FAN PROFILE RICHARD GOODIER
First Chester match seen?
I think it was in 1973 versus
Doncaster Rovers at home in the old 4th Division City
Best five Chester matches,
Leeds Utd at home in the League Cup. 3-0 to City.
A great night made better by the fact that I ended
up on the touchline watching all the great footballers
like Norman Hunter, Allan Clarke, the late Billy
Bremner etc. literally feet away. I was being crushed
against the wall at the front of the old Cowshed
at Sealand Road. A Policeman saw what was happening
and managed to get me over the
2. v Wolves at home in the old 3rd Division. 1-1. The once mighty
Wolves had fallen on hard times when they visited Sealand Road. The much
hyped strike partnership of Bull and Mutch were outplayed by Graham Abel
who gave a faultless display of defensive authority. His own performance
was capped by a thunderous strike which must rate as one of the best
goals I have ever seen anywhere.
3. v Preston North End at home in the new Division
3. City won 3-2. This game was played in the way all
football should be played. End to end attacking, nip
and tuck for the duration. With so much at stake for
both teams, it was a surprise that such an open encounter
took place. Who will ever forget Graham Lancashires
winner. The Preston supporters surging the gates to get
in. They were not interested in trouble they just
wanted to see their team play. A great shame that those
who designed the Deva didnt have the foresight
to make it bigger. Having said that, a full house made
for a cracking atmosphere, one that all present will
4. v Stoke City at Stoke. City won 3-2, Phew.
What a game this was. I dont know about anybody
else but I felt like Daniel in the lions den like
a lamb to the slaughter when I arrived at the old Victoria
Ground. How wrong I was. Playing five at the back Harry
McNally got his tactics spot on as we soaked up Stoke
pressure and counter attacked with great style. 1-0 up
at half time, no-one had any idea of what was to come.
Within 10 minutes of the restart Eddy Bishop had scored
twice. 3-0 up and we were coasting. Then City contrived
to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The home side
struck back with 2 quick goals and the way they played
in the last quarter, should have beaten us. We held on
and the final whistle was greeted with great relief.
Stoke supporters held a demonstration against manager
Alan Ball who was later sacked. Fortunately Staffordshires
boys in blue thought it a good idea to keep the City
contingent in at the end of the game for around 45 minutes.
Nobody was complaining. Anyone who has been to Stoke
will know what I mean!.
5. v that welsh team at the racecourse. 2-2 Memorable
night for obvious reasons to all City fans. Andy Milners
equaliser will go down in the annals of time as one of
the great City goals. One G.Bennet received merciless
stick from the Chester fans every time he touched the
ball. Rather like he does nowadays!!. Great night great
result. The match that saw the birth of the terrace chant 9
men and you cant beat us.
Proudest moment following Chester?
It has to be beating Leeds
3-0 at Sealand Road and being the centre of media
coverage around the country. For all those too young
to remember, beating Leeds 3-0 in those days was
the equivalent of beating Man Utd 3-0 today.
And the worst?
The last game ever at Sealand
Road against Rotherham. We won 2-0. It was a day
when sentiment meant much more than the result.
If you could go back in time
which Chester match would you wish to revisit or
see for the first time?
For me, the match to revisit would be
the 3-0 defeat of Leeds United.
Describe your favourite ever
No problems with this. Andy
Milners equaliser at the welsh teams ground.
All I remember is Andy getting the ball on the half-way
line, going for goal leaving all and sundry in his
wake, beating the keeper twice and scoring. At the
time I thought hes done all the hard work hell
shoot and hit the floodlight! but he didnt.
Not a great description I know, but anyone there from
Chester will tell you that it was the result that mattered,
and in the context of that game, the draw was as good
as City winning the European Cup!
Which Chester game did you
miss and then regret afterwards?
It was the League Cup Semi
Final 2nd Leg at Villa Park. My Dad had to work late
and couldnt get back in time to get to Birmingham.
All I remember him saying was dont worry,
Ill take you to Wembley. Of course we
lost 5-4 on aggregate. I was gutted.
Which away trip have you
The game against Mansfield
at Field Mill. We on 4-3. The last time we had played
there we won 4-0, Paul Wheeler scoring a hat-trick.
This time Stuart Rimmer did the damage. Again we
nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory after
the home side introduced a 6ft 5inch centre forward.
The feeling of relief after the final whistle was
If you could be Chester City
chairman what changes would you make?
I would consult supporters
more. Tell them what was going on and involve them
in the day to day running of the club something
that has been lacking for years. I would plough more
money into the youth set-up. The benefits of which
have already been seen this season. I consider the
youth to be the future of the club. Also, if I had
the money (i.e. won the lottery etc.) I would employ
a local business man with a proven business acumen
to oversee day to day running of the club. We will
never make a profit, but for as long as I can remember,
the finances of City have been run worse than a school
TUC shop!. Im sure that with an astute personality
at the helm, City would survive for a good while