Five memorable opening day victories

The Spireites will travel to Wealdstone on the opening day of the 2020/21 National League season. We take a look at Chesterfield’s last five opening day wins….

Ebbsfleet United 0-1 Chesterfield: Saturday, August 4, 2018
The Spireites were given a very tough first ever fixture in the National League with an away trip to Ebbsfleet United.

The home side, who fell at the play-off semi-finals the season before, went close to opening the score through Danny Kedwell.

Martin Allen’s side were given the chance to break the deadlock in the 65th minute after Zavon Hines was brought down in the area by Sam Magri.

The winger dusted himself off and slotted home the spot kick to send the traveling into raptures and secure the first win for Chesterfield in the National League.

Chesterfield 3-1 Barnsley: Saturday, August 8, 2015

In a pulsating match at the Proact Stadium, Barnsley opened the scoring in the fourth minute through future Spireites loanee Conor Wilkinson.

The home side levelled the scoring just after half time when Jay O’Shea rocketed his effort beyond Alan Davies.

With less than 20 minutes to go, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake gave Chesterfield the lead with a deflected shot.

Sam Morsy secured the win just a minute later when the Egyptian midfielder curled the ball into the net via the post.

Leyton Orient 1-2 Chesterfield: Saturday, August 9, 2014
The Blues were handed a tough task in their return to League One with a trip to previous seasons beaten play-off finalists Leyton Orient.

Romuald Boco opened the scoring early on when his sliding effort squirmed past Adam Legzdins.
Chesterfield doubled the lead with just ten minutes to go. The striker was sent through on goal before sending his delicate lob into the back of the net.

Orient reduced the lead four minutes later when Darius Henderson scrambled home from close-range, but the away side came away with the win.

Bury 0-2 Chesterfield: Saturday, August 3, 2013
To start another League Two title-winning season, Paul Cook took his side to Gigg Lane to face recently relegated Bury.

It took until the 50th minute for Jay O’Shea to open the scoring, curling the ball into the far corner.

Marc Richards sealed the victory 15 minutes later as he latched onto long ball over the top of the Bury defence before firing his effort in at the near post.

The Spireites kept their two-goal lead and a clean sheet to record a first win in Paul Cook’s first full season as manager.

Chesterfield 2-1 Barnet: Saturday, August 7, 2010
The first competitive game at the b2net Stadium was contested on the opening day of the 2010/11 League Two season between the Spireites and Barnet.

Dwayne Mattis scored the first league goal at the new ground by flicking the ball past Jake Cole on the 25th minute.

Jack Lester doubled the lead on the hour-mark with one of his patented finishes. Glenn Poole reduced the lead to set up a nervy last 20 minutes.

Craig Davies was sent off late on after a strong tackle on Steve Kabba but John Sheridan’s side hung on to claim the first three points of what would end up being a very successful season.