Match preview: Dagenham & Redbridge (h)

After 445 days, fans return to the Technique Stadium as the Spireites battle it out with fellow play-off contenders Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday (3pm). Here is our match preview in association with LV BET.

How to watch:

Tickets for this game have sold-out so please do not try to gain access without a matchday ticket.

The game is available to stream on the Chesterfield website at a cost of £10. You can purchase the stream via the following link:

Chesterfield legend Drew Talbot will join Steve Yorke on commentary on the Spireites+ live stream.

Commentary on the match will be provided in association with Elastic FM. A link to the commentary will be posted on our website in the build-up to kick-off.

You can buy your 50/50 tickets for the game at just £1 per ticket. There is no limit to the number of tickets you can buy so why not increase your odds of winning and purchase multiple tickets.

Programmes costing a minimum donation of £2 are on sale in the Club Superstore. They will also be sold outside the stadium on matchday. All proceeds from the programme sales will be donated to the NHS.


Manager: Daryl McMahon

Fact File: Age: 37

Years spent as footballer – 13

Position – Midfielder

Teams played for – West Ham United (2002-2004), Torquay United on loan (2004), Port Vale (2004), Leyton Orient (2004-2007), Notts County on loan (2006-2007), Stevenage Borough (2007-2009), Cambridge United (2009), Farnborough (2009-2011), Boreham Wood (2011-2012), Eastleigh (2012), Dover Athletic (2012-2013), Ebbsfleet United (2013-2015) and Boreham Wood (2015).

Years spent in management – Six

Teams managed – Ebbsfleet United as caretaker (2014), Ebbsfleet United (2015-2018), Macclesfield Town (2019-2020) and Dagenham & Redbridge (2020-Present).

Record against Chesterfield as manager – P2     W0     D1     L1

One to Watch: Paul McCallum

Age: 27

Position: Striker

What other clubs has he played for? Dulwich Hamlet (2010-2011), West Ham United (2011-2015), Rochdale on loan (2012), AFC Wimbledon on loan (2012-2013), Aldershot Town on loan (2013), Torquay United on loan (2013), Heart of Midlothian on loan (2014), Portsmouth on loan (2015), Leyton Orient (2015-2017), Eastleigh (2017-2019), Solihull Moors (2019-2020) and Barnet on loan (2020).

This Season’s Stats in All Competitions:

Games Played: 38

Goals: 17

Yellow Cards: Ten

Red Cards: None

Minutes Played: 2,857

Head to Head

The Spireites and the Daggers have fought it out in 14 competitive games with Chesterfield recording four wins.

This fixture has produced a fair few draws with six games ending with this outcome. The reverse fixture ended in a 2-2 draw back in January with Will Evans and Akwasi Asante securing a point for the Blues.

Form Guide

Chesterfield are on a run of three games unbeaten with two 4-1 victories and 0-0 draw during that time.

Dagenham are unbeaten in their last eight games with seven wins and a draw in the run. Paul McCallum and Angelo Balanta have been on fire in those games with 14 goals scored between them.

Team News

Gavin Gunning, Curtis Weston and Alex Whittle are all doubts for the game as they are suffering from recurring injuries.

From the dugout:

James Rowe: “I think it might benefit us with the position we’re in because they also have to go for the jugular. They are a technical team, which will suit us as well.

“They will want to play football that will be expansive and that will help us as well. We are that type of team.”