Happy new season everyone! We open our Sky Bet League Two campaign with the visit of Grimsby Town at the Proact today, 3pm. Here is our match preview............
Supporters should be aware that Tesco Extra, adjacent to the Proact Stadium, will be enforcing a two-hour matchday parking restriction.
A crowd of over 7000 is expected for the clash with the Mariners and tickets are still available to purchase / be collected from the Proact ticket office up until kick off.
Chesterfield will be without long-term injury absentees Joe Rowley and Jerome Binnom-Williams, otherwise Gary Caldwell has a fully fit squad to choose from, with a number of the club’s signings set to make their competitive debuts.
Grimsby will be without Jamie Osbourne, Sean McAllister and Akwasi Asante for this afternoon’s clash, while Chris Clements is also unlikely to feature.
There is better news for the Mariners, as James Berrett expected to be fit after suffering a head injury in their friendly with Wigan Athletic.
Russell Slade was appointed Grimsby manager for the second time in April, after previously departing Blundell Park 11 years ago, following a two-year spell.
The vastly experienced 56-year-old has managed ten clubs during his managerial career including Yeovil Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic and Coventry City.
Unlike most managers, Slade never had a professional football career; instead starting out as a PE teacher at Frank Wheldon School in Nottingham.
One to watch
Sam Jones – Midfielder/Forward
Jones joined the Mariners from non-league Gateshead in January and certainly caught the eye last season scoring seven goals.
The one-time Leeds United man has been mainly used as a striker, but he can also play in midfield when required.
Head to Head
This afternoon’s clash at the Proact will be the 91st competitive game between the two clubs with the overall record standing at: -
• Chesterfield - 29 (wins)
• Draws - 23
• Grimsby - 38 (wins)
However, the Spireites won their last home league fixture with the Mariners on September 30, 2009, with goals from Derek Niven, Jack Lester and Donal McDermott securing a 3-2 at Saltergate.
From the dugout
Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell is excited about this afternoon’s game and expects a fantastic atmosphere at the Proact.
And he’s called on the Spireites supporters to play their part in helping the team make an immediate return to Sky Bet League One.
He said: “I hope the Proact is rocking because our fans our singing and we don’t hear too much from the away fans.
“We had a fantastic following last season when it was a difficult time for the club and in pre-season the fans came here and gave us great backing.
“Our fans have got a big part to play in our success this season.”
Can't get to the Proact? Fear not you can still follow all the action from the game.
Across match day we'll have:
- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on iFollow.
- Minute-by-minute coverage for the club's Twitter page
- Updates and images from the club's Facebook and Instagram feeds
- Stats and reaction across the weekend on the official site