- Chirk 4 Chester 4 - Friendly
Chester’s first ever Boxing Day fixture kicks off at 10:45am
so that the players can get back in time to see the county fixture
between Cheshire and Denbighshire at Wrexham. Chester come from 4-1
down to draw 4-4 despite being without several regulars. One of the
players missing is James Southworth who is indisposed because he
is appearing in pantomime.
|1890 – Chester
6 Burton Swifts 3 – The Combination
Chester’s first ever Boxing Day competitive fixture, a Combination
game at Faulkner Street, against a team who joined the Football League
two years later. Winger Bobby Davies scores two of the goals. The
following day Chester travel to Derby St Lukes and lose 2-1 in front
of only 100 people.
1897 - Wrexham
1 Chester 3 – The Combination
The first local derby played on Boxing Day and Chester survive early
pressure to win 3-1. One of the Chester scorers is Billy Lewis who
finishes the season as leading scorer and is also awarded the final
one of his 27 international caps for Wales.
1912 – Chester
9 Nelson 2 – Lancashire Combination Division
Chester score seven goals before half time against a team who eventually
finish four places above them in the Lancashire Combination. Nelson
are handicapped through the loss of two players when the score is
only 1-0. Recent signing Gordon Best, from Hyde United, scores four
of the goals.
1930 – Chester
9 Tranmere Rovers Reserves 0 – Cheshire
A best ever Boxing Day win in the final season before joining the
Football League. Arthur Gale scores five of the goals to reach a
total of 50 in only 24 games. Amazingly he had also scored five goals
the previous day in a 7-1 thrashing of Hyde United. This was Chester’s
tenth successive victory and included the 100th league goal of the
1931 – Lincoln
City 4 Chester 0 – Division Three North
Twenty four hours after beating Lincoln 2-1 at Sealand Road Chester
crack under sustained pressure from the home side and go down 4-0
in the first Football League Boxing Day fixture. Injuries to defenders
Harry Skitt and Bill Reilly necessitate changes in the team and Imps
striker Alan Hall takes advantage with a hat-trick. Chester are grateful
to keeper Bill Johnson for keeping the score down.
1936 – Wrexham
1 Chester 2 – Division Three North
The attendance of 29,261 remains Wrexham’s highest League attendance
and is also the largest ever crowd to watch a cross border derby.
Chester snatch a narrow victory with goals from Frank Wrightson and
Bob Sanders while Arthur Gale makes his second appearance following
his return from West Bromwich Albion.
1942 – Manchester
United 3 Chester 0 – Wartime League
The regionalised leagues during the war conjured up some interesting
fixtures including this one at United’s temporary home, Maine
Road. Chester are comfortably beaten in front of 10,449 spectators.
Chester gain their revenge a week later when they hammer United 4-1
at Sealand Road with one of the goals coming from guest player Leslie
Compton of Arsenal.
1946 – Rotherham
United 3 Chester 1 – Division Three North
The first post war Boxing Day game and Chester are beaten in this
top of the table clash. The previous day the two teams had fought
out a 2-2 draw at Sealand Road. The Chester goal is scored by Tommy
Burden and local boy Dennis Selby makes his Football League debut.
1950 – Shrewsbury
Town 1 Chester 0 – Division Three North
Twenty four hours after beating the Shrews at Sealand Road Chester
lose the return fixture at Gay Meadow. Although the clubs had previously
met in the Welsh Cup and FA Cup this was the first time they had
met in the Football League. The game is watched by 10,857.
Swansea Town 0 Chester 5 – Division Four
Chester remain on the fringe of the promotion race with a stunning
away victory at the Vetch Field. In a far from one-sided match Chester
score through Billy Dearden, Andy Provan (2), Eric Brodie and Gary
Talbot. This is the first time that Chester had scored five away
since a 5-4 victory at Stockport in 1964.
1969 – Chester
2 Wrexham 0 – Division Four
Chester outplay promotion chasing Wrexham with an all round display
of skill and power. Both goals are scored in the first half by Billy
Dearden. Graham Turner and Derek Draper are both in excellent form
which bodes well for Chester’s up and coming FA Cup tie with
Second Division Bristol City. The attendance of 15,024 has never
been bettered for a home league game since.
1974 – Chester
1 Bradford City 0 – Division Four
A bumper crowd of 8,372 are present to watch Chester maintain their
promotion challenge. The only goal of an absorbing encounter comes
from a deflected Dave Lennard shot in the 72nd minute. The above
average attendance is caused by the issue of vouchers for the forthcoming
League Cup semi-final against Aston Villa.
1980 – Blackpool
2 Chester 3 – Division Three
Chester stage a remarkable recovery after trailing to goals from
Willie Morgan and Dave Bamber in the first 27 minutes. Keith Fear
and Steve Ludlam put Chester level but hero of the day is substitute
Terry Cooke who scores an 86th minute winner with a glorious shot
which goes into the net via the underside of the bar.
1981 – Newport
County 0 Chester 1 – Division Three
In a season of very little cheer Chester gain a rare victory. Steve
Ludlam’s winner, a superb shot from the edge of the area, is
only the fourteenth goal of the season. Chester parade new signing
Peter Henderson who returns to the club from Gillingham.
1984 – Chester
City 2 Wrexham 1 – Division Four
The final Boxing Day border clash and Chester come out on top in
front of less than 4,000 spectators. It’s only the fourth victory
of the season and City’s goals are scored by Andy Holden and
a Nigel Walker penalty. This is the first home game in charge for
caretaker manager Mick Speight who took over after the sacking of
1989 – Chester
City 0 Wigan Athletic 0 – Division Three
The final Boxing Day game at Sealand Road but there is very little
excitement in a far from entertaining encounter. Chester continue
to find goalscoring difficult without the injured Carl Dale. The
attendance of 3,165 is a seasons best at the Stadium and is only
beaten by the final two fixtures, against Tranmere and Rotherham.
1999 – Mansfield
Town 2 Chester City 1– Division Three
The final Boxing Day Football League fixture and Chester lose a vital
game against relegation rivals Mansfield. Nick Richardson heads into
his own net to put the Stags ahead but Matt Doughty equalises with
a stunning volley from 25 yards, his first goal for the club. Three
minutes later a defensive lapse gifts Mansfield the winner.
2000 – Chester
City 2 Hereford United 1 – Conference
The first Boxing Day Conference fixture. With supporters looking
forward to a trip to Blackburn, in the FA Cup, City produce their
best league display for weeks to win a thoroughly entertaining game.
Steve Whitehall scores the winner with a delicate chip over keeper
Scott Cooksey in the 85th minute.
2002 – Northwich
Victoria 1 Chester City 1 – Conference
Chester once again fail to break their Vics hoodoo at Wincham Park.
Goals either side of half time, from Mark Devlin and Michael Twiss,
settle the contest. Phil Bolland is sent off midway through the second
half in front of an attendance of 2,305.