| 31 December
MATCH FROZEN OFF
Tomorrow�s New Years Day home
match with Northwich Victoria has been postponed as the
Deva pitch and ground surrounds are frozen. The club
wanted to rearrange the game for this Thursday night
but Vics wouldn�t agree. Next Tuesday 8 January now looks
like the possible new date. With more heavy frost forecast
Saturday's match at Telford must also be in some doubt.
PORTER JOINS APPLICANTS
Midfielder Andy Porter has
put his name forward for the vacant manager�s job at
the Deva but there currently seem to be two main candidates
for the job, Mark Wright and Graham Barrow. Chairman
Steve Vaughan has already spoken to Wright and is checking
to see if Graham Barrow can get permission from the Bury
chairman before he�s interviewed tomorrow. Vaughan added: Mark
Wright told me he�d bring in two defenders if he was
given the job (Scott Guyett and Phil Bolland both at
Oxford and ex-Southport), and he added he would bring
in his friend Alan Lewer, but Lewer has also applied
for the job. Everyone is aware that the Chester job is
a good paying job for whoever takes it. But if we get
relegated the club wouldn�t be able to substantiate wage
demands. Whoever takes over has to give me a guarantee
that they would keep Chester in the Conference because
that is our priority at the moment.
On the City bench on Saturday were
Owen Brown and reserve team coach Roy Cook, they, along
with Dean Spink and Andy Porter, picked the side that
beat Hayes 3-1. Vaughan said: Owen selected the
side but he�s full time at the Liverpool Academy he�s
not here looking for a job, he was here doing me a
favour, and he and the other lads involved did a good
Along with Porter and Lewer, Jimmy
Mullen and John McGinlay have asked for an interview
for the post.
28 December 2001
CRUCIAL TIME FOR CITY
City have two vital home games
in the next four games knowing that nothing less than
six points will be good enough if they are to break clear
from the bottom of the table. Dean Spink and Andy Porter
take charge of team affairs for tomorrow�s visit of Hayes.
Striker Mark Beesley once again faces a fitness before
the match as he�s still suffering with a sore groin.
27 December 2001
just 79 days and 13 games in charge at Chester, manager Steve Mungall
has been sacked following yesterday�s disappointing 3-1 defeat
at Northwich Victoria. Along with Mungall, physio Chris Malkin
and assistant Gary Stevens have also been shown the door. The board
of directors meet today to discuss the situation and senior players
Dean Spink and Andy Porter will take charge of the team for Saturday�s
visit of Hayes.
Following the Northwich defeat chairman Steve
Vaughan said: One point from the last 18 is pathetic. The
manager and his staff have lost their jobs as a result of recent
events, but quite frankly the players must also take a serious
look at themselves. Steve is a personal friend of mine, and it
wasn�t easy to do, but I had to take a business decision for
the good of this football club. I now need somebody who can quickly
turn things around, and get us out of this mess we�re in. I won�t
be rushed into a decision and I doubt if we will have anyone
in place for Saturday�s game against Hayes. But whoever is appointed
will have to be able to quickly rectify our problems, because
time isn�t on our side if we are to avoid relegation. The timing
of the sackings is poor, but I had to act because the players
are failing to respond. I�ve asked both Gary Stevens and Chris
Malkin to step down and they�ll be paid off, and we�ll draft
in the physio from our centre of excellence for Saturday�s match.�
Various names are being bandied around for
the managers vacancy including Graham Barrow, former Oxford United
and Southport manager Mark Wright, as well as Owen Brown and Mike
Marsh. Former physio Joe Hinnigan may also be in line for a return
to the Deva to take up his former duties.
21 December 2001
COACH TO NORTHWICH
The Official Supporters Club are running
a coach to Northwich Victoria on Boxing Day. This will depart Delamere
Street at 13:00hrs and seats cost £5. To reserve your place
please phone Barrie Hipkiss on (01244) 379011 between 18:00-20:00hrs
|CITY SIGN O�BRIEN
Chris O'Brien who has been signed on a free from Liverpool.
The Merseysiders will get 50% of any transfer fee should
City sell the player.
O'Brien was signed at the start of the season on a three month loan
deal but, after a string of solid performances, the club have made
the move permanent.
MOORE DEAL OFF
Chairman Steve Vaughan has stated that
the deal to bring Neil Moore to the Deva is off. Vaughan stated: I
met Neil Moore�s agent yesterday (Wed), but negotiations broke
down. Chester agreed a fee with Telford United for the player,
and Moore want's to join us, but his agent was requesting second
division money. It�s a bitter blow for the club, but I�m not
prepared to pay ridiculous money. We had a management meeting
at Chester yesterday, and Neil Moore was on the agenda because
we were desperate to sign him, but we cannot accept the financial
demands of a players agent. I�m not prepared to line the pockets
of a players agent who is jepordising that players move. That�s
the last time I�m dealing with an agent. According to
the Non-League Paper Moore rejected the move because of Chester�s
18 December 2001
CITY TO LAND MOORE?
have agreed a fee with Telford United, rumoured to be about £40,000
for defender Neil Moore (left). The player is now discussing
terms with City before he puts pen to paper. The Blues� defence
has been shipping sloppy goals in recent weeks and chairman
Steve Vaughan reckons Moore�s experience is just what is needed. �We
offered Telford £35,000 which they rejected, but we�ve
now gone back and revised our bid which is still five figures.
The deal has been done with Telford, and it�s now just down
to the player and his agent to sort out personal terms with
us. It�s a lot of money to pay out for a player at this level,
particularly when they would be available on a Bosman at the
end of the year. I understand the player is wanting to join
us, and we need him. He�s 29-years-old and has plenty of experience
after playing for Everton�s first team against Manchester United,
and he spent a number of seasons at Burnley.� said City's chairman.
Meanwhile the club are discussing a two year deal with striker David Brown
who made his first appearance on Saturday. Brown lives in Wigan and has
been offered deals to play for Torquay United and in China but wants to
stay in the north-west. The Blues are also hoping to persuade ex-Wrexham
defender, Phil Hardy, to join Chester from his current club Port Vale.
BLUES SIGN YOUNGSTER
Chester have signed highly rated 21-year-old Danny
Collins from Buckley Town. Collins has been linked with several league
clubs including Wrexham, Tranmere Rovers and Cambridge United. Collins
has played for Buckley in the Cymru Alliance for the last two-and-a-half
years, and had a contract at Buckley that Chester have paid-off. �My dad
is a Chester fan and he used to take me to matches when I was younger.
Obviously he�s delighted and now I've just got to get my head down and
prove to the manager that he was right to take a chance on me�, said a
delighted Collins who's signed a two-and-a-half year full time contract
at the Deva.
17 December 2001
DEFEAT FOR CITY
defeat at home on Saturday leaves Chester second bottom of the Conference
and desperate for a return of form if they are to survive a second relegation
in as many seasons. The season is only just past half-way, but with only
one point gathered from the last fifteen manager Steve Mungall's comment
that that just isn't good enough is the understatement of the
season. Supporter unrest is surfacing and the three games over Christmas
and the New Year against Northwich (twice) and Hayes must yield at least
Against Southport, City gave a debut to striker David Brown, the latest
player to sign on a one-month loan deal, and he fitted in well, though
he's a similar style to Mark Beesley, before being substituted by Jimmy
Haarhoff. Chester don't play next Saturday and have a tough game next with
a Boxing Day derby against Northwich Victoria at the Drill Field (kick-off
15:00hrs), where one or two more new signings may also appear.
City�s youth team match at home to Macclesfield Town on Saturday was postponed
due to a frozen pitch.
VAUGHAN NOT IMPRESSED
Following the latest defeat against Southport
chairman Steve Vaughan said: �If a joiner can�t fix chairs, and if an electrician
fails to fix a plug, they�d be replaced, and the same applies to a football
manager in charge of a losing team. Steve Mungall is obviously under a
lot of pressure at the moment and I don�t know what we�re going to do,
but we�ll have to do something soon otherwise we�ll find ourselves dead
and buried by the new year. I think we�ll have to approach Telford United
with a revised bid for central defender Neil Moore, because the team and
Steve Mungall are now under a lot of pressure.
Kidderminster Harriers central defender
Mark Shail has turned down a loan move to the Deva. Shail,
who was watched by Steve Mungall last week, was looking for
a more permanent deal but the club couldn't guarantee that.
13 December 2001
Chester will launch a business club at the Deva
Stadium tonight (17:00-19:00hrs), when businesses in the city are being
invited along to pledge their support for the club. Further details from
Jim Jones on (01244) 371376.
12 December 2001
MAKE OR BREAK TIME FOR CITY
Chairman Steve Vaughan has hinted that the next
few weeks are crucial for the club. �We�re facing a make or break situation
within the next month, with three of our next four league games at home,
but we need the support of people in the city to turn out and support our
manager and our players. I�m obviously frustrated about the team�s run
of bad form at the moment, but we need to build up to crowds of 2,000 in
order to break even. Steve (Mungall) is obviously under a bit of pressure
at the moment because of our league position. I�d like to get some talented
players in but we have to try and get rid of some deadwood first.
Mungall is spending tonight watching Kidderminster Harriers central defender
Mark Shail, meanwhile former Manchester United and Oldham Athletic player
David Brown has joined the club for a trial.
Roy Cook, the man now in charge of Chester's centre
of excellence, is on the look-out for sponsorship this season. Roy said: �Chester
City�s centre of excellence is thriving at the moment, and we�re enjoying
our two-year licence from the Football Association to operate. Everyone
at Chester City is pulling together in a bid to make the development programme
happen. Roy is currently looking for sponsorship of Chester City�s
centre of excellence teams, and he can be contacted at the Deva Stadium
on (01244) 371376.
Carl Ruffer, Jimmy Haarhoff, and Dean Spink are
all expected to make appearances for the reserves tonight when they entertain
Ashton United in the Lancashire League at Deva Stadium, kick-off 19:30hrs.
The team will be managed by physio Gary Stevens as Steve Mungall is away
scouting. Meanwhile striker Gary Williams has returned to Accrington Stanley
following his loan period at the Deva.
10 December 2001
It was another poor performance from City on Saturday
as Morecambe went away from the Deva with a point, and, but for some woeful
finishing would have taken all three. Mark Beesley equalised from close
range just after the break after Ian Arnold had given the visitors a half-time
lead from the penalty spot. Iain Jenkins fitted straight in and gave a
solid performance at right back, but fellow defender Martyn Lancaster will
be out for at least two weeks after suffering concussion in the match.
On Sunday the Ladies team turned in a disappointing display in losing 2-1
at home to Newcastle United in the third round of the Womens FA Cup.
EXILES SOCIAL NIGHT
The Exiles Christmas social night will take
place this Thursday 13 December at our regular venue, The Windmill, Mill
Street, London, WC1 (five minutes from Oxford Circus). There�ll be no agenda,
but it�ll be the best way to pick up all the news and gossip from the club
and look back on yet another eventful year at the Deva!
7 December 2001
Despite being placed on the transfer list,
defender Martyn Lancaster starts in tomorrow�s home match with Morecambe. It�s
his chance to put in a good performance, and it�s an opportunity
for him to show me he�s the best centre half at this club. said
manager Steve Mungall. Iain Jenkins will also start and there will
be a place in the squad for Jimmy Haarhoff following his recovery
from an injury picked up in City�s last home match with Forest Green
Rovers. City will be looking for their first 'double' of the season
having already beaten the Shrimpers 3-0 back in October with goals
from Mike Rose and Mick 0�Brien (2).
The Chester City Ladies are at home
to Newcastle United on Sunday in a third round FA Cup tie.
The girls are having a wonderful season so why not get along
and cheer them on into the fourth round, they�d all appreciate
it. The game kick�s-off at 13:00hrs at the County Officers
Sports ground in Upton.
fans will be pleased to hear that former manager and player
Graham Barrow (left) is to receive a testimonial by the club
in the summer after he and chairman Steve Vaughan came to a
pay-off agreement following Barrow�s sacking in June.
Vaughan stated; �Graham Barrow stressed
to me he never had any intention of harming Chester, and
I�ve transferred money into his account. I�ve also agreed
to Graham Barrow having a testimonial match at the Deva Stadium,
and the proceeds will be split 50/50 between Graham and Chester
City. The testimonial will be held either at the end of this
season or before next season.
Vaughan has also confirmed that former
managing director Bill Wingrove has reached an agreement over
monies owed to him following a tribunal decision.
PLAYERS LOANED OUT
Both Darren Wright and midfielder
David Kerr have joined Unibond League Premier Division side
Droylsden for a loan period. �They need to go out and get experience
at a better standard, rather than play reserve football for
us, which is not doing them any good. It�s up to them to go
out and do the business. The starting XI are not automatic
choices.� said manager Steve Mungall. Kerr's contract has since
been paid up by Chester and he's joined Droylsden on non-contract
5 December 2001
JENKINS BACK AT THE DEVA
Former full back Iain Jenkins has
re-signed for Chester from Shrewsbury Town on a two and a half
year contract. Jenkins said: I don�t think there�s much
difference between the Conference and Third Division. I have
dropped down to the Conference as I need and want to be playing
first team football. Because of the injuries I�ve had people
will look at Iain Jenkins and 'oh he�s been injured'. But I�m
happy to prove a few people wrong by playing week in and week
out. I know I'm not guaranteed first team football, nobody
ever is, but I have that chance rather than going somewhere
and sitting on the bench.
4 December 2001
Former Director of the Centre of
Excellence Graham Vile has been awarded £17,155 for unfair
dismissal by Chester City. The tribunal heard of a report of
Terry Smith�s attack on him. Neither the club nor Smith were
at the tribunal.
Meanwhile former youth team player James
Hussaney is seeking personal compensation from ex-manager
Kevin Ratcliffe (not the football club) after he accused
him of racial abuse. The incident happened on January 29,
1997, just before a reserve team match after James Hussaney,
had changed the studs in Mr Ratcliffe�s boots. Mr Hussaney,
who was 18 at the time, had fitted them wrongly and Mr Ratcliffe
was looking for him when he made the racially abusive comments
in front of two other players, who reported the incident.
A tribunal has already sat and awarded
Mr Hussaney £2,500 compensation for injury of feelings.
A second tribunal was held in June this year in an attempt
to overturn the dismissed claims and the appeal panel ruled
the original hearing was flawed and ordered the case to be
PLAYERS ON THE LIST
Martyn Lancaster is one of eight
players placed on the transfer list by the club. Others listed
are: Wes Kilgannon, Paul Roberts, Stephen Rose, David Kerr,
Brett Baxter, Paul Berry and Darren Wright. Their names have
been circulated to Nationwide Division Three, Conference and
UniBond League clubs. Expect a few of these players to be loaned
out in the next few days.
3 December 2001
Chester have been drawn at home
Swifts in the third round of the FA Trophy. The match will
be played on Saturday 12 January 2002. Swifts got to the third
round by beating Bishop Auckland 5-4 at home on Saturday and
are currently ninth in the Dr Martens Western Division. Swifts
secretary Nigel Green said: �The tie will be a great experience
for all our players � they know what�s expected of them, and
I�d expect it to be a good game because our lads like to play
on a good surface. We beat Bishop Auckland 5-4 at home in our
second round trophy tie on Saturday, after leading 4-0 at half-time � some
of the lads were really struggling towards the end, but we
hung on to win.�
City players reported in for extra
training on Sunday after another poor display resulted in a
2-1 defeat at Woking. Joining the squad for training this week
is former defender Iain Jenkins, currently available on a free
transfer from Shrewsbury Town. We will have a look at
Iain, with a view to a possible permanent deal. In the extra
training session we have worked on defensive formations, because
we are conceding too many stupid goals because of silly mistakes
and the players know I just won�t tolerate it. said manager
A number of trialists are also at the club and Mungall has also stepped
up enquiries for Telford�s Jake Edwards but warned that. There will
be movements this week, because we need to move some players out as well.