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Chesterfield v Grimsby Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 10/03/2009

TIME to get back to business boys it's a busy week for us and with the first of 3 very important games under our belt anything similar against the Spireites will be the brilliant start to the last intense run in.

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Well, well, well, 5-1 who'd of thunk it what a brilliant amazing display of positive attacking football reminiscent of those hazy days against Palace and Wimbledon every attack ended with the ball in the net. Have we all recovered yet hangovers dissolved into a blur of Alka-Seltzer? Or are you still looking for that bottle of champers you hid for Valentines Day but never found well stop celebrating now it’s going to be tough from now on in. First up before the cheap away day in the Welsh border is a trip to Derbyshire and the land where Grimsby strikers go to pasture before being turned into glue.

The Opposition

Their History…

Considering the club is one of the oldest in the world they don't have many trophies to their name and are most famous for their agonising semi final day against Middlesbrough and bloody David Elleray! Other then that they have bumped around the lower divisions like a disinterested pinball waiting for that final tilt to end their misery.

Last Season Was…

Well after they had finished moaning about Danny North's homage to Jack Lester they found themselves missing out narrowly on a play-off spot. Well I say narrowly I mean a place just out of the playoffs but 9 points short of Wycombe in 7th.

This Season Is…

This season they find themselves in a very similar position but instead of taking affront to our local born striker they decided to have their own mini tournament against Droylsden which they just narrowly won after 4 matches, 2 abandoned, a random goal to equalise and a hell of a lot of chest puffing Chesterfield came out the other side bruised exhausted and out of puff winning just 1 of their next 5 games. Since then their season has improved and though the play-offs are still a heavy ask it is possible if they knuckle down.

Their Biggest Hero Is…

Ernie Moss, the Macca of the benty spire folks he's played 469 games for the Spireites in 3 spells spanning 20 years (thank you Wiki) he is also the clubs leading goal scorer with a 162 league goals and his commitment too the club from the 60's to the late 80's will be forever cherished by Chesterfield.

The Ground Is...

Lets face it rubbish held together by Blue Tak, Duct Tape, Pritt Stick and Sellotape (that seems to be every sort of adhesive brand I can think of) A lot of the ground was banned from being used during a time while the club struggled to stay a float it was left neglected and left to fend for itself. The open terracing is hardly inviting on a cold rainy night but it will still tug on a few heartstrings when Chesterfield relocates to their new stadium in a couple of seasons.

they're Most Proud Of…

It's like Porridge it's the little victories that keep you going. The semi final exit makes most fans proud but also a little envious with what should have been theirs. The fans are also proud of how they held of the grim reaper in a time where administration almost seems common place back in the days when we were half good Chesterfield were staring the clubs end in the face. A lot of hard work persistence and little miracles helped stopped the death of such an old club.

The Future Is…

Bright the club are at the right end of the table and aiming for the play-offs rather then safety and a new stadium in the centre of town rather then an industrial estate next to a bypass all is the key to a bright future for a club who are always vying for support against their bigger rivals in Sheffield.

The Most Famous Player To Have Worn The Shirt…

Gordon Banks the England legend pulled on the blue of Chesterfield 23 times as he started his career in the mid 50's before moving to Leicester in 1959.

Their Key Player Is…

Jack Lester what a shock! He can run and he can fall over what a bloody marvel he was. The former Mariner learnt his diving trade at Blundell Park and though a slight breeze see's him diving quicker then French and British submarines when they see each other his talent for those strong intelligent runs hasn't diminished. He is also yet to score against us in his return to League Two and has also managed 5 goals in his last 6 matches. Am I tempting fate? Probably.

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Currently 22nd in League Two.
Currently 11th in League Two.

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Team News


  • Utility player Chris Llewellyn, has completed his three-game suspension after the sending off against Morecambe.

  • Stuart Elliott and Dean Sinclair have both completed their loan spells, although they may return at some stage.
  • Chesterfield sign experienced former Newcastle and Carlisle keeper Tony Caig on a short-term deal, subject to international clearance.

  • Chesterfield will be without Peter Till, who cannot play under the terms of his loan from Grimsby.

  • Jamie Winter (head wound), Gregor Robertson (suspended) and Dan Gray (hamstring) remain sidelined.
  • Squads

    1GKPhil Barnes
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFTom Newey
    4DFRyan Bennett
    5DFMatthew Heywood (c)
    7MFPeter Till
    8MFPaul Bolland
    9MFAdam Proudlock
    10MFChris Llewellyn
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13GKGary Montgomery
    14MFJames Hunt
    15DFMatthew Bird
    16MFJean-Paul Kalala
    17MFNick Hegarty
    18MFPeter Bore
    19FWDanny North
    20FWAndy Taylor
    21DFJoe Widdowson
    22FWNathan Jar man
    23MFGrant Normington
    25MFRob Atkinson
    26FWJean-Louis Akpa Akpro
    27MFMickael Buscher
    28GKLeigh Overton
    32FWAdrian Forbes
    1GKTommy Lee
    3DFGregor Robertson
    4DFJamie Lowry
    5DFRobert Page (captain)
    6DFKevin Austin
    7MFLewis Montrose (on loan from Wigan Athletic)
    8MFDerek Niven
    9FWMartin Gritton
    10MFDarren Currie
    11MFPaul Harsley
    12DFAlan Goodall
    14FWJack Lester
    15DFAaron Downes
    16MFJamie Winter
    17MFLloyd Kerry
    18DFDanny Hall
    19FWScott Boden
    20MFBen Algar
    21MFDaniel Gray
    22MFPeter Till (on loan from Grimsby Town)
    23FWJordan Bowery
    24DFJared Wilson (on loan from Birmingham City)
    25FWDrew Talbot (on loan from Luton Town)
    26MFLee Askham
    30DFClayton McDonald (on loan from Manchester City)

    Head to Head

    Grimsby have a decent record in recent years, and have not lost many of the recent encounters.

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    Chesterfield Head-to-Head (20th on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 0 Chesterfield 1 (Sat 23th Aug 2008)

    The Spireites had a comfortable win against Alan Buckley's Grimsby early in the season,



    The Fishy Prediction

    I would be very happy with a goalless draw in the build up to the huge game at Chester.

    Chesterfield 1-1 Grimsby Town

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