THURSDAY FOOTBALL RUMOURS: Chesterfield Spireites, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County

Ian Evatt getting to grips at Fleetwood by Tina Jenner Fleetwood v Chesterfield JPT
Ian Evatt getting to grips at Fleetwood by Tina Jenner Fleetwood v Chesterfield JPT

Who thinks the Spireites top of the table clash this weekend will be a “huge turning point”? Plus today’s back pages and football rumours.

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook said his players deserve a ‘big pat on the back’ following Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern area final first leg against Fleetwood Town. Full story: DT

Scunthorpe chairman Peter Swann feels this weekend’s clash with Chesterfield “could be a huge turning point” in the club’s season. Full story: Sky

MORE than 2,000 travelling Chesterfield supporters could be set to make the trip to Glanford Park for Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash with Scunthorpe United. Full story: ScunthorpeTelegraph

RUSS Wilcox says Scunthorpe United are feeling ‘positive and confident’ ahead of their weekend meeting with League Two leaders Chesterfield. Full story: ScunthorpeTelegraph

Nigel Clough got his FA Cup fifth round dream draw when Nottingham Forest beat Preston in their fourth round replay at Deepdale last night. Full story: TheStar

It may not have been the sort of game that enthralled the nation but you can be certain it captivated and delighted all Sheffield United fans. Full story: TheStar

Chris Kirkland’s nomination for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month award takes his comeback to a new level. Full story: TheStar

Owls boss Stuart Gray and keeper Chris Kirkland have been shortlisted for Football League awards after the club’s rise up the Championship table. Full story: TheStar

RICHARD Keogh is relishing the prospect of an “exciting” showdown between Championship promotion-chasers Derby County and Queens Park Rangers on Monday night. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

WITH 57 goals from 29 League games, Derby County sit atop the goal scoring charts but it could and perhaps should be many more than that. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

And nationally: David Beckham confirmed plans that he will start his own Major League Soccer franchise in Miami today, and he has ruled out one man to manage the team - Sir Alex Ferguson. Matt Prior defended himself furiously against accusations of undermining Andy Flower during the dying days of the Ashes tour as the fallout from the Kevin Pietersen saga spiralled out of control yesterday. Arsenal’s huge clash with Manchester United is set to go ahead next Wednesday - even if the planned Tube strike goes ahead. West Ham United threaten legal action against the FA over Andy Carroll suspension. Club are ready to take unprecedented legal action against the Football Association if they refuse to allow Andy Carroll another chance to appeal his three-match suspension. David Moyes has endured plenty of speculation over his ability - or otherwise - to replicate Sir Alex Ferguson’s success at Manchester United. So it probably won’t help Moyes’ mood when he finds out one of his senior players has been accused of stirring talk about his exit from the club. Rio Ferdinand found fingers pointed at him on Wednesday after posting an enigmatic question on Twitter. ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger claims Chelsea’s win at Manchester City proves how unpredictable the title race is, with fourth-placed Liverpool and champions Manchester United to next face the Gunners.