Chesterfield: Eoin Doyle is a record breaker

Bristol City vs Chesterfield - Eoin Doyle Pic By James Williamson
Bristol City vs Chesterfield - Eoin Doyle Pic By James Williamson
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Spireites striker Eoin Doyle has become the fastest Chesterfield player of all time to reach 15 goals in a Football League season.

The Irishman – who bagged in brace in the ultimately disappointing 3-2 loss at Bristol City – has reached that level in just 12 appearances this term.

That’s one game faster than Jimmy Cookson, who in 1925-26 went on to score what was then an all-time record 44 league goals in a season.

That tally remains the best ever achieved by any Spireite in a full season and he also scored two cup goals.

Cookson – who moved to WBA in 1927 – went on to become the fastest man ever to notch 100 league goals, a record he held until Jimmy Greaves beat it in the 1960s.

He remains the only Chesterfield player ever to be the league’s top scorer, his goals all coming in the old Division Three North.

After the injury time defeat at Ashton Gate, Doyle said: “It’s very difficult to take at the minute, it’s heartbreaking.

“We were well in the game and we fought back twice and we could have nicked it ourselves at the end.

“It could have gone either way and unfortunately it went their way.”

He added: “It’s down in the dressing room, it is down.

“To come back twice then concede in the 94th minute is hard to take.

“Even when the board went up and it said four minutes extra, we were the team that kept pushing, trying to go and maybe get the winner.

“Obviously it wasn’t to be and they managed to catch us on the break.

“They’ve put a good ball in and they’ve managed to score from it. It’s a bit heartbreaking.”

Spireites host Oldham Athletic on Saturday. Lee Johnson’s side are unbeaten in ten games in all competitions.