Local bragging rights are up for grabs at the New York Stadium this weekend, where Rotherham United host near-neighbours Chesterfield. Here, we preview the encounter with the help of a supporter from each club. 


Rotherham United

Name: Chloe Staniforth.

Club: Rotherham United.

Number of years as a supporter: Around 17 years.

Favourite moment as a fan: The promotion to Division 1.

How many games a season do you attend? Every game - well, I try to.

Where do you sit? The Pukka Pie stand.


Name: Iain Hardman.

Club: Chesterfield.

Number of years as a supporter: A fair few.

Favourite moment as a fan: Wembley, winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in 2012. Also, Sir Jack Lester's perfect hat-trick against Rotherham when we beat them 5-0 at our place. Oh, and my young seven-year-old signing his forms for Chesterfield's academy.

How many games a season do you attend? I attend all the home games.

Where do you sit? I'm a season ticket holder in the Family Stand, I may progress to the Kop now the kids are getting older.



What happened in your last match?

CS: A very nice midweek win at Torquay United - a pretty steady and plain first half, followed by a cracking second. Lee Frecklington scored just after half time, then when Alex Revell scored to make it 2-0, you knew something was going right, but in true Rotherham style we conceded one to make the last couple of minutes that extra bit tense. But Kayode Odejayi scored and we wrapped up a lovely 3-1 win.

IH: We beat AFC Wimbledon 2-0; Armand Gnanduillet scored on his debut and Super Jack Lester finished the job off.

Why is this game important?

CS: It has become somewhat of a local derby. We seem to be playing each other every year and it's only just down the road so local bragging rights are up for grabs, we need to keep in touch with the top three and we owe them [Chesterfield] one still.

IH: The game is vital as it's our only proper local derby. There will be a full away end and we will close the gap between us and the Millers with a win.

How do you see this game going?

CS: We don't seem to draw many games, certainly not at home, and I can't see this one being any different. It'll be tight. I think first goal will be crucial to this game.

IH: I can see a 3-1 Chesterfield win.

Who should we keep our eye on?

CS: Lee Frecklington - if he starts he's a real game-changer. He keeps our midfield solid, and knows where the net is, too!

IH: I would have said keep your eye on Tendayi Darikwa but he's sidelined, so I'll say twinkle toes Jay O'Shea is the danger man.

Any memories of previous encounters?

CS: The 3-1 win at the Don Valley Stadium a fair few seasons ago. Other than that, it'd be the infamous 5-0 loss the year Chesterfield were crowned champions, which consequently saw the sacking of Ronnie Moore.

IH: Of course, my previous memory of an encounter with the Millers is the 5-0 at our place. It was an unforgettable night. It's still the biggest attendance at our new home and it was broadcast on Sky Sports. Did I mention Super Jack Lester's perfect hat-trick, which was featured on Soccer AM?

Score prediction?

CS: 2-1 Millers.

IH: As I said before, I can see a 3-1 Spireites win.