Chester have signed 21-year-old goalkeeper
Connor Roberts. The Welsh U21 player was released
by Cheltenham Town in May and has been training
with Chester over the last month following a trial
at his home-town club Wrexham. His career began
at Tranmere Rovers prior to moving to Everton for
a year in 2011 before moving to Cheltenham
Manager Steve Burr has also signed Burnley forward
Jadan Hall on a one month loan deal. The 20-year-old
scored against Chester in the pre-season friendly
with the Clarets.
27 August 2014
Freddy Hall has left Chester after failing
to agree terms with the club. The 29-year-old
Bermudian ‘keeper signed on non-contract
terms after impressing pre-season and made
four appearances for Chester and became a
popular figure in his short time while he
hoped to gain a contract. The club offered
terms but weren’t expecting him to agree
Hall said: “I’m kind of gutted
but I’ve just got to move forward and
keep going. I sort of wasn’t surprised
at how things turned out but I wish the club
nothing but success in the future. I definitely
want to find another club in England and I
just want to wish the team and the fans well.
I want to thank them for their support and
for giving me the experience.”
The departure of Hall comes a week after John
Danby left leaving the club with just one
registered goalkeeper, Jon Worsnop.
© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
26 August 2014
BLUES FIGHTBACK EARNS POINT
Chester scored twice in the final ten minutes
to gain a point from Kidderminster Harriers yesterday.
Roared by an away following of 397 Chester fell
two goals behind in the opening eight minutes as
Callum Gittings and Chey Dunkley took advantage
of some poor defending. Dunkley turned hero to villain
minutes after the restart as he was shown a straight
red card for handball in the area however Chris
Iwelumo's weak penalty kick was comfortably saved
by Danny Lewis in the home goal.
Both sides made substitutions with Steve Burrr bringing
on Peter Winn and Wayne Riley as the Blues looked
to make the extra man count. Ten minutes from time
Craig Hobson rose to head home a deep Danny Taylor
cross and three minutes later Riley pounced to head
home after Gareth Roberts had seen an effort bounce
back off the bar. There was still time for both
Riley and Sean McConville to flash efforts wide
as Chester searched in vain for an unlikely winner.
table after Kidderminster game
21 August 2014
DANBY DEPARTS CHESTER
John Danby has left Chester after agreeing
to terminate his contract with the club. Danby
was placed on the transfer list in May but
the club received no firm offer for him, his
departure comes after several weeks of talks
with the board. Danby holds the club record
of consecutive number of appearances, standing
at 128. He also holds the record of the number
of successive clean sheets for eight first
team fixtures in succession for Chester FC
in 2011 – running to a remarkable 781
Dandy made 133 appearances for Chester City
after signing from Kidderminster Harriers
in May 2006. When the old club folded he joined
Eastwood Town but rejoined Chester in June
2011 and went on to make another 114+1 appearances
for the club.
Chairman Tony Durkin said: “During his
time with us he was key in helping us secure
the successes we have enjoyed to date, whilst
winning the coveted Non-League Keeper of the
Year award along the way. We genuinely wish
John well both in his future football career
and in his personal trainer business.”
© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
18 August 2014
BURR DELIGHTED WITH FIGHTBACK
Chester picked up their first win of the
season on Saturday when two second half goals from
Sean McConville and a third from Chris Iwelumo saw
the Blues fightback to win 3-1 at Braintree Town.
Chester had fallen behind midway through the opening
period after a John Disney handball had gifted the
home side a penalty which they duly converted. Manager
Steve Burr said: “I wasn’t too happy
about the way we started the match. I thought we
were a bit sloppy and we were a bit slow to react.
One or two things were said at half time, but I
told the players after the game that it wasn’t
my reaction at half time that counts - it's their
reaction, and I was pleased to see them putting
in a really good second half performance.”
“Braintree is a very difficult place to come
and win, but the pleasing thing was that we're now
up and running after a difficult game in midweek
at Forest Green. I think we showed a lot of good
signs at Braintree that we will be okay this season,
but we have to be at full tilt all the time because
we can’t carry anybody.”
Chester are next in action on Saturday with the
visit from early league leaders FC Halifax Town.
Both Kingsley James and John Rooney are doubts for
the clash through injury though Michael Kay looks
set to be available for the first time this season.
table after Braintree game
15 August 2014
DEFENDER SIGNS FROM STOKE
Chester have signed 20-year-old centre half
Ben Heneghan from Stoke City. Heneghan started his
career with the Everton Academy.
13 August 2014
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE FROM BLUES
Chester were beaten 2-1 at Forest Green Rovers
on Tuesday night but made a much improved performance
from Saturday. Manager Steve Burr gave a debut to
goalkeeper Freddy Hall and Sean McConville replaced
the suspended Danny Harrison. It took the home side
just ten minutes to take the lead as Clovis Kamdjo
slid the ball past Hall from close range. The Blues,
backed by a following of around 300 got more into
the game as the half wore on with Kingsley James
shooting wide from long distance.
Chester began the second half the better side but
were struck on the break ten minutes after the restart
as Jon Parkin found the net. The Blues continued
to pass the ball round well and press and pulled
a goal back 12 minutes from time as Peter Winn smashed
the ball home as the home side failed to clear a
cross. Chester pushed for an equaliser as the game
entered the final minutes but the home side were
content to hold onto possession as the game ran
table after Forest Green game
11 August 2014
OPENING DAY DEFEAT FOR BLUES
Chester suffered a heavy 5-0 home defeat
at the hands of Barnet on Saturday as the new season
got under way. Chester were already a goal down
after four minutes with Andy Yiadom firing past
Jon Worsnop before midfielder Danny Harrison was
sent-off for a high challenge on Sam Togwell after
The Bees soon took advantage of the extra man and
doubled their lead through Lee Cook five minutes
after the red card. Charlie MacDonald added a third
from the penalty spot after half an hour as Worsnop
fouled John Akinde. On the stroke of half-time the
Blues were given a lifeline as referee Steven Ruston
awarded them a penalty following a handball but
John Rooney saw his weak spot-kick saved by Graham
Stack in the Barnet goal. Two more goals shortly
after the restart added to Chester’s woes
who had no answer for Barnet’s pace.
Manager Steve Burr said: “We will take responsibility
when you lose a game like that. Obviously I’m
very disappointed with the result. I think everything
that could go wrong for us in 45 minutes of a football
match, did go wrong. The sending off has obviously
had a bearing but we were very sloppy with certain
goals we conceded, which is not good enough.”
Chester are back in action on Tuesday night with
a trip to Forest Green Rovers who opened the season
on Saturday with a 1-0 victory at Southport.
table after Barnet game
8 August 2014
BLUES SIGN HALL
Chester have signed goalkeeper Freddy Hall
after he impressed during the pre-season friendlies.
29-year-old Hall was at Burton Albion last season
though he didn’t play in the league for them,
he has seven full caps for Bermuda.
6 August 2014
© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
The club held their press day yesterday and here
is the official team picture with staff.
Players Back: Danny Taylor,
Michael Kay, Chris Iwelumo, Matty Brown, Craig Hobson,
Tom Peers, Liam Blake.
Players Middle: Kingsley James,
John Disney, Danny Harrison, John Danby, Freddy
Hall, Jon Worsnop, Kieran Charnock, Peter Winn.
Players Front: Jamie Menagh, Wayne
Riley, Craig Mahon, Steve Burr (manager), Jon McCarthy
(first team coach), John Rooney, Sean McConville,
4 August 2014
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5 August. Please take
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BLUES WIN AT STAFFORD RANGERS
Chester’s pre-season continued with
a 3-1 victory at Stafford Rangers on Saturday. Chester
had fallen behind in the eighth minute as Dan Cope
scored past Jon Worsnop but goals from Craig Hobson,
Kingsley James and Peter Winn saw Chester equalise
before the break and slowly take control of the
game in the second period.
Worsnop (Danby 58), Disney, Roberts, Brown (Taylor
45), Charnock, James (Blake 63), Harrison (Peers
79), Mahon (Winn 45), Rooney (Fortnam-Tomlinson
79), Menagh (Riley 45), Hobson (McConville 45).
1 August 2014
BURR PLEASED WITH TRANMERE DRAW
Manager Steve Burr was happy having seen
his side battle to a 1-1 draw with League Two side
Tranmere Rovers in the latest pre-season match.
A crowd of just over 1,500 saw the Blues make a
slow start falling behind to an Elliot Richards
goal on 14 minutes but came more into the game as
the half wore on. Antoine Boland deflected a Craig
Mahon past his own keeper to give Chester their
equaliser on the stroke of half-time. Perhaps the
best chance of the second period fell to the Blues
two minutes from time but Sean McConville pulled
his shot wide with just Viscosci in the visitors’
goal to beat.
After the match Chester manager Steve Burr said:
“I thought it was a good game, I said to the
lads at the end of the game that had that been a
league match we'd have come off disappointed because
I thought with the number of chances we created
we'd have been a bit disappointed that we didn't
win the game.”
Worsnop, Taylor, Roberts, Kay (Charnock 45), Brown,
Rooney, James (Dixon 76), McConville, Mahon (Blake
76), Menagh, Hobson (Riley 76). Subs not used: Hall,
Peers, Disney, Miller, Rea.
Chester have been handed an away tie at Brackley Town in the first round of the FA Trophy.
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