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NEWS FROM DEVA STADIUM 1999
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DECEMBER 1999
22 December 1999
FOGG RESIGNS
City's Youth Team manager Dave Fogg has quit the club - he will leave at the end of January to take up a post as assistant manager to Kevin Ratcliffe at Shrewsbury Town. Fogg, who was brought to the club by Ratcliffe, has been responsible for several youngsters coming through the ranks at the club including Matt McKay (sold for £250,000) Darren Moss, Martyn Lancaster, Matt Doughty and Andy Shelton. The will leave the football club with no qualified coaches.
16 December 1999
ANGUS EVE
According to a message on the Chester Message Board by the club's Commercial Director Dan Brookes, Trinidad & Tobago captain Angus Eve has now received clearance from the Department of Employment to play for City and may feature on Saturday.

15 December 1999
SHARE ISSUE WITHDRAWN
News has broken this afternoon that Terry Smith has withdrawn his offer to sell shares to the ISA. ISA members had raised £120,000 during recent months to buy shares in their club, this now won't happen. The situation regarding the appointed acting directors is now unclear. This news comes on the back of Monday night's ISA members meeting at which the motion of a vote of no confidence in the team management of Terry Smith was proposed and seconded. The motion was passed by 86 to 2 (plus 6 in favour of the motion voting by proxy). The meeting requested that the committee meet with Terry Smith to request that he appoints a new, experienced first team manager. Since then, Terry Smith has refused to meet the supporters, saying that the ISA did not have the full backing of the supporters and that he was 'not going to put the team through the upheaval of having a new manager at this time.'

13 December 1999
CUP DRAW
City will be away at Hull City in the second Round of the Autowindscreens Shield. The game is scheduled for the week commencing 9 January 2000.
CITY AWAIT APPEAL
The football club should know the result tomorrow of their appeal to allow Trinidad & Tobago striker Angus Eve a work permit. Eve was at the Deva for yesterday's clash with Manchester City.
FAIR RESIGNS AS ISA DIRECTOR
Football club secretary Michael Fair has resigned as one of three Independent Supporters' Association members promoted to Terry Smith's board of directors. ISA chairman Les Smith has received a letter of resignation from Fair which will be discussed at tonight's members meeting. "The ISA have not asked Mike Fair to resign and it's a great disappointment and great sadness that he has resigned," said Smith, who also publicly thanked Fair for all the work he has done for the club. However Fair commented in the Evening Leader: "A couple of weeks ago the ISA committee made it clear that I could not represent the ISA at board level and undertake the duties as club secretary. "The committee said that I could not remain an independent voice and act at the same time for the club. "I was disappointed that the committee had come to this conclusion without asking for my opinion but perhaps this is indicative of the way in which the committee does its business nowadays".

7 December 1999
CUP TIE SELL OUT
All tickets have now been sold for Sunday's FA Cup third round match with Manchester City. A capacity crowd of 5,800 will pack into the Deva. There is a possibility that the game will be screened at Maine Road though this has not been confirmed.
NEW DIRECTORS
The club have appointed two new directors to the board of Chester City FC. They are Terry Smith's father Gerald Smith and his brother M.Smith. It appears that both have always been directors of the club since Terry Smith's takeover, it just wasn't made public - through a club oversight.
ISA MEMBERS MEETING
Please note that the specially arranged ISA members meeting will be on Monday 13 December at the Cheshire County Sports Club (County Officers) Long Lane, Upton, Chester at 7.30pm. Amongst other things, the meeting will consider the current state of the club and League position, and report on the share situation and constitution revision. It is very important that we get as many members to turn up as possible. Please try to attend to make your views known at the meeting.

3 December 1999
CUP TICKETS LATEST
There are NO seats available now for the Manchester City game, they are completely sold out, and there are only about 200 terrace tickets left which will now go on general sale on Monday. Please direct any enquiries to the football club by calling the ticket office on 01244 371376.

1 December 1999
CUP TICKETS
Tickets for the Manchester City FA Cup Tie will be on sale to CHESTER SUPPORTERS at the Deva Stadium Ticket Office as follows:

Wednesday 1 December - 10.00am - 8.00pm - Season Ticket Holders / Programme Holders
Thursday 2 December - 10:00am - 8.00pm - Season Ticket Holders / Programme Holders
Friday 3 December - Voucher Holders (subject to availability)
Monday 6 December - General Release (subject to availability)

Please direct any enquiries to the football club by calling the ticket office on 01244 371376.

The match tickets are actually printed by Manchester City and come complete with a map of Maine Road on the back!
BARNET MEETING
Mike Edwards from the Keep Barnet Alive (KBA) organisation has invited Chester Supporters to join them in the Queens Arms (Lounge Bar) between 12.30-1.30 on Saturday. The pub is near the ground. Turn left out of High Barnet tube station and head down hill towards Underhill. The Queens Arms is a couple of minutes past the Old Red Lion on the right, next to the cinema.
BARNET MEETING NOT
After having written to club owner/manager Terry Smith on 7 August, and again on 4 November requesting that he meet up with the Chester Exiles prior to this match we have received NO response from the chairman, or anyone else at the football club, to our request at all. You would have thought with all the supporters’ unrest that's surfacing at the moment this would have been an ideal bit of opportunity for some good PR - obviously the club don’t think so. Are we progressing!? Dan Brookes has now been in contact to arrange a short meeting between Terry Smith and the Exiles chairman and secretary before the Barnet game. A new meeting date is to be agreed then. The team bus was stuck on the motorway and didn't arrive at Underhill until 14.20 so Terry Smith missed the meeting!
YOUTH TEAM DEFEAT
City's youth team, under the watchful eyes of Dave Fogg and Gary Shelton lost 2-0 at Leyton Orient in the third round of the FA Youth Cup. A goal in each half secured victory for the O's. City's nearest efforts on goal came from Matt Doughty with a bursting run and shot over the bar in the first 45 minutes and an 18-yarder tipped over the bar in the second.
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