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In focus: Chesterfield

18 June 2016

Ahead of the 2016/17 Sky Bet League One campaign, takes a look at the teams MK Dons will face next season.

Next up is Chesterfield, who are managed by former MK Dons chief Danny Wilson.

Founded: 1919
Nickname: Spireites
Mascot: Chester the Fieldmouse
Stadium: Proact Stadium (Capacity 10,500)
Home colours: Blue shirts, white socks, blue socks

Twitter: @ChesterfieldFC
Facebook: Chesterfield FC

Former Dons boss Danny Wilson took charge at the Proact Stadium in December 2015, replacing Dean Saunders.

The 56-year-old has two promotions on his CV as a manager, while he was also named LMA Manager in 1997 while in control of Barnsley.

As a player, Wilson played internationally for Northern Ireland and made over 600 club appearances for the likes of Bury, Brighton & Hove Albion, Luton Town and Sheffield Wednesday, as well as the Tykes and the Spireites.

Key and notable players
Midfielder Sam Hird was Chesterfield’s Player of the Year last season, after making 43 appearances during the campaign – third on the club’s list behind goalkeeper Tommy Lee and ex-Dons winger Jay O’Shea.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake found the net 10 times in 2015/16 and more often than not he was set up by midfielder Gboly Ariyibi, who was tied for the most assists with O’Shea.

Other notable players include midfielder Ritchie Humphreys and centre-back Ian Evatt.

Last season
In 2015/16, the Spireites finished seven points clear of the relegation zone in 18th place – their lowest finish in four years.

Under the stewardship of Saunders, Chesterfield endured a difficult first-half of the season but managed to turn things under Wilson after the turn of the year. They lost just five times in the final three months of the season having lost 11 times in the three months prior to that.

Chesterfield offered new deals to three out-of-contract players at the close of the 2015/16 campaign – Rai Simons, Jake Orrell and Jake Beesley.

Wilson followed that up by signing Macclesfield striker Kristian Dennis, who scored 22 goals in the National League last season, and Grimsby midfielder Jon Nolan, who helped the Mariners secure promotion to League Two last season.

Leaving the Proact Stadium this summer were Chris Herd, Jordan Slew, Byron Harrison, Mani Dieseruvwe, Michael Onovwigun and Aaron Chapman, who were all released at the end of the season.

Head to head
Dons wins:  4
Last Dons win: 1-0, 19 Aug 2014 (Proact Stadium)
Biggest win: 6-2, 20 Aug 2011 (Stadium MK)

Biggest Bury win: 2-1, 24 Nov 2007 (Stadium MK); 2-1, 3 Mar 2015 (Stadium MK)
Last Bury win: 2-1, 3 Mar 2015 (Stadium MK)
Chesterfield wins: 4

Last draw: 1-1, 17 Mar 2012 (Proact Stadium)
Draws: 4

Watch MK Dons take on Chesterfield at Stadium MK in 2016/17, as well as 22 other home League One matches, by becoming a Season Ticket holder.

Adult Season Tickets are priced from £28 a month while under-21s can enjoy the full campaign from just £12.34 a month. Under-18 Season Tickets are priced from only £2.50 a month and under-12s can go FREE with a Young Dons membership.

To purchase a Season Ticket visit the Box Office at Stadium MK/kiosk at centre:mk or call 0333 200 5343. You can also download an application form and post it to Box Office, Stadium MK, Stadium Way, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST.

The fixtures for the 2016/17 Sky Bet League One campaign will be announced at 9am on Wednesday 22 June.
2016/17 MATCHES

Nathan Abbey, Felix Bastians, Oscar Gobern, Peter Leven, Donal McDermott, Dean Morgan, Jay O’Shea, Mark Randall, Nicky Rizzo, Wade Small, Craig Westcarr, George Williams, Mark Williams
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