The club have confirmed that
striker Ryan Sugden will miss tomorrow’s game against
Northwich Victoria as he serves the last of his three
match suspension, however fellow striker Dave Cameron
will be available following his two match ban after being
red-carded with Droylsden. Kevin McIntyre will miss Saturday’s
trip to Kettering Town as he serves a one match ban for
collecting five bookings and Paul Carden will miss the
Worksop Town game for the same reason, however, the club
have stated that Scott Guyett currently only has four
points and so is a further yellow card away from a suspension.
30 December 2002
not known as yet how long Scott Guyett may be out of
the City side. The defender, who left the field just
before half-time on Saturday, couldn’t see a thing
through his right eye and had double vision in his left
eye following the clash with Telford United’s big
defender Mark Forlan.
“If Scott’s injury is bad then we won’t play him or risk him.
We will be guided by what they tell us at the hospital” said manager Mark
Midfielder Shaun Carey also went
off at the break on Saturday after suffering a hamstring
injury, as he stretched for a ball, and may be out
for a two to three weeks. Midfielder Jimmy Kelly suffered
a reaction to his knee injury at Northwich and was
left out of Saturday’s squad.
City Manager Wright has also stated
that he may have to bring in two loan players to cover
for injuries and suspensions. “I need a midfield
player, and maybe a right sided player, and that’s
what we’ll be looking at now” he said. The
Blues are next in action on New Year’s Day at home
to neighbours Northwich Victoria, kick-off 15:00hrs.
28 December 2002
BEN OPENS HIS ACCOUNT
Ben Davies scored his first
goal for the Blues to help City on their way to a 4-1
victory over Telford United. Davies headed home Michael
Twiss’ superb left wing cross midway through the
first half. Minutes later United keeper Paul Edwards
was stretchered off with a suspected broken leg (later
revealed as severe bruising) following a 50/50 challenge
with Daryl Clare.
Ten minutes after the interval Clare doubled the lead with a fine shot
following another Twiss through ball. Shortly after, United pulled a goal
back through ex-City striker David Brown who scored from close range after
seeing his penalty saved by Wayne Brown. City stepped things up after that
and goals from Mark Beesley and Daryl Clare, from the penalty spot, brought
City the three points.
Defender Scott Guyett (pictured) was taken to hospital at half-time following
a clash with Mark Foran and is suspected of having concussion, if that
proves the case then the defender will be out for two weeks.
Goals from Matty Cook and Michael Simpson gave
the reserves, a team consisting of mostly Youth Team players, a 2-1 victory
at Northwich Victoria today.
27 December 2002
BOLLAND SEES RED
Phil Bolland could receive a three match ban following his straight red
card at Northwich yesterday following a foul on Jonathan Allen. The defender
was dismissed with twenty minutes remaining of the derby stalemate which
City drew 1-1.
It was a hard fought match with a draw being a fair result. The home side
dominated the opening 45 minutes, indeed City failed to really test the
home keeper at all in that period and went in at half-time a goal down
following a Mark Devlin strike two minutes before the break. However, Michael
Twiss pounced to head the equaliser just after the interval (and a Mark
Wright roasting) but despite the Blues having more of the share of the
game they found home keeper Parry in outstanding form. Striker Daryl Clare
played despite picking up a knee injury in the Hereford match on Friday.
Mark Wright said: “If Ryan Sugden, Dave Cameron, Mark Beesley or
Steve Brodie had been available, then Daryl Clare wouldn’t have played
at Northwich, I wouldn’t have risked him. I have to look at the situation
very closely. The bottom line is that I don’t know how serious Daryl’s
problem is. It’s a little bit sore, but he played, and now I’ve
got to be a little bit wary about who we play and how we play against Telford.”
Following the draw at Wincham Park City have slipped to third in the table
as Doncaster’s 5-2 win at Scarborough lifted the Yorkshire side to
second spot, the Blues however did gain a point on leaders Yeovil Town
who suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at Forest Green Rovers.
Defender Kevin McIntyre will miss the trip to
Kettering Town on 4 January as he serves a one match ban after collecting
five bookings this season.
23 December 2002
NEW COMPANY FORMED
Chairman Steve Vaughan has announced
that Vaughan Promotions have set up a new company called Deva
Holdings. “Deva Holdings is going to be the new company
that manages our group of companies and that will include Chester
City Football Club. Any profits earned from our other trading
companies will go towards propping up any shortfall required
by Chester City FC.”
VAUGHAN NAMES SUCCESSOR
Chairman Steve Vaughan has revealed
that chief executive Darren Liversage will be the next chairman
of the club: “When the time is right for me to step down
as Chairman, the next Chairman of this football club will be
Darren Liversage. He’s getting groomed in to be the next
chairman of this club as and when the time comes that I feel
appropriate, he will take over. I’ve got no intentions
of stepping away but I can’t carry on forever. He’s
ten years younger than I and and when I feel that I need to
step into the background, he will fill my shoes.”
21 December 2002
BLUES FALL FOR SUCKER PUNCH
A goal four minutes from time brought
City their second home defeat of the season as Graham Turner’s
Hereford United ran out 1-0 winners at Deva Stadium. The Blues
dominated for the first 45 minutes but couldn’t find
their cutting edge in front of goal. City manager Mark Wright
told Neil Turner after the game: “We have to ensure we
bounce back on Boxing Day at Northwich Victoria. We’ve
got 20 games to go, and a lot to play for. It’s going
to be a tough season. You must remember that this is a fairly
new side, and we are still trying to get to know each other.
The players have been magnificent.” As Wright stated,
Chester are next in action on Boxing Day at Cheshire rivals
Northwich Victoria. City have never beaten the Vics in the
Conference but will have the backing of over 1,400 fans at
Wincham Park for the all-ticket match that kick’s off
at 15:00hrs on Thursday.
20 December 2002
CITY ON SKY TV AGAIN
home game against Doncaster Rovers in March has been put back
two days and will now be featured live on SKY TV on Monday
17 March, kick-off 20:00hrs. Meanwhile, Doncaster Rovers
have signed Rushden & Diamonds defender Tarkan Mustafa on a
months loan, City manager Mark Wright had been tracking
the defenders progress earlier in the month.
19 December 2002
YOUTH TEAM BEAT RIVALS
Two goals from Mike Simpson gave
Citys youth team a 2-0 victory at rivals Wrexham yesterday
Those fans wanting to see the Boxing
Day away match with Northwich Victoria are being urged to buy
tickets for the game as soon as possible. The club have already
sold 900 of their allocation for the match that kicks-off
at 15:00hrs. Tickets are on sale at Deva Stadium until 17:00hrs
today and after the match with Hereford United tomorrow night.
17 December 2002
HALF SEASON TICKETS
The club have announced details
of a half-season ticket prices which take effect from, and
include, the home game with Telford United on 28 December.
Seats: Tickets for the East and West Stand seating areas will cost £95.00
for adults, £70.00 for concessions; and £50.00 for under-16s.
Terrace: Tickets will cost �75.00 for adults; �60.00 for concessions; and £45.00
16 December 2002
CITY MAINTAIN THEIR CHALLENGE
Two goals from reprieved striker Daryl Clare
maintained Chesters challenge at the top of the Conference table.
The Blues cruised to a four goal victory at Hilton Park with Wayne Brown
rarely troubled throughout the 90 minutes. Citys other scorers were
Ryan Sugden and Scott Guyett, whose sixth minute header set the Blues on
their way. City now face a four match run over Christmas and New Year beginning
with the visit from sixth place Hereford United on Friday night (19:45hrs).
Two games with Northwich Victoria and a visit from Telford United soon
EXILES CHRISTMAS SOCIAL NIGHTS
The Exiles will be meeting tomorrow
night at the Windmill, 6-8 Mill Street, London W1 from 18:30hrs.
We shall also be having a Christmas get-together in Chester
on Friday 27 December, meeting up at The Falcon, Lower Bridge
Street, Chester from 19:30hrs.
YOUNGSTERS MOVE ON LOAN
Three of Citys younger players
have gone out on loan. Chris Tamm, Carl Rogers (who played
first team football under Gordon Hill) and Kevin Tower have
all joined Caernarfon Town.
|YOUTH ALLIANCE NORTH
14 December 2002
|LANCASHIRE LEAGUE DIVISION
|Northwich Victoria Reserves
|Lancaster City Reserves
|Chester City Reserves
|Bamber Bridge Reserves
|Accrington Stanley Reserves
|Ossett Town Reserves
|Bradford Park Avenue Res
|Farsley Celtic Reserves
13 December 2002
CLARE BACK IN BUSINESS
Great news for all City fans as
striker Daryl Clare will be available tomorrow after the Football
Association reversed their decision on his three match ban
and downgraded his red card at Southport to a yellow. The change
in mind comes after the match referee studied video evidence
of the incident involving Clare and Southport’s Barry
NORTHWICH MATCH ALL-TICKET
match against Northwich Victoria at Witton Albion’s Bargain
Booze Stadium (Wincham Park) ground on Boxing Day is all-ticket.
Chester have been allocated 1,400 terrace tickets and 250 seats.
Terrace: £8.00 adult £6.00 concession, Seats: £9.50 adult £7.50
Tickets go on sale on Monday to season ticket holders from 10:00hrs to
19:00hrs and then on general sale until 17:00hrs from Tuesday. They will
also be on sale after the home game against Hereford United. There is a
limit of two tickets per person. Fans are urged to claim their tickets
as soon as possible.
CLARE BANNED FOR THREE GAMES
clubs appeal against Daryl Clares three match ban
has failed and the striker will start his suspension at Leigh
RMI on Saturday. The weekly FA suspension list issued on the
FA website today
“The disciplinary section of the
FA confirms that Daryl Adam Clare is suspended from all football
until the Club have completed three first team matches from
14/12/2002 for a Sending Off.”
Chester have made a further appeal on the
strikers behalf. We are disappointed that our
initial appeal against the sending off was turned down, and
we have now made a further appeal, and now a different disciplinary
committee will review the case. We are hoping for a reduction
in the ban, said chairman Steve Vaughan.
• This weeks
FA suspension document.
Dave Cameron has been recalled from
his loan spell at Droylsden. He was sent off last week and
now possibly faces a two match ban around Christmas.
11 December 2002
Tonight’s home reserve match against
Guiseley at Flint Town United has been postponed due to a frozen
10 December 2002
Steve Vaughan has hinted that there
may well be player movements at the Deva Stadium later this
week. There are a couple of players that Mark Wright
is interest in, and it is possible that there will be player
movement in and also out of the club this week, the chairman
told the Daily Post.
STARS OF THE FUTURE?
Congratulations to City’s
five junior teams who all won on Saturday. Read CCFC Juniors
Co-ordinator Mark Newman’s round-up here.
On-loan striker Dave Cameron who was
sent off for Droylsden on Saturday will probably receive a
two match ban. This is the strikers second dismissal
of the season having been ordered off at Telford United. Meanwhile
the club are still awaiting a decision from the FA regarding
Daryl Clares appeal.
RUN-OUT WITH THE RESERVES
Manager Mark Wright has revealed that Jimmy Kelly,
Mark Beesley, Michael Twiss, Carl Ruffer, and Martyn Lancaster can all
expect a run out in Chester reserves� team who play Guiseley in a Lancashire
League match at Flint tomorrow. The reserves have had a number of games
postponed recently and currently lie eighth with 18 points from nine games,
Guiseley are bottom of the League.
Club chairman Steve Vaughan will not be facing charges
after an incident during Saturdays game at Morecambe. A spokesperson
for Lancashire Police said: �There was an incident but it would seem that
although the victim did make a complaint it was retracted. There is no
investigation, no charges have been brought and no-one has been arrested.
As far as we are concerned the incident is finished with.�
8 December 2002
SECOND ROUND EXIT FOR BLUES
Blues crashed out of the second round of the FA Cup at Morecambe despite
twice taking a first-half lead. Phil Bolland put City 1-0 up on 25 minutes
with a far post header from a Kevin McIntyre corner but the lead was only
held for two minutes before Jim Bentley equalised for The Shrimps. Daryl
Clare headed City 2-1 up on 42 minutes from six yards, but, the game turned
in the three minutes before the break that followed with Ryan Sugden being
red-carded for an off-the-ball incident and Bentley equalising again for
the home side. The winning goal for the home side came from Adriano Rigoglioso
on 57 minutes.
Manager Mark Wright was furious about the red card
saying: “The decision to send off Ryan Sugden was disgraceful and
it was farcical. Ryan Sugden hasn’t got anything in him, and he’s
one of the nicest lads you’ll ever meet, and for their boy to feign
injury is a disgrace. And the lad did, no two ways about it. Everyone
in the stadium knew it. We’ve had this happen at Southport last
week, and we’ve now had it happen at Morecambe – one professional
footballer deciding to feign injury, and it’s not right. No one
has been hurt and nothing has happened, and all of a sudden Ryan Sugden
gets sent off.”
Sugden can expect a three match ban for his red
card and is likely to miss the forthcoming games against Northwich Victoria
(26 Dec), Telford United (28 Dec) and the return home match with Northwich
Victoria on New Year’s Day.
Several people have enquired regarding the dates
for the end of season play-offs, they are as follows:
Thursday May 1 (probably 20:00hrs kick-off) Team 5 v Team 2; Team 4 v Team
Bank Holiday Monday May 5 (probably 15:00hrs kick-off) Team 2 v Team 5;
Team 3 v Team 4.
Final Saturday May 10 (Britannia Stadium, Stoke, probably 15:00hrs
All matches are being covered by SKY TV.
CITY CAUGHT IN SECOND SPOT
Chester have been caught in second place in
the Conference by Doncaster Rovers following their 2-1 win at Burton Albion
last night, though City’s goal difference is five better that that
of their Yorkshire rivals. Meanwhile leaders Yeovil Town lost 2-1 at Scarborough
today to leave them three points ahead of the Blues who now have a game
in hand on both The Glovers and Rovers. The Seadogs moved fourth following
6 December 2002
FA CUP SELL OUT
will have the backing of 1,100 fans at Christie Park tomorrow, after selling-out
their entire ticket allocation this week, as the Blues go for FA Cup glory
and a chance of a money-spinning third round draw. The winners of tomorrows
match will pick up £30,000 in prize money.
Club secretary Tony Allen has warned that police will remove anyone without
Theres no team news as yet so it remains to be seen whether midfielder
Jimmy Kelly returns from injury. Manager Mark Wright said: �Jimmy Kelly
played in a practice match yesterday and he played in a 45-minute practice
game today. I�m keeping a close eye on him, but the boys who have played
in midfield have done unbelievably well and I�ll need to look at the situation
closely before selecting my team for Saturday.�
3 December 2002
The club today confirmed that 50 tickets remain
unsold for this weekend�s FA Cup second round tie at Morecambe. Tickets
will remain on sale all this week between 09:00 and 17:00hrs at Deva Stadium.
City have rearranged their home
fixture with Farnborough Town, postponed because of Saturday�s
cup match, and the game will now take place on Tuesday 15 April
2 December 2002
AWARD FOR WRIGHT
|Congratulations to manager Mark
Wright who has been named the Nationwide Conference
Manager of the Month for November. During the month
City won four games, including a 1-0 F.A. Cup win
at second division Colchester United, a 1-0 victory
at Stevenage Borough, a home 5-0 defeat of Margate
and Saturdays 3-1 win at Southport. The Blues
started the month with a 2-2 draw with high-flyers
Manager Wright said: �It�s absolutely fantastic news and the
award means a lot to me. I know I make the decisions, but my
life has been made easier by our chairman who has allowed me
to bring in people I respect and hold in high esteem. People
like my assistant, Steve Bleasdale, Alan Lewer, Alan Cottrell,
and our physio, Joe Hinnigan, are a good solid team, and my
players have achieved so much after crossing that white line.
Im still looking to strengthen the squad and there may
be developments soon, but we shouldnt take anything away
at all from our recent displays in the Nationwide Conference
and F.A. Cup.
FA TROPHY DRAW
The draw for the third round of the
FA Umbro Trophy was made at Anfield today and City will play Worksop
Town at Deva Stadium on 11 January 2003. The winners of
the tie will receive £1,100. The Tigers, from the UniBond
Premier League, beat Solihull Borough 4-2 on Saturday to reach
this stage of the competition.
FA Trophy Third Round draw in full.
Farsley Celtic v Gainsborough Trinity
Kettering Town v Altrincham
Chester City v Worksop Town
Leek Town v Southport
Alfreton Town v Spennymoor United/Halesowen Town
Leigh RMI v Vauxhall Motors
Rugby United v Telford United
Stalybridge Celtic v Scarborough
Northwich Victoria v Barrow
Wakefield & Emley v Burton Albion
Ilkeston Town v Harrogate Town/Burscough
Tamworth v Nuneaton Borough
Lancaster City v Morecambe
Colwyn Bay v Blyth Spartans
Halifax Town v Doncaster Rovers
Woking v Chesham United/Walton & Hersham
Dover Athletic v Gravesend & Northfleet
Stevenage Borough v Oxford City
Forest Green Rovers v Barnet
Windsor & Eton v Thame United
Aylesbury United v Kingstonian
Eastbourne Borough v Farnborough Town
Gloucester City/Merthyr Tydfil v Lewes
Dagenham & Redbridge v Bishop's Stortford/Marlow
Hayes v Crawley Town
Dulwich Hamlet v Margate
Canvey Island v Cirencester Town
Heybridge Swifts v Hendon
Worcester City v Newport County
Purfleet v Grays Athletic
Hereford United v Yeovil Town
Sutton United v Havant & Waterlooville/Billericay Town
CITY TO APPEAL AGAINST RED CARD
Chester are to appeal against the
sending off of Daryl Clare in Saturday�s match at Southport.
The striker received a straight red card, apparently for retaliation,
after being tackled from behind by Barry Jones on the stroke
of half-time. The incident caused a free-for-all as the players
and management of both sides left the field down the tunnel.
Speaking in the Evening Leader Wright said: �We�re definitely
going to appeal against Daryl Clare�s sending off because the
video will show he did nothing wrong. Daryl Clare was in bits
in the changing room and mortified at half-time, and that is
not Daryl Clare. Daryl Clare is not in your face and wanting
to fight, and to have that thrown at him and maybe miss three
games is a bad decision. He can�t believe what people are saying
about him because he�s a football player. He�s a winner, but
he�s not a stamper, and he�s certainly not someone who throws
his elbows that�s not him. Throughout his career he�s
never done that and he didn�t do that against Southport. I
think it�s wrong, and now we�ll have to see what the FA and
the referee say. If we appeal the referee will have to take
a look at it, and I think it will be pretty clear that nothing
has gone on. Their player, Barry Jones, has conned the referee,
and stayed down. And that�s why everything kicked off at half-time � their
player conned the referee.
Should Clare�s appeal not be successful then the striker
can expect to be suspended for the forthcoming games at Leigh
RMI (14 Dec), Hereford United (20 Dec) and Northwich Victoria
WRIGHT INVOLVED IN FRACAS
manager Mark Wright may face action after being involved in a half-time
fracas at Haig Avenue on Saturday. Wright was incensed following the sending-off
of striker Daryl Clare after the striker appeared to retaliate after being
fouled from behind by Southport defender Barry Jones, who, only received
a yellow card for the incident. This took place right in front of the dug-outs
and just before the interval and scuffles broke out as the players made
their way down the tunnel.
City kept in touch with leaders Yeovil Town with a 3-1 victory on Saturday.
Shaun Carey, Paul Carden and Carl Ruffer all scored their first goals of
the season to give the Blues a hard-fought victory against the Sandgrounders.
The recent game against Yeovil Town, the home
2-2 draw which marked Daryl Clare’s scoring debut, has now been released
on video by Northern Accent Television. The video of last weeks 5-0 victory
over Margate will be released in a week or so.
The video’s cost £9.99 each and will be available to order
from club shop or please add £1.00 p&p and send off to:-
Northern Accent Television, P.O.Box 3118, Chester, CH4 8XE