Fa­mous Names in Football . .

Evergreen - - Contents Summer 2015 - Alan Robin­son

Ch­ester­field are one of Eng­land’s old­est football clubs, be­ing formed in 1866 as an off­shoot of the town’s cricket club and shared fa­cil­i­ties at the Recre­ation Ground in Sal­ter­gate which was to be­come their home un­til 2010. They turned pro­fes­sional in 1891 as Ch­ester­field Town F. C.

In 1896 the club joined the Mid­land League and three years later they suc­cess­fully ap­plied to join the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion of the Football League. Ini­tially they fared well but three poor sea­sons in suc­ces­sion led to a re­turn to the Mid­land League in 1909, and for­tunes de­clined to the ex­tent that the club was liq­ui­dated in 1915.

Af­ter the Great War the lo­cal coun­cil re­formed the club and in 1921, as plain Ch­ester­field F. C., they be­came founder mem­bers of the Football League Third Di­vi­sion, North­ern Sec­tion. Ch­ester­field won the Cham­pi­onship in 1931, and again five years later.

How­ever, rel­e­ga­tion was again suf­fered in 1951 and since that time Ch­ester­field have al­ter­nated be­tween the bot­tom two di­vi­sions of the Football League. One of their best- known play­ers was World Cup win­ning goal­keeper Gor­don Banks who be­gan his ca­reer there in 1957. Their best sea­son to date in the FA Cup was in 1996- 97 when a thrilling semi- fi­nal match with Mid­dles­brough ended 3- 3 af­ter ex­tra- time. Un­for­tu­nately they were beaten by three clear goals in the replay.

Ch­ester­field ( 1966- 67) Back row ( left to right): A. Holmes, K. Ran­dall, P. Neale, G. Sears, M. Hughes, F. Lord. Front row : A. Wil­son, G. Clarke, M. Brunt, I. Hol­lett, A. Moore.

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