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Match preview: Stockport County

25 August 2019

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The Spireites travel to Stockport on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm), looking for their first  win of the season. Here is our big match preview...

Tickets

The game is all-ticket for Chesterfield fans and tickets are no longer on sale.
Tickets are priced at £18 for adults, £12 for senior citizens (65+) & students with ID and £5 for youngsters aged 6-17 years. Tickets for disabled supporters are priced at £12.
No tickets will be sold on the day of the match.

Team News

Laurence Maguire is available for selection again after serving a three-match ban. Mike Fondop could be a doubt after suffering a knee injury in Saturday's game against Barrow.

Opposition

The Manager: Jim Gannon

Gannon is a Stockport stalwart, having spent a decade with the club as a player and now in his third spell as manager.

During a playing career which started at Irish side Dundalk, the 50-year-old featured over 350 times for Stockport.

Gannon was runner-up in the EFL Trophy twice with Stockport (in 1992 and 1993) and was also part of three promotions as the club climbed to the second tier.

Gannon finished his playing career at Shelbourne in 2004 and went back to Dundalk for his first job in management before returning to Stockport.

He first took up a role as the director of Stockport’s Centre of Excellence for girls, but only a month later he was in the hot seat.

Gannon was named manager on a caretaker basis before getting the job permanently after managing to save the club from relegation from League Two.

In 2008 he took the club into League One after beating Rochdale 3-2 at Wembley in the play-off final.

Gannon had short stints at Motherwell, Peterborough and Port Vale before returning to the Hatters in 2011.

He was at the club for just over a year before being dismissed as the club found themselves in the League Two relegation zone.

Gannon then spent three years at Northern Premier League Division One North club Northwich Victoria before returning to Edgeley Park in 2016.

His third spell as manager of Stockport has been a successful one, picking up the Cheshire Senior Cup in his first season before securing promotion to the National League last term.

One to Watch: Adam Thomas

Stockport signed Thomas from Hednesford Town in the summer of 2016.

The 25-year-old spent 12 years in Everton’s academy but didn’t make a senior appearance for the club before heading to Stoke City for three years.

Thomas had a short loan stint with Macclesfield Town during the 2014/15 campaign, making two appearances in the National League.

He joined Hednesford Town from Stoke in 2015 and Stockport came calling a year later.

The winger has started off the season strongly, netting three goals in the first three games of the campaign.

Head to Head

The Spireites have faced Stockport on 91 occasions, winning 32, drawing 17 and losing 42 times.

Their last meeting was back in 2011, when it ended in a 1-1 draw in a League Two clash at Edgeley Park.

From the Dugout

John Sheridan said: "It's going to be a really tough game. We need to believe in ourselves and work our socks off. It's a tough, tough league and you can't just turn up."

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