Fleetwood Town make their first ever visit to Chesterfield tonight. Seven years ago the Cod Army were in a division that boasted Atherton Laburnum Rovers, Abbey Hey, Bacup Borough and Stone Dominoes amongst its members. Their average home crowd that season was 206.
Since winning that North West Counties title they’ve come through two levels of the Northern Premier League and two levels of the Conference and now find themselves in an automatic promotion slot in League Two.
In the summer they sold star asset, former Owls schoolboy and Stocksbridge Park Steels player Jamie Vardy to Leicester City for £1m an amount that will help them maintain what, in their recent non-league years at least, was a huge player budget.
Manager Micky Mellon is in the middle of an injury crisis and experienced ex-Birmingham midfielder Damien Johnson picked up a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with AFC Wimbledon. Borrowed from Barnsley defender Rob Edwards looks certain to start.
Tommy Wright will be looking for his side to regain their winning ways at home after a loss and a draw in their last two Proact Stadium games.
He has no fresh injuries to contend with after the weekend win at Exeter City but striker Marc Richards is unlikely to be risked from the start after experiencing a tight hamstring on Friday. Jack Lester looks certain to return to the starting line-up after his usual away day bench spot.
Fit-again left back Nathan Smith will be hoping to oust Liam Ridehalgh after coming on as a sub at St James’ Park.
Spirieites have secured the services of Huddersfield Town midfielder Chris Atkinson for a further month.
The 20-year-old will remain at the Proact until Saturday, November 24.