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17 February 2005

City look set to sign two more players today. Robbie Foy, 19, is a midfielder who can also play up front and has been turned out on a regular basis for Liverpool reserves. The Scotsman has been a target for City over recent weeks. He will sign on a one month loan. The Blues are also expected to land Grimsby Town midfielder Ashley Sestanovich, Sestanovich has also gained experience at Sheffield United. Should he pass his medical, he will be signed on a permanent deal.
16 February 2005

David Bayliss and Ian Hillier have returned to Luton Town following their loan period. Initially signed for one month on 15 December, the pair had their deals extended a further four weeks. During their stint at the Deva, Bayliss made 10+0 appearances and Hillier 7+1.
A goal four minutes from time by Ian Lathom gave the reserve side a 1-0 home win against Wrexham in their Pontins Holiday League match this afternoon. The reserves next scheduled match is on Wednesday 2 March when they travel to Blackpool.

Reserve team fixtures | Reserve league table

Wycombe Wanderers have announced that there will be free admission for their home League Two game with Chester City on Saturday 12 March. The Blues are expected to receive 1,800 tickets for the match at the Causeway Stadium.
14 February 2005
Stewart Drummond’s winning goal at Kidderminster eased City’s relegation worries and added to Harriers’. The Blues now sit 13 points clear of their hosts who occupy the last of the relegation positions. The game was heading for a goalless stalemate before Drummond found himself in the right place at the right time to tap home Sean Hessey’s cross from four yards in front of the delighted 500 City fans making their first-ever visit to Aggborough.

Manager Ian Rush stuck with the same starting X1 that beat Rushden seven days earlier but were forced into one substitution as Michael Brown replaced Michael Branch who pulled up with a pulled hamstring, though the injury isnt expected to rule him out of Saturdays home game with Yeovil Town.

Though playing far from their best manager Ian Rush was happy with the latest three points. “On a day like today you look at the result rather that the performance. It’s about time we had a scrappy win and that’s what we got, we had to dig deep. When you come to places like this, if you give in they’ll walk all over you. If you play badly and win it’s a good sign. We’ve played a lot better that this this season and lost. If we’re organised and put commitment in like we did at Kidderminster then we’ll be a hard side to beat. I felt we were first class – we worked hard.”
The youth team’s opening Merit League Northern Section Two match at Macclesfield Town on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The lads will hope to kick-start their campaign next Saturday when they have a home Merit match against Blackpool.

Youth team fixtures | Youth league table

12 February 2005
Manager Ian Rush is likely to pick the same side today to that which beat Rushden & Diamonds 3-1 last week. The Blues face another six-pointer with their first ever visit to Aggborough to play Kidderminster Harriers. Another victory today will ease the relegation pressure considerably as the Blues aim for a safety target of around 48 points.

Manager Rush is looking for City to carry on where they left off on Saturday. “The atmosphere on the training rund this week has been great, but that’s only to be expected after the way we performed against Rushden. We must now see if we can build on that display. With 14 games to go we’re ten points above the relegation zone – I think everybody would have accepted that situation when I took over at Chester.” he said.

Harriers were promoted to the league in 2000 as City passed into the Conference and the only occasion the sides have met before in the League was back in October when City ran out 3-0 winners at the Deva thanks to goals from Michael Branch, Kevin Ellison and ex-Harrier Ben Davies. The sides have also met in the Welsh Cup back in 1976 when Chester ran out comfortable 8-1 winners at Sealand Road.

The home side have two former City players in defender Wayne Hatswell, who was sent-off at the Deva in October, and forward Ian Foster.
11 February 2005

Well done to the Chester City Exiles who won the inaugural APFSCIL 10-Pin Bowling Cup in Finsbury Park, north London last night. The team of six scored 816 and 880 in their two rounds to beat off 12 other supporters clubs to lift the title by over 200 points. As well as the team trophy the highest scoring individual award also went to Chester’s David McLoughlin, and if there had been a cheer leader (and photographer) trophy then his girlfriend Siobhan would have scooped that as well!

With the team finding themselves a player short close to ‘roll off’ a fax was hastily sent to Barrow supporters club where the loan services of David Leitch were secured at the last minute, thanks Dave!

Alan Parry-Jones, Paul Woolfson (APFSCIL organiser), David Leitch (loan), Steve Catherall, Sue Choularton, David McLoughlin, Steve Mansley.

10 February 2005

City’s reserves won 2-0 at Bury this afternoon in a Pontins Holiday League Division One match.
9 February 2005

Chester’s away fixture at Mansfield Town has been brought forward a day to avoid a clash with the England v Northern Ireland international on the Saturday. According to the Stags’ official website the game at Field Mill will now take place on Good Friday 25 March and will kick-off at 19:45hrs.
8 February 2005

With yesterday’s bids for both Kevin McLeod and Michael Twiss rejected City have turned their sights to Shrewsbury Town midfielder Ryan Lowe. Chairman Steve Vaughan said the club would be faxing a player (as yet unknown) plus cash offer for Lowe this afternoon. Liverpool-born Lowe began his career at Burscough and moved to Gay Meadow in July 2000.

Lowe has gone on to make 115+73 appearances scoring 36 goals.
About the offer Shrews manager Gary Peters told the Shropshire Star: “It’s nonsense and as far as I am concerned you can’t call that a bid. It’s like me going to Manchester United, faxing Sir Alex Ferguson and saying I want Ryan Giggs in exchange for a player of mine who we don’t rate and is not in the team.”
7 February 2005

The Morecambe board of directors have tonight rejected a £50,000 offer made by City for former player Michael Twiss. Twiss told the Shrimps’ official website he was “certainly not looking for a move from here at all.”
Chester have tabled a bid for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Kevin McLeod. The bid of £125,000 is a club record and it was faxed to the Championship club on Friday but it looks like the deal will not happen.

QPR chief executive Mark Devlin told the BBC: “We received an offer and spoke to Kevin about it, but I don’t think he wants to move there.”

McLeod is a former Everton apprentice who moved to Rangers for £250,000 in August 2003 after an initial loan spell. He’s played 36+29 games for the club scoring 6 goals. The fax machine has been in action today as well with an offer to Morecambe for former favourite Michael Twiss believed to be £50,000.

6 February 2005
The Youth team completed their Youth Alliance North Central Conference fixtures on Saturday with a 0-0 draw at Notts County. The side finished in fifth place in the Alliance and now take part in the Merit League for the remainder of the season.

They will play against teams who finished in a similar position (ie mid-table), and therefore of a similar standard, from other Conference sections. Their first fixture is at Macclesfield Town on Saturday and they will go on to play: Blackpool, Stockport County, Rotherham United, Bury, York City, Hull City, Doncaster Rovers and Grimsby Town over the coming weeks.

Youth team fixtures | Final Youth Alliance table

Goals from Shaun Hessey, Taiwo Atieno and Joe O’Neill gave City a much needed 3-1 win and with it the double over Rushden & Diamonds at Deva Stadium on Saturday.
4 February 2005
Skipper Paul Carden returns tomorrow as City entertain one of the few sides below them in League Two, Rushden & Diamonds. Chester put on one of their best displays of the season when they beat Diamonds 1-0 at Nene Park back in October, a Stewart Drummond header bringing home the points on that occasion. A repeat of that scoreline tomorrow would be more than welcome as City look to arrest the goal drought that has seen them fail to score in the last five league matches.

David Bayliss and Cortez Belle both miss the game through suspension though Darren Edmondson, who came through the midweek reserve game should feature in the squad after recovering from injury. Manager Ian Rush said: “Darren came through the reserve game and should be available. He’s worked hard go get back and it’s a big boost for us. Gradually, they’re all coming back.”

Rushden are one place and three points behind City. They have two wins on their travels this season at Lincoln City (3-1) and Shrewsbury Town (1-0), five draws and eight defeats. This is only the second time they have played at Deva Stadium having clinched the Conference championship in May 2001 on their last visit.
2 February 2005
With one win in three months, and no goals for six hours, it’s hardly surprising that last night’s game with Cheltenham Town drew the lowest Deva Stadium crowd of the season. Just 1,643 turned out to see one of the worst home performances from a City side in years. The Blues crashed 3-0 and had another player, David Bayliss, red carded in the last minute for a second bookable offence with the match long lost.

Rush told the awaiting press after the game: “I felt last night was our worst performance since I’ve been at the club. It was very embarrassing and our supporters have every right to complain because our display was just not acceptable. The players know that, and we could have been beaten by more in the end. Cheltenham were more lively than us – I think you can only describe our display in one word – and that’s embarrassing.”

Those battling performances over the Christmas against Scunthorpe and Macclesfield seem light years away now. The departure of Kevin Ellison, coupled with the influx of several long/short-term loan players and unnecessary suspensions, has led to a totally disjointed looking side with far too many players playing out of position.

City must arrest the alarming slide quickly, easier said than done! They face two six-pointers in a week with the visit of Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday and a trip to Kidderminster Harriers seven days later, both sides in the relegation dogfight.

David Bayliss has been suspended for one match following his red card and will miss Saturday’s match against Rushden. Reserve players Daniel Ventre and Michael Walsh have both been suspended for one non first team game from 09/02/2005 for various offences.
The reserves lost 0-1 at home to a Manchester United side in the Pontins Holiday League at Deva Stadium this afternoon. Danish striker Mads Timm scored the only goal of the game in the last minute.

Reserve team fixtures | Reserve league table
1 February 2005

Chester have signed 19-year-old Walsall player Taiwo Atieno on a one month loan. He’s the sixth loan signing in the current squad. Atieno is no stranger to the Deva Stadium having played in the last match there whilst on loan from the midlands club at Rochdale. Atieno spent a three month spell at Spotland making 8+8 first team appearances, scoring two goals in the process, one of which was against City over Christmas.

Atieno told the official Walsall website: “Itll be a good experience. Chester are near the bottom of League Two, so hopefully I can help them move up the table. Rochdale werent having the best of times when I went there but now theyre just outside the play-offs.”

Also signing a deal today was Joe O’Neill who has made a permanent move to the Deva until the end of the season. Both will go straight into the squad for tonights only League Two home as City entertain Cheltenham Town. City will be without suspended Paul Carden and Cortez Belle, and must also do without the services of Michael Brown who received concussion in Saturdays defeat at Swansea City.

Cheltenham currently lie above City in 16th place and have three wins on their travels this season. The two sides last met in a dour 0-0 encounter at Whaddon Road back in October.

Tickets for the Shrewsbury game will go on general sale after tonights match priced at: Terrace £12.00 (adult) £7.00 (concession), Seats: 14.00 (adult) 9.00 (concession). Tickets will then be available from the ticket office between 10:00-16:00hrs.

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