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Match Preview: Maidstone United

28 September 2018

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The Spireites are on their travels on Saturday as they face Maidstone United, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….


Supporters can no longer purchase tickets for the match from the Club Superstore. However, the remaining tickets will be available for purchase at Maidstone’s ground on the day of the game.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults (19-65): £15

Concessions (Over-65/students with valid ID): £12

Youth (11-16): £7

Juniors: (Aged 10 and under): £2


Team News

Martin Allen: "There's a few people going to be missing, but I'm not going into those details today. I don't think I'm going to let anybody know what's going on. There's a few injured and a few people will come in."


The Opposition

Manager - Harry Wheeler

The 30-year-old played for the likes of Stevenage, Hampton & Richmond and his hometown club St Albans City. However, during his playing career, Wheeler always had one eye on management, as he became the youngest ever person to gain the UEFA A-Licence, at just 23 years of age.

His first coaching job was the head coach at St Albans, where he eventually became the manager of ‘The Saints’ three years later.

He then went onto have a spell as Head of Youth Development at Dagenham and Redbridge. Under the guidance of experienced manager John Still, Wheeler was successful in bringing the clubs youngsters into the first team.

Billericay Town appointed Wheeler as manager in April 2017, where he guided the club to promotion to the National League South. He was controversially sacked by Billericay in late August, after losing their first game in 29 matches. There were reports that the club wanted Wheeler back, but he decided to make the move to Maidstone instead.


One to watch – Blair Turgott

The 24-year-old came through the youth ranks at West Ham United, where he made his one and only senior appearance for ‘The Hammers’ in an FA Cup fixture against Nottingham Forrest in 2014. He was also a regular in England’s youth teams, all the way from under 16s to under 19s.

After numerous loan spells at the likes of Bradford City and Colchester, his first permanent move away from West Ham was to Coventry City. His time in the Midlands didn’t last long as he was released soon after, but he then moved to Leyton Orient where he spent a year at the club.

After a spell at Bromley and short spells at Stevenage and Borehamwood, the forward initially moved to Maidstone on loan. After impressing his current club, Turgott made the move permanent and has hit the ground running this season.

Turgott has already found the net seven times for Maidstone, which means the Spireites defence will have to be on their toes on Saturday.


Head to head

The Spireites have come up against Maidstone on six occasions, with Chesterfield winning four and losing two of those matches.


From the dugout

Martin Allen: “They always do very, very well. They're very well organised and hardworking, play 3-5-2 and are difficult to play against.

"They've got a good pitch and a good, passionate crowd. As always, as I've said from day one, every game we play at this level is going to be a tough game."


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- Providing full-match commentary on Spireites Digital
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