Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Match Previews

Match Preview: Gillingham

31 August 2012

Sponsored by

Overview –

The Spireites head into the game at MEMS Priesfield Stadium following a busy week at the Proact Stadium, which saw the first managerial casualty of the League Two season after John Sheridan was relieved of his duties.

The Mancunian was dismissed after a disappointing start to life back in the basement division, which has seen Chesterfield yield just two points from a possible nine. The Spireites were also dumped out of the Capital One Cup at the first hurdle, after an extra-time defeat against Ronnie Moore's Tranmere.

Sheridan's assistant, Tommy Wright will fill the void for the time being and he will be hoping that his side can pick up their first win of the season against an in-form Gillingham.

Martin Allen's side have got their campaign off to a flying start, however, having won their three opening league fixtures. Their first defeat of the season came on Tuesday night after suffering a 2-0 reversal at the hands of Championship outfit Middlesbrough in the second round of the League Cup.

Team News –


Caretaker boss Tommy Wright once again has a fully fit squad to choose from for the trip to Kent and will be boosted by the arrival of Liam Ridehalgh on loan from Huddersfield. The 21-year-old made a cameo appearance in the 1-1 draw with local rivals Rotherham and will be pushing for a start on Saturday.

Former Notts County forward Craig Westcarr missed last week's draw with Steve Evans' side following a family bereavement, but featured for the reserves in yesterday's 4-0 win against Hartelepool United and is likely to be named in the squad for the trip to Priestfield.


Martin Allen has a full-strength squad available for the visit of Chesterfield, as his side will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run in the league to four games. Defender Tom Flanagan is likely to return after serving a one-match suspension following his dismissal in the 1-0 win against Wycombe Wanderers.

Last Time Out –


Chesterfield 1-1 Rotherham (Bowery 2; Odejayi 51)

Chesterfield (4-4-2) - Lee; Forbes, Hird (C), Trotman, Smith; Whitaker, Allott, Togwell, Talbot; Bowery, Richards (Lester 70).


Gillingham 0-2 Middlesbrough (Carayol 23, Park 90)

Gillingham: Nelson, Fish (Strevens 71), Martin, Payne, Lee (Whelpdale 10), Kedwell, Jackman (Dack 53), Allen, Davies, Burton, Barrett.

One to Watch -

Danny Kedwell

29-year-old Danny Kedwell joined his hometown club from AFC Wimbledon for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £60,000 in the summer of 2011, signing a three-year deal at Priestfield. He made his Gills debut in the opening day fixture with Cheltenham and opened his account with a brace from the penalty spot in a 3-0 win against Plymouth Argyle.

He was the club's top scorer last season, netting 14 goals in 46 appearances and has already bagged three this term after being made captain by Martin Allen. Kedwell began his career at Kent-based Chatham Town, before moving to Tonbridge Angels a year later.

His spell at Longmead Stadum was short-lived, however, and he again moved to Fisher Athletic before eventually joining Herne Bay where he notched 28 goals in all competitions. This alerted the attention of Conference South club Welling United, where he scored 38 league goals before getting his big break at Grays Athletic for a club record £12,000.

He spent just one season at the Rush Green Stadium though, scoring 14 goals before dropping down a division to sign for AFC Wimbledon for a fee of £10,000. Kedwell enjoyed the most prolific spell of his career at the Wombles, bagging 43 goals in 83 games including the winning penalty in the 2011 Conference National play-off final against Luton Town to fire the Dons into the Football League.

Ticket Information -

Tickets for the League Two match against Gillingham will be on sale from Wednesday, August 23.

Prices for the fixture are as follows:

Advanced Prices

Matchday Prices




Senior Citizen (Over 65)



Young Adult (16-21 years)



Junior (U16)



Under 12



Wheelchair & Helper



The Spireites make the 382.2 miles round-trip on Saturday, September 1 (KO:3pm).

Supporters can purchase tickets at the Proact Stadium ticket office or by phone on 01246 488 232

Advertisement block