3 (Hedley (2), A Ferguson) Halifax
Town 1 (McLachlan) – League Division
Three North – 12 September 1931
The first meeting between the two sides and only Chester’s
second home game in the Football League. On a waterlogged pitch Chester
secure a comfortable victory although Halifax are hampered by the
loss of John McFarlane with a leg injury. Archie Ferguson scores
one of the Chester goals in his only league appearance for the club.
The Halifax consolation is scored by Fred McLachlan, his only goal
for the Shaymen.
0 Halifax Town 0 – FA Cup Fourth
Round – 28 January 1933
The first FA Cup meeting between the sides and top of the table Chester
are firm favourites to go through to the next round. On a treacherous,
frosty surface a resolute Halifax defence holds out for a replay.
Five hundred Chester fans travel to the Shay for the replay but it
is Halifax who go through to meet Luton Town thanks to a “Charlie” Davies
goal in the first minute of extra time.
Chester 5 (Burgess (4), Davies) Halifax
Town 1 (Scott) – League Division
Three North – 1 October 1949
Albert “Cam” Burgess scores four goals for Chester in
this convincing win at Sealand Road. Despite the scoreline it is
not a particularly good performance against a poor Halifax side.
Burgess is not the first Chester player to score four against the
Shaymen, Joe Mantle also scored four, in March 1933, in a 6-3 victory.
Chester 1 (Ireland) Halifax
Town 1 (Priest) – League Division
Three North – 1 March 1958
The final Division Three North game between the two sides. In the
previous game at Sealand Road Chester had hammered York City 9-2
but this was a totally different display. George Griffiths missed
a penalty for Halifax who were nevertheless indebted to an excellent
show from keeper Arthur Johnson. At the end of the season Halifax
went into Division Three while Chester’s 21st position left
them in Division Four.
Chester 5 (Corbishley (pen), Talbot, Read,
Metcalf (2)) Halifax Town
2 (Carlin, Westlake) – Division
Four – 25 January 1964
The first Division Four meeting between the sides following Halifax’s
relegation. Sixth placed Chester overcome the struggling Shaymen
who are without an away win all season. In a rugged game, that threatened
to get out of hand at times, Mike Metcalf proved what a great signing
he was with two goals and a Man of the Match performance. One of
the Halifax goals is scored by Brian Westlake, a recent signing from
Chester 2 (Provan, Talbot) Halifax
Town 2 (Massie, Lawther) – Division
Four – 12 March 1969
Promotion challenging Halifax snatch a point at Sealand Road with
two goals in the last ten minutes from Les Massie and Ian Lawther.
Chester, in the middle of an eleven match unbeaten run, finish the
season in 14th position while Halifax are promoted as runners-up
behind Doncaster Rovers.
Halifax Town 5 (Bell, Rhodes (2), McHale,
Phelan) Chester 2 (Owen,
Whitehead) – Division Three – 27
The first Division Three meeting between the sides and struggling
Chester lose to third placed Town. For Chester it is a second crushing
away defeat in succession following a 6-0 setback at Brighton. Despite
this win Halifax are relegated at the end of the season while Chester
finish 17th. Three of the Chester players Dave Lennard, Tony Loska
and Chris Dunleavy played for the Shaymen at some point in their
Chester City 1 (Rimmer) Halifax
Town 1 (Ward) – Division Four – 17
The final game between the sides at Sealand Road and the first league
game under Harry McNally. Only 1762 are present to see the opening
game of Chester’s promotion season. David Glenn, Wakeley Gage,
Milton Graham and substitute Lee Harley all make their Chester debuts.
Steve Ward, a veteran of more than 200 appearances for Halifax, scores
Halifax Town 0 Chester City 1 (Beckett
(pen)) – Division Three – 1 April
The final Football League meeting between the sides and Chester’s
hopes of avoiding relegation are boosted with a Luke Beckett penalty
after 14 minutes. The narrow win gives Chester back to back wins
for the only time that season. Neil Fisher, Tony Hemmings and Carl
Heggs all come close for City who are indebted to Wayne Brown for
some fine saves. In the final moments a looping header from Steve
Kerrigan hits the top of the bar much to the relief of the 800 travelling
Halifax Town 0 Chester City 0 – Nationwide
Conference – 17 September 2002
The first meeting in the Conference finishes as a stalemate in an
entertaining game. Second placed Chester play the better football
but are unable to convert any of the numerous chances they create.
Chester are denied what appears to be a clear penalty when Carl Ruffer
is felled by Paul Stoneman just before half time.With nine games
of the season gone Chester remain unbeaten, with only two goals conceded,
while Halifax remain mid-table.