Match preview: Southend United (a)

The Spireites will be looking to get back-to-back wins this evening when they make the long trip to Southend United, in what looks like a huge National League clash for both sides.

Paul Cook could look to go with the same side that beat Gateshead just a few days ago, but with new signing Andrew Dallas fit and ready to play – it’s a big call for the gaffer to make.

Here’s all you need to know…

Match details

Date: Tuesday, Match 7, 2023

Kick-off: 7:45pm

Competition: National League

Opponents: Southend United

Location: Roots Hall


Matchday Coverage

Live radio commentary

Our in-house radio station, 1866 Sport, will provide full match commentary on the game, as well as pre-match/post-match analysis.

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Commentary is provided by Phil Tooley. It is sponsored by National Windscreens.

Social media

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The post-match interview with manager Paul Cook will be posted to our YouTube Channel soon after the game is finished:

Highlights of the game will also be posted to our YouTube Channel.

The Opposition

Fact file

Name: Southend United

Nicknames: The Shrimpers

Founded: 1906

Stadium: Roots Hall

Capacity: 12,492

Manager: Kevin Maher

On Southend

The club was founded back in 1906 and have spent a large proportion of their history in and around the English Football League. They are known as “The Shrimpers”, a reference to the area’s maritime industry included as one of the quarters on the club badge.

The club is owned by property developer Ron Martin. The club is based at Roots Hall Stadium in Prittlewell, with plans to move to a new stadium at some point in the near future. Southend have a long-standing rivalry with nearby club Colchester United, with whom they contest the Essex derby.

The Shrimpers dropped out of the Football League in 2022, for the first time in 101 years. The club will now be looking to bounce back and gain promotion straight back to the fourth tier. They have recently hit some good form and find themselves in the play-offs, sitting in 7th place.

One to watch

Callum Powell is a 26-year-old winger with an eye for goal. The English-born man has scored two goals in seven appearances this season. His previous clubs include Buxton, Kettering Town and Wrexham. He has scored eight goals in 28 appearance so far in this campaign.

Recent Form

Chesterfield FC: L/L/W

Southend United: L/W/L

Last time we met 

The last time the two sides met was back in September 2022, with the Spireites winning 3-2 at the Technique Stadium.