| 24 September
CITY SIGN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Chester today signed 26 year
old Trinidad and Tobago captain Angus Eve on a two year
contract. He has been capped 81 times for his country
and scored 39 goals at international level. Said Eve: "I
definitely wanted to come to England but the opportunity
hasn't arisen before," Eve added. "And during
my time here I want to help make the team successful
and hopefully, eventually, move on to a bigger club."
of the recommendations made by the work permit review
ROBINSON JOINS EXETER
Jamie Robinson, on trial with
Chester last week has joined fellow third division side
Exeter City. Both Macclesfield Town and Wrexham are thought
to have been interested in the player.
24 September 1999
CITY SIGN TWO
Two players have signed for Chester
today. Canadian International Martin Nash, who has played over
20 matches for his country, has joined the Blues. He's 23 years
old and described as an attacking midfielder. He's previously
had a spell with Stockport County. Also signed is an American
striker Joe Carver. Carver played for the Rockford Raptors
in the Division 3 Pro League in America in 1996/97, he's also
played for the Chicago Power team. Both players go straight
into the squad that faces Lincoln City at the Deva tomorrow.
Loan signings Junior Agogo and Michael Blackwood both return tomorrow while
Darren Moss may be on the bench depending on his Wales u-18 International
TRINIDAD PLAYERS ON TRIAL
Chester are currently giving a trial
to two Trinidadian national players, goalkeeper Michael McComie
and striker Angus Eve. Their club in the Trinidad Professional
League Joe Public, is owned by FIFA vice president Jack Warner.
Also on trial at the Deva is 27-year-old central defender Jamie Robinson.
Robinson has played over 50 games for both Carlisle United and Torquay
United. Aston Villa player David Hughes, who had a trial at the Deva has
signed for Shrewsbury Town.
22 September 1999
The next members meeting of the ISA
will take place on Monday 27th Sept at Royal Mail Club, kick-off
19.30. The guest speaker will be former City goalkeeping hero
Billy Stewart, whose currently playing for Southport.
21 September 1999
Much confusion regarding the Villa tickets for tonight.
You will be able to buy tickets for the Chester end (North Stand) at Villa
Park before tonight's game. These will be on sale at the Away Ticket office
which is situated at the corner of the North and Doug Ellis Stands from
17.30. Best get their as early as possible.
11 September 1999
FIVE MORE TRIALISTS ARRIVING
Up to five internationals are arriving at the Deva
next week for a trial. Terry Smith commented: "They're going to be
going through trials all next week and they're all quality players. And
they would all qualify for us under national team rules that they play
75 per cent of their games for their country".
Two trialists have been going through their paces all week, a French-Yougoslav
central midfielder Goran Milosavijevic and a centre half from Scotland.
CITY HOPING TO SIGN DEFENDER
City are close to signing 22-year-old
Wrexham born defender David Hughes from Aston Villa on a free
transfer (but with a sell-on clause). Hughes is 6' 4" and
has played four games for the Villa first team and had a loan
spell at Carlisle United.
AWAY TRAVEL TO VILLA
Coaches are being run by the official supporters
club to Villa Park for the second leg. They will leave the Deva Stadium
at 4.30pm and the cost is £7. Details at today's game from either
Richard Prince or Barrie Hipkiss.
8 September 1999
CHESTER CITY LAUNCH COMMUNITY LINK SCHEME
Chester City Football Club have launched an exciting
scheme to assist local community groups and charities to raise funds for
their organisation and also to build links with their local Football Club.
Chester City will provide any interested organisation with tickets for
the forthcoming match against Cheltenham on Tuesday 19 October, to sell
to their members and supporters. The Football Club will make a donation
of 50% of the face value of each ticket sold by the organisation.
Chairman Terry Smith said, This is a great way
for local groups to raise money and it should also be a great night out.
We will make everyone who comes to the game through the scheme very welcome.
Everybody wins, as we are contributing to the community and we also hope
that it will attract new people down to the Deva. Clearly, we hope that
people who come once through an organisation they are associated with,
will come back under their own steam to future games.
Any interested non-profit making organisation interested
in participating should contact the Club for details on 01244 371376.
FREE ADMISSION FOR UNDER-16s
For the match against Exeter City at the Deva
on Saturday, Chester have introduced a scheme which allows one child under
the age of 16 free admission when accompanied by an adult. Club spokesman
Michael Fair explained how the deal works:
"We see young fans of today as being the fan base
of our future and we also want to make a visit to football at the Deva
Stadium a family affair. As a first phase towards this objective we have
decided, for this Saturday's game to allow one child (under 16), accompanying
a paying adult, free entry to the ground. To take advantage of this offer
the adult and child should present themselves at the ticket office and
upon the purchase of an adult ticket, a voucher permitting entrance by
the child free of charge will be issued. This offer only relates to admittance
to the West Stand. Entry to the ground should then be made via turnstile
7, thus avoiding the necessity for further queuing."
Mr Fair added "This is a further positive move
by the Club to increase long term interest in the Club. Other initiatives
are to be introduced as the season unfolds, including further rewards for
those supporters who have already purchased season tickets. We naturally
value the loyalty of our season ticket holders and would not wish them
to feel that their support is going unnoticed or unrewarded. "In addition
to improving long term interest in the Club this initiative may go some
way to create a good atmosphere in the ground, and we saw how important
this factor was in both legs against Port Vale in the Worthington Cup.
Players clearly respond to strong vocal support, that was certainly evident
last Friday evening at Hull City where the home supporters rallied to their
team throughout the game and were probably worth an extra man on the pitch."
FANS HELP OUT AT THE DEVA
The Deva Stadium has received a bit of a spruce up,
thanks once again to a small band of ISA Members.
Last weekend more than a dozen die-hard fans gave up
a glorious weekend, and the opportunity to see England score six, in
favour of some essential painting at the Club. Director Paul Murray,
who his responsible for overseeing the facilities at the Deva Stadium
said "This is yet another example of supporters doing their bit
to help out, and their magnificent effort is clearly there for all to
see". Yellow markings on stairways, designated areas for disabled
persons and perimeter gates have been painted or re-marked.
Some general painting has also been undertaken.
Astroturf has been laid in the dressing rooms and adjacent corridors. The
general appearance of the Stadium has been considerably enhanced. Chairman,
Terry Smith, added" The response of these dedicated fans is just what
is needed and shows that everyone is pulling together, both on and off
the pitch. Such teamwork will bring the rewards that the players and supporters
so richly deserve. In addition to publicly thanking all those involved
last weekend, I will be writing to them personally."
The ISA are always happy to hear from volunteers who can lend a hand with
jobs around the Stadium. If you would like to help please contact ISA chairman Les
Smith or at the club contact Paul Murray who is the director in charge.
7 September 1999
VILLA MATCH SWITCH
The away fixture at Aston Villa has now been
brought forward 24hrs to Tuesday 21 September. This is because of a heavy
European schedule that night.
6 September 1999
VILLA TICKET DETAILS
Tickets are on sale to everyone
5.00 -8-00 Thursday then all day Friday and after Exeter game.
Brighton tickets available next Wednesday.
Tickets are also required by Chester fans for the second leg. They are
priced at £8 for adults and £3 for juniors.
Tickets for the away match at Brighton
are available by post from next Wednesday, any postal applications
must have a sae.
REPLICA AWAY KIT IN THE SHOP
City's away replica kit is now in
stock at the club shop. The adult shirt price is £29.99
(small, medium, large, extra large, and extra extra large)
and the juniors (small, medium and large) price is £24.99.
Season ticket holders are entitled to a 10% discount.
3 September 1999
NEW PLAYERS ON SHOW
Both Kwick Ajet and Junior Agogo
are expected to feature in tonight's League match at Hull City;
Martyn Lancaster is also available for selection following
his two match suspension. 20-year-old Agogo joins Chester from
Oldham Athletic who he played for in this summers Isle-of-Man
tournament. Ajet, who has been given a 2-year contract, has
had trials with Partick Thistle and a couple of other clubs
but chose to pursue his education before football and has a
degree in chemistry. City have also signed Aston Villa winger
Michael Blackwood in time to play at Boothferry Park tonight.
2 September 1999
STRIKER JOINS CITY ON LOAN
Chester have signed a 21-year-old
Ghanian striker from Sheffield Wednesday on a month's loan.
He called Junior Agogo and has played twice for the Wednesday
first team. He follows on from Kwick Ajet who signed earlier
in the week and scored in City's 3-2 against Rochdale in the
Pontins League yesterday.
VILLA SLASH PRICES
Aston Villa have made big price
cuts for the second leg of the Worthington Cup tie at Villa
Park. Their official website announces that the club will charge
their season-ticket holders just £5, while juniors will
have to pay £1 for the game, scheduled for September
22. And there will be discounts for non-season ticket holders
also, adults will pay £8, and juniors £3. Villa's
secretary Steve Stride is hoping that the reductions have the
same impact on the attendance as they did last season, when
the club deployed similar reductions for the visit of Hull
City in the FA Cup. Stride said: "We cut our prices for
last season's third-round FA Cup tie against Hull and we had
a sell out."
I assume that the ticket reductions apply to away fans also.
RELIVE THE VALE GAME
The club shop has limited stocks
of the official Port Vale video of the 4-4 Vale Park Worthington