| 31 August 2000
DISABLED SUPPORTERS ASSOCIATION
City fan Richard Wightman
has started up a new Disabled Supporters Association
at Chester. This association has been set up to give
disabled people who go to the match a voice, just like
any other supporters association. Richard has had the
full backing both from the ISA committee and also the
members of the association, and he want's to open this
association up to non-isa members too.
He’s also had the verbal backing
of Terry Smith (chairman Chester City). If people are
interested in Joining the association or have any ideas,
they can either contact Richard or Bill
Brookes who is the membership secretary, he has
also agreed to be membership secretary for the Disabled
Richard Wightman (who is Chairman
of the new association) can be telephoned on 07966 462561.
If you require any further information, please do not
hesitate to contact him.
29 August 2000
There is an ISA members meeting tonight
at the Royal Mail Club, Station Road, Chester. The meeting starts
28 August 2000
MATCH BOYCOTT THE ISA POSITION
A number of people have been asking me lately
about the position of the ISA and whether we are advocating the boycotting
of Home matches, can I just clear up any misunderstanding.
The ISA committee are definitely not asking people
to boycott the home matches, we are in fact hoping that more and more
people will support the team with all the enthusiasm and commitment that
was shown so magnificently at all matches last season.
People have mentioned to me about subsidising the away
travel again and it is something I will definitely be prepared to bring
up at our next committee meeting with the understanding that it is very
expensive, it cost us many thousands of pounds last season as we didn't
differentiate between ISA members and non ISA members, but I am very
happy to look at any means of getting more support for the team away
from home, because as we all know it's at away grounds that promotion
is either won or lost.
We have been accused in some quarters lately of being
very negative towards the club, I can assure anybody reading this note
that I would love to be more positive, I believe passionately in Chester
City Football Club and that is why I took on the position of Chairman
Of The ISA, I believe in supporters having a voice at their football
club, and hopefully with the aid of the Trust Fund which is being set-up,
we as Chester City supporters will one day have that voice.
People who know me well, know that I hate being negative
in anything I do, and I truly believe know is the time to put any negative
thoughts behind us, Graham Barrow seems to have got a decent side together,
we had a bit of luck when we needed it Saturday scoring in the 86 minute
with a penalty, we are up to 4th in the League, with a game against Boston
and then the derby with Southport to look forward to.
I'm not looking at things with rose tinted glasses
we all know there are problems at the Club, but we as Chester City supporters
must be as one, we all want the same thing (promotion to the Football
League) my Grandfather saw the first ever League match played at Sealand
Road, my daughter saw the end of League football hopefully it will only
be for one season.
Whitehouse Chairman Chester City ISA
26 August 2000
FORWARD ON LOAN
Chester have signed striker Andy
Evans on loan from Barnsley. He's previously played for Cardiff,
Aberystwyth Town and Mansfield (loan).
25 August 2000
Graham Barrow names an unchanged
side for tomorrow's visit of Dover Athletic to the Deva Stadium.
The team will line-up: Greygoose, Lancaster, Woods, P.Beesley,
Gaunt, Doughty, Carden, Blackburn, Ruffer, M.Beesley, Finney.
Subs: Wright, Richardson, Fisher, Shelton, Kerr.
Chester have introduced a ten
match season ticket. The cost for seats is £100 and
terrace £80. A saving of £2 per game. Once again
children under 12 will be admitted free to tomorrows game,
325 children took up the same offer for Tuesday's match against
Doncaster and City will be hoping for a bumper Bank Holiday
Adult replica away shirts are now
in stock in the club shop. The cost of the shirts is £29.99,
however if you want to purchase a shirt with a credit card
be warned that it will cost you £39.99, a whopping £10
(33%) extra. If buying by post also add another £3 for
24 August 2000
REPLAY FOR YOUNGSTERS
City's Youth team drew 2-2 at Doncaster Rovers
last night in the first round qualifier of the AXA FA Youth Cup, City were
leading 2-0 at one point. Goals from Welsh youth international Lee Woodyatt
and Chris Hopwood earned Chester a home replay. The eventual winners face
a trip to either Rossendale United or Workington.
23 August 2000
BBC Radio 5 Live are doing a piece on life
in the Conference on Saturday (we have only played 2 matches) they want
four or five fan's to chat on the Radio. If anybody is interested please
contact ISA chairman Kevin
22 August 2000
EVE GIVEN NEW CONTRACT, BUT...
All very confusing this but Chester
appear to have given Angue Eve a new two year contract and
have also loaned him back to Trinidad & Tobago for the
next 12 months!, so it seems uncertain if he will play at all
for us this season. Eve, who was placed on the transfer list
by City in the summer started nine games for City last season
scoring four goals. Do the club have to re-apply for a work
permit next summer?
21 August 2000
ISA TO LEAFLET FANS
The ISA will tomorrow night leaflet fans outside
the ground prior to the Doncaster Rovers match in an attempt to make Terry
Smith review his admission pricing policy for this season. Fans were angered
several weeks ago when the chairman put admission prices back up to last
season's only weeks after stating the club was on a sound financial footing.
Chester have the most expensive matchday admission prices in the Conference.
18 August 2000
MOSS MISSES OUT
Defender Darren Moss is expected
to miss the opening three games of the season after injuring
his ankle in training. Chester will be turning out in pale
blue shirts black shorts tomorrow as there's a clash of colours,
wonder where that's appeared from? Four coaches of supporters
will be heading to Irthlingborough from Chester with many more
expected to make their own way for the first match of the season.
Should have a following of around 500 so let's make some noise!
17 August 2000
EVE ON TARGET
Angus Eve was on the scoresheet
for Trinidad & Tobago last night netting in their 6-0 home
win over Panama in a World Cup qualifier in Port-of-Spain.
15 August 2000
TRIBUNAL SET BECKETT FEE
Chester will receive £150,000
from Chesterfield following the sale of Luke Beckett
in the summer. The fee was set by a Football League
tribunal at which Chester presented a letter they had
received from York City offering a similar fee. Chesterfield
have been ordered to pay £75,000 now with the
balance after Beckett has played a certain (unspecified
as yet) number of games for the Spireites. 20% of the
fee must be paid to Beckett's previous club Barnsley.
Chester are having talks today with
ex-Runcorn captain Carl Ruffer and he may become Graham Barrow's
final summer signing. Ruffer has been on trial at the Deva
in recent weeks. Meanwhile midfielder Scott Ruscoe is expected
to resume training next week following a recent knee operation.
The next members meeting of the
ISA will take place on Tuesday 29 August. The venue is
the Royal Mail Club in Station Road and starts at 19.30hrs.
The guest speaker will be confirmed a little nearer the
Dates have also been set for the following
three meetings all starting at 19.30hrs and they are:
There will be a Christmas Dance on Friday
15 December, also at the Royal Mail Club. Guest artist Billy
May. Details of tickets will appear here soon.
Monday 25 September
Monday 30 October
Monday 27 November
13 August 2000
TIME FOR THE REAL THING
Two goals in each half gave City
a comfortable win in the heat at Stafford Rangers. A close
range effort from Paul Carden and an own goal gave City a 2-0
half-time lead before Graham Barrow made wholesale changes
to the team. Two further strikes from Mark Beesley and Andy
Shelton brought to an end City's successful eight match pre-season
run that has seen six victories and two draws. City will travel
to Rushden on Saturday in good spirits for their first-ever
game in the Nationwide Conference.
CITY FANS STUMP UP
The most expensive Conference
matchday prices in the coming season will be at the Deva
Stadium. Chester's £12 stand seat prices are £1.50
more that the next highest at Scarborough. The general admission
at the Deva £10 is a full £2 more that the next
expensive. Stevenage Borough are charging the most this season
for season tickets, £200. Chester fans visiting Rushden & Diamonds'
Nene Park for the first game next week will pay £8.50, £5
and £2 for seats and £7.50, £4 and £2
for general admission.
City's former manager featured in
an interview in Saturday's Daily Express. Describing
his time at Chester he said: "I'm a young pup at 43, but
I went into coaching at 32 and that's 11 years I've been doing
this. They couldn't get anybody experienced to go to Chester
at the back end of last season, but I wanted to work and have
a platform to give my version of what happened to me at Northampton.
And we nearly pulled it off, one point was the difference in
the end. There were all sorts of things wrong at Chester. The
American owner Terry Smith, had coached the side and we were
talking tactics one day. ‘Jeez’ he said. ‘I never
read that in the book’. That summed it all up for me.
11 August 2000
BROWN SIGNS NEW DEAL
Goalkeeper Wayne Brown has finally put pen to
paper and signed a new two-year deal to stay at the Deva. City have also
signed 'keeper Dean Greygoose on a short-term contract as cover for Brown
at the start of the season. Greygoose is expected to play in City’s last
pre-seaon warm up match at Stafford Rangers tomorrow.
Chester will find out on Monday how much they
are to receive for striker Luke Beckett. Beckett was transferred to Chesterfield
in the summer and the Spireites are believed to have offered a paltry £40,000
for the striker. Monday's tribunal will fix the price with a percentage
of the sale going to Beckett's former club Barnsley.
SMITH BIDS TO BUY STADIUM LEASE
YOUTH TEAM EMULATE SENIORS
Chairman Terry Smith claims to have put in
an undisclosed offer to Chester City Council to buy the lease for the
Deva Stadium. "The lease on the ground only allows football to be played
on the land, but if we want to compete with other clubs then we have
to look at the possibility of using the ground for other purposes, such
as rugby matches, firework displays or concerts. We own the club but
not the lease and putting in an offer to buy the land to pursue these
other interests was the only solution." A spokesman for the council this
morning poured cold water on the suggestion saying that selling the lease
of the football ground was a complete non-starter.
Like their seniors, City’s youth team remain
unbeaten in their pre-season matches. Goals from Hopwood and Howell gave
them a 2-1 victory at Colwyn Bay reserves last night.
10 August 2000
The Chester City Exiles annual general meeting
takes place tonight at the Windmill, 6-8 Mill Street, London W1 starting
9 August 2000
Following the postponement of the ISA
meeting with Terry Smith last week the club hastily arranged
a Fans' Forum at the Deva which took place last night. ISA
committee member Les Smith made notes at the meeting and you
can read them on the ISA News page.
BLUES CARRY ON THE RUN
Chester's unbeaten pre-season run continued
last night with a 4-1 victory at near neighbours Vauxhall Motors. Two goals
from Mark Beesley, one from Nick Richardson and a goal from trialist Anthony
Tarr brought City victory.
The ISA have issued a press release following their
peaceful protest before Monday's game.
The ISA committee is simply registering a dignified public disapproval
of the Chairman's U-turn over match day prices. We do not intend to
watch tonight's game.
It is not the price per se that is the problem but
the U turn. We were consistently told that the Club was in its best financial
position for many years due to the Chairman's prudent control. Now his
is quoted in the media as saying that the club faces administration if
fans do not pay last season's prices. Terry Smith is the owner and Chairman
of Chester City Football club and it is through his leadership that we
find the club in its current position. As owner and Chairman we believe
it is his responsibility, and not the supporters, to rectify the sudden
reverse in the financial situation.
Many fans have already told us that they will only
be following the club away from home this season.
Chester City ISA Committee Aug 7th 2000
Judging by Monday's match programme Terry may have
performed yet another U-turn as the list of next seasons admission prices
were at the original lower level. These prices were also printed in the
Bristol City programme the week before. Unfortunately it's probably just
8 August 2000
GOOD SHOW FROM CITY
Chester played out a 0-0 draw with Bolton
Wanderers at the Deva last night. Another encouraging performance
from the Blues particularly from Paul Beesley and Craig Gaunt in
the centre of defence.
Tonight, City travel the short distance to play
at Vauxhall Motors (19.30hrs), then complete their pre-season build-up
away at Stafford Rangers on Saturday, kick-off 15.00hrs. With less
than two weeks now to the start of the new season, manager Graham
Barrow's priority will no doubt be looking to sort out the goalkeeping
situation. Wayne Brown is suspended for the first three games and,
as yet, City have yet to sign cover for him.
WHEN SATURDAY COMES
The latest (September) issue of football
fanzine When Saturday Comes contains an article on Chester-Wrexham
rivalries. It is jointly written by Chester fanzine editors
Colin 'Hello Albert' Mansley and Jon 'Onion Bag' Wainwright.
NEXT UP, BOLTON
Bolton Wanderers visit the Deva Stadium tonight
for Chester's toughest pre-season fixture to date. Unlike last week, the
game kick's-off at 19.45hrs. Admission is £10 adults and £5
concessions in any part of the ground. In accordance with their objection
to the Chairman's u-turn over match day prices, the ISA committee intend
to hold a peaceful and dignified protest outside the Deva Stadium prior
to the game.
6 August 2000
UNBEATEN RUN CONTINUES
Chester's unbeaten pre-season run continued
on Friday night as two goals by impressive new signing Craig Gaunt, and
a great effort by Steve Finney helped City to a 3-0 victory over Bangor
City at Farrar Road. Chester included trialist Tony Tarr from Port Vale
at centre forward in their starting line-up.
The following friendly match has
Highfield Reserves. v. CCISA FC
On Sunday 13th August, Kick-off at 11 am at Blacon Arts College, Blacon.
Players to meet at 10.30am on the rear car park at the college.
This is a grass pitch, and the opponents are in our League.
Any queries please call Mark
Howell on 01244 375264
4 August 2000
Chester travel to Bangor City tonight
for a friendly match which kicks off at 19.30hrs. Chester will
be taking the first team squad and may try American Cole Bergman
in goal. Bergman is a college graduate who is trying to establish
himself in English football. Both Scott Ruscoe and Dean Spink
are ruled out through injury with Ruscoe's injury looking worse
than was first feared. "They don't look too good," said Barrow. "Scott's
could be cartilage and we don't know with Dean, hopefully it
will be good news." For Monday Sam Allardyce has promised to
bring a strong Bolton side for the friendly at the Deva. Admission
to that game is £10 adults and £5 concessions in
any part of the ground. It appears that Chester's youth team
should have played Holywell Town last Tuesday but due to an
administrative error at Chester a team wasn't sent for the
3 August 2000
ISA MEETING CANCELLED
Tonight's proposed ISA meeting with Terry Smith
at the Deva Stadium has been cancelled. The meeting was called off by the
ISA following the Smith's decision to ban the press from attending. It
is hoped that there will be a fans Forum next week.
GAUNT SIGNS FOR CITY
After impressing Graham Barrow during his trial period, central defender
Craig Gaunt has signed a two year deal with Chester City. ‘He is a quality
player, I’m pleased we’ve finally completed the deal.’ said Barrow.
SPINK AND RUSCOE RECOVERING
Both Dean Spink and Scott Ruscoe are recovering
after twisting their knees during Tuesday's 1-0 win over Bristol City.
Spink sees a specialist tomorrow and will be hoping that his injury is
not cartilage related, having had surgery during the summer. "I'm going
to see Dai Rees in Gobowen tomorrow and, fingers crossed, it won't be bad
news. When you come to a new club you just want to steer clear of injury.
The last thing you need is to get injured again. I feel I've let people
down." said Spink.
SMITH DENIES FINANCIAL PROBLEMS
Terry Smith has hit back at rumours of financial
troubles at the club, following the resignation of director Paul Murray. "Chester
City does not have any financial problems. We have spent £20,000
on new fitness and training equipment, £10,000 on improving the pitch
and £15,000 on redecorating the stadium. We certainly would not have
been spending this sort of money and carrying out this work if we had any
financial problems" he said.
2 August 2000
The next ISA FC training session takes place
tonight. Meet at 18.30hrs at the Castle Gates.
CITY EXTEND UNBEATEN RUN
Chester remain unbeaten in their pre-season
build-up following a 1-0 win over a Bristol City reserve side last night.
The goal appeared to be an own goal though Darren Wright seemed to claim
it. However injuries to Dean Spink and Scott Ruscoe put a dampner on the
result. City's next match is away at Bangor City on Friday night, kick-off
A reminder that the Chester City
Exiles annual general meeting takes place on Thursday 10 August
at the Windmill, 6-8 Mill Street, London W1 starting at 19.00hrs.
All current and prospective members are urged to attend as
we have a lot of things to discuss for next season. Details
on the Exiles Meeting
1 August 2000
BRISTOL CITY BRING THE RESERVES
According to the official Bristol
City website The
Robins are bringing a 'young reserve squad' for tonight's match.
Originally it was going to be a first team fixture but manager
Danny Wilson switched things round and played the first team
at Dorchester Town last night (they lost!). Kick-off at The
Deva is 19.00hrs. Admission to any part of the ground is £8
for adults and £4 for senior citizens and children.
BAN FOR TURNER
If you can't get along to the Deva
tonight, don't expect any coverage of Chester City on radio
Merseyside as journalist and radio reporter Neil Turner has
been banned from the Deva Stadium by Terry Smith. Radio Merseyside
have refused to relay any reports from the ground until this
ridiculous ban has been lifted. Merseyside, along with the
Evening Leader and Chester Chronicle is Chester's main source
of publicity and this ban can do nothing except harm the club
and its image.