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Know your enemy: Chesterfield

29 May 2014

Focus on the newly promoted Spireites


The 2013-14 campaign was hugely successful for the Spireites as they earned promotion following a couple of years in League Two. 

As well as winning the league, Chesterfield also had a trip to Wembley after reaching the final of the JPT. They lost to Peterborough but put up a very creditable fight against their League One opponents.

In League Two, consistency was the key and the Spireites began strongly, winning seven and drawing once in their opening nine fixtures. 

They totalled 23 wins and they cemented their spot in the top three by winning their final three games and with it top spot despite pressure from Scunthorpe and Rochdale, who joined them in the automatic promotion places.



Paul cut his teeth in management with non-league Southport back in 2006. However, the Scouser lasted only six months in the role before departing in January 2007. Cook was soon appointed boss at Irish side Sligo Rovers and spent five years with the club, wining the Irish FA Cup twice. 

He returned to England when he joined Accrington and was boss on the day Reds earned promotion to League One, before departing for Chesterfield in October 2012.

As a player, Cook represented both Wolves and Burnley with distinction, totalling over 120 appearances for both clubs after coming through non-league with Marine. 

Cook also played for Coventry, Wigan, Stockport and Tranmere before bringing the curtain down on a 23-year playing career at Accrington in 2006



The Proact Stadium holds just over 10,500 and is one of the newer grounds in the Football League following the club’s move from Saltergate in 2010. It will be the first time that Reds fans will have visited Chesterfield's new home and our supporters will be housed in the Rubicon Print North Stand which holds over 2,000 supporters.



Cook has moved quickly to tie down his first signings of the summer by bringing Daniel Jones to the club following the left sided player's departure from Port Vale at the end of the season. 

Charlie Raglan has arrived from FC United of Manchester whilst Ritchie Humphries, Jay O'Shea, Sam Hird and Ollie Banks have all signed new deals. 

Departing the Proact Stadium are Marc Richards and Nathan Smith who have joined Northampton Town and Yeovil Town respectively.



Steve Fletcher had a six-month spell with Crawley following his release from Chesterfield in 2008. 

Fletch scored twice during his time with the Club, including a famous winning goal at Rushden & Diamonds in the last minute before returning to Bournemouth, a club where he spent 15 years before moving to Chesterfield in 2007. 

He scored five times in his solitary season with the Spireites and retired at the end of last season to take up a coaching role with the Cherries. 

In March 2014, Steve received the Sir Tim Finney Award by the Football League in March in honour of his service to Bournemouth.

Others to have represented both Chesterfield and Crawley include Jamie Cade and former Reds' loanees Leon Clarke, Kieran Djilali and Nicky Ajose.



Chesterfield are 11/2 with Sky Bet to win promotion from League One in 2014-15.

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