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AUGUST
30 August 2019
GLENDON SIGNS ON LOAN

With the Blues picking up injuries to both Gary Roberts and Gary Stopforth recently Chester have signed 24-year-old midfielder George Glendon on a short term loan. Glendon was released by Carlisle United in the summer.

28 August 2019
FOUR GOAL BLUES BLOW AWAY BULLS

The Blues followed up their fine win at Aggborough on Saturday with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Hereford on Bank Holiday Monday. Two goals from Akwasi Asante plus first goals of the season for both Anthony Dudley and Danny Elliott saw the Blues brush aside the fourth placed Bulls who scored a consolation goal in the last minute. The victory maintained the unbeaten start to the season and saw the side retain their third place in the table.

Chester were without the services of Gary Roberts who picked up an ankle injury at Kidderminster, and saw fellow midfielder Gary Stopforth hobble off with an injury to the same knee he had an operation on last season.

The Blues are next in action on Saturday with a trip to the north east to face Spennymoor Town, kick-off 15.00hrs.


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26 August 2019
HUGHES GOAL BRINGS WIN AT KIDDERMINSTER

Chester turned on their best performance of the season with a fine 1-0 at a blistering hot Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday. Aggborough isn’t the happiest of hunting grounds for Chester but Matty Hughes’ first half strike was just enough to claim all three points and move the Blues up to third in the table behind the early pace setters York City and King’s Lynn Town.

Joint manager Bernard Morley said following the victory: “It was a proud moment today, we’ve been managing 10 years and this is our 11th season and days like today, bringing 400-500 it is a proud moment. You are satisfying supporters with the football we are playing.”

“We can’t always play well, sometimes we’ll have to win ugly but we won well today. We are gaining confidence game by game and we starting to believe we can be a little bit better than we think we can. That comes with minutes, that comes with that togetherness that we get on the training pitch.”


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23 August 2019
JUNIOR AGOGO 1979-2019

Former Chester loan player Junior Agogo has died at the age of 40. Although Agogo only played 10 Football League games for Chester the big Ghanaian left a lasting impression at the Deva Stadium not least for scoring arguably one of the best individual goals seen at the ground, against Cheltenham in October 1999.

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20 August 2019
BLUES IMPRESS WITH WIN OVER GLOUCESTER

Chester moved to fifth in the table following a convincing home win over Gloucester City on Saturday. A blistering start saw the Blues take a two goal lead in the opening five minutes through Danny Livesey and George Waring. Two more strikes in the second period from Bradley Jackson and an Akwasi Asante penalty completed the scoring. There was a return to the starting X1 for Matty Hughes whose fine display earned him the man of the match award.

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19 August 2019
NATIONAL LEAGUE STATUS FOR ACADEMY

The Chester FC Youth Academy has been awarded National League status. Only 22 of the 68 National League clubs have achieved this, and only ten are based in the north. Chester will now be included in the National League Academies competition which will see them take on a higher standard of opposition.

Academy head coach Calum McIntyre told the Chester Chronicle: “We are obviously delighted to have met all the requirements to be among the first clubs to achieve the National League Academies License for the work with our Scholars. This is recognition of the high standard development programme on offer at Chester FC and we are so pleased to have ticked every box during the audit process.”

“There are a number of clubs above us in the football pyramid that on paper can dwarf what we can offer who have not been able to meet the criteria for this season. This is a testament to doing the right things as well as we can and we are delighted. The obvious first benefit for us is access to the new National League Academies and we can’t wait to get going at York City on the opening day.”

14 August 2019
ASANTE SPOT-KICK SAVES POINT

Akwasi Asante converted a last minute penalty kick to maintain Chester’s unbeaten start to the season as they salvaged a point at Kettering Town. Chester found themselves a goal down as Gary Roberts diverted Lindon Meikle’s cross into his own net 20 minutes from time. The Poppies had a great chance to double their lead from the penalty spot but saw Daniel Nti’s effort hit the post. The home side were then reduced to ten men after Marcus Kelly received a second yellow card before the added-time drama that saw Matty Hughes upended in the penalty area and Asante send Paul White the wrong way to claim a valuable point at Latimer Park.


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12 August 2019
BLUES CHALK UP FIRST WIN

Chester recorded their first victory of the season on Saturday, defeating Farsley Celtic 2-1 at home. After a goalless opening half, the Blues broke the deadlock a minute into the second period through Bradley Jackson who fired home from ten yards after good approach play from George Waring.

Waring himself doubled Chester’s lead in the 61st minute converting Jackson’s cross. A foul from Scott Burton on Will Hayhurst ten minutes from time saw Celtic awarded a penalty which Hayhurst himself duly converted to reduce the arrears. Chester weathered a late Farsley threat and should have wrapped the game up in the final minute as substitute Danny Elliott shot over the bar from close range.


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7 August 2019
ROBERTS RESCUES POINT FOR CHESTER

A last minute deflected shot from Gary Roberts ensured Chester took a point from their opening home fixture of the season against Altrincham. After a bright start that saw Danny Elliott and Anthony Dudley both go close, once again Chester conceded an own goal as Danny Livesey turned John Johnston’s cross into the roof of his own net to give Alty an 11th minute lead.

With George Waring an isolated figure up front the Blues were finding it frustrating trying to break down the visitors defence. With the game into five minutes added time a long Joel Taylor throw-in was headed on by Waring, it was half cleared to Roberts whose strike deflected off Tom Hannigan and into the Harry Mac net.

5 August 2019
OPENING DAY POINT

Chester started their season with a well earned point away at Boston United on Saturday. An unfortunate Simon Grand own goal gave the home side the lead on 38 minutes but the Blues were level within 60 seconds as George Waring headed home from a Bradley Jackson cross.

Following the pre-season defeat at FCUM on Tuesday, Managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley opted for a back four of Danny Livesey, Simon Grand, Joel Taylor and Kevin Roberts at York Street. The Blues dominated possession for much of the first half with Russell Griffiths rarely tested in goal for the entire game

Manager Johnson said after the draw: “I thought the amount of chances we created in the first half was unbelievable, to have that many chances away from home against a side that you know is going to be right amongst it at the back end of the season. To limit them to their only chance being an own goal, I thought we defended absolutely superbly.”

“The quality of the football in the second half was poor from both teams but it was a hot day, it took us four hours to get here and the pitch is very long. I thought it was excellent to limit a good side to zero chances. Apart from the own goal they’ve not tested us once.”

“They were good chances. Duds in a one-v-one you back him all day long, Danny Elliott in a one-v-one. Duds had another one which was saved but the one we did score was a superb goal. We looked like we were overloading from the thrown-in, a great ball from Brad and a thumping header from the big man.”


Picture © Rick Matthews

Chester begin their home campaign against Altrincham on Tuesday night, kick-off 19.45hrs. The Robins were beaten at home 3-1 by York City on Saturday.

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1 August 2019
FIVE ACADEMY PLAYERS SIGN SENIOR DEALS

Five Scholars from the Chester Youth Academy have signed senior terms with the club. Stuart Crilly, George Macready, James Cottrell, Louis Hayes and Harry Molyneux join Lloyd Marsh-Hughes and Cain Noble who have already stepped up. Some of the players are expected to be sent out on loan to gain first team experience starting with Noble who is to join Hyde in the coming weeks.

RON HUGHES 1930-2019
Former Chester defender Ron Hughes has died at the age of 89. He was the club’s second highest league appearance holder with 399, only seven behind his contemporary Ray Gill. A regular in the team throughout the 1950s he mainly appeared at right back but also featured at right half, outside right and even had a short, but successful, run as centre forward in the mid-1950s.

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