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Match Preview: Ebbsfleet

1 November 2019

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The Spireites travel to Ebbsfleet on Saturday in search of their fourth league victory in a row, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….


Supporters who are travelling to watch Saturday's game against Ebbsfleet United are reminded that it is pay on the day at the away turnstiles.

The matchday ticket prices are shown here

Away fans are segregated to the Swanscombe End, which has plenty of capacity for Chesterfield fans (turnstiles are about 200 yards to the left of the home gates).

Any requirements for supporters who are disabled need to be arranged with the opposition club in advance by emailing

Team News:

John Sheridan confirmed in the pre-match press conference that there are no fresh injury concerns and that Laurence Maguire and David Buchanan are back in training.


Manager: Kevin Watson

As a player, Watson began his career in the Tottenham Hotspur youth team and made a handful of first-team appearances for Spurs.

During his time in North London, he was sent out on loan to the likes of Brentford, Bristol City and Barnet.

In 1996 he moved to Swindon Town on a permanent deal before moving up north to Rotherham United three years later.

The midfielder was part of two promotions during his stint with the Millers after finishing runner up in the Third Division in 2000 and again in the Second Division the season after.

Alan Pardew signed him on loan for Reading initially before making the move permanent in 2002 and Watson experienced promotion in his first season at the Royals, once again finishing runner up.

Colchester United was his next port of call in 2002 where he made over 100 appearances and was a member of the squad that were promoted from League One in 2006.

A knee injury during his spell at his last club Luton meant that he was out of action for most of his time with the Hatters and his contract was eventually terminated in 2008.

After he was released by Luton he was appointed as first-team coach by manager Mick Harford, however, after a change of manager Watson left the club in May 2010.

The 45-year-old had a short time as manager of Maldon and Tiptree but left after only eleven days to take up the role as assistant manager of Stevenage.

After manager Teddy Sheringham’s departure, Watson also left his position but was back in coaching as assistant manager at Eastleigh not long after.

Stints as assistant manager at Whitehawk and manager of Bishop’s Stortford followed before he was initially brought in as first-team coach at Ebbsfleet.

Garry Hill departed as Ebbsfleet manager at the start of October which meant Watson was installed as interim boss.

Ebbsfleet are currently in 23rd place in the National League.

One to Watch: Albie Morgan

The young midfielder has made a bright start to his Ebbsfleet career since joining on loan from Charlton on the 10th of October.

Morgan netted his first goal for the club on Tuesday night in 4-0 win at Chorley and the 19-year-old will be a threat that the Spireites will have to be aware of on Saturday.

Head to Head:

This will be only the third time that the two sides have played each other with the Spireites winning one and the other ending in a draw.

Last time out it was an incredible Chesterfield come back from 3-0 down at half time to draw 3-3 and included centre back Will Evans having to save a stoppage-time penalty.

From the dugout:

John Sheridan: “They’re all difficult games, they’ve had a good couple of results recently. They’re a good footballing side and again have good experience in their team.”


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