Following in the Footsteps of Spencer Austin: I Am Now a Spireite

Andrew KearneyCorrespondent IAugust 9, 2010

I have resolved that for this season I will follow a team until they lose. At that point my allegiance will switch to the side that beat them.

First game in to my new season experiment and I already have a new club to follow.

The first team I chose to follow were Barnet who had a tough opening day fixture away at promotion favourites Chesterfield.

I wasn't able to get up to Chesterfield but I put £10 on Barnet to win and listened avidly on the wireless and kept my eyes fixed on Soccer Saturday, willing my new team on to victory.

It was not to be however. Playing for the first time at their new B2Net stadium, Chesterfield took the lead Dwayne Mattiss in the 25th minute.

Striker Jack Lester doubled Chesterfield's advantage early in the second half. Though Barnet pulled one back through Kevin Poole and Chesterfield had a player sent off it was not to be the Bee's day.

This meant that for me it was goodbye Barnet, hello Chesterfield.

As it happens, I have a fond memory of Chesterfield and their old Saltergate ground.

A couple of years ago, my local non-league side were drawn against Chesterfield in the FA Cup. In a brilliant display of giant killing, they won 1-0.

The Spireites next game is a League Cup tie. Their opponents are Championship side Middlesbrough.

This is an early test to my resolve. The smart money would surely go on Middlesbrough, the pre-season favourites to win the Championship and return to the Premier League.

This is not however, as all Chesterfield fans know, the first time the Spireites have taken Boro on in a major cup competition.

In 1997, Chesterfield (then playing in England's third-tier) shocked everyone when they made it to the FA Cup Semi-Finals. They were drawn to play Middlesbrough.

Following a sensational display from Chesterfield in the first game to draw 3-3, the Premier League side would eventually win the replay 3-0.

Us Chesterfield fans will be looking to even the score.


Money spent thus far: 10.00

Winnings: 0

Total: -10.00


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