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30 November 2020
LATE GOAL SINKS BLUES

Chester dropped to tenth in the league following Saturday’s late 2-1 home defeat by Gateshead. Jordan Preston gave the visitor’s the lead on 12 minutes which they held comfortably, without adding to their advantage, until half time.

It was different story after the break with Chester responding well and they drew level on 52 minutes thanks to a Simon Grand header, from George Glendon’s, cross finding the net. Both sides had chances to win the game but the breakthrough came four minutes from time as Grand’s back pass was intercepted by substitute Macaulay Langstaff who scored to give The Heed all three points.

Joint manager Anthony Johnson said: “He’s just made a mistake and we’ve been punished. It’s a difficult one, what we want to be in terms of playing out from the back comes from him. Unfortunately, he’s made a big mistake and the lad has scored, he knows that.” “Grandy is the way that he is, we can’t coach a 36-year-old centre back what’s right and wrong. It’s the nature of his game, he’s admitted he should’ve cleared it, but he thought better. He’s done it before and he’ll do it again, hopefully not in the last few minutes and it won’t cost us the game.”

“They were miles better than us first half, miles better. When we went up there last year, I thought they were the best team we’ve played against. That is a well-coached team, they’re full time, got a manager who’s played in the Premier League, they’re a good side.”

Chester are back in home action again on Tuesday night when they welcome 16th placed Alfreton Town, kick-off 19.45hrs.


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26 November 2020
CLUB PREPARE TO WELCOME BACK FANS

The news today that Chester (Cheshire West & Chester) has been placed in Tier 2 from next Wednesday, means the club are now in a position to welcome back a limited number of socially-distanced supporters to matches. The aim is to admit fans to the home game against Hereford on Tuesday 8 December. There is much to sort out before then though.

The club released the following statement today.

“Following today’s announcement that Cheshire West & Chester has been placed in Tier 2, Chester Football Club can now look forward to welcoming our fans back to the Deva Stadium.

A significant amount of work has already been undertaken in preparation for the safe return of supporters. The club will review the updated guidance in conjunction with the National League and the Safety Advisory Group to determine the socially distanced capacity and gain approval for the new matchday protocols.

Subject to the above, it is hoped a limited number of supporters will be permitted to attend the home match with Hereford on Tuesday, 8 December.

Your absence has been greatly felt over the last nine months and we will provide further updates over the coming days in preparation for your return. This will include arrangements for collecting season ticket cards and we wish to remind supporters the ticket office remains closed at present.

Our overriding priority is the health and wellbeing of our volunteers, staff, players and fans, and this guides every decision we make. Please continue to keep safe, follow the latest Government guidelines and play your part in reducing the infection rate across Chester & Cheshire West.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.”
25 November 2020
BLUES DRAW AT FARSLEY

Chester moved up to eighth in the league following last night’s 2-2 draw away at Farsley Celtic. George Glendon gave Chester a fifth minute lead, converting from close range after Danny Elliott had seen an effort saved, before the hosts equalised with an unstoppable shot from Will Hayhurst. James Spencer then gave the hosts the lead on 27 minutes only for Paddy Lacey to score his first goal for the club heading home from a corner routine to level matters seven minutes before the break.

After an eventful first 45 minutes neither side could go on after the break to press home an advantage. CHester are back in action on Saturday with a home game against Gateshead. The Heed are in sixth place following a 1-0 win over league leaders Gloucester City last night.


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23 November 2020
GUISELEY DATE

The home game against Guiseley has now been re-arranged and will take place on Tuesday 5 January 2021, kick-off 19.45hrs.

22 November 2020
BLUES RETURN WITH A POINT

Chester returned from their enforced period of isolation with a hard earned point at Brackley Town on Saturday. The Blues took the lead on 51 minutes as Jordan Cullinane-Liburd headed through his own goal from a Bradley Bauress corner. The lead lasted ten minutes before Matt Lowe found the bottom corner of the net to equalise from the edge of the box. Two booking’s in thee minutes saw defender Joel Taylor sent-off late in the game but the Blues rearguard held firm for a point.

The draw saw Chester drop to 10th in the table though it has a lopsided look with some sides having played ten matches and others just four! The team are back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Farsley Celtic, kick-off 19.45hrs. The match is being streamed live by Farsley for a cost of £5.00, details here.


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20 November 2020
TREVOR PHILLIPS 1952-2020

Former striker Trevor Phillips has sadly passed away at the age of 68. He was the club’s record signing when Alan Oakes bought him from Hull City for £35,000 in March 1980 and went on to make 82 league and cup appearances for the club, in two separate spells, scoring 13 goals.

Obituary


YORK DATE
The away game at York City has now been re-arranged and will take place on Saturday 5 December, kick-off 15.00hrs.

17 November 2020
HEREFORD DATE

The home game against Hereford has now been re-arranged and will take place on Tuesday 8 December, kick-off 19.45hrs.

16 November 2020
FARSLEY DATE

The away game at Farsley Celtic has now been re-arranged and will take place on Tuesday 24 November, kick-off 19.45hrs.

6 November 2020
PLAYERS AND STAFF FORCED TO SELF ISOLATE

Due to a number of the first team squad testing positive for Covid-19 today, all the players and backroom staff have been sent home to self isolate. The next four games against York City (A), Hereford (H), Guiseley (H) and Farsley Celtic (A) have been postponed. The next scheduled game should be at Brackley Town on Saturday 21 November, kick-off 15.00hrs.

HEREFORD MATCH BACK ON
Following a series of negative Covid-19 tests carried out by Hereford, the Bulls have been given the all clear to continue playing and next Tuesday’s league match at Chester has been reinstated, kick-off 19.45hrs.

5 November 2020
YOUTH TEAM KNOCKED OUT

The youth team were beaten 3-2 at Carlisle United last night in the First Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup. The home side took an early lead and were two up after 19 minutes. Tyler Sutton pulled a goal back on 31 minutes but the Cumbrians scored a third to lead 3-1 at half-time. Will Harrison pulled a goal back for Chester on 65 minutes but the young Blues were unable to find an equaliser.

Chester: Smith, Buckley, Buckley-Benbow (Bell 35), Hughes (Walters 88), Harrison, Sloane, Turner, D.Lowe, Giani (Packer 76), Sutton, Heywood. Subs not used: Hansen, Taylor, A.Lowe.

2 November 2020
HEREFORD MATCH POSTPONED

The home game with Hereford on Tuesday 10 November has been postponed as the Hereford players are in a period of Covid-19 related isolation.

ASANTE HAUNTS BLUES
Former player Akwasi Asante struck in the dying minutes to give Gloucester City all three points over Chester on Saturday. After a goalless first half on the 4G pitch, The Tigers took the lead on 58 minutes through Liam Daly heading home from a free-kick. Chester made a triple substitution with nine minutes remaining and it was one of these, Anthony Dudley, who drew the Blues level with just four minutes remaining. Just two minutes later through a through ball was flicked through to the onrushing Asante who gave Louis Gray no chance from close range.

With Elite Sport given the go-ahead by the Government during the November lockdown, Chester will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to York City, kick-off 15.00hrs.


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