Spireites set to face Guiseley

Spireites set to face Guiseley

The Spireites are set to face Guiseley in a pre-season fixture at the Technique Stadium on Saturday afternoon (12 noon).

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

Team News
John Dungworth said after the Alfreton Town friendly that he hoped that Curtis Weston and Nathan Tyson would be back for this Saturday’s game.

Opposition

Managers: Marcus Bignot & Russ O’Neill
Guiseley’s current joint managers have a combined two decades of non-league experience with various clubs.

Bignot had a 24-year playing career as a right-back. His longest tenures were at Telford United, Crewe Alexandra and Queens Park Rangers.

The former right-back managed Birmingham City Ladies and Solihull Moors whilst still playing. He won various accolades at both teams including the National League North with the Moors.

The 46-year-old has since managed Grimsby Town and Chester before joining Guiseley as joint-manager in 2018.

O’Neill did not have a playing career and instead went straight into coaching, joining Buxton as assistant manager in 2005.

He left two years later to join ex-Spireite Nicky Law at Alfreton, again in the assistant manager role.
The 48-year-old enjoyed a decade with the Reds, winning the National League North and achieving Alfreton’s highest ever league position. O’Neill followed Law to Burnley before joining Guiseley in 2018.

Since Bignot and O’Neill arrived, the Lions reached the FA Cup second round and have just missed on both promotion and relegation in the National League North.

One to Watch – Andy Kellett
Kellett is one of two former Chesterfield players at Guiseley alongside forward Jonathan Wafula.
The left-sided midfielder started his career at Bolton Wanderers where he played four first team games.

He was loaned out to Plymouth Argyle and Manchester United whilst at the University of Bolton Stadium.

After leaving the Trotters, the versatile midfielder joined Wigan Athletic in 2015 and spent three years with the Latics.

During his time at Wigan, Kellett joined the Spireites on loan whilst in League Two. He played 41 times, scoring six times including a goal in the 2-2 away game against Mansfield Town.

Since leaving Wigan in 2018, the 26-year-old has played for Notts County, AFC Fylde and Alfreton Town before joining Guiseley in July 2020.

Pre-season form
Chesterfield have played twice in pre-season so far, beating Belper Town 3-2 and losing to Alfreton Town 2-0.

On the other hand, Guiseley have won once, drawn once and lost twice in their four pre-season games Their two defeats have come against National League sides Halifax Town and Stockport County.