Match preview: Stockport County (h)

The Spireites take on Stockport County in front of the BT Sport cameras at the Technique Stadium on Saturday (5.20pm).

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 live on BT Sport 1. The programme starts at 5pm with 20 minutes of build-up before kick-off. Please note that there will be no live stream provided by the club due to the match being televised.


Manager: Jim Gannon

Fact File: Age – 52

Years spent as footballer – 17

Position – Defender

Teams played for – Dundalk (1987-1989), Sheffield United (1989-1990), Halifax Town on loan (1990), Stockport County (1990-2000), Notts County on loan (1994), Crewe Alexandra (2000-2001) and Shelbourne (2001-2004).

Years spent in management – 16 years

Teams managed – Dundalk (2004-2005), Stockport County (2005-2009), Motherwell (2009), Peterborough United (2010), Port Vale (2011), Stockport County (2011-2013), Northwich Victoria (2013-2016) and Stockport County (2016-Present).

Record against Chesterfield as manager – P4     W1     D2     L1

One to Watch: John Rooney

Age: 29

Position: Forward

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: 39

Goals: 19

Assists: Three

Yellow Cards: Seven

Red Cards: One

Minutes Played: 3,366

Head to Head

Chesterfield and Stockport County have faced each other 95 times, with the Hatters having the advantage with 45 wins.

The Spireites have 32 wins with one of those coming in the last five meetings. There have also been three draws in the last five games between the two sides.

Form Guide

A last-gasp winner for Torquay on Tuesday made it three points from nine from the Spireites.

Stockport, rated by many as title favourites, have three wins from their first four outings. Their only loss came against Torquay United following an added time winner.

Team News

John Pemberton told the media in the pre-match press conference that everyone came through Tuesday’s match fine. He also added that Nathan Tyson is “nearly there”.

Both Tyler Denton and Joe Rowley missed out on the matchday squad on Tuesday.

From the dugout:

John Pemberton: “They’re one of the favourites to go up, they have had a great summer in terms of recruitment. They have lots of talent, but we know what their strengths and weaknesses are. The preparation is the same.

“I think it’s a good game for us. It will be very difficult, but we can be more than a match for them.”