After the disappointment of being relegated from League One last season, I had been feeling pretty glum over the first part of the summer. Although, a rallying call from Dave Allen at the fans forum had questions being answered, it’s rather wetted my appetite for the forthcoming season. Cricket, for me playing wise has been a real damp squib, so I’ll get on with the summer in’s as far as the transfer market is concerned.
Big signing of the summer in League Two as far as Chesterfield are concerned was the move to obtain Marc Richards, a man highlighted as a 20 goal a season striker, something which he has done in recent years, and someone of whom I have been a big admirer of in recent years. Richards put in a stunning display in March 2010 at Saltergate, where he bagged a hat-trick in a 5-0 drubbing of the Spireites, the worse home defeat for a considerable period of time.
Replacement goalkeeper this season will be former Sheffield Wednesday stopper, Richard O’Donnell, surprisingly let go by the club he supports, he aims to push Tommy Lee all the way, to grab that historical number one spot for the Spireites.
Sam Hird has been brought in the back four, a comfortable defender who has played in the Championship and League One with home town club Doncaster Rovers. He was offered a new deal at the Keepmoat, but Chesterfield fought off several other clubs to obtain the young man’s signature.
Terrell Forbes, a useful and experienced defender brought in to bolster the defensive lines that looked a little thread-bare after the releases last season. Forbes can either play full back or centre half, he was a former house-mate of Nathan Smiths at Yeovil.
Earlier this week, the Spireites signed Sam Togwell, who had been released by Scunthorpe United at the end of last season. Togwell, a former team-mate of Marc Richards at Barnsley, is naturally a defensive midfielder who is comfortable with the ball. Togwell, signs a two year deal, and will provide competition to a useful looking central midfield area.
Those are the new signings brought in, a 22 man squad has been quoted, although it’s a flexible 22, I assume with the likelihood of injuries, loan players would not be discouraged, but only if they are the correct type of loan players.
A quick glance at the fixture list see’s that Chesterfield have a Capital One Cup fixture up first against Tranmere Rovers on a Tuesday night, the Spireites haven’t had a home fixture in this competition since 2006 when they got all the way to the 4th round, yes a repeat of that please.
The League campaign begins at AFC Wimbledon, an historical match, as neither side have met each other before, the Spireites have met Wimbledon before (that’s the 1988 FA Cup winning side) before they uprooted and did an Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, and mould into MK Dons. For the season ticket holders your first home match is versus Rochdale on the 21st August, a little hors d’oeuvre prior to the Saturday game versus Rotherham United.
Our appetites have been whetted, roll on the first friendlies.