Dean Saunders – New Chesterfield FC manager unveiled

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Dean Saunders was unveiled as the new manager of Chesterfield on Wednesday 13th May at a press conference attended by chairman Dave Allen and chief executive Chris Turner.

The appointment follows the departure of Paul Cook, who was released from his contract to join League 2 club Portsmouth following the Spireites’ play-off defeat to Preston last weekend.

Saunders had an illustrious playing career that saw him play for the likes of Liverpool, Aston Villa, Galatasaray and Nottingham Forest – as well as earning 75 caps for Wales. Since 2008, he has taken charge of Wrexham, Doncaster Rovers, Wolves and Crawley Town before joining the Spireites today.

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Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End – League 1 Play Off Semi-Final (1st Leg)

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Preston North End earned a slim lead over Chesterfield in the first leg of the League 1 play off semi-final on Thursday 7th April 2015.

Jermaine Beckford scored the only goal of the game after just six minutes after Chris Humphrey’s pass cut through a nervy Spireites’ defence.

The hosts responded strongly – Gary Roberts and Ollie Banks both coming agonisingly close to scoring in the second half, but a solid Preston defensive unit held on and head back to Deepdale on Sunday with a 1-0 lead in the tie.

On a personal note, this was my first time reporting from the press box at the Proact Stadium – a very exciting experience and one I look forward to continuing next season!

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2015 World Snooker Championship – The Final

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Stuart Bingham defeated Shaun Murphy 18-15 on 3rd/4th May 2015 to win the World Championship for the first time.

It was one of the greatest finals to grace the famous Crucible Theatre as 38 year old Bingham became only the game’s 20th world champion since 1927.

It was Murphy who got off to the better start, leading 3-0 and 7-4, but ‘Ballrun’ pulled it back on both occasions to trail only 9-8 overnight. A fantastic performance on Monday afternoon then saw Bingham win 6 of the 8 frames to lead 14-11 heading into the last session.

But 2005 World Champion wasn’t done yet, playing some great snooker and capitalising on Bingham’s nerves to level the match at 15-15. The 31st frame then proved vital, as Bingham took a 64-minute battle on the colours before pushing on to win the match 18-15 and complete the fairytale.

Whilst I did not attend any sessions of this year’s final, living in Sheffield means I regularly pass the Crucible. So during the biggest weekend of the snooker calendar, I couldn’t resist a final chance to soak up the unique World Championship atmosphere and get a few photos with the finalists, other former world champions and even a few music stars!

Check out the pics below:

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Sheffield United 1-1 Chesterfield – League 1

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Local rivals Sheffield United and Chesterfield played out a 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane on the final day of the regular season, with both knowing their play-off spots were already secured.

Marc McNulty opened the scoring for the hosts in the first half. But Ian Evatt’s powerful header six minutes into the second period ensured that the Spireites took a share of the spoils.

The draw means the Blades will face Swindon Town, whilst Chesterfield take on Preston North End in the League 1 play offs.

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