LAST-GASP CITY DO IT AGAIN
goal in the third minute of added time by Ryan Lowe
brought City three points from Plainmoor in a match
they dominated for long periods. Manager Keith Curle
made changes to the side that fought back so well against
Darlington and surprisingly opted to leave Gregg Blundell
and Ryan Lowe on the bench for the start.
Both were unleashed in the second period and created
several openings, and, but for the heroics of Andy
in the Gulls goal, who produced some stunning saves
to keep City at bay, the scoreline could have been
emphatic. Lowe’s goal came after his
close-range effort from Bundell’s cross came back
off the crossbar, the ball
rebounding in off the back of the diving Marriott
with Lowe making sure the ball crossed the line.
Following the match Keith Curle said:
“The football club is growing. People think that
team spirit comes from socialising off the field, but
it doesn’t, it comes from results like this on
the field, not only individually but collectively. The
players are grabbing every last bit of energy out of
each other. That’s the pleasing thing.”
Curle continued: “I think probably
a lot of people would have wondered about the team
game and sometimes it can backfire but it was important
I knew we could put a team out that would create chances
and contain Torquay.”
Yesterday’s other League
Two scores were:
Darlington 2 Rochdale 1
Grimsby Town 2 Rushden & Diamonds 0
Leyton Orient 0 Shrewsbury Town 1
Lincoln City 0 Carlisle United 0
Macclesfield Town 1 Bury 0
Mansfield Town 2 Notts County 3
Northampton Town 3 Boston United 2
Stockport County 1 Peterborough United 1
Wrexham 3 Barnet 1
Wycombe Wanderers 0 Cheltenham Town 0
NEVER SAY DIE CITY
staged a superb second half fight back to earn a
point and share eight
goals in a dramatic game with Darlington. There were
home debuts for Gregg Blundell (left) and Leo Bertos
as the Blues looked
to bounce back following the midweek mauling at Wolves.
However City gifted a goal on four minutes when Phil
Bolland was adjudged to have fouled Dickman in the area
resulting spot-kick was converted. A second by Sodje
goal on 34 minutes gave Darlo a two goal cushion at the
Curle made three changes for the second period and within
two minutes sub Marcus Richardson reduced the deficit
only for Sodje to add a third for the visitors two minutes
Blundell made the scoreline
2-3 on 55 minutes and City pressed for an equaliser.
minutes from time though
Sodje completed his hat-trick and looked to have booked
all three points for the Quakers. However, City’s
battling qualities, shown in the last home match against
were on show again and Blundell added his second on
89 minutes from close range before providing a perfect
a minute later for Richardson to nod the equaliser.
This was the first home 4-4 scoreline
since January 1995 when City drew with Rotherham United
by a similar
The point leaves Chester unbeaten
so far in the league and in 11th position on six points
(with a game in hand). On Monday City play at 23rd
placed Torquay United
who picked up their second point of the season today with a 0-0 draw at Peterborough.
Today’s other League Two
Barnet 0 Grimsby Town 1
Boston United 2 Mansfield Town 2
Bury 2 Wrexham 2
Carlisle United 0 Northampton Town 1
Cheltenham Town 1 Leyton Orient 1
Oxford United 1 Stockport County 1
Peterborough United 0 Torquay United 0
Rochdale 3 Macclesfield Town 1
Rushden & Diamonds 1 Lincoln City 1
Shrewsbury Town 1 Wycombe Wanderers 1
CURLE HOPING FOR GOOD NEWS
Keith Curle will be hoping for good news on the
injury front as City embark on there Bank Holiday
weekend games against Darlington and Torquay United
Marcus Richardson, Dave Artell and Abdou
El Kholti all missed Wednesday’s game at
Wolves through injury as did Craig Dove who
been sidelined all season with a knee problem.
Striker Gregg Blundell looks set to start against
the Quakers after playing the second half at
then following that up next day with 74 minutes
for the reserves at Tranmere Rovers. However,
Ryan Lowe will miss out as he serves the last
game of a two match suspension following his
at Nene Park.
Darlington currently lie in
seventh position with seven points from twelve.
Their two away League games so fare have brought
a draw at Rushden & Diamonds (1-1) and a single
goal victory at Grimsby Town. In midweek they
were beaten 3-1 at neighbours Hartlepool in the
Tomorrow’s game will
be officiated by Gary Sutton from Lincolnshire.
24 August 2005
CITY OVERWHELMED AT WOLVES
was to be no happy return to Molineux for former Wolves
pair Keith Curle and Michael Branch as City crashed out
of the Carling Cup to Wolves 5-1 last night.
The Blues fell behind to a sixth minute deflected goal
but with injuries and suspensions forcing Curle to play
Branch as a loan striker City
created little in the first half but held out until the
interval without conceding again. Gregg Blundell made
his long awaited full debut after the interval replacing
Justin Walker and City showed a little more desire to
The Blues however conceded a second goal just after the
hour mark and three more followed in a seven minute spell
to kill off the game. There was some consolation for the
noisy away support as Ben Davies curled in a great free-kick
seven minutes from time for a consolation goal, that was
to be City’s only effort on target all night.
As well as Blundell, City gave
a debut to Leo Bertos who came on midway through the
After the match manager Curle was
full of praise for the opposition. “We brought all
the coaching staff from the Centre of Excellence and the
youth team coaches down to watch the way Wolves play football
and in the last 15 or 20 minutes they were fantastic,
and as a football club we can use that as a learning curve.
The players are hurt and disappointed in the changing
room but the message to them is leave the disappointment
in there because on Saturday they’re not playing
against players of that quality.”
reserves lost 2-1 at Tranmere Rovers tonight in a Pontins
Holiday League fixture. Mark Cadwallader scored City’s
Chester City: Brookfield, Cadwallader, Newton (Marsh-Evans
46), Carrol, Jones (Holroyd 59), Vaughan, Jack, Bertos,
Blundell (McCoy 74), Rutherford, Curle. Subs not used:
23 August 2005
BLUES IN CUP ACTION
Blues are in first round Carling Cup action tonight as
they travel to Molineux to play Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The championship side have been on a club record unbeaten
run which came to an end on Saturday with their first
defeat in 21 games at the hands of Leeds United.
Two people delighted when the draw
was made were ex-players Keith Curle and Michael Branch.
Curle made over 200 appearances for the Wolves whilst
Branch appeared on nearly 70 occasions.
The two sides have met only three
times in competition before. In February 1977 Chester
lost 1-0 at Molineux in the fifth round of the FA Cup
in front of a crowd of 37,803, including a large following
from Chester, as a Kenny Hibbitt goal nine minutes from
time was all that separated the sides after a gallant
performance from the Blues.
In 1988/89 the sides competed in
the same division (Barclays Division Three). In fact when
the Blues travelled to Molineux on 2 January 1989 it was
a top of the table clash that again saw Wolves come out
victorious after a 3-1 win in front of a 21,801 crowd.
The return match at Sealand Road in March 1989 saw the
visitors take an early lead through Andy Much but the
game will be remembered for the spectacular long-range
equaliser from Graham Abel in front of the highest home
gate of the season 8,236.
22 August 2005
TWO MATCH BAN FOR LOWE
Ryan Lowe has received a
two match ban following his red card on Saturday. He’ll
miss the Carling Cup game at Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow
and the home League Two match against Darlington on Saturday.
CITY SIGN MIDFIELDER
have signed former Rochdale midfielder Leo
Bertos on a non-contract basis. Born in Wellington,
New Zealand, Bertos played for Wellington Olympic before
moving to England in 2001 and signing for Barnsley where
he made 4+9 appearances, scoring 1 goal in a two year
spell for the Oakwell side.
He moved to Spotland in 2003 where he went on to make
79+10 appearances scoring 1 goal for the Lancashire club
before being released at the end of last season.
Bertos also has 7 full New Zealand international caps
and has also represented his country at U23, Youth and
20 August 2005
LOWE SEES RED
Ryan Lowe turned hero to villain at Nene Park when he
was sent off in the final minute after appearing to say
something to an assistant referee after he’d been
fouled. It looks like he’ll be suspended for the
Carling Cup game at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday
now and will also face a club fine.
Lowe had earlier opened the scoring for Chester as his
close range effort after David Artell had knocked down
a Ben Davies right wing corner. Diamonds equalised within
five minutes as substitute Chris O’Grady’s
cross shot beat Chris MacKenzie in the City goal.
After the match manager Keith Curle
told the Daily Post: “It is a nice feeling when
you come away from home and reckon you could have won
the match. We have had two difficult away games and the
fact we are unbeaten is giving this football club a foundation
to build on after the upheaval it has suffered in the
Lowe had a chance to wrap up the three points in the
dying minutes but saw a shot go agonisingly wide.
There was still no appearance in the match squad from
striker Gregg Blundell. Chester move to tenth in League
Two following this point and have a game in hand over
leaders Barnet who top the table five points ahead of
VICTORY FOR YOUTH TEAM
Second half goals from Nick Linford
and James Wilson gave the youth team a 2-1 home League
win over Preston North End this morning. The boys are
next in action on Saturday 3 September with an away match
Report | Fixtures
19 August 2005
BLUNEDLL CLOSE TO DEBUT
Gregg Blundell is rated at 50/50 to make his League debut
for Chester at Rushden & Diamonds tomorrow (kick-off
15:00hrs). Blundell has suffered no reaction in training
to an ankle injury picked up before the start of the season.
One played definitely ruled out is ex-Diamonds player
Craig Dove who has yet to pull on a City shirt since his
move in the summer due to a knee injury. Like City, tomorrow’s
opponents Rushden have taken four points from their opening
two matches following an opening day 1-1 draw at Darlington
that was followed with a 1-0 home win over Mansfield Town.
A Stewart Drummond goal brought three points from Nene
Park last season in what was one of City’s best
performances on the road.
YOUTH TEAM AT HOME
youth team entertain Preston North End tomorrow morning
in a Youth Alliance North and Midlands West Conference
game. The match will take place at Airbus UK and kick’s-off
17 August 2005
City’s reserves drew
1-1 with Blackpool in the opening game of their 2005/6
Pontins Holiday League Division One West season today.
James Scales was on the scoresheet for the Blues equalising
wit a 20-yarder. Former Crewe Alexandra striker Rodney
Jack, who is on trial at the Deva, played the whole game
while defender Sean Hessey picked up a calf injury.
Chester City: Brookfield, Cadwallader, McCoy,
Artell, Hessey, Vaughan, Rutherford, Scales, Jack, Holroyd,
Curle. Subs: Armstrong, Marsh-Evans, Mealand, Linford,
INTERNATIONAL DUTY FOR LUKE
Defender Luke Dimech is
on international duty tonight in Ta’Qali. He’s
is in the Malta starting X1 who face Northern Ireland
in a friendly (kick-off 19:00hrs). Luke currently has
36 caps for Malta, scoring 1 goal, after making his debut
against Iceland in 1999.
El Kholti has received a one match suspension from non
first team football following his pre-season red card
against Blackpool. The ban is served from 13 August.
NEW GRIMSBY DATE
Tuesday 6 September is the
new date for the rearranged home match with Grimsby Town.
Kick-off at Deva Stadium will be 19:45hrs.
15 August 2005
CITY FLOODED OFF
match against Grimsby Town was postponed due to a waterlogged
pitch following a 13:30hrs pitch inspection by the match
referee Mr Gurnan Singh. There were pools of water on
the pitch and the away terracing was flooded. The track
on three sides of the ground was also under water, only
the north end of the ground remained dry. Has this happened
in August before!? No new date has yet been arranged for
The Blues are next in action on Saturday when they visit
Rushden & Diamonds whose game today at Macclesfield
Town also fell foul to the weather. City fans will be
hoping that record signing Gregg Blundell will have recovered
from injury to make his full Chester debut at Nene Park.
Pictures: Stephen Povey
NARROW DEFEAT FOR YOUTH TEAM
a late fightback with three goals in the last 15 minutes
from Mark Cadwallader (2) and Neil Carroll, City’s
youth team began their season with a narrow 4-3 defeat
at Burnley. The boys are next in action with a home game
against Preston North End on Saturday.
Report | Fixtures
THE BORDERLINE UPDATE
City players 2004/05 whos who update page for On
The Borderline is now available to download here.
SAME AGAIN CITY
entertain Grimsby Town at Deva Stadium tomorrow (kick-off
15:00) looking to build on the four points gained from
the opening two fixtures this week. Gregg Blundell, who
has missed both games with an ankle injury, will soon
resume training and may
make the bench for tomorrow’s clash.
Assistant manager John Gannon said: “We’re
crossing our fingers and hoping he’s not far away.”
His chances though of making the match squad appear to
be 50/50 at best.
The Marriners have started the season well with a 1-1
draw at home to Oxford United last Saturday followed
by a 2-1 victory at Bristol Rovers in midweek.
Training with City this week has
been forward Rodney Jack. Jack was released by Oldham
Athletic and has previously played for Torquay United
and Crewe Alexandra. If the club want to sign the St Vincent
capped striker they must do so before the transfer deadline
which is 31 August.
11 August 2005
HOPE JOINS SHREWS
luck to Richard
Hope who, after spending two days training at
Gay Meadow, has joined Shrewsbury Town on a two
year contract. Hope made a total of 29+4 appearances
for Chester last season, scoring one goal.
Shrews manager Gary Peters told the Shrews official
club website: “He’s 6'2" and is
a rugged type of centre back, he looks like a man
who won’t take any prisoners and he knows
the game. I think he’s a really good addition
to our squad at this time”.
10 August 2005
LAST-GASP CITY EARN DRAW
staged a dramatic second-half fightback to earn a 2-2
draw with Lincoln City in an entertaining League Two clash
last night. It looked different at the break as goals
from Nat Brown and Gary Birch had given the Imps a two
Ben Davies reduced the arrears five minutes into the second period and with the
game running into added time Ryan Lowe was fouled in the box and Michael Branch
stepped up to convert the resulting penalty to the delight of the home fans.
League Two scores tonight were:
Bristol Rovers 1 Grimsby
Bury 1 Leyton Orient 2,
Carlisle United 1 Peterborough
Darlington 2 Stockport County 0,
Town 2 Cheltenham Town 2,
Mansfield Town 0 Rushden &
Northampton Town 1 Barnet 2,
1 Wrexham 0,
Rochdale 1 Wycombe Wanderers 2.
9 August 2005
SAME AGAIN CITY
Blues entertain Lincoln City at Deva Stadium tonight in
a League Two game that kick’s-off at 19:45. City
welcome back Sean Hessey from suspension but it looks
like manager Keith Curle will keep faith with the starting
eleven who pulled off a fine win at Peterborough United
on Saturday looking to add to it a first home success.
Striker Gregg Blundell is suffering from an ankle injury
and is expected to miss the match. The
Imps began their campaign with a 1-1 home draw against
Northampton Town on Saturday.
6 August 2005
BLUES OFF TO A WINNING START
got off to a great start to their League Two campaign
with a 1-0 victory at Peterborough United on Saturday.
Stewart Drummond scored the only goal of the game, in
front of a vociferous away support, 20 minutes from time.
The Blues saw five players:
Ben Davies, Luke Dimech, Tom Curtis, Phil Bolland and
Ryan Lowe all booked in a fiery first-half but kept
the home sides efforts down to a couple of free-kicks.
After the break Chris MacKenzie was
called on to make a couple of good saves and, when he
was beaten by a lob, defender Dimech was in hand to
clear from near the line.
After seeing his side win their opening
game manager Keith Curle said: “I thought we deserved
the win. The lads were the better side in the second
half and this gives us a platform to build on.”
Ex-manager Mark Wright didn’t
take things too well though, he refused to shake hands
with Curle after the game, telling The Times: “I
didn’t shake hands with Keith Curle for the simple
reason I don’t respect him, but I won’t
go into it any further.” Curle added: “We
shook hands before the game so I can only assume it
was sour grapes. You get plenty of setbacks in life
and you must take them on the chin.”
Record signing Gregg Blundell missed
the game after suffering an ankle injury in training.
The Blues are next in action on Tuesday night when they
entertain Lincoln City at Deva Stadium, kick-off 19:45hrs.
YOUTH SIDE WIN
from Holroyd (2), Marsh-Evans and Potter gave the youth
team a 4-1 win over American side Hope College on Saturday.
5 August 2005
have now announced that the Moy’s End will now be
open tomorrow. City fans will be able to stand on the
terrace behind the goal for £13.00.
BLUES RARING TO GO
kick-off their 2005/06 League Two campaign at Peterborough
United tomorrow afternoon, kick-off 15:00hrs. The Posh,
relegated from League One last season are of course now
managed by former City boss Mark Wright who has added
Paul Carden, Player of the Season at the Deva last term,
to his squad over the summer.
City have been rebuilding as well over the summer and
it will be largely a new-look side that opens the season
tomorrow. Manager Keith Curle is also relishing the start
of the new campaign, he told the Chronicle “I can’t
wait for the season to start, I’d have started two
weeks into May if it was down to me. I think I’ve
got a squad of players who are capable of finishing in
the top 10. I’m here to work hard for the fans and
serve up entertaining, winning, attractive football.”
This is the first meeting
between the sides since that fateful afternoon in May
2000 when City lost at home 1-0 and were relegated to
the Conference. London Road isn’t the happiest of
hunting grounds for City, in fact you have to go way back
nine visits to February 1983 for the last victory when
on-loan Clive Wilson sealed a 1-0 victory.
City must do without Abdou El Kholti and Sean Hessey tomorrow
as both serve suspensions, while defender Dave Artell
and forward Craig Dove are injured.
4 August 2005
KEEPER SIGNS ON LOAN?
reports that Chester have completed the one month loan
signing of 28-year-old Hull City goalkeeper Matt Duke.
Duke previously played for Burton Albion and Sheffield
United. This supposed signing is as yet unconfirmed.
Manager Keiith Curle said: “He left Sheffield United
to play football and he created his own identity at Burton
Albion then he got a fantastic move to Hull. He’s
broken into the team a couple of times there but he hasn’t
been able to hold down a place which is no disgrace. He
doesn’t want to get lost and he’s got the
chance to create his own identity here again.”
Duke has since turned down the chance to move to Chester
on loan and has joined Stockport County.
JUNIORS LOOKING FOR SPONSORSHIP
All the centre of excellence teams
have new kits this season and are now looking for help
to sponsor any of the teams from under 9s to under 16s.
Anyone who can help out with sponsorship should call Mark
Newman at the football club.
3 August 2005
SIGN OFF WITH A WIN
was no expected appearance from Hull City goalkeeper Matt
Duke last night as City, fielding a young side, concluded
their pre-season campaign with a 2-0 victory in front
of a good crowd at Airbus UK. Clint Davies, who came on
for the second half at Blackpool, played in goal for the
90 minutes in Broughton last night.
City side was assembled from a mix of first-team and
reserve players, and there was a surprising choice on
the bench of Richard Hope, who has been linked with
a move to Shrewsbury Town.
The first half proved a stalemate
but City appeared to step-up after the break and took
the lead through the hard working Paul Rutherford who
finished after rounding the keeper. It was another youngster,
Matty Humphries, who wrapped things up four minutes from
time after taking advantage of a superb Robert Marsh-Evans
prices for the Carling Cup match at Wolverhampton Wanderers
on 23 August have been announced. They are £10.00
(adult), £5.00 (concession) in advance or £12.00
(adult), £6.00 (concession) at the gate on the night.
ONLY AT PETERBOROUGH
will be no terrace spaces for City fans on Saturday. Posh’s
club website states that they have been informed by Chester
that they expect to have no more than 400 fans at London
Road. Blues fans must sit in the A Section of the main
stand. Prices are £18.00 (adult) and £10.00
NEW CHIEF EXEC
club have appointed Cheshire businessman Darren Shelton
as their new chief executive. Shelton, 27, takes over
from Dave Burford who resigned last week.
2 August 2005
PREPARATION FOR CITY
play their final pre-season friendly tonight when they
make the short trip to Broughton to play Airbus UK. Familiar
surroundings for the Blues who utilise the League of wales
clubs training facilities during the week.
Keith Curle will use the match to once again take a
look at the goalkeeping situation. With Chris MacKenzie
seemingly penciled in for the number one spot, and Wayne
Brown joining Hereford United on loan, the Blues have
yet to settle on a second choice keeper. Phil Harrison
and Chris Neal have both
had trials between the sticks in recent weeks and on
Saturday it was the turn of ex-Bradford City shot stopper
to try and impress. Tonight both he, and Hull City shot-stopper
Matty Duke are expected to feature.
Meanwhile the club have fined Abdou
El Kholti (left) was dismissed for a professional foul
at Blackpool on Saturday. The dismissal means that El
Kholti will miss Saturday’s league opener against
Peterborough United and the club are determined to clean
up their act after last season’s poor disciplinary
record that saw them hauled before the FA last week
Also missing at London Road on
Saturday will be Sean Hessey who serves a suspension carried
over from last season.
GET KITTED OUT
again with Gary Owen in charge of things fans are able
to by their replica shirts before the season actually
starts! The three new shirts, blue and white stripes (first),
sky blue (second) and black (third) are available from
tomorrow morning at Queensferry Sports shop. Prices are
the same as last season, £35.00 adult and £30.00
NO FLAMING FLAGS ON SATURDAY
fans thinking about taking their flags to Peterborough
United on Saturday should note that unless they are flame-proofed
they will not be allowed into London Road, the exception
to the rule are small flags approximately 1 metre by 600mm
(that rules out the Exiles banner then!). Flags larger
that this need to be flame-proof treated and you will
need to produce a certificate to authenticate this at
Referring to this a statement on the official Posh website
states that “Flame-proofing is required to stop
someone (jokingly or otherwise, setting fire to the flag
whilst it is in the stadium). Flags will not have a flagpole
and must not obstruct anyone's view of the pitch. They
will not cover up any advertising hoardings and will be
moved if necessary on the instructions of stewards. The
flags must not advertise any product, business, website
or feature obscene language. We want the support of all
fans at London Road and urge the supporters to get behind
Mark Wright, his management team and the players.”