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The Low-down on Cup Hosts Braintree Town

6 November 2014

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Few Chesterfield fans will be familiar with FA Cup opponents Braintree, though they do share a nickname with the Spireites' local rivals Scunthorpe United.

“The Iron”, formed in 1989 before undergoing a series of name and league changes due to their associations to the company that founded them and their dispute with the FA over the distance they were forced to travel for fixtures.

Braintree currently occupy the Vanarama Conference, the highest level the club have reached in their history, and go into the game with Chesterfield looking to earn a first ever appearance in the second round of the FA Cup.

Spireites fans shouldn’t expect an easy time against the Essex club though with players such as Ryan Peters, James Mulley and Charlie Strutton all having had football league experience.

Alan Devonshire, the Braintree manager, is no stranger to success either. The former Watford and West Ham United man played for England on eight occasions and has also experienced European club football.

Devonshire has also collected multiple accolades including a Second Division champions medal and an FA Cup winners medal for a 1-0 win over Arsenal- a game in which he provided the assist for the only goal of the game, scored by Trevor Brooking.

Some older Chesterfield fans may remember the Iron’s assistant manager Keith Rowland, as he spent one season at Saltergate, making 12 appearances before moving on to Barnet.

The club's Cressing Road Stadium can hold 4,151 spectators, 553 of which can be seated in the ground's main stand. Spireites fans not sitting in the seated main stand will be stood on the Quag End terrace.

The Quag End is neat, new and was built as recently as 2012. However, the newly reconstructed terrace is open to the elements, so check the weather forecast and bring a rain jacket if need be.

Ticket prices for the match on Sunday, kick-off 2-pm, are as follows:


Adult: £16

Concessions (over 65s, under 18s and full-time students): £12

Terrace standing tickets, available only on the day at the Amlin Stadium:

Adult: £15

Over 65s: £11

Under 16s: £6

Under 11s: £4

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