RELISHING RETURNS TO WOLVES
Keith Curle and striker Michael Branch will be
as delighted as anyone with City’s
first round Carling Cup pairing at Wolverhampton
Wanderers. Both have been on the staff at Molineux
in the past.
Curle made over 200 appearances for the Black Country
side in a four year spell after a £600,000 move from
Branch initially joined Wolves in
a loan spell from Birmingham City scoring 4 goals in
before the joined in a permanent basis for £500,000
in January 2000. He went on to make a further 56+11
appearances scoring 6 goals.
Curle said: “It’s a great
draw for us, not just for the players, but also
for our supporters. Molineux
is a ground of Premiership standard, and I am sure
that the club will be pushing for a place in the top
division next season. I have happy memories
of my time there, and it will be great to take my
Chester side down there.
There is always a fabulous atmosphere and their supporters
really get behind their team, which should make it
all a great occasion.”
The two sides have met only three
times in competition before. In February 1977 Chester
lost 1-0 at Molineux in the fifth round of the FA Cup
of a crowd of 37,803, including a large following from
Chester, as a Kenny Hibbitt goal nine minutes from
time was all
after a gallant performance from the Blues.
In 1988/89 the sides competed in
the same division (Barclays Division Three). In fact
when the Blues travelled to Molineux on 2 January 1989
of the table
clash that again saw Wolves come out victorious
after a 3-1 win in front of a 21,801 crowd. The return
match at Sealand Road in March 1989 saw the visitors
take an early lead through Andy Much but the game will
be remembered for the spectacular long-range equaliser
from Graham Abel in front of the highest home gate
of the season 8,236.
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FUNDRAISING
club will be holding a Casino Night at Deva Stadium TONIGHT
to raise funds for the Centre of Excellence, starting
Tickets are priced at £10.00 (including betting
‘fun’ money and a buffet) and are available
in advance from the club or Queensferry Sports. You can
also pay on the door on the night though to avoid disappointment
it’s advisable to get a ticket in advance as the
night is expected to sell-out.
There will also be prizes on offer including a pair of
season tickets for the West Stand donated by the chairman.
CARDEN JOINS POSH
Player of the Season Paul Carden
has signed a two year deal for Peterborough United where
he will link up again with ex-manager Mark Wright.
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will begin their 2005/06 campaign with an intriguing
away fixture against newly-relegated Peterborough
United, managed now by ex-City boss Mark Wright.
The following Tuesday night Lincoln City will
be the first visitors of the season to Deva
Stadium. City fans can look forward to a seaside
trip in August too as the Blues travel to play
Torquay United on the bank holiday Monday.
Over the Christmas period City travel to Cheltenham on 26 December and extertain
rivals Wrexham on the 28th, this is followed three days later with a trip
to Macclesfield Town. City travel to the Racecourse
for their away fixture with Wrexham on Saturday 25 March.
The Blues will renew league rivalries with Stockport County for the first
time in ten years this season and they travel to Edgeley Park on Saturday
24 September and entertain the Hatters at Deva Stadium on Saturday 11 February.
Meanwhile manager Keith Curle will be pitting his wits against his former
club Mansfield Town at Deva Stadium on Saturday 3 September and at Field
Mill on Saturday 7 January.
MORE PLAYERS SIGN
Town’s 24-year-old player David Artell is expected
to join City today on a two year contract after
the two clubs
agreed an undisclosed fee for the central defender. Rotherham-born
Artel has made 51+4 appearances for the Stags, scoring
5 goals. Before then he was at Rotherham United and Shrewsbury
The defender was pleased
to be working under Curle for a second time saying:
“He didn’t get a fair crack of the whip
at Mansfield and the reason I chose the club was because
I think we can be more successful than them this season.
He’ll do well for Chester City and I think there
is no point aiming for mid-table. Outside the top seven
is failure for me.”
Keith Curle has also returned to his
on a one year contract. Curtus bgan his career
in 1991 as a youngster at Derby County before
moving to Chesterfield. He went on to make
scoring 13 goals in his seven years with
the Spireites. He was sold to Portsmouth
in 2000 where he made 8+7 appearances and
two loan spells at Walsall 3+1, and Tranmere
Rovers 11+0, before moving to Field Mill
at Christmas 2002. He scored 2 goals in 93+10
Luke Dimech has also signed on a one year deal.
He started his career at Shamrock Rovers before
moving to Mansfield in August 2003 where he
went on to make 43+10 appearances, scoring
Like Dimech, ex-Cambridge
United and Yeovil Town midfielder Abdelhalim
Kholti has also
been signed a 12 month deal.
The Moroccan-born player began at Yeovil Town where he appeared 36+19 times
for the Glovers notching 4 goals. He moved
to Cambridge United a year ago and made
15+3 appearances for the U’s last season.
On Artell, Curtis and
Dimech who played under Curle at Mansfield,
the City manager told Teamtalk: “I
know how three of them play week in and week
and train week in and week out because I
had them at Mansfield. They know how I work,
how I like things done and how I like people
to act in and around the club. Ability-wise
they are all capable of playing in a team that
can finish in the top
• 2005/06 transfer
CARLING CUP DRAW
The draw for the first
round of the Carling Cup will be announced at
07:00 next Tuesday 28 June.
The Blues will be paired against one of the following seeded teams in the
northern half of the draw. Derby County, Preston North End, Sheffield United,
Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stoke City, Burnley, Leeds United, Leicester City,
Crewe Alexandra, Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest, Rotherham
United, Tranmere Rovers, Hartlepool United, Huddersfield Town, Doncaster
Rovers, Bradford City. The games will take place on Wednesday 24 August.
CITY TO LOOK ELSEWHERE
that the Gregg
Blundell deal is
off after they
failed to agree
with the Doncaster
agent. City chairman
offered Gregg what
we considered to
be an extremely
contract, but after
a number of discussions
with the agent
we have made a
decision to pull
out of the deal.
In our opinion
the demands were
excessive and we
will now turn our
attentions to other
options. I would
like to thank Doncaster
Rovers for their
assistance in this
matter. They have
helpful and cooperative
Meanwhile manager Keith Curle is hoping to add to his squad again later in
the week. He told Teamtalk: “I’m hopeful of announcing four on
Thursday but I’m not naming names at the moment.” The Blues have
also made a third offer for Mansfield Town defender David Artell. “We
made an improved offer. We’re doing things the right way and we contacted
the club and told them a revised offer was going to be put to them.”
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Doncaster Rovers manager
Dave Penney has told his clubs official website
that the proposed deal to bring striker Gregg
Blundell to the Deva has “fallen through”.
Blundell will now rejoin the rest of the Rovers
squad at the end of the month and fight for his
place in the Belle Vue side next season.
“Gregg’s move has not worked out so at
this moment he will rejoin the squad when the players
return and fight for his place,” manager
Dave Penney said.
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midfielders have signed for for City today, they
are 29-year-old Justin Walker and 21-year-old Craig
Hartlepool-born Dove began his career as a trainee at Middlesbrough, whilst
there he played two loan games at York City before moving to Rushden & Diamonds
in July 2004. He went on to make 34+6 games for the Nene Park club, scoring
Walker is more experienced
having started his career at his home town club
Nottingham Forest in 1997. He made 7+1 loan appearances
at Scunthorpe United before joining The Iron
full-time in May 1997. Walker went on to make
140+6 appearances scoring three goals. In June
2000 he moved to Lincoln City where he played
78+11 times finding the net on five occasions.
Walker moved to Exeter City in August 2002 and
clocked up 40+5 appearances for the Grecians,
scoring six goals. in June 2003 he moved to Cambridge
United where he played 64+3 times scoring on
three occasions. During his spell with the U’s
he made 7+2 loan appearances at York City in
On his latest recruits Curle
said: “They’re both good creative
footballers with talent and they’re at
different ends of the scale as well with Craig
being 21 and Justin being 29. They’ve both
got that desire and that hunger to have a good
year. They’re players that I’ve seen
on my travels and noted down as being my type
Meanwhile the club have
increased an offer for Mansfield Town central defender
David Artell (this has since been rejected).
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MORE NEW SIGNINGS
ON THEIR WAY?
Blues manager Keith Curle
is hopeful of signing two new midfielders after the
weekend. The Chester Chronicle reports that deals
have been done in principle and the manager anticipates
the two, as yet unnamed players, will join on Monday.
As well as those two possible
signings, two other players, ex Mansfield Town
defender Luke Dimech and former Cambridge United
defender/midfielder Abdou El Kholti are also interesting
Curle. Dimech is a Maltese international while
El Kholti is a France-born Moroccan.
Between 2002/04, Kholti played
36+19 games for Yeovil Town scoring 4 goals before
moving to Cambridge where he made 16+3 appearances
for the U’s.
Meanwhile talks will continue
over the possible club record transfer of 29-year-old
Gregg Blundell from Doncaster Rovers. The two clubs
agreed terms some time ago but personal terms have
yet to be finalised with the former Northwich Victoria
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Chester will play a pre-season
friendly at their St Blaize Park ground
on Wednesday 20 July, kick-off 19:30hrs.
The Blues are away on tour in Cornwall
from 17-21 July.
St Blazey have won
the Jewson’s SW League championship
for the last four seasons. The club is loacated
near to St Austell.
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FIRST NEW SIGNINGS
Keith Curle (left) has begun his team building
for next season by recruiting defender Scott McNiven
and striker Marcus Richardson. Defender Carl Regan
has also signed a 12 month deal.
Curle told the Evening
Leader: “It’s great to make my
first two signings because I am aware that
the fans have been waiting for me to put a
squad together. I know it has been very quiet
during the last few days but I have been trying
to kick it up. I’ve been working 24 hours
a day, meeting players and agents and trying
to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.”
Leeds-born 27-year-old McNiven began his career as an apprentice at Oldham
Athletic and went on to make 245+21 appearances for the first team, scoring
4 goals in the process. He moved to Oxford United in the summer of 2002
where he made 95+0 appearances, scoring 1 goal. His last club were Mansfield
Town who he signed for in July 2004 and made 25+1 appearances for the Field
Mill side. He is the brother of David who
had a loan spell at City a few years ago.
Striker Marcus Richardson was
born in Reading in 1977 and began his career
at Harrow Borough in 2000 before moving to Cambridge
United a year later. He scored 2 goals in 8+9
appearances at the Abbey Stadium and made a further
4+0 appearances on loan at Torquay United during
2001. He moved on to Plainmoor on a permanent
basis in October of that year. He made another
18+20 appearances for the Gulls, scoring 8 goals
before transferring to Hartlepool United in October
In his 15 months at the Victoria
Park Richardson made 25+4 appearances, scoring
6 goals. During his time with Hartlepool he also
had two loan spells with Lincoln City notching
up a total of 14+4 appearances with 5 goals.
In January 2004 he signed on permanent terms
with the Imps and went on to make 31+8 appearances
scoring 9 goals, he also made a 2 game loan appearance
for Rochdale. In March this year Richardson made
his last move which was to Yeovil Town where
score in 2+2 matches.
Carl Regan has signed a
one year deal after impressing the manager during
his spell with the club towards the end of last
season. Regan signed from Droylsden and was playing
then on a non-contract basis.
Chester will be sending
an X1 to play at Abacus Lighting Central
Midlands League club Rainworth Miners’ Welfare
on Thursday 14 July.
The kick-off time
for the match at The Welfare Gound, Kirklington
Road is yet to be announced.
Miners’ Welfare | Pre-season
1 June 2005
tickets for 2005/06 are now available from the
club offering four free games. Prices
Season Ticket prices from 1 to 30 June 2005
East (main) & West stands: adults �285.00,
concession �190.00, under 16s �114.00.
North Terrace: adults �247.00, concession �152.00, under 16s �95.00.
Executive Lounge: adults �532.00, senior citizen �478.00.
Car Park: £40.00.
Ticket and Deva admission prices.