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disappointing season ended in anti-climax with a home
defeat by local rivals Shrewsbury Town.
At Christmas the Blues were flying high in a play-off
spot, before a disastrous run dropped them to the foot
of the table. Mark Wright replaced Keith Curle and
did enough to
haul the Blues to safety.
City fans are used to a Deva cull
each summer, and the trend looks set to continue as Wright
for next season’s promotion push.
A patched-up City side suffered their first defeat in eight games as Northampton
celebrated promotion to L1.
The Blues looked on at what might have been, having
been pacesetters themselves at the turn 2006 before
pushing the self destruct button.
A season that promised so much
then comes to an end on Saturday with the visit of our
There’s nothing to play for but local pride.
26 April 2006
City fans are breathing a sigh of
relief after the Blues picked up a point against Barnet
to preserve their League status.
few weeks ago City were rock bottom but an unbeaten
run of seven matches has lifted Mark Wright’s side
to 14th towards the end of a roller coaster season.
The last awayday sees a trip to promotion chasing
Cobblers. With League safety assured the Exiles can
fully concentrate on the annual cheese skittles challenge.
Derek Asamoah was on the score sheet again notching
the only goal at Oxford to bring a third successive
victory to push Chester towards their 52 points
Three more from Wrexham tonight
would be more than welcome. It’s 10 years now
since a City home victory over their arch rivals.
The Exiles will be rubbing shoulders with their heroes
on Saturday as we sponsor the match ball against Wycombe.
What a difference a week makes! City fans are smiling
again after the first back-to-back victories for
Striker Derek Asamoah has emerged
the Blues hero. He followed his midweek hat-trick at
Boston with a brace against Cheshire rivals Macc, his
last minute winner a candidate for goal of the season.
City travel to fellow strugglers
Oxford next. Another three points would set up next weeks
Wrexham game very nicely.
29 March 2006
travel to Boston tonight for a match described as “massive”
by Mark Wright. Three points could see City rise out of
the relegation zone.
are in very short supply at the moment though, just
one in 19 matches sums up the decline since Christmas.
Despite Sunday’s 2-1 defeat
at arch rivals Wrexham, there were encouraging signs with
a battling last 30 minutes that could have yielded a point.
22 March 2006
City’s fall from grace
was completed on Saturday as another home defeat saw the
Blues hit rock bottom
just months after occupying a play-off place.
With just one win in 18 games City
fans are hoping for a dramatic change in fortunes starting
with immediate effect.
High Noon on Sunday sees the first
eagerly awaited cross-border league derby against Wrexham
for eleven years.
15 March 2006
Wright has bemoaned a lack of width as a major factor
in City’s continued struggle that now sees then
just a point from the drop zone.
a result, the Deva Stadium revolving doors will be oiled
this week with two players expected to move out to make
way for a couple of loan signings.
Cheltenham ride into town on Saturday,
another home defeat could see City propping up the table.
It may have
only been a point, but last night’s draw against
10 man Torquay was enough to lift City a further two places
above the relegation dogfight.
Gregg Blundell equalised with his first goal since mid-October
to bring an end a run of five straight defeats.
The Blues know they must build
on last night’s crumb when they visit play-off chasing
Darlo on Saturday. Let's try to score first for once as
1 March 2006
change of manager didn’t bring a change of luck
as Mark Wright, back in charge at the Deva, saw his City
side lose at Grimsby.
solid debuts for Albrighton and Ellender in defence,
City’s lack of firepower in front of goal once
again let them down.
A classic six-pointer on Saturday
as the Blues entertain bottom club Torquay. A defeat by
the Gulls would leave the Exiles thinking the unthinkable!
been groomed to expect the unexpected at Chester, but
this even weeks events have caught many Exiles by surprise.
Defeat by Orient proved to be Keith
Curle’s swan song, as the Blues slipped to 19th
and the board moved swiftly to halt the slump.
However no one expected the return
of Mark Wright, just 18 months after he walked out on
the club in acrimonious circumstances.
15 February 2006
an improved performance, City couldn’t prevent a
sixth successive home defeat and an unwanted club record
at the hands of Cheshire rivals Stockport.
the play-off spots at the New Year, 11 defeats in 12
matches sees them languishing in 18th place just four
points from the drop zone.
With other sides picking up points
City must rediscover their early form soon, and a win
at Boston is essential.
8 February 2006
latest humiliation, a five goal thrashing at Carlisle,
was the swan song for three of the backroom staff.
Both assistant managers and the club
physio were shown the door by chairman Vaughan with
popular ex-player and physio Joe Hinnigan expected to
Saturday’s Cheshire derby
with lowly Stockport is a real six-pointer. The Blues
simply can't afford to lose to another team below them
in the table.
1 February 2006
habits die hard as City are finding to their cost. Manager
Curle described the mistakes that gifted Notts two penalties
as schoolboy errors, and promised changes in personnel.
He kept his word as
a late transfer market dip brought three defensive loanees
to keep the rest on their toes.
A trip to Carlisle, rarely a happy
hunting ground, looms next for the Blues, who face a tough
25 January 2006
City prevented a record eighth
successive league defeat with a hard fought victory at
Mansfield. Goals from Stags old boys McNiven and Asamoah
ensured a happy first Field Mill return for Keith Curle.
Despite the recent
poor run of results the Blues are only five points from
a play-off place and have key players returning from
The Magpies visit the Deva next,
Notts County as opposed to Newcastle – oh what might
18 January 2006
It was heartbreak at a packed Deva
as City crashed out of the FA Cup to League two rivals
Cheltenham and miss out on a bumper £200,000 Rd4
are finding it tough going at the moment and have now
failed to score in 5 or the last 6 games.
Curle’s takes his side to
in-form Bristol Rovers next hoping for a change in fortunes
against his home town club.
11 January 2006
Stewart Drummond’s last gasp
equaliser at Cheltenham sparked wild scenes of delight
among the 800 travelling fans as City’s comeback
forced a cup replay.
home tie against Newcastle awaits the winners of next
week’s rematch, and with possible tv coverage
to boot, Drummie’s late strike could bring a windfall.
Before then, three points from
Boston are as important to stop City’s recent slide
into the bottom half of L2.
4 January 2006
City will be hoping to continue their push for promotion
in the coming months as Keith Curle looks to boost his
meagre squad in the January sales.
Suspensions and injuries to
key players have taken their toll at the Deva as the
year ended with five straight defeats.
But there’s everything to
play for as we enter 2006 as City are only 2pts off a
play-off place and are still in the FA Cup – another
Cheltenham awayday ahead.
21 December 2005
the season of good cheer and City entered into the spirit
gifting Rushden a penalty and an own goal as a patched-up
Blues side slipped to a Deva defeat.
eagerly awaited clash with Wrexham is already sold out,
before then though there’s three points at stake
with a Boxing Day visit to Cheltenham.
City will welcome back five players
for the first of two clashes as the sides meet again in
the Cup two weeks later.
14 December 2005
Exiles have been rocked by the club chairman's threat
to consider a relocation to Widnes. He sites a lack of
city council co-operation as his reasons.
The Blues suffered their first defeat
in seven at Lincoln and will now miss keeper MacKenzie
with a broken thumb.
A loan stopper is hoped to be in
place at the weekend for City who have nine players missing
for the visit of Rushden.
7 December 2005
feels like Christmas has come early for the Exiles who’ve
seen two great wins for City this week.
Blues moved fourth after a dogged victory at Orient.
With the City goal under siege for most of the night,
Stewart Drummond struck on half-time to grab three priceless
On Saturday Nottingham Forest were
swept away as Cup fever hit the Deva. Ryan Lowe scored
twice to send their L1 opponents packing.
30 November 2005
was an unhappy return for Mark Wright as City brushed
aside Posh 3-1 to record the double over his side.
The Blues were on top throughout and
wrapped it up with a classy third goal from Ryan Lowe.
More like that please!
City host Forest next but look
certain to be without injured Michael Branch. However
it was good to see a 200-yard queue for tickets for the
FA Cup tie and a near full-house can be expected.
second time this season Dale fought back to deny victory
for the Blues, at an icy Spotland on Saturday.
Chester let a two goal lead slip but
a point keeps them in the pack at 6th.
City look for their first double
of the season next over Posh, as Mark Wright makes his
first Deva return since his controversial exit on the
eve of last season. Ex-captain Paul Carden will get a
warmer welcome than his boss.
16 November 2005
Exiles have expressed their dismay after the Football
League sanctioned a worrying precedent this week.
festive derby with Wrexham must now KO at noon during
a working day on 28/12, denying many fans the opportunity
to see the long awaited League clash due to work commitments.
The Blues will be out for revenge
at Dale on Saturday after losing a five goal thriller
at the Deva last month.
9 November 2005
took a half-time roasting from Keith Curle to kick-start
Saturday’s FA Cup win over a spirited Folkestone
Invicta, watched by Tory leader Michael Howard.
A shock looked on the cards at one
stage, with the part-timers leading before goals from
Branch and Lowe after the break saved City’s blushes.
It’s back to L2 next with
a visit from Cobblers, a fit-again Gregg Blundell should
boost City’s chances.
26 October 2005
Curle counted his side lucky to pick up a point against
Bury after a below-par Chester had looked second-best
for most of the match.
who missed the services of suspended midfielder Stewart
Drummond and injured Gregg Blundell, ground out a point
that keeps them 5th.
Hopefully a huge Blues away crowd
at Shrewsbury on Saturday will see Ryan Lowe put one over
on his former club.
19 October 2005
Exiles had a night to remember on Friday as they mingled
with the players at the team hotel and chatted for over
an hour to manager Keith Curle.
The following day the Blues continued their unbeaten away
league form with a hard fought 3-1 win at Barnet.
There will be no LDV glory this season, after a second-string
side were dumped out of the competition at Cambridge.
It will have to get better against Bury.
12 October 2005
more entertainment for a bumper Deva crowd on Friday night
but City had nothing to show for their efforts following
the 3-2 defeat by Rochdale.
The Blues were left to rue several missed chanced and
an injury to Gregg Blundell who was hospitalised after
being poleaxed in the second minute.
The Exiles will be mingling with the team on Friday after
Keith Curle’s invite to meet the squad before the
5 October 2005
six goal thriller at Wycombe certainly lived up to Match
of the Day billing as neither side deserved to lose out
for their attacking spirit.
news for the Exiles with Keith Curle agreeing to hopefully
meet up prior to our forthcoming Barnet match.
The Blues’ management will
be looking for a bumper crowd on Friday with a visit from
Rochdale, who, like City are surprising a few pundits
28 September 2005
home victory over normally tricky Carlisle on Tuesday
has lifted City to the lofty heights of third in L2.
Keith Curle’s brand of attacking
football is paying dividends and could be boosted as
ex-Blue Kevin Ellison, now at Hull, is his next loan
target. ‘Super Kev’ will be welcomed back.
On Saturday the Exiles go to Wycombe
for what should be a mouth-watering clash with second-placed
21 September 2005
turned on the style on Saturday to record their first
win in 19 years against Bristol Rovers. The rout proved
too much for two visiting fans who turned their backs
on the second half!
Blues could have won by more than 4-0, but what more
can City do to bring in the fans after another sub-3,000
Chester go to Stockport next to
renew rivalries with their east Cheshire neighbours after
a 10-year gap.
14 September 2005
fans are delighted with the start Keith Curle’s
side are making to the League Two campaign. A deserved
draw at leaders Notts County on Saturday keeps the Blues
in touch with the early season pacesetters.
However, off the pitch things aren’t
so rosy. A High Court appearance is set for next week
unless outstanding tax bills are paid.
Former manager Ian Atkins can expect
a warm welcome on Saturday, from City fans at least!
Curle was left happy after City’s win against his
former club, Mansfield. The Blues didn’t look back
after taking an early lead with new strike force Blundell
and Lowe on the score sheet.
victory set up an opportunity to top the table, but
a home defeat by Grimsby ended City’s unbeaten
Next it’s another away day
for the Exiles as Curle’s charges aim to bounce
back back at leaders Notts County.
31 August 2005
has the old cliché ‘a game lasts 90 minutes’
been more apt. Goals in the 89th and 90th minutes resulted
in a 4-4 draw with Darlo when all looked lost.
Then in the Bank Holiday Monday sun,
it was Ryan Lowe who netted past the superb Andy Marriott
in added time to bring three points away from the Gulls.
Keith Curle meets old friends as
the Stags visit next, with City aiming to maintain their
unbeaten League start.
24 August 2005
was no happy return to Molineux for Keith Curle and Michael
Branch as City crashed out of the Carling Cup. Ben Davies’
late goal gave some consolation for the noisy travelling
With record signing
Gregg Blundell now fully fit, City will be hoping for
a quick return on their investment as the Blues aim
to stay unbeaten in L2.
Darlo visit the Deva next, then
it’s a seaside bank holiday trip to Torquay.
torrential rain took its toll on Saturday as City’s
match with Grimsby fell foul of the weather.
Stadium was awash following the morning deluge, and
referee Singh was left with no option. So the Blues
are still unbeaten – unusual at this stage.
The Exiles cheese skittles season
get underway this weekend as City visit R&D. Wellingborough
is the venue for the hotly contested pre-match event.
10 August 2005
day away wins for City don’t often come around –
Margaret Thatcher had just come to power the last time
Blues fans savoured such an occasion.
Drummond’s goal for new-look Chester brought 3pts
from the Posh on Saturday to send the Exiles home happy.
With a last-gasp penalty from Michael
Branch securing a midweek point against the Imps, Grimsby
visit the Deva next to take on Keith Curle's unbeaten
With Keith Curle assembling
a new-look team over the summer, City fans are looking
forward to putting last season's turmoil behind them.
The Board have backed their
manager's ambitions too with the £105k record
signing of Gregg Blundell from Donny.
The fixture list has thrown up
a tasty opener as City visit Posh, now managed by Mark
Wright who controversially quit the Deva a year ago. Bring
11 May 2005
fans at last had reason to smile as Ryan Lowe’s
last minute goal brought victory at Oxford United to end
a traumatic season in a bit of style.
Sadly, for some of the team it was
their last appearance in a City shirt. Keith Curle has
since wielded the axe and given free transfers to 20
Stalwarts Wayne Brown and Paul
Carden are amongst those leaving. The Exiles wish them
well – thanks for the memories.
4 May 2005
manager Keith Curle, watching from the stand, had his
head in his hands as City ended their home campaign with
a predictable defeat by the Cobblers.
disappointing season draws to an end on Saturday as
the Exiles make a first-ever visit to the Kassam Stadium.
Still, Wrexham’s relegation
to L2 has given Chester fans something to relish, as we
look forward to renewing league rivalries with our Welsh
27 April 2005
City have announced they
will unveil their new manager prior to Saturday’s
final home game. Ex-Stags boss Keith Curle appears a firm
Whoever takes on
the job will have to tackle the awful disciplinary record,
with 11 red and 101 yellow cards amassed in this season
Two more were dismissed at Orient,
a match to forget for the Exiles who turned out more in
force than hope.
20 April 2005
City showed their battling qualities on Saturday, pulling
back a two-goal deficit to force a draw against Bristol
Rovers and book next season’s L2 spot.
Curle was an interested onlooker. He was interviewed
with two others on Monday for the Deva Stadium hot seat.
Leyton Orient are next up, and
with nothing left to play for much earlier than we’re
used to, the Exiles are polishing their spoons for a Cockney
13 April 2005
Steve Vaughan has been sifting through a pile applications
for the vacant manager’s job since the resignation
of Ian Rush last week.
Director David Bell has filled the caretaker role since,
and was rewarded with three vital points following a
2-1 win over Boston at the Deva on Saturday.
After a disappointing season, the
Blues know that victory over Bristol Rovers will at least
guarantee League status for another year.
6 April 2005
it’s adios to yet another manager as Ian Rush resigns
from the Deva Stadium hotseat a few days after the sacking
of his assistant Mark Aizelwood.
exits came after a string of poor results and caretaker
boss David Bell has the tricky task of picking the team
up, starting with the visit by Boston.
He becomes the 10th incumbant in
little more than five years. But odds are on the permanent
role going to a Scouser.
30 March 2005
City heroes Graham Barrow and Joe Hinnigan received a
great reception on their return to Deva Stadium on Saturday,
but they left empty handed.
signing Ryan Lowe couldn’t
have picked a better day to open his account with City.
His brace against Bury gave us a vital win and moved
us up to 19th.
City travel to Darlo’s shiny
stadium on Saturday knowing victory will almost guarantee
another season in the League.
23 March 2005
brace from Michael Branch helped the Blues to three vital
points over Notts County to ease the relegation fears.
He deserved his bizarre goal celebration.
Rush believes two more wins will ensure safety in a
season described by the chairman on TV as “disastrous.”
Ex-City hero Graham Barrow brings
his Bury side to the Deva on Monday, before that the Blues
have a chance to pick up a win with a Friday trip to Mansfield.
the lead, Chester’s alarming slump in form continued
in front of a bumper crowd at Wycombe.
was just as well the Chairboys gave us free entry as
the Blues crashed to another heavy defeat, leaving them
just six points from the drop zone.
City need to pick up wins fast,
and with six-pointers against fellow strugglers Notts
County and Bury at Deva Stadium coming up the chance is
9 March 2005
position of manager Ian Rush is no clearer after he received
a vote of no confidence from the chairman last week.
Despite their off-field troubles,
the Blues gave a spirited performance at home to Southend,
deserving more than a point from their 2-2 draw.
The Exiles will enjoy free admission
at Wycombe on Saturday as the home club run a free game
initiative to draw new fans. We will make our presence
2 March 2005
rumours are rife that last week’s 5-0 drubbing at
the hands of Shrewsbury was Ian Rush’s last match
the biggest league defeat since the 7-1 thrashing by
Brighton five years ago to the day. We were relegated
to the Conference later that season.
City are 10 points above the drop
zone, but have been in freefall. Any new boss will have
his work cut out and the home game v Southend will be
23 February 2005
off to the 55 or so City fans who struggled through the
snow to Blundell Park. For 81mins it looked like they’d
be rewarded with a valuable point.
a diabolical match saw the Blues squander all their
chances and the only goal of the game was scored by
It’s an all-ticket encounter
at Shrews next. Both teams are on 37pts and will be looking
to move up the table. Will our hearts stand another six-pointer?
difference a week makes as six points gained moves the
Blues back to their familiar 19th spot and a vital 13pts
above the dreaded drop zone.
got to feel sorry for Kiddy. They’ve
got a neat ground, top-notch cuisine (including Chinese
takeaways!) and great nearby pubs. But the football
lets them down and they look doomed.
Our next match – home to
Yeovil – will be harder. We’d settle for a
9 February 2005
Deva fax has been busy with a record offer of £125,000
to QPR for midfielder Kevin McLeod. He declined the move,
as did Morecambe’s Michael Twiss the same day!
Three goals against R&D ended
City’s goal drought and prevented an unwanted
club record after five successive blanks.
History will be made on Saturday
though, as Chester make their first-ever visit to Kiddy.
With Harriers one of the few sides below us – for
2 February 2005
lowest crowd in nearly three years witnessed the latest
shambolic offering as the Blues suffered a second 3-0
defeat in a week to leave them on the edge of the relegation
The pressure is on
Ian Rush, whose side have won just once in three months
and failed to find the net in six hours.
They say one man doesn’t
make a team, but City will be grateful to welcome back
Paul Carden as Rushden visit next.
26 January 2005
held their lead at the top of the table following Saturday’s
draw with Rochdale –
the bad boys table that is!
more dismissals have brought this seasons total to five,
add to that a mere 67 bookings and it’s
no wonder Ian Rush is finding his small squad pared
to the bone by suspensions.
Up next is our last ever visit
to the Vetch Field to play Swans. It should be a full
house and a day to remember.
19 January 2005
Rush was furious the League refused to postpone Saturday’s
match after a flu bug swept through the Deva Stadium forcing
the club to shut the ground.
The Blues, with only seven fit first team players, managed
a 0-0 draw at Cambridge to maintain the 19th position
they've made their own for seven weeks.
Chairman Steve Vaughan is confident
of squad additions before Saturday’s visit from
Rochdale – we wait in hope!
12 January 2005
scorer Kevin Ellison looks set to leave the Deva this
week in a cash plus players exchange with Hull City.
Ellison has been a revelation since
his summer signing from Stockport, and was on the mark
again in the narrow 2-1 cup loss at Bournemouth. City
played their best football of the season and will rue
missing a possible Anfield clash.
The Exiles will again be out in
force for Saturday's Cambridge six-pointer.
5 January 2005
Ellison’s stunning derby winner at Macc was the
highlight of the festive season for Chester fans. With
just five points gleaned from twelve the Blues find themselves
stuck in a familiar 19th position.
lack of firepower has become all too evident and so
a revised offer has been made for Bury’s David
Saturday sees the distraction of
the FA Cup, as team and fans alike travel in hope of an
upset at Bournemouth.
29 December 2004
time last year all every Blues fan wanted was to see Chester
enjoying at least mid-table obscurity in L2.
not quite there yet, but with two seasonal points from
7th placed Dale and table-toppers Scunthorpe, we could
see our ambition fulfilled in 2005.
Ian Rush’s New Year resolution
should be to get rid of the ‘hoofball’, reduce
the cards and show the strikers how to score. It’s
not "science rocket"!
22 December 2004
fans can look back on 2004 with pride as the club won
its first ever title and a return to the League.
Following the shock departure of Mark
Wright on the eve of the season, the Blues and new boss
Ian Rush have lately found the going tough in League
Harry McNally, who would have relished
the latest challenge, was laid to rest this week. Ex-players
and friends from the football world paid their respects.
a bright start to his managerial career, Ian Rush is finding
the going tougher as the Blues begin to struggle.
A depleted City earned a hard-fought
victory at Halifax to reach the 3rd round of the FA
Cup. But that delight was tempered with a heavy defeat
at Bristol Rovers, and it’s now five
games since a League win.
Sadly, Saturday’s visit from
fellow strugglers Shrewsbury is already looking like a
1 December 2004
such a small squad to choose from, the last thing manager
Ian Rush needed prior to Saturday’s FA Cup match
was a whole host of suspensions.
another six bookings during the Oxford defeat have taken
its toll and the Blues will be without four key players
for the tricky trip to Halifax.
We’re still licking our wounds
after the home LDV defeat by rivals Wrexham. An FA Cup
win would salvage some pride
24 November 2004
search is on for a loan striker after Cortez Belle’s
red card at Northampton and the departure of Daryl Clare
have left City with one forward.
Ellison struck a wonder free-kick to glean a point from
a tempetuous affair at Sixfields that saw five Blues
players booked and assistant manager Mark Aizlewood
Tickets are selling fast for the
LDV game with Wrexham. This is the BIG one!
17 November 2004
safely negotiated their tricky FA Cup tie at Stafford
Rangers on a day that saw several first round shocks.
A goal in each half set up a tie at
Halifax, but most Blues fans at Marston Road had missed
the first hour due to severe traffic delays on the nearby
The switch of the Cobblers’
fixture to Friday leaves the Exiles with little time for
a pre-game cheese skittles match. The football must come
10 November 2004
Belle’s first goal for City rescued a point against
Leyton Orient and prevented the Manager of the Month curse
striking at Deva Stadium.
in the day, City fans were given their dream LDV quarter-final
tie that brings cross-border rivals Wrexham to Deva
Stadium at the end of the month.
Before then, thoughts turn to the
magic of the FA Cup on Saturday, and Blues fans will be
hoping City avoid the potential of a first round upset
at opponents Stafford Rangers.
3 November 2004
been a jittery week, but Blues fans are delighted Ian
Rush has pledged his future to Chester after withdrawing
from talks with the Welsh FA.
only in charge for 11 games, said he was flattered to
be linked with the Welsh manager’s
job, but intends to stay at City for a “long time
High-flying Orient visit the Deva
next. Let’s hope Rushie gets the victory he deserves
after his oath of allegiance.
27 October 2004
profile summer signing Michael Branch is beginning to
show the kind of form City fans have been waiting for.
His brace against Grimsby, in a game
sponsored by the Exiles (we voted him MOTM), and another
against Kiddy on Tuesday helped continue Chester's form.
City have moved from bottom spot
to within a point of a play-off position after a ten-match
unbeaten run. Look out Yeovil - the Blues are on a roll!
The Exiles are
sponsoring Saturday’s match against Grimsby to mark
their coming of age. It’s also the Mariners’
first visit to the Deva.
will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to nine
games after the Blues had their first ever win over
Rushden & Diamonds to the delight of their noisy
band of travelling fans.
The list of firsts will be completed
by Tuesday’s debut visit by Kidderminster.
Steve Vaughan is to hold a fans Forum at Deva Stadium
next Tuesday following recent press speculation about
the club’s financial position.
last weeks goalless draw at Cheltenham, City fans will
hope that striker Daryl Clare will return to the side
as Chester look for an away win at Rushden on Saturday.
One player who won't be making
the trip though is Danny Collins. The Blues received several
offers recently for the promising defender who has now
signed for Sunderland for a reported £140,000.
Ian Rush gave debuts to three players last week as his
side came back from behind to cause a shock 2-1 win at
Kevin Ellison was on the mark again, scoring his second
goal of the week to land a home tie with Rochdale.
Buoyed by that result, the Blues
then held high-flying Swansea 1-1 at Deva Stadium. City
have a six match unbeaten run under Rush and must build
manager Ian Rush faces his toughest match in charge tonight
as City travel for an LDV Trophy match at Sheffield Wednesday.
They do so on the back of a four match
unbeaten run following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at
Lincoln. Kevin Ellison appeared to score directly from
an indirect free-kick! as City grabbed a point.
Meanwhile highly-rated player Danny
Collins is the centre of transfer speculation. The Blues
have confirmed that offers have been made for the 24-year-old
defender who is out of contract in the summer.
unimpressive run against Cambridge United continued at
the Deva on Saturday, though with the visitors hitting
the woodwork twice, manager Ian Rush will have been grateful
for the point.
Rush, who has
been linked with the soon-to-be-vacated managerial role
with Wales, has strengthened his back room team this
week with the appointment of former England keeper Joe
Corrigan in a coaching capacity.
Next up is a trip to Sincil Bank
where three more points will lift City above their hosts.
Rush ordered extra training for the squad last week and
the players responded with their first win of the season
against Macclesfield Town.
Danny Collins header deep into injury time was enough
to seal three points against our Cheshire rivals as
Rush, and his assistant Mark Aizlewood, tasted managerial
success for the first time.
On Saturday it’s a top versus
bottom clash as the Blues travel to Scunthorpe United
looking to inflict the Iron’s first defeat of the
were a few raised eyebroys when Ian Rush was unveiled
as City’s new manager at 7am on Saturday.
Rush, who began his illustrious playing
carrer at Chester back in 1979 has impressive coaching
qualifications but no management experience.
He’s certainly given himself
a challenge as he embarks on his managerial career! Two
more defeats at the weekend leave Chester at the foot
of League Two, and with Cheshire neighbours Macclesfield
due at Deva Stadium on Saturday, Rush and his assistant
the trauma of last week, City fans sang their praises
for chairman Steve Vaughan at Gigg Lane.
Ray Mathias has looked to his former club Tranmere for
help and on-loan signing Alan Navarro gave a performance
in midfield that suggested he could fit the bill.
A hard-earned draw at Bury wasn't
enough though to stop City slipping to the foot of the
table. Next up is a mouth-watering trip to the Stadium
of Light on Tuesday.
Stephen Vaughan is “considering his position”
following Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat by Mansfield
Town which leaves City without a win under caretaker manager
25-yard third goal for The Stags proved too much for
a small section of the Deva crowd who booed Vaughan’s
son Stephen Jnr, City’s young right back.
Let’s hope for a mood swing
on Saturday when Chester make the short trip to Gigg Lane
to face Bury, managed by former City hero Graham Barrow.
If there's one
thing Blues fans can always be sure of, it’s to
always expect the unexpected.
with a return to the Football League just 24 hours away
no-one encisaged manager Mark Wright going.
Ray Mathias answered the chairman’s
call to take temporary charge. After a 1-1 draw at Notts
County and a 2-0 home defeat by Wycombe he'll have to
to better to become a permantent fuxture.