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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.