Unreliable History

For a club who have never been in the top league, Chesterfield hold a number of records in English footballing circles.

Formed in 1866, they are the fourth oldest club in the country. They were elected into Division Two in 1888 but did not turn professional until 1891, when they won the Barnes Cup (which had one good season and then failed to live up to it’s hype) and three more trophies the next season. In 1909 they failed to win re-election and stayed out of the League until 1921. But on re-entry to the League Arnold Birch scored five penalties in 1924 – from the position of goalie !! Spot-kicks play a vital part in the club’s history as George Milburn scored three in one match in 1947 against Sheffield Wednesday. They were not quite enough to get Chesterfield promoted as they fell at the play-off stage and stayed down.

Strange things have happened at the club. During their early days, they scrapped their light and dark blue shirts and adopted a Union Jack design instead in 1890. This was dropped when they began to be commandeered for use as flags in local town halls. Then in the post World War 1 period, they were partly run by the Council and were called Chesterfield Municipal FC. Like all things run by a committee, they were designed to function as a football team and ended up helping out doing the refuse collection as part of the Council cutbacks.

Chesterfield have the record for most consecutive games scored in, lasting a year and one day – a total of 48 matches between Christmas Day 1929 and Boxing Day 1930. The club has not been without success however. In 1931 and 1936 they were Div. 3 (N) champions and won Division 4 on two occasions, -1970 and 1985. Perhaps season 1980-81 was their greatest hour, when they played 65 matches – a record outside of the top two divisions. Their labours were rewarded by winning the Anglo-Scottish Cup after beating Notts. County – who were from 30 miles down the road !! As Scottish teams pulled out of the competition after this season, Chesterfield were the last holders of the trophy.

The Spireites have long been a production line for top class goalkeepers. Gordon Banks first played for the club in 1955 and after 23 games went off to Leicester City. He was preceded by Sam Hardy and has been followed by nine others who have gone on to play at a higher level. Other players of note include Kevin Davies, who was the youngest player to appear in the League Cup at the time, starting for Chesterfield at 16 years and 104 days of age.

Their latest success came in 1996-7, when they were within inches of Wembley and an FA Cup Final, when David Elleray denied them a goal when a shot bounced down off the bar and DID cross the line. Middlesbrough went on to win a replay and the same club denied them a spot in the League Cup Final by beating them in the semis of that competition.  Managed until recently by John Duncan, the ex-Spurs striker, the fans have been unhappy about the style of play, but the cup successes have been welcomed.  His departure came just before the end of the 1999-2000 season, which saw Chesterfield relegated to Division Three.

Currently located at the Recreation Ground, they moved there from the nearby Spital Ground in 1884. The club are nicknamed the Spireites as they aspire to great things.

Season 2000-01 should have been one to remember for the right reasons for the club.  Leading the Third Division for most of the campaign, the promotion back to Div. 2 was always on the cards, but some off-field activities that were as crooked as the town’s spire saw the FA dock points for financial irregularities, ensuring that the club only got a place in the top three in the past couple of matches.  Closure of part of their ground lead to massively reduced attendances and ensuing lower income from gate receipts.  It was hoped that the fans who have taken a place on the board would be able to get things straight and there was some sort of stability off the field, while on it, the team bounced around tiers three and four before losing their League status in 2018.

Things haven’t been straightforward in the National League with lower half finishes been followed by a play-off place in 2020-21, but they lost out to Notts County in the elimination game and will have to try again to regain their place in the EFL.


Famous Players : – Ernie Moss, Kevin Davies, Gary Stone, Jason Lee, Walter McMillen, Sam Hardy, Gordon Banks, Herbert Munday, Steve Ogrizovic, Barry Sunday,  Freeman Hardy and Willis Edwards

Famous Fans : – Jo Guest (Model), Robert Primrose Wilson (Football Presenter), John Lukic (Goalkeeper – Arsenal).


Club Records

Formed 19 October 1866
Current club formed on 24 April 1919

Turned Professional 1891

Became a Limited Company 1871

Previous names Chesterfield FC = 1867-1881
Chesterfield Town FC = 1884-1914
Chesterfield Town FC = 1914-1916
Chesterfield Municipal = 1919- December 1920

Previous grounds The Recreation Ground, Saltergate = 1872-2010

Nickname “THE BLUES” or “THE SPIRITES” or “TOWN”

Motto “ASPIRE”

Club Colours
[Images courtesy of the wonderful Colours of Football website]


Record Football League Win 10-0  v  Glossop North End  (Division 2)     17.01.1903

Record Football League Defeat 0-10  v  Gillingham  (Division 3)   05.09.1987

Record Cup Win 5-0  v  Wath Athletic  (FA Cup First Round)  28.11.1925

Record Fee Paid £250,000 to Watford for Jason LEE (August 1998)

Record Fee Received £1.3 million from Hull City for Sam CLUCAS (July 2015)

Record Appearances (includes non-league appearances) 658  –  Dave BLAKEY  (1948-1967)

Record League Appearances 617  –  Dave BLAKEY  (1948-1967)

Record League goal-scorer 162  –  Ernie MOSS  (1968-1975; 1979-1981, 1984-1986)

Record all-time goal-scorer ??

Record goal-scorer in a League season 44  –   Jimmy COOKSON    Division 3 North   (1925-1926)

Most goals scored in a League match 5  –  Ambrose BROWN  v  Mansfield Town  (Division 3 North Cup)    30.01.1935

Record Home Attendance (Recreation Ground) 30,561  v  Tottenham Hotspur  (FA Cup Fifth Round)     12.02.1938

Record Home Attendance (ProAct Stadium) 10,081  v  Rotherham United   (League Two)      18.03.2011

Record total of goals in a League season 102  –  Division 3 North  (1930-1931)

Record League points total 2 points for a win  :  64  –    Division 4  (1969-1970)  (?? games)
3 points for a win  :  91  –    Division 4  (1984-1985)  (?? games)

Most Capped Player while at club 5  –  Rai SIMONS  (Bermuda)

Youngest Player Dennis THOMPSON  –  16 years and 159 days  v  Notts County   (Division 2)  (Home)     25.12.1950

Oldest Player Billy KIDD  –  40 years and 232 days  v  Southampton   (Division 2)  (Away)      20.09.1947


Stadium details 

Address :   ProAct Stadium, 1866 Sheffield Road, Whittlington Moor, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S41 8NZ

Telephone :  01246 269300
Ticket Office :  01246 269300

Capacity :  10,504
Away Allocation :  2,312 (with space to accommodate more if required)
Pitch size :  102m x 65m  (111 yards  x 71 yards)
Official website :   chesterfield-fc.co.uk


There are good directions to the ProAct Stadium on the Chesterfield website and more information on the Football Ground Guide website.


Division Three North Champions  (Third Tier) 1930-1931, 1935-1936

Division Three North Runners-up  (Third Tier) 1933-1934

Division Four Champions  (Fourth Tier) 1969-1970, 1984-1985

League Two Champions  (Fourth Tier) 2010-2011, 2013-2014

Football League Trophy Winners 2011-2012

Football League Trophy Finalists 2013-2014

War League East Midlands Division Champions 1939-1940

War League North Division Runners-up 1940-1941

FA Youth Cup Finalists 1955-1956

Anglo-Scottish Cup Winners 1980-1981



E. Russell TIMMEUS 1891 – 1895

Gilbert GILLIES 1895 – 1901

E. F. HIND 1901 – 1902

Jack HOSKINS 1902 – 1906

W. FURNESS 1906 – 1907

George SWIFT Summer 1907 – May 1910

G. H. JONES 1910 – 1913

R. L. WESTON 1913 – 1917


J. J. CAFFREY 1920 – 1922

Harry HADLEY April 1922 – August 1922

Harry PARKES May 1922 – April 1927

Alec CAMPBELL April 1927 – December 1927

Ted DAVISON 2 January 1928 – June 1932

Bill HARVEY 1932 – 1938

Norman BULLOCK June 1938 – July 1945

Bob BROCKLEBANK September 1945 – 1948

Bobby MARSHALL 1948 – 1952

Ted DAVISON August 1952 – May 1958

Duggie LIVINGSTONE 1958 – 1962

Tony McSHANE 1962 – July 1967

Jimmy McGUIGAN 18 July 1967 – 1 May 1973

Joe SHAW 1 September 1973 – 1 October 1976

Frank BARLOW (Caretaker) 1976

Arthur COX 1976 – 1980

Frank BARLOW 1980 – 1983

John DUNCAN 1983 – 1987

Kevin RANDALL 1987 – 1988

Paul HART 1988 – 1 January 1991

Chris McMENEMY 1991 – February 1993

John DUNCAN February 1993 – April 2000

Nicky LAW May 2000 – December 2001

Dave RUSHBURY December 2001 – April 2003

Dave THOMPSON/Lee RICHARDSON (Joint Caretakers) April 2003 – May 2003

Roy McFARLAND May 2003 – 12th March 2007

Lee RICHARDSON 12th March 2007 – 6 May 2009

John SHERIDAN 9 June 2009 – 18 September 2012

Paul COOK 25 October 2012 – 12 May 2015

Dean SAUNDERS 13 May 2015 – 28 November 2015

Danny WILSON 24 December 2015 – 8 January 2017

Gary CALDWELL 17 January 2017 – 16 September 2017

Jack LESTER 29 September 2017 – 23 April 2018

Martin ALLEN 15 May 2018 – 27 December 2018

John SHERIDAN 9 January 2019 – 2 January 2020

John PEMBERTON (Caretaker) January 2020

John PEMBERTON February 2020 – 18 November 2020

James ROWE November 2020 – 


League Record

The Football League structure has historically been as follows …

1888-1892 1892-1920 1920-1921 1921-1958 1958-1992 1992-2004 2004 to date
First tier Football League Division One Division One Division One Division One Premiership Premier League
Second tier Division Two Division Two Division Two Division Two Division One Championship
Third tier Division Three Division Three
(North) and (South)
Division Three Division Two  League One
Fourth tier Division Four Division Three League Two

Elected to Division Division Two  (Second Tier) 1899

Division Division Two  (Second Tier) 1899-1909

Not re-elected to Division Two  (Second Tier) 1909

Elected to Division Three North  (Third Tier) 1921

Division Three North (Third Tier) 1921-1931

Division Two  (Second Tier) 1931-1933

Division Three North (Third Tier) 1933-1936

Division Two  (Second Tier) 1936-1951

Division Three North (Third Tier) 1951-1958

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1958-1961

Division Four  (Fourth Tier) 1961-1970

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1970-1983

Division Four  (Fourth Tier) 1983-1985

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1985-1989

Division Four  (Fourth Tier) 1989-1992

Division Three  (Fourth Tier) 1992-1995

Division Two  (Third Tier) 1995-2000

Division Three  (Fourth Tier) 2000-2001

Division Two  (Third Tier) 2001-2004

League One  (Third Tier) 2004-2007

League Two  (Fourth Tier) 2007-2011

League One  (Third Tier) 2011-2012

League Two  (Fourth Tier) 2012-2014

League One  (Third Tier) 2014-2017

League Two  (Fourth Tier) 2017-2018

National League  (Fifth Tier) 2018-