Match preview: Stockport County (a), Emirates FA Cup

The Spireites travel Edgeley Park to face Stockport County in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round 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: Please note that audio commentary, which is usually provided in association with Elastic FM, is unfortunately not permitted for this fixture.


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

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 – P5     W2     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 t each other 96 times, with the Hatters having the advantage with 46 wins.

The last meeting between the two sides saw Stockport score a late winner to secure a 2-1 win at the Technique Stadium last Saturday.

Form Guide

The Spireites have faced a tough start to the season, gaining one win from their first five.

Stockport, viewed by many as title favourites, have won their last four games. Their only loss came against Torquay United on the opening day of the season following an added time winner.

Team News

Nathan Tyson was taken off against Wealdstone in the seventh minute on Tuesday night with a dead leg. John Pemberton revealed that the striker may be back for the weekend.

From the dugout:

John Pemberton: “There’s no break. If we lose on Saturday, I don’t get off just because it’s the FA Cup. We want to win every game.

“They [Stockport] are in a good place. It’s a difficult game but we just get on with it and go to win it.”