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Chesterfield Football Club
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Chesterfield F.C. is the fourth oldest Football League club in England, having been founded in 1867. There is some evidence of a notion being presented but rejected, by Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby, for creating a football team in Chesterfield way back in 1435. The team plays football at the 8,500 capacity Recreation Ground though the stadium is often known as Saltergate, after the road it is situated in. It is one the oldest football grounds in England that is still in use today. Despite their long history, Chesterfield has never been in the top flight of the Football League. The team joined the Football League Division Two in 1899, but failed to gain re-election and had to rejoin the Midland League in 1909. After becoming Midland League champions on two occasions, they rejoined the Football League as founder members of Division Three (North) in 1921. Throughout the 1930's the club enjoyed a rollercoaster ride of Third Division championships followed soon after by relegation. The most notable successes for the club came in 1946-47, when the club achieved its highest League position of 4th in the second tier, and in 1997, when the club reached the FA Cup semi final.


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