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At the end of every season, no matter how bad the previous campaign may have been, football fans around the country anticipate that day in June when the new season’s fixtures are announced. I admit, after Chesterfield’s relegation last year the familiar Grounds of League Two didn’t really fill with me with joy, but upon … Continue reading

The Magic of the F.A. Cup…Part 2

Chelsea’s victory marked the end of the 131st F.A. Cup campaign.  My love affair with the trophy started properly at the 106th. Thousands of Players, Managers and Fans will have their own stories to tell, their “I was there when…” moment.  As a last hurrah to this adventure I have decided to list my top … Continue reading

The F.A. Cup Final

The Semi Final now safely behind us, we turned our attentions to the culmination of our challenge; the Final!  It was the day we had been waiting for since concocting our plan 12 months earlier. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out the way you expect.  Man Number Two had a spanner thrown in his works … Continue reading

Merseyside has its day at Wembley

4.20pm Sunday 13th April, 1997.  A ball is whipped across the area to the feet of Chesterfield’s Jonathan Howard.  He makes some space, shoots and scores…Chesterfield 3 Middlesbrough 1. That is what the score line should have read. Unfortunately Referee David Elleray saw things differently; to him the ball didn’t cross the line, so the … Continue reading

The Lights go out in Sunderland

After the euphoria of seeing Chesterfield win at Wembley the previous weekend, it was back to the F.A. Cup trail. Sadly I was unable to get to Sunderland for the replay against Everton, mainly as I was busy during the day, but also because I couldn’t afford the petrol and ticket! Fortunately,  it was being … Continue reading