Match preview: FC Halifax Town (a)

Chesterfield will win the Vanarama National League title if they avoid defeat to FC Halifax Town this evening at The Shay.

A draw or a win will end a six-year absence from the Football League after suffering relegation back in 2018.

Here’s everything you need to know…

Match Details

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Opponents: FC Halifax Town

Kick-off: 7:45pm

Competition: Vanarama National League

Location: The Shay

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The Opposition

Name: FC Halifax Town

Nickname: The Shaymen

Founded: 2008

Stadium: The Shay

Capacity: 14,081

Manager: Chris Millington


National League North Play-Off Winners | 2012/13 & 2016/17

Northern Premier League Champions | 2010/11

Northern Premier League Division One North Champions | 2009/10

FA Trophy Winners | 2015/16 & 2022/23

West Riding County Cup Winners | 2012/13

On Chris Millington

Chris Millington has never had a professional football career, going into management by having stints at Oldham Athletic and Curzon Ashton. He joined FC Halifax Town in 2019 alongside Pete Wild. Upon Wild leaving for Barrow in 2022, Millington stepped up to the manager role. In his first season, he won the FA Trophy with his side winning 1-0 against Gateshead at Wembley Stadium. He has kept the Shaymen within the play-off picture, with his side just one point behind Gateshead.

One to watch

Sam Johnson has played over 350 times for FC Halifax Town, winning the FA Trophy twice and also the National League North play-offs in 2017. The goalkeeper has had yet another good season for the Shaymen as he has only conceded 39 goals – being a part of the second best defence in the National League.

This season in numbers:

Appearances – 40

Clean Sheets – 11

Yellow Cards – 1

Red Cards – 0

Minutes Played – 3,600

Played for both

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe joined Chesterfield on loan from Sheffield Wednesday in 2015. He made the move permanent later that year. The striker made sporadic appearances and struggled for goals. He got his first goal for the Spireites in August 2015 against Carlisle United.

After stints at many clubs, Dieseruvwe joined FC Halifax Town in the summer of 2022. He immediately settled in and went on to have his best season to date. The Shaymen also won the FA Trophy as they beat Gateshead at Wembley Stadium. He scored 13 times in 43 appearances before moving to fellow National League side Hartlepool United.

View from the dugout

Danny Webb said: “They are a good team, a really good team. I went to watch them a few weeks ago and they’ve got a real mix of everything.

“We know what’s on the line for us, but they also want to make sure they get that play-off place cemented. We’ll have to be aware of all of their threats whilst bringing our A-game as well.”