Remembering Chesterfield's dramatic FA Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough 23 years on

On April 13, 1997, Chesterfield came agonisingly close to reaching the FA Cup final.

Tuesday, 14th April 2020, 4:19 pm
Sean Dyche smashed home a penalty to put Chesterfield 2-0 up.

The Division Two Spireites led 2-0 against 10-man Premier League Middlesbrough after an hour thanks to goals from Andy Morris and a penalty from Sean Dyche at Old Trafford. But Boro, a man down after Vladimir Kinder was sent off for two first half yellow cards, pulled one back through Fabrizio Ravanelli on 64 minutes Then came the moment that Blues fans will never forget. Jonathan Howard’s 68th minute shot hit the underside of the crossbar and appeared to have crossed the line but referee David Elleray did not give it. He later admitted that it had crossed the line. To rub salt into the wounds, Craig Hignett equalised two minutes later from the penalty spot to make it 2-2. In extra-time, Middlesbrough thought they had won it through Gianluca Festa, but with just one minute remaining in the game, Chestefield-born Jamie Hewitt, headed a dramatic equaliser to secure a replay at Hillsborough, which they would go on to lose 3-0. Here are some pictures from that memorable day...

Youngsters got a glimpse of the FA Cup when it came to Chesterfield in the build up to the semi-final.
Spireites players celebrate making it 3-3 in the last minute of extra-time.

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Jon Howard thought he had put the Blues 3-1 up with a shot that appeared to have crossed the line but it was not given.
Jamie Hewitt celebrates his last minute equaliser in extra time to make it 3-3.
Spireites fans wished their team good luck before the game.