Spireites bid to halt slide

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CHESTERFIELD will be looking to avoid making the start of this season the club’s worst in over one hundred years.

Should John Sheridan’s current crop fail to beat bottom side Leyton Orient on Saturday, it will become the worst start since the long forgotten 1901-02 campaign.

Back then, it took until the ninth game of the season, a 2-0 home win over Preston North End, for the side to add to the single Division Two point earned in game number three, a goalless home draw against Doncaster Rovers.

For the optimists, that 1938-39 season saw Chesterfield recover well. By Easter they’d risen to third place after successive wins over Burnley, Spurs and Newcastle. However they faded to finish in sixth spot.

Sheridan will be hoping to add to his squad today, the final date that permanent signings can be made before 2012.