30 April 2006
supporters are invited to
attend a Fans Forum at Deva
Stadium on Wednesday
night. In attendance will be chairman Steve Vaughan.
The evening will take place in the Blues Bar social
club at will start at 19:00hrs. The ticket office will
also be open for those who wish to purchase tickets
for Saturday’s final home game of the season against
29 April 2006
COBBLERS CELEBRATE PROMOTION
1-0 defeat at a packed
Sixfields today gave home
Town promotion to League One. The only goal of the
came on 26 minutes when Scott McGleish was allowed
to outjump the City defence to head home from eight
yards. The Cobblers join Carlisle United who were
promoted last week with
the third automatic promotion
to be decided next Saturday.
At the other end of the
table Rushden & Diamonds are relegated back to the
Nationwide Conference and they will be joined by Oxford
United if they fail to beat promotion chasing Leyton
Orient at home next weekend. Should the U’s
win then one of six other teams would be relegated.
Swindon Town have joined
Walsall in being relegated
down to League Two next
28 April 2006
NORTHAMPTON v CITY
travel to Northampton Town tomorrow for their last
away match of an eventful season. Sixfields will have
the Sold Out signs up as the Cobblers look for a win
to guarantee automatic promotion to League One.
The home side have called tomorrow’s
all-ticket sell-out ‘Claret Day’ and supporters
are urged to get to the ground early to avoid congestion,
gates open at 13:30.
Colin Calderwood’s team currently
occupy second spot, and, like Chester, have enjoyed
a good run of form in recent weeks that has seen them
win six and draw one of their last seven matches,
City are likely to be without Stewart
Drummond and David Artell, both injured in last weeks
draw with Barnet and midfielder Justin Walker may
get a recall as City themselves look to continue their
seven match unbeaten run.
The two sides last
met in November when they fought out a goalless
draw at Deva Stadium. Meanwhile the club are to open
negotiations with goalkeeper Chris Mackenzie with a
view to extending his contract. MacKenzie will be on
familiar territory tomorrow having been born in Northampton.
YOUTH BEAT RIVALS
Two goals from McManus gave Chester’s youth team a 2-1
win at Wrexham last night to complete thr double over their Welsh rivals.
25 April 2006
SHREWSBURY TICKET ARRANGEMENTS
Tickets will go on sale
from tomorrow for the last home game of the season against
Shrewsbury Town on Saturday 6 May. There are no restrictions
to the number of tickets available per person.
Tickets will be on sale at the following
Wednesday 26 April 10.00-16.00hrs
Season Ticket Holders should
note that they do not need to purchase a ticket for
this match but should use voucher 23 in their Season
Thursday 27 April 10.00-19.00hrs
Friday 28 April 10.00-16.00hrs
Saturday 29 April – No sales
Sunday 30 April – No sales
Monday 1 May Bank Holiday – No sales
Tuesday 2 May 10.00-16.00hrs
Wednesday 3 May 10.00-19.00hrs
Thursday 4 May 10.00-16.00hrs
Friday 5 May 10.00-16.00hrs
HOLROYD DOUBLE SINKS DALE
Two goals from Chris Holroyd
gave the reserves a 2-1 victory over Rochdale at Rossendale
United’s ground yesterday.
24 April 2006
Both captain Stewart Drummond
and defender David Artell had
to be replaced on Saturday through injury. Drummond
hobbled off after 26 minutes with a knee injury and
the unfortunate Artell suffered a broken nose and a
suspected depressed fracture of the cheekbone just before
the break and was helped of looking dazed by Joe Hinnigan
after the referee had blown for half-time. Artell will
go for an x-ray to check the extent of the injury but
he looks certain to take no further part this sea son.
PFA LEAGUE TWO TEAM OF THE
At last night’s PFA
annual awards cermony the League Two team of the
was announced as follow:
Joe Hart (Shrewsbury Town),
Danny Senda (Wycombe Wanderers), Roger Johnson (Wycombe
Wanderers), Gareth McAuley
(Lincoln City), Matthew
Lockwood (Leyton Orient), Kevin Betsy (Wycombe
Wanderers), Joshua Low (Northampton Town), Mark Jones
(Wrexham), Ian Taylor (Northampton Town), Karl Hawley
(Carlisle United), Michael Reddy (Grimsby Town).
23 April 2006
CITY DRAW A BLANK
The Blues failed to find the
net against Barnet on Saturday as the two sides fought
out a 0-0 draw at Deva Stadium. The result leaves City
still in 14th place and, barring a couple of outrageous
scores thanks to City’s far superior goal difference,
is enough to guarantee League Two football for next
In truth it was the Bees who had
the better of the chances through the 90 minutes and
will probably think they should have taken all three
points. The Blues had Tom Curtis to thanks for clearing
one late effort off the line and Chris MacKenzie somehow
managed to save a one-on-one after Nick Bailey had
been put clean through. City’s cause wasn’t
helped by being forced to make two substitutions in
the opening period as Stewart Drummond and David Artell
left the action through injury.
Manager Mark Wright said after the
draw: “It wasn’t the best game, because
there was so much at stake, but it’s obviously
nice to extend our unbeaten run.”
City are next in action on Saturday
when they face a tough trip to second placed Northampton
Town. The match is all-ticket and a win for the home
side would guarantee them runner’s-up spot.
21 April 2006
CITY v BARNET
Blues will be looking to do the double over Barnet tomorrow
and in doing so preserve their league status for next
season. City’s recent run of good form has seen
them rise from bottom place to 14th and a point tomorrow
will make things safe.
At the same time the Bees, who were
promoted as Conference champions last season, have
also been deeply involved in the relegation struggle
and they currently lie 21st, three points above Rushden
& Diamonds in the second drop place.
The sides last
met at Underhill back in October when goals from
Michael Branch, Ryan Lowe and Tom Curtis brought a
3-1 victory in a game that also saw a red card for
Defender Scott McNiven is reported
to be out for the rest of the season after picking
up a shoulder injury during last Saturday’s
victory over Wycombe Wanderers, there is better news
regarding Tom Curtis though as the midfielder has
overcome a groin strain picked up at Bury on Monday.
The welcome back striker Giuliano
Grazioli to their squad following a broken bone in a
hand, he scored the Bees’ consolation goal earlier
in the season. Anthony Charles and Damian Batt both
face late fitness tests ahead of the game that kick’s-off
UK Sameday have agreed to sponsor
the football club for another season. Director, and
life long Chester supporter, Paul Baker has done a tremendous
job during the last eight months and Blues fans will
be delighted with the news of this extended deal.
Sean Hessey has been handed a
five-match suspension after being found guilty of violent
conduct by the Football Association. The charge related
to the 2-1 home defeat by Stockport on 11 February.
Hessey denied the charge. The defender was also fined
£700, and the suspension will start at the beginning
of the 2006/07 season.
19 April 2006
Northampton Town pushing for automatic promotion, they
have announced that their fixture with Chester City
on Saturday 29 April will be all-ticket.
City’s allocation is 850 seats
and these tickets will be on sale at Deva Stadium
after the Barnet game on Saturday. Following that
they will also be on sale next week from 10:00-16:00
Monday to Thursday, and from 10:00-12:00 on Friday.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Concession: £10.00 (over 60, under 16, and student)
Children under 7 have free admission.
City’s last game of the season at home to Shrewsbury
Town is also all-ticket. Details will be announced shortly.
DEALS FOR BACKROOM DUO
City have offered new two year
deals to first team coach Kelham O’Hanlon and
assistant manager/physiotherapist Joe Hinnigan following
yesterday’s similar offer to Mark Wright. Chairman
Steve Vaughan said: “As a team, the three of them
have turned our season around, and we would like to
reward them for their efforts. I am looking for stability
on the management side at the club and that is why I
want to get this management team under contract and
in place speedily.”
17 April 2006
ANOTHER POINT TOWARDS SAFETY
winning sequence came to an end at Gigg Lane this afternoon
but the Blues will nevertheless be pleased with a point
that lift’s them to 14th in League Two after the
two sides fought out a goal-less stalemate. Bury had
the better share of today’s game at times as they
looked for points to guarantee League safety, but City,
playing in front of over 1,000 traveling fans are a
tough nut to crack these days and held on well for a
Manager Mark Wright told the reporters
after the match: “Unfortunately the game wasn’t
particularly entertaining and I apologise to our supporters
for that. However I did think that if anyone was going
to win the match, it would have been us. They didn’t
hurt us and we made their goalkeeper work on a number
of occasions. It’s
amazing that we have 53 points and we still aren’t
mathematically safe. I have given the players a deserved
two days off and they will hopefully come in fresher
game against Barnet.”
Meanwhile following City’s
impressive run of late, chairman Steve Vaughan has
offered Wright a two year contract. He told the Daily
Post: “We have made Mark what I consider to
be a generous offer, and hopefully I will receive
a decision from him in the next few days.”
The Blues are next in action
on Saturday when Barnet visit Deva Stadium (15:00hrs).
The Bees are just three points above the drop zone and
like the Shakers will be battling to maintain their
place in the Football League just one season after being
promoted as Conference champions.
15 April 2006
CITY GO NAP
Drummond’s second half goal was enough to bring
three more points over play-off chasing Wycombe Wanderers
as City notched a fifth successive victory and another
clean sheet. Drummond was on hand to help a Dave Artell
header over the line following a Ben Davies corner on
Despite there being no call-back
clause, defender Mark Albrighton returned to Doncaster
Rovers to play in their game with Bradford City. Albrighton’s
return meant a recall for Luke Dimech who played alongside
Artell and Shaun Hessey in defence. Scott McNiven
had to leave the pitch with a shoulder injury and
was taken for a precautionary x-ray. The shoulder
was injured at Oxford last week and he fell awkwardly
on it after a 28th minute challenge.
The win keeps the Blues in fifth
place, seven points from a relegation spot. City are
back in action tomorrow when they make the short trip
to Gigg Lane to play Bury.
14 April 2006
CHAIRBOYS NEXT FOR CITY
entertain Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow looking for a fifth
successive win that will go a long way to guarantee
League Two football for the Blues next season. The Chairboys
currently occupy fifth spot after a recent run of four
defeats has seen them drop from an automatic promotion
place that looked a certainty until a few weeks ago.
Wycombe boss John Gorman believes that after the recent
run of results his side come to Chester tomorrow as
underdogs. He said: “Chester are probably the
favourites now, which is good for us because everyone
has said that we were favourites in every game we’ve
played this season. Until recently, we were the team
that everyone wanted to knock down so perhaps it will
be good to have the pressure take off us a wee bit.”
The two sides last
met in October when they fought out a thrilling
3-3 draw at the Causeway Stadium. Stewart Drummond
and Michael Branch (2) were on the scoresheet that
afternoon in what was billed as the League Two clash
of the day.
Manager Mark Wright is expected
to name an unchanged side tomorrow for the first of
two matches over the Easter weekend. On Monday the Blues
make the short trip to Gigg Lane to play Bury who currently
lie just three points below City.
13 April 2006
ALBRIGHTON STAYING PUT?
||The club say they have refused
Doncaster Rovers permission to recall defender
Mark Albrighton. The official Doncaster Rovers
had stated that defender was to return for their
game against Bradford City on Saturday. This was
due to Middlesbrough recalling Dave Wheater who
has been on loan at Belle Vue.
However, Chester have stated there is no ‘call-back
clause’ in the deal and that the player
will be staying at Deva Stadium until the end
of the season. Albrighton has so far made 9+0
appearances for City and was named Man of the
Match in last night’s home win over Wrexham.
The reserves lost 1-0 at home
to Bury at Deva Stadium this afternoon.
12 April 2006
DERBY DELIGHT FOR BLUES
half goals from Ben Davies, a penalty following a foul
on Gregg Blundell (left), and man-of-the-moment Derek
Asamoah gave Chester a 2-1 victory over Wrexham at Deva
Stadium tonight. In between the City strikes the visitors
had equalised through Lee McEvilly. This fourth win
on the run lifts City up to 15th in League Two.
A delighted manager Mark Wright said after the victory:
“We controlled proceedings for long periods, in
the second half and deserved the win. We controlled
the midfield and even towards the end, when they were
going forward for a winner, I didn’t think we
were unduly troubled.
Derek Asamoah is on fire at the moment, and again he
took his goal exceptionally well, and of course he could
have scored another in injury time. We now have 49 points
on the board. I always thought that 52 points should
be the target this season, so that basically means we
need one more victory, hopefully we can get that on
Saturday when we face Wycombe.”
Picture by David Jones
DERBY DAY ARRIVES
Blues entertain local rivals Wrexham tonight for the
first league derby at Deva Stadium since October 1994.
The game was controversially originally scheduled for
a 12:00 kick-off over Christmas but postponed then due
to a frozen pitch.
Much has changed at City since then
however, a new manager, new players, and with three
wins in a week new hope of revenge since the sides
met at the Racecourse just three weeks ago. The Blues
lost 2-1 on that occasion but will be in a positive
frame after the recent Derek Asamoah show, Wrexham
have lost both their games against Grimsby Town and
Shrewsbury Town since that victory over the Blues.
City started slowly at the Racecourse
and found themselves two down at the break. But they
rallied well in the second half, pulled a goal back
through debutant Jake Edwards and almost snatched
a last minute equaliser. Manager Mark Wright knows
his side must be switched on from the start tonight.
He told the Daily Post: “We must ensure that
we play with the same intensity for a full 90 minutes
when we meet them at our place. It won’t be
easy, they are an extremely competent side. But we
have set a high standard of performance in our last
three matches, and the players know anything less
than that level of performance is not acceptable.”
City have a slight doubt over defender
David Artell who picked up a knock on Saturday but
there are no other reported fresh injury worries.
Wrexham will be without Dean Bennett who is suspended.
Supporters are urged to arrive
early for the all-ticket match tonight. The gates will
open at 17:45 for the match that will kick-off earlier
than normal at 19:30.
11 April 2006
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE RESULTS
There was a good show by all
the teams on Sunday as they head towards the end of
the season. The under 9s lost out 7-6 away at Shrewsbury
on astro turf in an end to end game.
Coach Danny Jones will be happy
as the under 10s more than deserved a 2-0 away win
also played on astro turf.
The under 11s have got stronger
in the second half of the season as they get used
to 11 a side football and dominated this derby game
winning 2-1, the goal of the game a 20 yard lob over
The under 12s found the going tough
against a strong Shrewsbury side losing 2-0 away,
but the older 13s went one better and won 2-1 at home
in a very entertaining game.
The under 14s will not be happy
letting a two goal lead slip eventually losing out
3-2 with coach and ex-City player Sean Carey blaming
defensive errors for the defeat.
The under 15s also played out a
very physical game at home and should have had the
game wrapped up at half-time but will rue many missed
chances as they drew 1-1. The main highlight for City
was a great all round performance from Sean Richards
in midfield who capped it off with a 30 yard lob over
Mark Newman, Centre of Excellence
10 April 2006
DEADLY STRIKES AGAIN
Derek Asamoah was the City here again on Saturday as
his sixth goal in three games was enough to bring another
victory for City and three more priceless points in
the battle to avoid the drop. The Blues had a game plan
that worked perfectly on an afternoon that saw Chris
MacKenzie rarely troubled by a toothless home side.
This is the first clean sheet since the away victory
at Leyton Orient 23 matches ago.
Manager Mark Wright, making a first
return to the Kassam Stadium since he managed there
in 2001 said atfter the victory: “It wasn't
pretty, but I thought we thoroughly deserved the win.
There were spells of decent football but it wasn’t
a great spectacle. Maybe that was my fault for the
way I set out our team.”
This third win on the run sets up
Wednesday night’s all-ticket local derby with
Wrexham nicely. A win against their arch rivals would
lift City to 15th before the weekend’s Easter
double against Wycombe Wanderers and Bury.
Fans are urged to get to the
ground eary on Wednesday. The gates will open at 17:45
for a game that will kick-off 15 minutes earlier than
normal at 19:30.
Picture © Evening Leader
7 April 2006
SAME AGAIN CITY?
travel to Oxford United tomorrow looking for a victory
at the Kassam Stadium to lift themselves further away
from the relegation zone. A disastrous run had seen
City slip from a play-off position to the foot of League
Two, but two wins in succession over Boston United and
Macclesfield Town have given the City faithful hope
that a quick return to the Nationwide Conference can
Oxford currently lie one place and
two points above City. Like the Blues have had a bad
run with just two wins from their 15 matches played
since thay ran out 1-0
winners at Deva Stadium at the start of the year.
Two weeks ago they appointed the experienced Jim Smith
as their new manager. Smith had previous managed the
side between 1983 and 1985 when he led them into the
old first division.
Both Tom Curtis and Abdou
El Kholti are doubtful for City who could name an
unchanged side form the one that beat their Cheshire
neighbours on Saturday. Oxford welcome back no fewer
that five players back from either flu or injury:
Leo Roget, Jon Ashton, Matthew Robinson, Andy Burgess,
and Eric Sabin.
Manager Mark Wright will be making
his first return to Oxford since he left there in November
2001 after just 22 matches in charge. Another member
of the City ranks, Scott McNiven, also had a spell at
Oxford, where he made 95 appearances between 2002/04.
5 April 2006
HOME WIN FOR RESERVES
Just like the first team,
the reserves recorded their second victory in a week
as they beat Carlisle United 1-0 at Deva Stadium this
afternoon thanks to a near post header from Chris Holroyd.
The Cumbrians are currently top of the Pontins Holiday
League Division One West. The Blues under manager Jim
Hackett are now unbeaten in five matches.
report | League
4 April 2006
EXILES JOIN THE FIGHT FOR LEAGUE STATUS
are delighted to announce that thanks to the generous
support of Paul Baker and Club Sponsors, UK Sameday,
Chester City Exiles are planning to organise free road
transport to the remaining three home fixtures (following
the Wrexham match on 12th April) for all Exiles members.
The fixtures in question are:
3.00pm – Wycombe Wanderers
– Saturday 15 April
3.00pm – Barnet – Saturday 22 April
3.00pm – Shrewsbury Town – Saturday 6
Paul Baker said, “I am delighted
that UK Sameday are able to pay for the Exiles to
get to the remaining home fixtures. They are amongst
our most dedicated supporters and spend a lot of their
own money to support the team. This gesture means
that lack of money should not prevent any Exiles travelling
to our remaining matches at the Saunders Honda Stadium.
Nothing matters more than giving the team our maximum
support in their effort to retain league status.”
We will finalise details of routes
times and pick up points when we have assessed the
demand for transport. But as a minimum we are envisaging
transport (Minibus/coach) from London and possibly
other transport from locations where our membership
is concentrated (ie Yorkshire/The South West).
Please notify me by Friday 7th April
AT THE LATEST if you would like to take up this very
generous offer with an indication of which matches
you would like to come to and if possible a preferred
pick up point (we will try to accommodate as many
people as possible).
The Exiles are urging all City supporters
who may know of Chester fans living in Exile who may
like to take up this offer to get in touch. Exiles
Chair, Pauline Meakins said, “If you support
Chester you are very welcome – all it will cost
you is £12 to join the Exiles and your transport
to these three matches will be free!”
e-mail all enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone 0208 778 0429
Remember the deadline is this Friday 7th April
AT THE LATEST
Goals from Mark Cadwallader
and a great strike by James Scales gave the reserves
a 2-1 win over neighbours Wrexham at Deva Stadium last
night in a Pontins Holiday League clash. The reserves
are next in action on Thursday when Carlisle United
visit Deva Stadium (14:00hrs).
report | Reserve
Table | Stats
Former player Ryan Lowe
who left City on Friday is having a trial at Crewe Alexandra
2 April 2006
HOME JOY AT LAST FOR CITY
the start of an important month for City, two goals
from on-form Derek Asamoah gave the Blues their first
home victory since they dumped Nottingham Forest out
of the FA Cup 11 matches ago in November 2005.
Asamoah’s double against
Cheshire rivals Macclesfield Town, on top of his midweek
hat-trick, have given the Blues a great lift since
last Sunday’s derby disappointment with back-to-back
wins that will go some way to easing their relegation
Manager Mark Wright was full
of praise for the Ghanian-born striker. He said: “I
asked him beforehand if he could give me a goal, and
he said yes. Derek is on fire and when he is playing
like that is a very valuable asset. You can’t
stop him at the moment and long may it continue. He
is a smashing lad with a bubbly personality, so it
couldn’t have happened to a nicer man.”
Victory yesterday came after a stunning
individual strike three minutes into added time by
the on-loan Lincoln City striker. He had earlier given
City the lead with a close range effort only to see
that cancelled out by a header from substitute Kevin
The three points lift City to
20th spot above Stockport County thanks to a far superior
goal difference. One place above Chester are Oxford
United and City travel to play the U’s next Saturday
at the Kassam Stadium.
Picture © Evening Leader