| 22 December
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
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SHARE ISSUE WITHDRAWN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Smith has withdrawn his offer to sell shares to the ISA.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
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
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.
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
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
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!
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
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 dont 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.
Chester have been drawn away to Southport in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.
Chester rue their missed chances as they are beaten by a late goal on their first visit to Leamington.
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