Spireites’ striker Eoin Doyle has become something of a history man this week.
The Irishman, signed from Hibernian in the summer of 2013, became the first ever Chesterfield player to score hat-tricks in consecutive league matches. He saw a penalty hammer the cross bar before his trio in Saturday’s come from behind 4-1 win over Scunthorpe United.
Doyle, who played for Paul Cook at Sligo Rovers where he bagged his one and only previous hat-trick, followed that with three more at Deepdale on Tuesday to earn Chesterfield a point after they’d been 3-0 down within half an hour. His third was a 90th minute penalty and it became his 11th goal of the campaign. He ended last season with 13 in total.
Eagle-eyed Spireites statisticians will have spotted Harry McCorry hitting consecutive hat-tricks against York City and Heckmondwyke in 1915 and Samuel Wiseall doing the same in 1897 in games with Grantham Rovers and Dresden United, but both of those were in the days when Spireites were plucky non-leaguers.
Reaching double figures at Preston North End means he’s the quickest Chesterfield man since Colin Cook in 1933-34 to do that.
Cook, who reached ten goals in the sixth game of the season, went on to score 29 goals that season before moving on to Luton Town. Spireites finished second in Division Three (North) one point behind Barnsley, but back then only the Champions went up.
Coming back from three goals down to earn a point has only been done twice before, both in seasons that saw Chesterfield change divisions.
As recently as October 2010 John Sheridan’s side was 3-0 and 4-1 down at home to Crewe Alexandra before Craig Clay scored a last gasp goal to level things up at 5-5.