PAST TIMES: Chesterfield

Last updated : 04 April 2010 By Jaybee

Barnet and Chesterfield have met each other on 13 occasions all in the fourth tier of the football league. Barnet have won 5 times, Chesterfield 6 and two matches have been drawn. The first time the two sides met was in Barnet’s first season I the football league, in a Division Four match in November 191, when Chesterfield came to Underhill and won 2-1. The Spireites completed the double that season winning the return at Saltergate, 3-2.

The following season, 92-93, was Barnet’s promotion year and that season they did the double over Chesterfield with 2-1 wins, home and away. Following Barnet’s quick return back to the bottom tier, now Division 3, in 1994, the two sides resumed their fixtures against one another in 1994/95. Both sides won their respective home games, Barnet winning 4-1 at Underhill, while Chesterfield won the return 2-0.

Chesterfield were promoted at the end of that season and the next time that the two sides met was in the 2000-01 season that ended with Barnet being relegated back to the Conference, However, Barnet did well that season winning 2-1 at Saltergate and drawing 1-1 in the return at Underhill. Chesterfield were the league leaders and went ahead with a disputed penalty in the first half. Barnet fought back however and, with 25 minutes remaining, Mark Arber equalised for the Bees with a spectacular overhead kick. The Barnet side that day was, Harrison; Stockley, Heald, Arber, Flynn; Goodhind, Gower (Currie 78), Brown, Niven; Cottee, Richards.

In 2007/08 the two sides met again in what was now called League Two and both sides lost their home matches. A Jason Norville goal was enough to give the Bees a 1-0 win at Saltergate in September, but Chesterfield got their revenge with a 2-0 win at Underhill late on in December.

On the opening day of last season, Chesterfield won 3-1 at Underhill, with Ashley Carew opened the scoring for the Bees in the 18th minute with a free kick taken from Barnet’s half which was misjudged by Chesterfield goalkeeper, Tommy Lee. Barnet lead 1-0 at half time but Chesterfield took control in the second half and goals from Jamie Ward and Jack Lester (2) gave Chesterfield the three points. In the return fixture at Saltergate, the two teams had to settle for a point apiece with Ismail Yakubu scoring for the Bees in a 1-1 draw.

Earlier this season, Chesterfield won 1-0 at Saltergate.