eagerly anticipated new book featuring archive photographs
of Chester City Football Club by club historian Chas
Sumner is now in the shops.
The 128 page book contains over 220
images illustrating the history of Chester City, a
club that has suffered more than its fair share of
misfortune in the last few years. Team groups, player
portraits, action shots, programme covers and other
club memorabilia are all included in this pictorial
collection, which covers the story of City from their
early years to the present day. Chester Football Club
was formed in 1885 (the name Chester City was adopted
in 1983) as an amalgamation of Chester Rovers and Old
King's Scholars, and this book traces the progress
of the club from its pre-League days, through its sixty-nine
years of Football League membership, to the disastrous
day when the club were relegated out of the League,
in May 2000.
Some memorable cup matches are recalled,
including photographs of the 1952 FA Cup encounter
with Chelsea, and the incredible League Cup campaign
of 1974/75, when Fourth Division Chester reached the
semi-finals, defeating the First Division Champions,
Leeds United, on the way. Promotion and relegation
seasons are all remembered in a selection of fascinating
pictures, and many memories will be jogged by photographs
of the sorely missed Sealand Road ground, as well as
the 1964/65 team that scored 119 League goals and gave
Manchester United an FA Cup fright at Old Trafford.
The compilation contains superb pictures
of many famous former Chester players, including Stan
Pearson, Ron Davies, Ian Rush and Lee Dixon, as well
as lesser-known stalwarts who served the club with
distinction, such as Ray Gill, Gary Talbot, Grenville
Millington and Stuart Rimmer.
Compiled by Chas Sumner, a supporter
of more than thirty years, this book is certain to
revive memories for Chester supporters both past and
Published by Tempus Publishing as
part of their ‘Images of Sport’ series,
the book is on sale at numerous outlets.
Around 100 City fans attended
the book signing at Bookland on Saturday 13 April.
Sixty copies of the book were sold in the shop during
the hour as fans eagerly queued for the signatures
of author Chas Sumner, record scorer Stuart Rimmer
and defender and former Northern Ireland international
Iain Jenkins. More copies were signed and sold later
in the club shop prior to the game with Dover Athletic.