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Match details: Torquay United V Chesterfield FC – National League
Date: Saturday 21st December 2019
Recent form National League (last 6):
Torquay United: W – L – L – L – L – L
Chesterfield FC: L – L – L – D – L – L
Last time the two teams met: National League, Chesterfield 1 Torquay United 0 – Saturday 14th September 19
Scott Boden scored the only goal of the game as Chesterfield claimed their first win of the 2019-20 season in the National League against the Gulls.
The winner came after just 12 minutes when Boden finished from close range. Tom Denton then saw a header cleared off the line by Liam Davis six minutes later and Liam Mandeville was also denied by United goalkeeper Lucas Covolan, as the Spireites went in search of a second before half-time.
Jamie Reid came close to levelling matters for the Gulls after the break and although they dominated the closing stages, United could not find an elusive equaliser.
Manager: John Sheridan
John Sheridan enjoyed a successful career as a player, which included spells with Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton Wanderers.
Arguably the highlight of his playing days was when he scored the winning goal in the 1991 Rumbelows Cup final for Wednesday against Manchester United. He also won 34 caps and scored five goals for the Republic of Ireland – and was selected by Jack Charlton for Euro 88, Italia 90 and USA 94. In the 1994 World Cup in the USA, Sheridan was part of the Ireland side that defeated Italy 1-0 in their opening game of the tournament – and he famously hit the bar during the second half of that match.
His managerial career started with Oldham Athletic in 2006, following two spells as caretaker manager, in what was the first of three spells in charge of the Latics. His first stint in Chesterfield began in 2009, which saw him lead the Spireites to the League Two title in the 2010-11 season. The following campaign – 2011-12 – saw him lead Chesterfield to EFL Trophy success as they beat Swindon Town. After a poor start to the 2012-13 season, Sheridan was dismissed by the Spireites.
He would later take charge of Plymouth Argyle in January 2013 and steered the Pilgrims away from relegation to League Two by the end of the campaign. Sheridan remained at Home Park until the end of the 2014-15 season, after helping the Pilgrims to reach the League Two play-offs, and has since managed Newport County, Oldham (twice), Notts County, Fleetwood Town and Carlisle United, before making his return to Chesterfield midway through the 2018-19 season.
One to watch: Anthony Gerrard
The cousin of former Liverpool and England midfielder, and current Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard, Anthony Gerrard began his career with Everton but failed to make the breakthrough at Goodison Park.
However, he did go on to carve out a good career in the Football League with Walsall, Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Shrewsbury Town, Oldham Athletic and Carlisle United before dropping into the National League with Chesterfield, when he followed John Sheridan to the Proact Stadium from Brunton Park.
Classic encounter: Division 3, Torquay United 3 Chesterfield 3 – 25th February 1995
Against what was largely the same Chesterfield side that would face Middlesbrough in the semi-finals of the FA Cup two years later, and contained future England international Kevin Davies and current Burnley manager Sean Dyche, the Gulls played out an entertaining 3-3 draw.
Tony Lormor gave the Spireites an early lead with a shot on the turn from the edge of the penalty box, before Richard Hancox beautifully volleyed home United’s equaliser.
In the second half, the Gulls edged ahead when Ian Hathaway jinked inside from the right onto his left foot before curling home a sweet long range strike from 25-yards on 55 minutes.
The visitors then restored parity as Davies cut through the United backline before slotting home. Davies then completed his brace as he latched onto a through ball before beating Gulls keeper Ashley Bayes with an angled effort.
However, United struck back to level matters as Hathaway combined with Tom Kelly to set up Duane Darby who headed home over Spireites keeper Andy Beasley to make it 3-3.
Ben Wynter – Robbie Cundy- Kyle Cameron – Joe Lewis
Aaron Nemane – Matt Buse – Lloyd James – Ben Whitfield
Saikou Janneh – Jamie Reid
Robbie Weir – Anthony Gerrard – Haydn Hollis – David Buchanan
Curtis Weston – Charlie Wakefield – Joe Rowley – Gevaro Nepomuceno
Tom Denton – Liam Mandeville
COYY – Steve