Tag: Chesterfield

Chesterfield: The Crooked Spireites

For the great many football clubs that don’t dine at the game’s top table, the question of fundraising is perpetual. How does a club attempt to bridge the gap between it and those above it when trickle-down economics have failed and the gap between the richest and the rest takes a further leap with each new television contract? Sponsorship deals can only go so far, and many lower division clubs already have not only the fronts of their shirts emblazoned with company names, but increasingly also the backs and, in some cases, their shorts as well. Grounds have also...

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When The Lights Went Out (Revisited)

It’s reassuring to come back from the Christmas break to find that the fallout from the much aborted FA Cup match between Droylsden and Chesterfield is still rumbling on. After the first match was abandoned due to fog with Droylsden leading by a single goal, the two sides drew 2-2 at Saltergate. Chesterfield were then winning the replay 2-0 when an electrician fixing the electricity tripped the floodlights out with eighteen minutes left to play. At the fourth attempt, the Droylsden beat their Football League opposition 2-1 to book, as they thought, a place in the Third Round of the competition and a trip to Suffolk to play Ipswich Town. There was much gnashing of teeth in Derbyshire over this result. In the third match between the sides, Chesterfield were just three minutes from the point at which the referee would normally have awarded the result to them anyway when the lights went out, and dark rumours started to circulate that this hadn’t been the accident that it seemed. Even after all of this, there is again a strong chance that Droylsden will not be allowed to take their place in the Third Round of the competition, this time in an argument over an ineligible player. Sean Newton had been the hero of the final match between the two sides, scoring both goals to win it for Droylsden. After...

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The Strangest Cup Run Of The Year

As noted on here last night, Blyth Spartans made it a record eight non-league clubs in the Third Round of this year’s FA Cup with their 1-0 win against AFC Bournemouth at Croft Park last night. That number could yet increase, considering that Droylsden have to replay their FA Cup match against Chesterfield after last night’s match against them was abandoned with eighteen minutes still to play because of floodlight failure. Last night’s events mark another chapter in what is rapidly becoming one of the strangest FA Cup runs of all time, as Droylsden simply refuse to be eliminated from this year’s competition. It all started fairly benignly for them, with wins over Bradford (Park Avenue), Gateshead and Belper Town seeing them through to the First Round Proper. Then, all hell broke loose. They were drawn to play Darlington away in the First Round. The first match at The Darlington Arena passed off relatively peacefully and ended in a 0-0 draw, although the match was marred by ugly racist chanting from Darlington supporters aimed at Droylsden’s substitute goalkeeper Kyle Clancey, a teenager that had come on to replace Droylsden’s regular goalkeeper, who had been injured after just twenty minutes. The replay, at Droylsden’s Butchers Arms stadium, was similarly blighted by monkey chanting by Darlington supporters. Reports from home supporters noted Darlington supporters in a pub near the ground before...

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