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The last two League meetings between
the sides, in the 1961/62 season, were deleted from
the records when Accrington resigned from the league.
Strangely, this is not the only example of games between
the sides counting for nothing. On Boxing Day 1914 Accrington
beat Chester 2-1 at Sealand Road in the Lancashire Combination
but they lost the points later in the season when Chester
disbanded and withdrew from the league. Here are ten
games that did count.
Stanley 3 (Jones, Winterhalder (pen), Noble) Chester
2 (Matthews, Cook)
11 September 1911
Lancashire Combination Division One
The first meeting between the two sides and Accrington come from 2-1 down to
snatch a narrow victory. Chester, without regular full backs Jones and Grundy,
are unlucky to lose this game between two well-matched teams. In those days Accrington
played at Moorhead Park which remained their home until the end of World War
One when they moved to Peel Park.
2) Chester 2 (Cook, Jordan) Accrington
Stanley 2 (Noble, Fazackerley)
6 April 1912 Lancashire
Combination Division One
The first meeting at Sealand Road and Chester
throw away a two goal lead in a game they should have won. Most of
the pressure comes from Chester but Stanley
prove dangerous on the breakaway. Chester’s first goal is a fortunate deflection
off Cook from a Langford volley. The second a solo run and shot from Jordan.
At the end of the season Chester finish sixth and Stanley ninth.
3) Chester 1 (Jennings) Accrington
17 October 1931 Division
The first Football League meeting between
the two sides in front of 7094 at Sealand Road. The
only goal is scored by captain Tommy Jennings who finishes
the season as leading scorer with 30 goals. Accrington
include two players who later make the move to Sealand
Road, Ron Viner and Danny Ferguson.
4) Chester 7 (Armes (2), Mantle (3),
McLachlan, Cresswell) Accrington Stanley 0
December 1933 Division Three North
Chester are in unstoppable form as they sweep aside Stanley
with ease. It continues a remarkable sequence of home results which
had brought 24 goals in 4 games. Prior to the Accrington game Chester
had hammered Barnsley (4-2), Rochdale (7-1) and Darlington in the FA
Cup (6-1). In their next game at Sealand Road the floodgates open again
as Darlington conceded eight goals without reply.
5) Chester 4 (Wallbanks, Cresswell
(2), Hughes) Accrington Stanley 0
September 1934 Division Three North
win for Chester as they maintain their 100% start
to the season with
victory over bottom of the table Stanley. Chester
score three goals in the first 12 minutes and the
result is never in doubt. There are glimpses of brilliance
from the home side who take things easy when they
could have gone on to score more. Chester finish
the season in third place while Stanley finish eighteenth.
6) Accrington Stanley
0 Chester 3 (Williams, Kelly, Wrightson)
1935 Division Three North
A poor Accrington side have
no answer to Chester’s clever football and
the game is settled by three goals in eight first half minutes. Stanley give
a debut to Bob Mortimer who goes on to score 56 goals in 76 appearances. The
Chester reporter is very critical of the Peel Park ground complaining about the
pronounced slope from goal to goal, the uneven turf and the cramped atmosphere.
4,227 spectators pay gate receipts of £162.
Accrington Stanley 1 (Watkinson) Chester
2 (Fletcher, Kirkpatrick)
November 1951 FA Cup 1st Round
The first FA Cup
meeting and Chester recover from Bill Watkinson’s
seventh minute goal to secure a dramatic victory.
With ten minutes to go
manager Frank Brown switches centre forward Bill
Jones and outside right Jimmy Fletcher and is rewarded
when Fletcher immediately takes a pass from Geoff
Coffin and hooks the ball past George Turnbull. There
are only seconds remaining when Roger Kirkpatrick
sends in a terrific shot which goes into the net
off the post to earn Chester a tie with non-league
8) Chester 5 (Jepson (2), Richards,
Bullock, Pearson) Accrington Stanley 1 (Mulkerrin)
April 1958 Division Three North
The final Division Three North side played
by both teams and Chester secure a shock victory
over second placed Stanley who go into the new Division
Three while Chester are consigned to Division Four.
The game marks the last game in charge for Accrington
manager Walter Galbraith who resigns during the summer
after differences with the directors over economy
measures following two years of heavy losses.
9) Accrington Stanley 2 (Hudson, Swindells
(pen)) Chester 0
September 1960 Division Four
The first Division Four game between the
sides and a straightforward victory for Accrington.
Chester show no sense of urgency or enthusiasm
and are deservedly beaten. George Hudson catches
Bill Brown flat-footed to score the first and Jack
Swindells scores the second from the penalty spot
after a tussle with Brown over a Devine cross.
10) Chester 2 (Davies, Cooper) Accrington
Stanley 3 (Marshall, Swindells, Duff)
January 1961 Division Four
the double over Chester who only have themselves
to blame after failing
to make the best of a number of first half opportunities.
In a similar scenario to the first ever meeting
between the sides Chester throw away a 2-1 lead.
Accrington’s first goal is scored by Alex
Marshall on his league debut and the winner is
secured in the 75th minute when Brown fails to
hold a David Sturrock cross and Billy Duff snaps
up the rebound.
Sumner [Published 25/11/03]