This is the fourth time we’ve faced Chesterfield this season, and surely the most important. We suffered one of our most disappointing defeats of the season at The Racecourse last October, when we dominated The Spireites for half an hour, only to collapse completely after an unnecessary own goal by Michael Chambers.
We were offered a swift opportunity for revenge though, as four days later we travelled east for an FA Cup tie which ended in a draw as Mike Fondop’s deft opener was cancelled out by Bobby Grant. The following Tuesday we progressed thanks to a fine finish from JJ Hooper.
Wrexham v Chesterfield is a venerable fixture which stretches back to 1921-2, our first in the Football League. We got off to a flying start too, winning 6-1 at home with Ted Regan and Bill Cotton each grabbing a hat trick.
Cotton scored in 3 of our first 4 games against Chesterfield, but is one goal behind our top scorers in in the fixture, Karl Connolly and Billy Ashcroft, each of whom managed eight goals against The Spireites.
Ashcroft got four of his goals in our biggest away win against Chesterfield, when we won 6-0 in September 1976. Of course, he’s not the only Wrexham player to manage that feat, as the last time we won there, a 4-2 victory in January 2005, Juan Ugarte struck all our goals.
Rob Lainton entered the top ten of Wrexham goalkeepers who have kept the most clean sheets when he shut Dagenham & Redbridge last Saturday. His tally of 34 shut-outs in 72 games is highly impressive, although he still has some way to go to topple Brian Lloyd’s club record of 111!
Tomorrow will be Paul Rutherford’s 475th league game, while Luke Young makes his 75th league appearance for Wrexham.