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Match Preview: Salford City

7 December 2018

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The Spireites are back in league action on Saturday, as they host Salford City in their next National League fixture, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….


Tickets can be bought online, or supporters can purchase their tickets on the day of the game, from the Club Superstore from 10am-12pm and then from the ticket office, which will be open from 12 pm until kick off.

Team news

Chesterfield will be without Joe Rowley on Saturday as the midfielder is suspended. During the pre-match press conference, Martin Allen confirmed that Laurence Maguire will also miss the Salford game due to a knee injury. The Spireites manager stated that the defender has had a scan on the injury and will likely be out of action for around six weeks.

The opposition

The Manager - Graham Alexander

Midlands-born Alexander began his youth playing career at Scunthorpe United in the late 1980s, where he later signed his first professional contract. He went on to make 159 appearances for the Irons, cementing his place in the first team and making the right-back position his own.

During his time at Scunthorpe, he attracted a lot of attention from several different clubs, including Luton Town. In 1995, Alexander made the move to Bedfordshire for a transfer fee of £100,000, where he played 150 times in his four-year spell at the club.

After four years at Luton, Alexander was on the move again. In 1999, two clubs were competing for his signature, Burnley and Preston North-End. He opted to sign for Preston North-End, where he spent the majority of his career. Alexander was also made club captain in this time at The Lilywhites.

After multiple impressive displays, Alexander was called up to the Scottish national team. He made his debut in 2002 in a 2-1 defeat to Nigeria. Alexander went on to play an additional 39 times for his country.

In 2007, almost nine years after they originally tried to sign him, Alexander moved to Lancashire rivals, Burnley. He was part of The Clarets promotion side who returned to the Premier League after a 33-year absence from the top flight.

In the 2010/2011 season, Alexander made his 1000th appearance for club and country. Manager Brian Laws also made him club captain. However, this was to be his last year at Turf Moor.

Alexander returned to Preston North-End, where he made 18 appearances. After the sacking of manager Phil Brown during the season, Alexander became joint caretaker manager alongside David Unsworth for two matches.

In 2012, Alexander made his 370th and last competitive appearance for Preston. At the end of the season, he was appointed as Head of Youth Development.

Alexander was appointed manager of Fleetwood Town in 2012. He guided The Fisherman to promotion in the 2013-14 season, after winning the League Two play-off final.

After a poor start to the 2015-2016 season, Alexander was dismissed.

He then re-signed for his first club, Scunthorpe United where he spent two years, guiding the team to the League One play-off Final.

However, after a run of eight games without a win, Alexander was sacked and joined newly promoted Salford City, who currently sit in second place in The National League.

One to watch - Adam Rooney

Experienced striker Rooney began his youth career at Stoke City, before going out on loan to several clubs, including Chesterfield, where he scored six goals.

In 2008, Rooney moved to Scotland. The Irishmen joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle, making 103 appearances and scoring 44 times.

The striker had spells at clubs such as Birmingham City, Swindon Town and Oldham Athletic before joining Salford City this season.

Rooney is the league's top goal scorer, netting on 17 occasions so far. The Spireites will have to be on top form if they want to keep the forward quiet.

Head to head

The two sides have only met once before, which was earlier this season in August. Salford took all 3 points on this occasion, winning the game 3-2.

From the dugout

Martin Allen on Salford: “They’ve got some good players. They’ve spent very well. Everyone knocks them for spending money, but they’ve spent wisely.

“They’ve pushed the boat out in certain areas and they are getting the reward from that investment.”


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