions and on a dry, bumpy surface, Matlock will be pleased with the clean sheet, but disappointed that they failed to score for a third successive league game. That was due to a lack of a cutting edge in the final third.
The Gladiators were down to the bare bones with a couple of late... READ MORE...
The Paul Cook Interview - Derby Day Looms For The Spireites
Friday 21st March 2014
It's the biggest of derby games for Chesterfield this weekend as they travel to Field Mill to take on Paul Cox's Mansfield.
Two games away from Wembley and, on the back of a defeat against Plymouth on Tuesday night, it's seen as a game that the Spireites must win - but gaffer Paul Cook told The Chesterfield Post that he's aware that it will be a tough game. "I have great respect for Paul at Mansfield and the job he's done. He's got a good side, we need to be focused on what's about to come. We have a difficult game against formidable opponents." READ MORE & AUDIO...
Spireites To Make A Stylish Wembley Entrance
Friday 21st March 2014 Chesterfield FC players and staff will make a stylish entrance at Wembley Stadium for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, after being supplied with smart new suits for the occasion by Greenwoods Menswear.
The well-known gents outfitters, based on Packers Row in Chesterfield, have provided the Spireites with blue Mohair suits, which were chosen by the players.
Chesterfield manager Paul Cook said: "The suits look great and I would like to thank the Greenwoods staff for their help and professionalism in sorting everything out." READ MORE...
Atkins - 'Still Plenty To Play For'. Matlock Town News Roundup
Friday 21st March 2014 Two costly defeats in three days seem to have scuppered Matlock's play off aspirations, but manager Mark Atkins insists there is still plenty to play for.
Few would have envisaged struggling Stafford Rangers inflicting just a second home defeat on Matlock at the Autoworld Arena on Saturday with a 2-0 win, before the Gladiators went down to the only goal of the game in a scrappy contest at Stamford on Tuesday.
The Stafford setback though was all the more costly as star... READ MORE...
Painting The Town Blue To Back Chesterfield FC
Thursday 20th March 2014 The entire community of Chesterfield is helping to paint the town blue to back their football team on the road to Wembley.
Thousands of fans will be travelling down to the national stadium to back Chesterfield in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Peterborough on Sunday, March 30th. In the build-up to the game, residents, businesses, workplaces and schools in Chesterfield are being encouraged to unite in backing Paul Cook's team by decking out the town in team colours.
Sponsors Johnstone's Paint have been bringing colour... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Alfreton Make It Three League Wins In A Row. Match Report
Thursday 20th March 2014
Alfreton Town pulled off a vital win against struggling Tamworth at the Impact Arena on Tuesday night, despite falling behind to a seventh minute goal, as well as being pegged back to 2-2 after establishing an interval lead.
Derby County loanee Michael Hoganson made a solid debut in place of the injured Andrai Jones, whilst Dan Bradley made way for Daniel Meadows in midfield and Darran Kempson continued in place of broken leg victim Michael Wylde, having replaced the defender at half-time in the Chester win. READ MORE...
Johnstone's Paint Trophy Tour Fun Arrives In Chesterfield
Wednesday 19th March 2014 The countdown to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final intensifies this week as an action-packed Trophy Tour has arrived in Chesterfield ahead of the Wembley spectacle.
The Johnstone's Paint Trophy team have taken to the road to capture all the excitement surrounding Chesterfield and Peterborough United ahead of their big day on Sunday, March 30th.
Fans will have the chance to meet players and other representatives from their clubs, as well as having their picture taken with the coveted... READ MORE...
Exciting Chance To Prove Your A Future England No 1...
Wednesday 19th March 2014 Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by - HKL Ltd
Here's a great opportunity for any local junior goalkeepers out there to try out for Staveley MWFC's U13s this Summer, ready for next season!
Part of a fantastic local club, with a huge Junior football system, which goes right through to the senior team - currently, the U12s are in Div E of the Sheffield And District League - but as we write this, they are challenging hard for promotion with three games still remaining.
They take the step up to 11-a-side games next season and have... READ MORE...
Matlock Lose An "Easily Forgettable Game" At Stamford
Wednesday 19th March 2014 An easily forgettable game was settled after 21 minutes when Ryan Robbins netted to give the hosts a vital three points in their escape bid against the drop.
Matlock's night was made worse with Danny Holland's sending off thirteen minutes later following an altercation with Daniels' central defender Alvin Jarvis. The incident left a sour taste in the mouth for if one player had to go, then certainly the other should have joined him.
That left Matlock's task all the more difficult and their play-off... READ MORE...
The Paul Cook Interview - "9 Games To Go!" Plymouth Preview
Tuesday 18th March 2014 Chesterfield made the 230 mile journey yesterday, ahead of tonight's SkyBet League Two clash at Home Park, where they will face 9th placed Plymouth Argyle - under the care of former Spireite gaffer John Sheridan.
Still one point clear of Scunthorpe - and ten points ahead of 6th placed Oxford - Cook's squad travel in confident mood.
An emphatic 3-0 home win against Oxford on Saturday - and awards for Gary Roberts (FL2 Player of The Season) - and new boy... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Ashgate Hospice Supported By Sale Of JPT Final Badges
Tuesday 18th March 2014
Limited edition lapel badges have been produced to commemorate Chesterfield's appearance in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final - and raise money for a local charity.
Four hundred badges have been commissioned, featuring the date of the Wembley final against Peterborough United - and the two club crests.
They are going on sale in the Club Superstore at the Proact Stadium, priced at £3, with all the proceeds going to Ashgate Hospice. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Coach Companies Asked To Call Police Ahead Of Local Derby
Monday 17th March 2014 Police are asking for any coach or minibus companies taking Chesterfield FC fans to Mansfield for the local derby match this weekend to contact them.
The Spireites take on Mansfield Town at 1pm on Saturday, March 22nd at the One Call Stadium. As part of plans to ensure the match day run smoothly, minibuses and coaches will be escorted to and from the ground by officers.
Anyone organising a coach or minibus trip, please contact Football Intelligence Officer PC Dave Wright on 0300 122 8267 for the rendezvous point and times.
Gary Roberts Named SkyBet League Two Player Of The Year
Monday 17th March 2014 Chesterfield FC's Gary Roberts has been named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Year at The Football League Awards 2014.
Roberts received the award at the gala ceremony at The Brewery, London, last night (Sunday 16th March), in front of over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry.
This year, a total of 36 clubs were shortlisted for 17 awards and Roberts beat competition from Rochdale's Scott Hogan and Scunthorpe United's Sam Winnall to claim the overall SkyBet League Two Player of the Year Award. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Panthers Secure Promotion With Win At Belper
Monday 17th March 2014 Chesterfield Panthers achieved what they promised to do when they moved to their new £1.8 million ground and facilities in Dunston - achieve promotion.
A victory away against Belper on Saturday not only secured the mighty Panthers their 14th win in a row, but also promotion. Now all they need to do is continue their winning streak until the end of the season and take the top position in the table.
Chesterfield Panthers came into their 19th game of the season still having only lost one game all year, requiring only one point to secure promotion. READ MORE...
And Then There Were Eight... Spireites v Oxford Match Report
Monday 17th March 2014 Chesterfield returned to winning ways with a convincing 3-0 win over eight-man Oxford at the Proact to stay top of SkyBet League Two.
Early goals from Ollie Banks and Gary Roberts gave the Spireites a half time lead before the visitors were reduced to nine after the break, with Roberts sealing the victory in injury time.
The ever present Tommy Lee started in goal to make his 250th appearance for Chesterfield, behind a team with one change to the side that drew with AFC Wimbledon in midweek. READ MORE...
Nightmare For Matlock With Shock Home Defeat To Stafford
Monday 17th March 2014 A home banker turned into a nightmare for Matlock who were on the end of a shock defeat.
Struggling Stafford, in third bottom spot before kick off, with just two away wins at already doomed Droylsden and all but relegated Stocksbridge, rode their luck, due to atrocious Matlock finishing, to inflict only the Gladiators second defeat of the season at the Autoworld Arena.
And Matlock's afternoon was made much worse when David Haggerty, potentially Matlock's player of the season, was stretchered off in the... READ MORE...
Wylde Injury Mars Another Alfreton Away Win. Match Report
Monday 17th March 2014 Alfreton Town flirted briefly with second spot in the Skrill Premier on Saturday - their highest ever position - but then came the news that they had been deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in the 3-1 win at Kidderminster Harriers a fortnight before Christmas.
Far worse though was the horrendous injury suffered by Michael Wylde just before half-time, which resulted in the defender fracturing both tibia and fibia as well as being shown a yellow card for the tackle on John Rooney as he was being stretchered off, the incident leading to manager Nicky Law being sent off by referee Darren England. READ MORE...
Togwell Joins Chairboys
Monday 17th March 2014 Chesterfield midfielder Sam Togwell has joined Wycombe Wanderers on loan for a month.
Togwell, 29, (left), links up with the Chairboys until Saturday, April 12th and is eligible to play against Newport County on that date. Wycombe will play seven fixtures during the time Togwell is at the club, including matches against Chesterfield's promotion rivals Rochdale, Burton Albion and Scunthorpe United.
Matty Brown, Aaron Chapman (both Chester) and Jamie Devitt (Morecambe) are the other Chesterfield players currently out on loan.
The Paul Cook Interview - The Gaffer Looks Forward To Oxford
Friday 14th March 2014 With just 10 games left until the end of the 2013/14 campaign, Chesterfield boss Paul Cook admitted in his pre match look at this Saturday's home game against Oxford United, that the pressure is on!
He also reassured fans that, with football being about opinions, he does listen to all of them (even though he doesn't always agree!) and spoke about whether his half time team talks will, in future, point the way to the "little boys room!"
Firstly, asked about his thoughts on the game at Wimbledon, Cook said, "Going away from home is difficult. Our name goes before us..." READ MORE & AUDIO...
Dove's Eye View - "Nice To See U's!" Oxford Preview
Friday 14th March 2014 Despite gaining only two points from the last three games, the Spireites are still top of SkyBet League Two as they prepare to face Oxford United at the Proact Stadium on Saturday.
All of the teams at the upper end of the table have been struggling for consistency - and none more so than Oxford.
On Tuesday, Oxford picked up only their second point in five games, when they drew 1-1 at home to Cheltenham Town. Ryan Williams opened the scoring for Oxford but Jamie Cureton equalised for the visitors in the 84th minute. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Sign Teenage Striker From Derby County
Thursday 13th March 2014 Chesterfield have signed teenage striker Mason Bennett from Derby County on a month's loan.
Bennett, 17, became Derby's youngest-ever player when he made his debut against Middlesbrough at the age of 15 years and 99 days. He has been allowed to go out on loan after mainly featuring as a substitute in his 14 appearances this season.
Bennett admits that he had no hesitation in dropping down from the Championship to join the Spireites. He said: "I pounced on the opportunity when my agent asked me if I wanted to join Chesterfield, saying 'yes' straight away." READ MORE...
Record Breaking Reds Look Forward To Last Ten Games
Thursday 13th March 2014 Alfreton Town eclipsed their previous best ever points total in the Skrill Premier as they enhanced their chances of finishing in the play-off places with a 3-0 home win over Hyde on Tuesday evening.
The victory, a first in four league games, sealed a third league double of the campaign and put Nicky Law's side onto 61 points, six ahead of the chasing pack with ten games still to go.
Alfreton's previous best tally in Non League's top flight was 60, achieved over 46 games last season when they also posted their highest finishing... READ MORE...
Staveley vs Albion Sports - FREE Admission For All
Wednesday 12th March 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC Chairman Terry Damms has announced that the home fixture against Albion Sports is to be FREE admission for all.
The generous gesture was originally planned for the rescheduled date of 15th January, after the previous game on 20th December 2013, was abandoned after 62 minutes after a torrential downpour - but now the ' re - rescheduled' game definitely goes ahead at Inkersall Road tonight, kick off 7:45pm.
Terry Damms said of the second cancelled game back in January... READ MORE...
Spireites Make A Point Against The Dons. Match Report
Wednesday 12th March 2014 Chesterfield picked up what could be a valuable point on the road last night - after coming back from a goal down at AFC Wimbledon to draw 1-1.
Paul Cook had asked for a response after Saturday's loss to former club Accrington Stanley and he made two changes to that side, bringing in Eoin Doyle and Jay O'Shea for Dan Gardner (who picked up an ankle injury during Saturday's match) and Armand Gnanduiilet.
New boy Danny Kearns, who had been brought in from... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Panthers Back On Victory Trail After 4 Week Break
Wednesday 12th March 2014 After four weeks without any action, Chesterfield Panthers were fired up ready to continue where they had left off and eager to strengthen their position at the top of the league away to Worksop.
On the day, conditions were near perfect, with only a steady wind to effect play. Panthers kicked off the first half but conceded a string of penalties early on that led to Worksop having a shot at goal that was fortunately missed.
It was obvious to see Chesterfield had lacked game time due to a number of mistakes and poor work at the breakdown, leaving players isolated... READ MORE...
Spireites Sign Posh Midfielder
Tuesday 11th March 2014 Chesterfield have signed midfielder Danny Kearns, 22, on loan from Peterborough United, with the agreement expiring on April 14th.
He joined Peterborough from Dundalk in August 2011 and a loan spell Rotherham Utd last season, making 10 appearances for the South Yorkshire club.
Spireites' boss Paul Cook moved to secure Kearns' services following Dan Gardner's injury. "He's a player we've been monitoring for a long time," said Cook. "He's very bright in his forward play and we look forward to working with him." Kearns, who will wear the number 29 shirt, is eligible for the game at AFC Wimbledon tonight.
The Paul Cook Interview - "Losing Dan Is A Blow!"
Monday 10th March 2014 It was a philosophical Paul Cook who faced the media on Monday morning - less than 48 hours after his side slumped to a 3-1 defeat at his former club, Accrington Stanley.
A hat trick from Molyneux condemned the Spireites to an empty-handed journey home from Lancashire, though they remain top of SkyBet League Two going into tomorrow's game against Wimbledon.
Dan Gardner suffered an injury, which Cook confirmed would mean he will see a specialist tomorrow (Tuesday 11th), "It's a nasty injury.." READ MORE & AUDIO...
Molyneux's Hat Trick Stuns Spireites. Match Report
Monday 10th March 2014 Lee Molyneux's first half hat-trick earned 10-man Accrington Stanley a stunning 3-1 victory over Paul Cook's table topping Spireites at the Store First Stadium, with Ian Evatt's late consolation goal giving the Spireites some late hope.
Paul Cook made one change from the side that drew 0-0 against Portsmouth in Monday's Sky TV draw, Armand Gnanduillet was restored up top in place of Eoin Doyle. It had been said beforehand that loanee Ian Dunbavin couldn't face his home club, so the Spireites went in without a keeper on the bench which featured only six subs. READ MORE...
Third League Win In A Week For Matlock
Monday 10th March 2014 The damage was done in the first half as Matlock thoroughly deserved their third league win in a week at the New Manor Ground on Saturday.
Ilkeston frankly, were a disappointment, as the Gladiators won comfortably and although the Robins did put up an improved second half showing, the two goal margin proved just too much for them.
Matlock made just the one change from the team which had beaten Grantham in midweek, with Martin Foster replacing Lavell White. READ MORE...
Geoff Miller OBE To Become Derbyshire CCC Club President
Friday 7th March 2014 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire have confirmed that Geoff Miller OBE is to be voted as the Club's President after their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 26th March.
The Supervisory Board unanimously supported the nomination of the former Derbyshire Captain and England & Wales Cricket Board National Selector for the position.
Miller, who was born in Chesterfield, played 254 first-class matches for Derbyshire between 1973 and 1990 and was an integral member of the... READ MORE...
Alfreton Hope To Return To Winning Ways At Home To Lincoln
Friday 7th March 2014 Alfreton Town will be hopeful of returning to winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they welcome Lincoln City to the Impact Arena in this latest Skrill Conference Premier Division fixture.
The Reds, like the majority before them, were pushed aside by runaway leaders Luton last Saturday, although Nicky Law's side can take heart from matching their opponents for large parts of that contest.
Further to that their form prior to that perhaps unsurprising defeat against a side seemingly destined for the Football League, was encouraging... READ MORE...
Matlock News Ahead Of Local Derby Away At Ilkeston
Friday 7th March 2014
Mark Atkins hailed a fantastic three days for Matlock Town and praised his players and the club's fans in the process.
If ever a team showed 'bouncebackability', then the Gladiators did after they returned from Rushall Olympic with their tails between their legs after a 6-1 humbling.
Last Saturday, Matlock dented second in the table Skelmersdale United's title challenge with a 2-1 victory, despite playing for a little over two thirds of the contest with just ten men following Shaun Tuton's controversial red card... READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - "A Point Nearer Where We Want To Be!"
Thursday 6th March 2014 It will be familiar territory for Paul Cook on Saturday when his Chesterfield side make the journey to Accrington Stanley.
Cook knows exactly who they are, having been both player and manager at The Crown Ground - whilst Spireites' Assistant boss Leam Richardson left his job at Accrington in the Summer to come to serve at the PROACT with his former gaffer.
Having won a home point on Monday when Portsmouth came to town in front of the Sky TV cameras, Cook was philosophical about the 0-0 draw, "I thought it was a good game, a tactical game between two teams and it..." READ MORE & AUDIO...
Staveley MWFC Dominant In Rescheduled Home Game Win
Thursday 6th March 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
The first half performance in last night's home fixture was Staveley's best 45 minutes of the season, as they played with pace and purpose and, inspired by Josh Scully, raced into a 3-0 lead in the opening 30 minutes against Winterton Rangers.
The crowd at Inkersall Road was smaller than usual, probably due to the fact that there was an England game on the TV.
However, the crowd of 92 witnessed a good attacking display and... READ MORE...
Great Opportunity To See Your Memories Of Saltergate In Print
Thursday 6th March 2014 We have received an email from an author who is seeking Chesterfield fans who would like to contribute to a new book - regarding leaving one football ground for a new one. If you would like to see your story in print please read on...
From C. Lloyd Thompson: "How did you feel when your team 'upped-sticks' and left your old ground? Were you upset, frustrated or annoyed at your Club relocating or was it the best thing that ever happened?
I know how strongly I felt when my team, Bolton Wanderers, left... READ MORE...
Matlock Earn An Impressive Fifth Successive Home Win
Wednesday 5th March 2014
Matlock's impressive home record was maintained as they earned a fifth successive win at the Autoworld Arena in a thrilling game with Grantham on Tuesday night.
The scoreline was not quite as comfortable as the victory margin suggests though. If the Gingerbreads can gain any consolation from their defeat it was that they caused the home defence more problems than most other visiting sides this season, even more than high flying Skelmersdale three days earlier, who had been facing just ten Gladiators. READ MORE...
Lee Saves The Day For Chesterfield. Match Report
Tuesday 4th March 2014 It was not a game that had a 0-0 draw written all over it on paper but, with the Sky TV cameras at the PROACT, a determined and organised Portsmouth held Chesterfield to just one point after a game of chances which neither side converted.
With the general consensus in the camp that first blood is important, it was Gary Roberts who had a chance in the first minute but was denied - followed then by a chance at the other end for Portsmouth, similarly stopped by Tommy Lee.
In fact, it was to be Lee who had the busier evening of the two... READ MORE...
Staveley Lose An Entertaining Game To High Flyers Pickering
Tuesday 4th March 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Going for three wins on the bounce, Staveley Miners Welfare put the pressure on Pickering early on and the 5th in the league Pikes were looking a bit jittery in the early stages, with Jamie Smith and a fit again Oli Ryan the tormentors-in-chief.
Pickering soon settled however and they opened the scoring on nine minutes when Harry Coates swept home a low cross from the right from six yards out.
They almost doubled their lead with a carbon copy goal from the... READ MORE...
Derbyshire CCC Announce Third Successive Year In Profit
Tuesday 4th March 2014 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has recorded a profit of £3,395 for the financial year ending December 2013; the Club's third successive year of surplus.
The latest profit signifies the Club's progress towards long-term sustainability and continues the significant turnaround since Chris Grant's election as Chairman in 2011, on the back of a £187,037 loss.
The Club has achieved major rises in Membership, Ticket Sales and other commercial income in 2013, which allowed increased investment in the playing... READ MORE...
Doves Eye View - A Week's A Long Time In Football
Monday 3rd March 2014 What a difference a week makes! Last Saturday evening we were in despair, reflecting on a poor Chesterfield performance at lowly Wycombe which ended in a 1-0 defeat.
To make matters worse Scunthorpe were 5-1 victors that afternoon and had moved level on points with us at the top of the table.
With us facing a tough fixture at Cheltenham on Tuesday whilst Scunthorpe were entertaining lowly Bristol Rovers, it looked possible we may not be occupying top spot for much longer. READ MORE...
Reds Fall To Champions Elect Plus News Of Reduced Prices
Monday 3rd March 2014
Alfreton Town may have become runaway Skrill Premier leaders Luton Town's latest victims as they steamroller their way back into the Football League, but there were many positive signs to emerge from Saturday's game.
In the corresponding fixture at the Impact Arena earlier in the season, the Hatters had coasted to a 4-0 lead inside the opening 18 minutes before easing off the throttle to add only one further goal, but at least the onerous task of keeping them in check at Kenilworth Road succeeded in frustrating them for almost... READ MORE...
Matlock Earn The Win Against High Flyers Skelmersdale
Monday 3rd March 2014 A magnificent performance from the boys in blue earned the hosts a deserved win against second in the table Skelmersdale, in spite of having to play the final sixty four minutes with only ten men.
Shaun Tuton, who had earlier given Matlock the lead in the first outing at the renamed Autoworld Arena, was sent off after a tackle on Peter Wylie which was innocuous and probably worthy of a yellow card at the very worst.
But Manchester official Matt Donohue could not brandish the red card quickly enough and it looked as if the Gladiators would be enduring a... READ MORE...
Spireites Hope To 'Play Down Pompey' Infront Of Sky Cameras
Saturday 1st March 2014 It is a rare weekend without a game for Chesterfield, as they prepare to take on Portsmouth in front of the Sky cameras on Monday evening.
However it was business as usual for the players and staff this morning (Saturday) as they headed for training ahead of the match.
After an emphatic 4-1 win away at Cheltenham on Tuesday night, Paul Cook's men are in high spirits and sitting one point ahead of Scunthorpe and Rochdale at the top of the SkyBet League Two table - and 5 points ahead of... READ MORE & AUDIO...
A Tough Task For Alfreton This Weekend - Away To Luton
Friday 28th February 2014 Alfreton Town are likely to encounter their toughest test of the season to date on Saturday as they travel to Luton Town in the Skrill Conference Premier.
The home side look bound for the Football League, having opened up a fourteen point gap over second-placed Cambridge United - albeit having played a game more.
The Hatters are unbeaten in 24 games, a run going back to early September, further to that they have scored a stunning 17 goals in their last three league games - and not conceded. READ MORE...
Matlock Hoping For A Win At Newly Named Autoworld Arena
Friday 28th February 2014 Matlock will be wanting their debut game at their newly named Autoworld Arena to be a memorable one, as they aim to bounce back from an out of character hammering at Rushall last weekend.
Second in the table Skelmersdale United are at the Autoworld, and following league leaders Chorley losing at home to Rushall on Tuesday night, will still feel they are well in the chase for the championship.
As far as the Gladiators are concerned, it is a case of proving that the 6-1 reverse was a one off - and that lessons have been learned from a crazy... READ MORE...
Staveley Beat Retford In An Incident-Packed Match
Thursday 27th February 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
First team football finally returned to Inkersall Road after a weather enforced absence of a month, when Staveley met promotion-chasing Retford United, with the visitors no doubt looking for revenge for the 4-1 defeat that Staveley inflicted on them in mid-January.
The crowd of 115 was treated to a incident packed match which saw five goals and three sent off with Staveley coming out as 3-2 victors.
Staveley took the lead on 13 minutes, when Michael Trench put... READ MORE...
Matlock Agree Lucrative New Sponsorship With Autoworld
Wednesday 26th February 2014 Matlock Town's ground will now be known as the 'Autoworld Arena', as details of the exciting new sponsorship deal emerged this week.
Gladiators' Chairman Tom Wright confirmed that negotiations were successfully completed on Monday afternoon, on what he had described as a "lucrative deal" for the club.
The Chesterfield based motor dealership will also be sponsoring the new Social Club which will become the Autoworld Lounge. READ MORE...
A Magnificent Seven Minutes Push Chesterfield 'Four'-Ward
Wednesday 26th February 2014 It may be the Cheltenham Festival week - but it was Chesterfield FC who were at the races last night, bringing home 3 points after a stunning victory at Whaddon Road - bagging 4 goals and holding onto their lead at the top of League Two.
Having demanded a response, Spireites' Manager Paul Cook made two changes to the side that tasted defeat on Saturday at Wycombe, bringing on Dan Gardner and Ollie Banks for Jay O'Shea and Sam Hird.
After an open start to the game in which either side could have... READ MORE...
An Entertaining Win For Staveley Away At Liversedge
Tuesday 25th February 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
A good degree of entertainment was had at Clayborn, home of Liversedge FC, despite there being standing water on the pitch earlier on in the day.
Having been deemed fit to play on after a morning inspection, Staveley Miners Welfare kicked off clad in their away colours of orange shirts shorts and socks.
It was clear right from the off that the pitch was not going to help a crisp passing game and Liversedge, probably used to the pitch, had the early running, although this was their first game on it since December. READ MORE...
The Paul Cook Interview - Being Positive And Looking Forward
Monday 24th February 2014 With just 14 League games to go until the end of the season, tests are coming thick and fast for the Spireites, with midweek matches scheduled for the foreseeable future.
However, given the defeat at Adams Park on Saturday, Spireites' Manager Paul Cook admitted in his pre match conference that it's a blessing to be getting back on the pitch quickly, saying, "Football's football! It was a bad day Saturday - we haven't had too many of them, We have great belief in the squad and we go to Cheltenham as league leaders, very positive. If we win we stay top of the league and its important those messages go through to the players." READ MORE & AUDIO...
Alfreton Share The Points With Play Off Rivals Gateshead
Monday 24th February 2014 Alfreton Town finally managed to stage a home game after seven and a half weeks of inactivity at the Impact Arena, but they were held to only their second home draw of the season by ten-man Gateshead in an absorbing encounter.
An above average crowd witnessed an encounter that seemed to liven up after Phil Turnbull had been sent off for the visitors in the 38th minute, when a crunching tackle on Bradley Wood warranted a second yellow card in twelve minutes.
Andrai Jones, on loan from Barnsley, made a promising debut... READ MORE...
Matlock Are Hit For Six As Their Unbeaten Run Ends Abruptly
Monday 24th February 2014 What a way to lose your unbeaten start to 2014! Matlock conceded six goals in a crazy second half, after leading at half time, as Rushall took full advantage of the conditions, plus some dubious refereeing, to put Matlock to the sword.
But referee Smart, (whose name did not match his performance!), cannot be blamed for some of the crass defensive play that Matlock produced, which is really out of keeping with their usual solidity.
Some of the mistakes were embarrassing, the hope being is that... READ MORE...
Spireites Take A Back Seat To Chairboys. Match Report
Sunday 23rd February 2014 The Spireites lost a scrappy game at Adams Park to end their six match unbeaten League run, allowing Scunthorpe to draw level on points at the top of League Two, after they put five past Portsmouth.
It was possibly the most lack-lustre performance of the season as Wycombe picked up a vital three points, courtesy of a penalty for handball, in their quest to avoid relegation.
The team seemed to never get out of second gear and manager Paul Cook, who had his own bad day at the office by being sent to the stand... READ MORE...
Chris Turner Interview - On Target & On The Way To Wembley!
Saturday 22nd February 2014 In case you hadn't heard, Chesterfield will be travelling en masse to Wembley in 5 weeks time, where, for the second time in 3 seasons, they will compete in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final.
Last time, in 2012, and with John Sheridan as manager, 20,000 fans made the trip to the capital, and saw their team bring home the trophy. It's a feat that CEO of the club, Chris Turner, hopes will be repeated this time around.
In an interview with The Chesterfield Post, he said he was delighted to see the team reach the final again, and discussed what impact that... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Paul Cook Interview - "We're In A Good Place At The Moment"
Friday 21st February 2014
It was an understandably happy Paul Cook who faced the media on Friday, ahead of the upcoming game against Wycombe, after he'd seen his side progress to the JPT final at Wembley.
He admitted in his interview with The Chesterfield Post, that he was delighted to be heading for Wembley (not least as given the date, he wouldn't have to think of a Mother's Day gift this year!), but cautioned that the eye had to be kept on the league - that there are a lot of league games to go in the next 5 weeks saying, "If we're not fully focused, we'll get beat!" READ MORE & AUDIO...
Ticket Details For Chesterfield FC's JPT Wembley Final
Friday 21st February 2014
Ticket details for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, when Chesterfield face Peterborough United at Wembley, on Sunday, March 30th, have been released.
The Spireites, who beat Fleetwood Town 3-2 on aggregate over two legs in the Northern area final, have been allocated around 21,000 tickets.
Tickets, priced from £20 to £60 (adults) and from £10 to £30 *(concessions), will be sold from the Ticket Office at the Proact Stadium as follows... READ MORE...
Matlock Face A Six Pointer At Rushall And Two New Signings
Friday 21st February 2014
Matlock face a play off contending six pointer at Rushall Olympic on Saturday.
The Gladiators are tenth, one point and one place ahead of the Pics, who have a game in hand over Matlock, with both sides having played fewer matches than rivals above them aiming for a top five finish.
Ashton United currently occupy the final play off spot and even if Town win both of their games in hand over the Robins, they would still be a point... READ MORE...
Alfreton Hoping For Game Time This Saturday
Friday 21st February 2014 Alfreton Town will be hopeful of finally returning to competitive action at the Impact Arena, with Gateshead the scheduled visitors on Saturday afternoon, in this latest Skrill Conference Premier contest.
The turbulent weather has meant the Reds have not played in front of their own supporters since New Year's Day; with last Saturday's game against Aldershot the latest to be hit by the deluge of wet weather.
Despite the lack of games, Nicky Law's men still sit proudly in third place in the table, with those around them no longer having games in hand over... READ MORE...
Que Sera Sera.... Chesterfield Head To Wembley
Wednesday 19th February 2014 "I'm delighted tonight for everyone connected to the club" - that was Chesterfield manager Paul Cook after seeing his side progress to the final of the JPT, and a second Wembley visit in 2 years.
The Spireites had entered last night's home leg of the JPT Northern Area Final with a two goal advantage after a 1-3 victory over Fleetwood at Highbury Stadium and though the odds were in the home side's favour, Cook had urged caution ahead of the game - and was not prepared to even consider taking anything for granted.
He made three changes to the side that had been victorious... READ MORE...
Staveley MWFC Earn A Late Draw At Nostell. Match Report
Wednesday 19th February 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Matt Thorpe grabbed a late equaliser for Staveley to take a point away against 10-man Nostell Miners Welfare, although the visitors created enough chances to win the game.
However, they were denied the three points by a combination of a lack of clinical finishing and some first class saves from Ben Saynor in the Nostell goal.
Staveley gave a debut to full back James Coulbeck who signed from Winterton Rangers earlier in the day. READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - Plus A 'Wembley Warning' From Roberts
Tuesday 18th February 2014 Winger Gary Roberts has warned his Chesterfield team-mates the job is "only half-done" as they aim to complete their Wembley mission against Fleetwood Town.
The Spireites built up a healthy 3-1 advantage in the first leg of their Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Final at Fleetwood last week.
But Roberts is refusing to take anything for granted - and knows that the tie could easily turn on its head in the second leg at the Proact Stadium this evening, "It's good to have a 2 goal lead to take into..." READ MORE, VIDEO & AUDIO...
Doves Eye View - Chesterfield One Game Away From Wembley
Monday 17th February 2014 After Saturday's hard-earned victory against Torquay United, Spireites can now turn their thoughts to Wembley.
Chesterfield face Fleetwood Town at the Proact Stadium on Tuesday evening, in the second leg of the JPT Northern Area Final. After securing a 3-1 lead in the first leg, the Spireites are hot favourites to make it to the national final at Wembley.
If Chesterfield were to make it to the final, it would be for the second time in three years. Two years ago the Wembley appearance culminated in a victory which was the only highlight of a bitterly disappointing season; after promotion... READ MORE...
Spireites Fly High At Top Of The Table After Beating The Gulls
Monday 17th February 2014 Paul Cook's men are continuing to prove they are a dominating force in SkyBet League Two, after coming from behind at the PROACT to claim all three points after another goal from on-form Eoin Doyle and a brace by Jay O'Shea.
Gaffer Paul Cook made just one change to the team that has been consistent for the last five games - bringing in O'Shea for Gary Roberts who was on the bench as a precaution after pulling up in training on Thursday. Drew Talbot was an omission from the squad too, with Cook confirming after the match that he was suffering a recurrence of an injury and would be seeing a specialist on Monday. READ MORE...
Staveley's Home Match Against Barton Town Old Boys Is OFF
Saturday 15th February 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC's home fixture for this afternoon (Saturday 15th February) against Barton Town Old Boys has been postponed after inspection, due to a waterlogged pitch.
The NCEL Premier Division side now has only one more midweek slot free to play the backlog of rescheduled games until they will be playing four games every seven days.
Chairman Terry Damms said, "It's hugely disappointing to have..." READ MORE...
Doves Eye View - Gulls Prepare To Swoop On The Proact
Friday 14th February 2014 Chesterfield play their first game for a week when they face Torquay United at the Proact Stadium on Saturday.
Seven days without a match would not normally be unusual - but after playing midweek fixtures for each of the last three weeks and plenty more to come before the end of the season - it's been a rare 'mini-break' for Paul Cook and his men.
Last Saturday's 1-1 draw at second-placed Scunthorpe was enough to see the Spireites preserve their lead at the top of SkyBet League Two. With 55 points from 30 games, the lead is currently three points, although it could be... READ MORE...
Alfreton Look To Call The 'Shots' Against Division Strugglers
Friday 14th February 2014 After a run of five successive away league fixtures, Alfreton Town entertain Aldershot Town at the Impact Arena in Skrill Premier action on Saturday, kick off 3pm, in a reduced ticket price fixture.
Reds' manager Nicky Law will have to wait for late fitness checks on Michael Wylde (groin) and Chris Westwood (thigh), who both picked up strains in the 1-0 win at Cambridge United on Tuesday night.
Alfreton go into the game in fine form and should be full of confidence as they are unbeaten in their last three games which have yielded seven... READ MORE...
Atkins Praises Players After Difficult Away Win & Other News
Friday 14th February 2014 Mark Atkins was full of praise for his players after their comfortable 3-1 victory at a wet and windy Frickley Athletic last Saturday, which stretched their unbeaten sequence to five matches, four of which have brought maximum points.
"It was a great result given the tough, horrible conditions, with the very strong wind blowing straight down the ground. We talked about getting in front with the elements in our favour. We scored twice and could have had three or four. In the second half we stuck to our task, got an early goal and then kept the ball very well, passing our way out from the back. Everyone worked hard and believe me..." READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - Can Chesterfield Fly Against The Gulls?
Thursday 14th February 2014 With a home tie against the Gulls looming and the Spireites three points clear at the top of League Two, Chesterfield Gaffer Paul Cook was, unsurprisingly, positive as he faced the press in his usual press call today.
He confirmed that there are currently no injury concerns ahead of the clash, and that both Gary Roberts (groin) and Ollie Banks (sickness) have fully recovered and are raring to go.
Having kept an unchanged side for the last four games... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Cheltenham Festival 2014 Preview
Wednesday 12th February 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
The 2014 Cheltenham Festival is coming up fast, with all eyes in the racing world looking towards the highlight of the national hunt season.
Beginning on March 11th and lasting for four days, the Cheltenham Festival includes 27 races run by some of the world's best racehorses and jockeys. The first race of the festival, the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, will be accompanied by the traditional Cheltenham Roar from the huge crowd, and is the start of the most entertaining week in jumps racing. READ MORE...
Difficult Conditions See Panthers Return To Winning Ways
Tuesday 11th February 2014 Chesterfield returned to winning ways after being held to a draw at Amber Valley two weeks ago, even without several key players, including the majestic Tom Rice, Panthers still fielded a strong squad.
Ashfield posed a serious threat as the only team to have beaten Amber Valley so far this season.
Conditions were far from ideal with strong winds blowing across the pitch, which made both handling and kicking difficult. This would once again play into the hands of the opponents who favoured a more forward orientated game plan. READ MORE...
Matlock Go Five Unbeaten With An Away Win At Frickley
Monday 10th February 2014 Matlock extended their unbeaten run to five games and secured their first away win in four months in terrible weather at Westfield Lane on Saturday.
A fierce gale force wind blew down the length of the field making it the worst possible conditions to play in but the Gladiators made light work of it, being better than Frickley in both halves.
They attacked with more conviction than their hosts and defended more sensibly, playing their way out of trouble instead of employing the big... READ MORE...
Spireites Show Their 'Metal' To Earn A Point Against The Iron
Sunday 9th February 2014 Chesterfield brought back what might prove to be an extremely valuable point from second place Scunthorpe United's Glanford Park and remain three points clear at the top of League Two.
Eoin Doyle's spot kick leveled matters after Christian Ribeiro had pulled down Ritchie Humphreys in first half stoppage time, enabling the Spireites to share the spoils.
The Iron had earlier taken the lead through striker Sam Winnall in the 15th minute, after Tommy Lee parried Paddy Madden's shot into his path. READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - Full Steam Ahead Against The Iron
Friday 7th February 2014 It's back to the league campaign and a top of the table clash for Chesterfield FC this weekend, as they prepare to take on second placed Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park.
On the back of a four game unbeaten run - and fresh from a convincing away win in the first leg of the JPT northern final on Tuesday night - the mood at the Proact is undoubtedly high.
However, with The Iron in second place - just three points behind - Spireites' Manager Paul Cook admitted there is no role for... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Staveley Cruelly Denied A Point In Last Minute At Long Eaton
Thursday 6th February 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley were cruelly beaten by a late goal away to Long Eaton last night, just after they had been denied a certain penalty when substitute Sam Finlaw was brought down by the home side's goalkeeper.
The thirteen players who wore the Staveley shirt last night put in a hard working performance and tried to play football in difficult conditions. On another occasion, they would have been rewarded with at least one point.
The critical moments came in the last three minutes of the match. READ MORE...
Spireites Memorial Garden Fundraising Kicks Off
Thursday 6th February 2014 The fundraising initiative to raise £35,000 to build a Memorial Garden at Chesterfield FC's Proact Stadium has begun.
Designed to provide an area to remember former Spireites players and officials killed in the two World Wars, as well as commemorating the lives of family and friends of supporters, the garden will be adjacent to the Community Stand on the East side of the ground.
A well-attended meeting heard from Club Chaplain Jim McGlade, the Chairman of the Derbyshire Royal British Legion Bernard Page MBE... READ MORE...
Cod Army Gutted After Chesterfield's Show Of Force
Wednesday 5th February 2014 Chesterfield are one step closer to Wembley today, after they beat Fleetwood in the first leg of the JPT Northern Area Final.
The evening was not without drama though after the Cod Army had two goals disallowed in the first half.
Captain Ian Evatt gave Chesterfield the lead on 23 minutes after a ball from Gary Roberts fell to him, whilst Sam Morsy doubled the advantage just a short while later.
Manager Paul Cook made no changes for the fourth successive... READ MORE...
Matlock Earn A Hard Fought Win Against Basement Side
Tuesday 4th February 2014 Matlock got the win everyone expected against the basement side, but Manager Mark Atkins' prediction of his team facing a more difficult challenge than the one presented in the 4-1 win at the Butchers Arms in October also came true.
Conditions were a proper leveller, with a strong wind and a heavy pitch which had passed an early morning inspection, but also Droylsden gave it a good shot and might have scored a couple of goals but for fine goalkeeping from Jon Kennedy.
On the flip side, Matlock might also have scored more with... READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - "It's A Big Game, But It's The Next One!"
Monday 3rd February 2014
Chesterfield stand just two games away from Wembley and the JPT final, as they prepare to travel to Highbury Stadium to take on Fleetwood in the first leg of the Northern Area Final.
Chesterfield FC Manager Paul Cook told the assembled media today in his pre-match press call that he will have a full squad to choose from, though he hinted that newest recruit Dan Gardner may be rested for the clash. Liam Cooper received 3 stitches during the 3-1 victory over Bristol Rovers and Cook joked that it took an age for him. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Spireites Legend Jack Joins Gateshead
Monday 3rd February 2014
It's been announced today that former Spireite legend Jack Lester (left), has signed for Skrill Conference side Gateshead until the end of the season.
Spireites Plunder The Pirates' Net. Match report
Monday 3rd February 2014 Chesterfield cruised to a third consecutive league win with a resounding 3-1 victory over Bristol Rovers at the Proact.
Sam Morsy gave Chesterfield the lead before Lee Brown levelled for the visitors in spectacular fashion. Ollie Banks restored the home side's lead and Eoin Doyle secured all three points to consolidate the Spireites' lead at the top of SkyBet League Two.
Paul Cook's side remained unchanged from the win over York City in midweek, with Morsy partnering Jimmy Ryan in the heart of midfield behind the... READ MORE...
Derbyshire CCC's New Elite Cricket Coaching Team Unveiled
Monday 3rd February 2014 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Graeme Welch says Derbyshire CCC's new coaching setup signals the Club's long-term ambition.
The Club has added John Sadler, Simon Guy, Cookie Patel and Ant Botha to its backroom team, as investment in coaching increases to unprecedented levels.
Existing coaches Stephen Stubbings and AJ Harris are also retained having successfully emerged from a rigorous recruitment process... READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - "Let's Keep It Going" Cook(ing) On Gas!
Friday 31st January 2014 Ahead of this weekend's clash with Bristol Rovers, Chesterfield FC gaffer Paul Cook faced the media in his usual conference to confirm that he has no injury concerns - with Drew Talbot expected to return to the bench after being sidelined with an abductor injury.
After an emphatic victory against York midweek, Cook says that the side is likely to remain largely unchanged, "We look very bright, really pleased with the results and how the team's playing, so let's keep it going!"
Ahead of the transfer deadline, the boss said that... READ MORE & AUDIO...
News From Matlock Town FC Plus Droylsden Preview
Friday 31st January 2014 "We take nothing for granted" will be the message from Matlock boss Mark Atkins as they welcome basement club Droylsden to the Reynolds Stadium on Saturday.
The Bloods, relegated from the Conference North at the end of last season, have had a nightmare season, collecting only two points from their thirty games played, and conceding 119 goals. They have lost all sixteen of their away matches so far.
Everyone who faces them now will not want the tag of being 'the first side to lose to them' - and Atkins will use tonight's training session plus his... READ MORE...
Doves Eye View - Cook Turns Heat Up On The Gas
Friday 31st January 2014 After the bitter disappointment of throwing away two points to Rochdale in the last home game, the Spireites have bounced back in fine style with two consecutive away victories.
Chesterfield dominated the games at Northampton last Saturday and York on Tuesday - and the six points gained were sufficient to move us back to the top of SkyBet League Two.
We now have 51 points from 28 games and Scunthorpe in second place, have one point fewer from the same number of games. The 5-1 goals margin... READ MORE...
Spireites 'Pray' On The MinsterMen - Taking All 3 Points At York
Wednesday 29th January 2014 The Spireites cruised back to the top of League Two after a very professional and relatively comfortable win over York City at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday night.
Eoin Doyle gave Chesterfield a perfect start with an early lead, before Dan Gardner led a Spireite counter attack, releasing Gary Roberts to double the advantage before the break.
Manager Paul Cook kept the same starting line up that won at the weekend, the only change to the squad came on the bench with Marc Richards... READ MORE...
The Paul Cook Interview - Onto The next Game! York Preview
Monday 27th January 2014 After a commanding win away at Northampton, Paul Cook's Chesterfield side are back on the road tomorrow, as they take on York at Bootham Crescent, in this week's midweek game.
As a result of Saturday's 3-1 victory, Chesterfield sit second in SkyBet League Two and back in the automatic promotion places.
Despite admitting that he is delighted with the win, Cook emphasised once again in his pre match press conference, that only in May will he consider the certainty of League One football. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden Fundraising Meeting
Monday 19th January 2014
A reminder that the meeting to discuss plans for the Chesterfield FC Memorial Gardens takes place this Thursday (30th January) at 7pm in the Leengate Legends Lounge at the Proact Stadium.
Phil Tooley spoke to The Chesterfield Post about just what the memorial means to both the club and the community - and what you can expect to find out at the meeting.
To donate to the fund, you can text the word 'GARD02' (the number zero), to 70070 and state the amount you would like to donate, which... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Spireites Storm To Victory. Match Report
Sunday 26th January 2014 In conditions that were at times, almost unplayable, the Spireites adapted better to the terrible weather and came from behind, for the first time this season, to clinch their sixth away victory and make it eight games unbeaten against the Cobblers.
Spireites boss Paul Cook admitted that, "We had a little bit of a hangover from Tuesday night" when two goals in added time denied Chesterfield a deserved three points against Rochdale.
Northampton pressed from the off but the Spireites quickly took... READ MORE...
Matlock's Match At Stormy Stamford Is Abandoned
Sunday 26th January 2014 Referee David Plowright halted proceedings after 23 minutes when a fierce thunderstorm engulfed the ground and left the pitch saturated.
After consulting with both clubs and the ground staff, Plowright abandoned the game and, while it was probably the right decision, Matlock Manager Mark Atkins felt he could have waited to see if conditions improved.
This is the Gladiators second abandonment in a month, following the floodlight failure which saw their game at Buxton called off at half time on... READ MORE...
Debutant Nets The Winner For Alfreton Away To Welling United
Saturday 25th January 2014 Alfreton Town finally returned to action after an 18-day break with a 2-1 win at Welling United on Saturday 25th January.
Manager Nicky Law made three changes from the side which went down 4-1 at Lincoln City on January 7th - and two of the players brought in scored!
Josh Law shot the Reds in front on 17 minutes and after the hosts had equalised through Kurtis Guthrie on 43 minutes, latest signing Shaun Harrad celebrated his debut for the club by notching the winner from the penalty spot on 57 minutes, after Job Ayo Akinde had been fouled in the area by Connor Mclaren. READ MORE...
Matlock Town FC Game Abandoned After Thunderstorm
Saturday 25th January 2014 Matlock Town's game today away at Stamford AFC, was abandoned with no score after a thunderstorm and torrential rain hit the area.
The game will be rescheduled for a later date.
Staveley MWFC's Half Term Football Camp Announced
Saturday 25th January 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC are holding an exciting new two day Football Camp for all youngsters aged 5 to 16, during February's Half Term holidays, with a very special guest appearance for the presentations.
Half term is not too far away, and Staveley MWFC's football development coaches are staging a 2 day Football Camp to give the chance for boys and girls aged from 5 to 16 to let off some steam, learn some new skills and have some great fun.
To beat any chance of bad weather disruption, the camp will... READ MORE...
Staveley MWFC's Home Game Against Bridlington Is OFF
Saturday 25th January 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd This afternoon's 3pm k.o. at Inkersall Road is OFF due to a waterlogged pitch.
The match vs Bridlington Town will be rescheduled for a later date, causing what is becoming something of a fixture pile up during the remaining half of the season for Staveley MWFC. We will bring you news of the new date when it is released.
All of todays Junior Football Development sessions were also called off for the same reason, and again, we will bring you news if the training pitch is suitable in time for next Saturday's sessions.
The Paul Cook Interview - Cook Talks Cobblers
Friday 24th January 2014 After the surprise result on Tuesday night against Rochdale, which saw the Dale mount a late comeback to deny Chesterfield all three points, it was a reflective Paul Cook who faced the media on Friday afternoon.
Saying that he had been "disappointed, down and hurt" with the result, Cook admitted that he had been pleased with the performance, and the response from his players after the defeat at Southend the weekend before - and was philosophical that, "It's football!" and that no manager is judged on one game and asserted, "We must move on quickly." READ MORE & AUDIO...
Two Minutes Proves 'Two' Long For The Spireites Against Dale
Wednesday 22nd January 2014 Going into the game against Rochdale at the Proact it was known that a win would place Chesterfield in second spot, a loss would leave them in fifth. No one had mentioned a draw - and for 88 minutes last night that equation didn't figure.
However, with the Spireites two goals to the good, the unthinkable happened - a determined and perhaps lucky Dale, took their chances and converted what was looking like a certain loss into a draw.
Paul Cook has, as hinted at in his prematch chat with... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Junior Tennis Player Named As Aegon FutureStar
Wednesday 22nd January 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
An up-and-coming junior tennis player from Chesterfield has been highlighted as one of the brightest talents in the country after he was included on the Lawn Tennis Association's (LTA) Aegon FutureStars programme, which recognises and supports some of the best juniors in the country.
13 year old Bradley Buckland is the emerging young star that has earned his place on the programme following a successful year on court - and will now receive added support from the LTA. READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - Cook's Recipe For Success Against Dale?
Tuesday 21st January 2014 It's a quick turnaround of games for the Spireites and a chance for Paul Cook's squad to regroup after their 3-0 defeat at Southend - a loss which saw them slump to 5th place in League two.
Tuesday night's game is no less tough, with opposition coming in the form of Keith Hill's Rochdale. They currently sit 2nd in the league but a win for Chesterfield could see them swap places and catapult town back into the top three.
In his prematch conference, Cook admitted it's a vital game, saying. "Rochdale are getting a lot of plaudits on the back of the Leeds... READ MORE & AUDIO...
A Doves Eye View - Cook Hoping It's Not Uphill Against 'Dale
Tuesday 21st January 2014
One week your team is cruising to a 4-0 win and looking like world-beaters the next they're crashing to a 3-0 defeat and looking like carpet-beaters, (apologies to any carpet-beaters who feel that's a slur on their footballing skills).
The manner of the defeat at Southend on Saturday was very disappointing, coming as it did one week after the excellent performance against Bury - a performance which raised hopes that we might at last be back to (or even beyond!) our early season form. Still if it wasn't like that, it wouldn't be the Chesterfield we know... READ MORE...
Tough Local Derby - And Win No 10 - Keeps Panthers On Top
Tuesday 21st January 2014 Chesterfield Panthers were on the hunt for a double against their local rivals Tupton on Saturday, to further increase their lead at the top of the table.
Emotions were running high at Chesterfield as they started to come to terms with their current standing in the league - and the hurdles in front of them to remain in first place.
A nervy start to the game tested the home side's defensive resolve early on as the visitors dominated possession as a result of penalties going... READ MORE...
Staveley Fire Four Past High Flying Retford
Sunday 19th January 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley travelled to high flying Retford United hoping to complete their first game in 2014, following a catalogue of postponements and an abandoned game due to waterlogged pitches.
The Staveley squad welcomed one new face belonging to Ryan Dickinson who has recently been released by Chesterfield FC.
The home side dominated the early stages of the game and with Staveley's back line looking nervous and indecisive, goalkeeper Tom Turner needed... READ MORE...
McMahon Scores Two To Give Matlock All Three!
Sunday 19th January 2014 Lewis McMahon's brace earned Matlock their victory, but others behind him put in sterling effort to ensure another clean sheet at home.
King's Lynn Town - AKA 'The Linnets' - fourth in the table prior to kick off - will have travelled back down the A17 probably reflecting that a two goal defeat was harsh, but they came up against a solid and resilient Matlock outfit who had chances themselves to score more than two.
There were lots of top performances from the boys in blue, but... READ MORE...
Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden Fundraising Kick Off
Sunday 19th January 2014
The plans for the proposed Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden, due to be built opposite Chester's Den, behind the Spencer's Solicitors Community Stand, will be available for viewing in a specially arranged meeting in the Leengate Legends Lounge on Thursday 30th January.
Starting at 7pm, supporters will be able to take a look at the artists' impressions and learn about the plans for what will be a substantial memorial, where fans can be remembered as well as there being a commemorative area to remember Spireite players and officials killed during the two World Wars. READ MORE...
The Paul Cook Interview - "It's Great To Have Everyone Fit!"
Friday 17th January 2014
After last weekend's emphatic home victory over Bury, it's back on the road for Paul Cook's Spireites as they travel to Roots Hall to take on in form side, Southend United.
Phil Brown's boys are a known quantity, having already made two visits to the PROACT this season for league and Cup clashes - and Cook told the media during his pre-match press conference that it will be a tough game for Chesterfield who have no new injury concerns at present. Hird and Evatt also return from suspension for this game. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Spireite Winger Handed Extended Deal
Thursday 16th January 2014 Chesterfield have handed winger Jamie Devitt a contract until the end of the season.
Devitt, 23, was signed on a short-term contract in the summer following a spell on trial after being released by Hull City. He has made eight appearances this season.
Spireites Manager Paul Cook said: "Jamie is a great lad to have at the club and he possibly should have had more opportunities to play in the first team. He ticks all the boxes for us and hopefully, he will have more minutes on the pitch between now and the end of the season, which will see him grow as a..." READ MORE...
Transfer Deadline For Fans To Sign For Chesterfield Looming
Thursday 16th January 2014 Chesterfield FC supporters still have three weeks to register their interest in signing for the Spireites with the 'Sign for Your Club' campaign closing on Sunday, 2nd February.
All Chesterfield fans have to do is register their interest at www.signforyourclub.co.uk.
This once in a lifetime opportunity for supporters to join their heroes is thanks to Papa John's, the official pizza partner of the Football League, which has a store not to far from the Proact Stadium, on Sheffield Road. READ MORE...
Chesterfield FC's DSC Cup Tie At Borrowash Victoria Is OFF
Wednesday 15th January 2014
Chesterfield FC announce that tonights Derbyshire Senior Cup tie at Borrowash Victoria is OFF due to a waterlogged pitch.
The new date will be announced as soon as it is agreed with Borrowash Victoria and the Derbyshire FA.
Staveley MWFC Home Fixture Against Albion Sports FC Is OFF
Wednesday 15th January 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC have released news that tonight's game against Albion Sports is off due to a waterlogged pitch.
Ironically, the game is a rescheduled fixture after the previous meeting was abandoned after 62 minutes.
Staveley's Chairman, Terry Damms had made tonight's fixture FREE admission to everyone, giving something back to the fans after 2 recent games were abandoned and says, "It is really disappointing and frustrating that we have..." READ MORE...
Contract Extended For Spireites' Midfielder As Striker Leaves
Wednesday 15th January 2014 It's been announced this morning that Chesterfield have activated a clause in Jimmy Ryan's contract, which extends his agreement until the end of next season.
When the midfielder joined the Spireites in the summer on an initial 12-month deal, it was agreed that he would be rewarded with a contract extension after making a set number of appearances.
Chesterfield Manager Paul Cook is pleased to have secured the 25-year-old to a longer agreement. He said: "We are all delighted with..." READ MORE...
Staveley MWFC Give Back To The Fans With Free Entry
Tuesday 14th January 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
With two of Staveley MWFC's recent Toolstation NCEL Premier Division games being abandoned at Inkersall Rd, after 62 and 81 minutes, Chairman Terry Damms has decided to offer FREE entry to fans for Wednesday's rescheduled game against Albion Sports.
After seeing what must have been a great deal of frustration amongst the Staveley faithful - and others who may have attended these games - he feels it's only right that the club do something to give back to the fans. Staveley MWFC Chairman Terry Damms said, "Albion Sports, our opposition in the first of..." READ MORE...
Late Penalty Denies Matlock The Win In Scrappy Encounter
Tuesday 14th January 2013 A 78th minute penalty leveller denied Matlock all three points from a scrappy encounter at The Meres against Grantham Town.
Although the Gingerbreads enjoyed more possession, Matlock did not look in any real strife until five minutes before the equaliser when Rhys Lewis skimmed the bar from distance.
But Micky Harcourt caught Gary King with a mistimed challenge to receive a booking and there was no real doubt either about the validity of the award, or the finish for that matter. King blasted a ferocious penalty past Kennedy... READ MORE...
Panthers Maintain Top Of The Table Position With Another Win
Tuesday 14th January 2014 Chesterfield Panthers travelled to league opposition Nottinghamians in high spirits following their recent run of form that's taken them to the top of the table for the first time in over 10 years.
And their high spirits remained on the return journey having notched up their ninth consecutive win to retain their top of the table position.
Chesterfield kicked off the game with the same precision and power that has earned them recent plaudits, with the Panthers pack chasing hard and winning the first penalty of the game. READ MORE...
Spireites Move Four-ward With Emphatic Win Against Bury
Sunday 12th January 2014 Chesterfield returned to winning ways, with a convincing 4-0 victory over ten-man Bury at the Proact.
Manager Paul Cook declared the performance 'the best of the season' as the Spireites recorded their biggest victory of the campaign so far.
Gary Roberts took the lead for Chesterfield before the visitors had Danny Mayor dismissed by the referee just before half time. Tom Soares turned into his own net controversially before a Jay O'Shea wonder goal and a late strike for debutant Dan Gardner sealed the three points. READ MORE...
Ritchie Humphreys Interview - "Versatility Is Key"
Saturday 11th January 2014 Chesterfield FC's Ritchie Humphreys has certainly had an eventful 2013.
The 35-year-old suffered relegation with Hartlepool United before leaving to sign for Chesterfield after making a club record 544 appearances at Victoria Park, all while being elected as chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, finding himself with a seat on the FA Chairman's National Commission - and welcoming a further addition to his family!
The versatile left sider made his name with Premier League... READ MORE...
Kick Off Brought Forward For Mansfield v Chesterfield Game
Friday 10th January 2014
The kick-off time for Chesterfield FC's fixture away at Mansfield Town on Saturday, March 22nd, has been brought forward to 1pm on police advice.
The match at the One Call Stadium is all-ticket and the Spireites will receive an allocation of 1,500 tickets. There will be no tickets sold on the day of the game.
Further details regarding price and availability of the tickets will be made available in due course.
Doves Eye View - Bury Are Spireites' First Opponents Of 2014
Friday 10th January 2014 Chesterfield play their first senior game of 2014 when they welcome Bury to the Proact Stadium on Saturday.
Since the 1-1 home draw with Dagenham & Redbridge on the 29th December, the Spireites have suffered postponements at Northampton Town and Cheltenham Town, both because of waterlogged pitches.
As a result, we've slipped to third in the table with 41 points from 23 games, three points behind new leaders Scunthorpe United and one point behind Burton Albion. However with a game in hand over both, top spot is still within reach. READ MORE...
Matlock Town News And Grantham Away Preview
Friday 10th January 2014 After ending high flying Worksop Town's unbeaten run at the thirteenth game, Matlock Town face a different challenge when they travel to Grantham on Saturday.
While the Tigers were bang in form, Grantham are stuck in a terrible sequence which has seen them slip from being play-off outsiders to being on the cusp of the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division relegation zone.
Since beating Blyth Spartans at the South Kesteven Stadium on November 9th, the Gingerbreads have not tasted victory in the league, collecting just... READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - "It's Important To Get The Team Right"
Thursday 9th January 2014
It's been an unexpected New Year hiatus from the league for Chesterfield, with the last two away games postponed after both the Northampton and Cheltenham succumbed to the elements and referees declared the games off due to waterlogged pitches.
Ahead of this week's home tie, Spireites' Manager Paul Cook says that he is raring to go and get back into the campaign, "It's important - we've had two games called off just as we've been about to leave on the coaches and to have it taken away at the last minute is disappointing." READ MORE & AUDIO...
The Dave Allen Interview - "I'm Here For The Long Haul!"
Thursday 9th January 2014 No one can deny that it was a rollercoaster of a journey last year at the PROACT, with wholesale changes to personnel on and off the pitch.
It's no doubt been an expensive year too for Chairman and Owner Dave Allen, who told The Chesterfield Post that he is more than happy with the result as we head into the New Year, "I'm delighted. It would have been a lot better if we'd not had injuries for the last 6 to 8 weeks. We have a good team down here - top to bottom - and that includes everything. When I first came here, I felt there were things that needed addressing and, through (CEO) Chris Turner, we have..." READ MORE & AUDIO...
Start Of A New Era As Derbyshire CCC Appoint Graeme Welch
Tuesday 7th January 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Graeme Welch has been appointed Elite Cricket Performance Director of Derbyshire County Cricket Club on a three-year-contract.
The 41-year-old has left his post as Assistant Coach/Bowling Coach at Warwickshire and has been installed at the head of Derbyshire's new Elite Cricket Performance structure.
He takes over a young and ambitious Derbyshire squad, under the captaincy of Wayne Madsen and augmented by the experience of... READ MORE...
Chesterfield's Game Away At Cheltenham Is OFF
Saturday 4th January 2014
Chesterfield FC have confirmed that today's SkyBet League Two game away at Cheltenham has been confirmed OFF due to a waterlogged pitch.
The new date for the fixture will be announced as soon as possible.
Loan Deal For Young Spireite
Friday 3rd January 2014 Chesterfield FC have agreed to let young defender Jack Broadhead join Worksop Town on loan.
Broadhead, 19, (left), will remain with the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division side until February 1st. Commenting on the move, Chesterfield assistant-manager Leam Richardson said: "Jack is coming on really well. He just needs to go out on loan to gain more experience."
Broadhead, who had a 3 month loan at Buxton earlier this season, was handed a professional contract last term after progressing through the club's youth system.
Staveley MWFC Development School Begins 2014 Sessions
Friday 3rd January 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC are offering a fantastic opportunity on Saturday mornings for youngsters to get involved in football, beginning this Saturday, 4th January.
They will not only be coached to develop their football skills and fitness, but make new friends and most importantly, have lots of fun!
The youngsters will develop a different range of skills across all aspects of football and a set schedule has been made to ensure that each individual becomes a better footballer. READ MORE...
The Paul Cook Interview - A Soggy, Pointless End To 2013
Thursday 2nd January 2014
After a soggy and pointless end to 2013, it's a new year and new signing for the Spirieites as they prepare to travel to the Robins' nest on Saturday.
It hadn't been the best start to 2014 for Paul Cook's Chesterfield side, as the New Year's Day game away at Northampton fell victim to the vagaries of the British weather. A waterlogged pitch saw the match called off on the morning of the game - a frustration for the gaffer, with the team dropping to 3rd in the SkyBet League Two table after other games took place. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Spireites Sign Experienced Keeper On Emergency Loan
Thursday 2nd January 2014 Chesterfield have signed experienced keeper Ian Dunbavin on an emergency loan from Accrington Stanley.
Dunbavin, 33,(left), joins the Spireites for a month to provide cover for Tommy Lee while Aaron Chapman recovers from injury.
Chesterfield manager Paul Cook said: "I know Ian and he's very much a larger than life character who energises the place. We've lacked senior cover on the bench and if Tommy Lee was to get injured during a game, putting a young lad on with no experience is not good." READ MORE...
Spireites' New Year's Day Game Away At Northampton Is OFF
Wednesday 1st January 2014
Chesterfield FC have confirmed that today's SkyBet League Two game away at Northampton has been confirmed OFF due to a waterlogged pitch.
The new date for the fixture will be announced as soon as possible.
Spireites' JPT Area Final First Leg Date Confirmed
Tuesday 31st December 2013 It has been confirmed that Chesterfield FC's Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern Area Final, first leg, away at Fleetwood Town, will be played on Tuesday, February 4th, kick-off 7.45pm.
Adult tickets are priced at £16-20 with tickets for over-65s costing £11-15. Tickets for under-16s cost £8-12 while tickets for under-5s are free. The tickets will go on sale early in the New Year.
The date of the return leg, to be played during the week commencing February 17th, has yet to be confirmed.
The Paul Cook Interview - "We Are Where We Want To Be!"
Tuesday 31st December 2013 Paul Cook has insisted that his side are "where we want to be" as Chesterfield sit top of SkyBet League Two halfway through the 2013/14 campaign.
The Chesterfield Manager reflected on a hard fought draw against Dagenham & Redbridge which saw Daggers captain Abu Agogo cancel out a Marc Richards penalty after Sam Hird was dismissed in the first half, to put further strain on an already stretched Chesterfield squad.
The 46-year-old said: "I thought for the first 15 ..." READ MORE & AUDIO...
Spireites Fail To Run Through The Daggers. Match Report
Monday 30th December 2013 Ten man Chesterfield held on for a point with a battling display against Dagenham & Redbridge at the Proact, to stay top of SkyBet League Two.
The Spireites were reduced to ten men when Sam Hird saw red in the first half, before Marc Richards gave the home side the lead with a penalty just after the break. Dagenham had missed a penalty of their own before captain Abu Ogogo drew level with an unstoppable shot to hand Chesterfield a second successive draw.
Paul Cook stuck with the side that drew against Hartlepool on... READ MORE...
Matlock's Inability To Take Chances Costs 3 Points At Whitby
Monday 30th December 2013 For this week's report, see last weeks and probably many before! More points go astray for Matlock simply because they could not finish chances off.
Whitby, who rose to the heady heights of fifth with this win, had fewer opportunities but made one count.
That was in the 34th minute and it resulted from a defensive mistake by Matlock whose central defenders were caught out by a long punt upfield from goalkeeper Shane Bland, forcing Micky Harcourt to concede a corner... READ MORE...
No Late Christmas Presents For Staveley MWFC
Sunday 29th December 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC's only game of the Christmas period took place at Inkersall Road yesterday, (Saturday 28th December), against near neighbours Worksop Parramore - and was there plenty of festive cheer?
Well… yes and no! Fed up with turkey sandwiches and the same tired old films, a seasons best crowd of 341 turned up to watch a feast of festive football, and to help the club to raise money for Cavendish Cancer Care, a fantastic charity who support local people that are living with cancer... READ MORE...
Doves Eye View - Daggers At The Proact For Last 2013 Fixture
Saturday 28th December 2013 Chesterfield face Dagenham & Redbridge at the Proact Stadium on Sunday in the final fixture of 2013.
The game comes just three days after the Boxing Day fixture, also at home, in which the Spireites failed to beat Hartlepool United. Nevertheless, the point earned from the 1-1 draw saw the Spireites double their lead at the top of the table to two points.
Dagenham were also in action on Boxing Day. Their 1-0 defeat at Portsmouth brought to an end Pompey's nine game winless run. It was the Daggers third defeat in a row following losses at home to Torquay United and away... READ MORE...
Alfreton Town Host Southport In Final Game Of 2013
Saturday 28th December 2013 Alfreton Town face their last game of 2013 when Southport visit the Impact Arena for a Skrill Premier clash on Saturday, kick off at 3pm.
Admission has been drastically reduced for this fixture and it is just £12 for adults aged between 22 and 64), concessions (65 and over) are down to £10, a young adult (aged 17 to 21) is just £5 and children under 16 can once again get in for FREE, provided that they are accompanied by an adult.
These prices are also available to visiting supporters. There is no... READ MORE...
Staveley MWFC Sign Premiership And England Star
Friday 27th December 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC have signed former England International, Carlton Palmer - albeit just for the one game!
Carlton (left) has agreed to pull on yet another set of blue and white stripes, this time for Staveley, for their Christmas week fixture against Worksop Parramore, at Inkersall Road TOMORROW - Saturday, 28th December, 2013, kick off at 3pm.
The much travelled defender/midfielder arrives at Inkersall Road via West Brom, Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United, Southampton... READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - "You Take Your Point And You Move On!"
Friday 27th December 2013 It may not have yielded the three points that they had hoped for, but Paul Cook admitted that although disappointed with a point against Hartlepool on Boxing Day, that result means that the Spireites now sit two points clear at the top of Sky Bet League Two going into Sunday's game against Dagenham.
Cook told The Chesterfield Post that it was nervy, "I thought we played really well for the first 30 minutes. Eoin Doyle and Tendayi Darikwa were giving energy from the wide areas but, just before half time, Hartlepool started to find pockets of space and put crosses in the box. I don't think Hartlepool had..." READ MORE & AUDIO...
Spireites Stay Top Of The Xmas Tree After Boxing Day Clash
Friday 27th December 2013 Chesterfield maintained their position at the top of SkyBet League Two, despite a 1-1 draw against Hartlepool United at the Proact on Boxing Day.
The Spireites were forced to share the points after Tendayi Darikwa's opener was cancelled out by a second half Matty Dolan penalty - before the visitors were reduced to ten men.
Ritchie Humphreys faced the side for which he made over 500 appearances for the first time since leaving Victoria Park and the left back... READ MORE...
Matlock's Derby Draw In The Dark As Buxton's Bulbs Blow
Friday 27th December 2013 The lights went out with a bang at the Silverlands to end this Boxing Day A6 derby early at half time.
The score was 1-1, with Matlock in the ascendancy after a slow start, with Halifax referee Jane Simms ruling that she would wait twenty minutes when she reached her dressing room for the fault to be rectified. But despite the efforts of an electrician, the lights failed to come on again, hands were shaken and the sides will have to try again later in the season.
The first hint of a problem came on 22 minutes when a number... READ MORE...
Doves Eye View - Spireites Welcome The Pools On Boxing Day
Tuesday 24th December 2013 Following the 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle, Chesterfield completed the 'Devon Double' last Friday, when they won at Exeter City by the same scoreline, thanks to second half goals from Ollie Banks and Marc Richards.
That result moved the Spireites back to the top of SkyBet League Two - Oxford United's failure to win at York the following day guaranteed we'll still be top when Hartlepool United arrive for the Boxing Day fixture at the Proact Stadium.
Hartlepool themselves were at home to Burton Albion on... READ MORE...
The Paul Cook Interview - Boxing Clever Against Hartlepool
Monday 23rd December 2013 Paul Cook had stated over the weekend that the Spireites had been desperate to be top of the league for Christmas and, after an emphatic two-nil victory away at Exeter and results going Chesterfield's way, the Gaffer got his wish.
Celebrations however, would have to be short lived and the Boss made it clear in his pre-match chat, that attention must now turn to the busy festive campaign. First up, the Boxing Day home clash with Hartlepool.
Supporters will be pleased to hear that the injury crisis... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Matlock Get A Clean Sheet - But Not The Three Points
Monday 23rd December 2013 Again this was a tale of Matlock being unable to take the few chances that came their way in a dour stalemate at home against Marine.
Both Matlock and Marine need the 'X factor' in the final third if they are to threaten the top five.
If anyone was to win it, it was Matlock who twice struck the woodwork - even the follow up efforts on both occasions wouldn't go in!
The big positive for Matlock was the nil in the 'goals against' column. READ MORE...
Batsman Stephen Moore Joins Derbyshire CCC
Monday 23rd December 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Opening batsman Stephen Moore has joined Derbyshire County Cricket Club on a two-year contract.
The former England Lions, Lancashire and Worcestershire opener has amassed 8,843 runs during his first-class career, averaging 36.39.
He has scored 17 first-class centuries, including a highest score of 246 versus Derbyshire in 2005 and 120 for England Lions against Australia in 2009. He has passed 1,000 runs in a season on four occasions. READ MORE...
Spireites Soldier On For A Win Against The Grecians
Saturday 21st December 2013 'Twas the Friday before Christmas, and 138 of the Chesterfield faithful made the 230-mile trip down to Exeter to watch a clash that could see their team top the table by the final whistle.
Despite being injury hit, Chesterfield gaffer Paul Cook made just two changes to the team facing Exeter City on a dreadful Friday night, with Ollie Banks and Callum McFadzean in for Matt Brown and Armand Gnanduillet.
The bench held the most clues to the state of the team - Gnanduillet being a surprise addition having dislocated his shoulder during the home game... READ MORE...
Ollie Banks Gets Prestigious Award
Friday 20th December 2013 It's just been announced by Chesterfield Football Club that Ollie Banks has been awarded The Football League's Young Player Of The Month Award for October.
The award covers players who play in all three divisions of the SkyBet Football League.
The unassuming 21-year-old, who only joined the club in September from FC United of Manchester, gained the award having scored four goals in the month and put in a series of impressive displays. READ MORE...
Derbyshire CCC Head Coach Karl Krikken Leaves The Club
Friday 20th December 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Karl Krikken's 27 year career with Derbyshire CCC has come to an end after a restructuring of the coaching set up and his decision to seek alternative opportunities elsewhere.
Krikken took over the Head Coach role in May 2011 after a period as the first Academy Director at the Club. He enjoyed a 17 year playing career with Derbyshire from 1987 to 2003, scoring over 7,000 runs and totalling almost 800 dismissals as wicketkeeper. READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - "The Lads Deserve A Pat On The Back"
Friday 20th December 2013 With the injury list growing, Chesterfield FC Manager Paul Cook admits that there will be a tough challenge ahead, as they travel to Exeter for this week's SkyBet League Two clash.
The Spireites' Gaffer confirmed at Thursday morning's press conference that, whilst some players will be on their way back to fitness and were likely to feature on the bench, others would remain unavailable for selection, with Armand Gnanduillet confirmed as having dislocated his shoulder but, Cook says, "desperate to play".
He added that Gary Roberts gets better by the day... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Festive Football Comes To Alfreton
Friday 20th December 2013 Football fans throughout the local area can get their final fix of top quality Conference football before Christmas, this Saturday, as Alfreton Town take on Dartford at the Impact Arena.
Despite it being the final weekend before Santa arrives, the Reds are hopeful of a decent gate having drastically reduced their prices for the fixture with free entry to the game for under-16s.
As with the Braintree home game a few weeks ago, which attracted a high percentage of new support, Alfreton have again reduced... READ MORE...
All The Matlock Town News Ahead Of The Christmas Fixtures
Friday 20th December 2013 "Individual mistakes are killing us!" declared Matlock boss Mark Atkins after a disappointing and frustrating afternoon in South Yorkshire saw the Gladiators surprisingly beaten 3-1 by lowly Stocksbridge Park Steels last weekend.
That defeat completed a miserable four days for his side who had been beaten by North West Counties League Glossop North End in the Derbyshire Senior Cup during the previous midweek.
"We can't defend like we did during the second half and..." READ MORE...
Staveley Avoid Defeat After 'Biblical' Downpour. Match Report
Friday 20th December 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC's match against Albion Sports at Inkersall Road on Wednesday evening was abandoned after 62 minutes due to a waterlogged pitch after a torrential downpour, with Staveley trailing 4-1 at the time. The result does not stand and the match will be rescheduled for another date.
Staveley were hit with suspensions with the following unavailable: Pat Lindley (4 games), James Colliver (3 games) and Jamie Smith and Reece Littlejohn (one game each), these suspensions will now take effect from... READ MORE...
The Reds' Colours Are Displayed Aboard HMS Illustrious
Thursday 19th December 2013 Alfreton Town FC's colours are being proudly displayed by two local sailors, currently far from these shores.
Andy 'Sonny' Liston from Stonebroom - a friend of Reds' boss Nicky Law's son, Nicky Junior, currently starring with Glasgow Rangers, sent a request to the club recently for a replica shirt to show off on his travels around the world - and the club were only too happy to oblige.
To his amazement, one of his fellow crew members is also a keen Reds fan, and Callum Toft from Ripley has also been sent a shirt by the club. READ MORE...
Brown's Red Overturned
Wednesday 18th December 2013 The FA Regulatory Commission has overturned the decision to send off Chesterfield defender Matty Brown in Saturday's game against Plymouth Argyle after ruling that it was a case of wrongful dismissal.
Brown, who was making his debut for the Spireites, was shown the red card following a challenge on Caolan Lavery that resulted in a penalty.
After studying video evidence submitted by the club, the automatic suspension has been withdrawn by the Regulatory Commission. Brown is now eligible for Chesterfield's game at Exeter City on Friday night.
Seventeen Men Banned From Football Matches For 56 Years
Wednesday 18th December 2013 After incidents which took place during and after the match between Chesterfield FC and Mansfield Town at the Proact Stadium on Saturday, September 28th, several men were arrested following an operation by specialist football intelligence officers.
Eighteen men were charged with public order offences and appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield on Monday, December 16th.
Seventeen of them pleaded guilty to public order offences and received Football Banning Orders totalling 56 years. READ MORE & VIDEO...
Chesterfield 'OzBoxer' Strikes Gold In Essex
Tuesday 17th December 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
A 15-year-old Chesterfield boxer has bagged a gold medal at the finals of the National ABAE Female Championships in Essex.
Jade Ashmore won the 54kg junior class at the event which took place in Brentwood, Essex on Saturday, December 14th.
Jade, who regularly trains with Derbyshire Constabulary's OzBox team in Chesterfield, beat Kennedy Atkins from Liverpool. She said: "I'm one of only three female boxers at my club, so it feels absolutely fantastic to..." READ MORE...
The Footballing Future Is Bright In Chesterfield
Tuesday 17th December 2013 Chesterfield's development centre is flourishing, providing youngsters from the region and beyond with a great opportunity to progress to the club's academy.
Eight youngsters recently made the step up to the academy and four development centre players featured in Chesterfield's youth team game against Doncaster Rovers at the weekend.
One of the new academy recruits, Liam Bell (12), who hails from Bolsover, praised the role played by the development centre. He said: "My progress..." READ MORE...
No Comeback From A Poor First Half For Staveley
Monday 16th December 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
A poor first half performance saw Staveley blown away on a blustery Saturday afternoon, ensuring all three points from this game went back up the M1 to Barnsley.
The caretaker management team of Jas Colliver and Jay Roper found out the hard way that, unless teams are properly organised and players fully understand their responsibilities, then the risk is that good teams will exploit the lack of marking and being given too much time and space. The issues in this game stemmed from the midfield, where the balance didn't appear right and there was... READ MORE...
Matlock Defeat At Stocksbridge 'Largely Self-Inflicted'
Monday 16th December 2013
Matlock Town's disappointing defeat at struggling Stocksbridge Park Steels, was largely self inflicted.
They gifted the hosts their opening two goals and in spite of completely dominating the first two thirds of the contest, they only had a well taken Lavelle White goal to show for their constant pressure.
Good chances went begging and Steels collected a much needed win in their battle to avoid relegation. READ MORE...
Panthers Win Again In Spite Of Injury Depleted Pack
Monday 16th December 2013 After last week's convincing 47-0 win over Cleethorpes at home, Panthers, with an injury depleted pack and carrying no recognised second row, this week travelled south to league opposition Keyworth, where they triumphed once again.
Panthers' captain, Steve Avenier, was at full fitness returning from the bench to add two tries to Panthers' tally.
The game kicked off amid severe winds, the conditions really not suiting either kickers or hookers. Despite their league standings, Keyworth really...READ MORE...
Brown Kick Starts The Goals On His Spireites' Debut
Sunday 15th December 2013 Matty Brown scored on his debut, before being controversially sent off, as 10 man Chesterfield beat Plymouth Argyle 2-0 at the Proact.
Brown headed the Spireites in front before Marc Richards doubled the lead from the spot and another Tommy Lee penalty save secured all three points for Paul Cook's side.
Brown had only been recalled from his loan spell at Southport 24 hours prior to kick off, amid a growing injury crisis at the Proact, as Chesterfield... READ MORE...
John Sheridan - "I'm Proud Of What I Did At Chesterfield!"
Friday 13th December 2013 There will be a familiar face in the dug out at the PROACT tomorrow as former Spireites Manager John Sheridan brings his Plymouth side to Chesterfield in this week's League clash.
John Sheridan was with Chesterfield for 3 seasons - winning the League Two Championship in 2011, and the JPT the following year whilst in League One. The side was relegated that same season - and Sheridan's tenure ended after just 3 games of the new campaign in September 2012.
Taking on the Pilgrims in January 2013, John steered them to... READ MORE...
UEFA Give High Praise To Chesterfield FC
Friday 13th December 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
Chesterfield FC officials have received a glowing endorsement from UEFA following the European Women's Under-17 Championship, which featured four games staged at the Proact Stadium.
The club hosted the final of the tournament, which saw Germany beat Spain in a penalty shoot-out after the two sides were tied at 1-1 at the end of normal time.
Tournament Director Adrian Bevington praised the club's handling of the matches. He said: "Chesterfield FC have been fantastic hosts of the UEFA..." READ MORE...
The Paul Cook Interview - He Previews Pilgrims At The Proact
Thursday 12th December 2013
Less than 48 hours after watching his side go through on penalties to the Northern finals of the JPT, where they will face fellow league Two outfit Fleetwood, Paul Cook spoke to the local media and said he was delighted to have progressed, though stressed that his sights are now firmly back on the upcoming league game.
This Saturday will see the return of former Spireites' Manager John Sheridan to the PROACT, with his Plymouth Argyle side. The game will also see the return of former player, Neal Trotman. READ MORE & AUDIO...
A Dove's Eye View - A Return To League Action For Spireites
Thursday 12th December 2013 After two consecutive Cup games, Chesterfield return to League action at the Proact Stadium on Saturday when John Sheridan's Plymouth Argyle provide the opposition.
The Spireites failed to make it to the third round of FA Cup yet again when they lost at home to Southend United last Saturday.
However more realistic dreams of a Wembley appearance were maintained on Tuesday evening at Oldham Athletic in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. Victory in a sudden death penalty shoot out put Chesterfield through to... READ MORE...
18 Men To Appear In Court Over Football Disorder
Thursday 12th December 2013
Police have charged 18 men following disorder at a football match in Chesterfield.
The incidents took place during and after the game between Chesterfield FC and Mansfield Town on Saturday, September 28th, at the Proact Stadium.
Police launched an operation into the disorder, which included a specialist team of football intelligence officers, and released a number of CCTV images as part of the inquiry. READ MORE...
Spireites Progress To JPT Northern Area Final. Match Report
Wednesday 11th December 2013 The Spireites progressed to the Northern Area Final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, where they will face Fleetwood Town over two legs, after a penalty shootout win against League One Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.
Keeper Tommy Lee saved two spot kicks before Drew Talbot knocked the ball home to clinch a dramatic 6-5 win, after the game itself had finished 1-1 in normal time.
Paul Cook made four changes to his side that lost in the FA Cup against Southend at the weekend. Marc Richards, Eoin Doyle, Richie Humphries... READ MORE...
Staveley Lose Their Third Cup Tie In Eight Days
Wednesday 11th December 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley lost their third cup tie in eight days as they went out of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup to their local rivals, Worksop Parramore, in a closely fought game on Tuesday night.
It was the first match since Neil Cluxton's resignation, so Player/Coach James Colliver took temporary charge of team affairs, assisted by Jay Roper. They will have been pleased with the overall work ethic and commitment; but it was the old issue of inability to take their chances that cost them the game. READ MORE...
Matlock Make It An Unwanted Hat Trick With A Third Cup Exit
Wednesday 11th December 2013
Matlock made it an unwanted hat-trick of cup exits against lower league opposition this term, as the Hillmen, from two tiers below the Gladiators in the pyramid, knocked them out of the Derbyshire Senior Cup.
For the third time this season, Town failed to perform in a tie in which they were expected to win - and to make a poor night even worse, they lost both Oscar Radford and Adam Yates to injury - and missed a penalty which would probably have taken the tie into extra time. READ MORE...
Staveley Bow Out Of The FA Vase After Defeat By Morpeth
Tuesday 10th December 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley bowed out of the FA Vase as they lost by two goals to nil in a game of few chances.
Visitors Morpeth Town, who play in the Northern League Division One, deserved their win as they took control in the final quarter of the game and scored twice in the last fifteen minutes.
Staveley were without Pat Lindley (suspended), Chris Dickman and Matt Hassett (both injured), with Ryan Damms dropping to the bench as... READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - Are Spireites On Their Way To Wembley?
Monday 9th December 2013 Chesterfield fans could be forgiven for experiencing a case of Déjà vu when they make the journey to Boundary Park tomorrow night, for the JPT Northern section semi final aginst Oldham Athletic.
It was the 3-1 aggregate victory over the Latics in 2012's Northern final which secured Chesterfield's place in the Wembley final in March that year - and resulted in the oft mocked trophy wending its way to the PROACT cabinet.
Manager Paul Cook faced the press at the ground today, clearly still smarting from the FA cup exit to Southend on Saturday - and news... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Young German Stars Triumph At The Proact Stadium
Monday 9th December 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
Germany came from behind to beat Spain, in a thrilling penalty shoot-out, in the final of the Women's Under-17 European Championship at Chesterfield FC's Proact Stadium.
Spain took the lead in the first half, only for their German counterparts to equalise late on in the second, then snatch the victory by 3 goals to 1 in the shoot out.
The final soon burst into life as Spain's Patricia Guijarro capitalised on a loose ball on the edge of the German box, the UD Collerense midfielder... READ MORE...
Alfreton Begin Their Derbyshire Senior Cup Challenge
Monday 9th December 2013 Alfreton Town begin their 2013/14 Derbyshire Senior Cup campaign with a third round home tie against Northern Counties East League Premier Division side Heanor Town on Tuesday night.
Nicky Law's side will be looking for a first win in four games in all competitions after three successive defeats, whilst the Lions arrive having had a three-game winning run ended by a 2-0 defeat at Tadcaster Albion last Saturday.
Admission prices have been reduced to £8 for adults and £4 for concessions for the game, Tuesday 10th December, Kick Off 7:45pm.
Matlock Get Their First Win In Six With Win Against Trafford
Monday 9th December 2013 This first league win in six matches for Matlock Town was achieved with a little more difficulty than was envisaged at the half time break which came at a bad time for the home side.
The Gladiators had dominated the first half and were 2-1 up and pummeling the visitors, but after the interval and particularly when the visitors brought on burly substitute Brett Mbalandra in the 58th minute, it was Trafford who got the upper hand as Matlock sat deeper.
But at the end of the day, the record books will show Matlock... READ MORE...
Staveley MWFC Boss Neil Cluxton Resigns
Sunday 8th December 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC have just released the following statement: "We have received notification this morning from Neil Cluxton that he has resigned his post as manager of Staveley MWFC with immediate effect.
We would like to thank Neil for his tireless efforts at the end of last season under immensely testing circumstances and also his tremendous efforts during the first difficult months of this new season. We would wish Neil well for the future in his professional and sporting career. .." READ MORE...
Shrimpers Net An FA Cup Third Round Draw At The Proact
Saturday 7th December 2013 Chesterfield's woes in the FA Cup continued with a 3-1 defeat to Southend United at the Proact.
The Shrimpers came from behind after Tendayi Darikwa's early opener and former Spireite Kevan Hurst, secured the win late on to knock Chesterfield out of the competition in the second round for a second consecutive year.
Manager Paul Cook made one change to the side that lost to Newport, with Darikwa returning to the starting eleven to replace Liam Cooper, who served his one match ban after his controversial dismissal in Wales. READ MORE...
UEFA Invites Football Fans To See The U17 Ladies Euro Final
Friday 6th December 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
Football fans are invited to come down to Chesterfield FC's PROACT Stadium on Sunday 8th December to be part of an exciting afternoon of women's football, as the best young female footballers in Europe will play for victory in the Final of the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship (KO 5.00pm). Spain overcame England to make it through to the final and will take on Germany.
Defeat may have ended England's European dream, but a win over Italy in the third/fourth-place play-off, also on Sunday at Burton Albion FC (KO 12.00pm), will secure a spot at next year's FIFA Women's U17 World Cup... READ MORE...
Doves Eye View - Mr Brown's Boys Come To Town
Friday 6th December 2013 Southend United will be trying to ensure that Chesterfield do not add to their meagre tally of third round FA Cup appearances when they visit the Proact Stadium on Saturday. On current form there appears to be a good chance of them doing just that.
Last Saturday the Shrimpers looked to be heading to the top of SkyBet League Two until a Matt Richard's penalty for Cheltenham in the fourth minute of injury-time deprived them of the 1-0 result that would have been their sixth consecutive victory; a sequence of results which includes the 3-0 victory at Morecambe that put them into the second round of the FA Cup. READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - Hoping To Net FA Cup Win vs Shrimpers
Thursday 5th December 2013 With three games in three competitions looming this week, it will be a testing time for Paul Cook's Chesterfield side.
It's a challenge he's "more than up for" though, he told the media ahead of Saturday's FA Cup clash with Southend United.
Clearly disappointed after last weekend's loss against Newport and the decision which saw Liam Cooper sent off and the Exiles awarded a penalty - he concedes that the team have, "Set the bar very high this year. We've been at the forefront of everyone's mind from day one." READ MORE & AUDIO...
Semi Finals For Ladies U17 Euros - And Win Tickets For Final
Wednesday 4th December 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
Football heavy weights England, Italy, Germany and Spain have reached the semi finals of the UEFA European Women's Under-17 finals being hosted by The Football Association, plus we have 5 family tickets to win for Sunday's Final!
Italy will meet Germany in the first semi final, which kicks off on Thursday 5th December at 5pm at Chesterfield FC's PROACT Stadium - followed by the England v Spain semi final at Burton Albion FC later in the evening, kick off 7.00pm.
Italy topped Group A by beating England and Portugal and will... READ MORE...
Staveley's Unbeaten Run Comes To And End Against Garforth
Tuesday 3rd December 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd Staveley MWFC were unable to extend their unbeaten run to eight games with a poor performance that saw them deservedly beaten by Garforth Town.
On a glorious afternoon for football, the weather being more suitable to Spain than Staveley, Manager Neil Cluxton made only one change from the team that won 8-2 on Wednesday night, with Xavier Parisi replacing Chris Butt in goal. Matt Thorpe and Matt Hassett are both still unavailable.
The visitors were six places higher than Staveley in the... READ MORE & VIDEO...
Matlock Have 'Only Themselves To Blame' For Defeat At Witton
Tuesday 3rd December 2013 Matlock had only themselves to blame for not winning a game they dominated.
Eighteenth placed Witton took all three points as they converted one of the very few opportunities they created, while in contrast, a generous Matlock squandered theirs, including two excellent ones, shortly after Anthony Gardner's 20th minute match winner.
The defeat saw Matlock slide down to tenth spot and, until the Gladiators can find that magic formula to find the onion bag on a more regular basis... READ MORE...
Panthers Widen The Gap To 3rd With Win Over Worksop
Tuesday 3rd December 2013 Saturday 30th November witnessed a double victory for the Panthers' 1st and 2nd XV teams on home turf - in excess of 40 players pulled on the shirts, each putting clear points distance between them and their opposition.
Chesterfield Panthers 1st XV faced Worksop RUFC, who currently sit seventh in the league, behind Panthers' who are in second place.
Determined to hang on to their lead and pushing for promotion, Panthers dominated the game against Worksop, although not from the offset. READ MORE...
Dan Redfern Leaves Derbyshire CCC By Mutual Agreement
Monday 2nd December 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Batsman Dan Redfern has left Derbyshire CCC by mutual agreement. The 23 year old who made his county debut as a 16 year old has left the club as he seeks pastures new.
The former England U19 international had struggled for form in the 2013 season and enjoyed his best spell the last time the County were in Division Two in 2012. Redfern's last first class appearance came at Queen's Park in July as Derbyshire lost by an innings to Yorkshire. The left hander averaged only 14 and top scored with 61 in first class cricket last season. READ MORE...
No Welcome Three Points In The Hillside For Chesterfield
Sunday 1st December 2013 Paul Cook made just one change to the starting line up against Newport County, a game played on a Sunday due to other sporting events played in Wales over the weekend.
Ritchie Humphries was out after suffering what was described as a family emergency by the club, and replaced by recent loanee, Callum McFadzean whilst Gary McSheffrey made the bench.
Within 5 minutes, Chesterfield were placed on the back foot after Crow headed in a goal for the Exiles - indicative of the Spireites' failure to gain a... READ MORE...
Young Lionesses Roar To Victory At The PROACT
Saturday 30th November 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
It was a case of girl power on Friday night as Chesterfield's PROACT stadium hosted their first match of four as part of the UEFA European Women's U-17 Championship.
A prestigious international event which showcases the finest young female footballing talent around - Chesterfield was picked alongside 3 other stadiums to host the group stages of the tournament, and then the Final on December 8th.
England's young lionesses came to Chesterfield to take on... READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - "It's An Unpredictable League"
Friday 29th November 2013
It's a Sunday kick off for Chesterfield as they travel over the border to Wales to take on newly promoted Newport this weekend.
The Sunday lunchtime start will give Cook's men an extra day to recover from the rigours of the past 2 weeks - and the frustration of Tuesday's 0-0 result against Northampton.
In his usual pre-match press call, Paul Cook admitted that the match was frustrating and Northampton would have been thrilled to have... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Laying The Law Down. Reds Boss Demands Work Rate & More
Friday 29th November 2013 Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law will be looking for a huge reaction from his players for this Saturday's FA Trophy first round home tie against Skrill Premier rivals Nuneaton Town at the Impact Arena.
Just days after climbing into the play-off places after a 2-1 win at Hyde last Saturday, Law saw his side crash to a 3-0 defeat against Nuneaton in the league, with the Warwickshire side taking over fifth place which the Reds had held at the start of play.
Law was critical of what he felt was a poor overall performance... READ MORE...
Here Come The Girls!
Thursday 28th November 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
England fans are being urged to come down to Chesterfield FC's PROACT Stadium on Friday 29th November to be part of an exciting evening of women's football, as the England team will play their second match of the much-awaited UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship.
The game will kick off at 7pm and the Three Lions will play Austria.
The UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship is the pinnacle competition in Europe for this age group and the games will give the opportunity... READ MORE...
Another Win For Chesterfield Panthers
Thursday 28th November 2013 Panthers played away to Bingham last weekend who, despite their lowly position in the league, are no push-over, having played most of the top sides and not conceded many tries.
While celebrations for the official opening of the ground were taking place on home turf, the Panthers 1st XV were able to extend celebrations away, with yet another win in the bag and the return of Captain Steven Avenier after three weeks' of injury.
Panthers started the game at a high tempo and, at times, it was their undoing. Often trying to force the game, they made a few errors. READ MORE...
Derbyshire CCC Hand New Deals To Slater And Higginbottom
Thursday 28th November 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire have handed new deals to Ben Slater and Matt Higginbottom.
Both players have agreed the new contracts after impressing in the county's previous championship season. Slater and Higginbottom have signed incremental contracts for the forthcoming 2014 campaign.
Chesterfield born Slater came into the side during the middle of the summer, the 22 year old hit vital knocks against Sussex, Middlesex and Somerset in Derbyshire's three first class victories. READ MORE...
Staveley Go Seven Unbeaten By Scoring Eight Past Liversedge
Wednesday 27th November 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
This was a battle of 18th vs 17th, so it was not unreasonable to expect a tight game with the 3 points up for grabs possibly being more valuable than usual.
In the end it turned out to be a goal glut with the home side recording an impressive 8-2 win with a polished performance.Staveley went into the half time interval with a 3-1 lead. They led through an early Michael Trench goal which was cancelled out a minute later when Matthew Thompson scored for Liversedge.
Staveley then took control as Reece Littlejohn scored two... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Make A Point Against the Cobblers
Wednesday 27th November 2013
"I'm starting to take confidence from the fact that managers who've been around for a long time, are coming here and ditching their own beliefs to not have a game" - that was Leam Richardson, (pictured left), Chesterfield FC's Assistant Manager, after seeing his side held to a 0-0 draw against bottom of the table Northampton Town.
As expected, Manager Paul Cook named an unchanged side for the fourth consecutive game, no doubt hoping to continue their unbeaten run of games which has seen them remain second in the league and in two cup... READ MORE...
Matlock Make Hard Work Of Win Over Hallam In Friendly
Wednesday 27th November 2013
The Gladiators made hard work of beating Toolstation NCEL First Division visitors Hallam, in a hastily arranged friendly game at the Reynolds Stadium on Tuesday night.
Indeed, the Sheffield side led twice and it needed an 87th minute decider to settle the game.
Hallam's opener on 12 minutes was a free downward header from a corner, which left Matty Leese in the Gladiators' goal helpless. READ MORE...
A Doves Eye View - Chesterfield Take On The Cobblers
Tuesday 26th November 2013 The Proact Stadium stages its second SkyBet League Two match in four days on Tuesday night, Northampton Town are the visitors to face a Chesterfield side chasing a third consecutive win in the league, which would be the fifth consecutive in all competitions.
Saturday's 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers wasn't the Spireites' most convincing display of the season, but let's not be too critical - a few weeks ago we'd have been delighted with any sort of win, regardless of the performance.
The three points kept Chesterfield in second place, level on points... READ MORE...
Staveley's Unbeaten Run Extends To 6 After Draw At Brighouse
Tuesday 26th November 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley extended their unbeaten run to six games with two late goals to earn a well deserved point against title-chasing Brighouse Town.
The result was all the more creditable as the Welfare had to play the last 30 minutes with ten men following a harsh second yellow card for Pat Lindley. Indeed it was a display that was full of team spirit and players throwing their bodies in where it hurt when it really mattered.
Manager Neil Cluxton made two changes to the team that were... READ MORE...
The Paul Cook Interview - "Hindsight Is A Wonderful Thing!"
Monday 25th November 2013 Chesterfield boss Paul Cook made no bones about the fact that only anther home win tomorrow night will do, in his pre match press conference today.
Bottom of the table Northampton are the visitors to Chesterfield in the midweek league game, but the Gaffer is adamant that their lowly position means that they are not to be written off.
Gary McSheffrey is back in contention after being ruled out for the last two games with hip problems, but Sam Morsy and Nathan Smith... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Win Tickets To See The Female Football Stars Of Tomorrow
Monday 25th November 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
Chesterfield FC will play its part in the development of the future of Women's football - as it hosts many prestigious games, including the Final, in this year's UEFA U17 European Women's Championships at the PROACT stadium - and you can be a part of it - as we have 5 Family tickets to the match on Friday 29th November to give away!
Ahead of the tournament, Lois Fidler has named her England squad to compete in the Championship on home soil later this week.READ MORE...
Banks Opens Account For Spireites Against Wycombe
Saturday 23rd November 2013 Chesterfield's resurgence in form continued with a deserved 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers at the Proact.
First half goals from the in-form Ollie Banks and Armand Gnanduillet were enough to secure a fourth consecutive win for the Spireites.
Manager Paul Cook named with an unchanged side following wins against Rochdale and Torquay, with the on-loan Sheffield United youngster Callum McFadzean making the bench, while Sam Hird continued in his holding midfield role alongside Jimmy Ryan. READ MORE...
Spireites Sign McFadzean On Loan From Blades
Friday 22nd November 2013 Chesterfield have signed young left-sider Callum McFadzean on loan from Sheffield United until Saturday, January 4th.
The 19-year-old will be available for Saturday's game against Wycombe Wanderers and Paul Cook has confirmed he is likely to feature as a substitute.
After progressing through the youth system at Bramall Lane, the youngster has represented England at U16 level.
Speaking about the deal, Chesterfield Manager Cook said... READ MORE...
A Doves Eye View - Here Come The Chairboys!
Friday 22nd November 2013
Last Saturday's 2-0 win at Torquay United made it three wins in a row, in three different competitions, for the Spireites.
It was also the sixth consecutive game without defeat and most importantly of all it brought to an end the run of seven league games without a win. Hooray!
The net result of all that is that we're through to the Northern Semi Final of the JPT, the Second Round of the FA Cup and we're second in the League - level on 29 points with Oxford United who are top. The blip is officially over! READ MORE...
Alfreton Announce Nuneaton FA Carlsberg Trophy Ticket Prices
Friday 22nd November 2013
Alfreton Town FC have announced their admission prices for the forthcoming FA Carlsberg Trophy first round home tie with Nuneaton Town.
Adults will be £15 each and concessions (under-16 and over-65s) will be £10.
There will be no Early Bird Match Tickets available for this game which takes place on Saturday, November 30th at the Impact Arena, kick off 3pm.Any potential replay of this tie will be at Nuneaton on Tuesday, December 3rd with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Staveley Momentum Snowballs With Cup Win At Sheffield FC
Friday 22nd November 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
On a cold, wet, windy night, when we were 'treated' to the first snowfall of the Winter in chilly Dronfield, Staveley extended their unbeaten run to five games in all competitions, with a thoroughly deserved derby win over friendly local rivals Sheffield FC, of the Evostik NPL South.
The Welfare now travel to Worksop on Tuesday 10th December, where they'll face Parramore FC in the Quarter Final of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup.
Those who didn't brave the elements to watch this pulsating cup... READ MORE...
The Paul Cook Interview. 'Hoping To Unseat The Chairboys'
Thursday 21st November 2013 Another home tie looms for the Spireites this weekend, as the PROACT prepares to host the Chairboys, aka Wycombe Wanderers.
After a week which has seen Cook's squad progress in 2 cup competitions and pick up a valuable 3 away points at Torquay on Saturday, the Gaffer admitted in his pre-match interview that the confidence of his players going into the game, is surprisingly back up.
Cook confirmed that both Nathan Smith and Sam ... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Spireites' JPT Semi Final Against Oldham Confirmed
Thursday 21st November 2013 Chesterfield FC's area semi-final against Oldham Athletic, in the Johnstone's Paint trophy, will take place on Tuesday, December 10th and kick off at 7:45pm at Oldham's Boundary Park.
The Spireites reached this stage of the competition after defeating local rivals Mansfield Town 1-0 at the One Call Stadium in the second round, then Rochdale
3-0 at the Proact Stadium in the area quarter-finals.
Oldham progressed to the area semi-finals by beating Shrewsbury Town and Preston North End before putting five past Notts County in an... READ MORE...
Matlock Exit FA Trophy After Undeserved Loss To Chorley
Tuesday 19th November 2013 Chorley secured a hat-trick of victories against Matlock with this FA Trophy result at Victory Park last Saturday, but the 2-0 scoreline fails to tell the whole story as Matlock deserved at least a replay.
The hosts passage to the First Round Proper came courtesy of a brace from Josh Hine who scored on 84 minutes and then a second, deep into stoppage time, with Matlock feeling hard done to by referee Jane Sims.
The Leeds official ruled out a Corey Gregory goal on the hour, then turned down what looked to be a blatant penalty a minute after Chorley's opener. READ MORE...
Alfreton To Face Nuneaton In FA Trophy First Round
Tuesday 19th November 2013
Alfreton Town have been handed a home tie against Skrill Premier rivals, Nuneaton Town, in the first round of the FA Trophy.
The tie will take place at the Impact Arena on Saturday, November 30th.
Spireites Grab All Three Points From The Gulls. Match Report
Monday 18th November 2013 Chesterfield travelled to the south coast looking for a welcome 3 points to add to their tally in League Two against Torquay United at Plainmoor on Saturday, to add to cup success earlier in the week, and they weren't disappointed!
The Gulls hadn't won in eight matches and been knocked out in the first round of the FA Cup. The Spireites boss Paul Cook kept the same starting eleven that had defeated Rochdale in midweek.
Ritchie Humphreys was the day's captain for Chesterfield... READ MORE...
Staveley Through To FA Vase 3rd Round. Match Report
Monday 18th November 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley showed great resilience and tenacity to progress to the last 64 of the FA Vase, with a hard fought win against tough opposition.
The important goals came from Josh Scully and Tim Whittaker after 2 and 88 minutes respectiveley, in front of a bumper crowd of 312.
Neil Cluxton was forced into two changes to his starting eleven, with Sheffield Hallam University student Xavier Parisi making his debut in goal, as Andy Richmond's "awaiting delivery of a new baby"-watch... READ MORE & VIDEO...
High Flying Spireites Hope To Swoop For 3 Points From Gulls
Friday 15th November 2013 It's back on the road for the Spireites this weekend as they make the long journey to Torquay, where they hope to return to winning ways in the league campaign.
Chesterfield travel on the back of two cup wins - the first against Daventry in the FA Cup first round, followed by an emphatic victory against league rivals Rochdale on Tuesday night in the JPT.
However, despite remaining in both competitions Manager Paul Cook will now have his sights fixed firmly back on the fight for promotion... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Is Ollie Bank-ing On Wembley Final? Spireites Progress In JPT
Wednesday 13th November 2013 Paul Cook had asserted in his pre-match interviews that by the end of this week, he wanted to see Chesterfield still in the FA Cup, through to the next round of the JPT - and with three more points on board in the league campaign!
So far, they have two of the three, after a spirited Spireites side made it through to the Northern semi finals of the trophy they won less than two years ago.
For the Spireites' second home game in 3 days, Manager Paul Cook made 3 changes with Ritchie Humphreys, Jay O'Shea and Armand... READ MORE...
Staveley Equal Highest Away Victory At Lincoln Moorlands
Wednesday 13th November 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd A thoroughly professional and clinical display by Neil Cluxton's side saw them fire eight past Lincoln Moorlands without reply, equaling Staveley's highest away victory.
The damage was done with four goals in eight minutes, either side of half time, with two a piece from Sam Finlaw, Matt Thorpe and substitute Jake Vernon. Pat Lindley and Ryan Damms were the other scorers. Reece Littlejohn was involved in many of the goals in a man of the match display. Missing from the line up was central defender Luke Beatson... READ MORE...
Doves Eye View - Spireites Prepare For JPT Action
Tuesday 12th November 2013 The Spireites hope it's not 'Up Hill' but 'Down Dale' as they prepare for Cup action at the Proact Stadium this evening, when they face Rochdale in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Although it was a far from scintillating performance from the Spireites on Saturday, it was certainly a case of 'mission accomplished' as the 2-0 victory over Daventry Town saw us through to the second round of the FA Cup and a home tie against Southend United.
Rochdale also progressed to the second round of the FA Cup... READ MORE...
Panthers Back To Winning Ways Against Belper. Match Report
Tuesday 12th November 2013 This weekend's fixture against Belper, proved that Chesterfield Panthers 1st XV has returned to their winning form and are proving a formidable team to beat on their home turf.
Belper themselves are a strong side, who's league position does not credit them. They are well organised and drilled and with strong running backs, which proved difficult for Panthers to make any inroads against the visitors' tenacious defence.
In fact, despite all Panthers' forward power, the deadlock was not broken until acting captain Rob Collins decided to take the game to the opposition. READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - Spireites Hope To 'Paint' The Town Blue
Monday 11th November 2013 It's a case of another match, another cup, as Chesterfield FC host Rochdale in the quarter finals of the JPT (Northern section) tomorrow night.
After Saturday's win against non-league Daventry at the PROACT, Cook admitted in his pre-match press conference that he was surprised at how effective Daventry had been at countering the threats that Chesterfield posed.
Injury-wise, Cook confirmed that Sam Morsy and Nathan Smith will be the only two players unavailable for selection - with Humphreys likely... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Matlock Make A Point Against High Flyers AFC Fylde
Monday 11th November 2013 Danny Holland had given Matlock a deserved interval lead against title contenders AFC Fylde, but the Coasters got a fortunate break five minutes into the second half to level through Andy Russell.
So the Gladiators had to be content with just a point having played some of their best football of the season as they dominated the opening half.
The equaliser gave Fylde a lift with the remainder of the match being more evenly contested but Town boss Mark Atkins was pleased with his side's performance. He said, "We played very well against a very good side and we're..." READ MORE...
It's 'Ding Ding, Round 2' As Spireites Progress In FA Cup
Saturday 9th November 2013
Chesterfield hobbled past a spirited Daventry Town to book their place in the second round of the FA Cup.
Second half goals from Gary Roberts and Jimmy Ryan were enough to hand Chesterfield their first win in six and end Daventry's highly acclaimed cup run.
Manager Paul Cook stated his intention to field the best available eleven in the week - and made three changes to the side that conceded late on to draw with Scunthorpe last time out. READ MORE...
Doves Eye View - Spireites Seek FA Cup Progress v Daventry
Saturday 9th November 2013 Chesterfield are at home to Daventry Town in the first round of the FA Cup at the Proact Stadium on Saturday.
On the face of it, there can only be one result; Chesterfield, third in SkyBet League 2, must surely emerge comfortable winners over Daventry who are fourth in Division One Central of the Southern League and making their first ever appearance in the first round proper of the FA Cup?
As far as the English football pyramid system is concerned, there's a four-tier difference between the respective leagues - the equivalent of... READ MORE...
Matlock Town FC News Roundup
Friday 8th November 2013 If Monday's FA Trophy draw seemed tough - a visit to Chorley on November 16th - then Mark Atkins' men received confirmation that would be the case in Tuesday night's 3-1 league defeat on the same ground.
Matlock were well beaten as the Magpies secured a league double to strengthen their already viable title credentials and Matlock know they have it all to do to repeat last season's FA Trophy heroics.
But Manager Atkins, while acknowledging Chorley's quality, was not too downhearted, "Chorley are a good strong outfit and have great..." READ MORE...
Good News All Round For Alfreton Town FC
Friday 8th November 2013
It's been a good news week for the Reds, with an announcement that Alfreton Town Council have continued their long support of Alfreton Town Football Club, with a further twelve month extension of their sponsorship, with a grant of three thousand pounds.
The sponsorship, amongst other benefits, provides free of charge admission for each home League game for ten members of local groups, clubs, schools and community organisations in the Town. Any group interested in attending a future fixture should contact the Town Council on 01773 520032 for further information. READ MORE...
Derbyshire Skipper Madsen Signs New Contract
Friday 8th November 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire CCC skipper, Wayne Madsen, has signed a new three year contract with the county.
Madsen had a further year left on his current deal, but with other counties expressing their interest in the Player of the Year, the Falcons decided to offer a fresh deal which sees the South African born batsman stay until the end of the 2016 season.
Madsen, who amassed a fantastic 1,239 first class runs last season, with an average of 43.60, scoring three hundreds and eight fifties, was delighted... READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - Spireites In FA Cup Action This Weekend
Thursday 7th November 2013
There's a break in the league campaign for Chesterfield this week as they prepare to welcome Daventry Town FC to the Proact Stadium on Saturday, in the First Round of the FA Cup.
Described as the "biggest day in the history of Daventry Town," the game will pit 3rd in SkyBet League Two with a team in the Southern League Division 1 central - but a team who, despite their perceived lowly status, are unbeaten in their last three games and triumphed earlier in the week against Wingate and Finchley - progressing to the FA Trophy 3rd round. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Matlock Fall At The Hands Of Likely Division Champions
Wednesday 6th November 2013 Sometimes it's a case of holding hands up and admitting the better side won!
This was the case for away fans at Victory Park on Bonfire Night, as the fireworks came from Chorley, who completed a league double over Matlock and look a good bet to win the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division title.
From the Matlock perspective, it wasn't a case of performing badly, their play until the final third was pleasing on the eye before it broke down. There was the problem - and it tends to sort the winners from the also-rans. READ MORE...
Patrick Visits The Proact On His Way To All 92 Grounds
Tuesday 5th November 2013 One of the 6,346 who packed into the PROACT last Saturday to watch Chesterfield take on Scunthorpe, was one teenager who is visiting every league ground and writing about his experiences - the club and the facilities.
Having met him in the press room at the game, we are more than happy for him to share those thoughts with the Chesterfield Post readers.
Patrick Burke, 14, from the Wirral, spends most of his weekends travelling round the country gathering material for his book - and he clearly enjoyed... READ MORE...
Matlock 'Win Ugly' To Move On To Next Round In FA Trophy
Monday 4th November 2013 Goals in each half from Micky Harcourt and Danny Holland saw the Gladiators through to the next round of the FA Trophy, but the game will not linger long in the memory.
In a game of few chances and little goalmouth action, it was a case of Matlock taking two chances which came their way, while St Neots, in spite of having sixty per cent of the possession, were toothless up front and never looked like penetrating a sturdy Matlock defence which kept a third successive clean sheet.
The match had got off to a promising start with Lavell White ... READ MORE...
Iron Brew Up A Late Point At The Proact. Match Report
Sunday 3rd November 2013 Chesterfield squandered a deserved lead late on at the Proact to share the points with Scunthorpe United, as the Spireites' slump in league form continues.
Marc Richards scored his first goal since August to break the deadlock but Chesterfield could not consolidate the lead and conceded a soft goal from a set piece to extend their winless run in the league to seven games.
Manager Paul Cook made four changes to the side that drew at the Memorial Ground with Drew Talbot returning from a groin injury to replace... READ MORE...
Police Release Image Of Man Wanted After Football Disorder
Friday 1st November 2013
Derbyshire police have released images of a man they would like to speak to following disorder at a recent Chesterfield FC match.
The incidents took place during and after the game between Chesterfield FC and Mansfield Town on Saturday, September 28th at the Proact Stadium when a number of arrests were made following the game. Officers would like to speak to the man in the images - whom Police believe may be from the Mansfield area - to help them with their enquiries. Anyone who recognises the man is asked to call PC Dave Wright or PC Alan Guy on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Doves Eye View - Back To The Drawing Board Against The Iron
Friday 1st November 2013 The 0-0 draw at Bristol Rovers last Saturday, by no means a disastrous result in itself, made it six League games without a win for Chesterfield.
Not only are we no longer top, we're not even in an automatic promotion spot! Or to put a brighter spin on it, we're unbeaten in two and only one point behind the leaders!
Whichever way you look at it three points out of a possible 18 represents a very poor return. On the other hand (sorry I just can't help it!) two thirds of those three points have come in the last two games... READ MORE...
Matlock Boss Mark Atkins Remains Upbeat
Friday 1st November 2013 Manager Mark Atkins remained upbeat despite the two dropped points in Tuesday night's scoreless home draw with Ashton United.
"It was a tough game in hard conditions and I thought we looked a little leggy and not sharp enough on the night. But give Ashton credit, they're a hard working side. They were sharper, they closed us down effectively and a draw was a fair result. If we could have taken one chance then we'd have probably won."
The midweek stalemate followed Saturday's 1-0 home win in the local derby with Ilkeston, which came courtesy of Danny Holland's late winner. READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - "We Have Great Belief In Our Players"
Thursday 31st October 2013
After facing some tough questioning from young Spirieites upstairs in the community Hub, a reflective Paul Cook faced the local media and updated us on injuries and his thoughts on recent performances - and the upcoming game against Scunthorpe.
Speaking to The Chesterfield Post, Manager Paul Cook first of all gave us an injury update - and he admits it's frustrating news, "As we get one back, we lose one - Tendayi [Darikwa] has not trained all week, which is a big blow. Ollie Banks has also missed the latter part of the week." READ MORE & AUDIO...
Staveley Come Out On Top In Bottom Of The Table Clash
Thursday 31st October 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
19 year old midfielder Pat Lindley scored for the second consecutive game, to give Staveley all three points in last night's Toolstation NCEL Premier Division bottom of the table clash.
Manager Neil Cluxton made 3 changes from the team that played well at Tadcaster, with new signing Andy Richmond taking over in goal, and Reece Littlejohn and Matt Thorpe returning from injury to replace Luke Walker and Phil Austin.
In all honesty the game was a scrappy affair with both sides giving... READ MORE...
FA Cup Draw - How Did The Balls Drop For Our Local Teams?
Sunday 27th October 2013 The draw for the First round proper of the FA Cup took place earlier today - how did our local teams fare when the balls had dropped?
Chesterfield will host Daventry at the PROACT - the date is to be confirmed but the tie will take place over the weekend of 9th November.
Alfreton Town have been drawn away at Skrill Premier rivals Wrexham - a carbon copy of last season when the Reds won 4-2 at the Racecourse in the same round. The game will take place on Saturday, November 9th, with a re-scheduled date for the league game at Nuneaton Town
Chesterfield Fail To Step On The Gas. Match Report
Sunday 27th October 2013 Records are there to be broken, but sadly the much vaunted, "haven't won at Bristol Rovers since 1965" still stands after Chesterfield left the Memorial Stadium with just one point on Saturday after The Pirates held them to a 0-0 draw.
Paul Cook made two changes to the side, which had turned out against York midweek, with Darikwa and Doyle coming in for Edwards and McSheffrey.
A largely uneventful game in terms of play, with neither side having many chances - Gary Roberts having by far the best effort for Chesterfield... READ MORE...
The Paul Cook Interview - Previews Away At Bristol Rovers
Friday 25th October 2013 It's an away trip this weekend for the Spireites as they prepare to make the trip to Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium.
John Ward's Gas will make tough opponents - though they haven't had the start to the season they had hoped for, stats show that Chesterfield have not been victorious in any game at Bristol since 1965. It's a record Paul Cook admits is hoping does not still stand at 5pm tomorrow!
Having lost to Accrington Stanley midweek - and without a win this month - the Gas will be looking for 3 points from a home advantage. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Matlocks Unbeaten Run Comes To An End At Skelmersdale
Wednesday 23rd October 2013 As top of the table clashes go, this was a disappointment, with fourth placed Matlock hurting the most at the final whistle against league leaders Skelmersdale.
In a stadium with little atmosphere in front of a pitifully poor crowd, last season's First Division North champions edged home thanks to an 83rd minute strike from Ashley Dunn.
Chances in the second half had been scarce and until the final stages, Matlock had looked the more dangerous and deserved a point - but not all three. READ MORE...
A Dove's Eye View - Dave Dove Previews York
Tuesday 22nd October 2013 Maybe we've all been just a little too over-confident so far this season - I have to plead guilty - and I think the players must too after Saturday's performance.
Paul Cook's comment, "We've lost our way a bit with our desire to play football" certainly doesn't seem to be overstating the case. A football team that loses its desire to play football is unlikely to enjoy unbridled success.
The manner of the loss to Burton Albion is a timely reminder that even if we have the best squad of players in League 2, we're not even going to... READ MORE...
Police Images Released Following CFC v Mansfield Game
Tuesday 22nd October 2013
Derbyshire Police have released images of several men they would like to speak to in connection with incidents of disorder that took place following a recent Chesterfield FC match.
The incidents took place during and after the game between Chesterfield FC and Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon, September 28th at the Proact Stadium. A number of arrests were made following the game.
Officers would like to speak to the men in the images to help... READ MORE...
The Paul Cook Interview - "My Job Is To Start The Engine Now"
Monday 21st October 2013 It was a reflective and clearly angry Paul Cook who faced the media ahead of the York game at the PROACT tomorrow night.
Still smarting from Saturday's defeat at the hands of Burton Albion, the Gaffer admitted it had been a long couple of days and that harsh words have been spoken in the dressing room.
There are, he went on to confirm, no real injury concerns - though Drew Talbot is ruled out indefinitely with a continued groin strain which Cook admits needs to be made completely right, rather than stopping and starting. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Sheffield Steelers Secure First 4 Point Weekend Of The Season
Monday 21st October 2013 Sheffield Steelers secured their first 4 point weekend of the season after victories over Fife Flyers and the Belfast Giants.
Saturday evening saw a Rob Sirianni brace sink the Flyers with further goals coming from Steven Goertzen and Drew Fata as the Steelers collected 2 points with a 4-1 victory in Scotland.
Sirianni scored the only goal of the first period and then doubled the advantage 12 minutes into the second session before Steve Goertzen added a 3rd for a 3-0 lead at the second break. READ MORE...
New Contracts For Young Derbyshire Trio
Monday 21st October 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has offered contracts to a trio of young Academy graduates.
While Greg Cork and Jonathan Marsden have signed summer contracts for the 2014 season, Chesterfield lad Ben Slater has now also been offered a one year deal, despite there initially being no contract offer.
Slater has been a regular feature in Karl Krikken's four-day side since making his first-class debut for the Club against Surrey in May. READ MORE...
Gone For A Burton - Spireites Suffer Home Defeat
Sunday 20th October 2013 Chesterfield's recent poor run of league form continued with a 2-0 defeat to Burton Albion at the Proact Stadium.
A first half brace by Brewers' forward Adam McGurk, handed the Spireites their third loss in four league games ahead of a busy period in the SkyBet League Two programme.
With the return to training of Nathan Smith, Paul Cook had a fully fit squad at his disposal and made one change from the side that drew to Fleetwood, with Gary Roberts returning after his suspension to replace club captain... READ MORE...
The Chris Turner Interview - 'Football Is A Costly Business'
Saturday 19th October 2013 Times are tight, and football clubs, particularly in the lower leagues, have to make the books balance like every other business.
It can be a vicious circle - with money needed to buy the quality needed to draw the crowds and get the results, but those on the pitch needing to perform consistently to get the results to continue to bring in the crowds.
The man with the sleepless nights at the PROACT is CEO Chris Turner, and he admits that the positives talked about in his last interview with The Chesterfield Post, whilst hugely beneficial to the club and the community... READ MORE & AUDIO...
A Dove's Eye View - Dave Dove Previews Burton
Friday 18th October 2013 The wobble's over. Isn't it? If we hadn't conceded that 89th minute equaliser at Fleetwood last Saturday, then no one would have been in any doubt.
The performance was certainly good enough to convince me the wobble is well and truly behind us and let's face it the result wasn't a bad one either - I'd have been more than happy with a draw at the second-placed team even before the two successive league defeats.
Let's not forget the win at Field Mill in the JPT and most... READ MORE...
Matlock Boss Atkins Stays Level Headed After 4 Straight Wins
Friday 18th October 2013 The struggles of the last two seasons may seem like an age ago as Matlock Town's fourth successive league win against Barwell on Wednesday, saw them sit in fourth place, ahead of a break from league action for all Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division clubs this weekend.
But Gladiators chief Mark Atkins is remaining level headed - and insists that nobody in the club should get carried away by their recent success.
His side may be only three points behind leaders Skelmersdale United who they are due to visit on Tuesday night, but the former Premiership title... READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - Glass Is Half Full Ahead Of Brewers Clash
Thursday 17th October 2013 Chesterfield return to the PROACT this weekend, preparing to take on Gary Rowett's Burton and there is cautious optimism in the camp - with a full squad for gaffer Paul Cook to select from.
Cook confirmed in his weekly press conference ahead of the game, that Nathan Smith has been training this week and that all previous injuries do seem to have settled enough for the players to be in contention this weekend.
He did though tell The Chesterfield Post that Blades' loanee Chris Porter has been struggling with an injury, which made his substitution... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Matlock 'Win Ugly' At Home To Barwell. Match Report
Thursday 17th October 2013 Matlock "won ugly" according to manager Mark Atkins yesterday evening, against a physical Barwell side, given licence to use bullying tactics by a weak referee.
But, at the end of the day, a win is a win and the Gladiators dug deep, showing tremendous resolve to earn their fourth league win on the bounce.
The Leicestershire side luckily finished with eleven players on the field, given that defender Guy Hadland might have been red carded for pulling back Danny Holland, who looked to have a clear route to goal and goalkeeper... READ MORE...
UEFA Women's U17 Euro Championships Final At The PROACT
Wednesday 16th October 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
It has been confirmed that Chesterfield FC's Proact Stadium will host four games in the UEFA Women's European Under-17 Championship Finals, including the Final itself.
After the tournament kicks off with England playing at AFC Telford United's New Bucks Head stadium on Tuesday, November 26th, the young lionesses will play their next group match at the Proact Stadium on Friday, November 29th (kick-off 7pm).
This is then followed by a further fixture in Chesterfield on... READ MORE...
Wednesday Evening Game v Long Eaton & U19s Are Postponed
Wednesday 16th October 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC announce that tonight's (Wednesday 16th October) game against Long Eaton Utd FC has been postponed, together with the U19's game at Basford Utd, due to the poor weather causing both pitches to be waterlogged.
New dates for the fixtures will be announced as soon as possible.
No Change At The Top As The Front Runners Share The Spoils
Monday 14th October 2013 Both managers of Sky Bet League Two's leading teams shook hands after Saturday's match and agreed that it had 'been a good game of football.'
Not only was the match a great advertisement for League Two but both teams showed why they occupy the top two positions; overall a point each was a fair reward for non-stop endeavour from both sides.
Fleetwood started the brightest as both Jamille Matt and Antoni Sarcevic flashed headers wastefully wide in the opening ten minutes but the... READ MORE...
3 Goals, 3 Points & 3 Wins In A Row For 4th Place Matlock
Monday 14th October 2013 The ever improving Lavelle White was the catalyst behind Matlock's third successive league win, which saw them rise to fourth spot in the table.
White scored twice and was unlucky not to grab a hat-trick, his pace being a constant thorn in Stafford's side, as he looks far better than the youngster who struggled to make an impression last season.
But Matlock did not have it their own way against the second bottom side early on and they received a nasty early shock as Jermaine Johnson... READ MORE...
Alfreton Get An Away Tie In FA Cup Fourth Round Draw
Monday 14th October 2013 Alfreton Town have been handed an away tie at Skrill North, joint league-leaders, North Ferriby United in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round.
The tie will take place on Saturday, October 26th with a 3pm kick-off at United's Church Road ground.
Ferriby, who have won their last four league games in a row, have former Reds strikers Nathan Jarman and Anthony Wilson, along with ex-Alfreton defender Matt Wilson in their ranks - and will be aiming to create history by... READ MORE...
All The News From Matlock Town Ahead Of Trip To Stafford
Friday 11th October 2013 Hinckley United's demise means that Matlock Town will go through to the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy - without kicking a ball.
The Calor Gas Southern League Premier Division club were liquidated following a High Court hearing in Birmingham on Monday, after former Chairman Kevin Downes issued legal proceedings against Hinckley, claiming that the club still owed him £187,000.
A chilling statement appeared on the Knitters' unofficial Twitter... READ MORE...
The Paul Cook Interview - "Lessons Are There To Be Learned!"
Thursday 10th October 2013 It's back on the road for Paul Cook's Spireites this weekend, as they face a long trip to Fleetwood, and the third of three consecutive away games on the bounce in a week.
Fortunes, it's fair to say, have been mixed and there is no doubt, that whilst keen to avenge the 4-3 defeat last weekend at Morecambe - they will draw confidence from the midweek JPT victory over Mansfield.
Opponents Fleetwood sit just one point behind Chesterfield at the top of Sky Bet League Two - and will be buzzing after their emphatic... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Sheffield & Hallamshire Cup Win For A Windswept Welfare
Thursday 10th October 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
This Sheffield & Hallamshire cup tie was played with a blustery wind blowing across the pitch on a chilly, autumnal evening at Inkersall Road, many of the 105 strong crowd wearing hats and gloves for the first time this season to fend off the biting cold, whilst the players also struggled with the difficult conditions.
The first real chance fell to the home side on six minutes when, after Anthony Rowley was fouled, Josh Scully's free kick went narrowly wide and into the side netting. Staveley's main threat during the first half came from Rowley who made life very difficult for the visitor's left back, James Young. READ MORE...
Spireites Get Back To Winning Ways Against Mansfield
Wednesday 9th October 2013 The Spireites beat local rivals Mansfield Town to progress into the northern area quarter-final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, thanks to a Gary McSheffrey goal midway through the second-half.
Although Chesterfield rode their luck at times against the lively Stags, they had goalkeeper Tommy Lee to thank for some crucial saves during a feisty encounter. For Manager Paul Cook, it was a professional performance which got the team back on track after two successive defeats.
After the game Cook said, "The clean sheet was the best thing..." READ MORE...
Two Chesterfield Men Get A 3-Year Ban From Football Matches
Wednesday 9th October 2013
Two Chesterfield FC fans have been banned from football matches for three years.
The pair received three-year football banning orders after admitting their part in an altercation in Rotherham town centre following an away match last season.
Glenn Bloom and Jason Hollis, both 39, were arrested following a match between Rotherham United and Chesterfield FC on February 16th 2013 after being involved in a clash with Rotherham fans. READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - We Take It On The Chin, We Move On!
Monday 7th October 2013 Chesterfield travel to near neighbours Mansfield tomorrow night (Tuesday 8th, October), still stinging from Saturdays defeat which saw them throw away a half time lead to Morecambe and come away from The Globe Arena empty handed.
Paul Cook admitted in his pre match press conference that he is still struggling to explain what happened - but is emphatic that it won't be happening again!
Still blighted by injuries to the first team, Cook confirmed that the situation has not improved, with Humphries added to the list ahead... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Shrimps Battle Against The Tide To Beat Chesterfield
Monday 7th October 2013 It would prove to be a crazy afternoon of football at the Globe Arena as The Spireites took on the Shrimps.
A sublime first half display saw the Blues totally dominant and three goals to the good thanks to a brace from Eoin Doyle and another from Gary McSheffrey. The game then turned on its head and into a Spireite horror show in a classic game of two halves.
A spirited Morecambe fought back, to not only wipe out the three goal lead - thanks to goals from Kevin Ellison, Mark Hughes and Jack Sampson... READ MORE...
Heanor Hammer Five Past Staveley In A Poor Performance
Monday 7th October 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Heanor Town dished out a footballing lesson to the home side on Saturday, as Staveley gave their worst performance for some time, in a game where all their current shortcomings were cruelly exposed.
The score line certainly did not flatter the visitors, for whom Kieran Debrouwer scored a hat trick.
Staveley Manager Neil Cluxton must now work with the players and eliminate the basic errors that were seen in this game, in particular, woeful... READ MORE...
Spireites Sign Blades' Striker Porter On Loan
Saturday 5th October 2013 Chesterfield FC announced yesterday that they have loaned Sheffield United striker, Chris Porter, until Saturday, November 2nd.
Subject to the completion of paperwork, Porter will be available for Saturday's game against Morecambe and can also be selected for Tuesday's trip to Mansfield Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Speaking about the loan deal, Spireites Chief Executive Chris Turner said: "As we're currently suffering from a mini injury crisis amongst the club's strikers - and with Eoin Doyle's partner being in the late stages of her pregnancy... READ MORE...
Derbyshire CCC Release Slater & Evans - Sign Scott Elstone
Saturday 5th October 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Former Notts batsman Scott Elstone has signed a one-year incremental contract with Derbyshire CCC, after impressing in the Second XI in 2013.
The Falcons agreed terms with the 23-year-old, but have released Alasdair Evans whose one-year contract has come to an end. Chesterfield born batsman, Ben Slater has also not been offered a contract at the present time.
Elstone scored 872 runs at an average of 35, including four fifties and one hundred, during an extended trial period in 2013 - as well as making his... READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - Looking To Net 3 Points At The Shrimps
Friday 4th October 2013 Chesterfield will be hoping to put last weekend's derby defeat behind them as they make the trip to Morecambe tomorrow, where they will face Jim Bentley's Shrimps at the Globe Arena.
It was a rare taste of defeat last Saturday for the Spireites who were unbeaten in the League this season up to then - but Manager Paul Cook admits it could prove to be a reality check for his side as they sit 4 points clear at the top of Sky Bet League Two.
Speaking to The Chesterfield Post, he admitted that there are injury concerns ahead of the game - with as many as 6 players unable to feature. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Chris Turner: "CFC Foundations Strong - And Getting Stronger"
Friday 4th october 2013 It's been a busy few months at the PROACT, and there is, according to Chesterfield FC's CEO Chris Turner, no chance of the pace slowing down just yet.
Just days after gaffer Paul Cook put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him under contract to Chesterfield until 2016 - club stalwart Jeff Hall is to be be honoured at Buckingham Palace no less - by HRH Prince William - for his contribution to grassroots football.
There is also the grand opening of the long awaited... READ MORE & AUDIO...
An Angry Atkins Looks To Matlock's 'Bouncebackability'
Friday 4th October 2013 Having warned his players of the dangers of complacency ahead of their FA Cup visit to First Division South promotion contenders Carlton Town last weekend, Matlock boss Mark Atkins was left annoyed that his words went unheeded as the Gladiators were beaten by Blair Anderson's 5th minute goal.
"Complacency definitely crept in, even after I'd hammered it into them that they needed to perform against a decent side who would provide tough opposition" said Atkins. "A lot of the players were under par and their attitude didn't seem to be right. What a time to give their worst performance of the season..." READ MORE...
Spireites Forge Link-Up With Staveley MWFC
Thursday 3rd October 2013 A link-up has been forged between the Spireites and neighbouring Staveley Miners Welfare.
As part of the association, Chesterfield's youth team will use the facilities at Staveley MWFC's Inkersall Road ground and stage certain fixtures at the venue.
Chesterfield youth-team Coach Mark Smith is also keen to see some of the club's youngsters play for Staveley in order to aid their development.
"The link-up will provide a pathway for youngsters who..." READ MORE...
Local Student 'Pitches' In With Kenyan Children
Thursday 3rd October 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
One local student has been described as a 'credit to Chesterfield' after completing a volunteer project in Africa.
19-year-old Chris Spencer-Payne, from Derbyshire, had always wanted to visit Kenya: "I had wanted to do some voluntary work before I go to university in September and I wanted it to be in Kenya as my Dad was born there; so I had wanted to visit for a while."
An avid football fan, Chris decided to sign up for the Projects... READ MORE...
Spireites' Boss Paul Cook Nominated For A Second Award
Tuesday 1st October 2013 Chesterfield boss Paul Cook has been nominated for the Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month award for September.
Cook, who won August's award, was short-listed after seeing his side win 3 out of the 4 matches in September. This included victories over fellow pace-setters Oxford United and AFC Wimbledon. The judging panel, which includes former West Ham manager Alan Curbishley and Sky Sports' Football League expert Don Goodman, praised Chesterfield's "delightful, one-touch football". The three other nominees for the award are Jim Bentley (Morecambe), Keith Hill (Rochdale) and Mansfield Town's Paul Cox. The winner will be announced on Friday 4th October.
Matlock Exit FA Cup With A Whimper After Atkins Warning
Tuesday 1st October 2013 The pre match warning from Manager Mark Atkins about keeping feet firmly on the ground, went largely unheeded, as Matlock limply departed the FA Cup at First Division South promotion chasers Carlton on Saturday.
The Gladiators had won all three previous cup encounters against the Millers but they seldom looked like winning this one.
Once the hosts had gained an early lead, they battled hard to stop Matlock from playing with any fluency on a bobbly pitch. READ MORE...
Cricket Derbyshire Statement On Malicious Communications
Tuesday 1st October 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Cricket Derbyshire, the umbrella body overseeing professional and recreational cricket across the county, has opened disciplinary proceedings against a number of individuals for malicious communications and images published in social media.
Following consultations with the police, lawyers and representatives of Derbyshire Cricket Board and the County and Premier Leagues, the County Club has already issued a number of indefinite bans to individuals from all grounds, venues, buildings and events connected with the Club. READ MORE...
Panthers' Ground To Be Used For Leics Tigers Training Camp
Monday 30th September 2013 England and Lions centre Manu Tuilagi and England under-20s international Ryan Bower, have been confirmed as visitors at the Rugby Camp being held at Chesterfield Panthers' new ground during half term.
Running from Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2013, the week-long training camp, organised by Leicester Tigers, will provide rugby coaching for young people aged from 9 to 14 years old.
Chesterfield Panthers' new ground at Dunston is the only rugby... READ MORE...
Footitt Opts For Derbyshire Stay
Monday 30th September 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Mark Footitt has signed a new two-year contract committing him to Derbyshire until the end of the 2015 season.
The left-arm fast-bowler has enjoyed the best season of his career in 2013 and will now focus on fulfilling his promise in the colours of Derbyshire.
Footitt signed for the Club ahead of the 2010 campaign and has since taken 91 first-class wickets at a shade over 31 with three five-wicket hauls. His 2013 campaign has included a career-best haul of 42 first-class wickets... READ MORE...
Where Can You Find A Mouse Eating Cake In Chesterfield?
Monday 30th September 2013 A previously homeless mascot welcomed children into his new pad on Friday - and signalled the opening of the community development at the home of Chesterfield FC, The PROACT stadium.
The £1.5 million project has seen the rear of the PROACT Stadium's East Stand transformed into a flagship - and unique - base for community based projects, including a gym, hydrotherapy pool and offices - alongside Chester's Den, a play area and café for families, which is open 7 days a week.
As Chester The Field Mouse welcomed young Spireites to... READ MORE...
Steelers' Max Lacroix Out For 3 Months With Broken Ankle
Monday 30th September 2013 Steelers leading scorer Maxime Lacroix, has undergone surgery on two fractures to his ankle in an injury picked up in Saturday's game against the Nottingham Panthers.
Steelers have since confirmed that they have begun the search for a replacement forward - and hope to have news shortly.
Head Coach Doug Christiansen said, "Losing Max Lacroix for a minimum of 3 months is a big blow to our team. He was leading the league in goals when he got hurt and was really emerging into the player we expected him to be." READ MORE...
A Weakened Welfare Struggle Against Strong Armthorpe Side
Monday 30th September 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley were unable to make it three wins on the trot with a disappointing display against a big Armthorpe team, who scored from the only two chances of note that they created.
On the other hand, the visitors had plenty of possession but failed to convert any of their chances.
It was clear to those watching that Armthorpe would win plenty of aerial possession and yet a hard, uneven surface, made it difficult to get a passing... READ MORE...
Stags Stalk Spireites At The Proact - Match Report
Saturday 28th September 2013 Chesterfield's unbeaten start to the season came to an end with a 1-0 home defeat to local rivals Mansfield Town.
In a frustrating home performance, which saw Gary Roberts dismissed late on for violent conduct, Paul Cook's side could not respond to a first half Calvin Andrew goal to hand Mansfield their first victory over the Spireites in ten years.
Chesterfield remained unchanged from their victory over Oxford in their last outing, with Eoin Doyle making his first home start in the absence of Marc Richards, who is reportedly still recovering from a knock. READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - The Derby's The Main Event In Town!
Friday 27th September 2013 The week before the first derby game against Mansfield for years was never going to be a quiet one - but few anticipated two pieces of news coming out of the PROACT during the last five days.
Firstly it was revealed that Sam Hird had been removed from the transfer list by Paul Cook, who made headlines himself two days later when it was revealed that he too was planning a longer future on Whittington Moor.
In his pre match interview Paul Cook touched on both of those subjects - along with confirming that, with 3 years left of his contract, he was... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Police Increase Security For Weekend's Local Derby
Friday 27th September 2013 Derbyshire police have increased security for this weekend's local derby between Chesterfield and Mansfield Town at the Proact Stadium.
The two sides meet for the first time since 2008 on Saturday, September 28. Kick-off is at 1pm for the sell-out game.
Police in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have worked closely with both clubs for a number of weeks to maximise the safety of the fans and the public on the day. Football intelligence officer PC Dave Wright said: "This local..." READ MORE...
Staveley Start To Climb The Table With A Win Over Nostell
Friday 27th September 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
A fairly straightforward win for Staveley on Wednesday evening at Inkersall Road, now edging up the table to 19th place, on ten points, with games in hand on the four teams below them as well as three of the four directly above.
Visitors Nostell have an unenviable 100% record so far this season, having lost all of their opening twelve league games and two cup matches.
Profligate finishing from Neil Cluxton's team, punctuated a first half that wasn't particularly inspiring to watch at times, but the home side had to... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Defeat Confirms Relegation
Thursday 27th September 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire County Cricket Club will ply their trade in Division Two in 2014 after suffering defeat to Warwickshire in their final LV= County Championship fixture of the season.
Karl Krikken's men knew they needed to secure at least one bonus batting point on the penultimate day to keep their hopes of remaining in Division One alive.
But Derbyshire succumbed to the visitors' experienced pace attack to be dismissed for 103, subsequently confirming their relegation from the top flight... READ MORE...
Doves Eye View - Spireites Host Stags In Long Awaited Derby
Friday 27th September 2013 The five-year wait to resume our intense rivalry with near neighbours Mansfield Town is nearly over.
The Sky Bet League 2 fixture at the Proact Stadium on Saturday, kicking off at 1pm, will be the first time Chesterfield and Mansfield have faced each other since November 8th, 2008, when the Spireites won 3-1 in an FA Cup 1st round tie at Saltergate.
At the time, the Stags were a non-league side - that was the first of their five seasons in the Conference before they bounced back as Champions... READ MORE...
Cook Signs New Deal At Chesterfield
Wednesday 25th September 2013 Chesterfield FC Manager Paul Cook has pledged his future to the club by signing a new contract.
Cook, who left Accrington Stanley to take charge at the Proact last October, is now tied to the club until the summer of 2016.
Following Chesterfield's unbeaten start to the season, taking them to the top of the Sky Bet League 2 table, Cook has now been rewarded with a new deal.
Cook, 46, spoke of his delight after putting pen-to-paper. READ MORE...
Woakes And Chambers Make Derbyshire Toil On Day Two
Wednesday 25th September 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire closed on 44-5 in reply to Warwickshire's 391-9 declared after Day Two of their crucial LV= County Championship fixture at the County Ground.
Chris Woakes and Maurice Chambers shared the highest ever ninth-wicket stand for Warwickshire against Derbyshire to allow the visitors to declare shortly before the tea interval.
The hosts, however, struggled to combat against the visitors' pace attack - before bad light stopped play with Wayne Madsen's side trailing by 347 runs... READ MORE...
Holland Secures Three Points With A Brace Against Stamford
Wednesday 25th September 2013 A quick fire double from Danny Holland early in the second period secured three precious points for Matlock after a first half of frustration at the Reynolds Stadium.
It settled the Gladiators down after there were fears of Stamford shutting them out- just as Frickley Athletic had done at the weekend, but on Tuesday evening, Matlock looked far more businesslike and once they had given the Daniels the double whammy, there was only going to be one winner.
Manager Mark Atkins made three changes to the starting line up... READ MORE...
A Stubborn Woakes Frustrates Derbyshire On Day One
Tuesday 24th September 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
A stubborn century from Chris Woakes frustrated the Derbyshire bowlers on Day One at the County Ground.
The hosts made a successful start to their final LV= County Championship fixture of the season as Mark Footitt (2-71) removed both Warwickshire openers inside five overs. Tim Groenewald (4-67) - the pick of the bowlers on the opening day - then claimed three quick wickets after lunch to reduce the visitors to 120-6.
However, 46 from Ateeq Javid, a brisk 40 from Jeetan Patel and... READ MORE...
Chesterfield FC's 'Unsung Hero' Is Honoured By A Prince
Tuesday 24th September 2013 There are few people who go to Chesterfield Football Club who haven't encountered Jeff Hall!
In fact, the man voted 'Fan of the Year' in 2006 does so much for the club around the town, that there are probably very few residents of Chesterfield who wouldn't recognise him.
And now his loyalty and commitment to the club has been rewarded with a trip to Buckingham Palace on October 7th, where he will meet HRH the Duke Of Cambridge, President of the FA, and be publicly thanked for his... READ MORE...
Matlock Unable To Seal The Win Against A Stubborn Frickley
Tuesday 24th September 2013 Matlock had most of the play but could not force a way past a stubborn Frickley side who battled hard to earn an excellent point on Saturday.
Expectancy levels were high on the terraces after the Gladiators' midweek demolition of King's Lynn on their own turf, but it was a low key affair for the 322 crowd who turned out on a bright and sunny afternoon.
Understandably, Matlock retained the side that had started at the Walks but there were changes on the substitutes bench where Lavelle White and... READ MORE...
Only A Win Will Save Derbyshire's Season. Match Preview
Monday 23rd September 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
It's been an uphill struggle all season for Derbyshire - and the final round of County Championship fixtures is no different!
A win against Warwickshire is the Falcons only chance of avoiding relegation in a season which really only began mid-way through it.
Derbyshire struggled at times with the pressure of session by session cricket in the top division and some brutal batting and bowling by opponents really cost them at the start of the season. However, the side, led by Wayne Madsen... READ MORE...
Hird Taken Off Transfer List
Monday 23rd September 2013
It's been confirmed by the club today that Chesterfield FC manager Paul Cook has taken Sam Hird off the transfer list.
Hird, 26, has been an ever-present so far this season, helping the Spireites top the Sky Bet League 2 table.
He arrived at the Proact Stadium in the summer of last year after leaving Doncaster Rovers.
Three See Red As Staveley Battle To Next Round Of FA Vase
Saturday 21st September 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley progressed to the next round of the FA Vase with two from Jordan Turner and one from Josh Scully that gave a narrow victory in a lively match - three players seeing red after a flare up three minutes from the end of the game.
The game had started in much calmer circumstances and full back Chris Hague was handed his debut for Staveley after signing from Worksop Town earlier in the week. There was another new face as well in the form of Chris Butt, a16-year old goalkeeper signed from Blackwell Miners Welfare, who was one of the substitutes having impressed in a mid-week friendly game. READ MORE...
"We're Good To Go!" Cook On Oxford & Ollie Banks Interview
Friday 20th September 2013 After an emphatic victory over third place AFC Wimbledon last weekend, the Spireites are back on the road this week, taking on second place Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.
Goals from Gary Roberts and Sam Hird contributed to Chesterfield earning three points and a commanding lead at the top of the league two tables - four points clear of this week's opponents, The U's.
Paul Cook confirmed in his pre match press conference that it will be a tough game, but one which Chesterfield will go into with no real injury concerns... READ MORE...
Atkins Wants To Maintain High Standards Set By Matlock Town
Friday 20th September 2013
Two away wins, FA Cup progress and two clean sheets represents an excellent few days work for Matlock, but with home league games against Frickley Athletic on Saturday and Stamford on Tuesday, Gladiators boss Mark Atkins wants the high-set standards to be maintained.
"We've been excellent and fully deserved the success we've achieved, but we must remember, there's no easy games in this league and we need to show the same attitude and desire as we have in the last two matches. A good team puts long unbeaten runs together and that must be our aim now." READ MORE...
Alfreton Hope To Sting The Bees
Friday 20th September 2013 Coming off the back of claiming a point against unbeaten league leaders Cambridge United in midweek, Alfreton Town will enter Saturday's Skrill Premier clash against Barnet in confident mood.
That draw impressively represented a third game unbeaten for the Reds, Barnet should prove another stiff test given their lofty league position and the talent they possess - however, considering the way Alfreton are playing, there is no reason to suggest they can't claim something from the contest.
Edgar David's side, relegated from the Football League last term... READ MORE...
Staveley's Youngsters Put Five Past Buxton
Friday 20th September 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC U19s put a disappointing first half display behind them to record a comprehensive victory on Wednesday night at Inkersall Road.
Although they lead 2-1 at the break through goals from Watters and Bendall on five and twenty minutes, they looked nervous at the back and gifted Buxton possession on too many occasions. One of these occurred after 12 minutes when they failed to clear the ball and Buxton scored their first.
The first twenty minutes of the second half saw both teams ... READ MORE...
A Long Midweek Trip To Norfolk Worth It 4 Matlock Town
Thursday 19th September 2013 Matlock's long midweek trip to Norfolk was all over bar the shouting by the interval as strikes from Lewis McMahon, Darryl Thomas and Danny Holland gave them a commanding advantage.
Then it was more a matter of last season's First Division South Champions keeping their pride intact as the Linnets slipped to their first home league defeat of the campaign, hot on the heels of a 5-1 home humiliation in the FA Cup to Cambridge City on Saturday.
McMahon scored again to ensure a happy trip back up the A17... READ MORE...
Papa John's Show Rewards Are In The Goals For Spireites
Thursday 19th September 2013 Chesterfield FC supporters will be able to reap the rewards of the club's goals, as Papa John's announces an exclusive offer for fans to get half price pizzas if The Spireites score twice in a match.
At the end of August, the official pizza partner of the Football League, engaged with football fans from across the country, asking them to vote for which offer they would like to see introduced. Score Twice Half Price was top of the league with 71% of the votes and will be officially launched on Saturday, 21st September.
Andrew Gallagher, Papa John's Marketing Director, said... READ MORE...
Banks Signs For Spireites
Monday 16th September 2013 League Two leaders Chesterfield have signed promising young midfielder Ollie Banks from FC United of Manchester for an undisclosed fee.
Banks has put pen to paper on a deal which ties him to the club until the end of next season.
The 20-year-old, who was released by Rotherham United at the end of the 2011/12 season, has been playing non-league football since leaving the Millers. He is delighted to be making a return to the Football League... READ MORE...
Matlock Avoid Slipping On 'Banana Skin' At Basford In FA Cup
Monday 16th September 2013 Matlock comfortably negotiated a potential 'banana skin' of a tie to come away from Greenwich Avenue £3,000 richer and in doing so, secured a place in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.
Second half goals from Danny Holland and substitute Lavelle White did the trick and, apart from a dodgy opening few minutes when the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division new boys forced the pace, it was virtually plain sailing for Matlock who could - and should - have won by a more emphatic margin.
Skipper Liam Needham, recovered from injury, replaced Gareth... READ MORE...
Will The Real Staveley MWFC Please Stand Up? Match Report
Monday 16th September 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Pickering Town 6 - 2 Staveley MWFC. Following on from the gritty defensive display at Athersley last Saturday and the midweek win at Inkersall Road against Maltby Main, the mood in the Staveley camp, prior to kick off, was fairly upbeat and optimistic.
With Neil Cluxton's side matching their hosts every inch of the way from the outset, it looked as though the seeds of hope were being well tended to and were about to flourish and flower any time soon. Well, for almost sixty minutes anyway! The above result along with statistics from the game convey the... READ MORE...
Spireites Educate The Dons. Match Report
Saturday 14th September 2013 Chesterfield maintained their excellent start to the season with a resounding 2-0 victory over in-form AFC Wimbledon at the Proact Stadium.
Goals either side of half time from Gary Roberts and Sam Hird secured Paul Cook's side their sixth win from seven league games this term.
Chesterfield's starting eleven remained unchanged from the side that beat Accrington Stanley, with new signing Gary McSheffrey making the bench following the 31-year-old's arrival at the Proact Stadium on Friday. READ MORE...
Onions Spearheads A Durham Victory Over Derbyshire
Saturday 14th September 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD Despite the efforts of Tony Palladino - a brutal spell of bowling from Graham Onions handed Durham victory on an astonishing final day at the County Ground.
The hosts battled hard to reduce their visitors from 257-4 to 325 all out just before lunch, with Palladino (6-90) claiming four wickets to end the innings with six.
But during an extraordinary afternoon session, Onions (5-23) and Chris Rushworth (3-31) claimed eight wickets between them to disintegrate the... READ MORE...
'A Good Side' Cook On Wimbledon & Tendayi Darikwa Interview
Saturday 14th September 2013 After seeing his squad make history by notching up the best start to a league campaign ever on account of last Saturday's win against Accrington, Paul Cook was in reflective mood as he faced the press yesterday.
Fresh from the announcement that Chesterfield had, on Friday morning, secured the services of Gary McSheffrey, Cook observed that there was no room for joy at being top of the league and that with just 6 games in, there was a long way to go.
"The most important thing about any match is..." READ MORE & AUDIO...
Borthwick And Smith Frustrate Derbyshire Bowlers On Day 3
Friday 13th September 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
A century partnership between Scott Borthwick and Will Smith frustrated the Derbyshire bowlers on Day Three at the County Ground.
Borthwick (89) and Smith (81) batted for almost two sessions to repel the hosts' attack - adding 159 runs to put their side in a strong position on 227-2.
Karl Krikken's men finally found the breakthrough just before tea courtesy of Shivnarine Chanderpaul (1-7), before Mark Footitt (1-78) claimed a second with the new ball. READ MORE...
Dove's Eye View - Chesterfield Show Their Ambition
Friday 13th September 2013 The best squad we've had in years - and we're still signing quality players!
The Gary McSheffrey signing is surely yet another indication of the ambition currently running through the club. If the 31 year old can show even some of the quality he has previously displayed in the Premiership and Championship, then he will be a tremendous acquisition.
McSheffrey is unlikely to feature in Saturday's game at the Proact Stadium against third placed AFC Wimbledon. He has been training with the... READ MORE...
Gary McSheffrey Joins The Spireites
Friday 13th September 2013
Experienced winger Gary McSheffrey has joined League Two leaders Chesterfield on an initial short-term contract.
McSheffrey, who was a free agent after leaving Coventry City, has agreed a four-month deal with the Spireites after training with the club.
McSheffrey said: "I could have just seen out my contract at Coventry and picked up my wages every month - but the manager here has given me the opportunity to play football. I plan on taking the opportunity with both hands." READ MORE...
Matlock Boss Atkins Looks To FA Cup After Narrow Defeat
Friday 13th September 2013 Mark Atkins and his assistant Nick Buxton want Matlock to take the form they showed in Tuesday night's narrow home defeat to Chorley into their forthcoming games, and in particular Saturday's FA Cup First Qualifying trip to Basford United.
The tie is a potential banana skin for Matlock and, after being the underdogs in three FA Trophy ties last term, the boot is firmly on the other foot this time.
The Gladiators were dumped out at this stage by Belper Town after a replay twelve months ago and Atkins knows his side must not make any... READ MORE...
Two For Turner Gets Staveley All Three! Match Report
Thursday 12th September 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Two well-taken goals from Jordan Turner and a strike from new signing Nathan Benger saw Staveley MWFC race into a three-nil half time lead against Maltby Main at Inkersall Road on Wednesday evening - and, despite conceding a silly goal in the second half, they held on to deservedly take all three points in this pulsating game.
Staveley Manager Neil Cluxton brought in forward Nathan Benger, who has signed on a month's loan from Mickleover Sports and also recalled Matt Thorpe and Jamie Smith to the starting eleven for this important bottom of the table.. READ MORE...
Durham Fightback Leaves Match In The Balance On Day Two
Thursday 12th September 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD Paul Borrington top scored with 75 - but quick wickets with the second new ball helped Durham fightback on Day Two at the County Ground.
Borrington hit eight fours during his patient innings, while sharing a 106-run stand with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (53) to move the hosts onto 206-2 after lunch.
But Chris Rushworth (5-47) and Graham Onions (4-62) tore through the Derbyshire middle-order with the new ball, claiming the last seven wickets for just 92 runs to dismiss the hosts for 298. READ MORE...
Young Spireite Defender's Loan Extended
Thursday 12th September 2013 Chesterfield Football Club have said that a deal has been agreed to extend young defender Jack Broadhead's loan spell at non-league Buxton.
Broadhead, who has spent a month with the Evo-Stik League Northern Premier side, will remain at Silverlands until November 17th. He has been given permission to play for the Bucks in the FA Cup and the FA Trophy but he will not be eligible for the Derbyshire Senior Cup. There is a 24-hour recall clause in the agreement. The 19-year-centre-back made his senior debut as a substitute against Hartlepool in the FA Cup last November and signed his first professional contract in the same month.
Rain Cuts Short Opening Day With Durham
Thursday 12th September 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Persistent rain cut short the opening day with Durham at the County Ground - after Derbyshire had reached 99-1 shortly after lunch.
Despite the bad weather, play started on time and Wayne Madsen (32*) and Paul Borrington (30*) shared a 62-run stand to close a successful morning for the hosts.
But just the solitary over was bowled after the interval before constant rain washed out the remainder of the day with Derbyshire 99-1 at stumps. READ MORE...
Matlock Lose To New League Leaders After Gallant Display
Wednesday 11th September 2013 For the second successive match, Matlock lost to the new league leaders - but the Gladiators gave a gallant display and were a little unlucky not to snatch a point at the end.
A strong and streetwise Magpies outfit look a good bet for a play-off place - if not the title - but Matlock showed great resilience,defending stubbornly and superbly and also fashioned a decent number of chances of their own.
The Gladiators welcomed back Micky Harcourt to their defence, the number two earning star rating for an almost faultless performance against... READ MORE...
Hard Working Staveley Bring Home A Well Deserved Point
Monday 9th September 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Neil Cluxton's team returned home from the north side of Barnsley with a hard won point - which they had to battle every inch of the way for - against a very useful looking top four side.
Without either Jamie Smith or Matt Thorpe in the starting line up, James Colliver started the game playing the role of sweeper, linking up between defence and midfield to good effect, while left back Michael Trench put in the kind of shift that warranted him being handed the captain's armband. READ MORE...
Matlock Defeat Takes AFC Fylde To Top Of The Table
Monday 9th September 2013 Matlock conceded shortly before and straight after the interval as hosts AFC Fylde hit the top of the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division on Saturday.
Fylde had scored a massive eleven goals in their previous two matches but that average never looked as if it would be maintained as Matlock battled hard without seriously suggesting they would upset the applecart.
Injuries were still a problem as Corey Gregory missed out but Darryl Thomas returned, albeit on the right flank with Lavelle White on the left. READ MORE...
Spireites And Darikwa Make History With A Fifth Win In Six
Saturday 7th September 2013 Tendayi Darikwa's second half goal sealed victory for Chesterfield against Accrington Stanley at the Proact to earn their best start to a Football League season in the club's history.
The Spireites' fine opening to the campaign continued as Paul Cook's side managed to break down his former club's resilient defence, to record a fifth win from six league games and remain unbeaten so far this term.
Darikwa scored the only goal of the game only moments into the second half after a Marc Richards attempt came back off the woodwork, the... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Complete A Dramatic Victory Over Somerset
Friday 6th September 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Shivnarine Chanderpaul struck an unbeaten 74 to guide Derbyshire to a two-wicket win over Somerset on a tense final day at Taunton.
Chanderpaul added 54 to his overnight score as the visitors reached their 244-run victory target shortly after the lunch interval.
The visitors lost a flurry of wickets to fall to 216-8 - but a 28-run stand between Tim Groenewald and the West Indies international handed Karl Krikken's side a dramatic win. READ MORE...
Accrington Stanley - A 'Known' Quantity - Come To Town
Friday 6th September 2013 Years ago, a TV advert famously asked the question, "Accrington Stanley - who are they?"
It will be a bit of a rhetorical question for a couple of members of the Chesterfield FC dugout tomorrow, with Paul Cook and Leam Richardson previously managing the Lancs club - and both admitting to having fond memories of their time there.
Accrington are currently bottom of League Two - with Chesterfield top - though that will not make them any less difficult an opponent, Assistant Manager Leam Richardson told local media yesterday. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Matlock News - More Injuries With 2 Tough Fixtures Looming
Friday 6th September 2013 Matlock boss Mark Atkins will be anxiously waiting news on the fitness of a clutch of key players ahead of two games against potential title winners this week.
On Saturday, the Gladiators travel to second placed AFC Fylde, who have banged in eleven goals in their last two games, before fourth in the table Chorley come to the Reynolds Stadium on Tuesday night (10th).
Atkins is highly satisfied with four points from visits to Blyth Spartans last weekend and Ashton United on Wednesday night to leave his side in... READ MORE...
Dove's Eye View - Top Of The League Spireites Face Accrington
Friday 6th September 2013 Glorious sunshine, fish and chips on the seafront, and best of all the three points that moved Chesterfield to the top of the table.
Last Saturday's trip to Portsmouth was for me the biggest highlight so far of what promises to be a memorable season. It probably wasn't the best performance from the Spireites - but to come away from Fratton Park with a 2-0 victory was a great achievement.
The match stats show us having 42% possession, which I simply don't understand; we kept the ball for long periods and it seemed to me we had... READ MORE...
Battling Derbyshire Still In The Hunt On Final Day At Taunton
Friday 6th September 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
A half-century from Ben Slater has left Derbyshire still in the hunt - requiring 117 more runs with six wickets left - after Day Three at Taunton.
Tony Palladino (3-57) and David Wainwright (3-105) claimed three apiece to dismiss Somerset for 438 during the afternoon session.
The visitors opened with a 49-run stand - but two quick wickets from Jack Leach meant Karl Krikken's side slipped to 53-2. But 57 from Slater and an unbeaten 20 from Chanderpaul helped Derbyshire close on 127-4 at stumps. READ MORE...
Late Wickets Leave Somerset Match Finely Poised For Day 3
Thursday 5th September 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD Derbyshire claimed 2 late wickets - including one with the final ball of the day - to stall the Somerset fightback and keep the match in the balance after Day Two.
Tim Groenewald (36 not out) and Mark Footitt (11) shared a 42-run last wicket stand to help Derbyshire recover from 256-9 to 298 all out just before lunch.
A century partnership between Nick Compton (64 not out) and James Hildreth (88), however, helped the hosts to chalk off their 195-run deficit for the loss of just two wickets. READ MORE...
Staveley Lose After Heroic Display By Garforth Keeper Martens
Thursday 5th September 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC finally succumbed 2-0 away to Garforth Town in a Toolstation NCEL Premier League fixture which saw them playing some good football and creating numerous chances, particularly in the first half.
However the home side, having been kept in the game by goalkeeper Karl Martens, then scored twice in the last 20 minutes, a result which leaves Staveley in 20th position after five league games with three points.
Staveley Manager Neil Cluxton handed a debut to new signing... READ MORE...
Derbyshire CCC Secures July Date With India
Wednesday 4th September 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD Derbyshire CCC has been awarded a major tour match against India at the County Ground, Derby, in 2014.
Karl Krikken's men will compete against MS Dhoni's side starting on Tuesday, 1st July in the final warm-up fixture ahead of the five-match Investec Test series with England.
Duncan Fletcher's side - currently ranked the number three Test team in the world - boast a heavily experienced, exciting side, featuring Test legends... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Hold Advantage After Extraordinary Opening Day
Wednesday 4th September 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire blew Somerset away - dismissing them for just 103 - before closing yesterday on 220-5 as 15 wickets fell on an extraordinary opening day at Taunton.
Tim Groenewald (5-33) - who claimed his third five-wicket haul of the campaign - and Tony Palladino (4-34), claimed nine wickets between them to dismiss the hosts inside 34 overs.
Karl Krikken's men responded with a 52-run opening stand... READ MORE...
World Number One Batsman Condemns Derbyshire To Defeat
Sunday 1st September 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
A high class innings of 88 from Hashim Amla helped steer Surrey past their 217-run victory target at the Kia Oval.
Derbyshire were well in the game when Mark Footitt and Matt Higginbottom reduced the home side to 4-2 early in their run-chase with Wayne Madsen taking a fine catch at extra-cover to dismiss Rory Burns.
But a stand of 84 between Amla and Vikram Solanki (44) put Surrey back on the straight and narrow and, although Solanki was lbw to Footitt... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Capture Top Spot At Fratton Park. Match Report
Sunday 1st September 2013 It was thirty seven years ago when the Spireites last won at Fratton Park - but on Saturday, they left it oh-so late to clinch their latest success.
Despite playing against ten men for the majority of the game it looked like the match was drifting to a stalemate, as Chesterfield seemed unable to conjure up a breakthrough, despite plenty of possession.
Paul Cook made two quick substitutions, bringing on Eoin Doyle and Armand Gnanduillet and things started to look up. READ MORE...
Battling Derbyshire Still In The Hunt Going Into Final Day
Sunday 1st September 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
A battling half century from Wayne Madsen and some useful runs from the tail has left the match with Surrey still in the balance after Day Three at the Kia Oval.
Captain Madsen (59) completed his eighth half century of the campaign in the afternoon session to put his side in a healthy position at tea, before Surrey fought back at the start of the final session claiming four quick wickets.
An unbeaten 48-run partnership between Tom Poynton (29*) and David Wainwright (22*), however, made sure the match remained finely poised... READ MORE...
Spireites Prepare For The Battle Of Pompey
Friday 30th August 2013 "We're going to attack, we're going to move the ball and we're going to play as well as we can!" - that's Paul Cook ahead of this week's long trip to Fratton Park where his Chesterfield side will take on Portsmouth.
Currently second in the League Two table, after a last gasp winner gave the Spireites all three points against Southend last Saturday, Cook said in his pre-match press conference on Thursday that he is under no illusions that the season ahead will be a tough one and, though glad of the win on Saturday, he remains philosophical, "I was delighted with the result - it was a tough game - we were delighted with the win but I just feel on the day we get sucked into the way people want..." READ MORE...
A Difficult Opening Day For Derbyshire At The Oval
Friday 30th August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Shivnarine Chanderpaul top scored with 46 - but four wickets from Tim Linley helped Surrey dismiss Derbyshire for 219 on Day One at the Kia Oval.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul - who struck six fours in his 74-ball innings - and Paul Borrington (32) shared a 49-run partnership to help their side recover from a slow start in London.
The visitors, however, lost regular wickets in the final two sessionand, despite a defiant 37 from Tom Poynton, were all out just before stumps. READ MORE...
Hughes Stars, But Hampshire Claim The Win At Derbyshire
Tuesday 27th August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Chesney Hughes struck an explosive 74 - but Hampshire Royals defeated the Derbyshire Falcons by 41 runs at the County Ground, Derby.
Royals' Captain Jimmy Adams led the way hitting 64, but two wickets apiece from David Wainwright (2-33), Alasdair Evans (2-38) and Alex Hughes (2-33) help restrict the visitors to 219-7.
The Falcons made a solid start in reply courtesy of Chesney Hughes - who struck five fours and two sixes in his 79-ball innings - but the hosts lost a... READ MORE...
Godleman Defiance In Vain As Essex Seal YB40 Win
Sunday 25th August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Billy Godleman's defiant 59 was in vain, as Essex Eagles claimed victory at Castle Park Cricket Ground, Colchester.
An outstanding 88 from Ravi Bopara led the way for the home side, before timely contributions from James Foster (41) and Graham Napier (23) helped the Eagles post 259 off 40 overs.
The Falcons lost five early wickets in reply, with only Godleman and Alex Hughes (28) hitting scores worthy of note, as Karl Krikken's side were... READ MORE...
French Flair Wins The Day As Spireites Beat The Shrimpers
Sunday 25th August 2013 "There are certain games that define a season." That's the verdict of Chesterfield's Assistant Manager Leam Richardson after a somewhat fiery top of the table clash at the PROACT against Phil Brown's Southend.
Paul Cook made just one change to the side that had faced Rochdale at Spotland last weekend, with Cooper replacing Edwards.
The Shrimpers fielded a side that included some familiar names to Spireite supporters - Connor Clifford, one time triallist at the PROACT... READ MORE...
Delighted Derbyshire Claim Second Straight Four Day Win
Friday 23rd August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire claimed their second consecutive LV= County Championship Division One victory and move out of the bottom two after thrilling 56-run win against Middlesex at the County Ground.
Mark Footitt claimed two wickets within three balls as the hosts enjoyed a tremendous morning session picking up five wickets to leave the visitors on 121-7 at the break, in pursuit of their 297 run victory target.
Gareth Berg and Ollie Rayner, however, shared an 85-run stand... READ MORE...
A Dove's Eye View - Spireite Dave Dove Previews Southend
Friday 23rd August 2013 Well, we haven't quite made it to the top of the table yet but that's surely where we're headed!
Only two teams are above us and Southend United, the visitors to the Proact on Saturday, are one of them.
A Spireites win on Saturday - which I'm fully expecting - will banish the frustrations of the last two days, which I spent at The Oval watching a strangely weakened England side struggling against the Aussies. (What was Chesterfield boy and England selector Geoff Miller thinking of when he picked two spinners?) READ MORE...
Late Wickets Complete A Terrific Day Three For Derbyshire
Thursday 22nd August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Two late wickets - after an excellent half-century from Richard Johnson – completed a terrific day for Derbyshire against Middlesex at the County Ground.
Mark Footitt (3-69) claimed his 100th first-class wicket in the morning session, as the left-arm paceman, Matt Higginbottom (3-59) and Tim Groenewald (3-54) all claimed three apiece to dismiss Middlesex for 249 – trailing Derbyshire by 136 runs.
The hosts lost three early wickets in response, but a 52-run stand between Shivnarine Chanderpaul (32) and Johnson (59) ignited the... READ MORE...
Derbyshire In A Strong Position After Day Two At Middlesex
Wednesday 21st August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Some late hitting from Tim Groenewald and a disciplined bowling performance has put Derbyshire in a strong position after Day Two against Middlesex at the County Ground.
Derbyshire enjoyed a terrific morning session adding 106 runs to post 385. Groenewald added a brisk 49 alongside his Captain Wayne Madsen who ended the innings unbeaten on a magnificent 138.
Groenewald (2-40) then claimed two early wickets and, despite the...READ MORE...
Madsen Stars For Derbyshire On Opening Day At Middlesex
Tuesday 20th August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Wayne Madsen became the first man to reach 1,000 LV= County Championship runs this season on Day One against Middlesex at the County Ground.
The Derbyshire Captain compiled a superb century, his third century of the campaign, to complete the personal feat on an evenly-contested opening day.
The 29-year-old shared useful partnerships with Ben Slater (53) - who completed his second successive Championship half-century - Richard Johnson (33) and Alex Hughes (33) - who hit his career-best first class score. READ MORE...
Spireites Pay The Penalty At Spotland
Sunday 18th August 2013 The Spireites, donning their new third strip of white shirts with black shorts, remain unbeaten in the league after an intriguing and somewhat controversial encounter at a rather damp Spotland.
The Spireites took the lead in the first half via a Marc Richards header, but two controversial penalty decisions in Dale's favour within the space of a minute around the half hour mark, saw Andy Tutte eventually net one to draw level.
Scott Hogan then put Rochdale in front six minutes into the second half, before Gary Roberts levelled the scoring for the visitors shortly after the hour... READ MORE...
Falcons Seal Convincing YB40 Win Over Durham
Thursday 15th August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire Falcons produced a dominant performance in the field to seal a convincing 107-run victory at the County Ground.
Richard Johnson (58) and Captain Wayne Madsen (37) shared an impressive 103-run stand to help Derbyshire recover from 36-3 to close on 217-8.
Durham lost regular wickets thanks to the spin duo of Madsen (3-27), Wainwright (4-11) and Knight (3-36) as the visitors were dismissed for just 110 in the 29th over, sealing a comfortable victory for Karl Krikken's side. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Boss Paul Cook Looks Forward To Rochdale
Thursday 15th August 2013 The Spireites are back on the road this week - travelling to Spotland to take on Keith Hill's 'Dale.
Rochdale have made a few key signings over the summer, and currently sit in 7th in League Two after making a strong start to their campaign.
They will be without Peter Cavanagh though - he lost his appeal against his red card and will now serve a three-match ban beginning this Saturday.
Chesterfield Boss Paul Cook confirmed in his slightly different... READ MORE...
Staveley Grab The Win Against Glasshoughton
Thursday 15th August 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley were made to fight for their first three points of the season by a hard-working Glasshoughton side but their first half performance was enough to give them the victory.
Manager Neil Cluxton made two changes from the team that was beaten comprehensively at Bridlington last weekend with Matt Thorpe and Jake Vernon coming into the starting eleven.
Glasshoughton, who didn't play last weekend, started brightly... READ MORE...
Cricket Derbyshire Launches Apprenticeship Scheme
Thursday 15th August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Cricket Derbyshire are launching a new Sports Leadership Apprenticeship Scheme for 16 to 18 year olds.
The scheme will offer a unique opportunity for young people who want to pursue a career in sport to become the community sport activity coaches and leaders of the future.
As well as completing an apprenticeship with Cricket Derbyshire, there will be an opportunity for successful candidates to gain additional... READ MORE...
Gaffer Full Of Praise For Full On Alfreton
Thursday 15th August 2013 Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was full of praise for his new-look side after seeing them gain their first victory of the season with a 3-1 win over a very strong Kidderminster Harriers side at the Impact Arena on Tuesday night.
The win, a first for Alfreton over the Harriers in six games in all competitions, came from a hugely absorbing game which was a great advert for the Skrill Premier.
A brace of goals from Dan Bradley against his former club - and a first goal for the club by Tom Shaw - were just three of several highlights... READ MORE...
Lightning Claim Victory At Old Trafford
Tuesday 13th August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Despite Derbyshire Skipper Wayne Madsen and David Wainwright hitting career-best scores, a composed innings from Ashwell Prince helped guide Lancashire Lightning to victory at Old Trafford.
An excellent 80-run partnership between Madsen (78) and Wainwright (40) helped the Falcons recover from a slow start to post 190-9 from their allotted overs.
But the hosts made a rapid start in response thanks to Stephen Moore (34), before South African international Prince (80 not out) steered... READ MORE...
Hughes & Borrington Knocks In Vain As Surrey Seal The Win
Monday 12th August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Gary Wilson's brutal 85 helped Surrey claim a dramatic final-ball victory against Derbyshire Falcons at the Kia Oval.
Tremendous knocks from Chesney Hughes (80) and Paul Borrington - who hit a career-best List A score of 72 - helped Karl Krikken's side post a record-breaking 295-9 from their 40 overs.
But half-centuries from Zander de Bruyn (60), Arun Harinath (52) and Wilson set-up a tense final over, in which Tim Linley saw Surrey home off the... READ MORE...
Official Spireites Partner App Keeps Fans Informed On The Go
Monday 12th August 2013
As Spireites' season has kicked off so positively, keeping up to date with the latest Spireites news just got easier with the launch of the Chesterfield Football Club official partner mobile app which was released this weekend, marking the first home game (and home win) of the season, against Cheltenham.
Developed by the new Community Stand sponsors, local Chesterfield law firm, Spencers Solicitors, the free mobile app will be the go-to hub for the latest developments in the team's campaign throughout the season. READ MORE...
Whittington Cricket, Community And Charity Festival
Monday 12th August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
To celebrate 60 years since Old Whittington Cricket Club was founded, there's a gala event on Brearley Park, Sunday 18th August.
The festival includes a T20 tournament but will also see the park filled with other attractions for the whole family.
The current custodians of cricket in the village, Whittington Wanderers, will be hosting the charity team from St Luke's Hospice, Crab CC. The third team in the tournament will be a special community team, Whittington... READ MORE...
Gladiators Overturn A Two Goal Deficit To Win At Eastwood
Monday 12th August 2013 Three goals in eleven second half minutes saw Matlock overturn a two goal deficit, but there was no hiding from the fact that in general, this was a poor performance from the Gladiators.
It took two howlers from Badgers' goalkeeper Alex Malonga to put a lethargic Matlock on level terms, and apart from the fightback, there would be little else to please manager Mark Atkins or the visiting support.
Matt Leese was given a run out in goal and, was unfortunately picking the ball out of his net inside three minutes when left winger Brad Munn was... READ MORE...
An Opening Day Win For Bridlington - Assisted By Staveley!
Monday 12th August 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC's trip to much fancied title contenders Bridlington Town, can't have been the best opening day choice and as it turned out, it wasn't!
Perhaps the score line flattered Bridlington - but gift chances to teams like this and you will pay the price - and that is unfortunately, exactly what Staveley did.
With just 2 players - Ryan Damms and newly elected captain Jamie Smith - remaining from last seasons starting 11, it is very much a work-in-progress for Staveley and stability has to be secured for which... READ MORE & VIDEO...
Only A Few Weeks Left To Try Out For Staveley MWFC Juniors
Monday 12th August 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
There are a only a few weeks remaining for any local junior footballers to try out for an exciting junior football opportunity to play for Staveley MWFC!
Firstly, the U15s - as they are essentially a new squad this season - are looking for a few more quality players to add to the existing core of the team, to carry on the junior successes of this successful and ambitious local football club.
If you're a parent, and think your kids are up to Staveley MWFC's demanding standards - or you're the 14 year old yourself - and you're... READ MORE...
Spireites Cook Up a Storm At the Proact. Match Report
Saturday 10th August 2013 Chesterfield continued their good start to the season with a second successive league win, beating Mark Yates' Cheltenham 2-0 at the Proact Stadium.
Goals from home debutants Gary Roberts and Eoin Doyle secured the win for Paul Cook's side, but the Spireites manager described the victory as 'anything but comfortable' after a nervy second half performance.
Chesterfield made two changes to the side that narrowly lost at Elland Road in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, with Jay O'Shea and... READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - Red Red Robins Bob Along To The Proact
Friday 9th August 2013 The Spireites look forward to their first home game of the League campaign this weekend as they prepare to welcome Cheltenham Town to the PROACT.
Hopes are high for Paul Cook's squad - widely viewed as one of the strongest in npower League Two - and there's no doubt that they have got off to a strong start, bagging all three points at Gigg Lane last weekend.
A stunning performance against Championship side Leeds United at Elland Road midweek buoyed confidence - despite a defeat... READ MORE & AUDIO...
A Dove's Eye View - Spireite Dave Dove On The Season Ahead
Friday 9th August 2013
I don't think I've ever been so optimistic at the start of the season as I am this time round!
Paul Cook appears to have made some excellent signings and we must surely now have one of the strongest squads in the division - if not the strongest.
Ian Evatt was a fantastic signing. Not just because he's a quality player but the fact he chose to sign for us rather than a club in a higher league, shows he recognises that Chesterfield have the resources on and off the field to match... READ MORE...
Matlock News After A Narrow Defeat To Leicester City U21s
Friday 9th August 2013 Boss Mark Atkins was far from happy with his side on Tuesday night in spite of their 2-1 pre season friendly win at Mickleover Sports - even though it was much more encouraging after a 1-2 home defeat to Leicester City U21s on Thursday!
Tuesday's first half goals from Lewis McMahon and Anthony Griffiths-Junior had the Gladiators in the driving seat before Micky Harcourt and former Gladiator Danny Davidson were sent off after an ugly mass brawl with half an hour gone. Another former Town striker Nathan Benger scored what proved to be only a consolation early in the second period after which Matlock had to defend for... READ MORE...
Alfreton Town Boss Law Relishes New Season Launch
Friday 9th August 2013 Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law feels his squad is in good shape as the Reds get set for the big Skrill Premier kick-off at Dartford on Saturday.
"You would obviously lke a home game first, but it's one out of the way. They are a good footballing side, but I think we are going there this year with a better group of players than we went there with last year" said Law.
Despite a tough pre-season in which the Reds have faced five Football League clubs, Law feels the preparations have gone really well. READ MORE...
Derbyshire CCC Receives Ground Development Boost
Thursday 8th August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD Derbyshire County Cricket Club has announced that ground development plans are being reviewed following confirmation of potential ECB grant funding totalling £1.7million.
Original plans were based on a grant of £1 million from the ECB which, following the vote to support change in governance, was successfully secured in June 2013.
The funding is ring-fenced for capital expenditure projects such as improved facilities for players, members, spectators and the media - and potential... READ MORE...
Spireites Denied By The Woodwork In Added Time
Thursday 8th August 2013 The Spireites, playing at Elland Road for the first time since 1950, bowed out of the Capital One Cup last night - but with their heads held high.
For long periods, Chesterfield more than matched their Championship hosts, who made seven changes from their weekend line-up.
"It's a good night because we won," said the Leeds manager, Brian McDermott. "But Chesterfield were very, very good and, after starting well, we somehow lost our way in the game. We didn't play particularly well but we got over the line." READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - "It Will Be Good For Us!" Leeds Preview
Wednesday 7th August 2013 Chesterfield travel to Elland Road on Wednesday night to face Brian McDermott's Leeds in the first round of the Capital One Cup.
The Spireites make the trip to Yorkshire on the back of a promising pre-season and a 2-0 victory away to Bury on the npower League Two opening day, which saw Jay O'Shea and Marc Richards on the score sheet.
With no other new injuries, Chesterfield will again be without Liam Cooper, with the former Hull City defender suffering from a side strain, and club captain Ian Evatt who continues to regain match fitness following the... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Staveley Prove Stronger Than Men Of Steels
Wednesday 7th August 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley gave a good overall performance against Stocksbridge Park Steels from the Evostik Premier League at Staveley's Inkersall Road ground on Tuesday evening, deservedly winning by two goals to nil.
The home side's midfield in particular competed well, with Matt Thorpe catching the eye with his work rate, tackling and distribution.
Staveley took the lead just before half time from a Lewis Jackson 25 yard free kick which gave Jack Ward in the Stocksbridge goal no chance. READ MORE...
Mickleover Friendly Not Quite So Amiable As Matlock Win
Wednesday 7th August 2013 Old friends met up at the Raygar Stadium on Tuesday evening for a friendly that was not quite as amiable as it should have been, following a mass brawl on the half hour mark, that saw both sides reduced to ten men.
Matlock had just gone two goals up when Micky Harcourt reacted angrily - to a ball he deemed was deliberately booted at him - by kicking the 'guilty' opponent. Then tempers erupted as players from both sides pushed, shoved and threw punches with former Gladiator Danny Davidson grabbing Lewis McMahon by the throat. When calm was eventually restored, referee Nick Hopton sent off... READ MORE...
Two More In For Alfreton
Monday 5th August 2013 News over the weekend of two signings for the Reds with Nicky Law announcing that experienced central defender Nick Fenton and midfielder John McGrath have both penned one-year contracts with the club.
Nick joins the Reds after impressing hugely in pre-season games with the club.
He began his career with Manchester City, progressing through the youth ranks to make 15 first team appearances. He moved on to Notts County where he made 168 appearances and then went on to Doncaster Rovers (63 appearances), Grimsby Town (80) and Rotherham United (115) before spending the... READ MORE...
Newport Away Fixture Re-Arranged
Monday 5th August 2013 It's just been announced by the club that Chesterfield FC's away fixture against Newport County has been switched again - at the request of the Welsh club - and will now be played on Sunday, December 1st, kick-off 1pm.
The match was originally put back to the previous Friday to avoid clashing with the Wales v Australia rugby international and a Cardiff City home game.
To assist with Newport's fixture scheduling, the Spireites have now agreed to play the game on the new date, which has been confirmed by the Football League.
Derbyshire Delight At First Championship Win - A Day Early!
Sunday 4th August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
An outstanding performance in the field, followed by a composed showing with the bat, helped Derbyshire claim their first LV= County Championship victory of the season against Sussex at Hove.
Karl Krikken's men claimed six wickets in the morning session to set up the historic victory. Tim Groenewald (5-40) bowled superbly to complete his second five-wicket haul of the campaign, and to end the match with eight wickets.
Mark Footitt (3-39) picked up three key wickets, while... READ MORE...
Madsen And Burgoyne Spark Derbyshire Fightback On Day 2
Saturday 3rd August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Wayne Madsen led by example hitting a superb 97, as together with Peter Burgoyne, the pair helped kick-start the Derbyshire fightback on Day Two against Sussex at Hove.
The visitors seemed to be in trouble on 139-6, but an excellent Captain's knock from Madsen - lasting 270 balls and including 10 fours - and an unbeaten 62 from Academy graduate Burgoyne helped Karl Krikken's side recover to 274 all out.
Tim Groenewald capped off a good day by claiming the late... READ MORE...
Spireites Shake The Shakers - Match Report
Saturday 3rd August 2013
Paul Cook's new look Spireites took time to settle but eventually ran out worthy winners at Gigg Lane, thanks to second half goals from Jay O'Shea and Marc Richards.
Jay O'Shea (pictured) produced a moment of sheer magic with a wonderful solo effort to give the Spireites the lead on 50 minutes.
Sixteen minutes later it was Marc Richards' turn to go solo - when he provided a classy finish to seal an opening day victory for the Derbyshire side. READ MORE...
Alex Hughes Stars On First Class Derbyshire Debut
Saturday 3rd August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Academy graduate Alex Hughes enjoyed a dream first-class debut claiming three wickets to help dismiss Sussex for 314 on the opening day at Hove.
Alex Hughes (3-49) produced an inspired spell of bowling in the afternoon session, securing two wickets within three balls at one stage, to restrict the Sussex batsman on Day One.
Matt Higginbottom (1-69) - who was making his first Championship appearance - picked up his maiden wicket in his opening spell, while... READ MORE...
Paul Cook Interview - The Boss On Season Opener At Bury
Friday 2nd August 2013 The Spireites kick off their '13-'14 season league campaign with an away trip to Gigg Lane this weekend.
After a successful pre-season, which saw them hold their own against higher league opposition, Manager Paul Cook has every reason to look ahead to this season with optimism.
There will be a couple of faces missing from the squad that makes the trip to face Kevin Blackwell's Shakers, with Liam Cooper still on the injury list and new signing and old favorite Ian Evatt still working towards... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Alfreton Hope To Clip The Wings Of Eagle's Men
Friday 2nd August 2013 Alfreton Town conclude their pre-season outings this Friday evening, 2nd August, when they travel to take on Worksop Parramore.
The North Notts-based Northern Counties (East) League Premier Division club, managed by former Alfreton manager Russ Eagle, play their home games at the Windsor Foodservice Stadium at Sandy Lane in Worksop.
Reds manager Nicky Law will be without the services of central defender Michael Wylde (pictured) who looks likely to miss the start of the league season with achilles injury. The game has a 7.30pm kick-off.
Gladiators Boss Would Like "To Do More Business"
Friday 2nd August 2013 The signing Matlock boss Mark Atkins was desperate to make materialised last Thursday night, when 27 years old midfielder Liam Needham moved from Conference Premier new boys FC Halifax Town.
Needham, who started out at Sheffield Wednesday and has also been with Notts County, Gainsborough Trinity and Guiseley, made 31 appearances for the Shaymen last term, scoring five goals and is Atkins' seventh new recruit of the summer.
"Liam's a massive signing for us" said Atkins, who believes... READ MORE...
Sheffield Steelers Sign Gord Baldwin
Thursday 1st August 2013 The Sheffield Steelers are delighted to confirm the signing of 26 year old defenseman Gord Baldwin on a two year contract.
Baldwin joins the Steelers on the strong recommendation of returning forward Steven Goertzen, both players were team mates back in 2011-12 with Czech side BK Milada Boleslav and Baldwin was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2005 NHL entry draft by the Calgary Flames and boats 275 American League and play off games.
Steelers head coach Doug Christiansen was delighted with the Baldwin signing saying, "Gord is a tall, skilled d-man. I actively recruited him..." READ MORE...
FREE Entry For Spireites At Staveley v Worksop This Weekend
Thursday 1st August 2013 - Staveley MWFC news sponsors: HKL Specialists Ltd
Don't forget Chesterfield FC Fans - all CFC Season Ticket holders not travelling to CFC away games, get FREE entry to ALL home Staveley MWFC games, the next fixture this Saturday 3rd August, one of Staveley's final summer friendlies, against Worksop Town FC, ko 12pm.
Why not go along and support your 'other' Chesterfield football club, see some great football, relax and soak up some of Staveley's licensed Club House hospitality, before enjoying hearing of a Chesterfield win at Bury later in the afternoon!
Staveley MWFC v Worksop Town, Sat. Aug. 3rd, ko 12 noon. See you there!
Paul Cook Interview - This Is My Biggest Season As A Manager
Wednesday 31st July 2013 It's been a seminal summer break at the PROACT, which has seen Manager Paul Cook make wholesale changes to both the playing, and backroom team.
What seemed to be the worst kept secret of the window - the transfer of Eoin Doyle from Hibs, was duly confirmed after the Scottish Premier Club finished their season - and he was joined in the dressing room by Sam Morsy, Gary Roberts, Jimmy Ryan, Ritchie Humphreys, Jamie Devitt, Aaron Chapman, Matty Brown, Ian Evatt and Ryan Edwards. Ahead of the start of the season on Saturday at Bury, The Chesterfield Post spoke with the Spireites' Manager... READ MORE & AUDIO...
New Sponsor For Staveley MWFC's News
Wednesday 31st July 2013 - Staveley MWFC news sponsors: HKL Specialists Ltd
We are pleased to announce a new sponsor for the Staveley MWFC news section on the Chesterfield Post - HKL Specialists Ltd.
HKL and Staveley MWFC boss Terry Damms has expanded his backing for his club by becoming the new section sponsor for what is essentially Chesterfield's 'second' football club after the Spireites.
He has great plans for the club to move forward and has been busy reshaping things for the better after what was a turbulent last season. READ MORE...
Rams Too Strong For Matlock. Match Report
Wednesday 31st July 2013 Nigel Clough sent a strong looking Rams line up to the Reynolds Stadium and Mark Atkins' battling Gladiators, for the first half at least, more than held their own against their Championship visitors.
As Matlock's part timers tired, Derby scored all of their goals after the interval through a Michael Jacobs penalty and a double from Theo Robinson, but there was much to admire in the hosts' performance, particularly in the opening forty minutes when they looked the better side and more likely to break the deadlock.
As well as Jacobs - a £300,000 buy from Northampton - and... READ MORE...
An Early Lead Doesn't Beat Belper In Pre-Season Friendly
Wednesday 31st July 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by H-K-L
Staveley MWFC were beaten by higher league opposition, Belper Town, in this entertaining and competitive pre-season friendly on Monday evening which saw the home side hold a lead at half time.
Staveley took the lead after one minute when Nathan Whitehead scored with a good header from the first corner.
The rest of the half saw Staveley working hard as Belper pressed forward, Dan Tollerfield in the Staveley goal keeping his team in front... READ MORE...
Evatt Returns To The Spireites
Tuesday 30th July 2013 The chatter had been growing in recent days and, last night, at the Fan's Forum, Chesterfield CEO Chris Turner confirmed that former defender Ian Evatt would be re-signing for the Spireites later this morning after passing a medical in the last few days.
To huge applause, Chris Turner told the packed forum that, "He is a great capture for us. We agreed terms with Ian on Friday, it's a last minute one and i think when that's completed tomorrow, it will be a great capture for the club, not just on the pitch. He'll be a great addition to the squad." Signed by Roy McFarland in 2003, Evatt made 84 appearances for Chesterfield during his 2 year stay. READ MORE...
Derbyshire's Defeat To Durham Ends T20 Qualification Hopes
Monday 29th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire's T20 campaign ended with defeat at Chester-le-Street, despite a career best from Dan Redfern (43) and some big hitting at the start of their innings by Chesney Hughes (34), the Falcons fell short by 37 runs.
The damage was done by some big hitting from Dynamos' Gordon Muchall, who hit a best of 66 not out off just 36 balls with four fours and three sixes.
Despite some big hitting of their own at the start of their innings - and a career best 43 for Dan Redfern (left) - the Falcons couldn't quite keep up with...READ MORE...
Derbyshire's T20 Hopes Hanging In The Balance
Saturday 27th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire's T20 campaign is all but over, as they lost a vital encounter at the County Ground on Friday evening to Leicestershire Foxes.
Having lost the toss, Derbyshire managed to restrict the Foxes to 151-6, however Derbyshire responded with some woeful batting, being bowled out for just 72 in 14.1 overs.
This was Derbyshire's lowest ever score in T20 cricket and they now need to win by a huge margin at Durham on Sunday - and hope that others don't... READ MORE...
Falcons v Foxes Preview & News Of One Out For Derbyshire
Friday 26th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire appear to be on the cusp of something unusual - a place in the Quarter Finals of the Friends Life T20 competition!
The top two of the three groups automatically qualify for the next stage and the best two third place sides from the three groups will also go through.
Derbyshire have only once made the last eight when they faced a Lancashire side who dominated with the bat, Mal Loye smashing 73 off just 32 balls and Andrew Symonds with 57 not out off 37 balls. READ MORE...
Matlock Town - Injuries, Signings, Friendlies & Youth
Friday 26th July 2013
A round up of news this week from Matlock Town FC begins with skipper James Lukic seeing a specialist to try to get to the root of a troublesome knee injury which has seen him play no part yet in the Gladiators' preparations for the new season.
The 31 year old classy central defender, who made his 600th appearance for the Gladiators in the 1-1 draw with Buxton last New Years day, has high hopes of beating the club's record appearance total of 673 set by former player manager Mick Fenoughty in the 1970's and 1980's. READ MORE...
Alfreton Town Cut Up By Sharp Blades. Match Report
Friday 26th July 2013 Alfreton Town's pre-season preparations continued with a 1-0 home defeat against a very good passing Sheffield United side at the Impact Arena last Monday evening.
The Reds fared well, despite a sharp Blades outfit carving out several chances in both halves and although not having that much possession overall, it proved a good work-out for Nicky Law's side who honed their defensive duties.
United paraded latest signings, England Under-20s international Conor Coady and striker Lyle Taylor and it was his 54th minute goal which... READ MORE...
Wasps Pro Charlie Davies Visits Panthers For Training Session
Thursday 25th July 2013 Rugby pro Charlie Davies, 23, returned to his former club, Chesterfield Panthers recently, to coach more than 30 of the club's seniors at its brand new home ground in Dunston.
Charlie, now a scrum half for Premiership team London Wasps, volunteered to run a special one-off training session, instructing in handling drills that Wasps have been doing in their pre-season training. He also gave tips to improve skills.
Although having left Chesterfield Panthers RUFC in 2007 to make his professional career debut at Nottingham RFC, Davies has retained strong... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Delight In East Midland T20 Battle. Match Report
Tuesday 23rd July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire beat Nottinghamshire for the first time in nine attempts in T20 cricket at a rain affected Trent Bridge.
Wes Durston's brilliant knock of 50 not out from just 25 balls, coupled with Chesney Hughes 46 off the same amount, set Derbyshire a platform they could defend against the much fancied Outlaws.
Despite a superb innings in reply from Michael Lumb (43) from just 15 balls, Notts fell well short in the context of the match losing wickets on a... READ MORE...
Papa John's Football League Sponsorship In Chesterfield
Tuesday 23rd July 2013 Chesterfield FC fans can look forward to a season of fantastic matchday meals and exclusive offers with Papa John's, Chesterfield, following the news that the UK's number one pizza chain has become the Official Pizza Partner of The Football League.
The agreement represents the first UK sport sponsorship by the world's third largest pizza chain. And with more than 200 stores throughout the country, The Spireites are set for a large slice of the action, with Papa John's offering them the chance to win a FREE pizza if Chesterfield FC wins their first game of the season with an exclusive Papa Rewards offer. READ MORE...
Derbyshire CCC Appoint Regional Reps
Tuesday 23rd July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has announced the first seven Members' Regional Representatives following the recent change in the Club's governance.
The previous committee of 15 was replaced by a Supervisory Board of six following a Members' vote back in March when nine Regional Representative Positions were also inaugurated.
Each Regional Rep will serve a geographical section of the Club's Membership and, the first seven appointments are as follows... READ MORE...
NIBE Pitches In With Chesterfield Panthers Sponsorship
Monday 22nd July 2013 Chesterfield-based NIBE Energy Systems has announced it is a proud sponsor of local rugby club Chesterfield Panthers RUFC.
The sponsorship has seen NIBE provide branded playing kits to the 400-strong club, which is run by volunteers. The NIBE-branded kits are worn not only by the First XV, but also across all 16 of the club's teams, which include a ladies' team and 13 youth teams.
As well as supporting the Panthers through sponsorship, NIBE has also offered to donate one of its market-leading renewable heating system... READ MORE...
All Square At The Reynolds Stadium. Matlock v Alfreton Report
Monday 22nd July 2013 There were plenty of positives for Mark Atkins and Matlock fans to take from a good 2-2 draw with Conference Premier neighbours Alfreton Town on a baking hot Friday night at the Reynolds Stadium.
The Reds looked well in charge up to the interval - and would probably have been disappointed not to have held more than a slender one goal advantage from Paul Clayton's 33rd minute strike - but the Gladiators wasted no time after the restart to equalise through a trademark Lewis McMahon penalty and, although Ben Tomlinson soon put the visitors back in front, Danny Holland levelled with seventeen minutes left. READ MORE...
Derbyshire End Chesterfield Festival Of Cricket With T20 Defeat
Sunday 21st July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire's T20 Campaign is hanging by a thread as Durham won at Queen's Park with an over to spare, thanks to Durham's Ben Stokes and Gordon Muchall, whose partnership of 77 in 8 overs tipped the balance in favour of the Dynamos.
Derbyshire had posted a competitive score of 136 after being asked to bat, but you felt it was under par on a wicket which accepted spin.
Queen's Park had seen over 1,000 runs scored on it during the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket week in the hot sun, but the cloudy conditions... READ MORE...
Yorkshire Cruise To An Innings Win Against Defiant Derbyshire
Friday 19th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
As defeats go, this was a bad one as Derbyshire lost by an innings as Yorkshire cruised to the top of the table.
A defiant knock of 141 from Skipper Wayne Madsen couldn't stop the innings defeat that the Tykes deserved over the course of the three days.
Derbyshire failed to see through the morning session without being bowled out. First to go was nightwatchman Mark Turner, who despite taking the score through to 120, found a leading edge to Andrew Gale. READ MORE...
Devitt Signs 6 Month Contract With The Spireites
Friday 19th July 2013
Jamie Devitt has signed a six-month contract with Chesterfield after impressing during pre-season.
After being released from Hull City earlier this Summer, Devitt has put pen to paper to sign for the Spireites and becomes Manager Paul Cook's eighth summer acquisition.
"I knew the gaffer from my time at Accrington and we've been in contact ever since. He brought me here for pre-season and I think I've done well"... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Staring At Defeat After Huge Yorkshire Innings
Thursday 18th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
At the close of play on Day 2, Derbyshire were in a horrible position to avoid defeat at Queen's Park in this LV= County Championship Div 1 match.
The Falcons finished the day on 94-5, a massive 373 just to avoid the follow on! Yorkshire's 617-5 was the third highest ever score at Queen's Park since it first hosted championship cricket in 1897.
Alex Lees did the damage for the Tykes, resuming on 171, when Yorkshire declared around half an hour before tea, Lees was unbeaten on 275. READ MORE...
Matlock Town FC's 2013/14 Fixture List News
Thursday 18th July 2013
The Gladiators will head to newly promoted Trafford on the opening day of the new season, Saturday 17th August as the 2013/14 Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division fixtures were released on Wednesday morning.
The Shawe View outfit beat both New Mills and Cammell Laird in last term's First Division North play off ties to take their place in the top tier for the very first time. The Gladiators have faced Trafford before when they were both members of the old First Division, once also on the opening day in 1999 when a Jimmy Flynn strike earned Matlock all three points. READ MORE...
Alfreton Town FC To Sharpen Their Skills Against The Blades
Thursday 18th July 2013
Alfreton Town have added two more pre-season games to their itinerary.
npower League One side Sheffield United will be visiting the Impact Arena on Monday, July 22nd. The kick-off time against the Blades will be 7.45pm.
Alfreton will travel to face Northern Counties (East) League Premier Division side Worksop Parramore on Friday, August 2nd. The kick-off time for this game is to be confirmed. A proposed fixture at Sheffield FC on July 23rd will now not take place.
Staveley MWFC Pre-Season Fixture Changes
Thursday 18th July 2013 Staveley MWFC's fixture against Matlock Town, originally scheduled for Friday evening, 19th July, then proposed to be rescheduled for Saturday, will not now be played as their is a prior event at Staveley's Inkersall Road Ground.
And the fixture against Glapwell - to be played on Friday 19th July - and away at Pinxton next week have also now been cancelled.
LeFebvre Returns To Steelers
Thursday 18th July 2013
One of the Steelers all time favourite characters has returned to the club - but this time - as new member of the coaching staff.
Marc LeFebvre played over 100 games for the Steelers in a two year spell between 2003-05 and was an important member of the clubs league and play off winning championship side of 2004.
After leaving the Steelers, Lefebvre then moved on to the Coventry Blaze before spells in North America, in the UHL and SPHL, and Europe... READ MORE...
Yorkshire Dominate Derbyshire On Day One At Queen's Park
Wednesday 17th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Yorkshire totally dominated the opening day of this County Championship match at Queen's Park, Chesterfield.
Having lost the toss, Derbyshire were made to wilt in the sun on a pitch which offered hardly any assistance to the bowlers - and no gremlins for the batsman.
Alex Lees and Phil Jaques' record breaking unbroken partnership of 307, has set the Tykes a difficult target to match. The two batsmen made no mistake with any loose deliveries from Derbyshire's bowlers... READ MORE...
Matlock Town FC Start Pre-Season In Winning Style
Wednesday 17th July 2013 Matlock recovered from going a goal down to win their opening pre season friendly at Caernarvon Street on Saturday 13th July.
Colin Cockerill had given the Baris NCEL First Division outfit a 12th minute lead - but strikes either side of the interval from Darryl Thomas and Matty Wilkinson completed the comeback.
All three of Town's new signings featured with David Haggerty starting at centre back alongside Micky Harcourt, with Danny Holland partnering Joe Leesley in attack. Darryl Thomas came on as a substitute when referee... READ MORE...
Local Youngster Set For Fairytale Queen's Park Appearance
Tuesday 16th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Local boy Ben Slater is set to play on his home patch - as Derbyshire face Yorkshire at Chesterfield starting tomorrow (Wednesday 17th) at 11am.
The 21-year-old, who has played club cricket at Queen's Park since Kwik Cricket at the age of seven, comes into the squad alongside Peter Burgoyne after the pair both topped 150 against Northamptonshire last week.
"I am really excited about the prospect," Slater said, "Playing at your home ground and scoring a few runs is what dreams are made of." READ MORE...
Reds Hope To Unseat The Saddlers' Anniversary Celebrations
Tuesday 16th July 2013
Alfreton Town continue their pre-season preparations with a third successive home game, when League One club Walsall FC - who are celebrating their 125th anniversary - visit the Impact Arena this evening at 7:45pm (Tuesday 16th July).
Dean Smith's side are unbeaten in pre-season so far and they won their last outing at Kidderminster Harriers last Saturday, coming from a goal behind to win 2-1 with Craig Westcarr and Romaine Sawyers on target for the Saddlers, Westcarr also having a penalty saved. READ MORE...
Humphreys Joins Spireites Plus Trialist News
Tuesday 16th July 2013 Experienced utility player Ritchie Humphreys has joined Chesterfield on a one-year contract after impressing on trial.
Humphreys was a free agent after spending 12 years at Hartlepool United, during which time he made over 500 appearances to set a new club record.
After starting out as a striker at Sheffield Wednesday, he earned a reputation for versatility at Hartlepool, playing on the left wing, at left-back and in central midfield.
Humphreys said: "I'm really excited at the prospect of..." READ MORE...
Vikings Pip The Falcons Despite Morkel Heroics
Monday 15th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Despite heroics from the Falcons overseas star, Albie Morkel, Derbyshire went down to a third consecutive defeat in their Friends Life T20 campaign at a sold out Queens Park yesterday.
Morkel, who earlier had a career best 4-25, which restricted Yorkshire to a below par 142, almost blasted Derbyshire to victory.
Needing 32 from the last over, Morkel hit three fours and two sixes off Liam Plunkett. The former England man also bowled a wide, which... READ MORE...
4 Lucky Winners Of Our Chesterfield Cricket Ticket Competition
Monday 15th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
We now have the 4 lucky winners of our Free Pair of Tickets Competition for either Derbyshire's LV= County Championship game v Yorkshire or the Friends Life t20 game v Durham during this week's Chesterfield Festival of Cricket at Queen's Park, Chesterfield.
They are B Woodhead of Walton and S Waller of Grassmoor who both chose the t20 Durham game on Sunday 21st July and J Sockett of Chesterfield and G Biggs who both went for the 4 day game against Yorkshire starting on Wednesday 17th July. Congratulations to those four and thank you for all your entries... READ MORE...
Lightning Doesn't Strike Twice For Derbyshire Falcons
Friday 12th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Lightning doesn't strike twice for the Falcons as they took a competitive score set by Lancashire to the last over in their Friend Life t20 game at Old Trafford this evening, however they needed 21 from that last over, losing momentum at the backend of their innings.
A defeat, despite a lovely knock of 48 from Wes Durston and 39 from an injured Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Mark Turner and Tim Groenewald taking seven wickets between them, Turner with his career best t20 figures of 4-35. Derbyshire's only two wins in the t20 competition last season... READ MORE...
Durham Defeat Derbyshire On Final Morning
Friday 12th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Durham v Derbyshire LV= County Championship Div 1 - Day 3
Chris Rushworth sealed career-best match figures on the final morning, as Durham quickly picked up the last three Derbyshire wickets to complete a 279-run victory at Chester-le-Street.
Derbyshire began Day 4 on 181-7, still requiring 291 runs to win with a full day's play still to go. But the visitors lost their final three wickets inside three overs to hand Durham a convincing victory. READ MORE...
Loads Of Legends As Teams Named For Charity Cricket Match
Thursday 11th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Aussie Legend Glenn McGrath has named a side packed with former Australia and England internationals as Derbyshire Legend Kim Barnett leads a Cricket Derbyshire side containing a further array of club legends for Monday's 'Chesterfield Turns Pink' Charity Twenty20.
While Damian Martyn. Ian Harvey, Phil Jacques and Jason Gillespie lead the Aussie contingent alongside captain McGrath, Yorkshire and England favourite Darren Gough will also be rolling back the years for the BuyMobiles.net McGrath Foundation XI. READ MORE...
Spanish Contingent Visit The PROACT
Thursday 11th July 2013 The Proact Stadium played host to some Spanish visitors, as students and leaders from the Chesterfield Centre, based in Madrid, paid the club a visit. They have been visiting the town since 1966.
The Spanish guests were greeted at the Proact by members of staff and given a tour of the facilities. The tour included a walk around the pitch and a look at the silverware and changing rooms. After their reception at the stadium they went to Stand Road Park and took part in a specially arranged training session.
A total of 38 students and two leaders have made the trip... READ MORE...
Matlock Town FC Prepare For Season Opener At Teversal
Thursday 11th July 2013
Good news from the Matlock Town camp, ahead of their opening pre-season fixture at Teversal on Saturday, is that goalkeeper Jon Kennedy is fit and well after a serious injury kept him out of the final month of last season - including the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final.
Kennedy sustained a serious hand injury at work on the eve of the 2-1 home win against AFC Fylde in early April, raising doubts as to whether the former Sunderland, Accrington, Witton Albion and Worksop stopper would be able to continue his playing career. READ MORE...
Durham Dominate On Day 3
Wednesday 10th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Durham v Derbyshire LV= County Championship Div 1 - Day 3
Derbyshire suffered another chastening day in their LV=County Championship match against Durham at Chester-Le-Street despite half-centuries for Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Tom Poynton.
Set a monumental target of 472 for victory, Wayne Madsen's men reached 181-7 by close of play.
Durham had earlier begun the second day on 208-2 with... READ MORE...
Borthwick Knock Puts Durham On Top On Day 2
Wednesday 10th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Durham v Derbyshire LV= County Championship Div 1 - Day 2
Chris Rushworth claimed six wickets, before Scott Borthwick compiled a career-best score with the bat to put Durham firmly in control after Day 2, yesterday at Chester-le-Street.
Derbyshire struggled on the second morning under overcast conditions, as Rushworth claimed six-wickets to rip through the visitors' line-up and hand the hosts a convincing 140-run first innings lead. READ MORE...
'Owzat For A Great Set Of Pink Wheels!
Tuesday 9th July 2013 Chesterfield Auto Retailer, Autoworld Suzuki - has entered into the spirit of the Chesterfield Turns Pink Twenty20 - by donating a pink car!
Chesterfield will turn pink on Monday 15th July, as Australian cricket legend Glenn McGrath spearheads a star-studded charity Twenty20 line-up in support of the McGrath Foundation, the Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation and Breast Cancer Care.
And supporters, both at the ground and during the build-up, now have an opportunity to win a brand new Pink Suzuki Alto, with raffle tickets to be sold... READ MORE...
Footitt Puts Durham To The Sword On Opening Day
Tuesday 9th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Durham v Derbyshire LV= County Championship Div 1 - Day 1
Mark Footitt claimed career-best figures to dismiss Durham on the opening day of the LV= County Championship fixture at Chester-le-Street.
Footitt enjoyed an exceptional day yesterday - setting the tone with two early wickets - before claiming three victims in one over late in the day, to seal figures of 6-53 from his 19 overs.
Keaton Jennings top scored with 93 for the hosts, while keeper... READ MORE...
Spireites v Stags Kick Off Time Rearranged
Monday 8th July 2013
The club has told us today that Chesterfield FC's home game against Mansfield Town on Saturday, September 28th, has been brought forward to 1pm.
The local derby was originally scheduled to kick-off at 3pm but, due to police advice, the fixture has been brought forward by two hours.
This will be the first time the two sides have faced off since November 2008, when the Spireites defeated Mansfield 3-1 at Saltergate in the FA Cup.
Local Police Launch New Twitter Service For Football Fans
Monday 8th July 2013 Football fans attending Chesterfield and Alfreton Town games, can now follow new Twitter feeds to find out valuable information on home match days, after the new Derbyshire Police Twitter feeds were launched ahead of the friendly games beginning.
Derbyshire Constabulary, yesterday launched @SpireitesPolice and @ATFCPolice to tweet details about where fans can park ahead of matches, which pubs in the towns are fan-friendly and to give details of any road closures or traffic problems.
This information will be tweeted during every home game... READ MORE...
My Heart & Soul Is In This Job - Spireite Academy's Gerry Carr
Monday 8th July 2013 It's been an undeniably busy period at the PROACT over the summer break - with wholesale changes to the backroom - and playing- personnel.
One of those brought in by Manager Paul Cook was Gerry Carr, who takes on the role of Academy Director and with it, the responsibility for honing young talent into, it is hoped, first team players for Chesterfield FC.
The Chesterfield Post spoke with Gerry at the PROACT last week, and it's clear that the undoubtedly lively and affable character has a... READ MORE & AUDIO...
'Normal Service' Resumed For The Falcons? Match Report
Friday 5th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
It was 'normal service resumed' for the Falcons tonight at a sold out County Ground, as Derbyshire lost for the eighth consecutive time in a Twenty 20 match versus their East Midlands rivals.
Derbyshire haven't beaten Nottinghamshire at the County Ground since 2005 - and they never looked likely in this game in front of the capacity crowd.
With only Wayne Madsen really causing the Notts bowling a few problems, top scoring with 36, Derbyshire never set the Outlaws anything to test... READ MORE...
Matlock's Pre-Season News, Cup Draw And Fixture Changes
Friday 5th July 2013 Matlock Town's already busy pre-season schedule has been added to further this week, but with the welcome boost of a match at home.
Leicester City's under 21 squad will visit the Reynolds Stadium on Thursday August 8th (7.45pm) in what promises to be a good test for the part timers. The Foxes outfit finished top of the 23 team Professional Development League Two ahead of second placed Derby County last term.
Gladiators fans had felt frustrated by the lack of home games in the pre-season build up this year, that was heightened by last week's news that... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Falcons v Nottingham Outlaws T20 Is Sold Out!
Friday 5th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Following three successive victories for Wayne Madsen's table-toppers - Derbyshire Falcons' Friends Life t20 derby, versus Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Friday 5th July, has sold out.
Due to unprecedented demand, there will be no tickets sold on the gate and only those with a valid match-day ticket, Six Pack Ticket or Membership card will gain entry to the County Ground.
Members and Six Pack Ticket holders are reminded to arrive early... READ MORE...
Alfreton Town's 2013/14 Fixtures Revealed
Friday 5th July 2013
Alfreton Town begin the 2013/14 season with a trip to Dartford on Saturday, August 10th, which was the scene of their heaviest away loss last year, as the Reds crashed to a 5-1 defeat at Princes Park on September 1st.
The first home game is on Tuesday, August 13th, when last season's runners-up, Kidderminster Harriers, are the visitors and there is a second successive home game on Saturday, August 17th when newly-promoted Salisbury City are at the Impact Arena. READ MORE...
The Paul Cook Interview. The Gaffer Talks Pre-Season
Thursday 4th July 2013 with Jonathan Kirby There is one month left of preparation before the 2013-14 football season begins and Chesterfield FC will host a series of fully-charged, Championship clubs at the Proact Stadium this July, to get a strong pre-season under their belt before mounting a promotion charge.
Trips to Leeds United and Fratton Park in August, the signing of a left-winger and the rivalry with Mansfield renewed on the pitch, are all adding to the pre-season buzz.
The Chesterfield Post and our 15-year old Newbold work experience student, Jonathan Kirby, went along to speak to the manager... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Falcons v Outlaws Heading For A Sell Out This Friday
Wednesday 3rd July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Sales for Friday 5th July's Friends Life t20 East Midlands derby between Derbyshire Falcons and Nottinghamshire Outlaws have already topped 4,000.
As of this afternoon (Wednesday 3rd July), less than 1,000 tickets were still available for the match (7pm start) due to the County Ground's 4,999 capacity - and supporters are advised to purchase in advance to guarantee entry.
There has been unprecedented demand following Derbyshire's recent victory over Lancashire Lightning, as the Falcons secured their third straight... READ MORE...
Falcons Make It Three Out Of Three In T20
Wednesday 3rd July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire again won a last over thriller last night, this time at the County Ground. Some great early bowling from Tim Groenewald in particular and a fantastic 87 not out from Shivnarine Chanderpaul, made it three wins out of three for the Falcons in their T20 campaign to date.
Derbyshire won the toss and elected to field, they brought Jon Clare back into the side to replace Billy Godleman. Clare missed the victory at Grace Road due to a dead leg. Lancashire named an unchanged side from their defeat to Nottinghamshire the previous night. READ MORE...
Law Hopes 'Atkins' Diet Will Stop Opposition Goal Gain
Wednesday 3rd July 2013 Pic courtesy www.dcfc.co.uk
Alfreton Town are delighted to confirm that manager Nicky Law has brought in goalkeeper Ross Atkins on a season-long loan from Derby County.
An England Under-18 and Under-19 international, Atkins is a product of the Derby County youth system and has made one first team appearance for the club. The highly rated 23-year-old will continue to train full-time with the Rams. He was on loan with Burton Albion for the entire 2011/12 season and for the first half of last season and has also previously had loan spells with Southport, Kidderminster Harriers and Tamworth.
Derby manager Nigel Clough has kindly agreed for Ross to play in this season's FA Cup competition as well as FA Trophy and Derbyshire Senior Cup ties.
Alfreton Boss 'Shaw' Of New Addition
Tuesday 2nd July 2013 Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has significantly strengthened his squad with the addition of experienced former Cambridge United central midfield player Tom Shaw.
A former England C international, Tom, 26, has signed a two-year deal with the Reds.
Shaw began his career with Nottingham Forest's youth academy before moving to the youth team at Rushden & Diamonds, where he progressed to play in the Football League for the now defunct club. READ MORE...
Durston Delight At Derbyshire T20 Start - Interview
Monday 1st July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
This has been a great start to Derbyshire's Friends Life T20 campaign. A victory at Headingley which for all intents and purposes should never have got as close as it did on Friday night, and a win at Grace Road where Derbyshire were concerned with the start that Leicestershire got in their innings.
Whilst Jonathan Clare was the star of the show on Friday night, the all-rounder missed out on Saturday afternoon with a dead leg.
It was left to Derbyshire's leading all time T20 batsman, Wes... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Make It A Double As They Beat The Foxes
Sunday 30th June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire made it two wins out of two with a victory at Grace Road with excellent individual performances from Wes Durston (83, 1-17), Dan Redfern (2-24) and David Wainwright (3-24).
Leicestershire were at the end of a collapse so often associated with Derbyshire at the end of the ninth over. The Foxes were 86 for the loss of only one wicket - they then lost their last nine wickets for 63 runs.
Wes Durston hit the joint fifth highest score for Derbyshire... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Ladies FCs New Kit Grant And New Player Info...
Sunday 30th June 2013 Chesterfield Ladies are proud to announce the club has received a grant from the Premier League Players Kit Scheme. The kit will be used by the new Under 11's team.
The club are also looking for players for new teams at U9's, U10's and U11's. Training is every Tuesday night from 6pm on Highfields Park, (S41 7DE). All 7 to 12 year olds welcome, no experience needed. Players are also wanted to compliment existing teams - age 7 to 70 - to attend various training sessions during the Summer.
Interested? Then contact Jon Storey on 07759 122832 or email... READ MORE...
Falcon's Start T20 Campaign With Victory Over The Vikings
Friday 28th June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire's T20 Campaign got off to a winning start at Headingley tonight, although the manner of the win had all hearts racing, it was left to a Lancastrian at the home of Yorkshire cricket to hit the winning runs and start this season off with a cracker.
Derbyshire had bowled and fielded superbly well, with Albie Morkel's three over spell going for only nine runs and Mark Footitt grabbing his first three wickets in T20 cricket. In response, Yorkshire bowled and fielded hard... READ MORE...
Derbyshire's T20 Campaign Begins Tonight v Yorkshire
Friday 28th June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire's T20 campaign gets underway at Headingley, Leeds tonight, in what could be described as one of the toughest opening matches they could have.
Yorkshire Vikings, who reached the Final last season before losing narrowly to Hampshire, will have an eye on reaching at least finals day again.
The Vikings have an almost full squad to choose from, with only Steven Patterson ruled out injured. They can welcome back Jonny Bairstow who has been recalled from the England side, also Jack Brooks will make a welcome... READ MORE...
Matlock's Evo-Stik League Long Service Awards
Friday 28th June 2013 Three of Matlock Town stalwarts have been recognised by the Northern Premier Football League who has presented them with Long Service Awards.
The individuals involved are Chairman, Tom Wright; Safety Officer, Stuart Else and Committee Member, Hazel West. All three have completed 38 years excellent service to the club and continue to do so.
Tom and Stuart originally became members of the club by being part of the team who set up the Gladiators Social Club, housed in the wooden... READ MORE...
Star-Studded Fixture Announced As Chesterfield Turns Pink
Thursday 27th June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD Chesterfield will turn pink on Monday 15th July as Australian Test Cricket legend and Co-Founder of the McGrath Foundation, Glenn McGrath, spearheads a star-studded charity Twenty20 line-up in support of the McGrath Foundation, Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation and UK charity Breast Cancer Care.
Players and supporters alike will don the colour pink in a charity Twenty20 fundraiser, Chesterfield Turns Pink, to increase breast awareness in young women, to support the UK Breast Cancer Care charity and to boost the McGrath Foundation's ongoing excellent work in Australia. READ MORE...
Matlock Chiefs Confirm No Spireites Pre Season Fixture
Wednesday 26th June 2013
Matlock Town Secretary Keith Brown, says he suffered a major disappointment on Saturday when he received final confirmation from Chesterfield FC Chief Executive Chris Turner, that they would be unable to send a team to Matlock's Causeway Lane for the traditional Pre season fixture due to the number of matches they had arranged.
Keith Brown said, "This early season match has taken place for at least the last 40 years and has always been one full of joy and excitement for both Matlock and a large contingent of Chesterfield Fans who make the short..." READ MORE...
Alfreton Town FC Proud Of Community Facilities
Wednesday 26th June 2013 Alfreton Town Football Club's involvement in the local community is long, varied, invaluable and something the club are rightly proud of.
Already renowned for their children's coaching schemes throughout the area over the past few years, the club's involvement goes far beyond that.
The Reds have helped dozens of local authorities and well-known national charities with their fund-raising events for a number of years with donations of signed shirts and footballs, other memorabilia, numerous family tickets... READ MORE...
Bad Batting Session Costs Derbyshire Their First Win
Monday 24th June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire v Somerset LV= County Championship Div 1 - Day 4
Derbyshire 266 all out (86.2 overs) & 94 all out (30.2 overs) (5 pts)
Somerset 216 all out (71.3 overs) & 145-6 (32 overs) (20 pts)
Somerset won by 4 wickets.
The hopes of a first championship win of the season were dashed in the most crucial of games at Derby. Derbyshire's immediate rivals to escape relegation, managed to obtain the winning points on the final day. READ MORE...
Spireites Confirm Date Of Leeds Capital One Cup Tie
Monday 24th June 2013
It's been announced this morning that Chesterfield will face Leeds United at Elland Road in the first round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, August 7th, kick-off 7.45pm.
Tickets will be priced at £12 for adults and £6 for concessions.
Details regarding the allocation and sale of tickets will be made in due course.
Bowlers Star For Derbyshire on Day Three
Sunday 23rd June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire v Somerset LV= County Championship Div 1 - Day 3
On a day spoiled by the rain at the County Ground, Derbyshire did their best to stick their noses in front by quickly dismissing Somerset with a lead of 50 runs.
It was all thanks to Derbyshire's heroes of last season's title winning campaign. Both Tony Palladino and Tim Groenewald picked up their season best figures to obtain full bowling points for the Falcons.
Play eventually got underway at 3.45pm - under threatening skies... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Edge A Rain Affected Second Day
Saturday 22nd June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire v Somerset LV= County Championship Div 1 - Day 2.
Tony Palladino made a welcome return with the ball for the Derbyshire attack, with a four wicket salvo against an experienced Somerset batting line-up and finished a rain affected day with 4-61, his best bowling of the season to date.
After a mixed bag of a day yesterday performance-wise, Derbyshire would like to have made an early breakthrough, and post a thirty-four minute rain break, that's exactly what they did. READ MORE...
Roberts Joins Spireites
Saturday 22nd June 2013
Chesterfield have clinched the signing of experienced winger Gary Roberts, following his release from Swindon Town.
Roberts, 29, joins the Spireites on a three-year contract after negotiations were concluded earlier today (Saturday 22nd June).
Chief Executive Chris Turner is delighted to welcome Roberts to the club. He said: "Gary is a quality signing - I don't think there's anybody outside the Premiership who's better on the left wing. READ MORE...
Neither Side Takes Advantage On Day 1 At The County Ground
Friday 21st June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire v Somerset LV= County Championship Div 1 - Day 1.
On a day which ebbed and flowed, both sides will claim they had a decent enough one. Richard Johnson's lengthy innings for the home side and excellent catching and tight bowling from the visitors set up a match, which probably epitomised why both clubs are struggling this season.
Somerset won the toss and asked Derbyshire to bat, which was unsurprising given the gloomy morning conditions and soon had the hosts in trouble when the out of form Billy Godleman edged to 2nd slip... READ MORE...
Derbyshire v Somerset. 4 Day Match Preview
Friday 21st June 2013 Derbyshire face their biggest match of the season to date when they host fellow championship strugglers Somerset at the County Ground today (11am start).
Both clubs occupy the bottom two positions with Derbyshire 22 points from safety and having played a game less than their opponents.
Going into the season, Derbyshire were expected to compete and as of the last two matches, have put in some performances which suggest that all hope is not lost. They certainly took the game to Surrey at the County Ground... READ MORE...
Relaunch For CFC Community Trust's 'Saturday Morning Club'
Friday 21st June 2013 The Saturday Morning Club, run by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust, is being relaunched this weekend.
Based at Newbold Community School, the Saturday Morning Club will be held every Saturday, from 9.30am to 11.30am and youngsters from the age of five to 12 years are welcome to attend.
The Community Trust's Rachel Booth said: "The club offers boys and girls the opportunity to access quality football coaching, led by qualified Chesterfield FC Community Trust coaches. READ MORE...
Rain Falls On The Falcons Again. Match Report
Thursday 20th June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Yorkshire Bank 40, Group B. County Ground, Derby. Derbyshire Falcons, 36-2 v Scotland Saltires. Match Abandoned Derbyshire 1 point, Scotland 1 point.
Derbyshire's home campaign in the Yorkshire Bank 40 over competition was once again interrupted by the rain. All three of the Falcons home games at the County Ground have been ruined by the wet weather. The only other game which completed a match was at Leek.
If 148 runs had been scored for the loss of three wickets after... READ MORE...
Derbyshire CCC v Scotland YB40 Match Preview
Thursday 20th June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire's home campaign in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition sees them without defeat.
Two rain affected matches versus Lancashire and Surrey, and a win versus Essex at Leek currently has the Falcons in mid-table of Group B.
Defeats to Durham and Hampshire have curtailed a charge into the top three of the group, however Derbyshire do have a game in hand on the clubs directly above them. The defeat to the Royals on Tuesday evening could prove... READ MORE...
Law Describes Himself 'Wylde' About New Additions
Thursday 20th June 2013 Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has declared himself more than happy with the way things are progressing with his new-look squad.
The Reds boss announced his third new signing at the end of last week when former Cambridge United captain and England C international defender Michael Wylde penned a one year deal.
Law has since followed up by signing a proven Conference Premier Division midfield player on a pre-contract and his signing will be confirmed and announced once his deal with his current club ends on June 30th. READ MORE...
Spireites Kick Off New Campaign Away.
Wednesday 19th June 2013 The eagerly awaited Football League Two fixture list has just been released and shows that there are several tasty fixtures to look forward to on key dates.
The 2013/14 campaign opens for The Spireites on Saturday, 3rd August, with an away trip to Bury and concludes on Saturday 3rd May with a home tie against Fleetwood.
Over the Christmas period, festive football fans look ahead to hosting Hartlepool United at home on Boxing Day, whilst New Year's hangovers will be travelling to Northampton for New Year's Day.
And of course The fixtures that everyone was looking for will see newly promoted foes Mansfield Town come to The PROACT on September 28th with the return fixture at Field Mill on 22nd March.
For the full list of fixtures please go to www.chesterfield-fc.co.uk
House Is Back! New Contract For Geoff Woolhouse At Steelers
Tuesday 18th June 2013 Geoff Woolhouse has signed a new one year contract with the Steelers, returning for a fourth season with the club.
Woolhouse joined the Steelers in time for the league championship winning season in 2010-11 and is widely regarded as the best of the back up goalies in the EIHL.
In 2011-12 he started 9 games with an incredible 96.8% saves percentage earning him a call up to the senior GB squad under new Steelers coach Doug Christiansen. Woolhouse had just the 6 starts last season behind John DeCaro with a goals against average of just 2.67. READ MORE...
A Draw At The Bridge For Derbyshire
Sunday 16th June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire LV= County Championship Div 1 - Day 4.
Michael Lumb struck a career-best 221 not out as Nottinghamshire versus Derbyshire ended in a rain-affected draw at Trent Bridge.
Much like the previous three days, the final day's play was shortened by the weather as the home side took their score from 204-3 to 436-8 in reply to Derbyshire's 391 all out, with Mark Turner taking three wickets for the visitors.
Derbyshire knew that Lumb, who was 115 not out overnight... READ MORE...
Tim Groenewald Reaches Career Milestone At Trent Bridge
Friday 14th June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire LV= County Championship Div 1 - Day 3.
Tim Groenewald claimed his 200th career first-class wicket - but an unbeaten century from Michael Lumb frustrated the Derbyshire bowlers on another rain-affected day at Trent Bridge.
Mark Turner and Mark Footitt shared a 54-run final wicket stand to help Derbyshire post 391 in their first innings - before rain washed out the entire afternoon session.
Play resumed after tea and James Taylor and Lumb shared a... READ MORE...
Challenge Monty's 60 60 Score At Grassmoor Golf Club
Friday 14th June 2013 Grassmoor Golf Club is to hold a challenge to see if anyone can beat international Golfing superstar Colin Montgomerie's 60 60 Driving Range score!
On Wednesday 19th June, Grassmoor Golf Club will play host to a FREE TO ENTER competition that allows golfers to see if they can beat Colin Montgomerie's score of 38 out of 60 on their installed 60 60 Golf driving range.
If anyone manages to defeat Monty, they will go into a draw for the chance to win a signed glove by the legend himself. READ MORE...
Match Finely Poised After A Rain-Affected Second Day
Thursday 13th June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire LV= County Championship Div 1 - Day 2.
Heavy rain washed out the final two sessions at Trent Bridge after Derbyshire lost quick wickets in the morning to leave the LV= County Championship fixture finely poised after the second day against Nottinghamshire.
Wayne Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul could only add 7 and 9 runs respectively to their overnight totals as an inspired spell from Andre Adams removed both batsman early-on. READ MORE...
Alfreton Town Boss' Second Signing Of The Summer
Thursday 13th June 2013 Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has made his second new signing of the summer with Kristian Ramsey-Dickson joining the Reds on a one-year contract.
Dickson, 23, is a powerful and versatile player who has also played in central defence, but it is as a striker that the Reds have signed him for - and his strength and exceptional pace could be a key factor.
He had a trial spell with Chesterfield FC at the back end of last season and is understood to have been offered a deal for the 2013/14 season... READ MORE...
Local Under U16 Girls Football Team Looking For Fresh Legs
Thursday 13th June 2013 Chesterfield Town Under 16s Girls football team are staging trials for new players during June/July.
The team play in the Derbyshire Girls and Ladies League and are looking for girls aged 14 to 16, that are maybe looking to join a new team or a fresh challenge, to boot up and get themselves down to the trials.
Training takes place at Stand Road from 6pm to 7:30pm on Tuesdays.
They are looking for all players in all positions - but are also... READ MORE...
Madsen And Chanderpaul Defiant In The Rain
Wednesday 12th June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire LV= County Championship Div 1 - Day 1.
A fine 145-run partnership between Wayne Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul has put Derbyshire into a strong position after a rain-effected opening day against Nottinghamshire.
Madsen and Chanderpaul both completed half centuries in the afternoon session, ending the day unbeaten on 67 and 78 respectively, before rain at the start of the evening session forced an early closure to proceedings at Trent Bridge with the visitors on 245-2. READ MORE...
Alfreton Chairman In Confident Mood Ahead Of New Season
Wednesday 12th June 2013 Alfreton Town chairman Wayne Bradley is in confident and positive mood as the Reds build towards a third consecutive season at Conference Premier Division level.
Manager Nicky Law has already brought in highly-rated former Grimsby Town right-back Bradley Wood and despite the club returning to part-time status, Reds supremo Bradley is firmly looking to build on last season's excellent 13th placed finish in the division.
He also feels that if the majority of the club's player targets are... READ MORE...
Record Breaking Derbyshire Stun Essex At Leek
Monday 10th June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
A fine all-round performance from Alex Hughes - including an unbeaten 102-run stand with Shivnarine Chanderpaul - sealed an impressive 63 run victory in this Yorkshire Bank 40 game for Derbyshire Falcons against Essex Eagles at Highfield, Leek on a sunny Sunday.
Opener Wes Durston set the tone hitting 71 from 46 balls before Chanderpaul hit an innings-high unbeaten 85 from 69 balls - including the century stand with Hughes who ended 59 not out - to help Derbyshire post their highest ever League List A score of 321. READ MORE...
Falcons And Eagles Do Battle On Leek's Big Day In The Sun
Friday 7th June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
The weather forecast is good - and supporters who purchase tickets in advance for Derbyshire Falcons v Essex Eagles, at Leek Cricket Club on Sunday, can still reap the benefits of discounted prices.
Karl Krikken's men, featuring West Indies legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul, are up against an explosive Essex side likely to include the likes of Owais Shah, James Foster, Hamish Rutherford, Ryan ten Doeschate and Graham Napier in the Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture which starts at 1.45pm. And to top it off - supporters can buy discounted tickets... READ MORE...
Steelers Attend LUK 25th Anniversary Fun Day
Friday 7th June 2013 The Sheffield Steelers assisted long term sponsor LUK in their 25th Anniversary celebrations at the weekend at their impressive factory in Waleswood Road, Wales.
Over 1000 staff, family and invited guests enjoyed a multitude of events including the Steelers exhibition stand and shoot out competition. Mascot Steeler Dan was also on hand to join in with the fun.
"LUK are one of our longest serving sponsors and good friends" said Steelers' Commercial Manager Mike O'Connor... READ MORE...
Boss Expects Difficult Season For Reds And Brown Departs
Thursday 6th June 2013 Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law feels his side's third season at Conference Premier Division level will be the hardest yet.
The Reds boss thinks the four clubs who have come up into the division will make life very tough, "It is certainly going to be harder this time around. Chester, FC Halifax, Welling United and Salisbury City are much more affluent and more stable than the clubs who have gone down. In my honest, humble opinion, the four that have come up will make it tougher, you just have to look at the gates they get," explained Law.
"And relegated clubs Aldershot Town and Barnet will certainly..." READ MORE...
Spireites Sign Ryan
Wednesday 5th June 2013 Jimmy Ryan became Chesterfield's third pre-season signing when he put pen to paper on a contract at the Proact Stadium on Wednesday morning.
Midfielder Ryan, who has signed a one-year deal with an option for an extension, was a free agent after coming to the end of his contract at Scunthorpe United.
Ryan spoke of the reasons behind his decision to join Chesterfield, "I wanted to come here because I knew the staff and I knew the football that they wanted to play," he said. READ MORE...
Matlock's Massiah Moves To Rival
Wednesday 5th June 2013 Released Matlock striker Massiah McDonald could well be facing his former team mates next season, after he signed for divisional rivals Grantham Town earlier this week.
The Gladiators released McDonald for financial reasons at the end of last season and it was widely thought he would move to a higher league club.
Reports say he had the opportunity to join a Conference club but in the end, it was the Gingerbreads, co-managed by former Alfreton defender Ian Robinson and ex-Gladiator Gary Sucharewycz, who managed to get McDonald... READ MORE...
Caribbean T20 Ends Derbyshire's Guptill Hopes For 2013
Tuesday 4th June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Martin Guptill has ended speculation linking him with Derbyshire for the 2013 Friends Life t20 campaign - but confirms his ambition to play for the Club again.
The in-form Kiwi ace will jet off to the Caribbean Premier League following the ICC Champions Trophy in England - and a short break back in New Zealand - as the hectic cricketing calendar rules him out of a third stint with Derbyshire in 2013.
The 26-year-old has hit the national headlines in recent days following back-to-back centuries in the One Day International series versus England... READ MORE...
Alfreton Town Boss Carves A Future For Wood
Tuesday 4th June 2013
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has made former Grimsby Town right back Bradley Wood his first new signing of the summer.
The Reds boss has signed twenty-one-year-old Wood on a one-year contract following his release by the Mariners on May 2nd.
Leicester-born Wood made a total of 113 appearances over a four year contract with Grimsby, scoring one goal. At the time of his release was the longest serving current player at the club. READ MORE...
Former Favourite Rejoins Spireites
Monday 3rd June 2013 Former Chesterfield striker Tony Lormor has rejoined the club, taking on the role of kit man.
Lormor, who scored 35 goals in 113 appearances for the Spireites during a three-year spell with Chesterfield after signing from Peterborough in 1994, is pleased to return to the club. He said: "Chris Turner got in touch to ask me whether I fancied the job and I jumped at the chance. It's nice to be back and I'm really looking forward to it."
Chief Executive Chris Turner said: "It's great to have a former..." READ MORE...
Derbyshire Get The Draw After Hughes' Quick Half Century
Sunday 2nd June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
After a see-saw four-day game, which saw Derbyshire off to a great start, with Chanderpaul and Madsen sharing a 203 run partnership on day 1 resulting in a 1st innings of 452, Surrey amassed 553 in reply, Ricky Ponting compiling an exceptional 192 on debut - which was followed by a quick-fire half century from Chesney Hughes in Derbyshire's second innings, to ensure the home fixture against Surrey ended in a draw today.
Ponting continued his imperious batting display on the final morning, falling just eight runs short of a double century - hitting 20 fours on the way... READ MORE...
Doyle Joins Spireites On Two Year Deal
Friday 31st May 2013 The signing of Irish striker Eoin Doyle has been completed, following his departure from Scottish Premier League side Hibernian.
Doyle, who was a free agent after coming to the end of his contract at Hibs, has joined the Spireites on a two-year deal.
The 25-year-old played previously played under Chesterfield manager Paul Cook at Irish club Sligo Rovers and he is delighted to link up with him again.
"He knows how to get the best out of me," said Doyle. READ MORE...
It's Chanderpaul v Ponting - And Today, Kids Entry Is FREE!
Friday 31st May 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
The second day of Derbyshire's County Championship Division 1 game v Surrey - aka "Shivnarine Chanderpaul v Ricky Ponting" is forecast to be played in glorious weather after the recent rain soaked fixtures - and to top it all - for today, Kids can come and watch for FREE!
With Chanderpaul (112 not out) sharing a superb 203 run partnership with Captain Wayne Madsen (92 not out) leaving Derbyshire 232 - 2 at the end of Day 1, it looks like it's going to be a great chance for Derbyshire to take advantage and get that first 4 day win. Get down to the County Ground today for a great, cut-price half-term treat and don't forget the sun-cream!
Falcons' Bad Luck In The YB40 Competition Continues
Wednesday 29th May 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire v Surrey, Yorkshire Bank 40 Group B, Surrey 100-1, (9 overs), Davies 50, Roy 42 not out. Match Abandoned. Derbyshire 1 point, Surrey 1 point.
Derbyshire's bad luck at home in the Yorkshire Bank 40 over competition continued - not in losing the match in a cricketing format, but by being defeated by the English weather.
Only three overs were bowled in their opening Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture versus Lancashire, and in tonight's match, Derbyshire were probably... READ MORE...
Red's Boss Strengthens For Season Ahead
Wednesday 29th May 2013 Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has seen the nucleus of last season's squad strengthen still further with both Josh Law and Alastair Taylor signing new one-year deals with the Reds this week.
Boss Nicky pronounced himself 'delighted' with both signings as he continues to build for the 2013/14 season.
Son Josh's decision to take up the clubs offer of re-engagement left father Nicky extremely happy. "He had an outstanding 2012/13 season. There had been interest from a couple of clubs for him recently but I am pleased he has..." READ MORE...
Derbyshire v Surrey - Match Preview
Wednesday 29th May 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire return to the County Ground this afternoon after a weekend trip to the North which saw the Falcons return with a win versus the Scotland Saltires, and a rain affected defeat to the Durham Dynamos on Bank Holiday Monday.
The Falcons only Yorkshire Bank 40 over home game, versus Lancashire Lightning, ended after only three overs, as the rain intervened play with Derbyshire on twelve without loss. Tonight's weather forecast does not bode well for completion of the match, so the much maligned Duckworth-Lewis method may be called into action. READ MORE...
Will The Soap Stars 'Clean Up' At This Year's Charity Game?
Wednesday 29th May 2013 This Sunday 2nd June, will see another great charity match take place, featuring soap stars and football legends who will grace (we use that term loosely!) the pitch at Glapwell FC.
Jamie Walker's 8th Charity Football game will feature stars such as Danny Miller (ex-Emmerdale and now of Scott and Bailey, pictured left) and Dancing on Ice Star, Matt Lapinskas.
It's also been confirmed this week that Spireites' Boss Paul Cook and his Mansfield Town counterpart, Paul Cox, will don their boots to compete... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Fire Service And Ticket Offer At Falcons v Surrey
Tuesday 28th May 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire Falcons face Surrey in a Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture on Wednesday - and the Club has launched a special price half term ticket to maximise value for families - along with the attendance of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service after launch of groundbreaking Community Partnership.
Karl Krikken's young Derbyshire outfit face a Surrey side likely to feature England internationals Steven Davies, Vikram Solanki, Gareth Batty, Jon Lewis, Chris Tremlett and Jade Dernbach at the County Ground... READ MORE...
Rain Ends Falcon's Hopes At Durham
Tuesday 28th May 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Despite a fluent innings from Paul Borrington, rain ended any chances of Derbyshire reaching their revised target at the Durham Emirates ICG - as Durham claimed a 43-run Duckworth Lewis victory.
Mark Footitt - who claimed career-best figures of 5-28 on Sunday against Scotland - picked up three wickets to restrict the hosts, but an excellent 79 from Paul Collingwood guided Durham to 273-6 from their 40 overs.
Derbyshire made a solid start in reply but lost regular wickets... READ MORE...
Footitt Puts Scotland To The Sword
Monday 27th May 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
A career-best bowling performance from Mark Footitt blew the Scots away as Derbyshire captured victory in Edinburgh.
The left-arm paceman's 5 for 28 was the best bowling figures by a Derbyshire bowler against Scotland and it reduced the home side to 182-9 from their 40 overs.
Impressive half-centuries from Chesney Hughes and Shivnarine Chanderpaul powered Karl Krikken's men towards the modest victory target, which they reached with 2.2 overs to spare. READ MORE...
Derbyshire CCC Announce Trio Of Charity Partners For 2013
Friday 24th May 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD Cricket Derbyshire has announced its Official Charity Partners for 2013 - Sight Support Derbyshire, Derbyshire Community Foundation and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance.
Cricket Derbyshire is committed to supporting their selected Charity Partners throughout the current season, including match-day experiences at Yorkshire Bank 40 and Friends Life t20 matches at the County Ground.
Following applications from a large number of charities and... READ MORE...
Talbot Extends His Contract At Chesterfield FC
Thursday 23rd May 2013
Chesterfield star Drew Talbot has ended the speculation surrounding his future by signing a new two-year contract.
The versatile player's deal was due to expire but he has decided to accept an offer to remain at the Proact Stadium until the summer of 2015.
Talbot is delighted to have resolved the matter. He said: "There was interest from other places but my first choice was here because I've been here for four and a bit years now and I feel like it is home. READ MORE...
Young Spireites Striker Ponders Foreign Loan Move
Wednesday 22nd May 2013 Young Chesterfield striker Jacob Hazel is considering a foreign loan move after signing a new contract at the Proact Stadium.
Hazel has flown out to Norway for a week to discuss a possible six month loan move to Moss FK - who are in the third tier of the Norwegian Football League - after putting pen to paper on a 12-month deal with the Spireites.
The 19-year-old made his senior debut as a substitute in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Oldham Athletic last September and then made his league debut four days later in the 2-2 draw at York City. READ MORE...
Exciting Times Ahead As New Sports Academy Opens
Wednesday 22nd May 2013 "It's an exciting new adventure for us" commented Dave Bentley, former professional footballer and former Chesterfield Academy Manager.
Along with Mark Jules, the duo will be teaming up to use their vast experience and skills in football to continue to support the development of young players at a grass roots level to go on to a professional level.
The pair will be heading up the newly-formed Synergy Sports Academy, which will allow them to offer their expertise to talented local, national and... READ MORE...
Andy 'Bruno' Morris Leaves Chesterfield FC
Tuesday 21st May 2013 Andy Morris has ended his long association with the Spireites after deciding to leave his role in the Chesterfield FC Community Trust to take up a position elsewhere.
The former striker - affectionately known as 'Bruno' by Chesterfield fans - joined the club from Rotherham United 25 years ago and went on to score 56 goals in 225 appearances. His most memorable goal was the opener in the 3-3 draw against Middlesbrough in the 1997 FA Cup semi-final at Old Trafford.
Morris' ten-year spell as a Chesterfield player came to an end... READ MORE...
Sussex Claim Victory On Final Morning At County Ground
Monday 20th May 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Sussex sealed a nine-wicket victory against Derbyshire on the final morning of their LV= County Championship Division One fixture at the County Ground.
Steve Magoffin claimed two wickets on Day 4 to take his tally to four for the innings, as the hosts were dismissed for 219, leaving Sussex chasing just 42 runs for victory. Tim Groenewald claimed the early wicket of Chris Nash, but Michael Yardy (18*) and Luke Wells (23*) saw the visitors to their victory target before lunch.
Speaking after the game, Head Coach Karl Krikken said... READ MORE...
"Hungry For Success" Interview with Spireites' Chris Turner
Friday 17th May 2013 They say a week is a long time in politics and these days it seems to be a long time in football too. After finishing the season 8th in League Two Chesterfield have now turned their attention to the 2013/14 campaign.
There have been significant personnel changes already at the PROACT - with more to come. On the day that the first signing was announced, The Chesterfield Post talked to CEO Chris Turner about the new recruits, the Academy and the prospect of another Performer on the pitch this summer. Chris also talked of his admiration of and respect for Sir Alex Ferguson, having played under him for a short while. He also told us which new staff member has hidden talents! READ MORE...
Double Stopper Swoop For Spireites
Friday 17th May 2013 Paul Cook has made his first signing ahead of the new season, with news this afternoon that Aaron Chapman, 22, has been brought in from non-league Belper Town to provide competition for Tommy Lee on a one year contract.
The club says that, Chapman, who stands 6'8" tall, is a commanding figure who has been tracked by Premiership and Football League clubs. Prior to linking up with Belper in February of last year, he played for Goole and Parkgate.
After securing Chapman on a one-year contract... READ MORE...
Matlock Choose Player Of The Year - But Lose Their Massiah
Friday 17th May 2013 Adam Yates was named as the fans Player of the Year at Matlock's Presentation Evening last Friday, before it was promptly revealed that he had signed a new contract with the Gladiators.
The 23 year old, regarded as one of the most consistent defenders in the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division, proved to be a comfortable winner, having excelled whether it be alongside captain James Lukic at the heart of the defence, at right back or slotting into central midfield.
He has improved season after season since signing... READ MORE...
Stand Sponsors To Continue To Back The Blues
Wednesday 15th May 2013 Ahead of the 2013/14 campaign beginning and further to the recent announcement that local firm Spencers Solicitors are the new Community Stand sponsors, the Club are happy to announce that the existing Stand Sponsors have all agreed to sign an extension to their contracts.
Former National Lottery winner Karen Child, has re -signed a long-term deal and the south stand for home supporters will again be known as the 'Karen Child Stand'.
Karen said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my period of sponsorship at the Proact Stadium, so had no hesitation in wanting to continue..." READ MORE...
Two Countries, Two Visits, One Goal.
Tuesday 14th May 2013 As we reported last week, Staveley MWFC U13s hosted a big reunion last weekend - with a team they played a year ago in Aachen, Germany called S.C Grus-Weiss Lichtenbusch 1949 e.v.FC.
Lichtenbusch returned the favour this year, making their first trip to England to play the return fixture, with 57 in their party, aside from chief-organiser Jan Buchsteiner, the coaches and a few parents, they brought a 20 strong each U13/14 side and an U15/16 side.
But in this day and age of overpaid, over-pampered egos... READ MORE...
Boxing Spireite Set For Third Pro Fight
Tuesday 14th May 2013 Boxing Spireite 'Razor' Rod Smith is preparing for his third professional fight later this week.
Smith, 22, will take on Dee Mitchell at Ponds Forge in Sheffield in the 'Big City, Lights Out!' event on Friday night. Former footballer Curtis Woodhouse tops the bill.
Fighting at middle-weight, the Dronfield-based fighter won his first two professional fights by knock-out after 89 amateur bouts.
On a visit to the Proact Stadium, where he was... READ MORE...
Hot Shot Legue Back With The Sheffield Steelers
Tuesday 14th May 2013 Steelers leading scorer Jeff Legue has signed a new one year contract with the club.
Legue is new head coach Doug Christiansen's first import signing, "Having coached against Jeff, I certainly came to appreciate his skill set and clutch goals in big games" said Christiansen, "He can play in all situations, five on five, penalty kill, power play and also takes penalty shots which in our league is very important.
"Speaking with Jeff, I was impressed with his commitment and he echoed my desires to bring winning ways to the club." READ MORE...
DCCC Announce Steve Stubbings Is To Coach Second XI
Tuesday 14th May 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Former Derbyshire batsman Stephen Stubbings has been added to the coaching team which will see Andrew Harris re-deployed as specialist Bowling Coach.
Stubbings will be in charge of the Second XI with immediate effect and oversaw his new charges yesterday with defeat to Worcestershire in the Second XI Trophy game.
The 35 year old scored 7,557 first class runs in 139 matches for Derbyshire in his 13 seasons as player from 1997 to 2009. READ MORE...
New Chesterfield FC Backroom Team Announced
Monday 13th May 2013
Chesterfield manager Paul Cook has officially announced his new backroom team today.
Kevin Lynch, Gerry Carr and Mark Smith have joined recently appointed assistant-manager Leam Richardson at the Proact Stadium.
"I'm delighted to welcome them all to the club," said the Spireites boss. "It was important that we had everyone in place as quickly as possible and we're all working hard now on getting ready for the new season." READ MORE...
Charity Begins... On the Pitch!
Monday 13th May 2013 A team from Chesterfield Borough council will be donning their boots and taking to the pitch at the Proact Stadium this coming weekend, to raise valuable funds for a charity which has helped many colleagues in their battle against breast cancer.
The Breast Cancer Care Trust is a national charity which offers vital information and support for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and along with a helpline and website, run many events to raise funds to help against the battle with the illness.
It also provides nursing care and support for ladies before and after.. READ MORE...
Staveley MWFC U13s Win Sheff Trophy Cup Final
Monday 13th May 2013
Staveley MWFC u13s 4-0 Porter FC, Sheff Trophy Cup Final. An outstanding performance from the Staveley U13s on Sunday ended in victory to win the Sheffield League's Trophy Cup.
Despite playing the final at Langold Juniors FC pitch on the other side of Worksop - a fair trek for both teams - in a burst of cold and rainy weather; and after the Staveley U13s had had a busy couple of weekends (including Saturday's games with their visiting German friends, SC Grus-Weiss Lichtenbusch, at the Proact and at pitches) - the lads still kept their focus firmly on the game. READ MORE...
Spireites Announce Four Pre-season Friendlies
Friday 10th May 2013
Chesterfield have announced details of four pre-season friendlies, including a game at home to Nottingham Forest.
The first friendly is away at Buxton on Saturday, July 6th, kick-off 3pm followed by a home game against Huddersfield Town on Saturday, July 13th, kick-off 3pm.
The Spireites then entertain Nottingham Forest, who narrowly missed out on making the Championship play-offs, on Tuesday, July 16th with the kick-off time yet to be confirmed. READ MORE...
Mintcakes Maul Matlock In Gladiators' Final Game Of Season
Thursday 9th May 2013 Kendal Town 4 - 1 Matlock Town. Poor defending and missed chances cost Matlock in their final match of the season at the Cosyseal Stadium on Saturday as Kendal signed off from the Premier Division with a third straight victory.
The Mintcakes needed a 27-0 win against Matlock - and needed Stocksbridge to beat Grantham to be able to keep their Premier Division status.
That first scenario was highly unlikely to work out for them and in the end proved to be immaterial as Grantham won 3-0. It was then very much of a... READ MORE...
New Shirt Sponsor For Chesterfield FC
Tuesday 7th May 2013 Chesterfield FC has today announced a new sponsor for the squad shirts.
The three year deal will see the NAPIT logo appear on the home kit for the 2013/14 season, with the ElectricSafe logo appearing on the away kit. The company will also feature in matchday programmes and on pitch-side advertising boards.
NAPIT operate Competent Person Schemes for installers across five different markets in England and Wales covering electrical, renewable technologies, plumbing, heating and ventilation. The government-approved scheme... READ MORE...
Dowd, Christiansen And The Sheffield Steelers Reunited
Tuesday 7th May 2013 The signing all Steelers fans have been waiting for was confirmed today with the news that this Country's best homegrown talent, Robert Dowd, had signed a two year contract.
Dowd returns to the UK following a season with Troja Lungby in Sweden. The Great Britain international left the Steelers after winning the league title in 2011, ironically to join Doug Christiansen in Belfast where he also won the championship the following season.
"I'm so happy to be back home" said Dowd..." READ MORE...
Staveley Juniors Welcome German Juniors This Weekend
Tuesday 7th May 2013 After Somersall Rangers U12's team played a last minute fixture arranged against S.C Grus-Weiss Lichtenbusch 1949 e.v.FC - on a 4 day football tour in Holland and Germany last May, lasting friendships were built after one enjoyable afternoon of football and BBQs in the sun in Aachen, Germany.
After that one game, Jan Buchsteiner, one of the Coaches atS.C Grus-Weiss Lichtenbusch has kept in touch with that team - now Staveley MWFC U13's (Sheffield League) side - and after many emails during the interim period - has arranged to play some fixtures in return, here in Chesterfield. READ MORE...
Matlock Town's Battle For Cup Glory Ends At Proact
Friday 3rd April 2013 Matlock were edging towards Derbyshire Senior Cup glory at Chesterfield's PROACT Stadium on Tuesday when they led Ilkeston with two minutes to go.
But then Robins' substitute James Reid dramatically whipped the trophy from under their noses with one piece of brilliance and then a hotly disputed penalty which had Matlock fuming.
The Gladiators certainly did not deserve to lose. They had looked the more dangerous side throughout and had they taken their first half opportunities... READ MORE...
Leam Richardson Interview - The Spireites Reshuffle Continues
Wednesday 1st May 2013 It was confirmed yesterday that Spireites' boss Paul Cook's first confirmed signing of the closed season has been Leam Richardson. who will take on the role as his new assistant.
Richardson took charge of Accrington when Cook joined the Spireites last October, guiding them to League Two safety and the Chesterfield Post spoke with him at the Proact this morning.
The 33-year-old began his playing career at Blackburn Rovers before joining Bolton Wanderers. After a two-year spell at Blackpool... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Boxing Clever... Life After OzBox!
Wednesday 1st May 2013 Six young people who train with Derbyshire Constabulary's OzBox team have gone on to win bouts as amateur boxers.
The four young men and two young women have been working with OzBox, which is a non-contact, boxing-based fitness scheme, for a number of years.
In recent weeks they have all got in the ring for competitive bouts and all six were victorious. 18 year olds Kieran Carte, James Drury, Lewis Hopkinson and Elizabeth Allcock along with 15 year old Jade Ashmore and 21 year old Ben Gore all triumphed during the bouts held across Derbyshire. READ MORE...
Hird Transfer Listed Spireites
Tuesday 30th April 2013
Chesterfield manager Paul Cook has confirmed that Sam Hird has been made available for transfer.
Hird was signed by then-manager, John Sheridan on a two-year contract last summer after leaving Doncaster Rovers. He was named captain and played mainly in central defence, although he has also featured at right-back and in midfield.
The 25-year-old, who was left out of the side towards the end of the season, has made a total of 44 appearances for the Spireites and scored two goals.
Spireites Release Seven Players
Monday 29th April 2013 Neal Trotman, Craig Clay and Danny Whitaker are among seven players released by Chesterfield FC announced today.
Joining the trio in the end of season clear-out are Scott Boden, Jonathan Wafula, Jack Waddle and Richard O'Donnell. Alex Henshall and Conor Townsend have returned to Manchester City and Hull City respectively at the end of their loan spells at the club.
New deals have been offered to out of contract pair Drew Talbot and Jacob Hazel while the futures of Mark Randall and Richard Brindley are yet to be resolved.
Backroom Team Leave Chesterfield FC
Monday 29th April 2013 Assistant-manager Tommy Wright and reserve-team coach Mark Crossley are among four members of Chesterfield's backroom staff who have left the club.
Development coach John Dungworth and kit man Kurt McDermott have also departed in a backroom re-shuffle.
Wright was named as former manager John Sheridan's assistant in June 2009 after the pair worked together previously at Oldham Athletic. After helping the Spireites win the League Two title and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, READ MORE...
Staveley Get Their Win At Last - Over Hall Road Rangers
Monday 29th April 2013 Staveley Miners Welfare 3-0 Hall Road Rangers. Staveley recorded their first league victory since mid-December with two goals from Ryan Damms and a good all round performance against bottom of the table side Hall Road Rangers.
This was the fourth time that these teams have met this season and Staveley have now come out victorious in every game.
After a frankly scrappy opening, Staveley were gifted the lead after 14 minutes when a Hall Road defender's out-stretched arm made contact with the ball... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Pay A Winning Tribute To Lester
Sunday 28th April 2013 Chesterfield fittingly marked the end of the Jack Lester era with a resounding 4-0 victory against Exeter at the Proact.
Jay O'Shea opened the scoring and Marc Richards soon doubled the lead before Lester scored either side of half time to bow out from professional football in style.
The 37 year old partnered Marc Richards in attack, with Richard O'Donnell - making his first appearance since returning from a loan spell with Stockport County - replacing the injured Tommy Lee. Drew Talbot again showed his versatility, filling in at right back for Richard Brindley who limped off early... READ MORE...
There's Only One Jack Lester! - The Interview
Friday 26th April 2013 It's set to be an emotional finale to the 2012/13 season, as the PROACT faithful honour veteran striker Jack Lester, who will pull on the famous 14 shirt for the final time tomorrow.
The day before his final game, 38 year old Jack spoke to The Chesterfield Post and told of his pride in his time here, and what he expects to be the next chapter of the Jack Lester story.
At the club for 6 years, after signing on the dotted line in 2007, he has seen a promotion, a Wembley Cup Final Win and of course... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Autoworld Batting Clever With 2013 Cricket News Sponsorship
Friday 26th April 2013 The Chesterfield Post are pleased to announce that Autoworld Chesterfield are the new sponsors for our expanded coverage this season of newly promoted Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
Having won the LV= County Championship Division 2 title last season, Derbyshire CCC have lots to look forward to in Division One this year - along with the Falcons' one day games in the Friends Life T20 and Yorkshire Bank 40 - after a busy Winter recruiting, developing and touring.
Judith Barcroft, Marketing and Communications Manager... READ MORE...
The Paul Cook Interview - Captain Jack For Final Home Game
Friday 26th April 2013 Tomorrow sees the last fixture of the 2012/13 campaign play itself out on the PROACT pitch and, with Chesterfield boss Paul Cook knowing that the best league place his team can achieve is 8th, it is a game where he admits some of the pressure will be off the team.
Despite this, it will be a game which lives long in the memories of Spireites, as Chesterfield FC legend Jack Lester bids what is expected to be an emotional farewell to the club.
Cook told The Chesterfield Post that the game will be... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Gnanduillet Signs For Spirites
Friday 26th April 2013
Armand Gnanduillet has agreed a two-year contract with Chesterfield, which will be rubber-stamped once the relevant paperwork has been processed.
The 21-year-old put pen to paper on the agreement late on Thursday afternoon. Gnanduillet joined the Spireites on a short-term contract in January after impressing on trial. He has made four starts and eight appearances as a substitute, scoring three goals.
Born in France, Gnanduillet has represented the Ivory Coast at under-21 level.