OPINION: A rollercoaster season of emotion and embarrasing defeats for Chesterfield

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Oh well that was the season that was. We started off in September beating Walsall and actually being top of the league, albeit after three matches.

The general consensus was that we were going to be heavily reliant on Ched Evans in the same way that Lee Novak had kept us up with his goals the season before.

This proved to be true as we sunk like a stone as soon as he was back in court in October and didn’t win another league match until we beat Bristol Rovers 3-2 on November 26th.

It’s not so much the losing but the manner of some of the defeats that were utterly embarrassing; being trounced 5-0 at home to Wycombe in the FA Cup was probably the worst of the lot.

That game was no fluke we were thrashed by a team that did not even finish in the play off positions in League 2.

On the subject of Ched Evans, the Daily Mail has just printed a fabulous piece of non journalism pertaining to wages that Evans will be paid at Sheffield United I’d suggest most of the figures are guesstimates at best, but if Evans is on £10k a week at Sheffield United then that’s way above anything Chesterfield could ever pay to any player, which illustrates why it’s unlikely the club will ever make it to the second tier of English football.

Maybe our only chance is to go to Burton Albion and ask them how they have done it, perhaps a mission Ashley Carson could set himself?

Our first player in is David Brooks on a season loan from Bramall Lane, as part of the Evans deal. He’s only 19 and played a couple of cup games for the Blades but no league matches, here’s hoping he’s better than our 5th January loan signings.

Our team next year could quite conceivably be Ian Evatt, Sam Hird and a bunch of teenagers the way things are shaping up, which doesn’t always fill fans with confidence, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Our old chum Paul Cook has been quoted in the press as saying he thinks Chesterfield will OK next season I only wish I shared his optimism. Having just got promoted with Portsmouth.

Cook’s done an interview saying that leaving Chesterfield was a massive wrench for him, and there were things about to happen at the club that he knew about and he couldn’t carry on, he pretty much jumped ship before it hit the rocks.

Thanks for the memories Paul, it was good while it lasted, lets hope we don’t end up like Leyton Orient next season.