In the last 30 years, the economy in and around Chesterfield has experienced major change, moving the employment base away from the primary and secondary sectors, and towards the tertiary area. The area sits on a large coalfield and the area played host to many coal mines,[21] including: Clay Cross, Arkwright Town, Bolsover, Grassmoor, North Wingfield and Holmewood.

Chesterfield’s recent game against Gillingham saw a last-minute equaliser that rather took the gloss off the first-minute goal that gave the Spireites the lead.

Nicky Law had a smile as wide as the Proact pitch he had just graced, as he spoke of his delight at returning to Bradford City.

Chesterfield also has its own amateur Sunday football league that plays host to over 100 teams on a Sunday morning. The Chesterfield and District Sunday Football League consists of nine divisions and three cup competitions.

In 2014, Chesterfield were crowned champions of League Two for a record fourth time.

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Gary Taylor-Fletcher believes Danny Wilson was desperate to sign him for Chesterfield.

The Checkatrade EFL Trophy continues to draw some shocking attendances as fans vote with their feet against the competition’s new format.

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Chesterfield is perhaps best known for the "crooked spire" of its Church of Saint Mary and All Saints and is why the local football team is known as The Spireites.

They had a successful start to the 2014–15 campaign. Despite a 2–0 defeat at home to already crowned Champions Bristol City on 25 April 2015, Chesterfield secured 6th place in League One, cementing a play off spot in the third tier of English football for the first time. Chesterfield's play-off campaign was short-lived however, as 3rd placed Preston North End recorded a 4–0 aggregate victory over the two legs.

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After 11 years with the club, I’m a first team player with Chesterfield Ladies FC.

Chesterfield have listened to their fans and scrapped an ‘online ticket tax.’

Bradford's unbeaten start to the League One season continues when a Billy Clarke goal seals a deserved win at Chesterfield.

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Danny Wilson has made the maximum number of changes permitted for tonight’s EFL Trophy game against Accrington Stanley.

On 13 May 2015 it was announced that Dean Saunders had been appointed the manager of Chesterfield following his brief spell at Crawley Town F.C..

The Second Division was renamed to Football League One for the 2004–05 season. Two years later Chesterfield were relegated to Football League Two, although they did reach the regional semi-final of the Football League Trophy and the fourth round of the Football League Cup in the same year. The following three seasons saw no change in their League status.[14] In June 2009, the club appointed a new management team in John Sheridan and assistant Tommy Wright.

In 1921–22, Chesterfield F.C. became a founder member of the new Football League Third Division North. Following the arrival of new manager Ted Davison in 1926 and chairman Harold Shentall in 1928, the club won the Third Division North title in the 1930–31 season with an 8–1 victory over Gateshead on the final day, and were promoted to the Second Division. Relegation followed in 1933, but the Third Division North title was again won in 1936.[8]

For a list of notable Chesterfield players in sortable-list format see List of Chesterfield F.C. players.

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Chesterfield also have strong rivalries with nearby South Yorkshire clubs Rotherham United, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday. The fiercest of the three rivalries comes with Rotherham, whom the Spireites have much animosity and mutual dislike with. Chesterfield supporters fondest memory of the fixture is the 5-0 victory over the Millers in March 2011.

Danny Wilson has issued a stark warning to some of his senior players – shape up or find yourselves in non-league.

Potentially five or more teams have been called Chesterfield Football club at different times. A Derbyshire Times newspaper report from 2 January 1864 noted a scheduled game between "Chesterfield and Norton football clubs", suggesting that a Chesterfield F.C., whether loosely or formally organised, was active from at least 1863.[4]

Hallelujah! At least that’s what I first thought when I read the news that the proposed changes to the EFL — English Football League — had effectively been narrowed down.

The rivalries with Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday both came to the fore with the two former Premier League clubs descent into League One. The Spireites have encountered United much more in recent years, continuing to do battle in the third tier of English football to this day.

With the international break in full swing, we take a closer look at the three Spireites players who have jetted off to represent their countries at both senior and under 21 level.

A slight rivalry with Grimsby Town intensified with a number of fiesty encounters over the years. Supporters of both clubs often used to cause disturbances at the fixture, leading to the fixture becoming a slight grudge match.

The Winding Wheel, previously an Odeon Cinema, is a multi-purpose venue, hosting concerts, exhibitions, conferences, dinners, family parties, dances, banquets, wedding receptions, meetings, product launches and lectures.[44] Past notable appearances include Bob Geldof, The Proclaimers and Paddy McGuinness. Chesterfield Symphony Orchestra give three concerts a year at the Winding Wheel.[45]


Chesterfield's geographical position means that the club holds many local derbies. Their main rival is considered to be the Nottinghamshire club, Mansfield Town, with the club contending a number of fiery encounters. The last fixture between the sides finished in a 0-0 draw at Mansfield's Field Mill in March 2014.

Danny Wilson has welcomed his side’s international break with open arms.

Liam O’Neil could play his first game for Chesterfield since March when the Spireites visit Southend next weekend.

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In the summer of 2016, Chesterfield organised a raffle with the prize being a trip to Hungary on the club's pre-season training camp. However, only four people bought the £20 tickets. The club falsely claimed that 'Surrey-based fan James Higgins' had won the prize, but had been too ill to travel. When it was discovered that James Higgins did not exist, the club issued an apology.[20][21]

Danny Wilson was in no mood to sugarcoat his opinion of tonight’s bitterly disappointing EFL Trophy performance.

On 12 May 2015, manager Cook left the club to take charge of League Two side Portsmouth.[19]

On 22 April 2011 Chesterfield were promoted to League One after a 0–0 draw between Wycombe Wanderers and Torquay United confirmed that the former could not catch Chesterfield, who had been top of League Two since 16 October 2010.[15] On 7 May 2011 Chesterfield were crowned League Two champions following a 3–1 victory against Gillingham.[16]