10,000 attendance expected

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With tomorrow’s game against Rotherham United a sell-out, Chesterfield’s B2net Stadium is set for its highest ever crowd and its best ever atmosphere.

A crowd of 9,141 is the target, that’s how many saw Germany U19’s beat their English hosts recently.

And even though the Sky TV broadcasters have taken a few seats out of the mix to facilitate extra camera spots, the 10,000 mark could well be breached.

With previous ground Saltergate having its capacity slashed over the years, Spireites last five figure home crowd came back in October 1992.

A stupendous 4-4 League Cup draw at Anfield meant that Liverpool rolled into town for the second leg with the tie in the balance.

However Graeme Souness led his visitors to a 4-1 win with 10,362 in the ground.

You have to go back to 1980 for the last home meeting with the Millers that was watched by that sort of attendance.

A week after a 3-0 win over Colchester United, widely regarded as the best football played by any Chesterfield team in living memory, Rotherham visited Saltergate.

An Alan Birch brace saw the home side win 2-0 in a game that attracted 10,624, around 500 less than saw the reverse fixture, a goalless draw, at Millmoor the following month.

John Sheridan has a pleasant headache ahead of the game with everyone bar long term injury victim Aaron Downes (cruciate) plus calf casualty Simon Ford available for selection.