30 March 2003
City’s victory lifted then
up to third place, a point behind Doncaster Rovers in
second, and nine clear of Hereford United who occupy
sixth spot (one below the play-off mark). Four points
from the remaining six games should be enough to guarantee
a play-off spot.
CITY ON COURSE FOR PLAY-OFF
2-1 win at Farnborough Town on Saturday keeps them
well on course for an end-of-season play-off spot.
Leading striker Daryl Clare was missing from the starting
line-up, suffering with a knee injury picked up last
week, which left the way open for Mark Beesley to start
his eighth game of the season and he gave a good account
of himself throughout the game, as did Danny Collins
who seems to get better with every match.
The Blues fell behind to an early Joff Vansittart goal after the defence
failed to clear a far post corner. Ben Davies equalised for City midway
thought the half after converting a Mark Beesley cross. City had to weather
some home pressure after the break and the game looked to be heading
for a draw until Dave Cameron converted a last minute penalty, in front
of the City fans, after Ben Davies’ free-kick was adjudged to have
been handled in the box by Christian Lee.
28 March 2003
DEFENDER ON TRIAL NEXT WEEK
The club are to give a trail
next week to 19-year-old Liverpool central defender Stephen
McNulty. He’s being released by the Anfield club
in the summer and is keen to stay in the north west.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan said: I have spoken
to Mark Wright about the player, and he is keen to take
a closer look at him, so the youngster is coming in on
Monday. Stephen is a big strong defender, so if all goes
well during the trial period, it could be a development
that suits all parties.
Should Do Well: Steve McNulty by Paul Grech and Andy Phillip
Meanwhile, City have no injury problems for the match at Farnborough
Town tomorrow (kick-off 13:00hrs). New loan signing Ian Joy is expected
to be in the squad and skipper Phil Bolland returns after suspension.
27 March 2003
Today is transfer deadline day and there’s
been plenty of action in the transfer market here are the details of transfers
IN affecting clubs near the top of the league at present:
Doncaster Rovers: Gregg Blundell (Northwich Victoria), Tyrone Thompson
(Sheffied United, loan)
Halifax Town: Neil Tolson (Kettering Town)
Hereford United: Karl Hawley (Walsall, loan), Albano Correia (Bristol City),
Mark Gayle (Solihull Borough)
Morecambe: Lee Collins (Blackpool)
26 March 2003
JOY FOR CITY
|Chester City have signed
21-year-old ex-Montrose and Kidderminster Harriers midfielder Ian
Joy on loan until the end of the season. City boss Mark Wright said: Ian
has been training with us recently, and he has impressed. He is a
left-sided defender or midfielder, and he extends the options I have
in that department, it’s up to him to prove to us in this short
period that he’s worth a longer contract.
Joy, born in San Diego USA, appeared in the same Kidderminster side
last season as Ben Davies and goes straight into the squad for the
match at Farnborough Town on Saturday.
CAPS FOR CTY THREE
All three of City’s players in the England
National Game X1 squad featured in last night’s 0-0 draw in Holland.
Scott Guyett captained the side and played the full 90 minutes along with
Danny Collins. Wayne Brown played the opening 59 minutes before being replaced.
England: Wayne Brown (Chris Weale 59), John Kennedy, Scott Guyett
(Captain), Danny Collins, Michael Rose, Mark Janney (Jimmy Jackson 69),
Richard Norris (Lee Johnson 82), Stewart Drummond, Lee Elam, Gregg Blundell
(Adriano Rigoglioso 59), Junior Agogo (Roscoe d'Sane 74).
report (FA website)
25 March 2003
ENGLAND CALL FOR TRIO
of City’s players, Danny Collins, Wayne Brown and Scott Guyett
will be hoping they feature in tonight’s National Game X1 match
in Beek en Donk on the outskirts of Eindhoven, against Holland (kick-off
19:30hrs). All were selected in the squad last week and set off following
Saturday’s match against Southport to join up with the rest
of the squad.
Goalkeeper Wayne Brown has been capped six times
before for England while Scott Guyett was selected while he was
playing at Southport.
The game in Beek en Donk, home to BV Sparta
25, is being used for preparation towards the home internationals
in Wales at the end of May.
It’s Chester-born Collins’ first involvement with the national
side, and comes after a series of impressive performances at the heart
of the City defence and a successful loan spell at Vauxhall Motors earlier
in the season, where the ex-Buckley Town striker took on a new role of
defender and was a key player in their tremendous FA Cup run that saw
the UniBond Premier League side knock-out Queens Park Rangers.
“ They are a good set of lads there and I enjoyed my time with Vauxhall.
I was just going there to see if I could improve as a player, so I didn't expect
to do as well as we did in the Cup. It was a fantastic time though and beating
QPR was probably the biggest game in my career so far. I’ll always remember
it.” said Collins.
Manager Paul Fairclough said: “Danny Collins has done exceptionally
well, keeping more experienced players out of the first team. And after
speaking to Mark Wright we agreed that the trip would also add to Danny’s
•List of Chester’s International
WRIGHT AFTER MIDFIELDER
City manager Mark Wright has told the
Evening Leader that he’s looking to bring in a midfielder on
loan, hopefully in time for Saturday’s game at Farnborough
Town. He said: “I looked at John Doolan from Barnet, and we
just couldn’t afford what he wanted. He would have been good
for us short-term, but he wanted a lot of money from us this year,
and two more, and I wasn’t prepared to do that. If I can find
someone who is influential and mobile, I would look to bring them
into the midfield area, especially if it was a big man – a
six-foot midfielder who is prepared to roll his sleeves up, dictates,
pushes people in, and pushes people around would be good.”
24 March 2003
BLUES UP TO FOURTH
2-0 victory over Southport on Saturday lifted them to fourth place
in the Nationwide Conference. It took a slice of luck in the form
of a flying header into his own net from Southport’s Chris
Lane to open City’s account but man of the match Paul Carden
(pictured) sealed matters with a fine individual effort five minutes
from time for his second goal of the season, his other being against
the same opposition at Haig Avenue back in November.
Manager Mark Wright rang the changes from Monday’s team by starting
with Michael Twiss and Mark Beesley though they were replaced at half-time
by Shaun Carey and Mark Quayle as City looked to lift the game after a
Manager Mark Wright said after the win: “I
thought we dominated for for long spells. We started well and finished
well too. There’s no doubt that the two substitutions at
the break game us a little more impetus and I thought Paul Carden’s
goal was a little gem and thoroughly deserved.”
Chester’s second win in a week lifted
them to fourth place, overtaking Morecambe who went down to a last
minute goal in a 3-2 defeat at Gravesend & Northfleet.
21 March 2003
SAME AGAIN CITY?
Chester will go into tomorrows home
match against Southport (kick-off 15:00hrs) with no fresh injury
worries following Monday nights physical clash with Doncaster
Rovers. Defender Phil Bolland misses the game as he serves the second
game of his two match ban. The players have enjoyed a couple of days
off this week to rest and recover from Mondays game. City beat
the Sandgrounders 3-1 back in November in a game that saw Daryl Clare
controversially sent off, only to have the red card rescinded a week
later. The visitors currently lie in 14th spot, five points above
a relegation spot, and were beaten 3-1 by manager-less Barnet on
Tuesday night. Theyve had five wins on their travels this season.
18 March 2003
VALUABLE POINTS FOR CITY
single goal from substitute Michael Twiss (pictured) on 61 minutes
was enough to bring City their first live televised win and all three
points against promotion rivals Doncaster Rovers in a scrappy, bad
tempered game at Deva Stadium. Twiss finished in style following
a great lay off from Dave Cameron who had been introduced seconds
before. The game will be remembered though for three sending’s
off; Rovers’ Jason Blunt and Dave Morley both for second bookable
offences, and, in the dying minutes, City manager Mark Wright was
ordered to sit in the stand following a touchline incident with Doncaster’s
Coach Steve Bleasdale said after the game: “This
result gives us a great incentive, but we’ve got to build
on this scoreline, and I believe that four more wins will secure
us a play-off place. If we reach the play-offs it will be a fantastic
achievement for the gaffer and me. The truth is that nobody wants
to play us because they’re frightened of playing us.”
City will be looking to build on this win for
Saturday’s visit of 14th placed Southport. Skipper Phil Bolland
will once again miss out through suspension.
Eagle-eyed viewers will have noticed that the
players are now wearing the ISA Final Countdown t-shirts for their
pre-match warm-ups. These are still 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.
Earlier in the day, two goals from Dean Buckley
gave Iain Jenkins’ youth team a 2-0 home win over Doncaster
Rovers in the Youth Merit League Division Two North.
A crowd of 2,928 (coincidentally the same gate as the previous home game!)
turned out last night, though over 4,000 would have been expected for
a Saturday fixture between the sides.
17 March 2003
SCREEN TEST FOR BLUES
must overcome their small screen jinx tonight if they are to claw
back three points on visitors Doncaster Rovers. The Blues will go
into the clash against the division’s second placed side without
suspended skipper Phil Bolland and will anxiously wait on the fitness
of fellow defender Scott Guyett before attempting to gain their first
ever win in a live televised game. Midfielder Ben Davies (pictured)
is expected to return from injury while striker Dave Cameron, recalled
from a loan spell at Telford United in midweek should also feature.
Ahead of the game manager Mark Wright said: “The
media have termed Monday’s match against Doncaster as a big
game, but it’s no bigger to me than a home or away match
against Farnborough Town. Every game we play is big, but if we
play as well as I know we can I think we can beat Doncaster. I’m
pleased the match is being televised because it raises the profile
of the club. We’re without our central defender, Phil Bolland,
who is serving the first of his two-game suspension, but Scott
Guyett is back for us.”
Wright continued: “The game against Doncaster,
of course, is important but so are the matches against Southport,
Farnborough Town, Woking and the rest. When you are in a challenging
position like ourselves, all the games take on an equal importance.
We are ambitious and totally focused on the job in hand, and that
is achieving a play-off placing at the end of the season.”
Doncaster are expected to give a debut to
experienced striker Don Goodman who has signed on loan from Exeter
City until the end of the season.
Results on Saturday partially went in City’s favour, Hereford United
and Halifax Town below both lost but Dagenham & Redbridge above won
and gained three points on City while Morecambe drew and gained one point
leaving the Blues still in fifth place. The Daggers eleventh successive
league win created a Conference record in the process. Tomorrow’s
game kick’s-off at 20:00hrs.
CITY v DONCASTER ON SKY IN LONDON
The Exiles have once again reserved an
area in the ‘Famous Three Kings’ pub at 171 North End
Road, London W14, to view tonight’s crucial City v Doncaster
Rovers game. The pub can be found right next door to West Kensington
tube station. Despite the disappointment of the result, we had a
great night there for our last televised match against Barnet, and
we shall once again be utilising the upstairs area.
All City fans and friends in the area who cant make the game
are welcome to come along. Note that the pub has a strict
over-18’s only policy. The Famous Three Kings telephone number
is: (020) 7603 6071.
YOUTH TEAM WIN
Goals by Dean Buckley and Matt Cook gave
the Youth Team a 2-0 away win at Burnley on Saturday in the Youth
Merit League Division Two North.
NATIONAL GAME X1 SQUAD
The National Game X1 squad to play in Beek
En Donk, Holland, on 25 March has been announced by manager Paul
Fairclough and includes three City players: Wayne Brown, Danny Collins
and Scott Guyett. Unlike the last two games this squad is not restricted
This is a first, and thoroughly deserved, call up for youngster Collins;
Fairclough said: “Danny Collins has done exceptionally well, keeping
more experienced players out of the first team. And after speaking to Mark
Wright we agreed that the trip would also add to Danny’s learning
The full squad for the game is:
Goalkeepers: Wayne Brown (Chester City), Chris Weale (Yeovil
Defenders: John Kennedy (Canvey Island),
Terry Skiverton (Yeovil Town), Scott Guyett (Chester
City), Danny Collins (Chester City), Michael Rose (Hereford
Midfielders: Mark Janney (Dagenham & Redbridge),
Darren Way (Yeovil Town), Richard Norris (Northwich Victoria),
Stewart Drummond (Morecambe), Lee Elam (Morecambe), Adriano
Forwards: Junior Agogo (Barnet), Junior
McDougald (Dagenham & Redbridge), Gregg Blundell
13 March 2003
England Under-17s kicked off their opening
Group 6 European Championship Qualification match with a 2-0 victory
over a Czech side who never really threatened the scoreline. A crowd
of 1,682 at the Deva Stadium, saw Martin Cranie open the scoring
on ten minutes and a Ryan Jarvis penalty in the second half of a
match that should have had more goals, but sent England top Group
6 after one game following Scotland and Slovakia’s 0-0 draw
earlier in the day. Chester-based youngster, Tom Heaton, a former
Upton High School pupil, was England’s goalkeeper for the match.
An FA spokesperson said the international had
proved a big hit: �Everyone representing England at the match thought
the night had been a big success. We were obviously delighted to
see England win 2-0, but Chester did another very good job in hosting
the match. We�re now looking forward to tomorrow�s international
involving Scotland and the Czech Republic.�
U-17 match report (FA website)
|Some of the CCFC Juniors who were ball boys at
|Adam Howell and
Timmy Newman from the U-8s side with England U-17 goalkeeping
coach Ray Clemence after the international.
The Deva Stadium will host the Scotland against
Czech Republic U-17 international tomorrow, (16:00hrs kick-off).
Admission will be £1 for adults, and under 16s and senior citizens
will be admitted free.
YOUTH TEAM WIN
Goals by Mike Simpson and Dean Buckley
gave the City youth team a 2-1 home victory over Carlisle United
in the Youth Merit League Division Two North yesterday.
The club have recalled striker
Dave Cameron from his loan spell at Telford United. Cameron
played six games on loan at the Bucks Head outfit without
scoring a goal. It's shame. He was just starting
to give his best performances for us and he had done
well. But thats life, Telford manager Jake
King told the BBC website. City boss Mark Wright said: Dave
has been recalled to give us extra options, the spell
at Telford has proved to be a positive period for him.
12 March 2003
a chance for the Chester public to see some possible international
stars of the future tonight as England play the Czech Republic in
an UEFA Under-17 Championship second qualifying match at Deva Stadium,
kick-off 19:00hrs. Admission is by pay on the gate and prices are £5
adults and £1 concessions.
City manager and former England player Mark Wright
said: “It is great that England’s stars of the future
are coming to the Deva Stadium and I hope that Chester fans will
give them a big welcome and create great atmosphere for them. Representing
England at any level is a great honour and I am sure that the lads
will enjoy playing here, I hope that a big crowd will turn out
and cheer them on.”
U-17 Pen Pics (FA website)
On Friday the Deva will host the Scotland v Czech Republic match that will
kick-off at the earlier time of 16:00hrs. Admission for that game is pay
at the gate, £1 for adults and free for children.
10 March 2003
OPEN DAY SUCCESS
More than 500 fans took advantage of Chester
City’s successful Open Day yesterday. Players and staff put
Saturday’s disappointment behind them as they chatted with
fans, posed for pictures and signed autographs. They also took part
in a public training session on the pitch. There was complete access
to the stadium facilities from the Board Room to the Physio Room
where Joe Hinnigan was giving treatment to injured duo Scott Guyett
and Ben Davies. The club shop, now stocked with replica shirts of
all sizes and polo shirts seemed to be doing good trade as well.
Weather conditions, namely a very blustery wind,
prevented the helicopter rides from taking place, however there
were bouncy castles, face painting and Tyson the rescued Shetland
pony to amuse the youngsters. You could even practice your penalty
skills against Wayne Brown.
The ISA and the Supporters Trust both had stands
and the Exiles even signed up two new members in Stephen Vaughan
and Ian Knox.
Commercial manager Ian Knox commented: “Sunday
was a day for the fans and gave all our loyal supporters over the
years, over the months, and definitely during this season, a chance
to look behind the scenes. Fans were encouraged to watch a training
session on the pitch, have a drink in our supporters lounge, have
a look in the boardroom, have a look in the changing rooms, and
do all the things they can’t normally do.
The open day was a great opportunity for the fans to come along and have
their photograph taken with their favourite players, talk to the players,
and hopefully the players assured the fans that they were doing their
best. The day was a really good public relations initiative, and we were
trying to instill the feel-good factor at the club.
We hope the fans had a really good time, and I now hope they can come
down to the club more often. And in the pre-season we’re keen to
run another open day. Mark Wright and his players embark on weekly visits
to local schools, and I’d like to think we are approachable, and
my door is always open, and that’s the key, and I want that to
City’s U-13 and U-9 sides were in
action on Sunday. Read Mark Newman’s match summaries here.
7 March 2003
KELLY RETURNS AS CITY LOOK FOR DOUBLE
Midfielder Jimmy Kelly is available again
tomorrow after serving a one match suspension last weekend, while
defender Wayne Hatswell misses out through a ban. The Blues will
be looking for their tenth away victory of the season and return
to Eton Park where they were dumped out of the FA Trophy by The Brewers,
then a UniBond side, twelve months ago. Lee Woodyatt and Michael
Twiss both played in last Saturday’s home win over Halifax
Town, and it remains to be seen whether manager Mark Wright will
stick to that winning formula tomorrow. The clubs last met in September
when two goals from Ryan Sugden gave City a 2-1 home win. Burton
Albion currently lie 17th in the Conference with just two home wins
so far this season and have struggled since winning the UniBond Premier
League last year.
| 6 March 2003
ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
|Both Ben Davies
and Chris Blackburn (pictured) are making good progress in
their recovery from injury.
City�s first team coach Steve Bleasdale said: �Chris Blackburn came
through 70 minutes of the reserves� match last night and looks on
course to claim a place in the first team squad on Saturday. And
Ben Davies is expecting to have the stitches out on his leg injury
today. He will be starting light jogging in training soon, and we
are targeting the Doncaster Rovers home match on Monday week for
CLUB OPEN DAY
football club will be holding an open day this Sunday 9 March, where
supporters will be able to view first-hand the refurbishment that
has taken place throughout the stadium over the last twelve months,
and meet up with the key people involved who help to run the club.
The City playing staff will undergo a public
training session on the pitch, and afterwards will be available
for photographs and autographs with supporters. There will also
be the chance of a helicopter flight over the stadium during the
The newly installed stadium gates will be opening
at 11.00am for the event and refreshments will be available throughout.
Chester have now taken delivery of club kits which
will be on sale on the day and the club shop will be open throughout
the open day. Chester City ISA will also be present
on the day, selling flags and T-shirts, in a bid to promote the
club�s promotion push.
City’s commercial manager Ian Knox said: “It
will be a fun day, and we hope all our supporters can make it down
to the ground, to be entertained and also see the progress that we
have made behind the scenes.”
4 March 2003
MICKEY BROWN LEAVES
Good luck to City forward Mickey Brown who
has left to join Conference side Nuneaton Borough and made his debut
tonight alongside Steve Brodie in Borough’s home 3-2 win against
Southport. Brown signed for City in the summer and in total made
7+21 appearances for the Blues, scoring no goals. It was perhaps
inevitable that one or two players would follow chief scout Alan
Lewer to Manor Park. Yeovil’s 3-2 win at Halifax Town tonight
puts them 14 points clear of City, while Dagenham’s 3-2 home
win over lowly Stevenage Borough moves then to fourth, one place
below City and on equal points though the Blues’ goal difference
is 12 better.
2 March 2003
THREE POINTS, BUT AT A COST
remain in third place in the Nationwide Conference following their
2-0 victory over promotion rivals Halifax Town at Deva Stadium on
Saturday. Goals, either side of half-time, by City’s attacking
duo Daryl Clare and on-loan Mark Quayle were enough to win a niggly
game that saw City captain Phil Bolland dismissed eight minutes from
the end of the game following a second yellow card. Bolland (pictured)
will receive a two match ban, the home games with Doncaster Rovers
and Southport, as it’s his second red of the season.
Manager Mark Wright has said he will appeal against the second booking
and ask referee Paul Canadine to look again at a video of the incident.
The manager said: “If the video proves it’s in our favour we
will definitely appeal against the sending off. Some players don’t
admit to what they have done and it’s very hard to see what’s
happened in driving rain, but it looked like nothing and to send a man
off looked ridiculous.”
Following the victory, manager Mark Wright said: “Ironically I didn’t
think we played as well today as we have done in our previous matches at
Morecambe and Dagenham. However we came away with the three points and
that’s basically what matters. It was a good, gritty performance
from the lads, and I’m proud of them for the way they battled. It
is frustrating, but the big plusses for us were the performances of Shaun
Carey, Paul Carden, Michael Twiss, Danny Collins, and seeing both Mark
Quayle and Daryl Clare score. It was good to see Daryl and Mark both score
against Halifax, because it’s a partnership that will be a threat
Defender Wayne Hatswell will miss Saturday’s
game a Burton Albion as he serves a one match suspension for picking
up five bookings.
JUNIORS IN ACTION
Three of City’s Junior sides were in
action on Sunday. Read Mark Newman’s match summaries here.