Citys chief scout Alan
Lewer has joined Nuneaton Borough as assistant manager
to Steve Burr. Manager Mark Wright praised Lewer
saying: Alan has done a great job during his
time here, he will be sadly missed, and we wish him
well. Obviously its a disappointment to lose
him, but when an opportunity like this comes along,
it would be wrong to stand in his way.
ANOTHER TOUGH MATCH FOR CITY
City have another tough game tomorrow when they
entertain fifth placed Halifax Town at Deva Stadium. The Blues are yet
to win on home soil in 2003 and will be without both Jimmy Kelly (suspension)
and Ben Davies (injured) in midfield as they look to pull three points
clear of their promotion rivals. Striker Mark Quayle is expected to make
his home debut. Halifax are on top form with five wins from the last six
games which has seen them catch City on 55 points, and may include former
City (loan) player Shaun Garnett in their ranks if he passes a fitness
27 February 2003
Neil Turner reports in this morning’s
Daily Post that Cheltenham Town midfielder Hugh McAuley could be having
talks with Steve Vaughan and Mark Wright early next week with the view
to a possible move. It’s believed that the player will be given a
free transfer by Cheltenham Town.
McAuley said: The club (Cheltenham) have told me that I can leave
on a free transfer if I can get fixed up with a club. A couple of Football
League clubs have shown interest, but I am extremely impressed with Chester
City and their ambitions. I played with Mark Wright when I was at Anfield.
He is an extremely fair and knowledgeable man. I will be talking to Mark
and Stephen Vaughan in the next few days and we'll see what happens.
McAuley began his career at Leek Town where he made just nine appearances
scoring a fantastic 26 goals. Cheltenham Town stepped in and paid £20,000
for the player in the summer of 1999 and he has since made 86+33 appearances
scoring 11 goals for the Whaddon Road side.
BURTON ALBION COACH
Any wanting to book a seat on the supporters club
coach to Burton Albion on Saturday 8 March should contact Barrie Hipkiss
on (01244) 379011 (between 18:00-20:00hrs), or see him at Saturday�s home
match against Halifax Town. The coach to Burton leaves Delamere Street
at 11.30hrs and seats cost £8.00.
25 February 2003
City midfielder Ben Davies will be out for two
weeks following his injury on Saturday, the player had his knee gashed
by studs in a tackle early on in the match. Manager Mark Wright said: “I
don’t think we can expect to see Ben back in action for the team
for at least two weeks which is a big disappointment. This means we won’t
have Ben for the Halifax match, Blackie is still out with an injury, and
Jimmy Kelly misses the game because of a suspension.”
|Well!, it’s about
time Chester had a home win to celebrate so let’s hear it,
(because I promised the team if they won!), for the recently formed
City Exiles darts ensemble. The team beat experienced league opposition
Burnley last night 6-5 in the APFSCIL 6-a-side Cup in The Lord Burleigh
(Victoria, London) to progress to the third round. Never behind throughout
the night, helped by some great finishing from Gary Owen, victory
was sealed with a double nine finish from Phil ‘Dulwich Blue’ Lewis
in the final ‘beer leg’ team game. Thanks to all who
took part (some at rather short notice), Rick who organised the night,
and those who came along to support the team.
Steve H, Phil, Steve C, Rich, Steve M, Gary, Rick
(front). Pic by SueC.
22 February 2003
Despite the presence of Iain Jenkins in the line-up,
City’s reserves lost their fourth game of the season last night when
they were hammered 7-1 at Morecambe in the Lancashire League.
|LANCASHIRE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
|Correct as at 22 February 2003.
|Chester City Reserves
|Northwich Victoria Reserves
|Lancaster City Reserves
|Bamber Bridge Reserves
|Accrington Stanley Reserves
|Bradford Park Avenue Reserves
|Ossett Town Reserves
|Farsley Celtic Reserves
21 February 2003
QUAYLE SIGNS ON LOAN
Chester have completed the loan signing of 24-year-old
striker Mark Quayle from Nuneaton Borough. Quayle, who has scores 18 goals
in 33 games for Borough, will remain at the Deva until the end of the season
and striker Steve Brodie has moved to Manor Park in a similar arrangement.
City manager Mark Wright told the Daily Post: We needed a new face
to freshen things up at the club. We have agreed a fee with Nuneaton and
if all works out well we will sign Mark permanently at the end of the season.
Quayle is quick, lively, and a big asset is that he can get in behind defences.
I needed a striker because Mark Beesley has been struggling with injury
problems, and Ryan Sugden has lost his way in recent weeks, but he’s
still only a young lad and needs a rest.
Now we can really make Yeovil fight to the finish, no one is giving up
on the championship just yet. Yeovil are the best side in the league at
the moment, but they have a tough run-in. If we can get five good results
on the bounce who knows what could happen?
TOUGH JOB FOR CITY
Blues face a difficult task tomorrow knowing that they will have to be
at their best to get something from the Conferences’ form team Dagenham & Redbridge.
The Daggers are top of the form league with six wins on the run, scoring
16 goals and conceding just three in the process, a run that has seen them
rise to the fringe of the play-off area.
But, with the best away record in the Conference, City will go into the
game full of confidence and hoping to complete the double after demolishing
Dagenham 5-2 in an action-packed game at Deva Stadium back in September.
City manager Mark Wright appears to have no injury problems following last
Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Morecambe, Mark Quayle goes straight into
the squad and it remains to be seen whether last weeks goal hero Michael
Twiss appears in the starting line-up. The home side are expected to include
Tarkan Mustafa in their side, a player watched by Mark Wright earlier in
|EXILES HELP SPONSOR JUNIOR SIDE
The Exiles have agreed to spend £80
on buying much-needed training equipment for the club’s under-8/9s
junior team. The sponsorship deal will allow juniors’ co-ordinator
Mark Newman to buy the team a medicine bag (£35) and 15 training
|Twenty-six 8/9 year
old youngsters braved the weather at a Chester City soccer school
in Saughall during the half-term break. They are pictured with coaches
Dan Jones and Mark Newman.
|The donation is in addition to the clean
sheet sponsorship deal for the first team, which is already proving
to be fairly lucrative. It also means that the Exiles’ sponsorship
total has reached more than £2,200 since the group was formed
as the Southern Branch 19 years ago.
If anyone else can help out with sponsoring the CCFC Juniors please
NEW ISA T-SHIRTS
have produced a limited number of “The Final Countdown” T-shirts
to cover the final quarter of the season, starting with ISA sponsored
These will be on sale at Corals, Bridge Street and also at the ground
on match days, and the club Open Day. Price £5.00. Colours:
royal blue and a few navy blue. If anyone wants one by post, email Les
Smith or send a cheque to ISA address (add 50p postage). Sizes
are M, L, XL.
Jimmy Kelly picked up his fifth booking of the season
at Morecambe and will miss the home game with Halifax Town on 1 March with
a one match ban.
17 February 2003
BLUES REMAIN SECOND, JUST!
Blues managed just one shot on goal in Saturday’s 90 minutes at Morecambe,
fortunately, that shot from substitute Michael Twiss (pictured) found the
back of the net. Three valuable points looked to be going City’s
way until a last-gasp Shrimpers equaliser from Adriano Rigoglioso after
defender Wayne Hatswell had failed to clear a cross.
Manager Mark Wright praised Twiss: Michael Twiss
did ever so well. He�s been showing good things in training, he looks
strong, and he held up Jim Bentley, Iain Swan, and Jamie Murphy late
in the game. Michael Twiss has got a lot about him and if he can produce
that for 90 minutes week in, and week out, then he�ll be a major player
for us. I hope now that the penny has dropped and that he will step forward.
If he does then they�ll be happy days for us.
Goalscorer Twiss said: “We are all very disappointed
to have given the goal away because we normally deal with high balls
into the area very well. It was nice to score against Morecambe again
but I’d be happier if we had taken the three points.”
Chester remain in second place, on goal difference
from Halifax Town – the next visitors to Deva Stadium. Before then
though, on Saturday, City face another difficult away match at promotion
rivals Dagenham & Redbridge. The teams last met in September when
City romped home 5-2 at Deva Stadium.
The Daggers have won all their six Conference games
this year and currently lie in seventh place, six points behind Chester.
Away wins for Doncaster Rovers and Hereford United has closed up the chasing
pack behind leaders Yeovil Town whose 4-1 win at Farnborough Town gives
them an eleven point lead.
Defender Mark Clifford who played one game
for City on loan recently (Barnet), has joined Ilkeston Town on loan
from Boston United until the end of the season.
14 February 2003
KIDS FOR A QUID
The Chronicle newspaper has announced a deal
with the football club to bring its readers an offer allowing children,
under the age of 16, to pay just £1 entrance fee at each of the team’s
remaining six home Conference games. To qualify, youngster’s must
be accompanied by an adult and produce a voucher issued in the Chronicle
before each game. The voucher is exchanged on the day for a numbered ticket
and fans collecting five of the six tickets will qualify for a 20% discount
on a West Stand season ticket for next season. This deal does not apply
to any possible play-off game.
INTERNATIONAL HONOUR FOR THE DEVA
Two Under 17 youth internationals will be played
at the Deva Stadium next month. England will play the Czech Republic on
Wednesday, 12 March, (19:00hrs kick-off), and Scotland will face the Czech
Republic on Friday, 14 March, (16:00hrs kick-off). The award of these two
matches rewards all the hard work put in behind the scenes improving the
stadium over recent months.
CAMERON STAYING PUT
The BBC website reports that striker Dave Cameron
is expected to remain at Telford United on loan until the end of the season. I’m
pleased with what hes done for us and keeping him means weve
still got that extra option up front, said Telford manager Jake King.
13 February 2003
EXILES SOCIAL TONIGHT
The latest Exiles social will take place tonight
at the Knights Templar, Chancery Lane, London WC2. We usually meet in the
upstairs drinking area from 19:00hrs onwards. Nearest tube stations are
Holborn (Piccadilly line) or Temple (District line).
Goals by Danny Byrne, Danny Collins
and Adam Griffin gave City’s reserves a 3-1 home victory
over Burscough reserves at Flint Town United last night.
11 February 2003
CLUB OPEN DAY
club will be holding an open day at Deva Stadium on Sunday
9 March (the day after Burton Albion away), gates open at
11.00am. This initiative was discussed at last night’s
ISA annual general meeting and more details will be available
nearer the date. This will be a great opportunity to see
behind the scenes at Deva Stadium which has been completely
refurbished since last summer. There will also be a chance
to watch the players in a training session!
The ISA are also announced at the meeting that they are currently taking
orders for TOFFS replica
1974/75 CFC Seals shirts, the shirts that took us to the semi-finals of
the Football League Cup and our first-ever promotion, which will be available
to members at a discount price.
More details, along with the names of the five lucky draw winners for the
forthcoming Halifax Town sponsored game are on the news page of the ISA website.
10 February 2003
HOME FORM DESERTS THE BLUES
Mark Wright admits he’s struggling to explain City’s
poor run of form at the Deva Stadium which has seen them
go five matches without victory. Away from the Deva the Blues
are have a record second to none. Like the recent game with
Barnet, it took City 45 minutes on Saturday to get into the
game, then dominated for the second period. “If you
are talking about percentages, we deserved to win by a mile.
But we weren’t at the races in the first half.” said
“ A play-off place has always been our target, but some people are expecting
us to win the title and automatic promotion. There is too much expected from
the players and that pressure is not needed. Some people are expecting miracles
from a group of players who have only come together this season. We’re
still going to give it our best shot and try and win the title, but a play-off
position was my realistic target when the season started.” added the manager.
Assistant manager Steve Bleasdale added: “We
just can’t seem to fathom out why we can’t
win more of our home games. Maybe the players are trying
too hard or they feel a little bit more pressure. They
go through the same warm-up routines and the backroom staff
gee them up the same as when we play away from home. We
had plenty of chances to have won Saturday’s match – Mark
Beesley slots the ball home for fun every time on the training
ground and we had extra shooting practice before Saturday’s
match. But we’re still second in the league and we
have plenty of away games left.”
City’s outstanding away form will
be put to a tough test now with successive Saturday matches
at two other promotion candidates in Morecambe and Dagenham & Redbridge.
The Blues will have Scott Guyett again on Saturday who
returns from suspension as City look for three valuable
points at sixth placed Morecambe and erase the memory of
their FA Cup defeat at Christie Park back in December.
Wright told the Evening Leader: “It’s
not about revenge or us putting the record straight – we
just want to go there and compete, and hopefully win to keep
us in contention for the play-offs. We played well when we
last went to Morecambe, but we won’t concede goals
again like we did that day. Ryan Sugden cost us the game
that day when he was sent off. We can’t afford to have
anyone sent off and expect to win with 10 men. He was stupid
that day and he’s learned his lesson. He knows he can’t
go and retaliate in the way he did because it cost us massive.
The incident taught us as a club a lot of lessons, like most
things that happen in football. There are a lot of things
we want to do right, and I still believe we were unlucky
to lose against Morecambe on that day.”
City’s Junior sides were once
again in action on Sunday. Read Mark Newman’s summaries
of the games here.
Commercial manager Ian Knox has released a new
date for the rearranged Chester City Golf Day. This will now be held on
Friday May 16th and is already proving very popular with 17 teams already
booked in. A team of four players will cost £399, and the day will
consist of nine holes in the morning and 18 holes in the afternoon. If
you would like to book a team please contact Ian on 01244 371376 for further
details. Teams places are available on a first-come first-served basis.
The club has organised a Sportsman’s
Dinner for Thursday 27 March at the Mollington Banastre. Further
details, including the guest speaker and ticket price, will be announced
shortly but you may reserve a place in advance by calling Ian Knox
on 01244 371376.
7 February 2003
CITY BACK IN ACTION
After a break of two weeks The Blues are back
in Conference action tomorrow with a home game against Forest Green
Rovers (ko 15:00hrs). Phil Bolland returns to the side following
his three match suspension, as does Wayne Hatswell against one of
his former clubs, but fellow defender Scott Guyett will serve a one
match ban after picking up five bookings as City look to complete
the double over the Gloucestershire side following a 2-0 victory
at The Lawn in August, Mark Beesley scoring twice on that occasion.
5 February 2003
HAT-TRICK FOR DEAN
A hat-trick by Dean Buckley gave City’s youth
team a 3-2 away win at Shrewsbury Town yesterday. The Blues have one game
left, at Chesterfield, though this may be scratched, before the Merit League
starts at the end of the month. Meanwhile City’s reserve game against
Bamber Bridge at Flint Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, and
tomorrow night’s match at Barrow has also been called off.
|YOUTH ALLIANCE NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE
|Correct as at 5 February 2003.
ISA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The next ISA members meeting will be the Annual
General Meeting and takes place at Deva Stadium on Monday 10 February at
19:45hrs. Manager Mark Wright and Commercial manager Ian Knox will be among
guests present. The latest copy of the ISA newsletter The Independents
is now available online on the ISA website.
Volunteers are required for the ISA Committee to help maintain their role
in supporting the football club and football in the community in general.
Nominations are invited for positions prior to Monday’s AGM. Please
specify which position you are applying for, ie Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary
or member of the Committee and enclose a brief CV.
Volunteers are also required to help sell matchday raffle ticket sales
to help Youth Development at the football club. If you are able to offer
assistance please contact the membership secretary Les
3 February 2003
VAUGHAN PROMOTIONS TARGET HOTEL COMPLEX
Vaughan Promotions have made enquiries about the
purchase of the Mollington Banastre Hotel on the Parkgate Road. “The
potential of the hotel and surrounding land is boundless, and if we are
successful in concluding a deal, then we will maximise that potential and
develop the facility into one of the premier hotel and sporting complexes
in the area.” said chairman Steve Vaughan. With the Tranmere takeover
saga well and truly over the ambitious chairman has turned his attentions
to building up Chester City. These plans include a possible School of Excellence
built on the outskirts of the City with the help of grants. Several sites
have been noted including two in Blacon.The chairman also has plans to
succeed where others before him have failed and buy the Deva Stadium ground
outright from the city council. “I envisage the Deva Stadium having
multi purpose usage, so I am going to sit down with the city council with
a view to purchasing the Deva at market value, and with it securing the
future of Chester City Football Club.”
FA TROPHY DRAW
The draw for the fifth round of the FA Trophy was
made today and is as follows:
Scarborough or Dover Athletic v Forest Green Rovers
Margate v Tamworth
Farnborough Town v Halifax Town
Yeovil Town v Northwich Victoria
Alfreton Town or Burscough v Wakefield & Emley or Hendon
Aylesbury United v Windsor & Eton or Vauxhall Motors
Gloucester City or Woking v Dagenham & Redbridge or Southport
Havant & Waterlooville v Worksop Town or Hayes
Thirteen of the sides still left in the competition are from outside the
Conference. The next round is on February 22, the same date as City’s
scheduled visit to Dagenham and Redbridge who must replay at Southport
(weather permitting) tomorrow night.
1 February 2003
Lee Woodyatt has decided against a loan move to
Leigh RMI or TNS.