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Opposition in Focus: Chesterfield

A look at Tuesday night's opponents

15 April 2018

Club News

Opposition in Focus: Chesterfield

A look at Tuesday night's opponents

15 April 2018

Exeter City take on Chesterfield this Tuesday under the lights at St James Park in a 7:45pm kick-off.

The Grecians go into the match on the back of a well earned 1-1 draw against league leaders Accrington Stanley, and still have eyes on the automatic places with four matches to go.

Chesterfield however, are propping up the EFL Sky Bet League 2 table, and will be needing a win in their race for survival. All is set for a fantastic match under the lights.

Short history of Chesterfield

Chesterfield FC are based in the town of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England.

The club was a founding member of the Football League Third Division North in 1921–22 and has remained in the Football League since that time. While they have never played in the top flight, they rose to the second tier twice in the 1930s.

Chesterfield play their home games at the 10,504 capacity Proact Stadium, having moved from their historic home of Saltergate during the summer of 2010.

Chesterfield's most notable recent successes came in the 1990s, when they won the Division Three playoff final at Wembley in 1995 and reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 1997. In May 2011, Chesterfield secured the League Two title but were relegated from League One the following season.

In 2014, Chesterfield were crowned champions of League Two for a record fourth time.

Chesterfield suffered relegation back to League Two at the end of the 2016/17 season and have struggled to adapt so far.

Season so far

After suffering relegation last season, Chesterfield are looking to avoid making it a double relegation, and a move to non-league football as they prop up the League Two table.

The Spireites do however have a couple games in hand around teams around them and will be looking to pick up maximum points on Tuesday night to reduce the seven point gap.

A poor start saw manager Gary Caldwell lose his job, with Jack Lester now attempting to guide the side away from relegation danger.

A 3-1 win against Notts County four matches ago boosted their hopes, but since then they have picked up a solitary point against Morecambe. 

Chesterfield have the dangerous Kristian Dennis, who has scored 19 times in all competitions so far this season...

Key stats

One to watch

Kristian Dennis

Kristian Dennis signed for Chesterfield on May 10, 2016 and scored his first league goal in September of the same year in the 3-1 victory over Northampton Town. He finished top scorer that season with 10 goals as Chesterfield suffered relegation.

Kristian is Chesterfield's top scorer this season with 19 strikes in all competitions, including the only goal in the Spireites 1-0 win against the Grecians earlier in the season. Keeping him quiet will be crucial on Tuesday night.

Last time out

City faced Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium, suffering a 1-0 defeat to the Spireites, with Kristian Dennis scoring his 12th goal of the season.

The last time Chesterfield visited St James Park was back in the 2013/14 season, with the Spireites taking all 3 points in a 2-0 victory which kept them top of the table on December 20th.

Ticket news

There are currently around 30 tickets left for the IP Office Main Stand as of Sunday, April 15.

Standing tickets in the Thatchers' Big Bank, the largest standing terrace in the football league, for the match should still be available to purchase on the day, but again the club is advising that supporters buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment, and to take advantage of advanced discounts.

To purchase tickets online, please click here. You can also call the club during the normal office hours on 01392 411 243 (option 3) or visit the club shop and reception in person between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

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