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TOP TEN – CHESTER CITY v DONCASTER ROVERS

1) Chester 1 (Bennett) Doncaster Rovers 1 (Halliday) 9 January 1932 Division Three North
The first meeting between the two sides, in front of 5,466 at Sealand Road. Fred Bennett scores the Chester goal from the penalty spot, our first successful penalty in the Football League. Jack Halliday scores for Rovers.

2) Chester 4 (Gale, Alderson, Sargeant, Wrightson) Doncaster Rovers 0 – 16 January 1937 FA Cup 3rd Round
The first FA Cup meeting and Chester secure a convincing victory over their Second Division opponents. Chester’s goalscoring legend, Arthur Gale, scores his first goal for the club on his return from West Bromwich Albion.

3) Chester 1 (Burden) Doncaster Rovers 3 (Tindill, Jordan, Thompson)4 September 1946 Division Three North
The first post war game at Sealand Road and Rovers win easily. The Yorkshire side go on to finish top of the table with a record number of points and only three defeats throughout the season. Goalkeeper George Scales and Charles Higgins make their Chester league debuts.

4) Chester 3 (Ryden 2, Talbot) Doncaster Rovers 0 – 24 April 1965 Division Four
The final game of Chester’s record goalscoring season and Hugh Ryden needs two goals to become the fifth player in the forward line to reach twenty goals in all competitions. With all attacks centred on Ryden he scores one in each half to reach the target.

5) Doncaster Rovers 0 Chester 2 (Webber, Dearden)9 December 1970 FA Cup 2nd Round replay
After a 1-1 draw at Sealand Road Chester secure a surprise 2-0 victory over their Third Division opponents at Belle Vue. The first Chester goals is scored by Keith Webber, his first for the club since joining from Doncaster in the summer.

6) Doncaster Rovers 3 (Wilcox, Humes, Yates) Chester City 4 (Leonard 3, Pugh)17 December 1993 Division Three
Mark Leonard scores his only hat-trick for the club as City recover a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 with goals in the 70th, 83rd and 84 minutes. One of the Rovers goals is scored by Kevin Hulme, previously on loan at the Deva. Chester are promoted at the end of the season.

7) Chester City 6 (Milner 4, Alsford, Jones) Doncaster Rovers 0 8 February 1997 Division Three
An easy victory for Chester and a personal triumph for Andy Milner who is still the last City player to score four goals in a game. Iain Jenkins spurns the opportunity to score his first goal for the club by missing a penalty. Rovers keeper Dean Williams is sent off in the closing minutes.

8) Doncaster Rovers 2 (Helliwell, Smith) Chester City 1 (Jones) 2 December 1997 Division Three
Only 864 supporters are present to see Doncaster’s first victory of the season at the 21st attempt. One of the Rovers goals is scored by Ian Helliwell who played nine games for Chester in 1996. Jon Jones scores his second and final goal for City, both were scored against Doncaster.

9) Chester City 2 (Flitcroft, Rimmer) Doncaster Rovers 1 (Mike) 11 April 1998 Division Three
Chester gain some revenge for their defeat earlier in the season and in the process send Rovers down to the Conference. All the goals come in the first half with David Flitcroft scoring his second penalty of the season.

10) Chester City 3 (Beesley 2, Carden) Doncaster Rovers 0 22 August 2000 Conference
A day of firsts. Chester’s first home game in the Conference and Mark Beesley scores the club’s first Conference goal after only 45 seconds on his first start. Jimmy Kelly is sent off for Doncaster while Carl Ruffer is sent off for Chester.

Chas Sumner [Published 5/5/03]

 

 

 

 

 

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