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Match preview: York City v Chesterfield
HIGHLY-RATED Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee will miss his team’s League Two clash with York City tomorrow.
Former Manchester United trainee Lee, pictured, who has been named supporters’ Player of the Year for the last three seasons at Chesterfield, suffered shoulder ligament damage during the Spireites’ 2-1 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory over Oldham on Tuesday night and has been ruled out for six to eight weeks.
Richard O’Donnell will now start between the sticks at a Bootham Crescent ground where he spent a couple of weeks on work experience from Sheffield Wednesday back in 2007.
Back then, former City boss Billy McEwan drafted him in as cover for Tom Evans but O’Donnell did not make a senior appearance after being rapidly recalled due to injury problems at Hillsborough, where he remained until this summer.
O’Donnell replaced Lee in midweek but will be making his full debut for tomorrow’s visitors.
Otherwise, midfielder Craig Westcarr is available again after missing the Oldham win due to suspension but full-back Nathan Smith remains sidelined by an ankle problem.
With three draws and a defeat, Chesterfield will arrive in North Yorkshire as one of four teams in the division yet to register a league win this term – a record shared with the bottom three teams Dagenham & Redbridge, Bristol Rovers and Barnet.
The Derbyshire side are, however, unbeaten during caretaker-manager Tommy Wright’s first two games in charge.
Wright, formerly assistant to his sacked predecessor John Sheridan, followed up an encouraging 1-1 draw at early pacesetters Gillingham with a successful start to the Spireites’ defence of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
The club have revealed there have been more than 60 applications for the managerial post but want to see how Wright and his number two, Mark Crossley, fare first.
Team (probable): O’Donnell, Forbes, Trotman, Hird, Ridehalgh, Talbot, Togwell, Westcarr, Whittaker, Richards, Boden.
The Spireites have made 38 Football League visits with City winning 15 times and Chesterfield 11.
Chesterfield are unbeaten in their last eight trips boasting six wins and two draws and conceding just one goal.
City’s last win over the Derbyshire club at Bootham Crescent was 4-0 in 1989/90 when Iain Dunn, Ian Helliwell, Tony Barratt and Steve Spooner were on target.
City’s biggest win in the series was 7-1 on Boxing Day 1964 and in 1971/72 Paul Aimson hit a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory.
The biggest crowd was on Good Friday, 1956 when 13,476 saw a 3-1 City win in Division Three North.
Several players have represented both clubs including notable scorers Maurice Dando, Arthur Bottom, Keith Walwyn, Kevin Randall and Paul Barnes.
Links in the 1930s included Oliver Thompson, Ted Wass and Dick Duckworth and in recent years goalkeepers Chris Marples and Andy Leaning, along with Darren Bradshaw and Spooner.
The clubs last met here on January 23, 2001 when Chesterfield won 1-0 in the Third Division (League Two). City lined up: Fettis, Jones, Sertori, Alcide, Stamp, Agnew, Turley, Potter (Jordan), Thompson, Iwelumo, Mathie (McNiven).
It happened on September 8
1958: Terry Farmer was the scorer in a 1-0 home win over Torquay United in Division Four watched by 8,194.
1973: City lost 4-0 at Blackburn Rovers in the Third (League One) but were not to lose again in the League until January 19, 1974 – a club record run of 21 games without defeat.
1984: A 2-0 home win over Newport County with goals from John MacPhail and Keith Houchen. This Third Division game was watched by 4,194.
1990: City’s game at home to Lincoln City in the Fourth Division was abandoned following the death of David Longhurst.
1998: Richard Cresswell (2) and Mark Tinkler scored in a 3-2 win at Walsall in the Second Division (League One).
Compiled by Dave Batters