Match preview: FC Halifax Town (a)

The Spireites are on the road again today when they face FC Halifax Town at The Shay (5.20pm). Paul Cook will be hoping to make it two wins on the bounce against a tough opponent, to close in on their promotion rivals. The boys will be backed by a large away following, as the Spireites faithful look to roar their team on to an important victory, live on BT Sport.

Here’s all you need to know…

Date: Monday, April 18, 2022

Kick-off: 5:20pm

Competition: National League

Opponents: FC Halifax Town

Where: The Shay


Tickets can be purchased here:

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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 manager Paul Cook 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. 

Manny Oyeleke has had a full two weeks of training according to the gaffer, but he wants to make sure that he is right before bringing him in. The midfielder could potentially be involved.

Danny Rowe has also stepped up his training levels according to Paul Cook. The striker will be hoping to play his part in the final stages of the season, while Nathan Tyson will likewise be hoping to be involved soon.

Tom Denton and Gaving Gunning both started last time out after not featuring for several months. After they both made impacts in their last outing, they will be looking to keep their place in the side. 

Meanwhile, Jak McCourt has found himself out of the starting XI in recent weeks since returning from injury. He will be training hard to fight for his starting place.

Fact file

Name: FC Halifax Town

Nicknames: The Shaymen

Founded: 2008 (reformed)

Stadium: The Shay

Capacity: 14,061

Manager: Pete Wild

On FC Halifax Town

Huge tax debts buried Halifax Town AFC after almost 100 years as a football club. The club was then reformed as FC Halifax Town in 2008 and has been fighting their way back up the football pyramid ever since. 

Halifax have been floating in and around the National League for several years and have endured several campaigns fighting for promotion. They went close in the 2019/20 season, finishing in the play-offs, but subsequently losing to Boreham Wood in the semi-finals.

This season Halifax are once again pushing for promotion to the Football League, as they currently sit in third place.

One to watch

Jordan Slew is a former Spireites striker, renowned for his lightning quick pace. He played for the Spireites back in 2016, making seven appearances. He signed for FC Halifax Town in 2021 and has made 22 appearances and scored nine goals so far. His former clubs include Sheffield United, Blackburn Rovers, and Rotherham United.

The Spireites last three(D/L/W)

Drew – Notts County 1-1 Chesterfield – National League

Lost – Chesterfield 1-4 Grimsby – National League

Won – Wealdstone 1-2 Chesterfield – National League

The Shaymen’s last three: (W/D/W)

Won – Halifax 2-0 Wealdstone – National League 

Drew – Halifax 0-0 Solihull Moors – National League

Won – Halifax 2-1 Woking – National League

The Spireites drew 1-1 with the Shaymen earlier on in the season at the Technique Stadium.