WRIGHT EYES TARGET MAN
Manager Mark Wright
has stated that a target man is his main priority as
he looks to boost the squad through the summer. “I've
received a list of players form the PFA who are on the
transfer list and I’ve drawn up a list of four
or five players who I’d like to sign. I still believe
a target man is of major importance to the team. We send
in plenty of crosses and create plenty of chances for
our forwards, and I think we need a big striker to get
his head on the end of them. I suppose it’s just
a case of wait and see at the moment, because we need
to see players going out. Players like Dave Cameron,
Jimmy Kelly, Lee Woodyatt and Steve Brodie are available
to other clubs and we need to see them leaving the club.” he
told the Evening Leader.
Meanwhile Wright is still keen on signing Morecambe midfielder Adriano
Rigoglioso and has faxed in a second offer for the player: “I have
spoken to my chairman, who has been extremely supportive and backed my
second offer. Adriano is the sort of player who would strengthen our squad,
and hopefully we will be successful with this latest bid. The bid is cash
plus a player, but I’m not prepared to reveal the name of the player.”
24 May 2003
ENGLAND LIFT TROPHY
A reminder that this Friday 30
May is the last day for existing season ticket holders to buy next
season’s tickets at promotional prices.
DANNY SIGNS NEW DEAL
Collins has signed a further 12 month deal that will keep him at
Deva Stadium until 2005. Collins was voted ISA Young Player of the
Season and has been catching the eye of several League club scouts
following a succession of fine performances in the centre of City’s
Manager Mark Wright said: “Danny has a great future in the game and
his performances for us, particularly at the end of last season, were outstanding.
We now have what I consider to be the best set of central defenders in
the League, with Danny, Phil Bolland, Scott Guyett and Wayne Hatswell all
Also signing new contracts this week were Phil Bolland, Paul Carden and
Jon Brady. “Paul and Phil both had good seasons for us last year
and they both deserve the new deals, while Jon showed us what he is capable
of,” added Wright.
Meanwhile Morecambe midfielder Adriano Rigoglioso won’t be coming
to the Deva after the Lancashire side refused City’s recent five
22 May 2003
ENGLAND WIN AGAIN
beat Wales 2-0 in tonight’s semi-pro international at Merthyr
Tydfil. Scotland beat the Republic of Ireland 4-3 in the other match.
Scott Guyett again captained the England side for the full 90 minutes
with Wayne Hatswell coming off the bench for the final 20. Ben Davies
played the full game for his second cap for Wales.
“It has been a very good week, but obviously
with one game left against Scotland we can’t afford to sit
back. Wales was always going to be the top game and myself and
all the players were over the moon with the 2-0 win.” said
The final games in the tournament take place
on Saturday, they are:
Scotland v England – Carmarthen Town (13:00hrs)
Wales v Republic of Ireland – Haverfordwest (15:30hrs)
The following pre-season matches
have been provisionally confirmed by Chester City, all away to non-league
clubs. “I believe it’s better to play against local non-league
clubs and try to notch a few goals to give the players confidence
ahead of the season. I know my players will be fit enough to play
against Football League teams but I’ve decided to face non-league
sides before the season starts, apart for a game against Liverpool
the week before the season starts, which the club are currently trying
to arrange.” said manager Mark Wright.
||Flint Town United
SAME AGAIN FOR ENGLAND
England manager Paul Fairclough
has named an unchanged team for tonight’s vital Four
Nations Tournament match against Wales at Methyr Tydfil: Team:
1.Weale (Yeovil Town), 2.Kennedy (Canvey Island), 3.Guyett
(Chester City), 4.Skiverton (Yeovil Town), 7. Rose (Hereford
United), 9.Johnson (Yeovil Town), 10.Way (Yeovil Town), 11.Drummond
(Morecambe), 14.Elam (Halifax Town), 15.Jackson (Yeovil Town)
and 16.D’Sane (Aldershot Town).
21 May 2003
DEBUTS FOR BEN AND
results from last night’s semi-pro games were: Republic
of Ireland 0 England 4 (at Merthyr Tydfil), Wales 2 Scotland
1 (at Carmarthen Town). Ben Davies (pictured) made his debut
for Wales playing for the full 90 minutes. Once again Scott
Guyett captained the England side in his second full international
and he was joined 20 minutes from time by Wayne Hatswell who
made his international debut.
“It was a great experience to be playing for England and I was proud to
be there. They played the national anthem before kick-off and the team played
really well. We were 3-0 up at half-time. I’ll never forget pulling on
the England jersey and coming on as a substitute with 20 minutes left. It was
a great feeling to play for my country.” he told the Evening Leader.
City’s trio of players may well go head to head tomorrow night when
Wales entertain England at Merthyr Tydfil, kick-off 19:30hrs.
SENIGALLIA TRIP OFF
by the Supporters Trust and the football club to rearrange the friendly
game against Italian side Vigor Senigallia to a pre-season date in July/August
have been abandoned. Hosts Vigor Senigallia are currently unable to commit
to a new date so plans have, unfortunately, been dropped.
The Supporters Trust have issued the following statement:
Following the announcement by Chester City FC that
they would not be going to Senigallia to play the friendly game arranged
by the Trust with Vigor Senigallia on the 8th June (the date previously
confirmed in writing by both clubs) as they wished to play the game closer
to the new season, the Trust has been liaising with both clubs to try
to organise a fresh date. Whilst Stephen Vaughan has confirmed to Graham
Ross, Trust chairman, on the 19th May that Chester City FC still wish
to play the game if a date can be found, unfortunately the Secretary
to Vigor Senigallia told the Trust yesterday that they will not be able
to confirm a date until after their AGM in the second week in July. Since
Chester City FC will have confirmed their pre-season games well before
July, it is now not going to be possible to rearrange this game.
The Trust very much regret this outcome especially
as a number of fans have already arranged bookings for flights and accommodation
for the original date. The Trust will be discussing this problem with the
club. A group of fans will, in any event, be travelling to Senigallia for
the week-end of the 7/8th June. In the spirit of camaraderie between the
two twin towns, we are pleased to report that the Senigallia Council have
asked for the fans to make contact as they wish to offer hospitality to
all those making the trip. In addition it has been agreed that if those
fans travelling can muster a team together, that a match between both sets
of fans will be arranged at the clubs stadium. The Trust is going
to make contact with all those it knows are travelling to put them in touch
with their hosts in Senigallia. If anyone travelling wishes to have the
contact details, please call Graham Ross on 0151 336 3000.
20 May 2003
Citys home reserve game tonight
against Farsley Celtic has been switched from Flint Town United to
Deva Stadium. Unlike the last game this will be open to the public
and kicks-off at 20:00hrs.
NEW DEALS AGREED
Three City players have signed new deals
for next season. They are Phil Bolland, Paul Carden and Jon Brady.
19 May 2003
DARYLS HAPPY TO STAY
Striker Daryl Clare has stated his desire
to remain at City following rumours last week that Aberdeen had made
an offer for City’s top striker. I’m very happy
with Chester and my family have just settled in the area. So as long
as Chester want me I’m going to stay here. The interest from
Aberdeen is flattering and it would probably be a great career move,
but at the moment it’s not an issue. I spoke to Mark Wright
and he confirmed there had been contact from Aberdeen, but as I say
it’s not an issue. It’s nice to have been linked.
Congratulations to UniBond Premier League side Burscough
who beat Tamworth 2-1 in yesterday’s FA Trophy Final in front of
14,265 at Villa Park. Shaun Teale’s outfit were quoted at 400/1 for
the Trophy earlier in the season.
15 May 2003
WRIGHT AFTER MIDFIELDER
It�s been reported that the club have tabled a five
figure offer for Morecambe midfielder Adriano Rigoglioso. Manager Mark
Wright told the Daily Post: Adriano has the qualities we are looking
for. He is fast and strong and has the sort of quality that will enhance
our squad. I have a hit-list of four players and we will leave no stone
unturned in our quest to move the quality of our squad even higher. The
club had expressed an interest in signing the player, who still has a year
on his contract to run at Morecambe, last February.
ON THE BORDERLINE UPDATE PAGES
Club historian Chas Sumner has produced the On The
pages containing first and youth team details for 2002/03. Reserve
stats will be available when the Lancashire League season is complete.
14 May 2003
RETAINED LIST ANNOUNCED
players have been released by Chester City and four more placed on the
transfer list as manager Mark Wright builds his squad for next season.
The players released are Chris Blackburn and Jon Worsnop (pictured), while
Jimmy Kelly, Dave Cameron, Steve Brodie and Lee Woodyatt have been placed
on the transfer list.
Manager Mark Wright said: This is one of the hardest tasks of a managers
job, but its part of football Im afraid. Chris Blackburn sees his
future in America and we will monitor his progress closely. We wish him
well. I have also placed three other players on the list. I�m expecting
to name another four or five players to be released soon.
I�ve drawn up a list of ten players who I�d like to sign, and I�m aiming
to make four or five new signings, but I won�t be bringing in any players
who aren�t any better than I already have.
Its reported in the local press that Droylsden have offered £10,000
each for Dave Cameron and Jimmy Kelly. �I�ve been told that Droylsden have
bid �10,000 for me, but I�m not aware of that, and people have linked me
with a move to newly-promoted Conference club, Accrington Stanley, but
I haven�t heard anything.� said Kelly (the following Monday).
BROWN AND COLLINS OUT OF ENGLAND SQUAD
Both Wayne Brown and Danny Collins have withdrawn
from the England National Game X1 squad. Matt Baker of Hereford United
replaces injured ‘keeper Wayne Brown, whilst Nick Crittenden and
Danny Collins have also withdrawn from the squad. Jason Goodliffe comes
in from Stevenage Borough to replace Danny Collins, and Manager Paul Fairclough
will be aiming to name a replacement for Crittenden in the next day. Collins
was released after telling England officials hed be unavailable for
the final game against Scotland due to long-standing holiday commitments.
“I thought I might’ve been able to play in the first two games against
Ireland and Wales and just miss the last one, but they won’t let me do
that. It’s disappointing but there’s not too much I can do about
it. I still want to play for England and hope to get back in the squad in future.” said
Lee Woodyatt has withdrawn from the Wales
semi-pro Four Nations squad because of holiday plans.
LIVERPOOL RESERVES TO CONTINUE AT THE
Liverpool have confirmed that they will
again play their reserve team fixtures at the Deva Stadium next
13 May 2003
SEASON TICKET PRICES FOR 2003/04
The club have announced that Season Ticket
prices for 2003/04 have been frozen.
Current Season Ticket holders have until
Friday 30 May, to renew their current tickets at discounted
prices which are the equivalent to five league
games free of charge.
Please check with the club on (01244)
371376 for confirmation on all prices and dates.
Season ticket prices for the East
Stand and West Stand, and the North Terrace up to and including
30 June are:
East and West Stand: Adults, �192.00; Concessions, �144.00; and Under
North Terrace: Adults, �160.00; Concessions, �112.00; and Under 16s, �80.00.
From 1 July
Season tickets will be sold at the following prices.
East and West Stands: Adults, �216.00; Concessions, �162.00; and Under
North Terrace: Adults, �180; Concessions, �126.00; and Under 16s, �90.00.
Turnstile admission next season will
be at the following prices:
East and West Stands: Adults, �12.00; Concessions, �9.00; and Under 16s, �6.00.
North Terrace: Adults, �10.00; Concessions, �7.00; and Under 16s, �5.00.
Existing Executive Lounge season
Tickets will then go on general sale at �352.00
up to and including Monday 30 June. And from Tuesday 1 July,
tickets will cost �396.00.
Current holders have up to and including Friday 30 May, to renew their
Executive Lounge tickets on the day, subject to availability, will cost �25.00
(that’s a 25% increase!).
Prices have been based on five and three league games free of charge. Senior
citizens will be entitled to a 10% discount on the Executive Lounge prices.
Car park season ticket
Will cost �40.00, and the daily car parking fee will be �3.00 (that’s
a 50% increase!).
11 May 2003
NATIONWIDE CONFERENCE PROMOTION FINAL
A Golden Goal by Francis Tierney gave Doncaster
Rovers a 3-2 win in yesterday’s Nationwide Conference Promotion Final
in front of a crowd of 13,092 at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke. Dagenham & Redbridge
had bravely fought back from 2-0 down in the final 30 minutes to force
extra-time only to just miss out on promotion to the Football League for
the second season running.
7 May 2003
FOUR NAMED IN ENGLAND SQUAD
Congratulations to Wayne Brown,
Danny Collins, Scott Guyett and Wayne Hatswell who have all
today been named by manager Paul Fairclough in the England
National Game X1 squad for the forthcoming Home International
Tournament in Wales.
The full squad is:
Manager Fairclough said: “For
the Chester players, the Tournament will give them the chance
to try and put the disappointment of their play-off defeat
to Doncaster behind them for a while. Playing for your country
is a tremendous honour, and I would not have selected any of
those lads if I didn’t think they had the necessary character
to focus fully on the Tournament.”
1. Wayne Brown (GK) – Chester City
2. John Kennedy – Canvey Island
3. Scott Guyett – Chester City
4. Terry Skiverton – Yeovil Town
5. Danny Collins – Chester City
6. Wayne Hatswell – Chester City
7. Michael Rose – Hereford United
8. Nick Crittenden – Yeovil Town
9. Lee Johnson – Yeovil Town
10. Darren Way – Yeovil Town
11. Stewart Drummond – Morecambe
12. Paul Terry – Dagenham & Redbridge
13. Chris Weale – Yeovil Town
14. Lee Elam – Morecambe
15. Kirk Jackson – Yeovil Town
16. Roscoe D’Sane – Aldershot Town
17. Junior Agogo – Barnet
18. Scott Rickards – Tamworth
CLARE NO TO IRELAND
Daryl Clare has had to turn down
the chance to play in the Four Nations Tournament through injury.
City’s star striker has told the new Republic of Ireland
semi-pro manager Tony Cousins that he wouldn’t be fit
enough. “I was offered the chance to play last year but
I was struggling with an injury and had to pull out. Since
Christmas I’ve been struggling with a knee injury and
I’ve been told I need six weeks rest. I’ve not
trained properly for months and have just been playing games.
My aim is to get fit for the new season.”
The club are expected to announce their
retained list next week sometime. Paul Carden, Phil Bolland,
Jon Worsnop, Chris Blackburn and Jon Brady are the only members
of the squad out of contract this summer. “This is a
tough time of the season for me because I’ve got to decide
who stays and who leaves. I’m going to let players go
who I believe haven’t performed, but I want our better
players to stay. I’ve already spoken to our better players
and I’m hoping they will stay with us.” said manager
7 May 2003
SCOTTISH SIDE ENQUIRES FOR CLARE
Daily Post states that Chairman Steve Vaughan has received and enquiry
and a financial offer for striker Daryl Clare from a Scottish Premier League
side. The club has not been disclosed and the chairman added: Yes
we have received an enquiry for Daryl and a financial offer was proposed,
but we are building for the future at this club, not selling our assets.
I reiterate that after Monday’s disappointment we are more determined
than ever to push for the Conference championship next season than we have
ever been. Obviously at the moment we see Daryl as part of that push.
The chairman added: We would only take the matter further if it benefited
and improved Daryl’s career and frankly that decision would be left
to him. If Daryl does decide to leave there will be a 25% sell-on clause
payable to his former club, Boston United. We have to keep hold of what
we have, but at the same time we have to look at all the options. The Chester
team towards the latter part of this season has been built around Daryl
Clare. He has been our main centre forward and it’s just been a case
of who has played alongside him in attack. I couldn’t let Daryl Clare
go from Chester for anything less than £300,000.
WALES CALL-UP FOR BEN AND LEE
Tommi Morgan has announced his Wales semi-professional
international squad for the Four Nations Tournament to be held in Wales
later this month and it includes both Ben Davies (born Walsall – Welsh
Father) and Lee Woodyatt (born Bangor), congratulations to them both.
Tuesday 20th May:
Wales v Scotland – Carmarthen Town (19:30hrs)
England v Republic of Ireland – Merthyr Tydfil (19:30hrs)
Thursday 22nd May:
Wales v England – Merthyr Tydfil (19:30hrs)
Scotland v Republic of Ireland – Haverfordwest (19:30hrs)
Saturday 24th May:
Scotland v England – Carmarthen Town (13:00hrs)
Wales v Republic of Ireland – Haverfordwest (15:30hrs)
Adult: £4.00, Children/OAP: £2.00.
6 May 2003
HEARTBREAK FOR CITY
attempt to return to the Football League via the play-off’s is over
after the Blues lost out to Doncaster Rovers 4-3 on penalties yesterday
after the two teams couldn’t be separated after another pulsating
120 minutes of football in front of a packed Deva crowd of 5,702 who gave
the side fantastic support throughout to create an atmosphere like none
before at the ground.
As in the first leg it was City who struck first as Wayne Hatswell scored
from close range following a Kevin McIntyre free-kick on the half-hour.
The Blues, all of whom who gave 100% throughout, had a golden opportunity
to increase their lead, as Daryl Clare, just four yards from goal couldn’t
quite connect with his shot and four minutes Paul Barnes equalised for
The sides battled through 30 minutes of golden goal action, with both Clare
and Dave Cameron going close in the dying minutes before the cruel lottery
of penalties decided the tie.
Wayne Brown saved the first kick from Jamie Paterson but Clare missed City’s
opener and with it the advantage. Mark Quayle, Ben Davies and Kevin Mcintyre
all dispatched their spot-kick’s (as did Rovers’ Gregg Blundell,
Jason Blunt, Dave Morley and Tim Ryan) before Dave Cameron saw his effort
saved by Warrington and the dream was over for another 12 months.
Manager Wright told the local press: Obviously we will now take stock
and start preparing for next season. There are certain players that we
are interested in. I know the positions that we need to strengthen and
after a short break we will start analysing who is available and then hopefully
make a move. This is never an easy time for a manager because there are
certain players who you must tell possibly don't figure in your future
plans but this is football and we have to progress. We know what we want
and we know the way to go and obviously we will make moves in the near
two goals yesterday were scrappy, but we had three chances that I still
can’t believe their keeper saved. He had a great game. We knew
when we changed around at half-time that the wind was going to play a
part, but we couldn’t afford to miss the gilt-edged chances we
had. The one difference in our game yesterday was their keeper. He had
a marvelous game and did ever so well, and we missed our chances, but
how he got to Dave Cameron’s shot at the death I’ll never
know. Our crowd were fantastic. It just goes to show that there is a
fan base out there that can help us get what we want. If we can turn
in performances like yesterday’s and get the crowd with us then
that would be absolutely fantastic. We’re not asking for sell-out
crowds every week, but we’d like to have 3,500-4,000, and I think
the fans are there and I think we can achieve that.” he added.
Supporters Club chairman Barry Hipkiss said: “Considering
what we have achieved in such a short period since all of the problems
with Terry Smith we have achieved miracles. Everyone at the club, from
the manager and the players to the chairman and all the rest of the staff
at the Deva should hold their heads up high because we have come a long
way. Penalties are always a cruel way to end a game. It is unfortunate
and it is a sad way to go out but there has to be a loser and this time
it had to be us. Credit has to go to the manager, the players and the chairman,
who has stuck through it all, given the team time to gel. They are a young
side and we have yet to see the best of them. Next season we have high
Doncaster Rovers will now play Dagenham & Redbridge in Saturdays
Promotion Final at Stoke City. The Daggers beat Morecambe 3-2 on penalties
after the aggregate scoreline at 120 minutes was locked at 3-3.
HELP SUPPORT THE JUNIORS
The club are holding a Casino fun night taking place
this Friday 9 May 20:00hrs start at the Deva Stadium all are welcome pay
on the door �10 includes buffet and funny money and a great night out with
lots of prizes up for grabs and a 2003/04 season ticket for the west stand
going for auction. All proceeds from the event will go to this seasons
Juniors presentation night and also for next seasons kit, insurance registrations
etc. Please help to support this cause.
4 May 2003
The House Full signs are up for tomorrow afternoon’s
eagerly awaited play-off decider against Doncaster Rovers at Deva Stadium.
All tickets were sold out by Friday night with a near capacity crowd (I
expect segregation seats will prevent a full house) in attendance in front
of the SKY Sports cameras. There will be a strong police presence, both
through the City and in and around the ground, to lessen the opportunity
for any crowd disorder. Needless to say fans should get down to the ground
as early as possible to avoid congestion. The game kick’s-off at
In the other semi-final tie Dagenham & Redbridge
take a 2-1 advantage to Morecambe.
Today’s Non-League Paper states that City
will have Mark Quayle available for selection on Monday after a specially
conveyned FA Disciplinary Panel ruled on Friday after viewing video evidence
that the red card should stand but no ban handed out.
EXETER CITY JOIN CONFERENCE
Exeter City will join Shrewsbury Town in the Conference
next season after being relegated from the Football League yesterday.
2 May 2003
LAST GASP EQUALISER DENIES BLUES
second goal in a week from Kevin McIntyre tonight had appeared to give
City a one goal advantage tonight going into Monday’s play-off semi-final
second-leg at Deva Stadium until Tristram Whitman stepped up to force a
94th minute equaliser for Doncaster Rovers to leave the tie, effectively,
level at half-time. The Blues looked in control for most of the game but
will point to a controversial moment five minutes from time when substitute
Mark Quayle was harshly given a straight red card for a tackle on Ravenhill
that the TV replays appeared to show he’d won the ball. “I
thought we deserved to be in the lead because we had worked hard, but at
times we drop a little bit too deep and bring pressure on ourselves, but
we live to fight another day. We’ve still got everything to play
for on Monday, and I’m proud of my players. I’m proud that
they went out big and strong, cleared their lines and did everything right,
except finish Doncaster off. We had to respect Doncaster because they are
a really good side, and on their day they can beat anybody”. manager
Mark Wright said after the game.
Monday’s game will be shown live on SKY, kick-off 15:30hrs. London
based Exiles who can’t get to the game can view it at the Famous
Three Kings (F3K) on the North End Road in west Kensington (right next
door to West Kensington tube station on the District Line, turn right on
PLAYER OF THE SEASON
There will be no Player of the Season awards presentation
ceremony on the pitch prior to Monday’s match. The management, understandably,
want the players minds focused on the important job in hand. However the
presentations will be made following the game in the Social Club.
Explained poll organiser Barrie Hipkiss: “Having
consulted with Mark Wright, we thought it would better not to have any
distractions for the players as they concentrate on this important game.”
For those who can’t attend, the results as
Congratulations to all the winners.
Player of the Season 2002/2003: Scott Guyett
||Away Supporters Club
Player of the Season: Ben Davies
Young Player of the Season, (chosen by the Chester
City F.C. management team): Ben Davies
memorial award: Phil Bolland
1 May 2003
TEST OF NERVES FOR CITY
City go into tonight’s Nationwide Conference
first-leg play-off game at Doncaster Rovers knowing they are just three
games away from a possible return back to the Football League. A crowd
close to capacity will pack Belle Vue for what will be a tight, tense,
game. The Blues will have following of over 1,000 fans who will make the
trip from all parts of the country to support their side against the team
that finished one place above them in the final table.
Chester have the upper hand in games between the sides
this season, drawing 0-0 at Doncaster earlier in the season and recording
a 1-0 win last month in front of the SKY cameras at Deva Stadium, Michael
Twiss scoring the winning goal on that occasion.
City manager Mark Wright will be keeping his team
selection close to his chest, but both Scott Guyett and Daryl Clare who
missed Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Yeovil are expected to play. Mark Quayle
is also available following his three match suspension. Tonight’s
game kicks-off at 20:00hrs and those fans who couldn’t get
a ticket in the short time allowed can see the game live on SKY Sports.