Blogs & Opinion

Superb Spireites

Chesterfield, Adel Taarabt & Danny Graham

Features Posted 21st March 2011 view comments

The Football League Insider pays tribute to John Sheridan's Chesterfield who are all set to seal promotion to League One.

To be promoted by Easter is a sign of a class act and a tremendous achievement in any division.

That is what beckons for Chesterfield, who are now an amazing 17 points clear of fourth place.

They further imposed their dominance on League Two live on Sky Sports - as they thrashed local rivals Rotherham 5-0 at their splendid new home, the B2net Stadium.

Chesterfield: Looking good

Chesterfield: Looking good

Chesterfield were relegated to League Two in 2007, where they have laid dormant since then.

But suddenly after moving into their new 10,000 capacity stadium, and with highly-rated John Sheridan at the helm, the Debryshire side are suddenly perceived as something of a sleeping giant.

And having sold out their match against Rotherham, any team who can garner that sort of support in League Two could easily have Championship aspirations.

There's more live football on Sky Sports than ever before, including the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, England away Euro 2012 qualifiers and La Liga. With four live Sky Sports channels, as well as Sky Sports News, you'll never miss a moment on Sky. Click here for more.

The current side looks to have all the capabilities of mounting a firm promotion challenge next term.

Now this is not to say they are already promoted, but the fact is they could have secured promotion by Easter weekend - a remarkable achievement.


The Football League awards were handed out at the weekend, and it was little surprise that QPR's Adel Taarabt took the Championship gong.

A deserved accolade indeed, but his team-mates Paddy Kenny and Shaun Derry should also be acknowledged, if, or when, they seal promotion to the top-flight as they have provided an excellent spine for The Hoops.

As for the outstanding player, I would also throw the names of Scott Sinclair, Robert Snodgrass, Steve Morison and Danny Graham into the mix.

Speaking of Graham, it was little surprise he returned to former club Middlesbrough at the weekend and scored upon his return, but he refused to over celebrate, acknowledging their role in his career, always a nice gesture when it has true meaning.

Post to your View!

Be the first to post a comment on this story

Add Comment*

Send us your views

Are you a Sky Sports subscriber?

*All fields required, your email address will be kept private

back to top

Other Football Experts:

Latest Posts in Football:

Ray Wilkins

Wilkins: Rooney for captain

Ray Wilkins says Wayne Rooney is the "standout candidate" for the England captaincy....

Jamie Carragher

Carra: Gerrard hard to replace

Jamie Carragher says there’s no natural replacement for Steven Gerrard in the England team....

Martin Tyler

Tyler: We need Stevie's values

Steven Gerrard can inspire the next generation of England stars even in retirement, says Martin Tyler....

Latest News RSS feeds

LVG: No rush to buy players

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists he will not buy players just for the sake of it.

Live transfer updates

Arsenal sign Calum Chambers from Southampton, Harry Redknapp stunned as Loic Remy deal falls through and Dejan Lovren joins Liverpool.

Redknapp queries Remy claims

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has rubbished claims Loic Remy's move to Liverpool broke down over a failed medical.

West Ham to land Jenkinson

Sky Sports understands West Ham are poised to win the race to sign Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson on loan.

Ferdinand: 'A fairytale'

QPR new boy Rio Ferdinand is looking forward to a 'fairytale' finish to his career after leaving Manchester United.


La Liga: A look at the best buys so far in Spain

La Liga: A look at the best buys so far in Spain

The top value signings of the summer might not necessarily involve the best players. Clearly, James Rodríguez and Luis Suárez are a cut above anyone recently recruited by Real Sociedad.

Didier Drogba's return to Chelsea is a sentimental one but the striker can still make an impact on and off the pitch

Didier Drogba's return to Chelsea is a sentimental one but the striker can still make an impact on and off the pitch

“It was an easy decision - I couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again. Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me.”