The Spireites host Aldershot Town this evening (7.45pm) in the first game of the season at the Proact. Here is our big match preview…..
Tickets can be bought online or at the Club Superstore from 10am until kick-off.
*Season ticket holders who have not yet collected their season ticket cards are advised to arrive at the stadium as early as possible.
In the pre-match press conference, Martin Allen said he hoped to see an improvement "right the way through the whole team" after the 1-0 victory at Ebbsfleet at the weekend.
Manager – Gary Waddock
The Aldershot manager is a familiar face to Allen. They were team-mates at QPR and Waddock served as Allen’s assistant at Barnet.
Waddock became Aldershot Town manager in 2007 and won his first trophy a year later after beating Rushden & Diamonds on penalties in the Conference League Cup. The Shots finished top of the Conference National with a record 101 points and ended the season on an 18-match undefeated run, with Waddock named the Conference Manager of the Year.
Waddock has also managed Queens Park Rangers, Wycombe Wanderers and Oxford United. He wa also at MK Dons as head of coaching and Portsmouth as assistant-manager and caretaker-manager.
One to Watch – Shamir Fenelon
The striker signed for Aldershot from Crawley Town back in 2016 and has bagged 18 goals in 72 appearances after finding his form with the Shots. He has also played for the Republic of Ireland U21 side three times. Fenelon began his career at Brighton & Hove Albion and has played for a number of clubs including Torquay United, Tranmere Rovers and Dagenham & Redbridge.
Head to Head
The Spireites have played Aldershot eight times and their last meeting ended in a 0-0 draw here at the Proact Stadium in 2013. Chesterfield have won three and drawn three of those games, being on the losing end just twice.
From the Dugout:
Martin Allen said: “They play great football, they're great to watch and we will need, without a shadow of doubt, to be absolutely on the top of our game, on and off the field to get something from the game. It will be a very difficult game.”
If you are not able to make it down to the game, we will make sure you are as close to the action as possible by...
- Providing full-match commentary on Spireites Digital
- Having regular coverage on the club’s official Twitter account
- Posting images during the evening on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
- Providing reaction from the game on the official website