Date: 2nd August 2006 at 11:19pm
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Want to know everything about Chesterfield? Well, here’s the place to find out!

Who are ya? Chesterfield

Nickname: The Spireites

Ground: Saltergate

How to get there: By Car: From Gillingham, get onto the A2 and then the M25 anti-clockwise. Leave the M25 at Junction 21A, the M1. Leave the motorway at Junction 29 at he roundabout take the second exit A617 its duel carriage way for 7 miles or so. At the end of the A617 get in the middle lane and at the roundabout take the second exit still the A617 keep in the left-hand lane. At the next roundabout take the first exit onto the A619. Follow the A619 passed a retail shops Currys etc. at the West Bars roundabout right hand lane take the 3rd exit Foljambe Road a KFC on the corner. The grounds home end is at the top of the Hill. At the top of the Hill straight over at the traffic lights follow the road round keep in the right hand lane and turn right onto Cross Street. Plenty of local street parking and at the School on the left if you want to pay. Distance from Priestfield: 190 miles. Approximate time: 3hrs 21mins

Nearest station: Chesterfield

Websites: Official Website, Vital Chesterfield.

Manager: Roy McFarland, in charge since May 2003.

Last five games v Gillingham:

04/02/06: League One – Chesterfield (Hall) 1-1 Gillingham (Black)

27/09/05: League One – Gillingham (Sancho) 1-0 Chesterfield

01/04/00: Division Two – Gillingham (Butler) 1-0 Chesterfield

01/02/00: Division Two – Chesterfield 0-0 Gillingham

06/02/99: Division Two – Gillingham (Asaba, Hessenthaler, Southall) 3-1 Chesterfield (Howard)

All-time record v the Gills:

Matches: 56
Gills wins: 24
Draws: 14
Chesterfield wins: 18

Remember me? Paul Shaw moved to Chesterfield in the summer of 2006 from Rotherham, but it is his spell at the Gills for which he is best known. Bought for £450,000 from Millwall in 2000, he was a key player for the Gills as they impressed in the Championship. Many Gills fans still view his departure in 2004 as the start of where it all went wrong. He joined Sheffield United for £75,000 but failed to make an impression there and was offloaded to the Millers. His best position was in midfield, pushing forward to join the attack, where he contributed a number of fine goals for the cause.

Man to watch: Kevan Hurst. The Spireites have managed to secure a deal to loan the Sheffield United winger for six months after a successful time on loan at the club last year and he will be out to impress once again.

2006/07 prospects: Working on an even smaller squad than the Gills are, Chesterfield are another side who won’t be troubling the play-offs. They went on a massive unbeaten run last season but many of the games were draws and they seem to lack a cutting edge. The signing of Shaw will help them and they should have enough quality to avoid the drop.