REG MATTHEWSON 1939-2016
centre half, Reg Matthewson, has died at the
age of 77 while on holiday in Spain. Reg was
captain of the legendary 1974/75 team that
won promotion from Division Four and reached
the semi-final of the League Cup. He made
87 league appearances for the club scoring
one goal. Although the Yorkshireman was coming
to the end of his playing career when he joined
Chester his calm presence and organisational
ability proved to be a great asset to one
of the most successful teams in the club's
30 August 2016
BAN FOR HORWOOD
Evan Horwood’s booking for dissent at Woking
was his fifth yellow card in six matches and the
FA website confirms he will receive a one match
ban against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.
The Blues put in a disappointing performance at
Woking with thee home side recording their first
win of the season 3-1. Ryan Lloyd was once again
on the scoresheet for the Blues drawing Chester
level after they’d conceded a Kieran Murtagh
goal on 17 minutes. But parity lasted just two minutes
before Joey Jones headed the Cards in front again.
The points were wrapped up 15 minutes from time
as Chiegozie Ugwu scored a third for Woking.
28 August 2016
HOME VICTORY OVER SUTTON
Two goals in the opening seven minutes set Chester
up for a 4-0 home victory over Sutton United on
Saturday. Blaine Hudson and Ryan Lloyd gave the
Blues that early advantage and a couple of fine
saves in goal from the recalled Jon Worsnop either
side of half-time maintained the two goal cushion.
The game was sealed six minutes from time as Tom
Shaw squeezed home a penalty following a foul on
Kane Richards, and Richards himself completed the
scoring in added time following a short free-kick.
An injury to Theo Vassell saw the player receive
ten minutes of treatment before being stretchered
off with concussion, he’s expected to be out
of action for ten days.
Chester make the trip to Surrey on Monday when they
play Woking, kick-off 15.00hrs. The Cards have had
a slow start to the season currently sitting next
to bottom, their only point of the campaign coming
from a 2-2 draw at Solihull Moors.
The Blues should have James Alibi available following
his three match suspension.
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24 August 2016
WONDER STRIKE SECURES POINT
moment of brilliance eight minutes from time from
midfielder Elliott Durrell (pictured) ensured Chester
came away from Boreham Wood with a point from a
1-1 draw on Saturday.
Chester had conceded a fifth minute goal through
Morgan Ferrier and struggled to create anything
in the opening half with home ‘keeper Grant
Smith having nothing to do! It was much the same
in the second period before Durrell, who replaced
Jordan Chapell midway through the second period,
spotted Smith off his line and lobbed him with an
effort from the half-way line.
Durrell told the Chester Chronicle: “I saw
him off his line a phase of play before that and
I wasn’t in a position to let loose but I’ve
challenged their full back as the ball has come
out and I knew he was too far off his line to make
it back if I got it right and it was one of those
that you take all day long.”
Chester remain in 19th spot and host high-flying
Sutton United on Saturday (kick-off 15.00hrs). This
is the first meeting with the U’s in any competition
with the Surrey side having won the Conference South
last season. They currently lie in third place in
the league with ten points from five games including
a fine 3-1 victory on their travels at Lincoln City.
The Blues could be without James Akintunde who injured
a hamstring in the pre-match warm up at Boreham
Wood last Saturday. Luke George and Ross Killock
both played in a friendly against Port Vale this
week with George a possible contender for a squad
place on Saturday.
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Picture © Rick Matthews
Details of the ticket arrangements for the forthcoming
away game at Wrexham on Saturday 24 September have
been released. The game has a 12.15 kick-off.
Tuesday 23 August, 10.00 to 16.00hrs
tickets will go on sale to Season Ticket Holders
only (You will need Voucher A from the season ticket
Thursday 25 August, 10.00 to 16.00hrs
tickets will be available to Season Ticket Holders
and CFU members only (CFU members will be required
to produce their CFU membership card).
Saturday 27th August, 17.00hrs
(after the Sutton United game) tickets will go on
Adults - £20 plus £7 coach travel
Over 64’s and Under 21’s - £15
plus £7 coach travel
Over 80’s and Under 18’s - £8
plus £7 coach travel
Family Tickets are also available
Adult and Under 18 -£23.00 plus £14.00
Adult and Under 11 - £21.00 plus £14.00
Ambulant and disabled supporters are as the age
Wheelchair Spaces are available in the Mold
Adult – £13.00
Over 64 and under 21 - £13.00
Over 80 - £7.00
Under 18 - £3.00
Under 11 - £1.00
Free Carer as required.
Once again suupporters will only be able to travel
to the game via the official club coaches which
will depart Chester FC from 10.30. Match tickets
will be distributed on the coach.
The game is being televised live on BT Sport.
17 August 2016
BLUES PAY FOR ERRORS
Two defeats in four days have seen Chester slip
to 19th spot in the league. Saturday's 3-1 home
defeat at the hands of Maidstone United included
a red card for goalscorer James Alibi. It was followed
on Tuesday with a 3-2 reverse at Barrow where second
half goals from James Akintunde and Theo Vassell
added some respectability to the scoreline, but
mistakes had already allowed former Blue Ross Hannah
to open the scoring and Jordan Williams to add two
more for the home side.
Manager Jon McCarthy said after the Holker Street
defeat: “We have seen four teams now and nothing
has frightened us. I don’t fear people. Defensively
we can’t carry on like that, though. I don’t
need the players to get nervous and feel under any
pressure. I’m quite happy to come and accept
results if they work hard. We’ll iron out
the mistakes and change some people around. I can
make some changes if I have to so players realise
that ‘I can't do that’.”
“But the Elliott Durrell’s back pass
(that led to Hannah’s goal). He wants to get
on the ball and is full of confidence but to roll
it back like that completely changed the game. It
was a game where we were on top. We’ve come
away to Barrow, big things are expected of them,
and we’ve caused them a lot of problems.”
“I think I am calm enough to say that we
were a real threat against them and you could
see by their bench that we had them in all kinds
Table after Barrow game
Chester travel to play fifth placed Boreham Wood
on Saturday (kick-off 15.00hrs). The Hertfordshire
side had already beaten Forest Green Rovers and
Dover Athletic this season and picked up a point
against York City, before a 1-0 home defeat by
leaders Tarnmere Rovers on Tuesday that saw Conor
Clifford sent-off and he will now miss Saturday’s
13 August 2016
LLOYD RETURNS ON LOAN
Midfielder Ryan Lloyd has signed for the Blues on
loan from Port Vale until January 2017. Lloyd had
a spell with Chester last season making 23+3 appearances
under manager Steve Burr.
12 August 2016
CHESTER EXILES AGM
The Chester Exiles AGM will take place on Friday
September 9 in the upstairs room at the Horseshoe
pub at 24 Clerkenwell Close, Clerkenwell, London,
EC1R 0AG. Please try to arrive at 7pm for a prompt
Apologies for those who aren't
within reach of London, but we’ve deliberately
picked a date on the eve of the away game at Aldershot
in the hope more people will be in the area. Please
email us if you can’t attend and there’s
anything you want to raise. We are also hoping
that a representative from the club will be able
attend as our main guest. We will keep you posted.
Further details about the AGM will follow. But after
the formal business, there will be certainly be
chance to discuss the roller-coaster start to Chester’s
season! Let us know if you can attend - email firstname.lastname@example.org
- to help us plan the catering.
10 August 2016
HOME VICTORY OVER DAGENHAM
The Blues put Saturday’s opeding day defeat
firmly behind them with a convincing 3-0 victory
over Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday night.
Chester took the game to their opponents from the
start and opened the scoring with a spectacular
25-yard volley from Elliott Durrell after 12 minutes.
Tom Shaw doubled the lead with another superb goal
firing into the top left corner from a Theo Vassell
through ball. The scoring was completed after the
break with James Alibi heading home a right wing
Manager Jon McCarthy told the Chester Chronicle:
“To see all of that, to see a spirit and a
work rate and a belief, there is something good
around the place and I recognise it because I have
seen it. There is something special here. It has
given everybody a massive lift at the club. But
it’s results. When we win, everything I say
is right but when we lose, everything I say is wrong.”
The three points lifts Chester to 10th spot with
a home game against newly promoted Maidstone United
to come on Saturday, kick-off 15.00hrs.
8 August 2016
OPENING DAY DEFEAT
Chester were beaten 3-0 at Gateshead in the first
game of the new season on Saturday. The teams were
kevel at half-time but an own goal from Theo Vassell
set The Heed on their way in the 62nd minute. Wes
York added a second 26 minutes later and Manny Smith
wrapped up the victory two minutes from time.
Following the defeat manager Jon McCarthy said:
“The honeymoon period is over. The National
League is a tough division and it's difficult to
defend a 3-0 defeat. We always try to come to places
and try not to concede any more than one goal, and
we always try to score a goal, but we have failed
on both attempts.”
“Gateshead are going to be a strong team in
this division and for 65 minutes I was really pleased
with everything we had done in terms of our shape,
the organisation, the intensity, the workrate, and
we created a few chances. But we didn’t quite
link up and our final pass wasn’t great, especially
in the first half, but a lot of what we were asking
them to do they understood, but at the end when
we conceded the first goal that all went and that
The Blues face another of the fancied teams at home
on Tuesday night when Dagenham & Redbridge visit,
kick-off 19.45hrs. The Daggers beat Southport 3-0
at home on Saturday as they look to bounce straight
back up to League Two at the first attempt.
5 August 2016
RARING TO GO
new season kick's-off tomorrow as the Blues trvel
to play Gateshead, kick-off at the International
Stadium is 15.00hrs. The two sides last met in the
final game of last season with Chester completing
the campaign with an entertaining 4-2 home victory.
Since then both sides have made changes, Jon McCarthy
has brought in nine new players while Gateshead
manager Neil Aspin has brought in no less than 15
new faces as his side look to push for a play-off
place this season.
New Blues captain Luke George (pictured) said: “Everyone
is champing at the bit for Saturday now. I think
that showed against Burton as I thought that was
the first time we looked like we went through the
motions and it was a pre-seasony, testimonial if
you like. The lads just want to start. Pre-season
is nobody’s favourite time.”
“It’s a tough away game. They have spent
a lot of money and brought a lot of new players
in. They have a point to prove but so have we. The
gaffer has left no stone unturned and given us everything
that we need to know and everyone knows their jobs.
We are not in this league to make the numbers up.”
Chester follow the opening match with a home game
against Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday night,
Picture © Rick Matthews
3 August 2016
BLUES BEATEN BY BURNLEY
Chester were beaten 2-1 at home by a Burnley U21
side in their final pre-season friendly on Tuesday
night. James Akinyinde gave Chester a first half
lead but goals after the break from Frazier Murdock
and Dan Agyei gave the Clarets victory. Once again
Ross Killock missed the game through injury while
Blaine Hudson sat the game out after picking up
a knock in the defeat to Burton Albion on Saturday.
One conceRn for Blues manager Jon McCarthy was seeing
Craig Mahon limp off late on following an injury.
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