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New To The National League: Chesterfield

30 May 2018

The Proact Stadium Rex Features
Chesterfield play at The Proact Stadium

Our summer study of the new teams joining us in the National League for 2018/19 takes a stop in Derbyshire.

Formed: 1866
The Spireites

Who’s in charge?
Martin Allen turned down the opportunity to stay at Barnet at the end of last season and instead opted to take charge at Chesterfield, who were relegated alongside The Bees in May.

The vastly-experienced boss won promotion from the National League with Barnet in 2014/15 but rejected the chance to extend his fifth stint in North London in favour of a switch to Derbyshire.

A former Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United midfielder, Allen kicked-off his managerial career with Barnet in 2003 but has also been at the helm of Brentford, MK Dons, Leicester City, Cheltenham Town, Notts County, Gillingham and Eastleigh.

He’s already made a big impact at Chesterfield having moved quickly to reinforce his squad with a number of new signings, including former Pools defender Michael Nelson.

Where do they play?
Chesterfield moved to the Proact Stadium at the start of the 2010/11 campaign after making the decision to leave Saltergate, which they had called home since 1871.

Built at a cost of £13million, Chesterfield’s impressive base holds just over 10,000 and has also hosted England Under-19 and Under-21 games in recent years.

How did they get here?
Chesterfield failed to shrug off the disappointment of relegation from League One in 2016/17 when they kicked-off last term and got off to a horror start in the fourth tier.

They began last term with Guy Branston in caretaker charge following the sacking of Gary Caldwell but former Spireites hero Jack Lester arrived as the new boss at the end of September.

Lester struggled to turn things around though and he left the club in April after they were effectively relegated from League Two following a draw with rivals Morecambe.

When did we last meet?
Pools and Chesterfield last shared a division in 2013/14 and the last meeting was in April 2014 when The Spireites came from behind to win 2-1 at The Vic after Luke James’ first half opener.

The Derbyshire outfit have won three of their last four meetings against Pools and have the edge historically having enjoyed 42 victories in comparison to our 34 triumphs.

When do we play them?
The National League fixtures for 2018/19 are due to be released toward the end of June.

Bates’ View
“Martin Allen’s early business has been a statement of intent from Chesterfield and they’ll be expecting to be right up at the top of the division this season.

“He knows the National League well and has won promotion from this level before so I would expect them to be strong contenders – but we know what an unforgiving division this can be.

“Like us, Chesterfield are a big club and their aim will be to get back in to the EFL so the games against them will bring a good atmosphere and high entertainment I’m sure.”

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