WHO ARE THE SHOTS PLAYING?
Chesterfield FC, otherwise known as “The Spireites”, were originally founded in 1867. After they entered liquidation they were remade as Chesterfield Municipal in 1919, before they became Chesterfield FC in 1920. They currently play their fixtures at the Technique Stadium, with a capacity of 10,600.
HOW DID THEY DO LAST SEASON?
Chesterfield finished seventh last season, one point ahead of Dagenham and Redbridge and occupying the final play-off place. They managed to defeat FC Halifax Town in the Quarter-finals, but lost to Solihull Moors 3-1 in the semi-final.
HOW DID WE DO AGAINST THEM LAST SEASON?
Shots last visit to the Technique Stadium was in January this year with the game ending in a 0-0 draw. The home fixture last season ended with a Chesterfield victory. Two quick goals from Daniel Lucas Rowe and Kabongo Tshimanga in the 73rd and 76th minute saw the Spireites win 2-0.
WHO IS THEIR GAFFER?
The current Chesterfield gaffer is Paul Cook. Cook made over 600 appearances from central midfield during his playing days, turning out 193 times for Wolves between 1989-94 and 135 times for Burnley between 1999-2003. Cook also spent time at Wigan, Norwich, Coventry, Tranmere, Stockport and Accrington Stanley before ending his career in 2006.
He began his management career joining Southport in June 2006 before a stint in Ireland with Sligo Rovers. He secured a UEFA Cup place with the Irish side and won the Irish League Cup and multiple FAI Cups. His first stint at Chesterfield came in 2012, joining from Accrington Stanley, guiding them to the League Two title in 2013/14, and finishing sixth in League One and losing the play-off final.
Before returning to Chesterfield, Cook won League Two with Portsmouth, League One with Wigan, beat Manchester City in the FA Cup with Wigan, and had a spell at Ipswich Town before he returned to the Technique Stadium in February 2022.
CHESTERFIELD SQUAD UPDATE:
Chesterfield have made 9 additions this window, bringing in 21-year-olds Branden Horton and Bailey Clements, as well as Ryheem Sheckleford in defence. Midfield pair Mike Jones and Ollie Banks have arrived from Barrow in central midfield, as well as Darren Oldaker from Dorking. They have also signed George Cooper, Michael Gyasi and Armando Dobra to strengthen their attack.
Chesterfield have let go of 17 players since last season, with Gavin Gunning and Scott Loach jumping up to League Two and League One with Swindon and Derby respectively and have let Jim Kellermann go to National League side Wokinig.
29 year old midfielder Emmanuel Oyeleke has played many times for the Shots, first appearing on loan from Brentford in 2013/14, making 35 appearances for the Shots during the season. He would return again in 14/15, this time making just 10 appearances in all competitions.
Scoring five and assisting once in his first spell, Oyeleke signed permanently for Aldershot in 2017 as a free agent. He’d spend much of the 16/17 season on loan, before making 42 appearances and registering seven G/A in the 2017/18 season as The Shots went all the way to the play-offs.
Kabongo Tshimanga has also turned out for the Shots. In a blink and you’ll miss it type loan, Tshimanga played 19 minutes over 2 appearances in a month long loan at Aldershot in 2014/15.
HOW TO GET TICKETS:
This fixture is away at the Technique Stadium, and tickets can be bought via the hosts website HERE, with the tickets being priced at:
- Adult – £18
- Concession 65+ – £14
- 17-21 – £11
- Under 16 – £7
- Under 7 – £5
Chesterfield have designated block E1 in their East Stand for Aldershot fans for this fixtures.
If you wish to pay on the day, tickets will be available, but there is an added £2 ticket fee on top of ticket price.
We hope to see you there!
WHERE TO FOLLOW:
As usual, @OfficialShots on Twitter will be the go to for any live match updates, with local radio stations and BT Score also keeping up with any goals as they go in from the ground, if you wish to follow this way.
Highlights will be available HERE on the official Aldershot YouTube channel after the final whistle.