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FA Trophy Match Preview: Notts County

13 December 2019

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The Spireites host local rivals Notts County in the FA Trophy first round on Saturday, kick-off 1pm. Here is our big match preview for the game....


Adult tickets are priced at £10 while tickets for over-65s and under-16s cost £5 and £3 respectively. Don't forget that tickets purchased on the day of the game increase by £1.

To buy your ticket(s) online, please click here.

There will be a poster-style programme for the match, costing £2.

Team News:

After Tuesday night's game at home to Yeovil Town, goalkeeper coach Mark Crossley revealed that a few youngsters could be involved in the matchday squad on Saturday.


Manager: Neal Ardley

In 1991, Ardley signed his first professional contract with then top-flight side Wimbledon just before the formation of the FA Premier League.

During his 11 years with the Crazy Gang, he made almost 250 appearances, scored 18 goals and also won ten caps with the England under-21s.

He joined Watford in 2002 and stayed with the Hornets for three years. Watford reached an FA Cup and a League Cup semi-final whilst at Vicarage Road.

After leaving the Hertfordshire side, the midfielder moved to Cardiff City and then Millwall before hanging up his boots in 2007.

Ardley turned his attention to management after retiring and became manager of League Two side AFC Wimbledon in 2012.

He spent six years at Kingsmeadow, taking the club up to League One following their 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle in the 2016 League Two play-off final. The Epsom-born manager left the Dons by mutual consent in November 2018.

Just six days later, Ardley was back in management with Notts County. However, he couldn’t save the Magpies from being relegated from the Football League for the first time in their 157-year history.

Notts County currently sit in 12th place in the National League and the 47-year-old sees his side just five points of the play-offs.

One to Watch – Kristian Dennis

The former Spireite started his career with Macclesfield Town, signing his first professional contract with the club in 2008.

Dennis only made a handful of appearances for the Silkman and was loaned out to Ashton United and Woodley Sports before moving to the latter permanently in 2010.

Spells at fellow non-league sides Mossley and Curzon Ashton followed prior to his move to Stockport County.

The striker scored 22 times in 64 games. However, he was transfer-listed by new manager Neil Young in May 2015.

Dennis re-joined Macclesfield Town on loan for the 2015/2016 season and scored 27 goals that season, which opened up a move to Chesterfield at the end of that season.

He spent two seasons with the Spireites where he scored 31 goals in 90 appearances. After the Blues’ relegation to the National League, the forward joined League Two Notts County.

The 29-year-old struggled in his first season at Meadow Lane, rarely playing for the Magpies and also having a loan spell with Grimsby.

Dennis has excelled back in the fifth tier, clawing his way back into Notts County team and notching in eight goals so far this term.

Head to Head:

Saturday’s FA Trophy tie will be the 70th fixture between the two sides.

Last time out the Spireites secured a 1-0 win at home in front of the BT Sports cameras. Gevaro scored his first goal for the club with his 27th-minute winner.

From the Dugout:

Goalkeeper coach Mark Crossley: “We might have to throw a few of the kids in. We don’t like to put too much pressure on the young lads but it might have to be the case. It’s a big game against a big club and we all know there’s Wembley at stake. Everybody wants to get to Wembley in this competition.”


If you are not able to make it down to the game, we will make sure you are as close to the action as possible by…

-Providing full-match commentary on Spireites Digital

-Posting regular coverage on the club’s official Twitter account

-Uploading images during the afternoon on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

-Providing reaction from the game on the official website

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