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Introducing Chesterfield

3 June 2015

The Spireites tasted defeat to Preston in the Play-Offs

Name: Chesterfield Football Club
Founded: 1886
Stadium: Proact Stadium
Capacity: 10.,504
Manager: Dean Saunders
Last season: Sixth in League One

Chesterfield will be hoping to build upon a successful first season back in the third tier when the 2015/16 campaign gets underway.

The Spireites finished sixth in League One last term, clinching the final Play-Off spot – only to lose over two legs against eventual winners Preston North End.

The defeat against the Lilywhites would see Paul Cook depart the Derbyshire outfit in favour of a move to Portsmouth, as Dean Saunders took the helm at the Proact Stadium.

Born in Swansea, Saunders began his career at his hometown club in 1982, remaining at the Swans for a further three years.

A 19-year career would follow with the likes of Derby County and Aston Villa, before moving into management with Wrexham in October 2008, where he would spend three years at the Racecourse Ground.

Saunders would spend brief spells in charge at Doncaster Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Crawley Town his most recent job, as he spent the second half of last season as interim manager in West Sussex.

The Chesterfield faithful will hope that midfielder Sam Clucas can carry on his form into the upcoming season.

Clucas signed for the Spireites last summer from local rivals Mansfield Town, and became a key player in the set-up at the Proact Stadium.

Born in Lincoln, the 24-year-old started his career in the youth set up at Leicester City, which were followed by brief spells Nettleham and hometown side Lincoln City.

Clucas would then go on to win a scholarship at the Glenn Hoddle academy in southern Spain, which saw a move to side Jerez Industrial materialise in 2010.

After a year in Spain, he returned to English shores with Hereford United in November 2011 following a successful trial.

A further two years would be spent at Edgar Street, with Clucas securing a move to Mansfield for £20,000 in July 2013.

Clucas remained with the Stags for just one season, where he appeared 43 times, netting on eight occasions.

The midfielder swapped Nottinghamshire for Derbyshire in September 2014, appearing 38 times for the club last term.

The Cod Army have met with Chesterfield eight times in league and cup, with the last meeting ending in a 3-0 victory for Chesterfield.

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