The 2013/2014 season couldn’t have been much better for Chesterfield FC, who managed to secure promotion to League One, were crowned League Two champions and even managed a trip to London for a Wembley final.
Despite the fantastic past season however, I think it is fair to say that there will be many fans out there who are still haunted by the memories of the Spireites’ last stint in English football’s third tier.
Under the leadership of John Sheridan three years ago, the blues only managed to muster up 10 wins out of a total 46 games in their last League One season, in which they finished two points from the bottom of the table, and subsequently got relegated.
Now, after two seasons back in League Two with Paul Cook at the helm, the Spireites look set for a challenging year as they hope to stay up and finish the season in a respectable posistion.
They will also look to erase the memories of last time the club graced League One, and although it is always difficult for any team that have recently been promoted, I think they have a fantastic chance of doing this, and giving Chesterfield a team to be proud of.
Despite fans’ concerns over the size of the squad, and a lack of goalscorers (which they will definitely need), supporters need to look no further than the boss, Paul Cook, who I believe is more than capable of leading the Spireites’ in a successful coming season.
Cook’s management style and leadership qualities will make the blues a tough opponent for any team next season, and you don’t have to look very far back for proof of his ability, after his half time team talk inspired a two goal come back in the last game of last season, securing the league title.
Of course, it is ineviably going to be a season of highs and lows for Chesterfield, and there is no doubt that there will be some wet, dull evenings in store for travelling fans with the blues set for evening games away to Colchester and Preston over the coming months.
To top it off, there is also a guarantee of last day drama thanks to the fixture list, with a grandstand finish inevitable as Paul Cook’s Barmy Army face local rivals Sheffield United on the last game of the season.
However, with a great management team, a strong group of players and the momentum from an incredible last season, I think the future looks bright for Chesterfield FC.
By Jack Grasby