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28 October 2020

Chester put the shock of Saturday’s FA Cup exit behind them as they picked up three more league points with a hard earned 2-1 victory over Curzon Ashton at home last night. Danny Elliott gave Chester the lead on 37 minutes, a lead which was to last half an hour before Dominic Knowles turned sharply in the box to score past Louis Gray. The Blues pressed for a winner and it duly arrived as George Glendon latched onto a John Johnston pass and smashed the ball home with seven minutes remaining. The victory took Chester into second spot (for 24hrs).

Chester travel to early table-toppers Gloucester City on Saturday, kick -off 15.00hrs.

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26 October 2020

Chester were beaten 1-0 at home by Marine in Saturday’s FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round. Marine, manager by former Blues favourite Neil Young, scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot nine minutes from time through James Barrigan.

Joint manager Bernard Morley told the local press after the defeat: “I don’t often use the word embarrassed because it’s disrespecting the opposition and that’s not what I’m trying to do.”

“In terms of our own players, the way we applied ourselves, how desperate we became with the referee – always using the referee as an excuse why we get beat. We got beaten by a side that was more hungry.

“Everyone knows Marine are two leagues below, so let’s not pay them any disrespect, because we were under no-illusions that it was going to be a tough game. What I watched was not acceptable. There are no excuses from us, none whatsoever. They executed their game-plan. They let us have the ball, we forced things, they picked up second balls and kept their shape really well.”

“They were relying on a set-piece or a penalty, that was the game-plan, let’s make no bones about it, and they’ve executed it, which makes them the better side on the day.”

“I’ve just shaken Neil Young’s hand and said: ‘Well deserved’. We looked frustrated, we forced things and we looked desperate at times.”

The Blues dropped down to eighth in the league following games played in the National League North on Saturday. The games are coming thick and fast, next up Chester welcome Curzon Ashton on Tuesday night, kick-off 19.45hrs.

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22 October 2020

Chester have awarded Youth Academy captain Harrison Burke a full-time contract. The central defender has turned 18 recently. Burke hails from nearby Dodleston and joined Chester at the U13 level.

21 October 2020

The youth team won 2-1 at York City tonight to progress to the First Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup and an away tie at Carlisle United. After an even first half, Chester dominated after the break and took the lead on 74 minutes through substitute Zak Packer with his first touch
. Sam Turner doubled the lead on 89 minutes before The Minstermen pulled a goal back from the penalty spot following a hand ball. As the game entered stoppage time the home side were reduced to ten men following a second yellow card.

The first round game at Carlisle United must be played by Saturday 7 November.

Smith, Buckley, Heywood, Hughes, Burke, Buckley-Benbow, Turner, D.Lowe, Giani, Sutton, Hansen (Packer 72). Subs not used: Walters, A.Lowe, Haynes, Sloane.

Tonight’s FA Youth Cup Third Qualifying Round match at York City is being streamed live by the home club free of charge. The match kick’s-off at Bootham Crescent at 19.00hrs. You can log-in to register and view the stream here.

The home FA Cup match with Marine on Saturday will be streamed live by
Chester. The cost of the match is £5.99. Please note that Season Ticket holders do NOT receive this match in their free package.

The match streaming pass can be purchased at If you haven’t done so already, you will need to create an account with InPlayer before making your purchase, then simply follow the on-screen instructions and make your payment using a debit or credit card or PayPal. The match kick’s-off at 15.00hrs.

18 October 2020

Like last season Chester took the lead at Brewery Field but left empty handed as the home side scored a 90th minute winner to inflict the first defeat of the season on the Blues.
It all started well with Danny Livesey prodding the ball home from close range on 12 minutes after Simon Grand had headed down John Johnston’s corner.

Moors equalised on 34 minutes as Glen Taylor’s free kick went through the Chester wall and into the bottom left corner. The Blues (in green) had numerous chances after the break to retake the lead but couldn’t find a way past Dale Eve in the home goal. As the game entered stoppage time, Scott McLean’s in swinging corner caused all sorts of problems for the Chester defence before the ball was bundled home off a Chester player.

Chester dropped to fifth as a result of the defeat, and are back in FA Cup action on Saturday with a home game against Neil Young’s Marine side, kick-off 15.00hrs.

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16 October 2020

The home league game against Curzon Ashton has now been rearranged for Tuesday 27 October, kick-off 19.45hrs

Chester’s FA Youth Cup Third Qualifying Round match at York City will take place at Bootham Crescent on Wednesday 21 October, kick-off
19.00hrs. York are hoping to stream the match live free of charge.

15 October 2020

Chester have been drawn at home to Marine in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup to be played on Saturday 24 October
. The two sides of course met recently in pre-season.

14 October 2020

Chester came from behind to beat Spennymoor Town 3-1 in the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup last night. Moors started the quicker and Ryan Hall gave them the lead in the opening ten minutes, but the Blues drew level through Jamie Morgan on 24 minutes to leave the sides level at the break. Eleven minutes after the re-start Danny Elliott earned and converted a penalty before George Waring added a third just moments after coming on as a substitute with nine minutes remaining. The victory earned Chester a further £5,625 in prize money.

Joint manager Anthony Johnson told The Chronicle: “Probably one of the most pleasing aspects for us was in the last ten to 15 minutes when they were pushing, they only had one shot on target which was the free kick right at the end when Louis Gray saved it with his legs.”

“We looked resolute and really dangerous on the counter attack. Spennymoor were one of my favourites to win the league and they still are. We will have a totally different encounter on Saturday but you could see with the way they started last night what a top side they are.”

“Even when they went behind you could see the real quality and danger they have. They have the best number nine in non-league football in Glen Taylor, an unbelievable striker. We rate him so highly but Danny Livesey and Simon Grand kept him on the fringes of things and it allowed us to squeeze up the pitch that little bit more and keep possession in good areas rather than in front of our goal.”

The draw for the Fourth Qualifying Round is on radio talkSPORT2 at 13.00hrs on Thursday. The tie will take place on Saturday 24 October which means the home game with Curzon Ashton, originally scheduled for that date, will now have to be rearranged.

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12 October 2020

Following an agreement between the two sides, tomorrow night’s FA Cup match against Spennymoor Town is being streamed live by Chester, kick-off 19.45hrs. The cost of the match is £5.99. Please note that Season Ticket holders do NOT receive this match in their free package.

The match streaming pass can be purchased at If you haven’t done so already, you will need to create an account with InPlayer before making your purchase, then simply follow the on-screen instructions and make your payment using a debit or credit card or PayPal.

The youth team won 4-0 away at St Helens Town in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup played behind closed doors yesterday. The goals came from Sam Turner, Liam Buckley, Max Buckley-Benbow and Bailey Sloane.

Chester: Smith, Buckley (A.Lowe 75), Buckley-Benbow (Harrison 57), Hughes, Burke, Sloane, Turner, D.Lowe, Giani (Taylor 86), Sutton, Heywood. Subs not used: Walters, Hansen, Packer.

Chester will now be away to York City in the Third Qualifying Round due to be played the week commencing 19 October.

Chester followed up the midweek win at Kidderminster with their first victory, at the fifth attempt, over Leamington. Brakes took an early lead through Junior English but Chester fought back with headers from Danny Elliott and Bradley Bauress to lead at the break. Elliott added a second from the penalty spot on 57 minutes following a foul on Kevin Roberts. The visitors pull a goal back on 76 minutes as Dan Meredith rounded the advancing Louis Gray to score but the Blues held out for three more points and moved second behind early league leaders Gloucester City.

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9 October 2020

Chester have announced their match streaming service with InPlayer for home games ahead of tomorrow’s match against Leamington
. Access to the service will cost £8.99 per game with a ten game pass available for £79.99. Season Ticket holders will have free access to the service, as well as a free digital match programme and team sheet. Season Ticket holders will be emailed their own unique access code for the service.

Match streaming passes can be purchased at You will need to create an account with InPlayer before making your first match/10 match purchase, then simply follow the on-screen instructions and make your payment using a debit or credit card or PayPal.

7 October 2020

Chester started their league campaign with a fine 2-1 victory at Kidderminster harriers on Tuesday night. Danny Elliott opened the scoring for the Blues cleverly converting a Joel Taylor left wing cross on 23 minutes. The joy was short lived though, as Harriers equalised through Ashley Hemmings six minutes later. Hemmings had already seen an earlier effort ruled out for offside

Eight minutes before the break the home side were reduced to ten men as Amari Morgan-Smith was shown red by referee Greg Rollason for foul and abusive language. A scuffle then broke out in the dugout that saw the referee issue more yellow cards.

Chester restored their lead on 57 minutes as ex-Harrier Declan Weeks scored from a great strike at the far post from a narrow angle. Seven minutes later the Blues were reduced to ten men also, as Paddy Lacey was shown a straight red card for a heavy tackle.

The Blues withstood a late onslaught from the home side with Louis Gray making a fine save to deny Jaiden White two minutes from time, and substitute George Waring was on hand to clear another effort off the line in stoppage to to preserve the three points.

Chester are at home on Saturday to Leamington, kick-off 15.00hrs.

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5 October 2020

Kidderminster Harriers will be live screening tomorrow night’s opening league fixture against Chester. The cost is £7.99. The stream can be purchased and downloaded from their official website on Tuesday

Chester will play Spennymoor Town at home in the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup to be played on Tuesday 13 October, kick-off 19.45hrs.
The two sides play again in the league at Spennymoor on the following Saturday. Spennymoor won 3-1 at Bradford (Park Avenue) in the previous round at the weekend.


Midfielder George Glendon has been named club captain for 2020/21. The 25-year-old joined the club last year and has made 29+3 appearances for The Blues, scoring 3 goals in the process.

Joint manager Anthony Johnson said: “George Glendon is a player who leads by example with his performance levels. He is constantly talking and cajoling lads through games and has been a captain through his whole career, from when he was at Manchester City. He’s an absolutely fantastic footballer and someone who is a really football-smart, intelligent person.”

The new season got off to the most dramatic start as Danny Livesey scored two late goals at Worksop Town on Saturday
to force a penalty shoot-out that saw Chester prevail 5-3 in their FA Cup match at Sandy Lane on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Louis Gray had already saved a Vaughan Redford spot-kick in normal time, before his save to deny Luke Hinsley in the shoot-out allowed Simon Grand to smash home the winner. For the record Chester’s successful penalty takers were: Anthony Dudley, Gary Roberts, Kevin Roberts, Lloyd Marsh-Hughes and Grand. Victory meant Chester picked up £3,375 in prize money.

Following the victory joint manager Anthony Johnson said: “If someone had said we’d have won it the way we did, we’d have taken that all day long over a professional 2-0 performance because it gives you that confidence, and belief and a buzz among the group that we are together from minute one.”

“It was just about finding a way to win. The emotion of how we won and when we won was unbelievable but for probably 80 minutes of the game we were second best to most things. I don’t think we’d have had the scenes we got at the end had we won 2-0 with a comfortable victory. So, in a lot of ways it was probably the perfect way to win.”

The Blues now progress to the Third Qualifying Round scheduled to be played on Tuesday 13 October, the draw will be issued at 13.00hrs today.

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