FULL BACK JOINS BLUES
Chester have signed 24-year-old full back
Ricky Bridge from Evo-Stik First Division South
side Newcastle Town.
27 February 2014
REED SET TO LEAVE CHESTER
is set to leave the Blues to take up a coaching
role in Australia. Reed, who was born in
Chester, signed on a one year contract from
York City last summer and scored three goals
in 16+10 appearances for the Blues.
Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
26 February 2014
BLUES HOLD ON FOR VITAL WIN
from on-loan striker Matty Taylor helped
Chester to a 4-3 victory at relgation rivals
Tamworth last night. Nearly 400 Blues fans
witnessed an evening full of drama that
saw Chester race into a 3-0 lead with a
brace from Taylor and a stunning effort
from man of the match John Rooney, before
a Tamworth reply just before half-time reduced
Taylor completed his treble on the hour
mark but the introduction of substitute
Jessy Reindorf caused the Blues defence
all sorts of problems as two further Tamworth
goals late in the game made for a nervous
last few minutes.
The victory lifts Chester to 19th as they
approach a crucial March month that sees
eight league games including ones against
relegation rivals Dartford and Aldershot
Town away, as well as Southport and Tamworth
after Tamworth match
Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
25 February 2014
DANIALS JOINS ON NON-CONTRACT
Former Crewe Alexandra winger Brendon Daniels
has joined Chester on a non-contract basis. Fans
may remember him having a loan spell with Chester
last season before an injury forced his return to
Alex. He has recently been on trial for Gateshead.
24 February 2014
WELL EARNED POINT FOR CHESTER
second half goal from on-loan striker Matty Taylor
brought Chester a point form their match at Lincoln
City on Saturday. A poor first half performance
saw Chester trailing 1-0 at the break as a moment
of hesitancy by Aaron Chapman allowed Delano Sam-Yorke
to score. Taylor brought the Blues level seven minutes
after the break latching onto a long through ball
and shooting past Nick Townsend in the Imps goal.
Chester began to take control of the game and created
several chances to extend their lead with Matty
Brown, Gareth Seddon and substitute Jamie Menagh
all going close. In between all these chances Lincoln
missed the opportunity to retake the lead when Chapman
dived full length to save an Alan Power penalty,
awarded following a handball by Brown.
Manager Steve Burr felt it was two points dropped
for the Blues: “I thought the lads worked
very, very hard and there was a terrific following
for the lads and they didn’t get their rewards
because I felt we dominated the second half and
we should have won the game. It was particularly
frustrating in the second half because I felt there
was one winner. I thought we were virtually camped
in their half and how we never scored the second
I'll never know. We just never really quite got
going in the first half, we were a bit open so we
changed the shape a little bit.”
after Lincoln match
Picture © Rick Matthews
20 February 2014
CUP KNOCKOUT FOR CHESTER
Chester relinquished their hold on the Cheshire
Senior Cup when they were beaten 2-0 at home by
Macclesfield Town on Tuesday. Manager Steve Burr
made nine changes to the side that beat FC Halifax
Town in the previous match giving full starting
debut to Liam Blake, a debut from the bench for
Tom Batten, and there was a welcome return in midfield
after three months out with injury of Nathan Turner.
An under hit back pass from Ross Killock four minutes
before the break gifted former player Chris Holroyd
the opening goal for Macc. Blake almost scored a
debut goal on the stroke of half-time but his effort
was well saved by visiting ‘keeper Richard
Branagan. There were few chances after the break
and Scott Bowden wrapped up the victory four minutes
from time heading past Martin Fearon to put the
Silkmen into the semi-finals.
The Blues are back in action on Saturday with a
visit to 14th placed Lincoln City, kick-off 15.00hrs.
18 February 2014
CHESHIRE SENIOR CUP
Chester continue their defence of the Cheshire
Senior Cup with a home match against Macclesfield
Town tonight, kick-off 19.45hrs. Admission prices
are as follows: Adults £8.00, Concessions
£5.00, Under 16s £3.00. Just the main
stand will be open tonight. The tie will be played
to a conclusion with extra-time and penalties used
if needed. Car parking is free tonight and the Blues
Bar will be open from 18.30.
NO BREAK FOR CHAPMAN
Goalkeeper Aaron Chapman will be able to
continue his loan spell at Chester after an x-ray
reveled he hadn’t broken any bones following
his hand injury in Thursday’s home victory
over FC Halifax Town, though he did suffer a dislocated
hand. Chapman made an impressive debut for the Blues
but had to be replaced by John Danby with 20 minutes
left after injuring his hand attempting to claim
a cross. He will continue to train with both Chesterfield
and Chester and there is a slim chance he may be
back from injury for the trip to Lincoln City on
14 February 2014
BURR DELIGHTED WITH BLUES VICTORY
Steve Burr was delighted with the character shown
by his team who earned a dramatic injury time victory
over FC Halifax Town on Thursday night. Craig Mahon
(pictured) had given Chester the lead ten minutes
into the second half and the Blues looked to be
heading for three points against the Shaymen until
James Bolton pounced on a deflection in the Blues
area to rifle home an equaliser four minutes into
stoppage time. But, as against Barnet in Burr’s
first match in charge when the Blues also conceded
late on, Chester attacked straight from the kick-off
and substitute Jamie Menagh took advantage of hesitancy
in the Halifax defence to dink the ball over ex-Blue
‘keeper Matt Glennon for a dramatic 95th minute
Aaron Chapman was given a debut in goal and he commanded
his area well and impressed throughout until a hand
injury forced him off twenty minutes from time.
There was also a solid debut for fellow Chesterfield
loanee Matty Brown in the Chester defence. Halifax
were reduced to ten men in the first half with Josh
Wilson dismissed for a foul on Blues skipper on
the night Gareth Seddon.
Burr said after the match: “When they equalised
it was a terrible feeling but then you get the other
feeling when we go up and get the winner. That was
fantastic. They are bouncing in the dressing room
and rightly so when you've won a game like that.
I was pleased because I knew how different it could
have been had we come in at 1-1. It would have been
a disappointed dressing room and we wouldn’t
have deserved that.”
“It was a big blow to lose the young keeper
because he had done very well for us. He’s
only a young lad and he’s very enthusiastic.
I think he’s broken his hand and it didn’t
look too good when he came off. That was a blow
and little things like that seem to be going against
us but fair play to us, we got the winner in the
end which was fantastic.”
after FC Halifax match | Match
Picture © Rick Matthews
GARY JONES LEAVES CHESTER
Assistant manager Gary Jones has left Chester.
Jones joined Chester with manger Neil Young from
Colwyn Bay in May 2010 and played a key part in
the great success of the club over the last three
seasons. He was short listed for the managerial
vacancy when Young left Chester. Vice chairman Steve
Ashton said: “Gary has played a significant
part in the rise of our club. He’s a great
bloke, who has been a pleasure to work with. We
thank him on behalf of all Chester fans and he leaves
with our best wishes.”
13 February 2014
HALIFAX MATCH ON
Following a ground inspection after last
night’s storms the club have confirmed that
tonight’s televised match against FC Halifax
Town is on. Note that the game will now kick-off
11 February 2014
NEW DATE FOR ALDERSHOT MATCH
Chester’s league game at Aldershot
Town will now take place on Tuesday 11 March, kick-off
10 February 2014
FREE ADMISSION FOR UNDER 16’S ON THURSDAY
The club have announced that Under 16’s
can watch this Thursday night’s BT Sport televised
home game against FC Halifax Town for free and prices
have also been reduced for students and clubs in
the Chester and District Football League. The game
is the club’s annual community-focused MBNA
Day fixture, students will be able to watch the
match for £5.00 and £10.00 tickets are
available to Chester and District Football League
8 February 2014
SHOTS GAME OFF
Today’s league game at Aldershot Town
has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
7 February 2014
TWO NEW LOAN SIGNINGS
Chester have signed two more loan players,
both are from Chesterfield. Aaron Chapman is a 22-year-old
goalkeeper who joined the Spireites last summer
from Belper Town while 23-year-old Matty Brown is
a central defender who Chesterfield signed from
Marine. Both are on loan until 7 March.
The home match against Wrexham on Saturday
19 April will now have a noon kick-off. Wrexham
will receive 1,200 tickets for the game.
5 February 2014
DARTFORD MATCH ON TV
Chester’s away match at Dartford will
now be screened live on BT Sport. It will be played
on Friday 7 March, kick-off 19.45hrs. The match
will be screened in the Blues Bar for those from
Chester not making the trip to Kent.
BLUES DEFEAT AT MACCLESFIELD
were beaten 3-2 at Macclesfield Town last night,
their third straight defeat all of which have seen
them concede three goals. The Blues lie one place
above the relegation zone and one point above Tamworth
but the Staffordshire side, who Chester have yet
to play this season, have three matches in hand.
Gareth Seddon (pictured) gave Chester the lead on
19 minutes latching on to Matty Taylor’s through
ball to score past Rhys Taylor in the Macc goal.
Chester’s lead lasted barely three minutes
before Scott Boden rose unmarked at the far post
to head home the equaliser. Seddon had a goal disallowed
for offside before the Silkmen took advantage of
some more poor defending to take the lead ten minutes
before the break as Steve Williams headed home a
Peter Winn free-kick.
Once again Chester had the ball in the net only
for the linesman to flag Linwood’s effort
offside. Seven minutes after the restart former
Blue Chris Holroyd scored a third for Macclesfield
heading home after the Blues defence failed to deal
with Jack Mackreth’s cross. Chester created
several chances of note and pulled a goal back two
minutes from time as John Rooney volleyed home.
There was still time for an equaliser but Seddon
spurned the best chance in stoppage time lifting
the ball over from six yards out.
Burr told the Chester Leader following the latest
defeat: “We can’t keep giving balls
away like we have been doing and I’m very
disappointed about that. The pleasing part is
that we created plenty of chances compared to
Saturday, but I was disappointed about the two
goals that were ruled out for offside but that’s
just the way sometimes things go.”
“But I was really disappointed about the
ease at which we allowed to Macclesfield to score.
The players have got to start helping themselves.
They are honest enough, but they were naive. To
go in front and then concede two goals in the
way we did was pretty embarrassing really.”
Chester are back in action on Saturday with a trip
to Aldershot Town who lie one place and two points
above the Blues.
after Macclesfield match
Picture © Rick Matthews
3 February 2014
NIGEL WALKER 1959-2014
City player Nigel Walker has died at the
age of 54 after a long fight with cancer.
The Gateshead-born inside-forward made 41
league appearances in his only season at
Sealand Road and the nine goals he scored
during that 1984/85 campaign placed him
second behind Stuart Rimmer.
Chester have signed 23-year-old midfielder
Matty Mainwaring on a non-contract basis until the
end of the season. The former Stockport County player
watched Chester’s defeat against Welling United
from the stand on Saturday. Mainwaring was released
by County at the end of last season and played 11
matched for Hyde this season and spent a period
on loan at Macclesfield Town though didn’t
play for the Silkmen.
BLUES PAY FOR DEFENSIVE ERRORS
Chester turned in a poor first half against
Welling United and were made to pay as the Kent
side eventually ran out 3-1 winners on Saturday.
Harry Cornick opened the scoring for the visitors
on 17 minutes racing on to a defence splitting through
ball, and five minutes before the break John Danby
lost the ball to Tobi Sho-Silva whose simple pass
allowed Ross Lafayette to score from close range.
A third goal from long range by Joe Healy eight
minutes after the break put the game beyond Chester.
New signing Matty Taylor pulled a goal back for
the Blues on his debut but the defeat was compounded
in the last minute with Ross Killock being sent-off
for picking up a needless second yellow card.
Manager Steve Burr said: “Collectively as
a team we have got to do a lot better. I think maybe
we thought we would go out there and pass it around
them without doing the ugly side of it. Welling
worked very hard in the first half in particular
and that's something we need every week and you
can never not do that.”
Chester must pick themselves up quickly for their
next match away at Macclesfield Town on Tuesday
night, kick-off 19.45hrs. Killock will now miss
the game through suspension.
after Welling match
|PLAYER OF THE SEASON
Gary Stopforth was named CFU Player of the Season at the end of season awards night at the Mollington Banastre.
|SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE
Despite playing well and taking the lead twice, Chester ended their season with a 2-2 draw against ten-man Alfreton Town.
|Everything you need to know about the club’s history, honours, records and kits. Complete list of fixtures from 1885 and much more.
The Exiles have set up a blog to provide away match information and articles for Blues fans living away from Chester. You can read it here