| 31 January 2001
City lost 2-0 at Port Vale
last night ending their run in this seasons LDV Vans
Trophy. Goals from Wilkinson (21) and Naylor (65)
were enough to see off City who put up a brave fight
throughout and created several chances of note against
a side, we mustn't forget, are two divisions above
us. Steve Whitehall missed the game though injury
and fans will be hoping he can return in time for
this Saturday's home FA Trophy clash with St Albans
30 January 2001
CITY IN ACTION TONIGHT
For the third time of asking City travel to Vale
Park tonight for the second round LDV Vans Trophy match. A frozen pitch
followed by a waterlogged one have caused the game to be called off at
very short notice for the past two weeks. Striker Steve Whitehall misses
tonight's match with a rib injury so City manager Graham Barrow may opt
to start with either new signing Jimmy Haarhoff after his lively appearance
during the latter stages of Saturday's home victory over Morecambe, or
Darren Wright. Defender Carl Ruffer returns to the side after suspension.
The game is played to a finish tonight with a golden goal or penalties
deciding the tie if the score is level after 90 minutes. If you're going
to match and want to check with Port Vale that the game is on you can call
them on (01782) 655800.
29 January 2001
CITY ON THE TV
Next Thursday (1 Feb) sees the launch of 'Non-League
Football, The National Game' a weekly television programme on Sky Sports
One dedicated to non-league football. The first programme has chosen
Stevenage v Rushden as their match of the week, but will also feature City's
game with Morecambe as well as other games involving Conference clubs.
BAN FOR CARDEN
Paul Carden's red card on Saturday has cost him
a one match ban and he misses the clash with top-of-the-table Yeovil Town
on 10 February.
Dale Miles has left the Deva Stadium after
eight years service as the football club's official photographer.
Still without a win all season City's youth team,
under the leadership of Gordon Hill, lost again on Saturday, 4-0 at home
to Tranmere Rovers.
26 January 2001
NEW DATES FOR THE DIARY
City have rearranged the following Conference fixtures.
27 February Boston United (H), 13 March Southport (A), 27
March Telford United (A). The game at Dover Athletic is provisionally
booked for 3 April.
24 January 2001
to City keeper Wayne Brown who has been selected for the England semi-pro
squad who take on Wales in a friendly at Rushden's Nene Park on 13 February
(ko 19:30hrs). He and Scott Cooksey (Hereford) will be competing for the
'keeper's shirt. England manager John Owens, who lives in Chester, named
his squad today but there was disappointment for Paul Beesley, Paul Carden,
Chris Blackburn and defender Matt Doughty who all missed out after taking
part in a trial for the squad last month.
The full England squad named today is: Brown (Chester
City), Cooksey (Hereford Utd), McIntyre, Ryan (both Doncaster Rovers),
Jackson, Mustafa, Underwood (all Rushden & Diamonds), Pitcher, Patterson
(both Kingstonian), Goodliffe (Hayes), Drummond (Morecambe), Brodie (Scarborough),
Marsh (Southport), West (Woking).
For those City fans who would like to make another
visit to the excellent Nene Park for the match, ticket details are as
Seating Adult £8.50, Concession £5.00,
Under 12 £2.00
Standing Adult £7.50 Concession £4.00 Under 12 £2.00
Tickets are now on sale from the Rushden & Diamonds
Football Club Box Office, and can be purchased in person, postal applications
or by telephone. Ticket Office telephone number (01933) 652936.
Rushden & Diamonds Football Club, Nene Park,
Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire NN9 5QF
GOOD LUCK ANDY
Midfielder Andy Shelton has joined Harrogate
Town after a successful loan spell with the Unibond first division
club. Andy's League appearances this season were limited to just
three from the substitutes bench, but it may still come as a surprise
to some that the club have let him go. Always there for a chat in
the social club after matches, Andy was also a strong supporter of
many ISA social events, especially during the early days of its formation.
BILL PENDERGAST'S SCORING RECORD
Congratulations to Jermain Defoe the Bournemouth
striker (on loan from West Ham) who's 10th goal in ten successive
games last night created a post-war scoring record beating the previous
best of nine games held by John Aldridge (Tranmere) and Kevin Russell
(Wrexham). Defoe's ten games includes a cup match. However two other
players are now claiming to have scored in ten successive games,
BBC Radio Solent report that Southampton's Ron Davies scored 12 goals
in 10 consecutive league games in 1966/67. And Manchester City's
official website report that Billy McAdams scored 11 in 10 successive
games in the 1957/58 season.
is widely reported that Defoe now has his sights set
on Dixie Dean's record of 12 successive scoring matches
recorded in the early 1930s. What isn't being publicised
much is the fact that this Dean record, which were all
League games, is also shared with Chester forward Bill
Pendergast (pictured left) who scored 15 goals in 12
successive Division Three (North) matches in the 1938/39
season. All these goals were scored from open play and
took place between 10 September and 3 December 1938.
In fact, Pendergast, who only stayed at Chester for one
season, also scored in an FA Cup tie on 26 November therefore
actually scoring 16 goals in 13 successive matches, so
with Defoe scoring in a cup match Bill's is the record
he should be aiming for.
Bill Pendergast's record for the 1938/39
season 16 goals in 13 successive games:
Sep 10 Stockport County (h) 4-3 scored
Sep 17 Accrington Stanley (a) 3-2 scored 1 goal
Sep 24 Barnsley (h) 2-1 scored 1 goal
Oct 1 Oldham (a) 3-1 scored 2 goals
Oct 8 Halifax (h) 5-1 scored 1 goal
Oct 15 Gateshead (h) 2-2 scored 1 goal
Oct 22 Wrexham (a) 2-3 scored 1 goal
Oct 29 York City (h) 5-1 scored 1 goal
Nov 5 Rochdale (a) 2-5 scored 1 goal
Nov 12 Rotherham United (h) 1-4 scored 1 goal
Nov 19 Doncaster (a) 1-4 scored 1 goal
Nov 26 Bradford City (FAC) (h) 3-1 scored 1 goal
Dec 3 Crewe Alex (a) 2-0 scored 1 goal
23 January 2001
Tonight's match at Vale Park has been postponed
due to a waterlogged pitch. The postponement came late @ 17:00hrs. The
game will now take place next Tuesday 30 January which will mean yet another
postponement for the away Conference match at Telford United scheduled
for that night. City now have four League fixtures to rearrange; the home
match with Boston United and away visits to Southport, Dover Athletic and
City defender Matt Doughty has recovered from
his hamstring injury sustained at Blackburn and could line-up up for City
in tonight's match with Port Vale. Manager Graham Barrow is also expected
to name recent signing from Birmingham Jimmy Haarhoff on the bench.
21 January 2001
Andy Porter will be out of action for a month
following a knee operation, which was worse than first feared. A big disappointment
to Porter is missing out on a game against his old club Port Vale in tomorrow
night's LDV Vans Trophy match. With Carl Ruffer also missing (though suspension),
and Matt Doughty still suffering a hamstring problem, it's a chance for
the fringe players like David Kerr to impress.
NEW BOOK PHOTOGRAPHS WANTED
Chas Sumner, author of "On the Borderline: The
Official History of Chester City Football Club 1885–1997" and the sequel "Official
Review of the Season 1998–99" is currently compiling a book of historical
images of Chester City for publication next year. He would be interested
to hear from anyone with old photographs or printed memorabilia and can
be contacted at email@example.com Thanks
to all those who have been in touch so far. An acknowledgement will be
printed in the book for all material used.
19 January 2001
DOVER MATCH OFF
Following a pitch inspection at Dover at 12
noon today, tomorrow's Conference match has been postponed due to a frozen
pitch. City, who trained in indoor facilities at Wigan yesterday were due
to travel to Kent tomorrow morning.
City's match at Southport in the
Nationwide Variety Club Trophy will now take place on Tuesday
6 February. The home game with Boston scheduled for that night
will now be rearranged.
17 January 2001
Last night's match at Port Vale,
postponed due to a frozen pitch, had been rescheduled for next
Tuesday 23 January (19:45hrs). The game scheduled that
night at Southport in the Nationwide Variety Trophy will now
be played at a later date. Meanwhile, a proposed friendly
match at Rhyl tonight has also been called of due to a frozen
The club have announced that Matthew
Eddy is to be their new Public Relations and Community Promotions
15 January 2001
FA UMBRO TROPHY DRAW
draw for the fourth round of the FA Umbro Trophy made
this afternoon has seen Chester City been given a home
tie to St Albans City who play one division below the
Conference in the Ryman League Premier Division. The
Saints beat Newport County 1-0 on Saturday to reach this
St Albans City website.
CITY SIGN STRIKER
19-year-old Zambian born striker
Jimmy Haarhoff has signed for the Blues from Birmingham City.
Haarhoff had a trial at Chester just before Christmas and impressed
manager Graham Barrow then. “He looked good on trial here,” said
Barrow. “He’s small, plays up front and he’s very quick. He
went back to Birmingham and he’s had his contract sorted out
and now wants to sign for us.”
14 January 2001
The LDV TROPHY
Chester will be at home to either Shrewsbury
or Darlington in the quarter-final of the LDV Vans Trophy should they win
at Port Vale next Tuesday night.
Unfortunately, reports in last weeks Non
League Paper indicating a win for the youth team proved to be a misprint.
The team has yet to win all season and normal service was resumed yesterday
with a 5-2 thrashing at home by Stockport County.
12 January 2001
VALE REDUCE PRICES
The price of admission at next Tuesday's LDV
Vans Trophy match at Port Vale had been reduced. To see the game will cost
adults £10, senior citizens £5 and children and disabled supporters £2.
TWO UP FROM THE CONFERENCE? PERHAPS
It looks like things aren't so cut and dried regarding the second
promotion place from the Conference to the Football League. Following
their meeting with club chairmen the Conference have issued the following
Nationwide Conference Announcement:
Following a meeting of Club Chairmen, the Nationwide
Conference were extremely disappointed that The Football League
are not yet able to confirm the agreement to increase the number
of promotion places from the Conference to The Football League.
The Conference find this position totally unacceptable.
It is understood that The Football League have
not defined their decision making process. The Conference are urgently
seeking a joint meeting with the Football Association and The Football
League for the purpose of reaching a satisfactory conclusion that
allows additional promotion from the Conference at the end of the
season 2001/2002. Given the current progress both on and off the
field, it is vital that an early decision to complete the agreement
is made in order for the Conference clubs to continue with planned
investment in stadium development, commercial activities, and playing
Should tomorrow's FA Trophy match with
Doncaster Rovers end in a draw then the replay will take place on
either Tuesday or Wednesday next week. This will mean the postponement
of the LDV match at Vale Park.
According to Blackburn Rovers
Chester had 3,715 fans singing their hearts out in
the Darwen End on Saturday. A tremendous turnout.
Such was the unexpected size of the following that
the match kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes.
Striker Steve Finney has made his move
to Altrincham permanent following a successful month on loan from
The next members meeting of the ISA will
take place next Monday 15 January at the usual venue the Royal Mail
Club in Station Road, Chester the meeting starts at 19:30hrs.
Former players Grenville Millington and Bob Delgado will be the guest
9 January 2001
BANS FOR RUFFER & FISHER
Defender Carl Ruffer has received a one
match ban following his booking at Blackburn on Saturday he
will now miss the game at Dover on 20 January; meanwhile Neil Fisher
is suspended for this Saturday's FA Trophy home match with Doncaster
Rovers. Matt Doughty is also extremely doubtful with a hamstring
LDV VANS TROPHY
City will travel to Port Vale in the second
round of the LDV Vans Trophy after the Valiants knocked Notts County
out last night. According to the official Vale website the game takes
place next Tuesday 16 January.
8 January 2001
CITY LADIES FLY THE FLAG
Congratulations to the CCFC ladies who
did the city proud as they played Northern Premier team Coventry
City FC in the 3rd round of the equivalent ladies competition at
Upton County Officers Club last Sunday and, after sustaining early
pressure (and little else), dispatched them back to the midlands
with a 3-0 defeat. They now play National Premier side Liverpool
in the fourth round away next Sunday 14 Jan. Anybody wishing to join
the growing crowd following the girls should contact Wayne Gresty
on Chester (01244) 383201 for more details. If the girls are successful
next Sunday, they stand to play Fulham at home in the fifth, the
only professional girls team in the land and they also have two England
internationals and a Norwegian international Bring 'em on,
the cup dream is still alive! (Steve
7 January 2001
BRAVE CITY GO OUT FIGHTING
City are out of the FA Cup for another year but they put up a magnificent
performance at Ewood Park earning a standing ovation from the home
fans at the final whistle as Graham Barrow's men bowed out 2-0. Things
could have been so different of course if Steve Whitehall's 68th
minute 'goal' had not harshly been ruled out for pushing no
Rovers players were complaining when the ball hit the net to sent
over 3,000 City fans, who's sung their hearts out for 90 minutes,
delirious. Rovers were obviously caught out be the size of the away
following ordering the game to be delayed by 15 minutes. Following
the defeat City manager Barrow stated: "I was disappointed with
the disallowed goal, but that's the sort of thing that swing's Cup
ties. It's unfortunate that the decision was against us. I didn't
see a push but the referee unfortunately is the sole arbitrator.
5 January 2001
City chairman Terry Smith is the subject of
this afternoon's In The Boardroom programme on Talk Radio with Brian Moore,
frequency 1089/1053 MW. The broadcast goes out 14:00-16:00hrs. You can
also phone and email questions in to the programme. The phone number is
08700 40 50 60, email address on the website. You can also hear the interview
via their website.
4 January 2001
GRAHAM BARROW'S BLACK AND WHITE ARMY....
Chester have confirmed that they will be playing
in a new black and white striped kit on Saturday.
This season's F.A. Umbro Trophy Final
will take place on Sunday 13 May at Villa Park, Birmingham.
3 January 2001
NEW KIT FOR SATURDAY
Well, the new kit has arrived at Chester
but the club aren't letting on yet just what it is. It's believed
to be either black and white stripes or all yellow. Both City's current
kits clash with Rovers' blue and white shirts. City did play in sky
blue and black at Rushden at the start of the season by manager Graham
Barrow ruled out that kit. Meanwhile City have seven coaches booked
for the trip on Saturday with many hundreds of fans expected to make
their own way to Blackburn.
WOODS IN RACE TO BE FIT
who lives a two minute drive from Ewood Park, is to see a specialist
today in order to have the chance to get in the squad for Saturday.
Woods fractured an eye socket and damaged nerves in his jaw after
slipping when getting out of the bath at home three weeks ago. He
then got a face injury at Hednesford and x-rays revealed the extent
of the damage from the original fall. Doctors have ordered the defender
to wear a gumshield to protect the nerves on Saturday.
2 January 2001
CITY SLUMP TO DEFEAT
Chester have dropped to 10th in the Conference
following the 2-0 defeat at Hereford yesterday. Yeovil are now seemingly
out of sight at the top, a massive 21 points ahead of City with the same
number of games played. Manager Graham Barrow was left fuming and accused
some of his players of a lack of self-motivation.
“They won’t have a problem motivating themselves for
the Blackburn game,” said Barrow. “But what I can’t understand is why
they can accept the way they perform like they did yesterday. People
look at the manager to motivate the players all the time but you’ve got
to ask for some kind of response from the players. We have too many players
who don’t want to get involved – and that worries me. Players are also
looking across to the bench for what they should do next.”
Striker Mark Beesley is City's only injury doubt for
the big cup game at Blackburn on Saturday. He was taken off yesterday
suffering from a slight hamstring strain. Meanwhile club captain Andy
Porter served his one match ban and will be available for selection on
Saturday, providing he shakes off a thigh strain which caused him to
miss the Hayes match. City chairman Terry Smith missed yesterday's defeat,
he was at Norwich to see Rovers' 1-1 draw.