Spireites blog: ‘Sheffield United are a league rival as well as a local one for Chesterfield’

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I think it is fair to say that the up-coming tie against local rivals Sheffield United is a match that has been eagerly anticipated by the majority of Spireites supporters since the start of the 2014/2015 season, writes Jack Grasby.

Yesterday the club announced that Saturday’s game at the Proact was heading for a sell-out, and it is hardly surprising.

At the start of the season I predicted that Chesterfield FC would finish the campaign in a comfortable mid-table position.

Since then, Paul Cook’s barmy army have made a big mark on League One with four wins and only two losses in their first nine games, and I feel I now ought to revise my prediction.

It would be very ambitious to say that the Spireites were going to take the league even more by storm and earn promotion, but sitting in eighth position, only two points away from the play-off zone, you can’t help but wonder.

They have had a fantastic start and I they have proved they can achieve a top-table finish and compete against the League One’s big hitters.

And that is why a sell-out on Saturday is not surprising.

It is also why it will be much more than a local derby, the Blades conveniently sit one place above Chesterfield in the table and if Paul Cook and his team want to achieve great things in this league, they need to be winning big games like the one on Saturday.

Sheffield United aren’t just a local competitor for the Spireites, they are a league competitor, and we can only hope that Chesterfield can come out and put on a match-winning performance on Saturday.

As ever, the fans will be instrumental throughout the game and having a full capacity stadium will be a massive help to the players.