30 April 1999
We are appealing to any business
in Chester who can help NOW by donating money to the
trust fund to contact Mike Fair on 01244 541281/0374
729802 or ISA chairman Mark Howell on 01244 375264.
SUPPORTERS LAUNCH TRUST
The ISA have announched
that they are planning to set up a trust fund in a
final effort to save the club which is only weeks away
from folding. Mike Fair said: "We are going to
launch a trust fund in an attempt to buy the club.
The idea would be to form a community-based company
and we are proposing to do something along those lines
next week. The time for talking is finished. Something
has got to happen and it has got to happen fast. We
dont want anybody outside of Chester getting
their hands on this club. We are making a last minute
appeal for people to join us in this endeavour." Representatives
visited Dean Court to see the trust in action and insolvency
practitioner Malcolm Niekirk, who handled the case,
has already addressed an ISA meeting in Chester.
Administrator David Acland
must convince the Football League on May13 that City
will be in a position to fulfil next seasons fixtures.
Unless a buyer comes along in the next week or two that
job will be almost impossible. Acland once again met
representatives of the city-based consortium last week
as the effort to sell the club gets critical. Acland
told members at the ISA meeting last Monday that unless
a last-minute buyer was forthcoming the club would be
wound up by the end of May - it's that serious. It's
time for the brinkmanship to stop and for people to start
putting money where their mouths are. He added: "Unless
the club can, through a funder or group of funders, prove
that it is viable in the short, medium or long term,
it wont go into the computer for the fixtures next
year. And the Football League computers start churning
out at the end of May."
Full back Ross Davidson is
doubtful for City's final away game of the season at
Darlington tomorrow, he is carrying a hamstring injury.
Nick Richardson is expected to fill the full back role.
26 April 1999
ISA MEETING TONIGHT
The next members meeting of the ISA takes
place on Monday 26 April at the Royal Mail Club, Station Road, Chester.
Kick-off 19.30. The guest speaker is Grenville Millington. Administrator
David Acland is expected to be present to bring members up to date
with any information regarding a buyout.
The following is the Third Division representational
voted for by the divisions players and announced at the PFA awards
dinner last night.
John Hallworth (Cardiff City)
Mark Delaney (Cardiff City )
Paul Gibbs (Plymouth)
Chris Hope (Scunthorpe United)
Hermann Hreidarsson (Brentford)
Jason Fowler (Cardiff City)
Paul Evans (Brentford)
Jeff Minton (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Simon Davies (Peterborough)*
Matt Etherington (Peterborough)*
Jamie Forrester (Scunthorpe United)
Martin Butler (Cambridge United)
* Tied with equal votes
20 April 1999
David Flitcroft has been given a warning
and a nominal fine of £75 following a disciplinary hearing
by the FA in Manchester. It was thought that Flitcroft, who has gained
11 bookings this season, may have been banned for the remainder of
the season but that was not the case. "I am more than pleased
with it because obviously he can carry on playing" added manager
Kevin Ratcliffe after the hearing.
Former player Brian Croft is back at the
club. He has been appointed the clubs new Football In The Community
officer as successor to John Kerr who left for a similar post at
It's that time of the year when your vote
is needed for the Official Supporters Club Player of the Year. Please
send your vote to Barrie Hipkiss, 2 Cop Cottage, Sealand Road, Chester
CH1 4LY. Closing date is May 3.
Those wondering where Dutch on-loan signing
Jorg Smeets is, he is currently recovering from flu.
16 April 1999
NO CHANGES AT ROCHDALE
City have no injury worries for the short trip
to Rochdale tomorrow and manager Kevin Ratcliffe is expected to name an
unchanged team of: Brown, Davidson, Crosby, Woods, Cross; Flitcroft, Priest,
Richardson, Fisher; Beckett, and Murphy.
BENNETT BACK IN TRAINING
Striker Gary Bennett has resumed
light training after recovering from his life-saving surgery
for a twisted bowel in January. Shaun Reid has also started
on the comeback train with a game for the reserves at 2-1 win
at Rochdale in the week. City's goals came from Darren Wright
and Chris Blackburn.
Administrator David Acland has said
he has done all he can now to sell the club Acland is still
waiting to strike a deal with one of three interested parties.
With just four games left this season time is running out and
with ith most players up for contract in the summer, just who
stays and who goes, will all depend on the sale of the club.
Meanwhile ISA Press Spokesman Mike Fair has hit out as the
takeover saga drags on: "We have to ask if people have
been pulling the wool over our eyes just to keep the Independent
Supporters Association propping the club up to the end of the
season. Have we all been taken for a ride? It is about time
we had some answers. The people of Chester deserve better than
this. Why are the mystery buyers so silent and if they are
really interested in buying the club why dont they talk
to the people who count? If someone would tell us what the
problems are we may be able to help."
14 April 1999
PHYSIO TO LEAVE
City physio Stuart Walker is leaving
the club. He is to take up a post with newly promoted Premier
club Sunderland at the end of the season.
9 April 1999
ONE CHANGE FOR CITY
Mike Conroy in for the suspended
John Murphy is the only change for City's trip to Hartlepool
tomorrow. Meanwhile the home side will be without £25,000
signing Gary Strodder who is also suspended. Peter Beardsley
is expected to play behind Pool's new front pair Chris Freestone
and Gary Jones who were signed on transfer deadline day.
Administrator David Acland has confirmed
that contrary to speculation he has so far received no deposit
from any would-be buyer for the club
Defender Julian Alsford who had
been playing on a weekly contract at Chester has left to play
in Hong Kong for six months.
7 April 1999
Striker John Murphy misses this
Saturday's league game at Hartlepool with a one match ban.
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