CUP SUCCESS FOR YOUNG BLUES
For the second time in three years the youth team
have won the National League U19 Alliance Cup.
The Blues drew 1-1 after 90 minutes with Eastleigh
last night and lifted the trophy after coming
through 4-3 on penalties at Worcester rugby club’s
Chester took the lead on 13 minutes through Bailey
Sloane following a long throw from captain George
Woodburn. The lead lasted only 11 minutes before
Eastleigh drew level as a loose ball fell to Luke
Hooper in the box and he scored at the second
attempt. Both sides had chances to take the lead
but with the scores level at full-time the match
went straight to a shoot-out.
Sam Turner, Sam Hughes and Bailey
Sloane found the net for Chester with Harrison
Burke’s effort being saved. The visitors
also missed a spot-kick with Luke Hooper hitting
the bar. With the scores level at 3-3 Chester
‘keeper Alex Atton saved from Will Webb
and up stepped Drew Lowe to convert the final
kick and bring the Cup back to Chester.
Alex Atton, George Woodburn, Adam Barthram, Sam
Hughes, Harrison Burke, Bailey Sloane, Liam Buckley,
Drew Lowe, Tyler Sutton, Sam Turner, Oliver Heywood
(Max Giani 85). Subs not used: Joseph Smith, Alex
Lowe, Max Buckley-Benbow, Joe Walters.
Eastleigh: Charlie Philpott, Jack
Tornaianen, Azza Ali (Sheldon Wright 61), Harris
Feltham (Josh Taylor 90), Thomas Bragg, Archie Wilcox,
Will Webb, Aime Kamdem-Fotso (Luke Gray 67), Luke
Hooper, Daniel Bradshaw, Rudy Andrew-Knott. Subs
not used: Ethan Fox, Jack Martin.
Referee: Neil Pratt.
Rick Matthews Photography
30 March 2021
CHESTER ADD SUPPORT TO EGM PROPOSAL
The club have confirmed they they will be adding
their support to several National League clubs who
are campaigning for and Extraordinary General Meeting
of the National League and to hold a vote of no
confidence in the board.
Chester FC can confirm our support for the proposal
put forward by Maidstone United and seconded by
Dorking Wanderers requesting the National League
hold an EGM to consider and vote on the resolution
of no confidence in the Chairman and the Board.
While we acknowledge
the last 12 months have presented unprecedented
challenges, it is our belief the Board of the
National League has failed to demonstrate adequate
leadership during this time of crisis. We also
consider the lack of transparency in respect of
its actions and decisions, and its communication
and engagement with member clubs falls well below
the standards that could reasonably be expected.
In supporting this motion,
we hope this opportunity will be used to address
the significant governance, democratic and accountability
weaknesses that exist within the National League
and act as a precursor for the wider reforms that
are needed for the future of English football.
29 March 2021
FUNDING BOOST FOR KGV
A grant of £1,068,589 from the Premier League,
The FA and Government’s Football Foundation
to create a new 3G pitch and pavilion in Blacon
has been awarded to Cheshire West and Chester Council
and Chester FC Community Trust. This brings the
total amount raised for the King George V Sports
Hub project to £1.8m and means that work on
the project can now start.
25 March 2021
CLUB TURNED DOWN FOR SURVIVAL PACKAGE
The club have confirmed they they were unsuccessful
in their application to Sport England for financial
help through their Sports Winter Survival Package.
Despite noting the club had received a large fall
in revenue due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was
acknowledged that the club was not considered to
be at risk of no longer trading viably by the end
of this financial year.
22 March 2021
NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH SEASON START
The National League have confirmed that the 2021/22
National League North season will start on Saturday
19 March 2021
YOUTH ACADEMY CUP FINAL
The Youth team will face Eastleigh in the final
of the National League U19 Alliance Cup on Wednesday
31 March.The game will be played behind closed doors
at Sixways Stadium, the home of Worcester Warriors
rugby team, and will kick-off at 19.00hrs.
BERNARD FLEMING 1937-2021
full-back Bernard Fleming has sadly passed
away at the age of 84. One of Bill Lambton’s
signings in summer 1962 he was an ever present
in his first campaign at Sealand Road and
made a total of 64 Football League appearances
16 March 2021
ON THE BORDERLINE UPDATE PAGES
three update pages for On The Borderline produced
by the club historian Chas Sumner can now
be downloaded from here.
12 March 2021
FA ALLIANCE COMMITTEE APPROVE SEASON END
The Alliance Committee have today considered a paper
from the National League addressing the National
League resolutions in relation to the 2020/21 season
and an alternative proposal from certain Clubs at
Subject to FA Council approval (next meeting on
Thursday 18 March), the Alliance Committee decided:
a. To support the outcome of the
National League resolution resulting in:
• The continuation of Step 1.
• That the 2020/21 season is declared null
and void at Step 2 with no promotion or relegation
from Step 2 (or relegation from Step 1).
b. Consideration was also given
to an alternative sporting solution at Step 2 in
line with a proposal submitted by certain Step 2
Clubs that wished to continue playing. The Alliance
Committee rejected the proposal, and any alternative,
in the interest of the integrity of the National
League System. Further reasons for this decision
will be communicated directly to clubs in due course.
9 March 2021
CLUB LAUNCHES VIRTUAL 50/50 DRAW
The football club have launched a monthly virtual
50/50 draw with 50% of the proceeds going to the
lucky winner and the other 50% going to the Chester
FC Youth Academy setup. There are 2,500 tickets
available and the cost is £1.00 per ticket,
with the first winner being chosen and revealed
at 19.00hrs on Tuesday 30 March. You can take part
in the raffle, and help this great cause, by buying
your ticket(s) here.
5 March 2021
TWO MORE PLAYERS SIGN FOR NEXT SEASON
Marsh-Hughes (pictured) and Harrison Burke
have signed new deals to keep them as the
club for the 2021-22 season. Forward Marsh-Hughes
(19) and defender Burke (18) are both products
of the successful youth academy at Chester.
Marsh-Hughes has made 21 appearance from
the bench for the Blues in the last two
seasons, though his time over the last year
was limited through injury. Burke made his
debut for Chester coming off the bench in
the 3-1 victory over Bradford (Park Avenue)
in the FA Trophy.
3 March 2021
CHESTER TO STAGE TALENT ID EVENT
The club have announced that they will be searching
for new first-team talent over the weekend of 1-3
May. The aim is to give a platform for players to
showcase their skills at a time when Covid-19 has
curtailed the playing season and limited match time
for players over recent months. Those players interested
in taking part can contact the club by completing
an online registration form through the official