The Spireites look to make it back-to-back wins when they welcome Wrexham to the Proact on Saturday, 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 the pre-match press conference on Thursday, Martin Allen stated that striker Tom Denton will not be fit for Saturday’s game. The manager explained that it is due to his knee flaring up after last weekend's FA Cup win at Fylde.
Allen also confirmed that Zavon Hines is ready to take Denton’s place in the starting lineup for the Wrexham fixture, after impressive cameos coming off the bench in Chesterfield’s last two matches.
The Manager – Sam Ricketts
Former Welsh international Ricketts was given his first managers job when Wrexham appointed him back in May.
The versatile defender started his career at Oxford United, after coming up through the youth ranks at the club, however, his first taste of success came at Swansea City. Ricketts was an integral part of the Swansea team that were promoted from League Two in 2005, which started the South Wales club’s climb up the divisions.
He was included in the division's Team of the Year that year, and he helped the club reach the League One play-off Final the following campaign. However, Swansea came up short as they were beaten on penalties by Barnsley.
After moving on from Swansea in 2006, Ricketts was part of another promotion, this time to the Premier League. The defender was involved in Hull City’s Championship play-off final win over Bristol City in 2008. It was the first time that Hull and Ricketts had been promoted to the Premier League.
He then made the move to Bolton, where the club suffered relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2011/12 season. Ricketts however, signed a contract extension which would see him stay at Bolton for an extra two years. Unfortunately for the defender, the club were unable to make an instant return to the Premier League, and his contract was cancelled by mutual agreement.
He was reunited with his former Swansea manager Kenny Jackett when he made the move to Wolverhampton Wanderers on a free transfer in 2013. Ricketts captained the Wolves team that were promoted to the Championship in his first season with the club, having notched up a record 103 points.
He was rewarded for his performances that season by being included in the League One Team of the Year. However, the defender found himself out of the team the next season, and moved to Swindon Town on loan for the rest of the campaign.
Ricketts helped the Wiltshire club to the League One play-off final, scoring an important equaliser at Sheffield United in the semi-final. Swindon were however beaten in the final, after losing 4-0 to Preston at Wembley.
He finished his playing career at Coventry City, where he spent a season before picking up a knee injury which forced him to retire in November 2016. During his career, Ricketts notched up over 50 appearances for Wales.
Ricketts has made an impressive start to his managerial career, guiding Wrexham into second place currently in the National League.
One to Watch – Jordan Maguire-Drew
Winger Maguire-Drew joined Wrexham on loan from Brighton at the start of the season, and has been putting in impressive performances for the North Wales club.
His current spell at Wrexham is his fifth loan out from Brighton, with his first two loans being successful at Worthing and Dagenham and Redbridge.
He made the step up to League Two when Lincoln City acquired him on loan in 2017, but he found it difficult in Lincolnshire and returned to Brighton in January. Maguire-Drew was sent out on loan soon after returning to Brighton, with Coventry City being his next destination.
Although he gained promotion to League One at Coventry last season, the winger found game-time hard to come by.
Maguire-Drew has certainly hit the ground running this season for ‘The Dragons’, scoring three goals and always offers a threat to defences with his pace. He can also provide dangerous crosses into the box from wide areas, and has an eye for goal from set pieces. The Spireites defence will certainly have to keep the winger quiet if they are to be successful on Saturday.
Head to head
Saturday’s opponents are a familiar foe for the Spireites, as they haven’t played anyone more times than the North Wales club.
They have come up against each other 114 times, and it’s 51-37 wins in Chesterfield’s favour.
From the dugout
Martin Allen on Wrexham: “I think they’re the best team I've seen all season.
They’ve got goal threats all over the pitch, they’re a very good team and the best Wrexham team I’ve seen for a while.”
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