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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.

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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.

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