IN PICTURES: Chesterfield FC’s epic FA Cup semi-final 21 years on

Chesterfield v Middlesborough
Chesterfield v Middlesborough

It’s been a tough season for Spireites fans - but here’s something to put a smile on their faces: memories of the club’s famous FA Cup semi final 21 years ago today.

The whole nation was swept up in the fairy tale story as Chesterfield took on Middlesborough.

Third-tier side Chesterfield gave Premier League Middlesbrough the fright of their lives in FA Cup scare after a thrilling 3-3 semi-final at Old Trafford on 13th April 1997. And If Jonathan Howard’s shot - which crossed the line by a mile after hitting the bar - had not been ruled out, the Spireites could have faced Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

But they were undone by the referee and Middlesbrough won the replay 3-0 but went on to lose the final and suffered relegation from the Premier League.

Hopefully these photos will bring back good memories - and inspire the current team too!