26 February 1999
Shaun Reid begins a three match
ban tomorrow following his sending off against Peterborough.
Once again school children will be admitted for £2.00
tomorrow. Junior Blues should use the special vouchers.
AISTON INJURY BLOW
On-loan striker Sam Aiston
has played his last game for Chester City after being
stretchered off in the last minute at Plymouth on Tuesday.
He is sidelined for three weeks with a knee ligament
injury. Full back Alex Smith is also having problems. "He's
got a groin and pelvic problem and he could hardly
walk after Tuesday's game. He's seeing a specialist
today to see what the problem is." said the manager.
Chris Priest is also struggling to be it for tomorrow's
clash with a thigh strain. The manager has also hinted
that unless a new buyer is found very soon he will
be forced to sell three or four players to balance
the books. Alex Smith may be one of the targets after
impressing in recent matches since reverting to his
normal full back position. Ratcliffe added: "I've
had a few tentative enquiries but no bids for Alex."
22 February 1999
ON TO PLYMOUTH
Chester embark on the second
leg of their west country tour tomorrow with the game
at Plymouth. City manager Kevin Ratcliffe has injury
problems over goalkeeper Neil Cutler, Alex Smith, Chrtis
Priest and Nick Richardson who all picked up knocks in
Saturday's 3-0 win at Torquay. Meanwhile on the takeover
front ex-Sheffield United chairman Reg Brearley, now
at Grantham, is the latest name to be linked with a possible
move for the club.
19 February 1999
There are strong rumours around that a bid will
be tabled for the football club in the next few days. BBC TV lunchtime
North West news reported that a consortium of NW businessmen was poised
to buy the Club next week for £750,000. Administrator David Acland
is insisting that he is still talking to interested parties. He also said
that the money from Sky, which has kept the club going for the last month,
has now run out. The Football League are keeping an eye on happenings at
the Deva and spokesman Chris Hull, who met with the ISA last November added: "After
all the events of this season the manager and team are doing exceptionally
well and I just hope that the business community and the people of Chester
show as much commitment to the cause than the manager and players have
done on the pitch. We want a positive outcome from all of this and we are
anxious to secure Chester's long term stability."
CITY ON TOUR
The Blues begin their four day tour of Devon
today. Tomorrow City play Torquay at Plainmoor and play their re-arranged
game at Plymouth on Tuesday night. The players are staying over during
the period thanks, in part, to financial help from the ISA. Kevin Ratcliffe
has hinted at a change in formation for tomorrows game and much will depend
on he fitness of midfielder Chris Priest who has a groin injury. Dave Flitcroft
is back from suspension and Jon Cross travels after scoring three goals
in two comeback games this week. Torquay have one of Ratcliffe's former
Everton team mates Neville Southall in goal, but the Gulls will miss the
goalscoring form of Scott Partridge, who signed for Brentford in a £100,000
16 February 1999
Striker Mike Conroy has returned to Blackpool
for treatment on his back problem and may have played his last game for
the Blues. Kevin Ratcliffe had hoped to sign the striker for a thid loan
period but that now looks to have been dashed. He scored three goals in
his ten games for City and was just the experience up front the side needed
with the absence of Luke Beckett and Gary Bennett through injury. "Mick's
done well for us. We've had a little bit of trouble up front and he's used
his experience to lead the line," said manager Ratcliffe. "He's
worked hard for the team and never stopped running. It will also have done
John Murphy good to play alongside him as you can always learn from older
12 February 1999
Blues midfielder Dave Flitcroft is suspended
for tomorrow's home clash with Peterborough. This follows his 8th booking
of the season picked up at Mansfield two weks ago. Children will again
be allowed in for a cut-price £2 for tomorrow's game. The offer is
for the West Stand only (turnstiles six and seven).
Issue 27 of the Chester fanzine Hello Albert
will be on sale in the Club shop and around the ground tomorrow priced £1.00.
NO PLYMOUTH SWITCH
Chester will not be re-arranging their
home League match with Plymouth Argyle on March 27th. The game clashes
with the live televised England Euro 2000 qualifier against Poland at Wembley
but club officials have decided against a switch to Friday night.
9 February 1999
RATCLIFFE ON INTERNATIONAL DUTY
City manager Kevin Ratcliffe takes charge of
the Welsh 'B' team for their match against Northern Ireland at Wrexham
tonight. The former international who was capped 59 times for Wales has
been coaching the side at Rossett Hall.
SAM TO RETURN
Chester were due to have Sam Aiston back for
a third month's loan in time to make Saturday's home clash with Peterborough
United. He was expected to join the Blues for training today. Other loan
signing Mike Conroy is also wanted for a third month but City are awaiting
a decision from Blackpool manager Nigel Worthington on the deal.
4 February 1999
CHEAP ADMISSION FOR JUNIORS
Children will be admitted to tomorrow's home
game with Exeter City for the price of £2 as City look to boost the
gate, the cut-price offer is available in the West Stand only (turnstiles
6&7). The Blues are also at home the following Saturday against Peterborough
and the club will be looking at two 2500+ gates to help lure any potential
buyer. Both Luke Beckett and Julian Alsford player the full 90 minutes
of Wednesday's 3-0 reserves defeat, and there may be a space on the bench
for either tomorrow as City look for their first win of 1999.
The club also want volunteeers to sell Half Time
draw tickets on matchdays. "Sellers are given a match ticket for anywhere
in the ground, and also earn commission on the tickets they sell," said
commercial man Simon Williamson. Any fans wanting to help out should contact
the club on (01244) 390243 or call in at the club shop.
3 February 1999
ALSFORD BACK AT CITY
defender Julian Alsford has returned to City on a week-to-week
basis. He goes straight into the reserves side that play Bury today.
Manager Kevin Ratcliffe said: "I know we've needed to strengthen
the side and Julian could be a possibility for Saturday. He'll
play in the reserves today an we'll take it from there. He's had
a bad time at Dundee and we can give him the chance to play again.
He was supposed to be playing for Brighton reserves tonight but
he's agreed to join us and he'll play for us today."
Julian added: "I'm pleased to be back,
Kev's given me the chance of first team football and although
he can't offer me a contract, it does put me in the shop window. "I
had been training with Brighton for two days and their caretaker
manager Jeff Wood was quite impressed but Kev rang me yesterday
and offered me non-contract terms."
Earlier this season Alsford has had trials
with both Walsall and Barnet and was expected to sign for the Underhill
club but they refused to pay the £30,000 that Dundee United
2 February 1999
KEV PRAISES KEEPER
Kevin Ratcliffe has praised Neil Cutler
following the 3-0 defeat at Mansfield on Saturday. "Cuts has
made a number of saves and it could have been a bigger defeat but
for him". Cutler collided with Nick Richardson for the Stags'
opening goal. "Neil say's he's called for the ball and Nick
Richardson's got in his way. They've scored from it and incidents
like that changed the game. We've had a chance at the other end
through Murph and it could have been a different game if he'd scored.
We've been punished for our mistakes and it's the same stupid mistakes
that have been letting us down all season. But when you don't talk
and communicate then you're going to have problems. There's nothing
much I can do because of the size of our squad but I'll remember
performances like this when I make decisions in the future." added
the City boss.
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