Shakers clinch promotion – League Two review

Billing Monday’s game at Chesterfield as the title decider only really rang true in terms of the Spireites’ pursuit of the championship, writes Danny Brothers, but Bury, the winners of a match worthy of any division, kept hold of their ambitions of stealing the title away at the last while also confirming their place in League One next season.

It was a pulsating contest at the B2Net Stadium …

Spireites promoted – League Two review

Chesterfield got what they were craving on Friday night as the Spireites were promoted to League One without having to kick a ball, writes Danny Brothers. After the steam rolling effect that they’ve had in League Two this season, it may be fitting that they were elevated to the next level thanks to their rivals not keeping up with the incredible pace they’ve set.

That’s certainly not for the …

Wales 0 England 2: In Defence of the Championship

Anticipation. Excitement. Demoralising disappointment. Eventually, resigned acceptance. Not just the emotions of Welsh football supporters on a thoroughly miserable afternoon at the Millennium Stadium, but the feelings of one supporter of a Championship club upon watching events unfold in the principality. Premier League fans queued up to pour scorn on the Wales performance and Championship players were widely criticised.

The Welsh lineup read much like a Championship representative side, with …

Chesterfield Football Club – Champions elect

Chesterfield will be playing in League One next season. Not officially, of course. Not yet. But it really is just a matter of time now. Fittingly, John Sheridan’s side chose a live broadcast of a crucial game with fourth-placed Rotherham United to showcase their talent. Friday night had barely begun and Chesterfield had three goals.

By the end of it, they had enjoyed 60% of the possession, peppered Andy Warrington’s …

From Sao Paulo to Southend: The Football League boys from Brazil


Sometimes I manage to convince myself that football no longer holds any real element of surprise. That everything has been done, or at least that the sparkle has faded in some way and been replaced by cynicism. And at the final moment, just when all seems to be lost, it saves itself. The story begins.
Brazil. The land of blue, green and gold. As in the flag, as in the…