CUP MATCH POSTPONED
Cup match at Newcastle Town has been postponed due
to a froxen pitch. It is hoped to now play the tie
on Tuesday 14 December, kick-off 19:45hrs.
28 November 2010
Following the postponement
of Saturday’s match against Durham City due
to a frozen pitch, the game has now been rearranged
for Monday 27 December, kick-off 15:00hrs. The AFC
Fylde match originally scheduled for that Bank Holiday
will now take place on Wednesday 12 January, kick-off
19:45hrs. These two switches were made by the Evo-Stik
League. The away match at Leigh Genesis has also
been rearranged and will now take place on Tuesday
1 February, again with a 19:45hrs kick-off.
26 November 2010
HOPING TO BEAT THE FREEZE
permitting Chester welcome Durham City tomorrow
afternoon in their latest Evo-Stik league Division
One North match. There will be a pitch inspection
at 08:30hrs tomorrow morning to ascertain
whether the game will go ahead. The pitch was playable
this afternoon but overnight temperatures are expected
to drop to around -3° which must put the game
in some doubt.
The visitors currently lie mid-table with 18 points
from 17 matches and have lost just on of their past
Blues manager Neil Young will be without the services
of captain George Horan who sits out a one match
suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card
of the season at Ossett Albion.
|JOHN BUTLER 1937-2010
Butler, one of Chester’s unsung heroes
from the much loved 1964/65 team, died recently
at the age of 73. Our condolences go out to
his family and friends.
Bill Lambton brought John to Sealand Road
in the summer of 1962. For the next four seasons
John was a consistent performer as centre
half for the club where his no-nonsense style
saw him play 121 consecutive games between
1963 and 1966.
24 November 2010
|PAUL RAYNOR 1957-2010
very sad to report the death of former Chester
player Paul Raynor who passed away at the
age of 53 after a long illness. Paul made
200 league appearances for the club, in two
separate spells, between 1976 and 1983. He
was a member of the successful Chester team
that finished fifth in the old Division Three
and was the club’s regular penalty taker
in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
A minute’s silence will be observed
before Saturday’s home match with Durham
22 November 2010
BLUES IN CONTROL
cemented their place at the top of the Evo-Stik
Division One North with an emphatic 4-0 win over
Skelmersdale United on Saturday. They remain six
points clear of second placed side Clitheroe.
The Blues weathered some early pressure from the
visitors before taking the lead through goal-machine
Michael Wilde midway through the first half, the
striker heading home from a near post Tom Field
corner. Two minutes later the striker had a chance
to double the advantage having bee brought down
in the box. However, after defender Steven Akigg
had receives his marching orders for the challenge
Skem ‘keeper Andy Paxton saved low down to
deny the second goal.
Chester needed a second goal and it came five minutes
after the break. Antoni Sarcevicweaved his way into
the City box on the right before being tripped from
behind. A change of penalty taker saw Field smash
the ball past Paxton in font of the delighted home
With the eleven men now in control Chester chased
fmore goals and a third duly arrived from Stuart
Jones who poked home a loose ball from close range
after George Horan had seen an effort blocked by
New signing Jimmy McCarthy
completed the scoring with a cool solo goal six
minutes from time. He smartly chested down a long
through ball to race clear on goal, dummied the
keeper and after a cheeky stepover rounded Paxton
and flicked the ball home with the outside of
A delighted Neil Young
told the Chester Chronicle: “I know they
had a man sent-off in the first half and, while
I thought the football they played in the first
10 to 15 minutes was very good, I always thought
if we could get in behind them we would cause
them problems. We did that and I thought we deserved
to win the game.
“Over the last four
or five weeks the lads have been really sharp. We’re
getting the ball forward a lot more and playing
with a really high tempo. We’ve just got to
keep it up now.”
The Blues are next in action on Saturday when they
entertain Durham City, kick-off 15:00hrs.
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19 November 2010
TOP TWO CLASH
bumper crowd is expected tomorrow as Chester entertain
second placed Skelmerdale United (15:00hrs).
Both teams are in top form with the visitors on
a high after beating Cammell Laird 8-0 last weekend.
The Skem are the top scorers in the league with
46 goals in their 13 matches and they currently
lie six points behind Chester but have two games
in hand. The top end of the table is familiar territory
to the West Lancashire side who’ve reached
the play-off’s for the last three seasons.
The club have a long history being formed back in
1882 and were founder members of the Lancashire
Combination nine years later. In 1967 they reached
the final of the FA Amateur Cup drawing 0-0 with
Enfield before a crowd of 75,000 at Wembley Stadium,
they went on to lose the replay at Maine Road. They
finally went on to win the Cup in 1970/71. Chester
hero Harry McNally spent most of his playing career
at Skem and went on to coach the club.
Blues manager Neil Young will be boosed with the
news that on-loan midfielder Antoni Sarcevic has
had his loan period extended by at least another
month. He’s called on the Chester support
to turn up in numbers really get behind the side
“Our fans have been fantastic this season
and we need them to continue showing the same support
on Saturday. In big games like these, crowds can
sometimes can get a little bit quiet and a little
bit tense. You can feel that out on the pitch, so
my message to the supporters would be we need as
many of you as possible and we need you to make
as much noise as possible.”
Needless to say that with another large crowd expected
the club have asked supporters to arrive in plenty
of time tomorrow to ease the congestion at the turnstiles.
18 November 2010
CHESTER EASE THROUGH
Goals from Antoni
Sarcevic, Jimmy McCarthy and an own goal from Nick
Dodd saw Chester book a quarter-final spot in the
President’s Cup after defeating First Division
South side Sutton Coldfield Town 3-0 last night.
17 November 2010
LANDMARK FOR JUNIOR BLUES
milestone was reached last week for the Junior Blues,
as the under 16’s arm of City Fans United
passed the 350 members mark.
Blues who celebrate their Christmas Parties at
both the Exacta Stadium and the Ten Pin Bowling
centre in December, are now hoping to see membership
increase to 500 in 2011.
Dave Cartwright, Chairman of
the Junior Blues said, “It’s been
a fantastic year, and to see so many of the children
wearing Chester tops in and around the City bodes
really well for the future. A lot of people have
helped us reach this milestone, and special thanks
must go to the Junior Blues committee members
who have worked relentlessly to help develop the
The Junior Blues are also holding
a Quiz at the Exacta Stadium Blues Bar on Friday
3rd December (19.30 start), where teams are encouraged
to take part. The winners will receive the new
Junior Blues Quiz Shield which will be displayed
inside the Blues Bar.
To join the Junior Blues,
please visit www.cityfansunited.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
for further details.
BLUES IN CUP ACTION
host Division One South side Sutton
Coldfield Town tonight (19:45hrs) in the second
round of The President’s Cup.
Following promotion the previous season, the visitors
currently lie in ninth place in their league with
22pts from 12 matches, they are fifth top scorers
in the league with 30 goals but have also conceded
23. They will be without striker Mark Bellingham
who has a hamstring injury.
Chester are once again expected to make changes
from the side that won at Ossett Albion at the weekend
with some of the fringe first teamers getting another
chance to impress manager Neil Young.
Admission for tonight’s game is Adults £7.00,
Concessions £5.00, Under-18s £3.00.
The game is played to a conclusion tonight with
extra-time and penalties used if necessary.
16 November 2010
Manager Neil Young
has strengthened his squad further with the signing
of striker Jimmy McCarthy from Kidsgrove Athletic.
Young has been monitoring the player, who has previously
had a trial at Crewe Alexandra and played for Altrincham
in the Football Conference, for some time.
Young said: “If the paperwork can be completed
in time and we get confirmation that Jimmy is not
cup tied he will go straight into the squad for
Wednesday evening (against Sutton Coldfield).”
HALF-SEASON TICKETS ON SALE
The club have announced
that Half-Season Tickets are now available with
the home game against AFC Fylde on Monday 27 December
the first match that is covered by them. Prices
are as follows:
East / West Stand
Adults: £100, Concessions £70, Ages
16-17 £30, Ages 5-15 £20.
Application forms will be
available at the club and may be downloaded HERE
on the official club website. Tickets may collected
from Monday 13 December.
Concessions £60, Ages 16-17 £30, Ages
15 November 2010
BLUES EXTEND LEAD
from Rob Hopley, Bradley Barnes and Michael
Wilde gave Chester a 3-0 win at Ossett Albion
on Saturday and extend their lead at the top
of the divison to six points from second placed
Skelmersdale United who visit the Blues this
Saturday. Skelmersdale moved second after
Chorley were held to a draw at Wakefield.
Manager Young told the Chester Evening Leader:
“I’ve always said that once we
hit the top it’s all about other teams
trying to catch us. We’ve got to make
sure that we do our job and not worry about
Chorley because I think it's a bit disrespectful
to the other clubs who are also chasing us,
such as Curzon Ashton and Skelmersdale United.”
“I still feel that we’ve just
got to concentrate on what Chester do and
if we keep doing what we are doing then we
will win the league – it’s as
simple as that.”
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12 November 2010
CHESTER LOOK TO EXTEND AWAY SUCCESS
are back in League action tomorrow with a
visit to Yorkshire to play Ossett Albion.
The club are looking to record their seventh
successive away victory at a side that currently
lie 19th in the division. Manager Neil Young
is expecting a tough game tomorrow but will
be able to recall the services of on-loan
Crewe Alexandra midfielder Antoni Sarcevic
who missed the home win over Mossley last
weekend through suspension. There may also
be a place for Danny Meadowcroft (pictured)
recalled from his loan spell at Bamber Bridge
and played in midweek against Congleton.
Osett are unbeaten in their last five home
matches and haven’t lost a home League
match since the opening day of the season
when they were beaten 3-1 by Warrington Town.
Young said: “Ossett is a tough place
to go. They get in your face and they are
a lot better team at home than they are away.
But we go there confident. We’re not
top of the table by fluke, we’ve got
a settled side – certainly in league
matches – and we’re growing in
belief by the game.”
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11 November 2010
CUP EXIT FOR CHESTER
were knocked out of the Cheshire Senior Cup last
night beaten 3-2 at home by Congleton Town of the
Vodkat League. Manager Neil Young rested no fewer
than nine of the players that played against Mossley
on Saturday. This gave several of the fringe players
a run-out including Danny Meadowcroft who has been
recalled from his loan spell at Bamber Bridge.
The Blues fell behind on 26 minutes through Mark
Beeston, but equalised through Tom Field nine minutes
later following good work from Stuart Graves. A
great goal from Joshua Hancock on the stroke of
half-time restored the lead for the Bears.
Chester created chances to equalise again after
the break but had to wait until the 62nd minute
before Kyle Wilson leveled matters scoring past
ex-City goalkeeper Matt Conkie. Parity only lasted
a couple of minutes though as a mix-up in the home
defence saw Chris Oldfield drop a cross allowing
Beeston to score his second goal of the game and
book a place in the quarter-final at Warrington
Town for the visitors.
An unhappy manager Neil Young to the official website:
“I was very disappointed with the overall
all team performance and very angry with certain
individuals attitude and application to the game.
Players were given opportunities to show me that
they want to play at Ossett on Saturday but clearly
failed to take that opportunity. With the exception
of Kyle Wilson when he came on, there were poor
performances all over.”
8 November 2010
BLUES EXTEND LEAD AT THE TOP
extended their lead at the top of the Evo-Stik Division
One North to four points after another fine home
performance saw them beat Mossley 3-0 on Saturday.
Their position at the top was boosted by a surprise
first defeat of the season of Chorley at home to
the bottom club Harrogate Railway Athletic 2-1.
Chester gave a debut to goalkeeper Chris Sanna,
signed this week from Colwyn Bay, and the 23-year-old
showed his worth with a fine save to deny Mossley’s
Connor Hampson in the 25th minute before Chester
took the lead through captain George Horan’s
third goal of the campaign moments later. City extended
their lead with two goals after the break from top
scorer Michael Wilde including the club’s
first penalty of the season following a handball.
Manager Neil Young said after this latest victory:
“I don’t worry about what Chorley or
any other team is doing. I know fans do because
that’s football. But from a manager’s
point of view I’ve just got to concentrate
on my own side because if we get it right here,
we’ll win the league.”
lads are playing really well. For me, the performances
in the last four games have been what I want from
my Chester sides. We’ve been tinkering and
moving people in and out because as I’ve
said on numerous occasions, in football it’s
not just about a player’s technical ability,
but also about their personality and how they
into fit a system, and I think we’re getting
it right now.”
“It was a great team
performance. Everyone is now contributing whereas
maybe before the last four games we were relying
on Michael Wilde too much.”
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CHESHIRE SENIOR CUP
The Blues are next
in action on Tuesday night with a home second round
tie in the Cheshire Senior Cup against Congleton
Town, kick-off 19:45hrs. Admission prices are: Adults
£5.00, Concessions £3.00, Under 18s
£1.00. The match programme will cost£1.
Only the East Stand and Harry McNally Terrace will
be open for this match. Chester have won the cup
on seven previous occasions though you have to go
way back to 1931/32 for the last occasion.
5 November 2010
ARMED FORCES DAY
Day approaches in a few days time, the club
have designated tomorrow’s home match
against Mossley ‘Armed Forces Day’.
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Royal
Welsh will be in attendance for the day.
On the pitch, Chester will be looking for
three more points to retain their place
at the top of the Division One North table.
Manager Neil Young will be without on-loan
midfielder Antoni Sarcevic who serves a
one match ban following his red card against
Lancaster City. Sarcevic has added a much
needed steel in midfield since arriving
from Crewe Alexandra.
Goalkeeper Richard Whiteside misses the
game through injury as do Roger Sharrock,
Mark Connolly and Tom McCready. Either Chris
Oldfield or new signing Chris Sanna will
play in goal tomorrow, Oldfield’s
transfer to Darlington has fallen through.
Visitors Mossley have no less that four
players serving suspension tomorrow and
have been busy drafting in four players:
defender Cavell Coo, goalkeeper Josh Ollerenshaw
and midfielder's Michael Thomas and Callum
Mossley currently lie in 20th position with
nine points though they have only played
eight league matches so far, five fewer
than the Blues!
4 November 2010
KEEPER SET TO SIGN
Chester have agreed
terms with Colwyn Bay for their 23-year-old goalkeeper
Chris Sanna. Personal terms have been agreed with
the player and the deal is expected to be completed
tonight, the club will then seek international clearance
from the Football Association to enable Sanna to
Sanna has appeared in a Chester shirt before, he
had a pre-season
trial in July/August 2008, playing three matches
against Southport, Vauxhall Motors and Telford United.
2 November 2010
CUP MATCH POSTPONED
Cup match at Newcastle Town has been postponed as
the Chester team coach, that set off from the ground
at 16:30hrs was stuck in a motorway gridlock following
accidents on the M56 and was unable to exit the
motorway, taking three hours to get to Elton services!
A rearranged date will be announced as soon as possible.
BLUES BACK IN CUP ACTION
travel to Division One South side Newcastle
Town tonight for a second round League Cup match.
The Castle are in fine form and currently lie fourth
in their table with 22 points from ten matches.
They only played two league games in October with
FA Cup, FA Trophy, President’s Cup and League
Cup matches taking preference. They won 3-2 at Market
Drayton Town in the first round of the competition.
Blues manager Neil Young is expecting to name the
same 16 players as Saturday, with the exception
of Richard Whiteside, as they travel for tonight’s
match in Stafforshire.
Young told the Evening Leader: “We’ve
got 16 fit players and I think I’m going to
have to ask the same lads to play again because
it doesn’t look like we’re going to
get anyone back in terms of fitness, so the lads
who were on duty on Saturday, apart from Richard
Whiteside, will be the lads who are on duty tonight.”
“I’m also hoping that Rob Hopley will
be fit and there are a number of options as far
as the goalkeeping position is concerned.”
Tonight’s game will be played to a conclusion
with extra-time and penalties used if needed.
1 November 2010
BLUES RIDING HIGH
sit at the top of the Evo-Stik Division
One North after a brace of goals from top-scorer
Michael Wilde brought victory at neighbours
Cammell Laird on Saturday to lift Chester
a point clear of Chorley, though they have
played two matches more than their Lancashire
rivals. The Blues created a hatful of chances
in the opening half at Kirklands but only
had one goal to show for their dominance.
The home side equalised after the break
through player-manager Alex Hay after confusion
between goalkeeper Richard Whiteside and
his defence. Cammell Laird were reduced
to ten men with the dismissal of Anthony
Gardiner for deliberate handball.
It looked like it was going to be an afternoon
of frustration as the Blues had three efforts
ruled out for offside. However, twelve minutes
from time Wilde scored the winner with a
fine volley from a pin-point cross from
on-loan midfielder Antoni Sarcevic.
Hero Wilde wasn’t finished though,
and he donned the orange ‘keeper’s
shirt with two minutes remaining as Whiteside
had to leave the field with injury. Seven
minutes of stoppage time were added by referee
Richard Bartlett but ‘Lairds failed
to test the stand-in goalie once and the
1,000 away supporters left happy after seeing
their sides fifth away victory on the run.
The attention now turns to finding an emergency
loan replacement for Whiteside in time for
Tuesday night’s League Cup match at