| 30 November
The away league match at Darlington
has been rearranged for Wednesday 15 December.
29 November 1999
FA YOUTH CUP
Tomorrow night Chester City
play at Leyton Orient in the third round of the FA Youth
Cup. The match has a 7pm kick off. Here's a rare chance
for southern based supporters to see the City youth team
in action. Why not come along and support the City 'stars
of the future'. The Chester Exiles be meeting in their
usual venue the Birbeck Tavern, 45 Langthorne Road, which
is round the back of Leyton tube and about 15 minutes
walk from the ground. With the early kick-off in mind,
we shall be meeting after the game has finished.
26 November 1999
FA CUP MATCH SAGA A DECISION
HAS BEEN MADE
The FA Cup Third Round game
will now take place on Sunday 12 December at the Deva
Stadium with a 1pm kick-off. Tomorrow's
match programme will act as a priority voucher (the normal
1000 print run has been extended). Season ticket holders
will receive priority privilege for a cup ticket as well.
So in effect you have to pay an extra £2 on top
of the normal ticket price!
Seat prices have been increased to £14.00 with NO concessions (except
season ticket holders). Terrace tickets are (I think) £10.00
ISA SHARE ISSUE
The ISA have now received a response
from the club regarding their questions concerning the share issue.
ISA chairman Les Smith has today written to all applicants to inform
them of this. The ISA's solicitors are now drawing up a response
and all members will eventually receive further communication from
which they can decide whether to purchase or not.
CITY TO APPEAL
The club are to appeal to the Department
of Employment on their decision not to grant a work permit to Angus
Eve. Eve's proposed two-year deal at City now looks to be off.
CUTLER SIGNED BY VILLA
Former City goalkeeper has signed for
Aston Villa after a one month trial at Villa Park. Meanwhile, former
City manager Graham Barrow has been appointed assistant manager
to Gary Brazil at Notts County.
The Football Club have been fined £250
by the Football Association for making an illegal approach to Warrington
Town for the signing of Paul Berry. "I wanted to appeal against
an illegal approach claim, but if we'd have done that, Paul wouldn't
have been able to play until a decision was made", said manager
23 November 1999
Defender Goran Milosavijevic is extremely
doubtful for tonight's match with Southend United. His leg is currently
strapped up. Details of the FA Cup game with Manchester City should
be released after meetings later in the week. As yet the date,
kick-off time and ticket details are not available.
22 November 1999
ISA MEMBERS MEETING TONIGHT
Guest Speakers: Brian Croft and Graham
Bowker, Football in the Community Officers. Usual venue the Royal
Mail Club, Station Road. Starts at 19.30 prompt.
FA CUP DRAW
City have been drawn at home to Manchester
City in the third round of the FA Cup. The game is scheduled for
Saturday 11 December. Ticket details will appear here as soon as
they are released by the club.
19 November 1999
FA CUP TEAM NEWS
Both Shaun Reid and Nick Richardson
have been added to tomorrow's squad. Stalybridge are expecting
a crowd of around 4,000 for the tie. Admission prices are £6.00
for adults with £3 concessions. The draw for the third round
takes place at 17.45 on ITV on Sunday.
ISA GRAND DRAW
ISA Sponsored Game Chester City v Halifax
Town 18 December 1999
The ISA are sponsoring the forthcoming
home game with Halifax Town and there are FIVE first prizes of
a pair of sponsors tickets up for grabs. All you have to do is
buy a raffle ticket for £1 and enter the ISA draw. Package
includes match tickets, four course meal, choose man of the match,
free program etc etc. These tickets are usually over £170
Raffle tickets have been distributed to all
ISA members and are also available from the club shop. Please
help your club by selling and buying as many tickets as possible.
Should you require more please contact committee member Mark
Howell or email the ISA here.
You can also write to the ISA postal address below.
The draw will be made during half-time of
the Swansea match on 27 November.
17 November 1999
CHESHIRE SENIOR CUP
City's full first team squad lost 2-1
to Macclesfield Town reserves in last night's Cheshire Senior Cup
second round match at Moss Rose. Chris Blackburn scoring Chester's
last minute goal.
Saturday's game a Stalybridge is NOT all ticket.
For more details, travel etc check the Stalybridge website above. Chester
City ISA members Alan and Katie Morgan of the Surrey Arms, Victoria Street,
Glossop, have kindly invited City fans for beer and sandwiches prior to
the game. 10 minutes from Stalybridge. Head to centre of Glossop (in Sheffield
direction), turn right (I think) at main traffic lights and go up hill
(Buxton direction) all are welcomed.
According to the Evening Leader only 15 people
turned up for the Fans Forum at the Deva on Wednesday night! If you were
one of the few and would like to send a report please do. The Forum, which
was planned sometime ago, clashed with the live England v Scotland game
16 November 1999
FA YOUTH CUP
Chester have been drawn away at Leyton Orient
in the third round of the FA Youth Cup. The match is on Tuesday 30 November
with a 7pm kick off. Here's a rare chance for Exiles supporters to see
the City youth team in action down south. Why not come along and support
the City 'stars of the future'. We shall be meeting in our usual venue
the Birbeck Tavern, 45 Langthorne Road, which is round the back of Leyton
tube and about 15 minutes walk from the ground. With the early kick-off
in mind, we shall be meeting after the game has finished.
15 November 1999
RATCLIFFE GETS SHREWSBURY JOB
Former City manager Kevin Ratcliffe
has been appointed the manager of Shrewsbury Town, initially,
he has accepted the post until the end of the season. The
Shrews have issued the following press release:
"Whilst Kevin Ratcliffe has most
impressive credentials at the highest level which include
498 appearances for Everton and 59 Welsh Caps, he also
has experience at managing within the Third Division and
thus understands the financial constraints.
The club received over 40 applications
for the post of Manager which was not advertised, among
them some very high profile and capable managers.
Roland Wycherley, Chairman, would
like to express his thanks to each of them for taking the
trouble to apply. He goes on to say "I have decided to act
swiftly to end further speculation. Kevin Ratcliffe has impressed
me greatly at our recent meetings and I believe that he needs
as much time as possible to improve upon our current position
and to plan for future success". Kevin Ratcliffe has
expressed his delight upon being appointed and sees the challenge
as "the perfect platform for continuing his career in football
It appears that midfielder Nick
Richardson is not as badly injured as first though following
Saturday's game. The midfielder may be back in action in
11 November 1999
YOUTH TEAM THROUGH
Well done to City's youth team
beat Doncaster Rovers 2-1 to reach the third round of the
FA Youth Cup.
10 November 1999
YOUNGSTERS IN ACTION
City's Youth team entertain Doncaster
Rovers at the Deva tonight in the second round of the FA
Youth Cup. The match kicks-off at 19.00.
Full back Darren Moss has had a leg x-rayed
after injuring himself in last night's cup game with Whyteleafe. Moss missed
the second half and there are fears that he may have a hairline fracture
following a clash with Gani Ahmet. Meanwhile Terry Smith has confirmed
that two Premiership clubs are watching Moss and Matt Doughty, though no
offers have yet been made for either of City's promising full-backs.
9 November 1999
Chester City FC have been ordered to pay former
player Andy Crosby £3,800 by a PFA hearing in Manchester. Crosby,
now with Brighton, was owed the money from unpaid wages last season. Meanwhile
former manager Kevin Ratcliffe is expected to be in contention for the
vacant manager's job at Shrewsbury Town following the sacking of Jake King
yesterday. Since leaving the club in August, Ratcliffe has been scouting
for QPR and been doing some radio commentaries.
8 November 1999
WINGROVE STARTS PROCEEDINGS
Former club chief executive
Bill Wingrove has instructed his solicitors to start proceedings
against the club for unfair dismissal/breach of contract.
Wingrove left the club in early August. Former player Andy
Crosby is also demanding £10,000 in unpaid wages.
DAVIDSON JOINS BARNET
Former club captain Ross Davidson
made his debut for Barnet in their 1-0 win over Darlington
Chester have no injury worries
for tomorrow's cup replay against Whyteleafe (ko 19.45).
Whyteleafe are travelling up on the train and staying over
afterwards. Leafe boss Lee Richardson is relishing the
tie: We're not coming to make up the numbers. We
should have won in the first game and Steve Lunn's penalty
miss was a very expensive one; it's probably cost us about £8,000.But
we don't want to dwell on that and we know what tomorrow
night's all about and we're relishing playing at Chester's
ground. It's a good playing surface completely different
to what ours was like on Saturday.
Radio Merseyside reports that on-loan player Nicky Spooner is unable to
play in tomorrow's game as he was not registered in time.
5 November 1999
Neil Fisher is expected to carry
on in the sweeper role for tomorrow's home game with Plymouth
Argyle. He was man of the match playing in that position
in Tuesday's 1-0 win at Shrewsbury Town. Steve Finney will
make his home debut partnering Luke Beckett up front and
Nicky Spooner is also a possible starter. Terry Smith was
hoping to get clearance from the FA before tomorrow's noon
deadline after sorting things out stateside. Jon Cross
also makes a welcomed return to the squad. He scored twice
for the reserves in their 4-0 win over Chesterfield in
midweek, but he may have to settle for a place on the bench.
Matt Woods is out for two weeks and Martyn Lancaster is
The Pilgrims come to the Deva on the
back of a seven match unbeaten run and are expected to
name an unchanged team.
Following the match City season
ticket holders are invited to stay behind and have their
photographs taken with their favourite players. This initiative
comes on the back of the successful open day held at the
Deva last Sunday afternoon.
The draw for the first round of
the Autowindscreens Shield is made on 20 November.
FANZINE ON SALE
Issue 27 of the Chester City fanzine
Hello Albert is on sale at tomorrow's game priced £1.
4 November 1999
STRIKER ON TRIAL
An un-named Dutch striker is
reportedly currently having trials at Chester. He was at
Whyteleafe last Saturday to see City's cup game. Meanwhile
Terry Smith is still confident of bringing Nicky Spooner
to Chester on loan. Spooner, currently enjoying a mid-season
break from his American club Charleston, has been training
at the Deva and the club are hoping for international clearance
for the player to play on Saturday. The news on Angus Eve
should be settled soon as well as the Department of the
Environment are expected to make a decision in the next
few days regarding work permits.
City's opponents in next weeks
FA Cup replay Whyteleafe lost at home to Braintree Town
2-1 on Tuesday night. Meanwhile our possible second round
hosts Merthyr or Stalybridge drew 2-2 on the same night
and replay at Stalybridge this Saturday.
2 November 1999
NEW LOOK MATCH PROGRAMME
City fans will be delighted to know
that a new look matchday programme debuts on Saturday for
the League game with Plymouth Argyle, and rather smart
it looks too. The full colour 32-pager (with just 10 pages
of adverts) will cost £2.00 and should be great value
for that. Regular articles include: Team Talk - Terry Smith's
page, Visitor's Section, Three Points news from
third division, Stats Page, Previous home match report,
Next Up - match previews, and much more.
LAST GAME FOR LOAN DUO
Both Manuel 'Junior' Agogo and
Michael Blackwood play their last games for Chester City
tonight. Both have been recalled by their clubs Aston Villa
and Sheffield Wednesday respectively following a second
month on loan at the Deva. City travel to Shrewsbury tonight,
a ground where they have never won, no better time to break
that duck then as three points will be vital as the Blues
try to lift themselves from the foot of the table.Radio
Merseyside reports that Junior Agogo is soon to join third
division rivals Lincoln City.
1 November 1999
City's first round FA Cup replay
will take place on Tuesday 9 November kick-off time 19.45.
The winners will be away to either Merthyr Tydfil or Stalybridge
Celtic in Round Two on the weekend of 20 November. Whyteleafe website.
CUTLER LEAVES CLUB
After turning down a new contract
goalkeeper Neil Cutler has left the club. He has since
followed the recent Deva trend and gone on trial to Aston
YOUTH TEAM SUCCESS
City's youth team won 3-1 at
Halifax Town last week in the first round of the FA Youth
Cup. Goals from John O'Brien, Lee Sefton and Chris Blackburn
set up a second round tie at home to Doncaster Rovers.
NOVEMBER ISA MEETING
The next ISA meeting has been
brought forward seven days (to avoid double booking) and
will now take place on Monday 22 November. Guest
Speakers: Brian Croft and Graham Bowker, Football in the