Roberts and Wes
Kilgannon (pictured) were both given their
chance by Gordon Hill at the start of last season
having graduated through the youth system at the
Deva. Paul made his debut, as a substitute, in the
first game against Woking and went on to make 1+5
appearances for City. Meanwhile, Wes made his debut
as a substitute at Farnborough in September and went
on to make 8+4 appearances at both right back and
right midfield. Both players were released at the
turn of the year and both players moved to Caernarfon
Town in the League of Wales. Although Paul is still
with Caernarfon, Wes has now left the club and is
not playing for anyone at the time of writing.
Another player who has featured for
Caernarfon this season is Andy Shelton who
recently returned to the Deva Stadium to watch the Scarborough
game. Andy left Chester in December 2000 and joined Harrogate
Town on loan before signing permanently the following
month. His time at Harrogate was marred by problems with
a cruciate ligament injury and in March 2002 he joined
Ossett Albion. He played for Ossett in the final few
games of the season as they unsuccessfully attempted
to avoid relegation to the Northern Counties East League.
Andy joined Caernarfon on non-contract terms during the
right sided midfielder or striker, Paul Berry (pictured
right) has the distinction of playing 16 first team games
for Chester without once featuring in the starting line-up.
A perennial substitute, he managed a single goal for
the Blues in a 2-2 draw with Torquay United in our final
Football League season. Paul was signed by Terry Smith,
from Warrington Town, in controversial circumstances
after impressing in a pre-season friendly in July 1999
when Kevin Ratcliffe was still the manager. He made his
debut, as a replacement for Jon Jones, at Rotherham United
in August 1999 and made a further eight substitute appearances
in the Football League that season. In December 2001
he joined Rhyl on loan but returned after only one game
and moved to Leek Town on a permanent basis in March.
He was released by Leek during the summer.
Finally, Joe Jakub attended
the recent home game against Leigh RMI in a journalistic
capacity. Joe, who had two seasons at Chester in 1988/89
and 1993/94 is now working for PA Sports and also does
some scouting for Preston North End in North Wales.
Sumner [Published 24/9/02]