Bayliss joined Chester on loan from Luton Town
in December 2004 as Ian Rush sought to strengthen a
leaking defence that had conceded heavily against Yeovil
Town, Oxford United and Bristol Rovers. In his two months
at the Deva Stadium Dave made nine appearances but blotted
his copybook by being dismissed in his final appearance,
a 3-0 home defeat to Cheltenham Town. The Liverpool
born defender started his career with Rochdale where
he made nearly 200 appearances before moving to Luton
on a free transfer in December 2001. After leaving the
Hatters, at the end of the 2004/05 season, Dave joined
rivals Wrexham on a one year deal and was first choice
in their side at the start of the campaign. However,
after losing his place in the starting eleven early
in 2006, he spent some time on loan with former club
Rochdale before being released by Wrexham in the summer.
Dave started the 2006/07 season with non-league Lancaster
City but was on the move again in November when he signed
for Barrow. Twelve months later he took over responsibility
for first team affairs with Darren Sheridan and Paul
Jones following the sacking of Phil Wilson and he is
currently joint manager at Holker Street with Sheridan.
of the players currently playing under Bayliss at Barrow
is former City trainee Lee Woodyatt.
The Bangor born right back was a Welsh Youth International
from Schoolboy to Under 19 level and made his Chester
debut, as a substitute, in the Conference fixture against
Nuneaton Borough in September 2000. Over the next three
years Lee made 32+14 Conference appearances for City,
scoring two goals, with his final match coming in the
last game of the 2002/03 season against Yeovil Town.
During his time at the Deva Stadium Lee was also selected
for the Wales semi-professional side and played against
Scotland and the Republic of Ireland in 2002. After
leaving Chester Lee signed for Northwich Victoria and
played regularly in their Conference side in 2003/04
before being released. In September 2005 Lee suffered
an horrendous injury in an FA Trophy game against Ramsbottom
United when he dislocated his ankle, ruptured his anterior
ankle ligaments and fractured his tibia and fibula.
Unsurprisingly this injury kept him out of football
for 12 months and shortly after returning to the first
team the bad luck continued when he dislocated a shoulder
playing against Stalybridge Celtic in November 2006.
Lee left Rivacre Park last summer and signed for Barrow.
He appears to have overcome the injury jinx that has
blighted the last two years and has been a regular in
the Barrow side so far this season.
Dave Bayliss is not the only former
Chester player currently managing a Cumbrian side in
the Blue Square North. Darren Edmondson was
one of the players signed by Mark Wright before the
manager’s abrupt departure on the eve of the 2004/05
season. The experienced defender was a regular at right
back under Ian Rush but an ankle injury at the end of
November put him out of the side for two months and
on his return he struggled to regain his early season
form. Following his release from the Deva Stadium the
former Carlisle, Huddersfield, Plymouth and York defender
returned to his native Cumbria and signed for Barrow
at the same time taking a job with Scottish League side
Gretna working as a Football in the Community coach.
In November 2005 Darren spent a month in charge as caretaker
manager at Barrow following the sacking of Lee Turnbull
but left the club early in 2006 to sign for Workington.
In October 2007 Darren was appointed player-manager
at Borough Park and was in charge of the Reds team beaten
by Bury in the FA Cup First Round.
Albrighton was a regular opponent of City during
their Conference days, appearing for both Telford United
and Doncaster Rovers. Mark Wright clearly remembered
the big defender as he made him one of his first loan
signings from Doncaster after being re-appointed manager
in February 2006. Mark made a significant impact in
his nine games for the club, including a Man of the
Match performance in the 2-1 win over Wrexham, as City
began to climb away from the relegation zone. Following
the Wrexham game, he was recalled by Rovers but was
released by the Yorkshire side in the summer. The Nuneaton
born player started last season with Boston United but
with the troubled Lincolnshire side suffering from financial
problems he was allowed out on loan to Darlington followed
by Rushden and Diamonds. Mark returned to struggling
Boston before their final Football League game at Wrexham
but was an unused substitute. During the summer the
experienced centre-half signed for Conference side Cambridge
United where his aerial ability and organizational skills
have helped the U’s press for a place back in
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