28 April 2000
The Granada TV programme
on Chester City is scheduled to be broadcast on Thursday
18 May. Meanwhile, according to the Chester
Chronicle, BBC's Panarama are to do a programme
comparing the finances between Manchester United and
Chester City (hope that's not supposed to be top v
Speaking in the Chester Chronicle,
Director Of Football Ian Atkins said: "The players
are expressing themselves and playing some excellent
football and that gives me a big buzz. If we had had
these players earlier in the season we could have been
pressing for the play-offs. ‘If anyone had said two months
ago that we would be the form team of the third division
you would have laughed. We have clawed our way back and
all credit to the players. They have done brilliantly. "Angus
Eve will miss the last match of the season against Peterborough
United as he is once again on International duty for
Trinidad & Tobago.
Jamie Robinson is City's only absentee tomorrow as Ian Atkins has a full
squad to choose from at Cheltenham. Darren Moss, free after his four
match ban, may return to replace Angus Eve.
23 April 2000
Saturday sees our first ever visit to
Whaddon Road home of Cheltenham Town. Prices for the away section
on the Whaddon Road terrace are Adults: £9, Concessions: £6,
Under 14s: £3 The ground is situated about 20 minutes walk
away from the town centre, which itself, is another 20 minute walk
from the railway station.
City's final home game of the season against
Peterborough is ALL TICKET, tickets are on sale this week. Vouchers
for tickets were issued at the York City game, with the visitors
being given 1600 tickets the game will be a sell-out.
ON THE BOX
The Football Club have signed a deal with
the David Lloyd Leisure Centre at the Cheshire Oakes to use their
You will have noticed a plethora of tv cameras
at City's recent games. A fly-on-the-wall documentary about this
season's events at the Deva is being put together by Granada. A major
satellite channel is currently running a series of five 30-minute
programmes on all aspects of life at Chester, while a film crew from
the Caribbean is following the fortunes of Angus Eve.
20 April 2000
Up until late this afternoon Chester had sold @1400
tickets for the seats and the Silkman Terrace for Saturday's important
match at Macclesfield Town; so it looks like our largest away following
for a few years will be cheering on the lads. Let's hope for the fantastic
level support that was seen at Orient last week, same results all-round
would be nice too!. Angus Eve is back and it's reported that Jamie Robinson
has recovered from injury.
18 April 2000
The Chester City/Kevin Ratcliffe tribunal case will
be heard by the Football League on Monday 8 May. The former Deva manager,
now at Shrewsbury Town, has claimed he is owed over £200,000 by Chester
15 April 2000
This weekend is the eleventh anniversary of the
Hillsborough disaster. As a mark of respect City's game at Leyton Orient,
along with all others in the Football/Premier League, will kick-off at
15.06 - the time of the tragedy.
14 April 2000
EVE AND KEISTER OUT
Angus Eve misses tomorrows important clash at Leyton
Orient as he will be playing for Trinidad & Tobago. Meanwhile midfielder
John Keister will miss the Macclesfield and York games as he's off to Africa
next week to play for Sierra Leone.
The game at Macclesfield Town on Saturday 22
April has been made all-ticket for Chester fans. City have been allocated
Tickets are on sale at the following times:-
April 18 Tuesday 10:00am 8:00pm
April 19 Wednesday 10:00am 5:00pm
April 20 Thursday 10:00am 5:00pm
Prices are as follows:
Tickets can be purchased at Chester City Football
Club ticket office Deva Stadium, Bumpers Lane, Chester. CH1 4LT. During
the above times only.
Terrace Adults £10.00 Child/OAP £6.00
Seating Adults £12.00 Child/OAP £7.00
13 April 2000
NEXT ISA MEETING
Please note that the next members meeting is on
Tuesday 25 April, and not Monday 24 as advertised in the latest
newsletter which is Easter Monday. The meeting will be at the usual
venue The Royal Mail Club in Station Road, Chester starting at 19.30. The
guest speaker will be one Stuart Hicks.
12 April 2000
KEISTER FOUND GUILTY
The football club have vowed to stand by John Keister
after he was found guilty of a 'road rage' attack back in January. Keister
has been ordered to carry out 80 hours of community service and has been
ordered to pay £200 compensation to his victim Declan Kavanagh and £188
Dan Brookes said: "This is not something which
the club is proud of. We obviously want our players to be seen in the
best possible light in the community. The club is however standing by
John and believe his character will show through in his commitment to
carry out his community service. We still believe he is upstanding and
does a great deal of community work for the football club."
THE DRINKS ARE ON BENNO
Former City player Gary Bennett who was forced to
retire through injury has bought a pub. The Village Inn public house in
Skelmersdale. City fans are promised a warm welcome.
7 April 2000
The ISA are organising a Flag Day for tomorrows
game with Carlisle United. They have 100 flags to distribute to help build-up
the atmosphere. With Carlisle laying on free transport for their fans,
City can expect their biggest gate of the season for the crunch game. Let's
hope the decision not to make the game all-ticket is justified!
5 April 2000
DUO PRAISE FANS
City captain Stuart Hicks has thanked City fans
following the exodus of over 800 supporters to last Saturday's game at
Halifax. Hicks said: "The fans have been magnificent since I arrived.
They have been right behind the team. Even when we were losing at Southend
two weeks ago, we could hear them behind the goal urging us on. There's
a great spirit in the dressing room at this club and there seems to be
a great spirit on the terraces as well Those fans are as important to the
cause as the players. They don't want to see us go out of the league." Atkins
added: "The supporters have been superb to the players and myself.
I want to thank them but they need to get behind the team like never before
over the last six games of the season. The vocal support makes such a difference."
3 April 2000
Who was Chester's impromptu mascot on Saturday! – all
will be revealed in the June issue of the Match Of The Day
magazine, on sale first week of May.
© Photo Giles Park
THE GREAT ESCAPE 2000
A big thanks to all those who took advantage
of the ISA subsidized travel to Halifax. We are doing this because
fans contributed money last season to keep us afloat, and this
is a way of both repaying them for their support and helping Ian
Atkins and the players. There is only so much we can do at this
stage but it has been very much appreciated.
We have to remain positive and united. Six buses
were filled and a total of about 800 Chester fans at the Shay made
it almost like a home game for us. We outsung and outshouted them
throughout and got the result we all went for. The Great Escape
is still very much a possibility with the Blues being one of the
form teams in the league. But we aren't there yet.
We need support like this for the remaining six
games, home and away. With a display like Saturday, the players
deserve it. We will sponsor coach travel for the Orient and Cheltenham
games. Macclesfield is so near that we hope that people will turn
up in numbers anyway.
The Great Escape 2000 T-shirt has almost sold
out its first batch after this week's results. If anybody wants
one they are £6 and we will get some more printed if there is a
demand and sell them at all the remaining games. Email either Les
Smith or Kevin
Whitehouse stating size (M,L,XL) and colour (Blue or white).