| 31 October 2001
There will be a fans forum
at the Deva Stadium next Wednesday 7 November in the
social club starting at 19:00hrs. Steve Vaughan will
be on hand to give the latest details regarding the financial
position of the club and the possibility of forming a
new company. There will be a Q&A session as well.
Striker Chris Malkin gets a run out in a
reserves friendly match at Bangor City tonight. There will also be
a run out for trialist Lee Martindale.
BOYS IN BLUE
City will turn out in their new blue
and white striped kit for the first time at Yeovil Town on Saturday.
30 October 2001
Depending on the response, the supporters
club are hoping to run a coach to City's Conference match at Yeovil
Town on Saturday. The coach would leave Chester for Huish Park
at 08:45 and seats cost £15. To book your place please phone
Barrie Hipkiss on (01244) 379011 between 18:00-20:00hrs as soon
as possible to avoid disappointment. For ground information and
an away supporters guide check the excellent Ciderspace website.
MUNGALL LOOKS FORWARD
Steve Mungall (left) has put the disappointment of Saturday's FA
Cup defeat behind him and insists the players should put things
right at Yeovil on Saturday. It's a big blow not to be involved
in the FA Cup. I'm totally disappointed, and I think my biggest
disappointment was our lack of effort and commitment. The boys
have said how disappointed they are and I've said forget about
it and go down to Yeovil and see if we can keep the league run
going. I just feel we could have used a midweek game this week
to keep things going. I know what we need to do. I thought our
passing was poor, we gave the ball away too cheaply, and if you
do that in a cup tie the home club are always going to try and
bombard you, and that's what they did.
Steve Vaughan wasn't too happy about Saturday's defeat either: �There was
far too much of the Gordon Hill days coming back the minute we conceded
a goal. We should be smashing teams like Barrow to pieces. We never gritted
our teeth, and instead of being 3-0 ahead we laid down, and that�s one
thing I won�t tolerate. The defeat at Barrow probably cost us £28,000
of gate receipts on the day, and possibly up to £70,000 in total
from a first round tie which Barrow have now won at Oldham Athletic.�
City will hope to have Mark Beesley in the starting line-up at Huish Park.
Beesley's groin strain restricted him to the last 30 minutes on Saturday,
and Mungall will also be able to choose from Mick O'Brien, Chris O'Brien
and Brett Baxter all of whom were cup-tied at Holker Street.
28 October 2001
PACE FOR CHESTER?
Droylsden chairman Dave Pace has hinted
in today's Non-League Paper that he may soon quit the Unibond Premier
League club and join business partner Steve Vaughan at Chester.
Pace is annoyed at the lack of support currently at Droylsden. It
might be a possibility. You want to go where things are happening
and if I go to Chester, I go. Stephen (Vaughan) has no financial
links with this club and if I went to Chester, I would dissolve
everything I've got to do with Droylsden. said the chairman.
27 October 2001
Following a trouble-free sixty minute
run out in the reserves on Wednesday night, Carl Ruffer is expected
to replace the unavailable Chris O'Brien in midfield for today's
starting line up at Barrow. Mark Beesley may start for City on the
bench with Scott Ruscoe getting a recall following his fine second
half display against Doncaster Rovers last Saturday. The Blues (yellows
today!) will be cheered on by a following numbering round 500 after
a steady sale of tickets all week.
25 October 2001
MATCH GOES AHEAD
The FA Cup match at Barrow on Saturday
is definately on after the FA confirmed that City chairman Steve
Vaughan had transferred his 190,000 shares in Barrow AFC (1901),
currently in liquidation, to one William A Brown, a person he describes
as: A Merseyside-based property developer. Speaking this
morning an FA spokesman said: Mr Vaughan has complied with
everything we have asked and has co-operated throughout. Consequently
we have been able to resolve the situation satisfactorily. City
had intended to unveil their new blue and white kit at Holker Street
but a clash with Barrow's black and white stripes has prevented that,
instead, City will turn out in a new yellow kit.
PRE MATCH DRINK
City fan and publican Gerry Williams invites
Blues fans to a pre match drink at his pub en route to Barrow. Why
not drop into the Miners Arms, Swarthmoor, nr Ulverston on the A590
road and meet up with other City fans.
Former player and Football in the Community
officer Brian Croft is leaving to take up a similar position at
TRIALIST ON TARGET AGAIN
Following on from his two goals against
Altrincham, French trialist Amdu Adil scored for the reserves again
last night in a 2-0 home victory against Leigh RMI reserves. The
other City goal came from Darren Wright.
24 October 2001
OUT OF CONTENTION
City travel to Barrow on Saturday without
three players who are cup tied: they are Mick O'Brien, and Brett
Baxter who have played for other clubs in the competition this season
and Chris O'Brien who Liverpool won't allow to play. Defender Carl
Ruffer is hoping for a run out with the reserves before Saturday
and is hoping to feature at Holker Street as is striker Mark Beesley
who is rated as 50/50 for the tie. Steve Vaughan is to give the
players 10% of all money secured through this seasons FA Cup run.
The prize money for winning Saturday's qualifying round is £20,000.
GAME IN DOUBT?
It's reported in the North West Evening
Mail that Saturday's game at Barrow may be in doubt as Steve Vaughan
has been ordered by the FA to prove that he still has no financial
interest at the Unibond club. Vaughan is the major creditor at Holker
Street (£269,000) and has been told of the competition's Rule
30 relating to dual interests and associations. Vaughan has responded
to the FA's letter by stating "My solicitors, Lupton Fawcett, have
written to the FA telling them that we have signed our interests
in Barrow FC to Mr A Brown."
22 October 2001
MUNGALL IN CHARGE
Saturday's battling 1-1 home draw with Doncaster Rovers, caretaker
manager Steve Mungall has been given the job on a permanent basis
until the end of the season. After the game, played in front of
the day's highest Conference gate, chairman Steve Vaughan said: I've
offered Steve the job until the end of the season. If the results
continue in a positive manner we will sit down and discuss a longer
contract. Steve's done an excellent job in the short time since
he's been here and I have no qualms about offering him the role.
I am sure there is enough here to build on for the future.
All City fans, I'm sure, will wish Steve the best in his new role. Former
player Owen Brown was interviewed on Friday with the offer of working as
Mungall's assistant but thought the roles should be the other way round!
One of Mungall's first tasks will be to appoint an assistant manager, a
post currently filled by Dean Spink.
Minutes of the October ISA meeting attended
by Steve Vaughan can be found on the Meetings pages of the ISA website.
VAUGHAN TO FORM NEW CLUB?
Chairman Steve Vaughan is looking at the
possibility of winding-up the current club (unless Bill Wingrove
get's there first!) and forming a new company. Because of the
lack of information that I have inherited regarding the club's financial
state, I have been advised by my solicitors that it may be the best
way forward. I have discussed the matter with the Nationwide Conference
and the FA Compliance Unit, and neither have raised objections. The
validity of the suggestion is being checked out by my legal team. However,
with Chester still owing unpaid monies to Kevin Ratcliffe, Graham
Barrow, Bill Wingrove, Joe Hinnigan and Gill Duggan it seems very
unlikely that the Football League would currently approve such a
WINGROVE TO ISSUE WINDING-UP
Neil Turner reports that former employee
Bill Wingrove is to issue a winding-up petition against the football
club on Monday to recover the £16,000 owed to him by the club
and awarded to him by a tribunal hearing recently.
It is reported that Chester will make
a bid for Cheltenham Town midfielder Hugh McAuley this week, a small
fee will be involved for the player who cost Cheltenham £20,000
in July 1999 when he signed from Leek Town where he scored 33 goals
in two seasons in the Conference. He began his career as a trainee
at Liverpool before moving to Northwich Victoria. Cheltenham's website however
describes him as the latest player to suffer from a lengthy injury
layoff so a loan deal may be preferred at first.
19 October 2001
Mark Beesley is doubtful for tomorrow's
home match with Doncaster Rovers after picking up a groin injury.
Dean Spink has recovered from his lay-off and may well feature as
Chester look to continue their fine run under caretaker-manager Steve
Mungall. Former City player Paul Carden is hoping to be picked for
Doncaster tomorrow as he returns to the Deva for the first time since
his move in the summer. �I�ve been left out a few times but hope
to play tomorrow. We�ve had a decent start and I noticed the difference
of how professionally a club can be run as soon as I signed. I was
eight pounds heavier when I first signed than I am now and that�s
because Gordon Hill hardly did any running when we first came back
for pre-season training. I�m just looking forward to going back because
I really loved the place. I love playing at The Deva and although
we never got big crowds the fans were great. Those FA Cup matches
against Plymouth and Oxford last season were special and so was the
goal I scored against Doncaster early in the campaign.�
18 October 2001
CUP TIE TICKETS
City's FA Cup match at Barrow on 27 October
has been made all ticket for City fans. Chester have been allocated
625 terrace tickets, costing £7 each (£5 concessions).
Season ticket holders should claim their cup tickets after Saturday�s
match against Doncaster at 17:30, the remaining tickets will then
go on general sale at 11:00 on Sunday morning at the Deva Stadium.
The official supporters coach for the match leaves at 11:15hrs and
seats will cost £9. Bookings can be made at Saturday�s game
with Barrie Hipkiss or Richard Prince, or from Monday onwards with
Barrie Hipkiss on (01244) 379011 between 18:00-20:00hrs.
Chas Sumner looks back at past
matches between the sides. | Barrow websites #1 #2
City will play Stalybridge Celtic in the FA
Unibond Cheshire Senior Cup. The match at Deva Stadium will take place
on Tuesday 6 November, kick-off at 19:45hrs.
17 October 2001
RETURN TRIP FOR VAUGHAN
Barrow's replay win at Rossendale United
last night sets up an FA Cup fourth qualifying tie with Chester City
at Holker Street on the 27th. Last night's game ended 3-3 after extra
time with Barrow going through 5-3 on penalties. City chairman Steve
Vaughan will no doubt be in for a hostile reception when he returns
to his former club for the tie which promises to be a cracker and
should attract a large crowd.
16 October 2001
NEW DEAL FOR CHILDREN
The football club have reduced the admission
prices for children at Deva Stadium. A season ticket for the remaining
13 League games of the season now costs just £25. The new price
came about after discussions between supporters and chairman Steve
Vaughan at last night's ISA meeting. Vaughan is also looking to reduce
costs for OAP's, and also the possibility of a free admission match
over the Christmas period. This initiative was carried out at Brentford
on Saturday when a crowd of 11,000 turned up for their game with
Peterborough. �The club needs to generate as much money as possible,
and I�m keen to reduce prices for youngsters and encourage their
parents to attend matches. And I�m going to introduce discounts for
pensioners.� said Vaughan.
It's been announced that Hyde based John Radege
has become the clubs new chief executive, he's worked for Vaughan Promotions
for some time.
ROSE ON TRIAL
Defender Stephen Rose has joined Oldham Athletic
15 October 2001
FA CUP DRAW
have been draw away to Barrow or Rossendale United in the fourth qualifying
round on the FA Cup. Interesting one that for Steve Vaughan. The two clubs
who drew 1-1 at Barrow on Saturday replay tomorrow night. The match will
be played on Saturday 27 October.
The winners of the tie receive £20,000. �I can�t believe it, drawing
my old club it�s absolutely amazing, but that�s part of the buzz
everyone gets out of this sport. There�s always controversy and drama attached
to football. I�m expecting Barrow to beat Rossendale in the replay, but
it�s obviously going to be a very hard draw against my old club. said
13 October 2001
Caretaker manager Steve Mungall is expected
to name un unchanged side for City's visit to Morecambe today, a side managed
by Mungall's former Tranmere teammate Jimmy Harvey. Mungall said: Who
can I possibly leave out after Tuesday night? My only problem is who to
name as my substitutes, but I'm adding David Kerr, Paul Roberts, Paul Berry
and Stephen Rose to my 22-man squad.Mungall knows that a couple more
performances like that of Tuesday night and he may well make the manager's
position permanent. Chairman Steve Vaughan has said that he's received
many applications for the vacancy this week including those from: Neville
Southall, John McGinlay, Mark Lillis, Mark Ward, Mark Carter, Owen Brown
and Mike Marsh. It's a nice headache to have but Steve's (Mungall)
in the pole position because he has impressed me with what he's done and
I got good feedback from the crowd about him on Tuesday night. But we're
not getting carried away, it's just one win and now we have to build on
The next members meeting of the ISA is on Monday
15 October at the usual venue the Royal Mail Club, Station Road, Chester.
The meeting starts at 19:30hrs. Two more ISA dates for the diary as well.
On Friday 26 October there's a Rock 'N' Roll fundraising night at the Royal
Mail Club which includes a disco, buffet and live music. Tickets are £4
and available from Mickey Clifford on (01244) 347782 or Kevin Granger (01244)
659464. The ISA Christmas Party will take place at the United Services
Club, Crook Street on 8 December. Tickets from Mickey Clifford cost £5.
11 October 2001
Chester have made three new appointments
at the Deva. Steve Dearden is the new club solicitor, Jim Jones has
been appointed commercial manager while Bobby Murdoch is the clubs
chief scout. Meanwhile chairman Steve Vaughan has confirmed that
the club will now be run by Vaughan Promotions Ltd.
10 October 2001
THAT'S MORE LIKE IT
Second half goals last night from Jimmy
Haarhoff and Scott Ruscoe seal the points as City's new-look team,
now under Steve Mungall's management, secured their first victory
in eleven attempts with a 2-0 victory over Hereford United.
Steve Mungall's interview with
Both Gordon and Sam Hill's careers at Chester
are over. It's believed both have left the club following a settlement
deal agreed with chairman Steve Vaughan on Monday.
said: �Gordon Hill will be given a three-month leave period from the
club on Friday while we look at his contract. I�m going to pay him off
in full over the next couple of months. Gordon was finding it very difficult
to continue as director of football after being demoted as first team
manager, and I�ve given him a leave while I assess his contract. Gordon
was in a very difficult position after I replaced him for Steve Mungall.
Gordon tried his best as team manager, but couldn�t continue. I�ve also
paid Sammy Hill�s contract up, and I�ve released him from Chester City.
My decision has nothing to do with Sammy�s ability, it�s just that his
dad was our manager and he found it very difficult to continue as a player
at this club.�
Meanwhile in a parting shot Gordon Hill mentioned
that the club will be reverting back to a blue and white kit: The
supporters have got their wishes, they've got rid of me and got rid of
Terry Smith so they should shut up and support the club. The club will
be going back to their old blue and white stripes, which is what the supporters
have wanted, now I just hope they get behind their team. They have hounded
me and I must admit it has affected me because it affected my family. I
will not leave the youth set-up until it is all tidied up and then it will
be a case of thank-you but no thank-you. I will walk and wish them all
the very best and I think the new owner Steve Vaughan knows that.
City are expected to be playing in a new blue and white
striped kit (pictured left) soon. The manufacturer will be
the same as present, Italian company Virma, as they have a
CHESHIRE SENIOR CUP
Chester have been drawn at home to either Stalybridge Celtic
or Tranmere Rovers in the second round of the FA Unibond Cheshire
Senior Cup. No date has yet been arranged for the tie.
MORECAMBE SUPPORTERS COACH
Chester City Supporters Club are running
a coach to Saturday�s match at Morecambe. Places are still available
and can be reserved by ringing Barrie Hipkiss on (01244) 379011 between
18:00 and 20:00hrs. Seats on the bus will cost £8, and the
bus will leave at 12 noon.
LORD JOINS BOARD
Lord Raymond Edward Baxter, a friend of
Steve Vaughan's and father of new City player Brett, has been appointed
as a director at Chester City. Manchester born Baxter joins Chester
after establishing household textile retail and manufacturing businesses.
Until recently he was heavily involved at Chadderton FC where he
subsequently became chairman and then president of the club's youth
section. He lives on a 19-acre farm on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border.
9 October 2001
FRESH START FOR BLUES
City entertain Hereford United tonight
in the Conference, with the players looking to impress caretaker
manager Steve Mungall in his first match in charge after taking over
from Gordon Hill. Despite suffering six defeats on the run, the club
will be expecting a higher than average crowd, with many fans making
their first home trip of the season for the match which kick's-off
at 19:45hrs. Contrary to reports, both David Kerr and Sam Hill are
available following a one match suspension should they be picked
for the squad.
Ex-manager Gordon Hill has been charged
by the Football Association for misconduct following remarks made
to the referee after the recent 2-1 defeat at Scarborough. Hill has
14 days to answer.
8 October 2001
MUNGALL IN CHARGE
Steve Mungall has taken over in charge of the
first team at Chester, the position is as a caretaker-manager role and
began with a first team training session this morning. Mungall is the club's
sixth manager since the start of the 1999-2000 season.
Following a one hour discussion between Steve Vaughan
and Gordon Hill on Saturday night, Director of Football Hill has reverted
back to his role with the Youth Team at the Deva. Chairman Vaughan said: I've
done what the fans have wanted. I got rid of Terry for them and on Saturday
they were calling for Gordon's head, so I have made a change there too.
What I need now is for the fans to really get behind the team. The only
way we are going to move forward is if we can get more fans through the
turnstiles the club is losing £25,000 per month.
The manager's job will be advertised and Vaughan is
in a hurry to fill the role. The decision on the manager�s appointment
will be made to satisfy the club and the supporters, and I'll be leaving
the door open for applicants, including Graham Barrow. But there's no
time to mess around, I'd like a permanent manager to be appointed within
the next fortnight. The phone won�t stop from today because the job on
offer is one of the biggest in non-league football. We�ve got the best
set-up and support base, and the people of Chester deserve better. I'm
expecting a lot of applicants. One of the favourites to fill the
post will be ex-Chester player Owen Brown who was manager at Barrow with
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Tranmere Rovers (3.7.79 31.5.97) Appearances 582+40 Goals 17
7 October 2001
CITY HIT ROCK BOTTOM
Yesterday's thumping 3-0 home defeat at the
hands of part-timers Margate has left City at the foot of the Conference
table. Chester only managed three shots on target all match, and with four
new players drafted in looked completely out of sorts. The crowd of 828
was the highest home gate of the season, and not bad considering the England
match distraction, but it's going to take a monumental change on the pitch
to persuade the hundreds of City fans who've stayed away to come back and
watch the struggling Blues.
5 October 2001
City will play Rushden & Diamonds at Nene
Park on Tuesday 13 November for the Nationwide Championship Shield. The
game kick's-off at 19:45hrs. This annual fixture is played between the
Conference champions and Conference cup winners.
FORMER PLAYER DIES
Chester's record appearance holder, Ray Gill,
died in Rochdale on September 17th. He was 76. Chas Sumner looks back on Gill's
SQUAD STRETCHED TOMORROW
The injuries are piling up at the Deva.
Chris Malkin (calf), Dean Spink (ankle), Carl Ruffer (knee) and Chris
Blackburn (hamstring) are all out of tomorrow's home clash with Margate,
as are the suspended David Kerr and Sam Hill. Mexican trialist Carlos
Lopez has been released by the club, while David Kerr and Jimmy Haarhoff
have been offered loan spells at Droylsden.
Chester have signed four new players before
tomorrow's match with Margate (kick-off 15:00hrs). They are:
Brett Baxter a midfielder from Accrington Stanley who has
made 74 appearances for Stanley scoring five goals. Was previously
an apprentice at Tranmere Rovers.
Mick O'Brien who has signed to the end of the season. O'Brien
is a former Everton youth team captain and nearly signed for City
before joining Torquay United a couple of seasons ago.
Chris O'Brien has signed on a three month loan deal from Liverpool.
O'Brien (no relation to Mick), an England youth international, plays
in midfield. Liverpool have agreed to pay half of his wages for the
duration of the loan.
Steve Halford an ex-Bury centre back has also signed.
3 October 2001
VAUGHAN SEEKS EXPERIENCE
New chairman Steve Vaughan's reaction at seeing
his first City match last night was: �We have some poor players,
and I�m going to do something about it. The chairman has faxed
Barnet to ask for their valuation on experienced midfielder John
Doolan. �John�s from Liverpool and he�s a commanding player and we
need players like that because on the evidence of last night we haven�t
got a spine in our team. said the chairman. Vaughan has also
stated the club are after a six-footer centre forward to help take
the pressure off Mark Beesley. Scarborough's 96th minute winner last
night condemned City to their lowest ever league position, joint-bottom,
and new faces are expected to be in the side for Saturday's visit
of Margate. The club have twice tried to bring forward the kick-off
to prevent a clash with the England World Cup qualifier but that
would mean an overnight stop for Margate, so the 15:00hrs start goes
ahead. Children under the age of 16 will be admitted free if accompanied
by an adult.
2 October 2001
HE'S AT IT AGAIN!
Former chairman Terry Smith has issued a writ with
no less than 22 claims against the Football League and the Football Association.
He's claiming a whopping £6m stating that he was allegedly sold Chester
City under false pretences, as he believes previous chairman Mark Guterman
should not have been in office after being disqualified, for a short while,
as a director. Another of the writs claims £1m from the League and
FA for 'not governing fair competition and allowing corruption within the
game to decide winning teams and relegation from the Football League.'
Boxing promoter Steve Vaughan has taken the reins
at the Deva Stadium and we hope we've finally seen the back of Terry Smith.
But the future of the club is still unclear. At our recent Exiles AGM it
was agreed to arrange monthly social meets and this week is the perfect
opportunity. We'll get together from 18.30 onwards on Thursday 4 October
at our regular venue, The Windmill, Mill Street, London, WC1 (five minutes
walk from Oxford Circus). There'll be no agenda, but it'll be the best
way to pick up all the news and gossip from the club.
1 October 2001
PLAYERS OFF TRANSFER LIST
The club have announced that all players currently
on the transfer list at the Deva have been taken off it, those who still
want to leave can. �Everyone is being given the chance to make their place
in the side their own. We�re also going to sort out a deal with the club�s
immediate creditors while there will be a fans forum � in the bar at the
ground � sometime next week. Steve wants a week at the club first to plan
the future. But there will definitely be a fans forum next week,� announced
Lee Maloney, Vaughan�s long term business partner. It is also believed
that manager Gordon Hill will be given a chance to haul City clear of the
disastrous position they currently occupy.
Vaughan's takeover of the club will be viewed with
caution from the fans. ISA chairman George Rogers stated: �If the guy
is willing to work with the supporters and make the place a happy club
again and give us something to cheer about, everybody will back him.
We're waiting for him to say and do the right things.�
Steve Vaughan interview with
A fans forum next week is a good start. Supporters
will no doubt use the occasion to make their feelings about Director
of Football Gordon Hill known. Under Hill's management the side have
slipped to one point from the bottom of the Conference, with just two
wins all season and four successive defeats.
The latest defeat came at Stevenage on Saturday
when the Blues lost 2-1 despite hold a half-time lead. City only named
four substitutes on the bench with Jimmy Haarhoff, Darren Wright, Carl
Ruffer and Chris Blackburn not travelling. Dave Linighan and Dave McNiven's
are believed to have expired. Gordon Hill said after the game: �There is
going to be changes and new players will be coming in. I�ve wanted to do
that for weeks but been unable to.� He also went on to say that a deal
had been struck between Stevenage and City for Chris Blackburn and the
player �would never play for Chester again�. This appears to contradict
information released last week that the player could not agree personal
terms with Boro'.
SMITH ACTUALLY ADMITS ERRORS!
chairman Terry Smith issued a statement at Friday's press conference,
it read: �I accept the complete blame for this failure because the
buck stops with me. But at least I was able to bridge the gap between
what would have been definite liquidation and a bright future. I
know Steve will lead the club to this bright future, and so at least
I have given Chester City Football Club the opportunity to live to
fight another day, and this is better for the supporters than having
no club at all.
As hard as these two years have been upon myself and my family when I have
had to read and hear so many lies told about me, and especially hard financially
when I have put in every penny we had, £400,000 in total, to pay
off the club debts and to keep the club going, there will be many memories
that I will one day be able to look back upon and cherish.
I thank everyone in Chester whose thoughtful kindness and friendship brought
about these fond memories for me, and I thank you for sharing your club
and city with me for two years. I wish Chester City Football Club and Steve
all the best, and I will be waiting every day for the moment that I will
be able to sleep soundly and feel good again when I read that Steve has
led you back into the Football League. I know that he will.�