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Big match preview: Fleetwood v Chesterfield

17 November 2016

Essential guide for Saturday's game with Chesterfield

The Cod Army return to Highbury for the second of three home games in eight days when they take on Chesterfield this Saturday afternoon.

Town will be looking to complete an early season double over Danny Wilson’s men after winning at the Proact Stadium less than a month ago courtesy of a Conor McLaughlin strike. 

It’s been a testing week for the Derbyshire outfit. At Monday night’s AGM the Spireites chairman and director Dave Allen announced he was resigning from both roles casting doubt over the very future of the club.

Last Time Out

Fleetwood needed extra-time to see off a spirited challenge from Southport on Tuesday night in the Emirates FA Cup. Aaron Amadi-Holloway’s deflected strike looked to be enough to secure victory for Town but the Sandgrounders deservedly drew level with four minutes remaining when substitiute Ashley Grimes smashed home from a crowded penalty area.

The Cod Army let their class show in the first period of extra-time however with three quick-fire goals to blow the Merseysiders away. Substitute Cian Bolger powered home a header before fellow replacement Ashley Hunter trapped a long punt forward with consummate ease and stroked beyond Magnus Norman. Amari’i Bell added gloss to the scoreline when he smashed in his first goal for the club as Uwe Rosler’s troops finally settled the tie after 210 minutes of football.

The Spireites were most recently in action on Sunday when they took on local rivals Sheffield United and they were resoundingly defeated 4-1.

The game started perfectly for Chesterfield however when they took the lead after just two minutes when Jon Nolan lashed in from just inside the penalty area but that was as good as the afternoon got for Danny Wilson against the side he managed between 2011 and 2013.

Whatever Blades gaffer Chris Wilder said to his troops at half-time had the desired effect as his side blitzed the second half with a four goal salvo. Firstly Kieron Freeman nodded the visitor’s level before Jon Fleck cracked in from the edge of the box.

Seasoned strikers Billy Sharp and Leon Clarke sealed victory for the Blades and condemned Chesterfield to the bottom of the League One table, seven points from safety ahead of their trip to Highbury this weekend.


Ones to Watch

Kristian Dennis has scored goals regularly at every club he’s represented. A product of the Macclesfield Town youth set-up the striker made his name at Curzon Ashton where he bagged 61 league goals in just two seasons for the Nash earning Dennis a move to Stockport County. The 26 year old adapted well to Conference North football netting 25 times before rejoining National League side Macclesfield ahead of the 2015-16 campaign. Dennis took the fifth tier by storm and led the divisions’ goalscoring charts for most of the season, racking up over 30 for the Cheshire side in all competitions earning his move into the Football League with the Spireites this summer.

Another of Danny Wilson’s men who knows how to find the back of the net is Ched Evans. The forward began his professional career at Manchester City before joining Sheffield United in 2009 for three million pounds. Evans consistently scored goals for the Blades earning him 13 caps for the Welsh national team in the process.

After a hiatus from the game between 2012 and 2016, Evans joined Chesterfield to link-up with Wilson and Chris Morgan, both of whom had coached him at Bramall Lane. The striker netted on his return to the professional game with a bullet of a free-kick away at Oxford United on the opening day of this season. Evans has five goals to his name in 2016-17 thus far.

Centre-back Ian Evatt brings a wealth of experience to the Spireites back line. The 34 year old is in his second spell at the club after previously representing them between 2003 and 2005. The no-nonsense defender also counts Derby County, Queens Park Rangers and Blackpool, with whom he earned promotion to the Championship and then to the Premier League in 2010, as former clubs. Evatt re-joined Chesterfield in the summer of 2013 and is approaching 200 appearances for the club across both of his spells. 

Ticket Information

This Saturday’s game features two special offers for supporters.

Firstly all current servicemen and women are admitted into the ground free of charge should they claim their free ticket in advance of the game.

Service personnel should present their ID cards at the Club Shop to gain their free ticket.

The Club Shop is open from 9-00am until 5-00pm from Monday to Friday as well as Saturday from 9-00am until kick-off at 3-00pm.

Additionally all supporters who buy a ticket for this Saturday’s game with Chesterfield will qualify to purchase a ticket for the Shrewsbury Town league match on Tuesday 22 November ticket at a half-price rate. The Shrewsbury Town match will kick off at 7-45pm at Highbury Stadium. 

Tickets are on sale for both matches now and the ticket office is open between Monday and Friday from 9-00am until 5-00pm and also on Saturday from 9-00am with kick-off for the Chesterfield match being 3-00pm.

*Terms and conditions apply*

Tickets must be like for like e.g. if you buy a Memorial Stand ticket for Chesterfield FC you will receive a Memorial Stand ticket for Shrewsbury Town FC

·        Tickets for both games must be purchased at the same time

·        Seating is available on a first come first served basis, once all seats have been claimed this offer will revert to standing

·        This offer cannot be redeemed online at – tickets can only be purchased over the phone or in the club shop  

Other than that tickets are available to purchase from the Fleetwood Town ticketing website here:

Away Supporters 

Visiting supporters will be allocated seating in the Parkside Stand (Blocks F&G) and also standing in the Percy Ronson Terrace.

Entry for away fans is by ticket only and tickets can be purchased by pre-sale and on the day of the game.

Tickets for both the Parkside Stand and Percy Ronson Terrace will be available from the Main ticket office on Park Avenue (open from 9-00am until kick off) or at the Away ticket office on Highbury Avenue (open from 1:00pm until kick off).

Proof of age ID will be requested for all concessionary tickets.  

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