| 31 May 2001
City's Youth Development officer
Gordon Hill has today been appointed Director of Football
at the Deva Stadium. According to the club he will be
working alongside Graham Barrow, who, no doubt, probably
had little or no say in the appointment. "I don't
believe my role at the club has changed" said Barrow.
Meanwhile Terry Smith has stepped down as chairman at
the club and will take up another post at the Deva. The
board of directors are to meet soon to appoint a replacement.
30 May 2001
City fans are urged to get to a campaign meeting
tonight of the F.A.N.S. party which will take place at the Royal Mail Club,
Station Road, Chester starting at 20:00hrs. There's not too long to the
general election now and City supporters have a unique opportunity to let
their voices be heard at the ballot box on 7 June. Volunteers will be required
for leafleting etc so the more that turn up the better.
25 May 2001
CONFERENCE PLACE APPEARS SAFE
Nationwide Conference chief executive John Moules
has indicated there's no reason why Chester won't be playing in the Conference
next season. Assurances have been given by the club that fixtures can be
fulfilled, and it appears that no Conference rules have been broken. The
Conference hold their annual general meeting at the Moat House hotel in
Chester on 2 June at which the league's £4,000 annual membership
fee is due. Meanwhile Graham Barrow had a long meeting with chairman Terry
Smith yesterday the outcome of which is that he is still in post as manager,
despite rumours elsewhere that he'd been sacked last weekend.
23 May 2001
CLUB REINSTATES PLAYERS
Chester City Football Club have this
morning done a complete u-turn and reinstated three players: Paul
Beesley, Wayne Brown and Carl Ruffer after sacking them last week
for gross misconduct. The three, who all represented England at
semi-pro level last season, were due at a non-league tribunal in
Staffordshire today to contest their case for unfair dismissal.
The Football Association have slapped a transfer
embargo on the club stopping them from signing new players until further
notice; this follows an unpaid fee of £3,500 to Ilkeston Town for
Tony Hemmings who was signed for City by Ian Atkins back in January 2000.
21 May 2001
ISA chairman George Rogers has been named this
morning as the candidate for the F.A.N.S. party who are contesting the
City of Chester seat at next month's general election. Unfortunately, nationwide
listings have George entered as an Independent candidate so the F.A.N.S.
party name probably won't be on the ballot paper. So just remember the
name ROGERS and vote for George.
The following press release has been issued this morning:
George Rogers For A New Start (FANS)
Save Chester City Football Club campaign candidate for the City of Chester
the past eleven years our football club has dropped from Division Two
and is now a Conference side. After 69 years of Football League status
it is now a non-League club. In this time the club ceased to own its
ground and various custodians have originated from places as diverse
as Scotland, Manchester and the USA.
Under recent ownership, thirty seven players, eight
managers/coaches, three directors, many commercial and administrative
officers plus a safety officer have all left. All the stewards have resigned,
three sponsors have been lost, numerous executive club members, season
ticket holders and social club members have stopped supporting the club.
The average gate has been reduced by 30% in the past
two seasons. Many supporters only went to away games refusing to financially
support the club whilst the present custodian remains. Most supporters
I talk to are determined not to go to the Deva Stadium unless and until
there is a significant change in the current climate. In short the club
is in crisis!
No financial accounts have been produced for five years.
Some players have asked for a transfer. No sponsor has been named for
next season. It has been suggested by the chairman that next season the
club will be represented by a team of foreign players. Directors have
rarely made appearances in the last few months. More recently, marches
and demonstrations by fans prove the supporters have no confidence in
the present regime.
Chester City Football Club when a league club, represented
the City of Chester both nationally and internationally. Its results
were published worldwide. Now the club is reeling from too many short
sighted decisions made in the past.
Appeals to the football authorities and also to Companies
House have met with a sad lack of response.
By standing for election I am determined to raise the
problems affecting our football club and the situation it is now in.
I want to see Chester City FC survive and prosper and I do not think
that this is impossible.
Many supporters have promised me their vote on June
7th. Please join them and myself in making an even stronger statement.
I am supported in my campaign by: The Official Supporters
Club, The Independent Supporters Association, The Chester Supporters
Group, The Chester City Exiles, The Executive Club.
George Rogers [21 May 2001]
Anyone wishing to help in the campaign
are asked to contact either of the following:
Picture: Chester Evening Leader
Alan Case on 01744 811120,
George Rogers on 01244 536466
Barry Hipkiss on 01244 379011
CITY ON THE RADIO
TalkSport radio are doing a piece on Chester City
with the Evening Leader sports editor Alistair Syme just after 07:30hrs
tomorrow morning (Tuesday). You will find TalkSport at 1053/1089mw on your
radio and at www.talksport.co.uk
NEW DEAL FOR HAARHOFF
Winger Jimmy Haarhoff has signed a new two year
deal at the Deva Stadium. The deal was conducted between the player and
chairman Terry Smith, it appears that Graham Barrow was left out of the
equation which doesn't bode too well. Haarhoff signed on a short contract
from Birmingham City back in January and started eight times in a City
shirt last season. He started brightly at the club but failed to make the
starting line-up for the last eleven games of the season. "I am very
happy to be returning to Chester, I like playing for the club and I love
the supporters and I am looking forward to helping them win promotion next
season." said Jimmy.
18 May 2001
APPEAL THROWN OUT
Chester City FC have lost their appeal this
afternoon against the decision, over a year ago, to award Kevin Ratcliffe £200,000 compensation.
The appeal was thrown out by a High Court judge Mr Justice Moses who stated
Chester must pay the amount owed plus interest. This gives the green light
to former manager Ratcliffe to pursue his threat to wind-up the club. “I’ll
wind the club up if I have to,” said Ratcliffe.“I’m disappointed that I’ve
had no correspondence from the club and I’ll be speaking to my solicitors
about what steps I should take next.” Meanwhile Terry Smith has vowed to
take the decision to a Court of Appeal. “No court has ever decided that
Chester City Football Cub owes Mr Ratcliffe anything and the club does
not think the Football League panel decision was made with any authority
because the club was not a member of the League when they made the decision”. said
GOALSCORING LEGEND DIES
sad to report the death of one of Chester's greatest players William
(Bill) Pendergast who passed away on Tuesday evening.
Bill (pictured left) was in the news in January
when it looked like his goalscoring record for Chester, 15 goals
in 12 successive Division Three (North) matches in the 1938-39
season, was going to be broken by Bournemouth's Jermain Defoe.
The funeral will take place at 12.30 on Tuesday
22 May at St.Anne's Church on Vale Road in Rhyl.
MORE PLAYERS TO BE SACKED?
It appears that all the players who refused
to turn up to yesterday's training session have been finally warned with
the sack by the club this morning, unless they do what Smith says they're
out. The players involved are Craig Gaunt, Steve Whitehall, Matt Woods,
Paul Berry, Paul Carden, David Kerr, Dean Spink, Jimmy Haarhoff, and Andy
Porter. The situation regarding physio Joe Hinnigan and manager
Graham Barrow, neither of whom turned up yesterday, is as yet unclear.
The players seem united over this stand against the chairman. Just how
many players, if any, turn up on Monday remains to be seen.
LADIES FC PRESENTATIONS
Chester Ladies FC manager Wayne Gresty awarded
all 19 of his squad players with awards when he announced his manager’s
player of the year prize at the club’s presentation evening at the United
Services Club. Goalkeeper Laura Edwards and ever-present defender Michelle
Brooks received the most improved players’ award, and Laura Edwards also
picked up the young player of the season prize alongside striker Cally
Reid. Midfielder Lisa Pritchard collected the players’ player of the season
and supporters’ player of the season awards, and the club person of the
year award was presented to coach Graham Hounslow, ISA member Micky Clifford,
and Ian Langford with his sponsorship work.
EDDIE'S IN CHARGE
Former City favourite Eddie Bishop has been
appointed manager at non-league neighbours Witton Albion. Bishop had previously
been in the caretaker manager role at the club since Nigel Gleghorn departed.
NEW BOOK – PHOTOGRAPHS UPDATE
to all those who have been in touch and sent photographs to Chas Sumner
for his book of historical images of Chester City to be published in the
middle of next year.
Chas has had a good response for photos from the late
1940s and early 1950s and is keen to hear from anyone now with original
action photographs from the 1960s-1990s.
If you think you may have pictures that will be of
interest please email Chas
Sumner. An acknowledgement will be printed in the book for all material
If anyone has details of who Chester are playing
in this picture (left) or know any of the Chester players names Chas would
also be grateful to hear from you.
17 May 2001
PLAYERS SACKED FOR GROSS MISCONDUCT
As revealed yesterday three key players
have been sacked for gross misconduct by Terry Smith: Paul Beesley,
Carl Ruffer and Wayne Brown, all were notified by a letter included
with their pay-slips. Brown, who earned his third international
cap for England earlier in the week spoke out in the Evening Leader
about his sacking. “What do you expect? He doesn’t like people
standing up to him. It’s not a problem, I’ll find another club.
I’ve got a few irons in the fire and a few clubs have shown interest
in me. I don’t know if Smith has forgotten but he actually gave
me a 12-month extension on my contract in February. But I don’t
think anyone wants to leave a club in this way and I’ll be contacting
the PFA about it today. Smith wants to get his own players in but
I do feel sorry for the fans. I’ve been at the club for nearly
six years and the stuff they’ve gone through, especially in the
last couple of years, has been awful.”
It appears that no players turned up at the
Deva this morning for the extra training ordered by Terry Smith
yesterday, more sackings could be on the way and I've no doubt
the PFA and Nationwide Conference will be watching disbelievingly
as the situation at the Deva Stadium spirals out of hand.
We currently have the playing squad united
in open revolt, a chairman who will only communicate via a fax
machine, a ban slapped on employees from talking to the press,
no commercial department in place, key young players out of contract
for next season, and no pre-season friendlies arranged either.
CITY SUPPORTER TO STAND AT GENERAL ELECTION
In an effort to raise the profile of
the crisis that's happening at the Deva Stadium, Chester City supporters
groups are to field a candidate at the forthcoming General Election
on 7 June. The following statement has been circulated this morning
to the press and more details will be available in the forthcoming
days. The candidate will be named next Monday morning, while the
first leaflet drop to 43,000 homes in the Chester area will go
out on 25 May.
A NEW CAMPAIGNING PARTY FOR CHESTER 'F.A.N.S' For A New Start
F.A.N.S. AT C.C.F.C.
For a new start at Chester City Football Club
A number of fan groups of Chester City Football
Club have come together in order to field a candidate in the
forthcoming general election to be held on 7 June 2001. Our candidate
will be standing in the City of Chester constituency, and it
is our hope and intention that by contesting this election we
will place very firmly, in the local and national media, the
crisis situation which is currently the norm at the Deva Stadium.
We are a single issue party and will remain
so throughout our campaign. We hope that we can call upon the
support of all Chester City fans and indeed football fans generally.
Our candidate will be announced on Monday 21 May at 10am when
nomination papers will be handed in at the Town Hall in Chester,
and on the same day we will be announcing contact telephone numbers
for those who wish to help in our campaign.
City of Chester results from last General
1. Christine Russell: Labour 29,806 votes 53%
2. Gyles Brandreth: Conservative 19,253 votes 34.2%
3. David Simpson: Liberal Democrat 5,353 votes 9.5%
4. R Mullen: The Referendum Party 1,487 votes 2.6%
5. I Sanderson: Official Monster Raving Loony Party 204 votes 0.4%
6. J Gerrard: West Cheshire College in Crisis Party 154 votes 0.3%
Labour majority 10,553 Turnout: 78.4%
STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE INDEPENDENT SUPPORTERS
ASSOCIATION, OFFICIAL SUPPORTERS CLUB, CHESTER CITY EXILES, EXECUTIVE MEMBERS,
CHESTER SUPPORTERS GROUP.
The above associations are deeply disappointed that
Mr. Terry Smith has decided to remain as the owner of Chester City Football
Mr. Smith's tenure has seen the rapid decline of the
club, both on and off the field.
The Supporters groups have no faith in Mr. Smith to
halt this decline and we would ask him to seriously reconsider his decision
to stay. Quite simply, the message from the overwhelming majority of
Chester supporters is that he is not wanted.
We are not prepared to support an organisation led
by Mr. Smith, nor indeed his chosen Managing Director.
It is time for a change. It is time for the people
of Chester and its elected representatives to stand up for its Football
Club before it is too late.
Mr Smith must realise that his cause is lost. There
can be no recovery for him.
We know that many supporters have already decided not
to return to the Deva next season in protest at Mr. Smith.
We ask all supporters to consider NOT renewing or purchasing
season tickets for the season 2001/2.
It seems staggering that Mr. Smith has not realised
that without support he cannot survive.
He has little or no support from fans, players or staff.
So why does he stay?
One can only presume that Mr. Smith's continued presence
is yet another attempt to antagonise supporters who have had far too
much to put up with, for far too long. To suggest that we will change
our colours is yet another insult that will not be tolerated.
Enough is enough. Mr. Smith should just go and let
us try to pick up the pieces.
16 May 2001
Chester City have this afternoon terminated
the contracts of three key players They are assistant manager Paul
Beesley, defender Carl Ruffer and goalkeeper Wayne Brown. Ironically
the first, second and third choices in the recent supporters' Player
of the Year vote.
PLAYERS NOT FIT ENOUGH!
Terry Smith has decided that after a long
hard season which has seen the squad play no less that 61 games,
a two-week training camp is needed to get them fit starting at 9am
tomorrow morning. Players ordered (by fax) to report in are Craig
Gaunt, Steve Whitehall, Matt Woods, Paul Berry, Paul Carden, David
Kerr, Dean Spink, Jimmy Haarhoff, and Andy Porter. Don't expect any
of them to turn up though, Smith will no doubt use this as the excuse
to get rid of most of them at the end of the month. The fax sent
by Smith to the players stated: “Success in any sport or anything
in life will be down to your outworking everyone else…with this in
mind Chester City Football Club begin a two-week training camp for
players who had fitness problems due to injury or players we feel
need extra fitness training.”
14 May 2001
DAVIES TO FIGHT ON
Businessman Phil Davies has said that he's
determined more than ever to take over at Chester City, despite the
goings-on at the club on Friday. Speaking to the Evening Leader he
stated: “Myself and the people involved here are not going to give
up. We’re not going to quit. We will get this club. We have just
got to plan our strategy but I can say this: it hasn’t even started
yet but the gloves are off now.”
Chester City Ladies beat Yorkshire League champions
Scunthorpe 3-1 on Sunday in the first of their promotion play-off games.
City were trailing 1-0 at the break but a second half goal from Sarah Tyson
took the match into extra time. Further goals from Sharon Jones and Michelle
Brady sealed the win for City in the extra 30 minutes. Chester City: Laura
Edwards, Linda Grainger, Annette Jones, Michelle Berry, Michelle Brooks,
Leigh Broadbent (Cally Reid), Lisa Pritchard, Michelle Brady, Joanne Reynolds
(Sharon Jones), Sarah Tyson, Claire Reynolds. Subs not used: Rachel McKenzie,
11 May 2001
SMITH IS STAYING ON
Terry Smith has appointed Gareth Evans (real name
Ian Bromley) as the clubs new managing director and indicated that he intends
to stay on as chairman next season. Evans, who used to manager the Stone
Roses rock group, first job was to sack the commercial manager Jonathan
Parker. City's PR and Community Promotions Manager Matthew Eddy has also
been made redundant.
Said Evans: I am very excited about about being
involved with Chester City Football Club. I have closely followed Chester
City for the past two years, and I know that I can contribute greatly
to helping turn the club around. I am here to support Terry Smith all
the way and to create an environment at this club that has all staff
being loyal to the club, the chairman and the board of directors. I want
everyone working together for one common goal, this goal being promotion
and the long-term survival and prosperity of Chester City Football Club.
This shock move comes on the day when Smith was due
to meet Phil Davies at 12:00 to settle the sale of the club. It has also
been reported that the wage cheques of three senior players and some
YTS players have bounced this week.
Things can't get any worse, or can they.....there's
a whisper going round that at Gareth Evans' request we may even be playing
in red and white next season! surely a disastrous commercial decision
like that won't be taken (are they going to change all the blue seats as
well?). If memory serves me right the last time City had a red shirt was
the third choice kit for the 1992-93 season and hardly anyone bought a
replica one, at this rate there will be nobody there to buy one next season
anyway if it does happen, potential new shirt sponsors better take
Congratulations to the Chester City Ladies
who have won the NWWPL championship by, currently, some 16 points
(one result yet to come in). The girls have now to play in a 'round
robin' along with Scunthorpe United (the team the girls beat 4-1,
in the FA Cup first round) and Billingham. Two out of the three will
win promotion to the Northern Combination (the ladies equivalent
of League Division 2).
Their first game is at home to Scunthorpe United
this Sunday 13 May kick-off 14:00hrs. The game will be played on
the West Cheshire Pitch at County Officers sports facility and
to a finish with extra-time and penalties if needed. The team deserve
a good turn out and it would be great to see many City supporters
there as the game promises to be a cracker and, currently, the
girls are playing some of their best football (as the demolition
of Bolton Wanderers at their place 4-0 last Sunday proves).
The second game will take place on Sunday 27
May away at Billingham.
Congratulations should also go out to Sarah Tyson,
who, if things remain the same, will be the Premierships's leading
The Ladies Football Team's presentation evening
is on Friday 18th May at the United Services Club off Watergate Street.
The following players are out of contract
at the end of the month: Matt Woods, Martyn Lancaster, Neil Fisher
and Jimmy Haarhoff, while promising youngsters Chris Blackburn, Matt
Doughty and Lee Woodyatt are out of apprenticeship. Manager Graham
Barrow's hands are effectively tied at the moment and is unable to
offer new contracts to these or any other players with future ownership
of the club in doubt. No doubt that City's ownership was high on
the agenda when the Conference board met yesterday prior to the AGM
in Chester on 2 June.
Prospective owner Phil Davies contacted Board
member (and Chester resident) Bill King yesterday to tell him he
had completed the deal to takeover at the Deva, this was swiftly
followed by one of Terry Smith's faxes to King denying this. The
Conference are seeking assurances that Chester are in a position
to complete their fixtures next season and conduct themselves properly,
that means, amongst other things attending Conference/board meetings
and having senior officials available on matchdays to greet visiting
A precedent has been set in that both Slough
Town and Barrow have lost their Conference status in recent years
because the Conference weren't satisfied with the admin running of
the clubs. Whether Chester have actually broken any Conference rules
isn't clear though.
10 May 2001
CITY ON THE RADIO
Chester City and chairman Terry Smith
will be the subject of a feature on BBC Radio
5 Live (909/693MW) tonight in the Sport On Five programme with
Ian Payne between 19:00 and 20:00hrs. Barrie Hipkiss and Neil Turner
also feature in the programme.
8 May 2001
CITY LIFT THE TROPHY
season ended on a high with a win last night in the final of the
Nationwide Variety Club Trophy. The Blues won the Trophy 4-2 on penalties
after the match had ended scoreless after 90 minutes and extra-time.
Andy Porter, Steve Whitehall, Darren Wright and
Neil Fisher scored from the spot for City with Wayne Brown's final
save from Billy Mead winning the silverware, after K's had hit
the bar with their first kick.
Neil Fisher lifted the trophy in front of the
150 travelling fans who'd invaded the pitch at the final whistle.
Twenty minutes later champagne was being served from it in the
The victory also brings with it entry into
next season's LDV Vans Trophy.
WAYNE IN ENGLAND SQUAD AGAIN
City keeper Wayne Brown has been chosen again
for the England semi-professional squad that will play against the
Highland League on Tuesday 15th May, kick-off 7.30pm. The game will
be played at Inverness Caledonian Thistle's stadium for the final
semi-pro international of the season. The full squad is Wayne Brown
(Chester City), Kevin McIntyre (Doncaster Rovers), Tim Ryan (Doncaster
Rovers), Jason Goodliffe (Hayes), Scott Cooksey (Hereford Utd), Gary
Patterson (Kingstonian), Geoff Pitcher (Kingstonian), Stuart Drummond
(Morecambe), Tarkan Mustapha (Rushden & D), Justin Jackson (Rushden & D),
Paul Underwood (Rushden & D), Steve Brodie (Scarborough), Scott Guyett
(Southport), Nick Roddis (Woking), Warren Patmore (Yeovil Town),
Terry Skiverton (Yeovil Town).
7 May 2001
Around 4-500 fans joined the silent funeral
march to the Deva Stadium before Saturday's match. The march was led by
ISA chairman George Rogers dressed as the Grim Reaper, complete with scythe.
A black coffin was carried by four City fans and laid to rest at the directors
entrance outside the ground. The march was a great success with the Chester
City stewards, who resigned en masse following the game, joining in to
show their support along with many Rushden supporters.
Final Conference League table
6 May 2001
COMMERCIAL MANAGER TO TAKE ACTION
Jonathan Parker, City's commercial manager,
is seeking legal advice after a signed statement by him was printed in
yesterday's match programme admitting he was to blame for banning supporter
Barrie Hipkiss by mistake. Parker has stated he made, and signed, no such
statement. And Phil Davies, the businessman hoping to buy the club, is
also expected to seek action after another signed statement was printed
in the programme under his name saying that he did not wish to proceed
further with negotiations following the abuse directed at Terry Smith.
again chairman Smith, who wasn't at yesterday's game, used the programme
(bizarrely dated Thursday April 26th) to print another 2000 words listing
his achievements at the club including “designing the winning goal against
Southport”, and to criticise the local press once again. For some reason
there was also a full page picture of the chairman dressed in American
Football gear. A press release also claimed that the club had made a £1m
plus turnover in the first 10 months that Smith has been at the Deva,
leading up to 31 May 2000. The statement reads that gate receipts are
up 80%, corporate sponsorship and advertising is up 75%, club merchandise
and programme sales up 100%, and function rooms income up by 100%. Apparently
the club accounts for 1999/2000 "would be filed at Companies House
is slammed by Programme Monthly magazine.
Smith also went on to state: “There is no question that I will be leaving
the club as soon as possible, and so this will be my last home game,
with my last game being Chester City's first Cup Final win for a few
decades in the Nationwide Trophy Final on Monday. I am telling you that
I will be leaving so that all of my critics can enjoy themselves today
and at Kingstonian on Monday. You do not need to get yourselves stressed.
You do not need to strip any more sheets off your beds to make creative,
imaginative, artistic and decorative banners. You do not even need to
go to the pub before the games to practice all your new and amusing chants.”
The award of Chester City player of the
year has gone to assistant manager Paul Beesley, in second place
was Carl Ruffer with Wayne Brown in third.
Young Player of the Year: Chris Blackburn.
Away Travel Player of the Year: Wayne Brown.
ISA Player of the Year: Carl Ruffer.
Evening Leader Supporter of the Year: Phil Bailey.
4 May 2001
EMOTIONAL DAY AT THE DEVA
The visit of Conference champions elect Rushden & Diamonds
tomorrow promises to be a highly tense affair. The Conference top brass
will be at the Deva to present the trophy to the visitors and they will
both see and hear first hand the depth of feeling at our club towards chairman
Terry Smith, who surprised many by turning up at the Deva for last night's
At 13:45hrs a slow funeral procession with coffin will
head towards the ground from the top of Bumpers Lane with visiting fans
expected to swell the ranks; this is to emphasise many City fans' fears
that the club is dying on its feet and may not be in existence next season
unless the current ownership is replaced. Many long-term City fans have
vowed never to attend the Deva again while Terry Smith is at the club,
and it's hard to imagine any of the current playing staff there next
season either after what they've been through.
The board of the Conference will have some tough questions
for the chairman also when they hold their AGM in Chester on 2 June and
it's not beyond the realms of possibility that they will bar City from
competing in the league next season it's as serious as that. Assurances
will be asked for that City can complete their fixtures and those assurances
would be hard to give under the current climate.
Before the match tomorrow, which is sure to attract
a bumper crowd, there will be the usual Player Of The Season presentations
on the pitch.
CITY THROUGH TO FINAL
A goal by Darren Wright six minutes from the
end of extra-time gave City a 2-1 victory over 10-man Nuneaton Borough
in the Nationwide Variety Club Trophy semi-final tie at Deva Stadium last
night. The Blues now play Kingstonian in the final on Bank Holiday Monday
7 May at Kingstonian's Kingsmeadow Ground, kick-off 20:00hrs.
3 May 2001
Today's copy of The Independent carries
an article by David Conn 'Supporters fear for American's Chester
dream' about chairman Terry Smith and the way the club has/is being
run. You can read the online version here.
According to the Collins English Dictionary the definition of a scrimmage
is: American Football. the period of a game from the time the ball
goes into play to the time it is declared dead.
2 May 2001
SATURDAY'S PROTEST MARCH
The ISA's organised funeral march will
start at 13:45hrs on Saturday. All fans are asked to meet up at the
Kwik Save car park at the top of Bumpers Lane from where the march
will begin its slow silent route to the Deva Stadium. A single drum
and toll bell will accompany the procession. Once at the ground it
is planned to have a fans chain right round the stadium. There will
be plenty of media coverage on the day with many people promising
to cover the peaceful march, and with promotion now certain it is
hoped that Rushden fans will join the protest.
WAYNE'S HAD ENOUGH
Brown looks to have played his last game for Chester City. Speaking
to the Evening Leader the keeper, who has broken into the England
semi-pro ranks this season, has spoken about his decision to want
away and blaming that on just one man, Terry Smith. Brown, who has
been at the Deva for five seasons also revealed that player morale
at the club is at an all time low. Brown still has 12 months left
on his contract but recently put in a transfer request, along with
five other players. “There’s only one reason for me wanting to leave
Chester – and it’s Terry Smith”.
Brown stated: “He’s got to be joking if he thinks he’s got one of the best
chairman/players’ relationship in football. Why would six players hand
in transfer requests? And there’s been the treatment of Paul Beesley since
then. The players have been disgusted at that! There was also the interference
on the training ground in the build up to cup games – and that put the
lads on a real downer. My confidence was shot last season. Having Terry
training and coaching may have helped a bit but it was embarrassing with
him jumping up and down in front of me in warm-ups. But to read in the
non-league Teamtalk magazine that Terry is taking some of the credit for
me making into the England non-league set-up is annoying. That’s down to
me, Graham Barrow and Grenville Millington. But I can’t go on with this
again next season. My agent and I have asked to talk to Terry about my
contract next season. But he’s never got back. I’m in the England non-league
set-up but I’m one of the worst paid goalkeepers in The Conference.”
1 May 2001
LAST BUT ONE
Scarborough visit the Deva Stadium tonight
for the penultimate Conference match of the season. Craig Gaunt is
suspended for City and Chris Blackburn who picked up a knock on Saturday
may be doubtful. Many City fans, furious about events off the pitch,
have decided to boycott tonight's match which looks certain to be
played in front of the Deva's lowest ever League/Conference crowd.
VARIETY CLUB TROPHY
Kingstonian's surprise 5-0 win at Yeovil
last night means that they will be the opponents in the final of
the Nationwide Variety Club trophy should City beat Nuneaton Borough
in the other semi-final at Deva Stadium this Thursday. The venue
of the final is decided by the toss of a coin. Yeovil fielded what
was effectively their reserve side for the match last night.