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,
© Rick Matthews
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
© Rick Matthews
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.
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.
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.
© Rick Matthews
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.
© Rick Matthews
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
“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.”
© 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.
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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