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Match preview: Maidenhead United

26 April 2019

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The Spireites end the season on Saturday with a trip to Maidenhead United (12.30pm).


Maidenhead have advised that the plan is for an initial allocation of 500 tickets for Spireites fans, which can be purchased via the link below:

An allocation of seats, at no extra cost, will be available. 

Given the club's large travelling support and the logistics of segregation, Maidenhead officials strongly suggest that Chesterfield supporters purchase in advance via the above link. This will allow them to gauge the level of demand for a potential increased allocation. 

As things stand, there are no plans to make the match all-ticket. If the advance allocation is not sold online, Maidenhead say they may potentially be able to sell tickets on the day.

Team News: 

John Sheridan is likely to be without Laurence Maguire (knee), Kyel Reid (illness) and Jonathan Smith (shin).


The Manager: Alan Devonshire

Alan Devonshire was playing for non-league Southall before West Ham bought him for £5,000 in September 1976 and became a true Hammers legend.

His hard work and creativity down the left-wing massively helped West Ham to win the 1980 FA Cup and secure the Second Division league title the following year. Devonshire made over 450 appearances, scoring 32 goals for West Ham before finishing his career with a brief spell at Watford.

Following his retirement from professional football, Devonshire delved into management, starting his managerial career at non-league club Osterley and Brentford Women. The 63-year-old previously took charge at Maidenhead United from 1996-2003 before moving on to manage Hampton & Richmond Borough and Braintree Town. He returned to Maidenhead in May 2015 and has led them to safety this year.

One-to-watch – Adrian Clifton

Clifton’s youth career saw him play for Arsenal from the age of 11 to 15 followed by development in Norwich City and West Ham United’s ranks.

The 30-year-old began his senior career at Isthmian League side Romford before spells at Waltham Forest and East Thurrock United. Clifton made the step up to the National League when Maidenhead snapped him up in May 2013 helping them lift the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup.

After two years at Maidenhead, he moved to Havant & Waterlooville, but injury hampered his time there. After a short loan spell with Staines Town in February 2016 he made that move permanent for the 2016-17 season before returning to Maidenhead last season.

The Montserrat international has scored 13 goals this season and will be a real threat to the Spireites.

Head to head

Chesterfield have only faced Maidenhead once in their history which was the 3-1 home defeat back in September. The Spireites will be looking to make amends for that loss and finish the season on a high note.

From the dugout

John Sheridan said: “I just want us to be hungry and push to win every game. We just want to finish the season strongly, we will go to win the game, but we need a better performance from our recent away trips.”

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