SPIREITES: Gardner wants Chesterfield to go on FA Cup run

Dan Gardner.
Dan Gardner.

Dan Gardner wants Chesterfield to follow in the footsteps of last season and go on a run in the FA Cup.

Last term saw the Spireites reach the fourth round of the world’s oldest cup competition after knocking out Braintree, MK Dons and Scunthorpe.

The Blues eventually ran out of steam when they lost 2-0 at Championship high-fliers Derby County in the last 32.

Now, ahead of their first round televised meeting with non-league FC United of Manchester, midfielder Gardner wants another cup run.

He said: “We want to go as far as we can.

“Going further means more money for the club which is the main thing.

“We’d like to do that so we can play in big stadiums against big clubs.”

Gardner was especially pleased when the draw was made - as he had predicted a meeting with the Broadhurst Park club.

“I called it and I’m from Manchester so I was buzzing,” he added.

“I stay with Charlie Raglan and he’s looking forward to going back and we’re all looking forward to it.

“It should be a good day, hopefully for us and our fans and not FC.

“I’ve watched them a few times and we’ll have a lot of the ball I would think and if so we need to punish them.

“It’s not going to be easy but hopefully we have enough.”