CUP TIE SELL-OUT
Chester have today sold-out
of all their cup tickets for the Wrexham game. Fans queued
up for four hours yesterday to get their hands on tickets.
All terrace places had already gone, and half of the West
Stand and all remaining seats in the East Stand have been
sold this afternoon according to the official Clubcall
27 November 1997
LIVERPOOL AT THE DEVA
Liverpool play their first
Pontins League game at the Deva tonight. This is the first
of several games after City and Liverpool agreed a deal
back in the summer for the Anfield side to play their
winter games at Chester. “We are looking
forward to welcoming them to The Deva,” said City
chairman Mark Guterman. Prices for tonight’s game
are £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.
Other fixtures at the Deva.
All games will kick off at 19:00hrs.
Adults £3.00, juniors/oap’s £1.00.
Car Park is free.
22/12/97 Sheffield Wednesday (1-0)
27/1/98 Blackburn Rovers
5/3/98 Tranmere Rovers
9/3/98 Preston North End
26 November 1997
MURPHY OUT FOR SWANSEA CLASH
||John Murphy is City’s
latest casualty and is ruled out of tonight’s
clash with a knee injury. The Swans are also struggling
with injuries. Aidan Newhouse is out and former
Wrexham player Steve Watkin is doubtful.
Chester City (probable): Brown, Jenkins, Fisher,
Alsford, Whelan, Flitcroft, Priest, Richardson,
Thomas, Bennett, Rimmer. Subs from: McDonald, Jones,
Dobson, Giles, Shelton.
Swansea City (from): Freestone, Price, Clode, Bound,
Edwards, Walker, Ampadu, Cusack, Appleby, Bird,
Watkin, Coates, Casey, Lacey, O’Leary, Mainwaring.
24 November 1997
CHESTER V SWANSEA AT THE DEVA RE-ARRANGED
Following the postponement
of Saturday’s match, Chester have agreed
to reverse their fixtures with Swansea City and will play
the Swans at the Deva this Wednesday (26th) with the return
at the Vetch Field on March 28th.
21 November 1997
SWANSEA MATCH BEHIND CLOSED DOORS?
Unless emergency safety work is
carried out at the Vetch Field by 12.00 noon today (Friday),
tomorrow’s game between Swansea and Chester City will be played
behind closed doors. If you intend travelling to the game ring
either club this afternoon to check details.
CLUB ISSUED WITH WINDING-UP ORDER
The Inland Revenue have issued
a winding-up order in London Gazette against Chester City
Football Club. However, chairman Mark Guterman has stressed
that there is nothing to worry about as all outstanding
bills have now been paid. Despite this, the club must
still appear in the High Court on 3 December. A club statement
read: “The chairman settled the matter personally
with the Inland Revenue on Wednesday.”
CITY SCHEME TAKING OFF
Football fans from all over the
country are taking full advantage of Chester City’s ’come
and watch us for free’ offer. Season-ticket holders from
other clubs are allowed into the Deva for nothing in a
The innovative idea hasn’t gone down too well with City
supporters but rival fans still continue to flock to the
Deva. More than 150 watched the Rochdale game on November
1 while 254 turned up to watch Tuesday’s game against
league leaders Peterborough United.
Almost 100 of them were from Everton while City secretary
Derek Barber admits to be puzzled why 39 Liverpool fans
“Liverpool were playing in the Coca Cola Cup on the
same night yet 39 of their fans came to watch us
instead,” said Barber. Twenty Wrexham fans made a
cross-border trip to spy on City before next months’s
televised cup cracker while one fan from Wolves donated
£5 to the club.
“It was a nice gesture for someone to give £5,”
The breakdown of fans was: Everton 97, Man Utd 48, Liverpool
39, Wrexham 20, Tranmere 15, Man City 14, Crewe 5, Wolves
4, Bolton 3, Leeds 2, Middlesbrough 2, Sheff Wed 2, Huddersfield
1, Aston Villa 1, Wimbledon 1.
20 November 1997
CITY v WREXHAM TICKET NEWS
The Chester v Wrexham FA Cup cracker on Friday December
5, is ALL-TICKET.
Stand tickets cost £10
(£5 concessions) with terrace tickets £7.50/£4.
Season ticket holders and executive club members can but
tickets on Monday 24 (4pm to 7pm); Tuesday 25 (12pm-4pm);
Wednesday 26 (10am-2pm).
General sale: Thursday 27 (12pm-4pm); Friday 28 (10am-2pm);
Saturday 29 (after the home match with Exeter); Monday
1 (12pm-4pm); Tuesday 2 (10am-2pm); Wednesday 3 (12pm-4pm);
Thursday 4 (3pm-7pm).
The draw for the first round of the Auto Windscreens
Shield takes place this evening live on Virgin Radio (London 105.8 FM,
nationally 1215 AM) between 17.00 and 17.30.
18 November 1997
Chester goalkeeper Ronnie
Sinclair has asked for a transfer. City’s player of the
year has lost his place in recent weeks to Wayne Brown
but the new will still come as a shock to supporters.
He lost his place after being banned for one game following
his sending off at Torquay. Sinclair was signed 16 months
ago on a free transfer from Stoke City. Chester are asking
for a fee for the experienced keeper who has stated that
he want’s to move back nearer home.
BLUES TAKE ON POSH
Chester take on league leaders Peterborough
at the Deva Stadium tonight in what promises to be a cracking
game. Posh and City are the highest scorers in the league (no
doubt it will now end 0-0!) with Barry Fry’s twin strike force
of Jimmy Quinn and Martin Carruthers just pipping Gary Bennett
for top scorer spot. With no injury worries, City look set
to keep the side that beat Winsford on Saturday.
17 November 1997
CITY MATCH LIVE ON SKY TV
City’s home draw with Wrexham in
the FA Cup second round promises to be a cracker (can you imagine
Gary Bennett’s reaction to the draw!). The game will be featured
live on SKY TV on Friday December 5th Kick-off 7.45pm. Both
clubs will receive the television fee of £75,000. City
striker Bennett is remaining tight-lipped about the tie and
has decided not to talk to the press about it during the build
up. The last time the teams met in the same competition was
back in the third round in 1987, when City, with two goals
from Bennett triumphed 2-1 in the Racecourse snow.
14 November 1997
UP FOR THE CUP
Tomorrow’s FA Cup first round day,
and City take on neighbours Winsford United determined
not to underestimate their non-league opponents. Our record
against non-league opposition in recent years has been quite
good with home wins over Witton Albion, Stalybridge Celtic
and Boston United. Mind you most of us remember the banana
skins in the past Northwich, Penrith etc.
City’s home form is impressive this
season, and they will be looking to striker Gary Bennett
his fine Deva scoring record to send City into the second
round at the first attempt. Winsford have also had a cracking
start to the season in the Unibond Premier League, with Steele
their top scorer on nine goals, and with an expected following
of 1,500 backing them it promises to be a good game with
a great atmosphere that the cup always seems to attract.
Chester City (probable): Brown, Jenkins,
Giles, Alsford, Whelan, Flitcroft, Priest, Richardson, McDonald,
Rimmer, Bennett. Subs from: Shelton, Dobson, Murphy, Thomas,
The draw for the second round takes
place on Sunday afternoon.
Winsford United (from): Oakes, Clegg, German, Came, Talbot, Byrne, Russell,
Bermingham, Roberts, Steele, Dulson, Wheeler, Shaughnessy, Aspinall,
Goodhall, Obing, Hibbert.
Tomorrow’s referee is Terry Jones from Barrow-in-Furness.
13 November 1997
MILNER TO JOIN SEASIDERS
Striker Andy Milner has joined Vauxhall
Conference side Morecambe for £8,000 (a club record)
following his two month loan spell at Hereford United, ironically
he scored a hat trick against the Shrimpers in Hereford’s 5-1
victory last month.
WHELAN TO RETURN?
||Defender Spencer Whelan
looks set to return to the first team, following
a three match suspension, for Saturday’s
FA Cup clash with Winsford at the expense of
right back Ryan Dobson (left). Iain Jenkins is
expected to revert to right back with Whelan
partnering Julian Alsford in the centre of defence.
I can understand the managers wishes to “play
the strongest side” but Alsford has looked
more stable in the last three games playing alongside
Jenkins in the middle, it remains to be seen
if his form will continue alongside Spenner!
Martin Giles, who has impressed on his two outings
so far, looks certain to keep his place.
11 November 1997
Midfielder Shaun Reid, who has been
out all season with a knee ligament injury, has had a set-back
in his recovery and may need a further exploratory operation.
However, defender Ross Davidson is making good progress in
his recovery from a hernia operation and may be in line for
a recall to the first team in the next few weeks providing
he can get his place back!
Winsford United supporters
have been allocated the whole of the west stand for this
Saturday’s FA Cup match. Chester will be expecting their
biggest gate of the season for the game. United will field
two ex-Blues in their side in Mark Came and Paul Wheeler.
MAGPIES IN TOWN
Newcastle United visit the
Deva Stadium tomorrow night for a Pontins League game,
kick off 7pm. Unfortunately, however, they’ll be no comeback
just yet for Alan Shearer, Faustino Asprilla and Blues
old boy Ian Rush. They are all out injured.
6 November 1997
YOUNGSTERS KEEP THEIR PLACES
||Chester City’s three youngsters
Wayne Brown, Ryan Dobson and Martin Giles (left) have
kept their places in the starting line-up for tomorrows
trip to Leyton Orient. All three had impressive games
at Notts County on Tuesday night.
This means Iain Jenkins
will continue in the centre of defence alongside Julian
Alsford, a partnership which has worked well over the
last seven day. Neil Fisher is still struggling with
a thigh strain received during last Saturday’s
4-0 win over Rochdale. O’s main striker Carl
Griffiths will miss the game through suspension.
5 November 1997
YOUTH TEAM LOOKING FOR REPEAT
Chester City’s Youth Team travel
to Notts County tonight for a third round FA Youth Cup game.
They will be hoping no doubt for a repeat of last night’s
scoreline which saw the first team win 2-1 with goals from
Rod McDonald and Gary Bennett, and inflict on Notts County
their first defeat in 13 games.
After last night’s embarrassment
of having to borrow Notts County’s yellow away shirts,
as our change kit clashed with the Magpies black and white
stripes, it’s about time the club admitted that our away
strip of dark green and black shirts isn’t up to the job.
Already the shorts, which were originally black, have
been changed to white after the players admitted having
problems distinguishing between the team and the referee!
Why not revert back to last seasons yellow and blue? It
didn’t clash as a second strip and it was easy to see
under floodlights or is that too simple.
4 November 1997
CLUB FINED £2,500
Chester City Football Club
have been fined £2,500 by an industrial tribunal
in Liverpool after 18-year-old former trainee James Hussaney
(now playing for Southport) claimed he’d been subjected
to racial abuse by manager Kevin Ratcliffe, and was refused
a new contract on racial grounds. Ratcliffe admitted he
had insulted Hussaney after he failed to change the studs
in the teams boots before a game, but claimed the trainee
was not good enough to play professional football.
“I asked after James in the terms stated and one
of his fellow trainees reported the comment to him. My
remark was due to James’ incompetence during some particular
tense moments. It was not racially motivated. I apologised
to James about 15 minutes after the match and several
times after that. He had a right to complain. He was right
and I was wrong.” Chester had offered to pay £3,000
the day before for an out-of-court settlement, this was
refused. The Football Association are now conducting an
Former City player Aidan Newhouse
has joined Third Division Swansea City from Fulham. He made
his debut in Sunday’s derby at Cardiff City.
Liverpool reserves first home
Pontins League game at the Deva Stadium will take place on
Thursday 27 November against Stoke City.
3 November 1997
SELECTION PROBLEMS FOR MANAGER
travel to top-of-the-table Notts County tomorrow night
and manager Kevin Ratcliffe
has selection problems Who plays in goal and who plays
up front. Wayne Brown deputised for Ronnie Sinclair
Saturday and had an excellent game. He made a number
of good saves and won the sponsors Man of the Match
e may well have done enough to hold onto his place in
the starting line-up Up front Rod McDonald scored his
first goal of the season and Stuart Rimmer, coming on
for Rod Thomas, bagged a brace and will be eager to
against one of his former clubs though he may again have
to settle for a place on the bench. Gary Shelton will
be available after suspension and his experience, if
selected, could be a crucial factor as City look to
improve on their
dismal away record.
PLAYERS SHOW THEIR SUPPORT
Both Chester City and
Rochdale players wore yellow arm bands on Saturday as
a show of support for the free Louise Woodward campaign.
City player Gary Bennett said: “With Louise coming
from Chester, we felt it was the right thing to do
to show that she has the support not just of the town
but even of the City football team as well. We were just
as totally disgusted and devasted with the outcome of
the trial as everyone else. We just wanted to show our
feelings.” During the match the crowd chanted “If
you all think Louise is innocent clap your hands.”
GUTERMAN HAILS OPEN SEASON SUCCESS
Chester chairman Mark Guterman
has hailed the first of the Open season days against Rochdale
a success. According to Mr Guterman 150 season ticket
holders from other clubs took up the offer of watching
Chester for nothing. 70 were Everton fans, 20 Liverpool,
20 Wrexham some from Tranmere and even a couple from Leicester
City! He added: “We’ve got to try something
to get more people to come and see us and we’re
the first to try this so we didn’t know what to
expect. I was pleased because I thought we might only
get 20 or 30 so I’m delighted.”
The Borderline, the official history book of Chester
City FC was launched on Saturday. Before the game author
Chas Sumner and publisher Dave Twydell presented a framed
copy of the book to Chester chairman Mark Guterman.