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League 2 Preview: Chesterfield

7 June 2013

Our latest preview is on Paul Cook's Chesterfield side

 

We take a closer look at Chesterfield in our latest season preview. The Derbyshire side will hope to make an assault on League 2 after just missing out on the play-offs last season. Find out when we will be playing Chesterfield in 2013/14, when the fixtures are released on the official site on June 19th.


HISTORY:


Lee Richardson took over in 2007, after McFarland’s departure, bidding for an instant return to the higher division. However, his two years as boss saw the club consolidate in League 2 rather than bid for promotion, and John Sheridan was appointed. The former Leeds United midfielder was a success at the Spireites during his three years, winning League 2 in 2010-11 and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy the same year. After promotion, Chesterfield, under Sheridan, were relegated after one season.   out of a league of 24.stIn season 2000/2001, under the guidance of former player, Nicky Law, Chesterfield won promotion from Division 3 (League 2), after culminating 80 points. Five years of struggle in League 1, with firstly, Dave Rushbury and then, Roy McFarland in charge, and Chesterfield were relegated back to League 2 after finishing 21


MANAGER:


Paul Cook was appointed manager of Chesterfield in October 2012, after spending a season in charge at Accrington Stanley. Has also managed in Ireland, at Sligo Rovers. He began his management career in 2006 when he was appointed Southport boss. The Liverpudlian began his playing career in non-league, with Marine, before going on to play for Wigan Athletic, Norwich City, Burnley and Wolves. Ended his playing says at Accrington where he spent three years, from 2003-2006.


PLAYERS:


 will also be a threat to League 2 defenders. The 30-year-old was top scorer for four consecutive seasons during his time at Port Vale, before joining Chesterfield on a free transfer in the summer of 2012.Marc Richards. The threat of Tendayi Darikwa, and Jay O’Shea, former Ireland under-21 player Sam Togwell. Midfield will see the likes of the experienced Liam Cooper, is likely to be part of the back four, as is 21-year old Nathan SmithAnother defender,   .Sam HirdIn front of Lee, will be captain, and former Doncaster Rovers man,   , will be the man in between the sticks for Paul Cook’s side this coming season. Lee has been a consistent performer for the Spireites since joining from Macclesfield Town in 2008.Tommy LeeLong serving goalkeeper, 


KEY MAN:


, will be looking to show exactly what he can do in 2013/14 after penning a one-year deal with Chesterfield following his release by Scunthorpe United. Ryan made 45 appearances in League 1 last season with the Iron, who were relegated from the division. The 24 year-old once again links up with Paul Cook’s assistant, Leam Richardson; the duo were at Accrington Stanley together. The scouser has previously had a spell with Shrewsbury Town and began his career at Liverpool.Jimmy RyanRecently signed midfielder, 


LAST SEASON:


After returning to League 2 following relegation, Chesterfield began their 2012/13 slowly; winless in the opening five games prior to defeating Wycombe Wanderers. The club eventually finished in eighth place, two points off the play-offs. The Spireites did have some memorable results throughout the campaign however, beating Hartlepool United 6-1 in the FA Cup, a 4-1 win against Cheltenham Town and a 4-0 victory at home to Exeter City.


DEPARTURES/ARRIVALS:


Paul Cook decided to wield the axe as he released a host of players at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, including Neal Trotman, Danny Whitaker and Scott Boden. Also departing the Proact Stadium were a number of backroom staff such as Mark Crossley and his assistant, Tommy Wright. Rotherham United snapped up right back, Richard Brindley, last month on a free transfer. Cook has moved quickly to replace Wright, taking Leam Richardson from Accrington to take over the same role. Jimmy Ryan has already arrived from Scunthorpe and is likely to take a prominent role in the Spireites midfield in 2013/14.


BLUES vs. CHESTERFIELD:


Home: Blues 3-0 Chesterfield


It was a comfortable victory for Blues back in December. A Gavin Tomlin brace and a Ryan Cresswell volley moved us up to fourth place in League 2.


Blues: Smith, Clohessy. Cresswell, Prosser, Barker (Straker, 85), Mkandawire, Timlin, Hurst, Laird, Assombalonga (Corr, 82), Tomlin (Eastwood, 82)


Unused: Bentley, Phillips, Martin, Donnelly


Away: Chesterfield 0-1 Blues


Blues completed a double against the Spireites with a 1-0 win at the Proact Stadium. Gavin Tomlin’s breakaway goal seven minutes from time, earned the three points for Paul Sturrock’s side.


Blues: Smith, Clohessy, Spillane, Cresswell, Phillips, Leonard, Barker, Timlin, Hurst, Corr, Tomlin


Unused: Bentley, Straker, Prosser, Spicer, Woodyard, Harris, Njie


PROMOTION ODDS:


Chesterfield are 2/1 to win promotion this coming season.


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