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Spireites' 2015/16 Vital Statistics: Part 2, The Players

8 June 2016

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Earlier in the week we looked through some statistics regarding the Spireites team for last season, but how did some of the squad members get on during 2015/16?


Tommy Lee was the only Spireite to play every minute of every league game, though Jay O'Shea also featured in all 46 outings, starting 39 of them. Sam Hird (40) was the only other player to pull on the jersey 40 times, while Gboly Ariyibi had 38 showings.

The least number of appearances were for Derek Daly, who started at Peterborough United on Boxing Day, and loanee Jack Fitzwater, while a thought should be spared for goalkeeping pair Aaron Chapman and Alex Cairns, who between them suited up for 45 games but didn't once dirty their gloves.

Lee may have conceded 39 Proact goals in the 23 home games, but his record of just 31 concessions away from home puts him and his rearguard inside the league's top ten away defences.

Goals and Assists

The Spireites had 12 different scorers in the league this season, with Dan Jones, Connor Dimaio and Ian Evatt the only three to score just once. Lee Novak lead the way with 14, while Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (ten) and Jay O'Shea (nine) followed closely behind.

Top scorer Novak clearly doesn't tire, scoring seven goals in each half and peaking in January and February when he plundered seven goals in eight matches. Novak, who gained a goal every 200 minutes, favoured his right foot (ten goals) but also scored two with his left and two with his head.

Chesterfield's top assisters this season were Jay O'Shea and Gboly Ariyibi, who set up seven each (Lee Novak scoring from four of them) - two ahead of Dan Gardner. Peterborough United's Marcus Maddison lead the way in the category with 14 assists to his name.

While the Spireites won just six games at home in the campaign they did score 36 goals at the Proact, while in their far more impressive nine away wins a mere 22 shots hit the net. 

Individual Player Stats

The Spireites did come in the automatic promotion spots in the oldest outfield player award, with Ritchie Humphreys playing as a 38-year-old as recently as March 12 in the Proact match with Walsall. 

Top spot in the oldest player stakes goes to Port Vale's evergreen midfielder Michael Brown, 39-years-young and reportedly favourite to take the reigns at Vale Park after former Spireite Rob Page's move to Northampton.

Elsewhere, Rai Simons made an impact not just from the bench but also on the map, the only Bermudan to play in Sky Bet League 1 this campaign, while Virginia-born Gboly Ariyibi was one of just three Americans (though he has said he may still switch to Nigeria or England if the call were to come).

His season may have been curtailed early due to injury, but Ian Evatt was the 11th oldest goalscorer when he headed home at Walsall, 33 years and 332 days old at the time. Crewe's Ryan Lowe was the elder statesman of goalscoring charts, scoring as a 37-year-old in May.

*Please note that these statistics are for Sky Bet League 1 matches alone and do not account for any cup matches.

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