Match preview: Eastleigh (a)

The Spireites face a long away trip to Eastleigh on Saturday, live on BT Sport (5.20pm). Danny Webb will take charge of the team and will have some tough decisions to make when selecting his squad, with some players returning from injury. The lads will be hoping to get back to winning ways, after a couple of frustrating results in recent weeks.

Here’s all you need to know…

Date: January, 29 2022

Kick-off: 5.20pm

Competition: National League

Opponents: Eastleigh FC

Where: Silverlake Stadium


Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance – they will sold be sold to Chesterfield fans at the turnstiles.

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Live radio commentary

Our in-house radio station, 1866 Sport, will provide commentary of all our National League games over the 2021/22 season. Supporters will be able to listen to full match commentary on the game, as well as pre-match/post-match analysis.  

Don’t forget that 1866 Sport is on air 24-hours a day, seven days a week! 

You can download the app from the Apple Store here:

If you’re an Android user, you can download the app here:

Alternatively, you can listen online here:          

It is also available via Alexa.

Commentary is provided by Phil Tooley. It is sponsored by iDeal Flooring – check out their website here:

Social media

Our official Twitter page ( will provide regular updates on the match. It is also the place to find our exclusive goal GIFs, which are used when a player scores a goal. 

Key news will also be posted on our Facebook page, which can be found here:

Our official Instagram page will keep you posted with key moments and content throughout the day on our stories:

The post-match interview with Danny Rowe will be posted to our YouTube Channel soon after the game is finished:

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

Danny Webb will select the side for the game and has some tough decisions to make, with some players potentially returning from injury.

Manny Oyeleke could feature in this fixture, having missed out last time out with a recurring calf problem. Jim Kellermann will travel down with the squad. His hip injury kept him out of the last fixture, against Aldershot, but he could be set to return to the side.

Tom Denton made his first competitive appearance of the season last time out and he will be hoping he can feature on a regular basis over the coming weeks.

Fact file

Name: Eastleigh

Nicknames: The Spitfires 

Founded: 1946

Stadium: Silverlake Stadium 

Address: Stoneham Lane, Chilworth, Eastleigh, England, SO50 9NW

Capacity: 5,192

Manager: Jason Bristow (interim charge)

On Eastleigh FC

The club have spent several years floating around the top end of the non-league pyramid. They have dreams of being promoted to the Football League. They also have a familiar face in their side, as former Spireite Tom Whelan looks set to start for the Spitfires.

Eastleigh were without an official nickname until 2005 when a competition was run amongst the fans and “Spitfires” was chosen by supporter Mike Wimbridge. The Spitfire aeroplane was built in Southampton and first flown from Eastleigh Aerodrome, now Southampton Airport.

This season Eastleigh currently sit in 14th place but will be hoping to finish the season strong and push for a place in the play-offs. The club parted with their first-team manager in the week.

One to watch

Tom Whelan is an attacking midfielder that the Spireites know plenty about. The former Blue has scored four goals this term and will be looking to add to his tally on Saturday.

The Spireites’ last three: (W/L/D)

Won – Barnet 1-4 Chesterfield – National League

Lost – Maidenhead 3-2 Chesterfield – National League

Drew – Chesterfield 0-0 Aldershot – National League 

The Spitfires’ last three: (L/L/L)

Lost – Notts County 2-1 Eastleigh – National League 

Lost – Stockport 3-0 Eastleigh – National League

Lost – Dover 1-0 Eastleigh – National League

The Spireites were victorious against the Spitfires last time out, picking up a 1-0 victory at the Technique Stadium.