We Take a look through the sides that we will come up against in League Two next season.
Who Are They?
The current Chesterfield Football Club was formed in 1919, but they held the name Chesterfield Municipal until December of 1920. They then became a founding member of the Football League Third Division North during the 1921/22 season and the club have remained in the Football League ever since. Whilst they have never featured in the top flight, Chesterfield did enjoy two seasons in the second tier in the 1930s.
More recently, the Spireites left their old home of Saltergate to move into the 10,504-seater Proact Stadium in 2010. Following that relocation, Chesterfield have bounced between League One and League Two. However, they did win the Football League Trophy in 2012 and they were crowned League Two champions for a record fourth time in 2014.
How Did They Perform Last Season?
Chesterfield's four-year stay in League One came to and end last season as relegation to League Two was suffered. Winning only nine games and picking up a meagre sum of 37 points meant that the Spireites propped the rest of the division up as they finished at the foot of the table. With goals hard to come by and defensive susceptibilities being exploited all season, supporters didn't have much to cheer about.
An exit in the first round of the EFL Cup versus fellow third tier side Rochdale also occurred, but they did progress further in the remaining cup competitions. A narrow win over Colchester United ensured they reached the second round of the FA Cup where Wycombe Wanderers proved too strong. They also progressed to the third round of the Checkatrade Trophy where they eventually fell to Luton Town.
Our Last Meeting
Vale's last meeting with the Spireites back in April 2017 proved to be a disappointing one for Michael Brown's men. In the first half, JJ Hooper had the best chance as he forced Thorsten Stuckmann into a low save on 27 minutes.
After the break, Sam Foley almost handed the Valiants a 1-0 lead as he was denied by a smart stop on 52 minutes. Then, just two minutes later, Chesterfield's Joe Rowley pounced to score his first senior goal at 17 years of age and wrap up a crucial set of three points for the hosts.
How To Get There
The best routes and quickest route to the stadium are as follows:
From M1 Motorway:
- Junction 29 and exit the M1 (Heath) and following signs to Chesterfield onto A617 dual carriageway, this goes straight to Chesterfield town centre.
- At the first roundabout take the 4th exit sign posted Sheffield A61.
- Travel along the A61 dual carriageway to a second roundabout, CASA Hotel, take the 1st exit and travel to the next roundabout, the Donkey Derby Public House will be on your left.
- Take the 3rd exit, then travel 500 yards on Sheffield Road. The ground is on the right.
You can also get to the Proact Stadium via train.
The nearest railway station is Chesterfield and it is situated approximately two miles from the stadium. It would take about 30 minutes to walk, but buses and taxis will be available in the town centre which is a five-minute walk away from the railway station.
Odds On Promotion
According to Sky Bet, Chesterfield are 7/2 to get promoted from League Two this season. They are also ranked at 16/1 to lift the league title.