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Good Attendance Figure Expected for Young Lions Match

7 November 2017

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A good attendance figure is expected for tomorrow night's international match at the home of the Spireites, with around 4,000 tickets already processed.

Engalnd U17s face their Portuguese counterparts in a match which kicks off at 7pm as part of a mini tournament. This in preparation for the UEFA European U17 Championship finals, being held next May, which includes the opening game at Chesterfield.

The current U17s will be looking to build on the success of last year's squad, who recently won the U17 World Cup final in India. Although the winning team will not be in Chesterfield tomorrow night, the U17 World Cup trophy will make an appearance.

Young Lions coach Steve Cooper is looking forward to making a return to Chesterfield. He said: "We’ve played there in previous years and had really good attendances. I’ve been there twice myself and I think we’ve got over 4-5,000, so I guess they’ve set themselves a challenge to try and better that if they can.

"We’re really grateful to be going back to Chesterfield. It’s a lovely stadium and a nice pitch. The atmosphere the local people have created there over the last two games have been really really good and really important and we’d love them to do that again."

Cooper believes there are a number of things that can be achieved from the tournament, which also features Russia and Germany. "First and foremost it’s another England camp for the players," he pointed out.

"It’s still pretty early on in their international journey – some are getting call-ups for the first time, some have been with us since U15s so it’s really good to get the group back together and playing some games. That’s always important in the U17 year because you’re preparing for a finals at the end of the year.

"The fact we’re hosting this year and playing in the stadiums the games will be played in, it’ll be great to run through what the finals might look like playing in the stadiums at Chesterfield, Rotherham and Burton.

"We’ve got some really strong opposition. Germany, Portugal and Russia are going to offer us a really good test as we will for them as well. It’s just a matter of continuing the progress and journey of the team and allowing them to get ready for the finals at the end of the year."

Advance purchase of tickets is strongly advised to avoid queuing. They can be purchased from the ticket office during office hours or online, priced at just £3 for adults and £1.50 for concessions.

Group bookings are available for a minimum of 15 tickets per allocation at a cost of just 50p per ticket. Charter Standard clubs eligible to receive a quantity of free tickets.

On the night, tickets can be purchased from the ticket office or from the North Stand ticket booth. 

Supporters are advised that alcohol will not be served on the concourses on the night.

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