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MEDIA WEEKLY: Home Comforts and Dodgy Eggs

11 August 2016

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Thursday, already? In no time at all we're two matches into the new season and we've got two more important home matches not far away on the horizon.

If you missed last week's column let me welcome you to our new weekly ramble from a member of the media team, where we try and give you a slightly different view on life and some things going on at the Proact.

Get Well Soon Tina!

The first day of the season down at Oxford United was the sort of one you return home from with a big smile on your face - for most of us anyway.

The sun was out and the weather was lovely; it may not have started well but that Ched Evans goal late on was not just a pile-driver to earn a point but also a moment to be remembered for some time to come with all the rapturous celebrations.

Better yet, for club photographer Tina Jenner it was a fellow Welshman on the score sheet and with the team running joyously towards the away fans after the goal she managed to get some brilliant images of it all.

A good day all round...well nearly. I had a wedding reception to speed off to, and later in the evening received an email from Tina, reporting that there may be delay on the photos - as she had barely left the ground before being hit by a horrid bout of food poisoning which had seen the need for an ambulance to be called.

After some days convalescing, a warm egg has shouldered the blame for the incident, and will no doubt be dropped from Tina's matchday squad for this weekend's game with Swindon. We hope you're fighting fit for the home opener, Tina!

Travel Tips and Tweets

While on the subject of Oxford, there were long delays on the M40 before kick-off, making things worryingly touch-and-go for plenty of Spireites heading down for the match.

We received some tweets from fans keeping us abreast of the situation, please do send us these on a matchday and we'll retweet them to hopefully help fellow Spireites dodge the delays.

The Mercury Drops at Spotland

The EFL Cup soon took us to Rochdale, and never mind a couple of hundred miles, Spotland was so chilly it felt multiple time zones away from the tropical weekend conditions in Oxford. At least Paul McGinn's glorious strike warmed us up, for a bit.

Poor Rai Simons, the Bermudan always looks colder than any of the rest of us. It's okay though, I'm sure it will be veritably boiling when we next head back to Rochdale in the league...on Boxing Day.

New Season, New Features

With it being the start to a new home campaign on Saturday, we're excited to see what you'll make of our new matchday programme, which those of you able to come to any of the pre-season friendlies may have had a sneak peak of.

If you've not seen, we're with a different publisher this season and we're hoping you'll love the feel, the design and all the contents we're packing into the 84 pages for each home league match.

We'll have more about what to expect from issue one on this very website tomorrow.

Elsewhere, on PlayerHD we're adding some extra content pre-match with a player now joining Danny or a member of the management team in sitting down to answer questions ahead of each game.

Last week we had Ian Evatt and this week, fresh from signing his new contract, Dion Donohue spoke on camera (not something he enjoys, though he did very well) earlier today and we'll have that footage, along with hearing from the manager, on PlayerHD in the coming hours.

Get in Touch

Now, we know that when it comes to football clubs, including at ours, things don't always run smoothly on the pitch or off, so we're always open to hearing from supporters if you have any ideas, feedback or would like to let us know what you think - be it positive or not so positive.

Send us an email to and we'll do what we can to help.

Iain Pearce - Spireites Media Team

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