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31 October 2012
Saturday’s scheduled league match at home to Harrogate Town has been postponed due to the Yorkshire sides participation in the FA Cup.
The youth team were beaten 3-0 tonight by York City in the First Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup. The Chester team was: Nield, Crawford, Mason, Pownall, Tomassen, Barry, Woods, O’Sullivan, Peers, Ormrod, Miller. Subs: Pleavin, Rimmer, Rowley, Kendrick, Foster.
The youth team would appreciate as much support as possible tonight when they entertain York City in the First Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup. Note that the match will kick-off at 19:00hrs. The winners of the tie will face an away match at Northampton Town in the Second Round Proper. Admission tonight is £3.00 for adults, £2.00 for concessions and £1.00 for children.
Goals from Sean Clancy, on-loan debutant Danny Williams and an own goal, gave Chester a 3-0 victory at Vauxhall Motors in the first ever competitive match between the two sides. The Motormen were reduced to ten men with the sending off of Conor Roberts-Nurse after 27 minutes, it was Roberts-Nurse who had deflected a shot into his own net after ten minutes that gave Chester the early lead.

It wasn’t until the 65th minute when Williams scored a fine volley, Williams then turned provider five minutes later setting up Clancy to score an acrobatic third goal – his first for the club.

With second placed Guiseley also picking up three points last night Chester’s lead at the top of the table is one point though they have a game in hand over some of their promotion rivals at the top.

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Picture � Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

29 October 2012
Chester have received a home tie against Worksop Town in the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy. The match will be played on Saturday 10 November, kick-off 15:00hrs. Worksop reached this stage of the competition with a 1-0 win at Halesowen Town on Saturday and currently lie eighth in the Northern Premier League. The winners of the tie will receive £4,000 prize money.

Admission prices for the game are as follows:
Seating: Adults £10.00, Concessions £5.00, Children £3.00
Standing: Adults £9.00, Concessions £5.00, Children £3.00

Should a replay be necessary it will take place at Worksop on Wednesday 14 November, kick-off 19:45hrs.
The Former Players Association held their second Blue Heaven fund raising evening entitled Hotshot Heaven in the Blues Bar last Friday night. Over £800 was raised at the event with proceeds from the successful evening, hosted by Charlie Lambert, being split between the Countess of Chester Breast Cancer Unit to support CFC’s Think Pink weekend, and the Former Players Association.

Back row: Bob Delgado, Ian Moir, Graham Abel.
Middle: John Evans, Bobby Hunt, Ray Carter, Reg Matthewson, Grenvile Millington, Alan Tarbuck.
Front: Matt McNeil, Gary Talbot, Hugh Ryden, Ken Roberts, John Thomas.

Chester moved back to the top of the Conference North following their 2-1 home victory over Histon on Saturday. It was a far from convincing performance from the Blues though but the three points, coupled with morning leaders Brackley Town being held at home by FC Halifax Town, were enough to take Chester top. Nathan Jarman won, and then converted, a ninth minute penalty to give the home side the perfect start but they failed to really trouble the Histon ‘keeper for the rest of the opening period. The Stutes drew level through their captain Remy Clerifa six minutes after the break.

Manager Neil Young introduced Ashley Williams with half an hour remaining as Chester, playing in a pink and blue striped kit for the ‘Think Pink Day’, began to show a bit more urgency. The winning goal came nine minutes from time from the in-form Antoni Sarcevic who scored from close range following good work by substitute Torn Gray.

There has been no final total announced yet for the charity money raised at the game, but it is believed to be over £7,500 before the shirt auction which took place aftre the match.

Chester have a chance to extend their lead over second placed Guiseley when they make the short journey to play Vauxhall Motors at Rivacre Park on Tuesday night. The match is all-ticket and will kick-off at 19:45hrs.

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Picture � Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
26 October 2012

Midfielder Michael Powell (pictured) has been placed on the transfer list. Powell signed from Southport in March 2011 and has made 43+14 appearances for the Blues scoring 13 goals in the process. His appearances this season have been limited to 4+3 and he was recently red carded in the FA Cup replay defeat at Halifax Town.

Meanwhile, manager Neil Young is set to bring in Danny Williams, a left back/winger on a season-long loan from Kendal Town. It’s hoped to complete the deal in time for him to join the squad for tomorrow’s home clash with Histon. Williams joined Kendal from Clitheroe for an undisclosed sum in November 2010 and received the supporters’ Player of the Year award last season.

Picture � Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

Chester FC hold their third Think Pink Day tomorrow for the visit of Histon. The club are hoping to raise £10,000 for the Breast Cancer Unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital. Supporters are encouraged to wear something pink on the day and the team will play in a specially produced pink and blue striped kit. This will be auctioned off in the Blues Bar, renamed the Pink Bar for the occasion, after the match. Collections and a charity balloon race (at 14:30hrs) will also be taking place. There will be pink t-shirts for sale at £10.00, and the club have ordered a limited number of 150 pink and blue striped replica team shirts, priced £40.00 and these can be reserved in the club shop.
23 October 2012
The Former Players Association are to hold their second Blue Heaven fund raising evening entitled Hotshot Heaven in the Blues Bar on Friday 26 October starting at 20:00hrs (doors open 19:30), hosted by Charlie Lambert. The forum features a number of former strikers who’ve worn the Chester shirt including Gary Talbot, Hugh Ryden, John Thomas and Matty McNeil, amongst others. There will also be a quiz, auction and raffle on the night.

Tickets are priced at £10.00 and available from the club shop, or by post from Chas Sumner, Chester FC, Bumpers Lane, Chester CH1 4LT, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope, cheques payable to ‘Chester City Former Players Association’. Proceeds from the night will be split between the Countess of Chester Breast Cancer Unit to support CFC’s Think Pink weekend, and the Former Players Association.

22 October 2012
There is a CFU members meeting in the Blues Bar tonight starting at 19:30hrs. New members will be welcome and memberships may be renewed at the meeting, the cost of membership is just £5.00 a year, though you may of course donate more if you wish.
The Chester Colts won their ninth successive match on Saturday with a hard earned 2-0 victory away at Irlam Steel. Tom Peers opened the scoring in the 35th minute, and despite the home side coming into the game more after the break, the young Blues wrapped up the points ten minutes from time with a well taken goal from Joe Williams. The team are pictured before the match below.

The lads now face a trio of cup matches. They are next in action away at New Brighton in the Cheshire Youth Cup before hosting Runcorn Linnets in the Second Division Cup the following week, and then moving on to a tough test away at FC United of Manchester in the NWYA Open Cup on 11 November.

Back row (L-R) Ben Gregory, Stuart Musgrave (coach), Anthony Stanton, Tom Batten, George Mannion, Louis Hampson, Lloyd Pownall (c), Richard Tomassen, Jack Hankey, Calum McIntyre (manager), Tish Morgan-Jones (coach).
Front row (L-R) Harry Murray, Jonny O’Sullivan, Tom Peers, Calum Woods, Adam Garner, Josh Rimmer, Joe Williams.

The Chester Ladies team picked up their first three points of the season at the weekend with a home 4-3 win over Manor Club Ladies. Goals from Charlotte Marsh, Sue Fennell and Becky O’Brien game the Ladies a 3-0 lead before Manor pulled a goal back before the break. Sue Fennell added her second and Chester’s fourth after the interval but the side lost momentum following a series of substitutions and two goals for the visitors gave them hope of salvaging a point but Chester held on for victory. The team now travel to Bebington to play Wallasey Wanderers Youth next Sunday.
19 October 2012
Congratulations to the Youth team who have reached the FA Youth Cup first round proper following a 3-0 victory at Runcorn Linnetts last night. With a number of injuries affecting the squad Chester fielded a young side and were rewarded for an excellent display of passing football with a hat-trick from man of the match U17 striker Tom Peers.

The young Blues now look forward to a challenging home tie against York City, a full-time side, to be played in the week commencing 29 October.

18 October 2012
A goal two minutes from time by Marc Williams earned Chester a deserved 1-1 draw against Bradford Park Avenue last night to send the Blues to the top of the table on goal difference. Chester had fallen behind after just two minutes as Danny Holland was left unmarked to curl a shot past John Danby.

Avenue had the better of the opening exchanges but once Chester got into their stride they created numerous chances throughout the rest of the game to equalise but a combination of poor finishing and good saves denied the home side until Williams’ late header ensured that Chester, who have now scored in 50 consecutive league games, got the point they needed to overhaul Brackley Town at the top of the table.

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Picture � Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

17 October 2012
Chester have the chance to top the Conference North tonight as they play a home rearranged game against Bradford Park Avenue, kick-off 19:45hrs. Saturday’s late 2-1 win at Bishops Stortford saw the Blues move second, a point behind Brackley Town who were surprisingly beaten 6-1 at Harrogate Town, the goal difference now swinging in Chester’s favour. Avenue were promoted along with Chester from the Northern Premier League last summer via the play-off’s and and currently stand mid table.

Manager Neil Young was full of praise for his side’s victory in Hertfordshire as great strikes from Nathan Jarman and Antoni Sarcevic sealed a crucial victory against a well organised home side. Young said: “The only other team to come here and win here this season is Halifax and you can see why. They had a very good shape and worked hard off the ball.”

“It was always going to be difficult but I thought our lads were excellent. It was scrappy at times but there was no way we were going to settle for a draw. With about half-an-hour to go we went three up top to try and win the game and luckily we’ve been able to do that.”

12 October 2012
Tickets for the away match at Vauxhall Motors on Tuesday 30 October will go on sale to season Ticket holders on Monday 15 October. Voucher B is required to purchase a tickets which will cost £10.00 for adults and £6.00 for concessions. Chester have been allocated 1,100 tickets.

Supporters will also be able to book a seat on the coaches to Rivacre Park which will cost £6.00 per seat. The coaches will depart Chester’s ground at 18.15 on the night of the match. Supporters can only book a coach seat when they purchase their match ticket at the club office. NO phone bookings will be taken for coach seats. A £2.00 shuttle bus service will also be in operation to and from the Motors’ ground from Hooton station.

Any remaining tickets will go on general sale from Monday 22 October at the club office.
11 October 2012
With Corby Town still involved in the FA Cup the home match against them scheduled for 20 October has been postponed and will now take place on Wednesday 14 November, kick-off 19.45hrs. The away match against Gloucester City, who play at Cheltenham Town’s ground, has been put back 24 hours to Sunday 18 November to avoid a clash with Cheltenham races.
10 October 2012

Chester were knocked out of the FA Cup 3-1 at FC Halifax Town last night, therefore missing out of the £7,000 prize money and a trip to Lincoln City in the next round. The Shaymen opened the scoring through Jon Worthington in the fifth minute and would have doubled their advantage soon after but for a great John Danby save to deny Liam Hogan.

Chester were reduced to ten men when Michael Powell was sent-off on 30 minutes for an alleged elbowing offence spotted by the referee. Chester responded well and nathan Jarman saw a goal disallowed. The hosts doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half as Lee Gregory converted as Chester failed to deal with the long ball. Iain Howard set up Marc Williams in the 59th minute as Chester pulled a goal back. Any hope of a comeback lasted just six minutes as Chris Worsley put the tie beyond doubt beating Danby at the near post.

Chester are back to league action on Saturday when they travel to play 15th placed Bishop’s Stortford, kick-off 15:00hrs.

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Picture � Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

The home game against Bradford Park Avenue will now take place on Wednesday 17 October, kick-off 19:45hrs.
8 October 2012
The winners of tomorrow night’s FA Cup replay between Chester and FC Halifax Town have been drawn away at Lincoln City in the Fourth Qualifying Round, that tie will be played on Saturday 20 October.
7 October 2012

The football club have issued the following statement regarding their handling of the two instances of crowd trouble instigated by away ‘supporters’ that marred Chester’s FA Cup match against FC Halifax Town on Saturday.

“Yesterday some saw unsavoury events at the Exacta Stadium, involving individuals amongst the travelling supporters.

Chester FC totally condemn the actions of those individuals and the Club are presently working together with FC Halifax Town and Cheshire Police to help identify them.

As the Club had earlier stated, FC Halifax Town had advised Chester FC of the 'unruly element' that may be travelling and this information was shared with Cheshire Police.

The Club will also have a further conversation with the Police tomorrow morning to ascertain why certain individuals were not removed from the Stadium. It is worth noting at this point that Cheshire Police praised the actions of the Stewards, who did everything that was asked of them.

FC Halifax Town were entitled to an allocation of up to 15% of the capacity of the Exacta Stadium for the FA Cup tie. Our main priority was to look after supporters safety, and that is one of the reasons we advised our West Stand regulars that the area would be designated for visiting supporters.

A block of seats was cordoned off as a barrier between home and visiting supporters towards the North of the ground, however, those individuals entered the field of play from further back in the Stand, which led to one of the incidents.

The other incident then involved visiting individuals entering in the East Stand, and was swiftly dealt with by the Stewards and Police.

We can confirm that three arrests were made and several others were ejected from the ground, and we would like to thank Chester fans and the great majority of Halifax fans for remaining behind the perimeter wall in their Stand in what was a very provocative situation.

As we have stated previously, Chester FC is a community club that does not tolerate this kind of behaviour, We will seek to learn from the lessons we can from the events of Saturday and will work together with Stewards and the Police to help avoid such incidents taking place at the Exacta Stadium.

We look forward to a good natured FA Cup replay now on Tuesday at The Shay.”

Board of Directors
Chester FC

5 October 2012
Chester play FC Halifax Town in a mouth watering FA Cup Third Qualifying Round clash tomorrow (kick-off 15:00hrs) just a month after Chester beat their promotion rivals 2-1 in an entertaining league clash. The Blues will expect a tough match tomorrow against a side that controlled long periods of the league clash that Chester won with goals from Ben Mills and Dave Hankin. A crowd of over 3,000 saw that match and another large turnout is expected tomorrow.FC Halifax fans have been allocated the West Stand for the clash tomorrow, all other three sides are open to Chester supporters. The prize money for the winners is £7,000 and should a replay be necessary it will take place at The Shay on Tuesday night, kick-off 19:45hrs.
A crowd of 125 saw the Youth Team run out 5-2 winners over Ashton Athletic last night in the second qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup. Two goals apiece from Sean Miller and Josh Lyth, and Tom Peers effort brought an extra time victory after the match had ended 2-2 after 90 minutes. The young Blues will be away in the next round to either Lancaster City or Runcorn Linnets (being played 9 October) in the week commencing 15 October.
3 October 2012

Chester will face FC Halifax Town on Saturday in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup after an extra time winner from substitute Levi Mackin gave the Blues a 2-1 replay win over Gainsborough Trinity last night.

Chances were at a premium throughout a tight game but Dominic Collins finally broke the deadlock on 65 minutes scrambling the ball home from close range following a corner. Chester were however pegged back a minute from time as Jamie Yates grabbed an equaliser with a well taken volley, and a fine John Danby save prevented Trinity a last minute Dominic Knowles winner moments later.

Extra time produced a tight first half but the winner finally came in the first minute of the second period as Mackin side footed home from a Marc Williams cross.

Picture � Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

1 October 2012
Chester got back to winning ways with a superb first half display at Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday. Four goals without reply in a scintillating first half though Iain Howard (2), Nathan Jarman and Antoni Sarcevic set the Blues up for a victory over their seventh placed hosts. Sarcevic scored his second and Howard completed his hat-trick after the break as Chester punished some ragged home defending. New signing Tony Gray made his debut coming off the bench in the second period.

A delighted Blues manager Neil Young told the Chester Chronicle: “It was as good as we’ve played, definitely this season. I’ve got to give great credit to the players, we gave them a way of playing and they’ve gone out there and done it.”

“Stalybridge have lost a couple of key players but we’re a much better side and squad than we have been over the past two years. We’re better technically as a group. I’m learning all the time and I think we’re better tactically as a group too. You get the better technical players on board and when you give them information they fully understand what’s been asked of them.”

The Blues remain in third place but have closed the gap on leaders Brackley Town to two points as the Northamptonshire side were held on Saturday 1-1 at Colwyn Bay to drop their first points of the season.

Chester take a break from league action on Tuesday night when they stage their rearranged FA Cup second qualifying round replay against Gainsborough trinity, kick-off 19:45hrs. A home tie with FC Halifax Town on Saturday, as well as a £4,500 winners cheque await the winners of the tie.

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