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Played for both: Notts County

13 December 2019

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Chesterfield welcome Notts County to the Proact Stadium on Saturday in the FA Trophy First Round and the two clubs have shared some of the same players over the years.

Matt Tootle, Haydn Hollis, Kristian Dennis and Richard Brindley have all achieved this feat and are currently playing for one of the sides. We take a look at five other players that have played in North Derbyshire and also on one side the River Trent.

  1. Kevin Randall – Chesterfield (1966-1972) & Notts County (1972-1976)

After four appearances for Bury, the late, great Randall joined Chesterfield in the summer of 1966 and formed great strike partnerships with Ivan Hollett and Ernie Moss.

It was the latter who he created the more lethal duo with. Randall reached double figures of goals in each of his six seasons, helping win promotion to the Third Division in 1970 and scoring an infamous chip past England goalkeeper Gordon Banks in a memorable FA Cup tie against Stoke City. The forward played 258 times, scoring 96 times during his stint at Saltergate.

A move to Notts County followed in 1972 where he helped the Magpies to promotion to Division Two in his first season. The striker spent four years at Meadow Lane and scored 39 goals in 121 games.

Randall moved into management after hanging up his boots and returned to the Spireites in 1987 as manager. Unfortunately, he only lasted a year in the role, but he later came back as John Duncan’s assistant and saw the club achieve promotion and reach an FA Cup semi-final

  1. Nicky Law – Notts County (1988-1990) & Chesterfield (1993-1996)

After spells with Barnsley, Blackpool and Plymouth Argyle, Law moved to Notts County for in 1988 and was part of Neil Warnock’s squad that won promotion back to Division Two.

The defender stayed at Meadow Lane but was sent out on loan to Scarborough Athletic, Warnock’s old team. He left at the end of the season after amassing 47 appearances and four goals during his time in Nottingham.

A move to Chesterfield followed in 1993 and Law spent three years at Saltergate. John Duncan’s side won promotion to the Second Division in 1995 after beating Bury 2-0 in the play-off final at Wembley. He left the Blues in 1996 after scoring 11 goals in 111 games.

Law re-joined the Spireites as manager in April 2000 following Duncan’s departure and failed to keep the club in the Second Division. The former Arsenal youth product led Chesterfield to immediate promotion a season later, despite a nine-point deduction. Law left his position at the end of 2001 to join Bradford City.

  1. Tony Lormor – Chesterfield (1994-1997) & Notts County on loan (1998)

Starting at Newcastle United, Lormor spent seven years at a few Football League clubs before joining Chesterfield in 1994.

His first season in Derbyshire was a success, helping the Spireites to a 21-game unbeaten run. Lormor and Phil Robinson formed a deadly duo with both scoring in the 2-0 win over Bury in the 1995 Third Division play-off final at Wembley.

The forward struggled with injury the season after and was also played out of position. He contributed to the FA Cup semi-final with goals against Scarborough and Bristol City before moving to Preston North End in part exchange for David Reeves in November 1997. He scored 35 goals in his 113 outings.

Lormor also struggled at his new club and was loaned out to Notts County in February 1998. The striker made seven appearances but failed to score and eventually moved to rivals Mansfield Town after his loan ended.

  1. Phil Robinson – Notts County (1989-1992 & 1996-1998) & Chesterfield (1994-1996)

After winning back-to-back promotions with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Robinson moved to Notts County in 1989.

It was at Meadow Lane where the forward achieved the same feat. The Magpies went from the Third Division to the First Division in just two years. Robinson left Nottingham in 1992 after scoring five goals in 66 games.

The midfielder moved to Saltergate in 1994 and along with Lormor, immediately transformed Chesterfield into a menacing and effective team. He scored in the play-off final to help Chesterfield win promotion to the Second Division. Robinson left the Spireites a year before the FA Cup run and scored 17 times in his 61 appearances.

The creative player re-joined County in 1996 and spent two more years with the Magpies.

Unfortunately, he would add a relegation to his record instead of another promotion in 1997 and left just a year later after 71 games and five goals.

  1. Craig Westcarr – Notts County (2009-2011) & Chesterfield (2011-2013)

Starting with rivals Nottingham Forest, Westcarr eventually found his way across the River Trent and joined Notts County in 2009.

He spent two full seasons at Meadow Lane and helped to the Magpies to promotion to League One in 2010. He accumulated 104 appearances and found the net 25 times before moving to Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee in 2011.

Unfortunately, the Spireites were relegated from League One at the end of his first full season. However, the striker scored the second goal in injury time as John Sheridan’s side beat Swindon Town 2-0 in the 2012 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final.

The 2012-13 season didn’t plan out as Westcarr hoped and he was transfer-listed by Paul Cook in November 2012. He left in January 2013 by mutual consent after scoring 14 goals in 61 games whilst at the Proact Stadium.

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