The Spireites are back in league action on Saturday, as they host Havant & Waterlooville 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.
During Thursday’s pre-match press conference, Martin Allen confirmed that Zavon Hines isn’t likely to be a part of the squad for Saturday’s game.
“Zavon has had some time off down in London with private matters and unfortunately, he’s come back with a sore knee," Allen explained.
"I very much doubt he’ll be available for Saturday, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
Hines aside, the manager has a full squad for Havant & Waterlooville’s visit to the Proact.
The Manager – Lee Bradbury
Bradbury began his professional playing career at Portsmouth, and in his final season in his first spell at Pompey, impressed a number of clubs including Manchester City. He made the move to Manchester in 1997, where he cost them a club record fee at the time of £3 million.
However, he was unable to make an impact in his first season, scoring on just 6 occasions. Manchester City were relegated that season, and after just one campaign at Maine Road, Bradbury was on the move again.
His next destination was Crystal Palace, but his time in South London lasted less than a year, as he headed back down to the South Coast to join Portsmouth for a second spell in 1999.
His second stint at Portsmouth got Bradbury’s career back on track, as he ended up making over 100 appearances for the club. Unfortunately for the forward, he fell out of contention for a place in the squad, as Portsmouth attempted an assault for the First Division title in the 2002-03 season.
He was loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County, and Walsall, before signing a permanent deal at Oxford United.
After his time at ‘The U’s’, the forward was signed by Southend United but was sent out on loan to Bournemouth after a season.
After playing just once for ‘The Cherries’, the deal was made permanent, and Bradbury enjoyed four seasons on the South Coast.
It was at Bournemouth where he started his career as a manager, when he was made caretaker manager after Eddie Howe left for Burnley in 2011.
He retired from playing a day later, and his position was made permanent just a couple of weeks after his initial appointment as caretaker boss.
During his first season as manager, Bradbury managed to guide Bournemouth into the League One play-offs. However, they lost out on promotion at the hands of Huddersfield Town on penalties.
The next season, Bournemouth were unable to replicate their good form, and Bradbury was dismissed.
He returned to Portsmouth to coach the under-14s for a short period, before moving to his current club Havant and Waterlooville.
The club were relegated from the National League South in 2016, however, under the guidance of Bradbury, they bounced straight back. The secured promotion back to the National League South on the final day of the season, and earnt Bradbury the ‘Manager of the year’ award.
They secured back-to-back promotions last year, as they were promoted to the National League as champions. Havant & Waterlooville currently sit in 20th position in the National League table, one place below the Spireites.
One to Watch – Nicke Kabamba
After spells in the lower divisions with the likes of Uxbridge, Hayes, Burnham and Hemel Hempstead, it was Kabamba’s impressive goal-scoring season at Hampton and Richmond Borough that caught the eye of League clubs.
Portsmouth signed him in 2017, where he was loaned out to Colchester United and Aldershot Town before his spell at Pompey came to an end.
Kabamba was signed after his contract ended at Portsmouth in the summer, and has been in impressive form in the National League this season.
The 25-year-old has netted five goals so far this campaign, so the Spireites will have to be on top form to keep the forward quiet on Saturday.
Head to head
Saturday will be the first meeting between the two teams.
From the dugout
Martin Allen: “Any team that comes up is a good team and we’ve seen from Havant & Waterlooville what a decent side they are. I know their manager, Lee Bradbury, very well and he’s done an amazing job on a small budget.”
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