| 30 August 2002
Two goals by Mark Beesley
and others from Steve Brodie, Dave Cameron and Danny
Byrne gave Chester reserves a 5-1 win at Burscough on
Wednesday night. The reserves are in action again next
on Wednesday at home to Northwich Victoria, the home
game being played at Flint Town United (kick-off 19:30hrs).
The City line-up against Burscough was: Worsnop, Lancaster,
Keegan, B.Davies (Byrne), J.Davies, Carey, Carden, Brodie,
Beesley, Cameron, Whittaker.
27 August 2002
CITY DRAW ANOTHER HOME BLANK
the opening day stalemate with Kettering Town, the Blues drew their second
successive home match of the season 0-0 with Scarborough yesterday.
Manager Mark Wright was not too duly worried though as he commented after
the match: We just need to score one goal at home and it will light
up everything. Then the team can go out and enjoy themselves. Whatever
our problem at home – whether it’s a jinx or a hoodoo, or whether the players
get nervous, they do need to score a goal at home and things will be good.
Something is going on with our players at home, but we need to break it,
have a little bit of luck, just fluke a goal, and then the confidence will
show in our players. Scarborough didn’t deserve to beat us, but we didn’t
deserve to beat them either.
Winger Mickey Brown made his full debut for City on
Monday, read his post-match interview with Rob Ashcroft here.
Read also why chairman Steve Vaughan say’s City need another striker here.
Citys next chance to beat the home hoodoo
comes next Tuesday when Morecambe ar the visitors. Before then, City travel
to Forest Green Rovers on Saturday to take on the Conferences bottom
Photo by Max
26 August 2002
CITY LOOK TO EXTEND RUN
Mark Wright has no more injury problems ahead
of this afternoons match against Scarborough at Deva Stadium, kick-off
15:00hrs. The Blues are looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the
season which continues following their fine 3-0 victory at Barnet on Saturday.
The Blues have gained seven from nine points without conceding a goal in
their opening three fixtures.
EXILES PREDICTION COMPETITION 2002/03
The form for this seasons Exiles competition
is available to download in acrobat format here.
Current members will receive forms with their subscription renewal the
the first week of September. Please note that the competition is open to
anyone, Exiles member or not, and money remaining after paying out the
prizes will be put back into the football club through sponsorship so
please support us to support the club. The closing date is 30 September.
LDV VANS TROPHY
The Football League have announced that Chester
will play in the southern section of this seasons competition. The draw
for the first round will take place live on SKY TVs Soccer AM programme
on 21 September with the first round matches taking place in the week commencing
City can expect to face one of the following: Brentford, Bristol City,
Bristol Rovers, Cambridge United, Cardiff City, Cheltenham Town, Colchester
United, Dagenham & Redbridge, Exeter City, Hereford United, Kidderminster
Harriers, Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Northampton Town, Oxford United, Peterborough
United, Plymouth Arqyle, Queens Park Rangers, Rushden & Diamonds, Southend
United, Stevenage Borough, Swansea City, Swindon Town, Torquay United,
Woking, Wycombe Wanderers, or Yeovil Town.
23 August 2002
CITY STAY OVER
travel down south this afternoon in preparation for tomorrows match
at Barnet, probably a wise move given the amount of motorway congestion
last Saturday. Manager Mark Wright was also at Underhill on Tuesday night
on a spying mission to see the home side defeat Yeovil Town 2-1.
City can expect a hard fought match tomorrow against a side that will have
former City striker Junior Agogo in their line-up, and it remains to be
seen whether Wright will stick to the formation that won 1-0 at Telford
United on Monday night.
There are no further injury problems for the boss as manager Wright said: Only
Phil Bolland is unavailable for selection and he will be out for another
two weeks. Otherwise everyone else is fine. Barnet have six major
injury doubts although they are hopeful of welcoming back captain Greg
Heald after a groin problem. Wayne Purser has little or no chance of playing
but Frazer Toms, Stuart Niven, Danny Brown, John Doolan and Lee Flynn are
all receiving round-the-clock treatment.
A reminder to those City fans travelling on the train to London tomorrow
to expect heavy delays as engineering work means the main line is down
near Milton Keynes and a bus service also replaces the latter part of the
tube journey to High Barnet station.
Striker Dave Cameron sent off at Telford on Monday
has received a three match ban and misses the home games against Morecambe,
Leigh RMI and the game at Hereford United.
22 August 2002
Goals by Ben Davies and and a Mark Beesley
penalty gave City a 2-0 home win over Southport in the Lancashire League
Division One last night. The Blues are playing all their home games at
Flint Town Uniteds ground this season.
21 August 2002
NEW VIDEOS OUT
Northern Accent have released three new Chester
videos now available to order from the club shop or by mail order from
themselves. The three videos cover:
1. Chester v Yeovil Town 10/2/01 with full commentary.
2. In the net 2. 40 more great goals from city, including archive highlights
of City v Wrexham at Sealand Road season 1985/86. Introduced by Jeff Banks.
3. City v Liverpool. One to own and cherish forever more!! full commentary.
All videos are £9.99 each and available to order from clubshop or
add £1.00 p&p to:-
Northern Accent Television
20 August 2002
WIN TAKES CITY TOP
There was a great turnout of Blues fans at the
Bucks Head to see City forge a 1-0 victory over Telford United to take
the Blues so the top of the table. City were reduced to ten men after striker
Dave Cameron was sent off in the 27th minute for violent conduct after
being accused of leading with his arm for an aerial challenge. The winning
goal came from Ryan Sugden on 60 minutes. Great work down the wing by Michael
Twiss set up Sugden to shoot home from 18 yards.
19 August 2002
City had to be content with an opening day draw
against a well organised Kettering Town side at the Deva on Saturday. The
Blues were unable to repeat their form from Tuesday night against a determined
visiting side that was stuck in motorway traffic and only arrived at the
Deva 25 minutes before the kick-off. Despite ending the game with three
strikers the Blues created few clear-cut chances to open the deadlock.
Chester now travel to Telford United on Monday night, the Bucks Head club,
with former Blue Dean Spink on the bench, lost their opening Conference
fixture at Halifax Town on Saturday 2-0.
Meanwhile Citys youngsters also started the season with a draw. Gethin
Lloyd was the scorer as the Youth team drew their Football League Youth
Alliance opener 1-1 at Rotherham United. Chesters reserve side have
been admitted to the Lancashire League and begin their campaign with a
home match against Southport on Wedensday.
COLLINS TO BE LOANED OUT
City striker Danny Collins is to join Vauxhall Motors
on a months loan this week. Collins will be playing in a central
defensive role with the Motormen. Lee Elam who played in a pre-season friendly
for City has joined Morecambe. Stephen Rose turned out for Altrincham on
Saturday, as well as Chris O'Brien and Jimmy Haarhoff (sub) at Droylsden.
The club shop sold out of home replica shirts
on Saturday but was fully stocked with the second kit which seems
to be selling well, white shirt blue collar with yellow trim and
blue sponsor logo, and the third kit of all-red was also on sale
with fewer takers although the shop assistant did say the
red shirts were popular with the kiddies.
More home kits have been ordered and are expected
in soon though best ring the club first to check availability.
Adult size shirts are priced at £34.99.
16 August 2002
DOWN TO BUSINESS
a summer of squad-rebuilding Mark Wrights City open their Conference
programme tomorrow with the visit from Kettering Town. Wright has made
a point through the summer of curbing fans expectations as confidence of
finishing in a top six spot after the summer changes is sky-high. We
are knitting together better and quicker than I thought and that is credit
to the boys as a group, he said. No-one should expect miracles
but we are going forward in a major way.
For tomorrows opener, the Blues will be without skipper Phil Boland
who is still nursing a hairline fracture in his foot. Carl Ruffer, who
had an outstanding game on Tuesday against Liverpool, and had been an ever-present
in the summer friendlies, will fill the role admirably. Up front is where
Wright would appear to have a selection headache. Michael Twiss and Mark
Beesley appear to be the first choice but fellow striker Dave Cameron had
a good half hour against Liverpool playing as a target man alongside trialist
The Blues follow tomorrows match with a visit to Telford United on
15 August 2002
TRAVELLING WITH CITY
Following Saturdays home match with Kettering
Town the Blues have successive away fixtures at Telford United and Barnet.
The official supporters club are running coaches to these matches and fans
are urged to book there seat asap if they want to join the coach.
Any Chester fans wanting to book a seat on the coach
to Telford on Monday, should ring Barrie Hipkiss on (01244) 379011
between 18:00 and 20:00hrs tomorrow (Friday) night. The bus leaves Delamere
Street at 17.15, and places will cost £7. And City fans wanting
to travel to the league match at Barnet a week on Saturday should
also ring Barrie Hipkiss on the above number. That bus leaves Delamere
Street at 09.15hrs and seats cost £15.
BRADY TO SIGN FOR WOKING?
Rushden & Diamonds player Jon Brady who played
for City against Liverpool on Tuesday, is set to sign for fellow Conference
side Woking. Their official
site reports tonight: Rumours that he would be signing for Chester
started earlier when it was discovered that he played in a pre-season friendly
for them against Liverpool on Tuesday.
Brady said I promised
Mark Wright some weeks ago that I would be make an appearance for them
at some point in the game. My intention was to sign for Woking from the
start, this is where I want to play football. Woking manager Geoff
Chapple said Im delighted and I hope the fans will be as well,
I have to admit I was worried when I heard he had played for Chester. However,
I have spoken to him and he is in his car now travelling to Kingfield and
will be here in time to sign before training this evening.
Brady played for Woking on Monday night against a Chelsea X1.
Former City striker David Brown is currently
having a trial with Telford United.
14 August 2002
CITY CELEBRATE IN STYLE
coolly taken goal by substitute Chris Blackburn six minutes from
time gave City a well deserved 1-0 victory in last nights match
against a Liverpool X1 played to mark the 10th anniversary of Deva
Over 5,000 fans turned out on a fine evening
to see the match against the Premiership side that included several
first team players in Vladimir Smicer, Jamie Carragher, Igor Biscan,
Markus Babbel, Milan Baros and Patrik Berger.
The Blues also gave most of their squad a run
out and there were two trialists playing as well. Bradford Citys
Gareth Grant, who played at Vauxhall Motors on Saturday, and Rushden
and Diamonds (and ex-Hayes) player Jon Brady. Both had good
games with Grant setting up Blackburns winner with a fine
A delighted City manager Mark Wright was pleased
with the performance: “If we can start delivering the sort of football
we played against Liverpool I think were heading in the right
direction. Everyone at the club wants to achieve, and now its
about us doing it on the field and I think were getting there.
Photo by Max
CHESHIRE SENIOR CUP
Chester have been drawn away in
the first round of this seasons competition. They will
play at Cheadle Town on Thursday 19 September.
13 August 2002
CHESTER CITY FC 2002/03
Citys new team picture has
been released following yesterdays press day.
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||Captain Phil Bolland
in the new home shirt which is now available in the club
shop priced at £34.99.
12 August 2002
CITY PULL OUT OF RESERVE LEAGUE
being widely reported that Chester City have resigned from
the Avon Insurance League. Blues manager Mark Wright felt there
wasnt enough strength in depth in the squad to play against
Football League opposition.
It remains to be seen where Citys reserves will play next season
but a return to the Lancashire League may be on the cards.
10 August 2002
CITY WIN IN STYLE
Following four defeats on the trot the Blues got
back to winning ways with an impressive seven goal victory at UniBond Premier
League neighbours Vauxhall Motors. The Blues led 3-0 at half-time with
goals from Scott Guyett, Michael Twiss and Steve Brodie. No fewer that
nine changes were made at the break and the Blues added four more goals
through Ryan Sugden, a brace from Mick Brown and an own goal by Thompson.
Bradford City striker Gareth Grant had an impressive trial game for the
BIG JIMMY MOVES OUT ON LOAN
Popular City striker Jimmy Haarhoff has joined UniBond
Premier League side Droylsden. Like Chris OBrien earlier in the week
this is a three month loan deal.
9 August 2002
BAD BREAK FOR PHIL
defender Phil Bolland is out for up to four weeks after suffering a hairline
fracture in his foot in a clash at the pre-season game with Bangor City.
City boss Mark Wright said: Its a blow. Phil is a quality player
and his presence will be missed, but these things happen in football. Weve
got two friendly matches left before the start of our League campaign,
so now we will have to try a couple of options in the remaining games.
It gives somebody the opportunity to prove to me that they are worthy of
a place in the starting line-up.
Most likely option would be for Carl Ruffer to fill the role. Ruffer has
been an ever-present in Citys pre-season campaign and would fit in
well alongside Wayne Hatswell and Scott Guyett in the heart of the defence.
Steve Harkness is another possibility for Bollands role and his match
fitness will be improved with two more matches before the opener against
Kettering Town a week tomorrow.
City defender Chris OBrien has joined up with
City old boys Darren Wright and David Kerr at Droylsden on loan. OBrien
scored for his new team in a 3-0 win over Chadderton in the week.
7 August 2002
CITY HUNT FOR NEW STRIKER
Manager Mark Wright is on the lookout
for a goalscorer to join the City ranks in time for the new
season. The current forward line of Mark Beesley, David Cameron,
Steve Brodie and Ryan Sugden is obviously deemed to be lacking
in sharpness. City have created numerous goalscoring chances
in their recent games but the conversion rate is poor. Making
way for the new recruit is David Brown who is being paid off
by the club. Brown joined City in December 2001 and made 11+3
appearances for the Blues scoring two goals.
Meanwhile the Blues turned in their best pre-season performance so far
in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United reserves last night. After the match
manager Mark Wright said: It must be remembered that these players
we've met tonight are quality Premier League club lads, but the way we
approached the game really pleased me. Possibly we could be a little more
incisive in front of goal, because tonight we made a number of chances
but couldn't convert them. It could be that we have to bring a front runner
into the club.
EXILES ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The new date for the Annual General Meeting
is Wednesday 21 August at the Penderels Oak, High Holborn, London WC1.
Start 19:00hrs in the downstairs bar. All City supporters in the area are
welcomed to attend.
6 August 2002
PAY AT THE GATE TONIGHT
A bit short notice this but the
club have announced that tonight's match against a Manchester
United reserve side is now not all ticket. Normal matchday
prices apply at the turnstiles and are £12.00 (adult), £9.00
(oap), and £6.00 (u-16) for stand seats, and £10.00
(adult), £7.00 (oap), and £5.00 (u-16) for the
Defender Phil Bolland misses tonights match with a foot injury and
Steve Brodie must be rated doubtful after hobbling off on Saturday. Manager
Mark Wright is looking forward to another test for the team: “This will
be yet another step up in class for our boys. Manchester City were good
but we should have won. Manchester United will be better tonight and no
disrespect to the Conference but United reserves would beat every side
in this league. They won their league last season and they’ve beaten the
likes of Stalybridge Celtic 9-1 and Barrow 4-0 in pre-season games.
City squad for tonight: W.Brown, Worsnop, Harkness, Hatswell, Ruffer, Guyett,
McIntyre, Davies, Blackburn, Kelly, Carden, Carey, Whittaker, Cameron,
Beesley, Twiss, Woodyatt, M.Brown, Haarhoff.
DEVA CAPACITY INCREASED
Citys stadium has now received a certificate
allowing for a capacity of 6,012, thus meeting Football League requirements
and ensuring entry into next seasons LDV Vans Trophy, the first round
if which is to be played w/c 21 October. The club have also announced that
an extra row of floodlights is to be added the the four pylons as well
and work is expected to be completed by mid September.
3 August 2002
are around 600 terrace and 320 stand tickets left for the pre-season friendly
against a Liverpool X1 on Tuesday 13 August. Liverpool have sold their
entire 1,500 allocation for the match, and the remaining tickets are expected
to sell quickly. Tickets can be bought from the Deva office between 09:00-17:00hrs
The game will see the club celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening
of Deva Stadium. To mark the occasion a special issue 32-page advert-free
match programme will be issued on the night for £2.50 that will contain
articles featuring Ian Rush among others.
CITY SIGN TWO
Defender Scott Guyett has signed a two-year
deal at Chester City just days after announcing his intention to move back
to Australia! The 26-year-old trained with the Blues yesterday and the
deal was completed in a motorway service station by the clubs chief executive
Darren Liversage. I knew of our previous interest in Scott, and that
he was about to return to Australia, so I ferreted around for his phone
number, and we arranged to meet in a motorway service station. I offered
him a deal, and after a bit of thought he thankfully agreed to join us. Guyett
is expected to feature in tomorrows game against a Manchester City
youth/reserve team. Guyett previously played alongside Phil Bolland at
both Oxford and Southport where Mark Wright was manager.
Wright said: He was preparing to fly out to Australia to see his
girlfriend, but we heard he was out of contract at Oxford and we reacted.
How anyone can let a player like Scott Guyett go from a club is beyond
me. Having the three centre half's from my days at Oxford laying for Chester
in the Conference is fantastic for us. I know Scott inside out hes
dominant upstairs, hes quick, and his use of the ball is getting
better and better. He comes here with plenty of League experience and hes
a no-nonsense centre half who will have great understanding with both Wayne
Hatswell and Phil Bolland. The three former Oxford players are first class.
Ive now got five centre half's with Carl Ruffer and Martyn Lancaster,
and that will create great competition for places in defence.
City have also offered a one year contract to 20-year-old goalkeeper John
Worsnop who has impressed in his pre-season appearances. Worsnop was previously
on the books at Bradford City. Worsnop is Citys 12th signing of the
2 August 2002
ANOTHER SIGNING CLOSE?
Manager Mark Wright has hinted that another
summer signing was near as his search for the right defensive set-up continues.
With one prospective signing, Scott Guyett, apparently heading back to
Australia, it looks like a new name is about to enter the frame. One thing
is certain though, with City amassing such a large squad, some players
will be moving on before the season starts in just over two weeks time.
Wright had already hinted a few weeks back that both
Danny Collins and Chris OBrien would be loaned out at the start
of the season. Theres no doubting these players ability,
as Wright stated: Chris OBrien captained England at under-15
and under-17 level, and hes got undoubted ability, but he needs
games. He has lost a lot of weight and hes fitter after working
hard, but he needs games, and well be loaning him out to Droylsden,
but Im confident hell be an asset to us. And Danny Collins
is another player who will be going out on loan to a Unibond League club,
but Im unsure where at the moment.
Wright added: I told both Andy Porter and David
Brown yesterday that they wont be playing any further part at Chester,
and Im hoping to fix them both up with other clubs, but nothing
has been arranged so far.
Meanwhile Wright was happy with the teams performance
last night in the single goal against a young(ish) Everton side coached
by former City favourite Andy Holden. Wright said: I was very pleased
with the way the players performed and there were a few major plusses.
Michael Twiss is a good player and should cause problems in the Conference
this season. He rounded the Everton keeper in one move last night and was
unlucky to see his shot hit a post and fly along the goal line. At the
moment it's all about us getting better and moving forward rather than
looking at the final result. Both Shaun Carey and Chris Blackburn in midfield
played ever so well and Ive now got a clearer picture of what I'm
planning to do before the new season starts.
THE STARTING X1?
With just 16 days to go to the start
of the new season, the talk amongst City fans will be that
of the starting line-up for the opening Conference fixture
with Kettering Town. Programme editor Rob Ashcroft casts his
eye over the current potentials here.