Match preview: Anstey Nomads (a)

The Spireites will aim to reach the FA Cup first round for the second successive season when they take on ninth-tier Anstey Nomads.

The game will make history as Chesterfield play consecutive games in the FA Cup with the biggest gap between the two opponents – Chelsea and Anstey Nomads.

Match details

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022

Opponents: Anstey Nomads

Kick-off: 12:30pm

Competition: FA Cup

Location: Callingtons Community Complex


Tickets are sold out for this game. Please do not travel to the stadium if you don’t have a ticket.

Matchday Coverage

TV Coverage

The game will be shown live on the BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and online. A reminder that the game kicks-off at the earlier time of 12:30pm.

Live radio commentary

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Commentary is provided by Phil Tooley and is sponsored by National Windscreens.

Social media

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Highlights of the game will also be posted to our YouTube Channel over the weekend.

The Opposition

Fact file

Name: Anstey Nomads Football Club

Nicknames: The Nomads

Founded: 1947

Stadium: Callingtons Community Complex

Manager: Tony Blanchard

On Anstey Nomads

Anstey Nomads were founded in 1947, originally named Anstey Meths and Mary’s, after a merger between Anstey Methodists and St Mary’s. Success came pretty quickly for the club as they won the Leicestershire Senior League Division One title twice by 1954.

Another couple of titles came by 2009 with the last league win resulting in promotion to the East Midlands Counties League. They were transferred to the United Counties League Division One in 2008. The Nomads are looking to build on their good work and aim for more promotions over the next few years. This season has resulted in their best FA Cup performance in their history and are hoping to make the first round proper for the first time.

One to watch

Most of the Anstey Nomads squad will be unfamiliar to Spireites, but Conrad Longan is a name which will be known by some. The goalkeeper started his career with Leicester City and spent ten years at the club – largely spending time out on loan. Logan moved to Hibernian in 2015 and was part of the side that won the Scottish Cup, starting in the final, which was a 3-2 win over Rangers at Hampden Park. Moves to Rochdale and Mansfield Town followed as he made over 100 league appearances during the spells. The 36-year-old is in his second spell with Anstey – having had a stint at Stamford in between – and he will be a key part of their squad on Saturday.

Recent Form

The Spireites’ last three: (L/L/L)

Lost – Chesterfield 1-2 Maidenhead United – Vanarama National League

Lost – Chesterfield 2-3 Dagenham & Redbridge – Vanarama National League

Lost – Eastleigh 2-1 Chesterfield – Vanarama National League

Anstey Nomads’ last three: (D/W/W)

Drew – Loughborough Students 1-1 Anstey Nomads – Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division 

Won – Anstey Nomads 5-0 Shefford Town & Campton – FA Cup 3QR

Won – Anstey Nomads 5-0 Histon – Sports Ground Development League Cup 

Last Time We Met

This is the first time that the two clubs have ever met. There is currently a four-tier difference between the sides.

Team News

Paul Cook stated after the Eastleigh game that Armando Dobra is ready to start playing after a six-week lay-off due to injury. The winger will be reintroduced from the start of Saturday’s cup match as long as he gets through Friday’s training session.

Tom Whelan could also be in line for an appearance in the matchday squad after his one-month loan at Aldershot Town ended. The midfielder last pulled on a Chesterfield shirt during the opening day draw away at Dorking Wanderers.

Jack Clarke and Lucas Covolan are both ruled out for the game after also missing the defeat against Eastleigh. Cook said that both won’t return for at least a few weeks.

Thoughts from the dugout:

Paul Cook said: “It’s everything the FA Cup is about; it’s a fantastic tie. It’s a great reward for Anstey to get where they’ve got.

“We had them watched last week, a 5-0 win at home. There’s a reason why they are winning football matches. They’ve obviously got qualities that are seeing them get to the last qualifying round of the FA Cup.”