Match preview: Stockport County (a)

The Spireites will ook to extend their five-match unbeaten run when they travel to Edgeley Park to face Stockport County on Saturday (3pm).

How to watch:

A reminder that this game is behind-closed-doors – please do not attempt to access the stadium or the car park.

The game is available to stream on Stockport County’s website at a cost of £7.50. You can find the stream via the link:


Manager: Simon Rusk

Fact File: Age – 39

Years spent as footballer – 11

Position – Midfielder

Teams played for – Peterborough United (2000-2001), Cambridge City on loan (2000), Boston United (2001-2007), Northwich Victoria (2007-2008), Rushden & Diamonds on loan (2007), York City (2008-2009) and Crawley Town (2009-2011).

Years spent in management – Six

Teams managed – Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s (2015-2021) and Stockport County (2021-Present).

Record against Chesterfield as manager – P0     W0     D0     L0

One to Watch: John Rooney

Age: 30

Position: Midfielder

What other clubs has he played for? Macclesfield Town (2008-2010), New York Red Bulls (2011), Orlando City (2012), Barnsley (2012-2013), Bury (2013-2014), Chester on loan (2013-2014), Chester (2014-2016), Wrexham (2016-2017), Guiseley on loan (2017), Guiseley (2017-2018) and Barrow (2018-2020).                                                                                                                          

Last Season’s Stats in All Competitions:

Games Played: 26

Goals: 14

Yellow Cards: One

Red Cards: One

Minutes Played: 2,295

Head to Head

Chesterfield and Stockport County have faced each other 97 times, with the Hatters having the advantage with 47 wins.

The last league meeting between the two sides saw Stockport get a late winner to secure a 2-1 win at the Technique Stadium back in October.

Form Guide

The Spireites are unbeaten in the last five league games. A victory at Edgeley Park would secure a third successive win.

Stockport have stuttered recently, winning once in their last six games. They have scored only once during that time.

Team News

Tom Whelan will serve the last of his three-game suspension on Saturday.

From the dugout:

James Rowe: “They’ve had a managerial change and they’re in mixed form. They haven’t scored many in their last few games, but they have created opportunities.

“They have changed their shape a couple of times as well so it will be interesting to see how they shape-up tomorrow.”