| 29 May 2002
With manager Mark Wright away
on holiday very little news is coming out from the
Deva at the moment. Wright's assistant Ted McMinn
is continuing talks with both Scott Guyett and Gary
Brabin. Guyett has another year left on his contract
at Oxford United and is believed to be interesting
other clubs, United would want a fee of around £10,000
for the defender who played under Wright at Southport
as well. City chairman Stephen Vaughan said Guyett
is on Mark Wright's shopping list and, if a realistic
fee can be agreed, then I will have no hesitation
in making an official approach for the player.
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Chester are hoping to hear today whether Liverpool
will visit the Deva Stadium for a friendly match on Saturday 27 July, and
also whether they will be using the Deva for their reserve matches next
RESERVES STEP UP
club have successfully applied to field a reserve side in the Avon Insurance
League Division One West next season. This will prove much stronger competition
that the Lancashire League Division One they finished runners-up in this
month. Nine other teams will complete in the league next season: Blackpool,
Doncaster Rovers, Macclesfield Town, Rochdale, Shrewsbury Town, Stockport
County, Stoke City, Wrexham and Wigan Athletic.
Club secretary Michael Beech said: The main reason for the move from
the Lancashire League is that it should provide more competitive games.
But an added bonus is that it will rekindle the local derby with Wrexham.
I think the last time the two clubs faced each other at any level was four
years ago. The fixture has always been a favourite with the fans and it
would be great to see some coming along to watch next term.
27 May 2002
The Conference AGM took place at the weekend in
Stratford-on-Avon with several rule changes emerging from the gathering:
If, as expected, two-up, two-down goes through at the
Football League annual meeting on June 8, the Conference will announce
plans for play-off games for the second promotion place between the clubs
finishing second, third, fourth and fifth. A bye to the final will be
given to the highest placed club if any of the other qualifying clubs
do not have a League Approved Ground. The Conference has agreed a new
two-year deal with Sky for continued live coverage and is set to clinch
a new deal for a weekly news show and a highlights programme.
The Conference has clinched a new two-year sponsorship
deal with kit manufacturers Mitre. The company will be supplying 2,200
footballs - each costing £75. The newly designed footballs will
be of the highest standard available and have been described as the
fastest balls on the planet measured at well over 110mph. All Conference
players will also get a pair of Mitres new high quality Kangaroo Leather
Boots. Keepers will also benefit from Mitre-supplied gloves as used by
David James and Neil Sullivan.
Squad numbering will be introduced in The Conference
from the start of next season. This will bring the competition in line
with The Premiership and Football League.
25 May 2002
Chester have completed the signing of
27-year-old defender Wayne Hatswell from Oxford United. Hatswell
joined Oxford from Forest Green Rovers for £35,000 in December
2000 and made 51+1 appearances for United last season. The previous
season he made 52+4 appearances for Forest Green scoring seven
goals. Meanwhile the club appear close to signing fellow Oxford
defender Scott Guyett. Ascot born (though of Australian nationality),
26-year-old Guyett started his career at Southport where he made
84 appearances scoring 11 goals before joining Oxford in May 2001.
Last season he made 23+2 appearances for the third division club.
List of City's pre-season activities.
23 May 2002
CHESTER CITY SUPPORTERS TRUST AGM
The Chester City Supporters Trust first
Annual General Meeting is being held on Thursday 23rd May (tonight)
at Chester City Football Club, the Deva Stadium, Chester from 19.45hrs
onwards. All current members are welcome. We cannot accept new
members on the night but lapsed members are welcome to renew their
memberships through payment on the door. There is a separate meeting
for Trust Loan Note Holders starting at 19.15hrs to discuss the
trusts share purchase in Chester City FC.
22 May 2002
CLUB HOLD TALKS
It's been reported that Manager Mark Wright
and chairman Steve Vaughan have been holding talks with an unnamed former
Liverpool player who played in the Nationwide League last season. The club
are also understood to be having negotiations with the Oxford United defenders,
Scott Guyett and Wayne Hatswell, as well as Scarborough striker Ryan Sugden
as they continue to build a promotion-chasing squad for next season. ďThe
young boy at Scarborough, Ryan Sugden, impressed me when we played them
last season. Sugden is 6ft 1in tall, and heís quick, his touch is good,
and he did well alongside Darren Stamp last season. I still feel I need
an extra forward, someone with a lot of pace. commented Wright.
Meanwhile player-of-the-season Gary Brabin is still
negotiating over his contract for next season. We are working hard
to agree a deal with Gary. If ultimately we fail, then it certainly won't
be for the want of trying. There are other players we are having discussions
with, and in the next week or so we hope to have the majority of our
squad for next season in place. said Vaughan.
ďI want to sort out a deal for Brabs because itís important
to us. I want to resolve the Brabin situation as quickly as possible
because Iíve got other players in mind. Brabs is aware of this, but we
canít afford to be paying out a kingís ransom for someone to play Conference
football. If we can justify paying out more all well and good, but we
have to be realistic and we have to do things right for the football
club. If Brabs canít agree a deal it would be a shame. Iíve been working
long and hard to sort something out, and I need to have an answer within
the next week.Ē added Wright.
Manager Wright also hinted that some players will
be loaned out next season. ďIíll be loaning out players like striker Danny
Collins (and defender Chris O'Brien) who I believe has a lot to offer Chester
in the future.
20 May 2002
Keeper Wayne Brown helped the England National Game
X1 to a 2-0 victory over Scotland with a fine double save, whilst in Saturday's
other game there was a longer run-out for Lee Woodyatt who came on from
the bench in the 68th minute in Wales' 5-2 victory over the Republic of
Ireland at Boston.
17 May 2002
WAYNE SITS OUT DEFEAT
Wayne Brown remained on the bench for last night's
National Game X1 Home International match in which England lost their long
unbeaten run when the Republic of Ireland ran out 2-1 winners at York Street,
Boston. A late Neil Moore goal proved the only consolation for the home
side who trailed 2-0 at the break.
England: Andy Woods, Adam Lockwood (Nick Roddis), Tim
Ryan, Jason Goodliffe, Neil Moore (Steve Watson), Simon Wormull; Simon
Weatherstone (James Taylor), Mark Gower, Kirk Jackson (Junior McDougald);
Adam Stansfield, Mark Angel. Subs not used: Wayne Brown, Aaron Webster,
Meanwhile Lee Woodyatt came off the bench for the
last three minutes of Wales' 2-1 victory over Scotland.
16 May 2002
CITY SIGN THREE
Chester have beaten off the challenge
from several clubs to complete the signing of 25-year-old Michael
Twiss from Leigh RMI. Twiss scored 15 goals in 30+4 outings in the
Conference last season (including three against Chester!) and is
an exciting acquisition for the club. His previous clubs include
Manchester United (trainee), Sheffield United (loan 4+13 appearances,
1 goal), and Port Vale (24 appearances, 2 goals).
The club have also signed 29-year-old Jimmy Kelly
from Doncaster Rovers and the vastly experienced 34-year-old player
Michael Brown released by newly promoted Boston United this week.
(left) began his career as a trainee at Wrexham before joining
Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1994. He left two years later and reappeared
for the 1999/00 season at Hednesford Town. He joined Doncaster
for a fee of £15,000 in June 2000. Kelly scored 1 goal in
39 appearances for Rovers last season.
Striker Brown started his long career as an apprentice
at Shrewsbury Town in 1986. in 1991 he was transferred to Bolton
Wanderers for £100,000 but rejoined the Shrews 12 months
later for a quarter of that fee. In 1994 he signed for Preston
for £75,000 only to return to Gay Meadow yet again three
years later before joining Boston United last season where he played
21+5 matches for the Pilgrims netting 3 goals. His career total
reads 482+88 league and cup appearances 47 goals.
A delighted manager Mark Wright said: ďIíd like
to thank club chairman, Stephen Vaughan, for his support and backing.
Each of the four players Iíve signed have come here on free transfers
and they will all be big assets to Chester. All four of the players
have agreed to sign two-year contracts and Iím delighted they are
coming to Chester, but Iím currently eyeing another two or three
players which I hope I can sign within the next week.Ē
Whether any other players sign before the season
starts remains to be seen but it's rumoured that Oxford United
and ex-Forest Green defender Wayne Hatswell may be on manager Wright's
shopping list, as well as ex-Oxford defender Scott Guyett. One
player Wright has missed out on is Dover's striker Leon Kelly who
has joined Ilkeston Town.
Meanwhile player-of-the-season Gary Brabin
has still not put pen to paper on a new contract. The club have made
Brabin an offer but, according to them, he's pricing himself out
of a new deal.
15 May 2002
Everton have announced on their website
that they will be sending an Everton X1 to play Chester on Wednesday
31 July, kick-off 19:45hrs. Chester are also scheduled to play at
Bangor City that night.
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Wayne Brown played for the England National
X1 last night in the 1-1 draw with Wales. Lee Woodyatt was named
on the bench for Wales but did not play, perhaps his chance may come
tomorrow at Kettering Town in the game against Scotland.
14 May 2002
INTERNATIONAL MATCH FOR CITY DUO?
Wayne Brown is expected to earn his sixth
cap for the National Game X1 when they play Wales in the opening
game of the Four Nations Tournament at Boston United tonight, meanwhile
youngster Lee Woodyatt is in the Wales squad and may be lining up
against him. Scotland play the Republic of Ireland at Kettering Town
in the other fixture. A match report is available here.
National Game X1 announce UniBond
Four Nations tournament
13 May 2002
Martyn Lancaster has been sacked by the club for what they describe
as serious breaches of club rules following a number
of incidents. Another unnamed player has been given a written warning
from the club. A club spokesman said Another player, whom we
do not intend to name publicly, has been warned as to his future
conduct, following one of the incidents.
Chairman Steve Vaughan said: ďThe manager has
made a decision to sack Martyn Lancaster and I stand by his decision.
The club has got rules and regulations and the players have to
abide by them. If the rules are broken the manager has to take
necessary action and this is an example of what the club will do
if anyone falls out of line. I'm looking forward to building for
the future at Chester, and just getting on with the job.Ē
Lancaster progressed through the ranks at Chester
after initially writing to the club for a trial. He played his
way through the YTS scheme before earning a place in the first
team squad two years ago, such was his progress that he was watched
by several clubs and even had a trial at Villa Park.
In all, Lancaster made 123+13 appearances
for Chester, scoring two goals.
CITY SIGN STRIKER
Chester have signed Lincoln City striker
Dave Cameron. Cameron previously played for St.Mirren, Brighton & Hove
Albion, Raith Rovers and Worthing before joining Lincoln in May 2000.
His record over the last two seasons for the Imps is 11 goals in
74 appearances (inc subs).
CHARITY NIGHT SUCCESS
Well done to all those who contributed to
Friday night's charity match at the Deva Stadium. A total of £5,177
was raised at the match played between the clubís new sponsors, Pentagon
Glass-Tech, and a Chester XI. Monies raised on the night will go
towards the Chesterís Football in the Community scheme. Two of next
season's club sponsors, Pentagon Glass Tech, and Foam Bits (Liverpool)
Ltd, donated more than £4,000 to the programme between them.
9 May 2002
City manager Mark Wright has swooped to sign
the 24-year-old Doncaster Rovers midfielder Kevin McIntyre on a two-year
deal, and Ben Davies from Kidderminster Harriers, also for two years. Liverpool-born
McIntyre who previously played for Everton, Tranmere Rovers and Barrow,
missed the whole of last season with two foot injuries and can play at
either left wing-back or in the centre of midfield while 20-year-old Davies
is a hard-tackling midfielder and was one of seven players to be released
by the Midlands club in a cost-cutting exercise.
8 May 2002
Following on from yesterday's announcement,
Richard Peacock has today also been released by the club. Peacock,
only signed in March from Stalybridge Celtic and made six first team
appearances. The club have also stated that both Iain Jenkins and
Andy Porter have been put on the transfer list, joining them on the
list are Brian McGorry and David Brown who both currently have 12
months left on their contract.
6 May 2002
Chester City have released five players
at the end of their contracts as manager Mark Wright builds a squad
that will hopefully challenge for promotion next season. The players
released are: Dean Spink, Michael Rose, Steve Rose, Mick O'Brien
and Brett Baxter. Good luck to them all in finding a new club.
NEW SPONSORSHIP REVEALED
Chester City have struck a new shirt sponsorship
that chairman Steve Vaughan describes as one of the biggest
sponsorship agreements ever struck by a Conference club with
a nationwide company called Pentagon Glass Tech. It's taken
a lot of hard work, but all the lengthy negotiations have borne fruit, said
The football club are staging a fundraising
game this Friday at the Deva Stadium and several former players are
expected to turnout alongside (hopefully) current City boss Mark
Wright, Shrewsbury Town manager Kevin Ratcliffe and ex-Everton and
Tranmere Rovers favourite Ronnie Goodlass. The event is being staged
to raise funds for the Chester's Football in the Community scheme.
Admission is free but spectators will be asked to contribute to a
collection being organised on the night for this worthy cause. The
Chester directors and the new shirt sponsors, Pentagon Glass Tech,
are donating £1,000 each and the event starts at 19:00hrs.
LDV VANS TROPHY
City are hoping for qualification into
next season's LDV Vans Trophy. The number of Conference clubs admitted
next season has been increased from eight to twelve and although
Chester finished in 14th place Barnet, Farnborough Town and Margate all
of whom finished higher than City in the Conference have ground
capacities less than the required Football League minimum of 6,000,
it is likely Chester will be invited to compete. Next season's tournament
also includes all the member clubs from the second and third divisions
of the Nationwide League, which includes neighbours Tranmere Rovers
4 May 2002
NEW SIGNING FOR CITY?
Chester are reported to be close to signing
20-year-old midfielder Ben Davies from Kidderminster Harriers. Davies
began his career as a trainee at Walsall before being joining Harriersí youth
set up towards the end of the 1999/2000 season. He played 23 matches
ON THE BORDERLINE UPDATES
Author Chas Sumner has issued this season's
update pages which can be downloaded and printed here.
3 May 2002
NEW DEAL FOR WAYNE
fans will be delighted to hear that their semi-pro international goalkeeper
Wayne Brown has signed a new improved two year deal with Chester. The new
contract includes a testimonial match at the end of the 2003 season, possibly
against a Premiership side.
Chairman Steve Vaughan was delighted that Brown has
put pen to paper: Other clubs (Cambridge United and Exeter City)
were interested in signing Wayne, but he always wanted to stay with us
and that's heartening. He has enjoyed a great season with the club, and
is also a favourite with our fans. As a recognition of his service and
loyalty to the club, we were only too pleased to award him a well deserved
The club are expected to announce the retained list
in the next few days.
2 May 2002
WIN FOR RESERVES
A tremendous goal from David Brown three minutes
from time gave the reserves a 3-2 win against a young Marine reserves side
at Deva Stadium last night. The strong City line-up was: Jago, Woodyatt,
M. Rose, McGorry (Porter), Lancaster, Ruffer, Haarhoff (Malkin), M O'Brien,
The Blues took the lead on 22 minutes when David Brown
was tripped on the edge of the six yard box and Mick O'Brien slotted
home the resulting penalty. Two minutes later Jimmy Haarhoff doubled
the lead following a typical jinky run and a shot from a very narrow
angle. Just before half-time Lee Woodyatt was caught in possession after
being thrown the ball from 'keeper Michael Jago and allowed Cummings
to score from the edge of the box. More sloppy defending on 76 minutes
by Michael Rose allowed Cummings in for his second before Brown's unstoppable
18 yard shot from a Peacock cross saved the Blues' blushes.
City's reserves play their final match of the season
tonight at home to Accrington Stanley reserves, kick-off 19:45hrs. Next
season the side have applied to be compete in the Avon Insurance League.
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VAUGHAN RUBISHES RUMOURS
City chairman Steve Vaughan has hit back at
rumours (reported in last night's Evening Leader) that Chester may
ground share at Tranmere Rovers next season as absolute rubbish. If
Tranmere Rovers wish to accrue money by selling Prenton Park and
groundsharing with us at the Deva Stadium, then we would be pleased
to talk to them, but as for us moving up there, that is definitely
not an option. We are building things at Chester City, not destroying
them. The future is looking brighter, and we are having discussions
about purchasing freehold of our stadium, so we are certainly not
considering moving from our modern ground in Chester, that totally
meets all the requirements of the Taylor Report. he said.
1 May 2002
LEE WOODYATT CALLED UP
to City defender Lee Woodyatt who has been included in the Wales semi-pro
squad to take part in the forthcoming Four Nations Tournament that's being
played at Boston United and Kettering Town later this month. Lee may come
face to face with Wayne Brown in the England v Wales match at Boston on
The full squad is:
Tony Roberts (Dagenham & Redbridge) Pat Mountain
Lee Woodyatt (Chester City) Tony James (Hereford
United) Neil O'Brien (Carmarthen Town) Gary Lloyd (Barry Town)
Andrew York (Barry Town) Matthew Coupe (Forest Green Rovers) Midfielders:
Evans (Total Network Solution) Mike Flynn (Barry Town) Tony
Pring (Newport County) Nathan Davies (Newport County) Simon
Davies (Bangor City) Paul Parry (Hereford United) Forwards:
Lloyd-Williams (Bangor City) Gavin Williams (Hereford United)
Mark Dickeson (Llanelli) Graham Evans (Caersws) Peter Smith
National Game X1 Four