TOMORROW evening sees the Spireites attempt to reach the Northern Final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy (JPT) for the first time ever.
John Sheridan’s team travel to Preston North End, whose Chairman Maurice Lindsay stepped down this weekend due to ill health.
Chesterfield are one of just five clubs that have entered every variant of this competition every season since its inception in 1983. However, they’ve failed to progress from the regional semi-final on each of the five previous occasions they’ve reached that stage.
The last time Spireites managed to battle through to the area semi was in 2006-07 when they lost 4-2 at home to Crewe Alexandra. The four previous unsuccessful occasions were all away at Lincoln (2000-01), Stoke City (1999-00), Carlisle United (1995-96) and Stockport County (1992-93).
These two sides have met before in the competition. In 1996-97, Spireites hosted the Lilywhites at Saltergate in the first round and the Lancashire side returned home with a 2-0 win. Chesterfield’s sole two wins in the last 11 weeks have come in the JPT.