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Match Preview: Dagenham & Redbridge

14 September 2018

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The Spireites travel to face Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview….


Supporters will be able to purchase tickets on the day of the game at the ground.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults: £21 (stand)/£15 (terrace)

Concessions (over 65/students with a valid student card): £15 (stand)/£10 (terrace)

Juniors aged 10-16: £12 (stand)/£8 (terrace)

Under-10s: *£2 (stand)/free (terrace)

*(need to be bought with an adult equivalent)

Team News

New signing Tom Denton could feature for the first time in Chesterfield colours on Saturday. It is unknown whether Zavon Hines will be fully fit for the match on Saturday, as Martin Allen said he will be checking on the forward's fitness on Saturday morning.

The Opposition

The Manager – Peter Taylor

The former winger, who made four caps for England, began his managerial career in 1986 with Dartford after a 19-year playing career. Taylor played for clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace, before taking up the role as player-manager at Dartford.

Taylor was then appointed manager at Southend United but left for Dover just two years later. Despite only being at ‘The Whites’ for a year, Taylor was given the England U21 managers job, winning 11 out of his 15 games in charge.

In 1999, he went back to club management and spent a year in charge at Gillingham. His first spell at the club only lasted one season, reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals and gaining promotion to Division One.

Leicester City was Taylor’s next club, and he spent over a year there. Whilst at ‘The Foxes’ he was appointed England caretaker manager, as England lost 1-0 to Italy. He gave David Beckham the England captaincy for the very first time.

He then guided Brighton to a Division Two title in 2002, and went on to manage a Hull City team who went onto capture back-to-back promotions, going all the way from Division Three to the Championship.

After being in charge of the England U21 side for the second time between 2004 and 2007, he had spells at Crystal Palace, Stevenage, and Wycombe Wanderers.

In 2010 he was appointed as manager of Bradford City, but after just a short time at ‘The Bantams’, he surprisingly became the boss of the Bahrain national team.

After just under two years in Bahrain, Taylor then took charge of the England U20 side before heading back to Gillingham.

His second spell with ‘The Gills’ lasted just one year. Taylor then went back to Asia, this time taking the manager’s job at Indian Super League franchise Kerala Blasters. He spent just five months there and then had a break from management. He returned to management just under a year later, to become the New Zealand national team assistant manager.

He came back to Gillingham as Director of Football, eventually becoming interim manager in 2017, but he left both roles in October last year.

One to watch -  Elliott Romain

Striker Elliott Romain joined Dagenham in 2016 after scoring 20 goals for Eastbourne during the 2015/16 season.

He has had two loan spells from the club at Welling and Torquay. His eye for goal during those spells caught the attention of manager Taylor, and he is now one of the club’s top players.

He has started the season in fine fettle, scoring four goals already this campaign. With his confidence high after scoring a last-minute winner last week at Barrow, the Spireites defence will need to keep tabs on Romain during Saturday’s game.

Head to head

The Spireites have come up against Saturday's opponents a total of ten times, winning three, losing three, and drawing four. The last time the two sides met was in April 2014, where the Spireites were 1-0 away winners, thanks to a goal from Eoin Doyle.

From the dugout

Martin Allen at the pre-match press conference: "It's going to be a tough game, I say it week in, week out because every team is well prepared.

"They're well coached, they're well drilled and they're difficult to play against. A lot of the clubs we play against play five at the back, with four in midfield and one up front, making it difficult to break them down."

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- Providing full-match commentary on Spireites Digital

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- Providing reaction from the game on the official website

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