am disappointed that we are the highest payers in the League and we are lying
fourth from bottom in the
table. I am determined not to allow continued
financial wastage. We must begin to
live within our fiscal means. When safety in this league has been achieved,
we will re-evaluate in the summer how to go forward
in a positive vein. If difficult
decisions have to be taken, then so be it.”
“THE HIGHEST PAID PAYERS IN THE LEAGUE”
chairman Steve Vaughan has told the Daily Post’s Neil Turner that he paid
Inland Revenue yesterday. The chairman has stated that City are the
highest payers in League Two.
He went on to say:
“I have yet again had to shell out my own money
to keep the club afloat. I instructed the secretary to bring Cortez Belle back
South Wales after his suspension, and when their loans are fulfilled to also
ensure that Rapley and Harris return to the club.
BLUES THRASHED AT SHREWSBURY
George Elokobi was sent off
as Chester crashed 5-0 at Gay Meadow this afternoon.
This was the biggest
league defeat since the 7-1 thrashing at home
to Brighton & Hove
Albion five years ago to the day.
had the better of the opening stages but once
had scrambled in the first goal there was no
looking back. Elokobi was given a straight red card
period after fouling Luke Rogers to concede
a penalty for the third goal.
Ian Rush said: “I
think this defeat was a one-off and we are still
10 points clear of the drop zone. We have to re-group
and work hard, and
it we do there should be no threat to our status in the League.”
The Blues remain 21st but of the
sides below City in the table, Rushden, Kidderminster
and Cambridge, all picked up points.
WIN FOR YOUTH TEAM
The youth team defeated Stockport
County 3-1 at home on Saturday in the Merit League Northern
Section Division Two.
BLUES LOOK TO GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS
travel to Shrewsbury Town tomorrow looking to bounce back from successive defeats
to Yeovil and Grimsby. Gay Meadow is not the
happiest of hunting grounds for City who have won on just one occasion in 16
visits to the Shropshire ground, back in 1999 when Nick Richardson fired the
only goal in a 1-0 win.
The two sides last met in mid December
when a last minute twice-taken Michael Branch penalty
a point for the Blues in a game that saw Kevin Ellison
and ex-City player Darren Moss sent off.
Tomorrow manager Ian Rush will
have Darren Edmondson available for selection after
one match ban, though Phil Bolland is still out
with an achilles
injury. Striker Michael Branch, who has missed the
last two matches with a hamstring injury, may be
named in the squad, as could striker Cortez Belle
Rush has stated that loan players
Kevin Rapley and Andy Harris will both be recalled
their loan period at Forest Green Rovers expires. “We
are going to need everyone at our disposal for
the rest of the season” said the manager.
Cortez Belle, who has been in South Wales durng
his ban, was expected to join Newport County.
Tomorrow’s match is all-ticket
for City fans and it’s reported that only about 450 of
the 1,800 allocation
have been snapped up.
CITY RUE MISSED CHANCES
The Blues’ inability to convert their chances
was highlighted again at Blundell Park last night. After being in control for
first half against Grimsby Town, City conceded a late goal to return pointless
a match they really should never have lost.
Things are so close at the bottom
end of the table, a point last
night would have
the heady heights of 18th, however they remain
21st in League Two, a good 12 points from danger at
the foot of the table.
Following last night’s defeat manager
Ian Rush commented: “We
have to keep battling away to get safe – starting
on Saturday at Shrewsbury. We have to work with the
got at the club. We’ve got a few loan players
in but we haven’t really got people in that we
want at the moment. It’s so important to get
points on the board and get wins under our belt, then
towards next season.”
As mentioned, the Blues are next
in action when they travel to Gay Meadow on Saturday
placed Shrewsbury Town. Promoted with City last summer,
also found it a struggle this season, though have had
a good mini-run up until last night’s defeat
at promotion chasing Southend United. City fans are
reminded that the game for them is all-ticket on Saturday.
DUO TO MISS GRIMSBY GAME
Blues will be without Darren Edmondson and Phil Bolland (left) for
Tonight’s match at Grimsby Town. Edmondson serves a one match
ban following his red card on Saturday and Bolland is sidelined after picking
an ankle ligament
injury in the defeat by Yeovil.
The Mariners lie in 17th position,
three points above City and despite not scoring for
three games gained
a credible 0-0 draw at Swansea City at the weekend.
Blues fans will be hoping for another
exciting performance from on-loan Robbie Foy to match
his debut at the weekend.
Although disappointed by
the defeat Foy was pleased with City’s
effort on the day. He said: “We
were obviously disappointed to lose against Yeovil,
but we couldn’t
have been disappointed with the way
we played. I thought we gave Yeovil a run for their
money, particularly in the second half. I’m
not at Chester to run the show or win man of the match
I’m just at Chester
to help out the team and push the club towards the
top of the league. And judging from
I feel we’ve a
good chance of achieving that. I feel it’s
only good for me to come to Chester and gain some first
team experience. I can’t
commit on whether I’ll
be signing a permanent deal with Chester because it’s
early doors yet.”
CITY BEATEN AS EDMONDSON SEES RED
Michael Branch sidelined with a hamstring injury,
Robbie Foy as City were beaten 2-0 by Yeovil Town. Foy caused problems
throughout the game and was denied a debut goal early on seeing a one-on-one
saved by Weale in the Glovers goal.
Sloppy defending led to the opening goal
for Arron Davies and a penalty from Phil Jevons added to City’s woe. The
Blues also saw a penalty appeal turned down as Ben Davies appeared to be tripped
by Darren Way
in the box after the break. Ashley Sestanovich, who also signed on Thursday,
at half-time and also, like Foy, had a solid debut for the Blues. However, defender
Bolland, who didn’t come out for the second half could be sidelined for
two weeks with an ankle injury.
Manager Rush said: “I think
that for a 30 minute period the referee lost it and
us a point. The Yeovil
players were too clever for him. They knew how to kill
the game and frustrate us in the second half when we
were on the attack. I think we played better than them,
but at the end of the day it’s
goals that mattered and they got them.”
seventh red card of the season, ten minutes from time,
for two yellow card offences.
CITY ENTERTAIN LEADERS
Blues will have their work cut-out tomorrow if they are to extend their winning
match sequence to three games. They entertain table toppers Yeovil
Town who make their fourth visit Deva Stadium, a ground where they have yet
to pick up a victory.
City were thrashed 4-1 at Huish Park back in October, with Phil Jevons
scoring a hat-trick against a hapless City outfit on the day. The Blues’ consolation
coming via the penalty spot from Daryl Clare – his last for the club.
For City, it’s still touch
and go if Michael Branch will have recovered from last
weeks hamstring injury in time for the clash. New signings
Robbie Foy and Ashley Sestanovich are expected to go
straight into the squad.
For the Glovers, former Blues
favourite Scott Guyett (left) is
likely to start tomorrow in place of suspended captain
Terry Skiverton, while another former Chester player,
Michael Rose, also looks likely to feature.
TWO MORE SIGN FOR CITY
have signed two more players today. Robbie Foy, 19,
a midfielder who can also play up front and has turned
out on a regular basis for Liverpool reserves. He was
recently on the bench for the first team in the Carling
Cup quarter-final tie at Tottenham. The Scotland Under-21
international has been a target for City over recent
weeks. He has signed on a one month loan.
The Blues have also landed Sheffield United midfielder
Ashley Sestanovich. Sestanovich, 23, started his career
at Hampton & Richmond Borough before moving on to
Sheffield United, Scarborough and Grimsby Town. He has
recently been on loan at Grimsby Town and has signed on
until the end of the season.
LOAN DUO RETURN
David Bayliss and Ian Hillier have returned to
Luton Town following their loan period. Initially signed for one month
on 15 December,
pair had their deals extended a further four weeks. During their stint
at the Deva, Bayliss made 10+0 appearances and Hillier 7+1.
HARRIS OUT ON LOAN
Midfielder Andy Harris has joined Kevin Rapley
on loan at Nationwide Conference side Forest Green Rovers.
RESERVES BEAT RIVALS
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 and lifted
the team to seventh place. The reserves next scheduled
match is on Wednesday 2 March
travel to Blackpool.
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FREE ADMISSION FOR CITY FANS
Wycombe Wanderers have announced that there will be free
admission for their home
League Two game
Chester City on Saturday 12 March. The Blues are expected to receive 1,800 tickets
for the match at the Causeway Stadium.
CITY EASE THEIR RELEGATION
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
right time to tap home Sean Hessey’s cross from
four yards in front of the delighted 500 City fans making
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 isn’t
expected to rule him out of
game with Yeovil Town.
Though playing far from their
best manager Ian Rush was happy with the latest three
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
YOUTH MATCH OFF
The youth team’s
opening Merit League Northern Section Two match at
Macclesfield Town on Saturday
was postponed due
pitch. The lads will hope to kick-start their campaign
next Saturday when they have a home Merit match against
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SAME AGAIN CITY?
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.
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
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
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
EXILES WIN THE CUP
Well done to the Chester
City Exiles who won the inaugural APFSCIL 10-Pin
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
Siobhan would have scooped that
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
10 February 2005
City’s reserves won 2-0 at Bury this afternoon in
a Pontins Holiday League Division One match.
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
8 February 2005
NEW TARGET FOR CITY
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
I want Ryan Giggs in exchange for a player of mine who
we don’t rate and is not in the team.”
TWISS BID REJECTED
The Morecambe board of
directors have tonight rejected a £50,000
offer made by City for former player
Twiss. Twiss told the Shrimps’ official
not looking for a move from here at all.”
CITY BID FOR MIDFIELDER’S
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
YOUTH TEAM DRAW
The Youth team completed
their Youth Alliance North Central Conference fixtures
on Saturday with a 0-0 draw at Notts County. The side
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.
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Youth Alliance table
WIN FOR CITY
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.
Atieno’s manager at Walsall Paul Merson said:
“Tai did well on his Chester debut and got
a goal and his loan spell should do him the world
Chester play a different way to us so it will be
a good experience for him. He is one for next season
who you want on the bench so if the opposition
put 10 men behind the ball we can change our game.”
4 February 2005
CITY WELCOME BACK CARDEN
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
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,
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
time they have played at Deva Stadium having clinched
the Conference championship in May 2001 on their last
2 February 2005
“EMBARRASSING” BLUES CRASH AGAIN
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
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
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
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1 February 2005
ANOTHER LOAN SIGNING
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.
told the official Walsall website:
a good experience. Chester are near the bottom of League
Two, so hopefully I can help them move up the table.
having the best of times when I went there but now they’re
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 tonight’s
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 Saturday’s
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 tonight’s
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