Spireites fans had the chance to meet their heroes yesterday.
The club held an Open Day that incorporated a public training spell for the squad which hosts Hull City tomorrow night in its fourth pre-season games.
Steve Bruce is expected to select a strong side to represent the club, relegated from the Premier League last season, and that will give Spireites a much tougher task than in any of their games so far.
Dean Saunders’ side is yet to concede a goal after a 3-0 win at Matlock, 4-0 at Buxton and 2-0 at SC Olhanense in Portugal on Friday.
To date Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is the only experienced summer signing though youngsters Rai Simons and Jake Orrell will be hoping to make progress in the final three weeks of training ahead of the season proper starting at home to Barnsley on August 8th.
Fans will be hoping that keeper Tommy Lee (groin) and Drew Talbot (hamstring) will be deemed fit enough to take part in either the Hull game or Saturday’s visit of Burnley. Both of those injuries were carryovers from last season and, to date, no new injuries have been reported by the club.
Saunders has kept followers guessing as to his favoured formation with a number of differing set-ups used to date ranging from 4-4-2 to a slick looking 4-1-3-2 that was employed for a significant proportion of the Buxton game.
It’s anticipated that there’ll be some transfer activity this week with Sam Clucas a potential leaver; Saunders will almost certainly have lined up a replacement whilst another inexperienced player, 21 year old Dion Donahue, is expected to sign a deal having targeted a full-time position this season having been with part-timers Sutton Coldfield and Caernarfon Town for the last couple of seasons.
Mark Smith’s Youth Team visit Hallam tonight (7.30pm) having started their pre-season with a battling 2-2 draw at Clipstone against their men’s first team, coached by former Hull player Ryan France. Goals were scored by second year scholar George Milner after Donahue, playing as an over aged player, hammered home from a direct free-kick.