|As expected City have
completed the signing of Crewe Alexandra central
defender Mark Roberts today, initially on a
one month loan period. Roberts played in yesterday’s
friendly against a Blackburn Rovers X1 that
Chester lost 1-0.
The Blues have also signed
two more players on loan both from Sheffield
United, centre half Chris Robertson and left
back Evan Horwood. Horwood (left) has this
season been loaned out at Scunthorrpe United
he made 10+0 appearances and Conference side
York City where he made 4+0.
Picture © Evening
30 January 2006
CURLE CHECKS OUT TRIALISTS
|Manager Keith Curle
will today use a behind closed doors practice
match against a Blackburn Rovers X1 to run
the eye over some trialists before tomorrow’s
Crewe Alexandra central
defender Mark Roberts (left) is one player
involved. He’s been training with City
over the last week. As well as Roberts, Curle
enquiries about centre half Mark Albrighton
from Doncaster Rovers and Tom Kearney from
Bradford City as he looks to build his squad
for the remainder of the season.
Picture © Evening
BANS FOR ARTELL & CURTIS
David Artell has been
given a one match ban for his red card on Saturday.
The central defender will now miss Saturday’s
trip to Carlisle United. Tom Curtis has received a two
match ban after picking up his tenth booking at Mansfield
last week. He will also miss the Carlisle game as well
as the home match with Stockport County a week later.
29 January 2006
HOME WOES CONTINUE
second half penalties condemned City to their fifth
straight home defeat leaving manager Keith Curle fuming
with his defence. It was two months ago when the Blues
tasted a home league success against Peterborough United
and this latest defeat comes just days after City prevented
an unwanted record of successive defeats.
Curle has vowed to attempt to introduce
new faces to the squad but time is running out before
Tuesday’s transfer window deadline. He said:
“I’d like to say we were beaten by one
piece of individual skill or a wonder goal but we
weren’t, we lost because of basic errors and
it’s happening too often.
There will be new faces at
this football club in the next few days, we have made
a substantial offer to Hull City for Kevin Ellison
and we hope to get a positive reply. I’m not
happy with our defence. Our central defenders are
committing too many basic errors and that is not good
enough. They are professional footballers and I expect
The positions I am looking to strengthen
are a left back, a left sided midfield player and
two central defenders. I have a few irons in the fire,
and hopefully there will be positive results from
City are next in action on Saturday
when they face a tough away trip to second placed Carlisle
United. The Cumbrians missed the chance to go top when
they were surprisingly beaten 3-0 at Macclesfield Town
Picture © Evening
27 January 2006
BRANCH SITS IT OUT
Michael Branch will sit out tomorrow’s home League
Two game against Notts County with a one match suspension
after picking up his fifth booking of the season last
weekend at Bristol Rovers. Derek Asamoah who scored
in Tuesday’s win at Mansfield Town is expected
to play tomorrow after recovering from a bout of cramp
at Field Mill.
The Blues will be looking to build on the midweek victory
that lifted them three places to 14th in League Two
tomorrow against a Notts County side sitting four places
and four points above the Blues. The two sides last
met in September when a Ben Davies goal brought a point
from a 1-1 draw at Meadow Lane.
DERBY DATE CONFUSION
The Chester Chronicle
reports today that according to the Football League
the date for the rearranged Chester v Wrexham derby
has NOT yet been decided despite reports from the club
that they were told to play the game on 7 March. It
reports a spokesman for the Football League saying:
“There is no date set for the match yet and there
is no date set for a meeting yet. We are looking to
arrange a meeting of all interested parties so that
the issues involved can be thrashed out. At this stage
we cannot comment further.”
It’s believed that the club wrote to the Football
League suggesting Tuesday 25 April for the date which
met with the approval of the local authorities but this
25 January 2006
YOUTH TEAM KNOCKED OUT
The Youth team lost 1-0
to Burnley this afternoon in the Youth Alliance Cup
quarter final at Airbus UK. City fell behind to a goal
on the stroke of half-time but fought back strongly
after the break and could consider themselves unfortunate
not to have got something from the tie.
VICTORY AT LAST FOR CITY
McNiven (left) and Derek Asamoah, against their former
club, scored their first goals in City colours to bring
a 2-1 victory in front of a delighted away following
at Mansfield Town.
After a goalless first-half, the Blues fell behind through
Danny Reet on 51 minutes but McNiven struck back three
minutes later with an unstoppable 25-yarder to level.
Fifteen minutes later Asamoah headed a looping winner
following a free-kick from Ben Davies.
The home side were reduced to ten men following the
dismissal of Richie Barker but pressed hard for an equaliser
in the final minutes as City defended deeply. Chester
had Stéphane Gillet to thank for a stunning last
minute save to bring the first victory in ten games
and make it a happy first return to Field Mill for Keith
City move up three places to 14th in League Two.
THREE MORE TO LEAVE?
Three more players, Sean Hessey,
Abdou El Khoti and Craig Dove have been told they can
leave the club. This follows on from the departure last
week to Peterborough United of Phil Bolland.
Manager Keith Curle told the Evening Leader: “I’ve
told Sean Hessey, Abdou El Khoti and Craig Dove that
they are free to go. All three are available either
for long term loans or contracts at other clubs. I’m
trying to give the players a head start and offer them
a chance to win a contract at another club. There will
be a host of players out of contract at the end of the
season, but this is a chance for all three to go now.”
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|Abdou El Khoti
24 January 2006
OLD BOYS OUT TO PROVE A POINT
travel to Mansfield Town tonight hoping for at least
a point to prevent an unwanted club record. Searching
through the record books it doesn’t appear that
Chester have before lost eight successive games in one
season (it has occurred over two before)! Keith Curle’s
men will be looking to continue on from the encouraging
second-half showing at Bristol Rovers that saw them
turn in one of their more encouring displays of late
and fight back with ten men before eventually going
down 2-1. The Field Mill links are numerous with Curle,
David Artell, Tom Curtis, Luke Dimech, Scott McNiven,
Derek Asamoah and Wayne Corden all on the books there
at some stage of their careers.
Good news for City is that goalkeeper
Stéphane Gillet has his his red card from Saturday
rescinded and will play tonight. The Blues have signed
Phil Barnes from Sheffield United as an emergency
‘keeper had the decision gone against them.
Mansfield lie one place and one
point below City have picked up form recently and beat
Rochdale 1-0 on Saturday. They also gave an excellent
account of themselves recently in the FA Cup third round
at Newcastle United where they lost by a single goal.
23 January 2006
Goalkeeper Stéphane Gillet
has received a one match ban following his red card
at Bristol Rovers on Saturday and will miss the League
two trip to Mansfield Town tomorrow night as a result.
Striker Michael Branch who has just returned to the
side from injury has also picked up a one match ban
after rceiving his fifth yellow card on the season at
the Memorial Ground. He will be sidelined for Saturday’s
home visit from Notts County.
Meanwhile the club have appealed against Gillet’s
red card and will be advised before 12:00 tomorrow if
they’ve been successful. Curle said: “We
think a wrong decision was made about the sending off.
I spoke to the referee, he said my player was denying
a goal-scoring position. I don’t think it was
a goalscoring position, because he had Luke Dimech on
the other side of him, he was also going away from goal.
It is disappointing when referees make such crucial
decisions, and I’m sure the majority of the fair-minded
people in the ground will agree it’s a harsh decision.”
It remains to be seen who will take Gillet’s place
tomorrow night at Mansfield Town should the appeal be
rejected. Curle has stated that he has permission to
borrow a keeper from a Championship club, providing
he gets Football League approval. Chris MacKenzie is
still sidelined with a broken thumb. Ryan Brookfield
played for the youth team on Saturday but has more hamstring
YOUTH TEAM DRAW
An equaliser direct from a free-kick
by Nick Linford brought the youth team a 1-1 draw against
Bury on Saturday. This was a home fixture though it
couldn’t be played at Airbus UK. The team are
next in action on Wednesday when they have a third round
Youth Alliance Cup match at home to Burnley that kick’s-off
at 12:00 at Airbus UK.
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20 January 2006
re-arranged home League Two game with Wrexham will take
place on Tuesday 7 March with a 19:45hrs kick-off following
a directive from the Football league. City chairman
Steve Vaughan told the Daily Post: “We have passed
a copy of the league’s letter to the local Ground
Safety Advisory Group which includes members of the
police force. As we are instructed to play by the league,
we will play, even if it means staging the game behind
closed doors, which would be a ridiculous state of affairs”.
The game was postponed on 28 December due to a frozed
Deva pitch. The kick-off for that game was brought forward
to 12:00 on the orders of the police and the Ground
Safety Advisory Group to stop the potential of crowd
trouble. What they make of this new evening start time
remains to be seen. Tickets issued for the original
date will be valid for the 7 March – providing
the doors are open of course. Ironically the reserves
also have a home game with Wrexham the following day.
LOWE RETURNS FOR CITY
The Blues welcome back Ryan Lowe
at Bristol Rovers tomorrow following his four match
ban. City will be looking for their first league points
in seven games against a side currently in tenth place.
Also available will be loan players Wayne Corden and
Derek Asamoah who were both cup-tied for the midweek
defeat by Cheltenham Town.
19 January 2006
BOLLY JOINS POSH
luck to Central defender Phil
Bolland who has been given a free transfer by the
football club and joined Peterborough United until the
end of the season. Bolland was signed by Mark Wright
from Oxford United in March 2002 for �15,000, prior
to signing he’d had a six game loan spell at Deva
Stadium. Bolland was the longest serving player currently
at the club having made 149+10 appearances, chipping
in with 11 goals.
He’d previously played under Wright at at both
Oxford and Southport. Bolland went on to form a solid
defensive partnership alongside Scott Guyett, Carl Ruffer,
Danny Collins and Wayne Hatswell during City’s
Conference championship season in 2003/04. Only Ben
Davies remains from that Championship side now.
Appearances have been limited this season to just 12+4
with one goal, at Rochdale. Bolland now joins Mark Wright
for the fourth time having completed a move to League
Two rivals Peterborough United. “I wanted to get
away from Chester and Peterborough were the best club
that came in for me,” Bolland told Peterborough’s
17 January 2006
CITY CRASH OUT
There’s no money-spinning
FA Cup fourth round tie for City who are beaten in tonight’s
replay 1-0 by Cheltenham Town in front of over 5,000
at Deva Stadium. City had the greater possession in
the first half but failed to take advantage of the half-chances
The all-important goal came on 52 minutes as City’s
defence failed to clear a corner allowing Kayode Odejayi
to slot the ball home from 12 yards. Stéphane
Gillet made two late saves to keep City in the game
but they failed to really test Higgs in the visitors
Manager Keith Curle said: “I thought we played
particularly well in the first period, and dominated
for long periods. When their goal went in we tried to
get back into the game but credit to them they defended
particularly well. Overall, our performance was a lot
better than the disappointing show against Boston, and
I know if we perform like that in the future, our luck
You can catch live internet commentary
(UK only) on tonight’s game from BBC Radio Gloucestershire
CITY PLAYING FOR BIG STAKES
going to be a tense night at Deva Stadium tonight as
City entertain Cheltenham Town in an FA Cup third round
As well as a place in the fourth
round, the financial rewards for victory are massive,
with £200,000+ guaranteed through third round
FA prize money, television rights from a live match
in the fourth round on 28 January against Premiership
side Newcastle United, plus subsequent TV highlight
payments. There will be a big crowd packed in tonight
as the Blues aim to reach that fourth round stage
for the first time since 1986/87 when they eventually
lost in a replay 3-1 at Sheffield Wednesday.
Replay’s at this stage of
the competition don’t come round that often.
The last time occurred 54 years ago when Chelsea visited
Sealand Road and left with a 3-2 victory in front
of the Chester’s record home attendance of 20,378.
The two sides had earlier draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge,
Chester surrendering a two goal advantage on that
occasion in London. The two third round ties were
played before combined crowds of an amazing 63,332.
Blues fans will be hoping that the
form book goes out of the window tonight. With six
straight league defeats under their belts City need
to produce the kind of battling performance that saw
them grab this replay chance with two goals in the
final ten minutes at Whaddon Road ten days ago. The
Blues were 2-0 down then and looked to be heading
out of the competition, before goals from Marcus Richardson
and a dramatic late late effort from Stewart Drummond
forced the replay.
City will be without loan signings
Derek Asamoah and Wayne Corden tonight, both
are cup-tied, while Ryan Lowe serves the last of his
four match ban. Luke Dimech is available following
Cheltenham Town have a good away
pedigree. They reached the third round stage with
a 2-1 away replay win in the previous round at Oxford
United and have lost only twice on their travels this
season. Manager Keith Curle is expecting another close
“Cheltenham are a workmanlike
side, but the League game down there on Boxing Day
and the first match in the FA Cup have been close
affairs and now it's their turn to travel and that
should be to our advantage.”
Tonight’s game will be
refereed by Andy Hall (West Midlands) and will be played
to a conclusion with extra-time and penalties needed
14 January 2006
POOR RUN CONTINUES
suffered their sixth straight league defeat today as
Boston United ran out 1-0 winners at Deva Stadium. The
only goal of the game came eight minutes from time through
Simon Rusk as the Blues failed to score for the fourth
league match on the run.
The defeat leaves City in 17th position,
though with the division being tight they are still
only six points from a play-off place with a couple
of games in hand on some sides above them.
Manager Keith Curle gave home debuts
to Derek Asamoah, Wayne Corden and Stéphane
Gillet, and opted to leave Gregg Blundell and Ben
Davies on the bench until the second half. It was
Asamoah who had the best opportunity to score though
he couldn’t quite control his chance after a
fine through ball to him in the dying minutes.
Curle will have the players in
at 09:00 tomorrow morning for training and they’ll
be having a 9-5 working day until things improve. He
said: “There is a fear factor in football where
players go out scared of making a mistake or making
the wrong decision. The only way you can get them out
of that feeling is to make them start work at 9am and
finish at 5pm. The only fear factor a footballer should
have is when he’s going to go for a job when his
career is over. So they’re going to get a taste
of that regime and that will continue until we win a
football match. If players go out scared they shouldn’t
be going out on the football pitch at all.”
DRAW FOR YOUTH TEAM
Goals from Chris Holroyd and
James Vaughan helped the youth team to a 2-2 home draw
against Port Vale this morning.
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13 January 2006
DIMECH JOINS LOWE ON THE SIDELINE
entertain Boston United at Deva Stadium tomorrow, kick-off
15:00hrs. Chester will be hoping to arrest a slide of
five straight league defeats that has seen them slip
into to the bottom half of the table. The last victory
came with a battling disply at Leyton Orient on 6 December.
The Pilgrims currently lie in 14th place, one below
City on goal difference, but have won only once on their
League Two travels this season - 2-1 at Notts County.
The Blues will be without two players
through suspension, Ryan Lowe serves the third of
a four match ban, while Luke Dimech (left) is out
for a one game suspension after picking up five bookings.
Phil Bolland should be recalled to replace Dimech
and new loan signings Derek Asamoah and Wayne Corden
are both expected to be in the Blues squad.
Priority Vouchers will be issued
to all home fans (except Season Ticket Holders) who
attend tomorrow which can be used to be redeemed for
a Match Ticket for a possible FA Cup Fourth Round
Tie against Newcastle United. Subject to conditions
The youth team are in action
tomorrow morning with a home Youth Alliance league
game against Port Vale.
Picture © Evening Leader
12 January 2006
DOUBLE LOAN SWOOP
Two players have joined City
on loan and go into Saturday’s squad to face Boston
United. They are Lincoln City striker Derek Asamoah
and Scunthorpe United midfield player Wayne Corden.
Ghanian-born Asamoah began his career
at Hampton & Richmond Borough befoe moving to
Northampton Town in the summer of 2001. He played
38+94 games for the Cobblers, scoring 13 goals. Three
years later he left and joined Mansfield Town where
he played 25+7 times, scoring on 5 occasions under
manager Keith Curle. Asamoah moved to Lincoln City
last March playing 32+11 matches for the Imps, scoring
twice. Asamoah has signed until the end of the season.
Corden, born in Leek, began his
career in 1994 as a trainee at Port Vale where he
progressed to the senior team and made 35+36 appearances,
scoring twuce. He moved to Mansfield Town in 2000
and went on to make 198+36 appearances scoring 38
goals before a free transfer to Scunthorpe United
in February 2005. He’s so far played 13+11 times
for the Iron.
Adriano Rigoglioso, who played
for the reserves yesterday won’t be coming to
City. Curle told the Evening Leader: “Adriano
has trained with us, worked hard and played in our reserve
team match yesterday, but at the moment I am not prepared
to bring him to Chester.”
11 January 2006
MATCH TO BE LIVE ON TV
The FA Cup fourth round match
match between Chester City or Cheltenham Town v Newcastle
United will be screened live at 12:30 on Saturday 28
January by the BBC1. Each club will receive a £150,000
fee. Next weeks replay also carries £40,000 in
RESERVES ENTERTAIN PRESTON
reserves drew 2-2 with Preston North End at Deva Stadium
this afternoon, the goals were scored by the chairman’s
sons James and Stephen Vaughan. James has recently been
released by Tranmere Rovers. Doncaster Rovers player
Adriano Rigoglioso who has been training with City last
week had been given permission to play and manager Keith
Curle will be taking a look at the former Morecambe
midfielder in match conditions.
Curle told the Evening Leader: “Adriano
has done okay in training and I’ve managed to
sit down and talk to the player as well as to Doncaster
boss Dave Penney. Adriano is an unorthodox player
who can play in a number of different positions and
that’s sometimes of benefit. Now I’m keen
to take a look at him and see if he can give us enough
because I can’t afford to have any luxury players.”
There may be more news on the
transfer front in the next 24 hours with Chester expected
to tie-up a deal to take Scunthorpe United midfielder
Wayne Corden on a one month loan.
10 January 2006
FA CUP VOUCHERS
After consultation with other
Board members and The Chairman, Chester City Football
Club have decided to issue Priority Vouchers at the
following two home games. The Priority Vouchers can
be used to be redeemed for a Match Ticket for a possible
FA Cup Fourth Round Tie against Newcastle United. Subject
to conditions and availability.
Boston United, Saturday
14th January 2006
Cheltenham Town (FA Cup 3rd Round replay), Tuesday
17th January 2006
Priority Vouchers will be issued
to all home fans (except Season Ticket Holders) who
attend the Football League match against Boston United.
Priority Vouchers will be issued
to all home fans (including Season Ticket Holders)
who attend the FA Cup 3rd Round Replay against Cheltenham
In the event of Chester City FC
progressing beyond the 3rd Round of the FA Cup, Ticket
sales for the 4th Round of the FA Cup will be sold
subject to availability and conditions in the following
Day One. Season
Ticket Holders with the Priority Voucher issued against
Cheltenham Town. Season Ticket Holders also need to
produce Voucher D.
Day Two. Season
Ticket Holders without the Priority Voucher and Priority
Voucher holders who have collected both vouchers from
the Boston and Cheltenham Matches. Season Ticket Holders
also need to produce Voucher D.
Day Three. Priority
Voucher holders who have just one voucher from either
the Boston or Cheltenham Match.
Day Four. General
A PRIORITY VOUCHER(S) DOES NOT GUARANTEE
YOU ADMISSION THESE TICKETS WILL BE SOLD SUBJECT TO
CONDITIONS AND AVAILABILITY.
TICKET SALES WILL BE LIMITED TO
ONE MATCH TICKET PER REQUIRED SET OF VOUCHERS.
IN THE EVENT OF ANY TICKETS BEING
AVAILABLE FOR GENERAL SALE THEN THEY WILL BE SOLD WITHOUT
ANY RESTRICTION ON QUANTITY.
Paul Baker (Director)
9 January 2006
FA CUP INCENTIVE FOR BLUES
City defeat Cheltenham Town in next weeks FA Cup third
round replay they will play Premiership side Newcastle
United at Deva Stadium in round four with the match
taking place over the weekend of 28/29 January.
City have played Newcastle twice before in the competition
losing at the third round stage 3-1 at Sealand Road
in 1965/66 in front of 18,251 fans, Elfed Morris scoring
for the Blues. The last occasion was back in the third
round of 1979/80 when goals from Peter Henderson and
Ian Rush gave Chester a shock 2-0 win in front of 24,548
at St James’ Park – as the Blues progressed
through to the fifth round that season.
The most famous meeting was back in the quarter final
of the League Cup in 1974/75 when Chester drew 0-0 at
Newcastle before John ‘Jesse’ James netted
the only goal of the game at Sealand Road in the replay
in front of a capacity 19,000 crowd.
MIDFIELDER SET TO JOIN ON
It’s being reported that
Scunthorpe United midfielder Wayne Corden is to join
Chester City on a one month loan. Corden joined The
Iron from Mansfield Town and has made 13+11 appearances
for the side this season.
8 January 2006
LAST GASP CITY FORCE REPLAY
dramatic goal four minutes into added time by Stewart
Drummond (left) secured a 2-2 draw at Cheltenham Town
on Saturday after the Blues looked down and out. Two
penalties, the first one of dubious origin, had given
the home side second half lead but City fought back
magnificently and Marcus Richardson’s header reduced
the arrears with ten minutes remaining before Drummond
swept Carl Regan’s cross home from close range
in front of 800 jubilant fans.
Stéphane Gillet made an impressive
debut in goal for City and could do nothing about
the two penalties, indeed he made a great double save
leading up to the first one.
Manager Keith Curle praised his
players for their fightback, he said: “It was
one of those 2-0 down situations, two penalties, playing
uphill agaist the wind and you think: ‘Do you
fancy yourself?’ and the pleasing thing for
me is we found an extra yard. That was the message
to the players afterwards. That’s how we have
to start games. Talking to their assistant manager
on the way out at half-time, we said the game was
going to be turned by either a piece of brillaince,
a mistake of a decision by the referee. The first
penalty I’ve got to see again – it looked
soft. The second one was hand ball and you can’t
do anything about that. At 2-0 down it’s one
of those roll your sleeves up situations.”
The replay will take place at Deva
Stadium at 19:45 on Tuesday 17 January. As a result
this will priove to be the fourth game in Ryan Lowe’s
suspension, allowing him to now play at Bristol Rovers
the following Saturday.
The draw for the fourth round takes place at the FA
headquarters at 13:30hrs on Monday live on BBC2. The
Chester/Cheltenham ball is number 23.
Notts County took full advantage
of the Blues being in cup action yesterday, their
3-2 win over Darlington lifted them above Chester
who drop to 13th in League Two.
Picture © Evening Leader
YOUTH TEAM DEFEAT
City’s youth team lost
4-3 at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday morning. The Blues
were 4-0 down at one stage but fought back with goals
from Neil Carroll, Adam Wade and Chris Holroyd.
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6 January 2006
CUP INCENTIVE FOR CITY
Blues travel to Cheltenham Town tomorrow for the third
round of the FA Cup. The winners of the tie will pick
up a handy £40,000 in prize money as well as a
place in the last 32 for Monday’s fourth round
Chester will be looking for a good
performance to get their season back on track after
a run of five successive defeats. City will be up
against one of the division’s form teams with
the Robin’s suffering just one defeat in their
last 15 matches. They progressed to the third round
strange with a 1-0 win over Carlisle United and a
2-1 win at Oxford following a 1-1 home draw. This
will be the first meeting between the sides outside
of the League and will be refereed by Darren Drysdale
The sides last met at Whaddon Road
on Boxing Day when a single Brian Wilson goal just
after half-time was enough to give the home side victory.
Ryan Lowe misses the game through suspension and there
are doubts as to who will play in goal for City. On-loan
‘keeper John Ruddy has been refused permission
to play by Everton who don’t want the young
shot-stopper cup-tied. The club have today received
international clearance so 28-year-old Luxembourg
international ‘keeper Stéphane Gillet
can now make his Chester debut. Gillet, an ex-member
of Paris St Germain’s squad, has been training
with City this week and has been signed until the
end of the season. He last played for FC Racing Union
Cheltenham will be without Shane
Duff (ankle) and Steve Gillespie (hamstring) through
Cheltenham have pre-sold over 2,000
discounted tickets for the game (which is NOT all-ticket),
and with their new Carlsberg Stand, where City fans
will be located, preventing sunlight from reaching
the pitch, frost covers have been hired in as an extra
precaution for tonight and tomorrow morning.
Should there be a replay it will
take place at Deva Stadium at 19:45 on Tuesday 17 January.
YOUTH TEAM DERBY ACTION
City’s youth team have
a Youth Alliance derby match against Tranmere Rovers
tomorrow morning. The game will take place at Rovers’
Raby Vale training ground with an 11:00 kick-off.
BOARD MEMBERS LEAVE
Both vice chairman Darren Liversage
and chief executive Darren Shelton have resigned from
the club at a board meeting on Wednesday. There are
no plans to replace the duo at the moment.
5 January 2006
TOMMY SINGLETON 1940-2005
Former Chester defender Tommy
Singleton sadly passed away at the end of December 2005
at the age of 65. Tommy has the distinction of being
the first ever Chester substitute when he came on for
his debut against Stockport County in the opening game
of the 1965/66 season.
3 January 2006
TWO PLAYERS ON TRIAL
the transfer deadline opened for January City have taken
two players on trial this week. They are Doncaster Rovers
midfielder Adriano Rigoglioso and Luxembourg goalkeeper
Rigoglioso has previously been
a target for former manager Mark Wright and is currently
on loan at Southport from Doncaster Rovers where he’s
played one game. He began his career as a trainee
at Liverpool before moving to Marine and then Morecambe
where he made 95+34 appearances, scoring 20 goals
for the Shrimps between 2000-03. He moved to Doncaster
Rovers in November 2003 and has since played 8+25
matches for the Belle Vue club scoring one goal.
Gillet is a Luxembourg international
goalkeeper and could well play at Cheltenham Town
on Saturday should Everton not want John Ruddy to
be cup-tied. He last played for Royal Luxembourg.
City have also made a reported £50,000
offer to Macclesfield Town for striker John Parkin.
Manager Keith Curle confirmed to the Evening Leader:
“We have put in an official bid for Macclesfield
striker Jon Parkin. I spoke to Macclesfield boss Brian
Horton after our match at Moss Rose on Saturday and
again on Sunday out of courtesy to inform him them
we would be faxing a bid to Macclesfield for Parkin.
We have done everything right as far as an approach
is concerned and now we are waiting for an answer.”
Peterborough United’s experienced
central defender Sagi Burton is also on Curle’s
shopping list, however a deal involving a swap with
Phil Bolland has fallen through with Bolland indication
that he didn’t want to move. Lincoln striker Derek
Asamoah is also believed to be a target, Asamoah has
played under Curle before at Mansfield Town in 2004.
2 January 2006
BLUES LOSE AGAIN
Chester lost 1-0 this afternoon
at home to Oxford United. Steve Basham scored the only
goal of the game on 74 minutes turning the ball home
after ‘keeper John Ruddy had made a fine save
to deny Adam Griffin.
FOUR MATCH BAN FOR LOWE
Ryan Lowe has been
suspended for four matches following his red
card at Macclesfield Town on Saturday.
That’s three matches for the offence at
Moss Rose and a further match as it is his second
red of the season having been dismissed at Rushden
He will miss the games against Oxford United
(H), Cheltenham Town (A), Boston United (H)
and Bristol Rovers (A)*.
*Note: With City forcing
a cup replay against Cheltehham Town this will
prove to be the fourth game in the ban now leaving
Lowe free to play at Bristol Rovers.
CITY LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK
City entertain Oxford United
at Deva Stadium this afternoon looking to end a run
of four successive League Two defeats that has seen
them slip just out of the play-off zone as 2006 gets
underway. Ryan Lowe, sent-off at Macclesfield on Saturday,
will miss the game through suspension, though this is
not confirmed yet on the FA website.
John Ruddy is expected to carry
on in goal but it remains to be seen if there is a
place for Gregg Blundell who pulled up with what looked
like a knee strain at Moss Rose. Meanwhile striker
Michael Branch, who returned to training recently,
has an outside chance of making the squad.
Reflecting on Saturday’s
1-0 reverse at Macclesfield, City manager Keith Curle
said: “We did everything bar score in the first
half and, when you come to a club like Macclesfield
and fail to capitalise, you are always likely to suffer
something like an unlucky deflection. I have always
found that the harder you work the luckier you get and
we will be in at 9.30 tomorrow morning.”