RESERVES BEATEN BY RIVALS
The reserves were beaten at home
1-0 by Wrexham tonight in a Pontins Holiday League match
in front of a crowd of 109. There was an appearance
by new signing Alex Meechan but trialist Senegalese
defender Alcaly Camara was sent-off. The only goal of
the match came on the hour through Andy Fleming.
Chester City: Palethorpe, Roberts,
Newton, Kelly, Camara, Carroll, Auija (Morgan 79), Cronin,
Holroyd (Cadwallader 67), Meechan, Rutherford. Subs
not used: Vernon, Smith, Barnes
TWO SIGNED UP ON DEADLINE DAY
have completed the signing of former Forest Green Rovers
Meechan on loan until the end of the season. Meechan
left the Gloucestershire side last week to return nearer
to his Liverpool home. Meechan has previously played
for Swindon Town, Bristol City, Yeovil Town, Dagenham
& Redbridge, Leigh RMI and Halifax Town.
Also signing in at Deva Stadium for an undisclosed fee
is 33-year-old Peterborough United forward Simon
Yeo. Yeo began his career at Hyde United before
moving for the first of two spells a Lincoln City in
July 2002. He went on to make 99+58 appearances scoring
51 goals in the process for the Sincil Bank club. He
moved to Peterborough last August and scored twice in
The club have also received another five-figure bid
from Darlington for Gregg Blundell on the last day of
the transfer window.
30 January 2007
FORMER MANAGER DIES
||Sad news to report
that former Chester manager Derek Mann has died
over the weekend at the age of 63. Mann was in
charge of first team affairs at Chester City between
January-April 1995 initially on a caretaker role
before landing the job on a permanent basis.
Derek had been working as a sports coach at Telford
College of Arts and Technology and was a youth
coach at AFC Telford. He was also heavily connected
with Wolves where he was kit man and part of the
scouting team at Molineux.
The home League Two game against
Darlington on Good Friday 6 April will now kick-off
at 15:00hrs and not 19:45hrs.
29 January 2007
STEELE SECURES POINT
run of three home league defeats was brought to an end
on Saturday but City could only manager a point against
a Mansfield Town side that was reduced to ten men for
the majority of the game. Barry Conlon’s red card
for violent conduct after just ten minutes should have
given City a boost but it was the visitors who held
a half-time advantage when Jake Buxton headed home on
32 minutes. City deservedly drew level just after the
hour mark with Lee Steele (left), given a starting place
following the same of Jon Walters, finished well after
being set up by Sean Hessey.
Laurence Wilson was carried off after 37 minutes with
what looked like an ankle ligament injury that may sideline
him for a couple of weeks.
Manager Mark Wright was disappointed in his sides first
half showing. He said: “I thought the first half
was like a practice match with no passion about the
play. For their goal we caught lacking a bit of height
with the likes of Westwood and Linwood missing and Jon
Walters having gone to Ipswich. In the second half we
were patient and had a couple of good chances where
we should have done better, especially the couple that
Gregg had. I want to bring in a striker and two wingers,
because I feel we are lacking a bit of height and width.
We will have to replace Jon (Walters) that’s for
sure. I’d like to bring in another strong forward
like Jon to give us a bit of presence, we didn’t
have that today which is a real problem.”
The point lifted City one place to 11th in League Two.
The Blues are in action next on Saturday when they visit
Lancashire hoping to do the double over Accrington Stanley
who, after a bright start to the season, have slipped
to 20th just one point above the relegation zone.
Picture © Evening Leader
27 January 2007
YOUTH TEAM DRAW
The youth team drew their Youth
Alliance North West Conference derby match at Wrexham
this morning 0-0.
Tickets for the forthcoming
match at Wrexham will be on sale at the following times.
Tuesday 30 January, 10.00 - 19.00
to Season Ticket and TRUEBLUE card holders only
General sales commence from:
Wednesday 31 January, 10.00 - 19.00
Thursday 01 February, 10.00- 16.00
Friday 2 February, 10.00- 16.00
Monday 5 February to Friday 9 February, 10.00- 16.00
Saturday 10 February following home match with Hereford
Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February, 10.00- 16.00
Tickets will remain on sale until
the 16th February or until the allocation is exhausted.
Prices are as follows:
£16.00 Adults, £10.00
Concession, £5.00 Juniors
Season Ticket Holders and TRUEBLUE
card holders should produce their Season Ticket or
TRUEBLUE card when they make their purchase.
Tickets are also available to purchase
online however these orders will not be processed
until Wednesday 31st January in order to give priority
to Season Ticket and TRUEBLUE card holders on Tuesday.
You can place your order online here. There will be
a small handling charge applicable to online sales
and please note that online sales will stop at 3pm
on Wednesday 14th February to allow time for delivery.
For all ticket sales whether
online or in person, a limit of two tickets per person
26 January 2007
WALTERS COMPLETES IPSWICH MOVE
to striker Jonathan Walters who has moved to Championship
side Ipswich Town for a fee that could end up
in the region of £250,000, plus a sell-on
clause. The deal will keep him at Ipswich until
2010. Walters, who moved to City on a free transfer
from Wrexham in the summer, obviously impressed
the Suffolk club during the two recent FA Cup
matches between the sides (left).
The player has agreed personal terms and passed
a medical this afternoon. Walters has scored 10
goals in 30+3 appearances this season. Chester
have already rejected a £100,000 bid from
League One leaders Scunthorpe United for the striker
who began his career as a youth player at Blackburn
Rovers before moving to Bolton Wanderers in 2001.
Three years later he moved to Hull City for £50,000.
He also had loan spells at Crewe Alexandra, Barnsley
(while at Bolton) and Scunthorpe United (while
at Hull City).
City chairman Steve Vaughan said: “If Jon
was to leave us then we would naturally bring
in a replacement. Jon has been in outstanding
form for us since the start of the season, and
it is natural that those type of high quality
performances are going to be noticed by other
Chairman Steve Vaughan has since added that the
fee received from Ipswich is £100,000 now
and further payments (up to a total of around
£200,000) are based on both player and club
Picture © Evening
DEFENSIVE TRIO OUT FOR CITY
The Blues will
be without three key defenders as they prepare
to tackle Mansfield Town in a League Two clash
at Deva Stadium tomorrow (15:00hrs). David Artell
serves a one match ban after picking up his
fifth yellow card of the season at Portman Road.
Paul Linwood is also sidelined with a one match
ban for a similar offence, while Ashley Westwood
will be out for sevaral weeks after tearing
a hamstring in the recent home defeat by Wycombe
City are without a home win since the 4-1 victory
over Lincoln City on 9 December six matches
ago. The Stags, who lie five places and four
points below City, recently appointed ex-Chester
favourite Billy ‘Whizz’ Dearden
as manager for his second spell in charge of
the Nottinghamshire club. His previous three
year spell ended in 2002. The two sides are
yet to meet this season after the pre-Christmas
match at Field Mill was postponed due to a frozen
pitch. Mansfield will be without midfielder
Giles Coke, who has had a knee operation and
will be out for a month.
Billy Dearden had two spells as a player for
Chester. In 1968 he signed from Crewe Alexandra
before moving to Sheffield United two years
later. He returned from the Bramhall Lane club
in 1975 (pic Left) and remained at Chester until
1977. During those spells he scored 29 goals
in 120+1 appearances.
On the eve of his return Dearden told the Evening
Leader: “Iíve not been back to Chester
since I was assistant manager at Port Vale with
John Rudge. But Iíve got a lot of good memories
of my playing days at Sealand Road. We had a
good set up in those days when Ken Roberts was
in charge. I owe a lot to Chester because from
there I signed for Sheffield United where I
made my name in a top league.”
STRIKER ON TRIAL
Chester are currently giving
trials to the Rhyl’s 25-year-old Liverpool-born
striker Lee Hunt.
The youth team have an away match
in the Youth Alliance North West Conference at rivals
Wrexham tomorrow morning.
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league table | Youth
23 January 2007
CITY HANDED FA FINE
club have been fined £1,000 by the Football Association
and warned as to their future conduct after admitting
a charge of failing to ensure its players conducted
themselves in an orderly fashion during the away match
at Barnet on 28 October 2006.
City have also been charged with a similar offence in
the home game against Milton Keynes Dons on 30 December.
The club have today admitted that charge also and have
requested a personal hearing.
Added to these two charges is the one of: Two breaches
of FA Rule E 20(a) - (1) In or around the 58th minute,
failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves
in an orderly fashion and refraining from provocative
behaviour (2) After the final whistle, failing to ensure
that their players and/or officials and/or employees
conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained
from threatening and/or provocative behaviour. This
charge refers to the away match st Shrewsbury Town on
25 November 2006. City also requested a personal hearing
on this. At the same game club chairman Steve Vaughan
was charged with violent conduct. Vaughan denied the
charge and has requested a personal hearing.
FA disciplinary section
Tomorrow’s away Pontins
Holiday League fixture against Manchester City at Hyde
United’s Ewan Fields ground has been postponed
due to a waterlogged pitch. City were going to give
a game to Senegalese international defender Alcaly Camara
who is currently trialing at Deva Stadium. Chairman
Steve Vaughan said: “The postponement is disappointing
because we were keen to have a look at the player in
a competitive match situation. Alcaly will now train
with us for the next week and will be included in the
reserve side who face Wrexham at the Deva Stadium next
The match will now take place at Sport City Manchester
on Monday 30 April, kick-off at 14:00hrs.
21 January 2007
STALEMATE LIFTS BLUES
fought out a goalless stalemate at the Memorial
Stadium on Saturday but the hard-earned point
was enough to lift them two places to 12th in
League Two. The Memorial Stadium pitch was only
passed fit at 13:45 with the heavy muddy surface
sanded in many areas following a rugby match
played the night before. That combined with
a difficult swirling wind meant this was never
going to be a spectacle.
Both sides struggled to adapt to the conditions
and it would be fare to say Rovers bossed the
first-half and Chester the second. The Blues
had goalkeeper Jon Danby to thank for two fine
saves, in the first half from Lewis Haldane
clawing the ball away that was heading for the
top corner, and in the dying minutes of the
second half from point blank range he saved
from Craig Hinton. In between Gregg Blundell
and Jon Walters both spurned great chances to
score for City.
After the match City manager
Mark Wright said: “Rovers were the better
team in the first half when we seemed to be
feeling the effects of the long journey following
an even longer one to Ipswich in midweek. But
we did better after the break. We have two willing
runners up front and in different conditions
they would have got away from their markers
Wright also praised City’s
away supporters, saying: “Our away support
at the moment is absolutely phenomenal and fantastic.
There was only a handful of our fans at Bristol
Rovers on Saturday (178), but they were fantastic,
so we have to give them a huge pat on the back.
Somehow we now have to generate the noise our
away fans make for our home matches, and if
we do that it will give our boys that little
bit more added confidence to go and get results.”
19 January 2007
FIRST WIN TARGET FOR CITY
City look to put the midweek
FA Cup disappointment behind them when they return to
League Two action at Bristol Rovers tomorrow. The Pirates
currently occupy the last play-off spot and are just
three points above the Blues, they are in-form and have
won four and drawn two of their last six matches. City
have won their last three away league matches at Peterborough
United, Notts County and Grimsby Town and will be keen
to add a fourth. Rovers are a bit of a bogey side for
Chester who have never beaten them in the West Country
whether at Eastville, Twerton Park or the Memorial Ground
since their first clash in 1981/82 ended in a 2-2 draw
after Chester had held a two goal lead.
Defender Ashley Westwood misses the game tomorrow with
a hamstring injury and it remains to be seen whether
Sean Hessey or Paul Linwood step in replace him alongside
17 January 2007
VAUGHAN JOINS BOSTON
to midfielder Stephen Vaughan has joined League
Two side Boston United on a permanent deal until
the end of the season after being recalled for
his loan spell at Rochdale. He made no appearances
for the Spotland club.
Vaughan, son of chairman Steve Vaughan joined
City back in the summer of 2004 after being released
by Liverpool. He was appointed club captain at
the start of the season and in total made 52+22
league and cup appearances for Chester.
Picture © Evening
LATE KNOCKOUT FOR CITY
goal six minutes from time was all that seperated Chester
from their Championship opponents Ipswich Town at Portman
Road last night. Matt Richards’ curled shot from
five yards outside the edge of the box put to an end
a dogged display from City who were backed throughout
the 90 minutes by a noisy 500 travelling support, many
of whom took advantage of subsidised travel thanks to
club sponsor UK Sameday.
City got the ball in the net twice on the night, the
first occasion referee Friend failed to allow advantage
after a foul on Jon Walters, the ball fell to Gregg
Blundell who stretched to prod the ball past home ‘keeper
Price, only for play to be called back for a City free
kick outside the box. On the second occasion after the
break Jon Walters was penalsed for a foul on Price.
Chester manager Mark Wright said after the game “Ipswich
are a great side and I was more than proud of my players.
We have been playing well for a while now and not getting
our just rewards. I don’t think we were ever comfortable
but my boys gave a solid performance. They dug in and
this was somewhere for them to come and enjoy because
our bread and butter is in the league.”
CUP RUN OVER FOR YOUTH TEAM ALSO
The youth team were knocked out
of the FA Youth Cup a the fourth round stage at Bristol
City last night. The Blues were reduced to nine men
following first half dismissals of James Owen and James
Gregory, and were eventually beaten 4-0 to bring to
an end their memorable run in front of a crowd of 541
at Ashton Gate.
15 January 2007
YOUTH CUP INCENTIVE
While the first team head for
Portman Road tomorrow night, Jim Hackett’s youth
team travel to Bristol City for an FA Youth Cup fourth
round tie at Ashton Gate (kick-off 19:00hrs). The winners
of the tie will face an away trip to either Hull City
or Arsenal in the fifth round.
14 January 2007
ANOTHER HOME REVERSE FOR CITY
suffered their third successive home defeat at the hands
of Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday. With two minutes remaining,
and neither side having managed a serious effort on
goal all day, the game seemed destined for a draw before
Jermaine Easter popped up at the far post to easily
convert Kevin Betsy’s right wing cross and the
points were gone.
After the match assistant manager Graham Barrow told
Teamtalk: “I’m not wishing to seem too negative,
but that game had 0-0 all over it and somehow we’ve
lost. It was naivety that cost us. One minute we were
pushing for a winner and then they have broken down
field and we’ve been caught out at the back.
If there was one player that was
going to do that to us, it was Easter. We fell to
the sucker punch and to the player we knew beforehand
could hurt us. I can’t
put my finger on why we can’t
get results at home lately. Away from home we’ve
found it easier when teams do come at us, but we just
can’t seem to
do it at home.”
The Blues dropped four places
to 14th following this latest reverse and will now turn
their attentions to Tuesday night’s FA Cup third
round replay at Ipswich Town. One player who must be
doubtful for the match though is defender Ashley Westwood
who limped off before half-time on Saturday with a hamstring
Picture © Evening
12 January 2007
City entertain Wycombe Wanderers
tomorrow at Deva Stadium (15:00hrs) looking to replicate
their away form of late on home territory. The Blues
have won the last three games on their travels to lift
them to within two points of a play-off position, but
their home league form of late has not come up to standard
with heavy defeats by Macclesfield Town and Milton Keynes
Dons. The Chairboys have rightly grabbed the headlines
in midweek after holding champions Chelsea 1-1 in the
first-leg of the Carling Cup semi-final at home.
Manager Mark Wright will have defender Phil Bolland
available for selection after he served a one match
suspension at Grimsby in midweek. Wycombe welcome back
Leon Crooks, Anthony McParland and Folawiyo Onibuje
who were all cup-tied in midweek.
The teams last
met in September when a single Kevin Betsy goal
separated the teams at Adams Park.
NEW DEAL FOR CRONIN
not yet making a first team appearance through
hinjury, the club have offered Glenn Cronin
an extension to his contract until the end
of next season. The midfielder signed from
Exeter City last summer suffered a broken metatarsal
in pre-season training and expected to start
his comeback with the reserves shortly.
Picture © Evening
10 January 2007
recorded only their second Pontins Holiday
League win of the season tonight when they
beat Accrington Stanley 2-1 at Deva Stadium.
Chris Holroyd scored a brace for City.
Picture © Evening
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CITY MOVE TENTH
first win at Blundell Park since 1979 last night lifted
the Blues five places and within two points of the play-off
City looked comfortable through most of the game and
but for a great display in the home goal by Phil Barnes,
who made several outstanding saves, would have come
away winning by a larger margin that 2-0.
The Blues took the lead though Dave Artell eight minutes
after the break as the defender bravely headed in from
close range after Ashley Westwood’s header from
a Roberto Martinez corner had struck the crossbar. The
points were wrapped up 12 minutes from time as Gregg
Blundell headed home Simon Marples’ pin-point
back post cross to end the best move of the game.
A delighted City manager Mark Wright
said after the win: “I thought our boys deserved
to beat Grimsby and, considering we were playing with
two or three injuries and two or three boys were sick
in the dressing room before the game with some sort
of a bug.
Jon Walters and Laurence Wilson
were both struggling, so for them to go out and do
what they did was fantastic. Ashley Westwood has played
the last three or four games with a sore back and
hamstring spasm and he has been limited. Everybody
could see he wasn’t running properly against
Grimsby, so we’ll have to take a look at him.
But when you have that many people
that are not at the races, but perform like they did,
is first class to me. Dave Artell had another tooth
knocked out and his nose was bleeding a little bit,
but for him to carry on was great.”
City reached a historical target with their
win at Blundell Park as this was their 1,000th Football
Picture © Evening Leader
9 January 2007
BOLLAND SITS OUT MARINERS TRIP
Defender Phil Bolland
sits out tonight’s League Two clash at Grimsby
Town with a one match suspension after picking up his
fifth yellow card of the season at Notts County. The
Mariners have today signed Carlisle United central defender
Simon Grand on an emergency loan and he’s expected
to play tonight as is striker Gary Jones who has just
completed a four match ban. Grimsby have lost four of
their last five matches and currently lie 18th in the
division, four points behind the Blues who also have
a game in hand. Tonight’s game is the only one
to be played in League Two and a victory for the Blues
could see them leap five places.
8 January 2007
FOURTH ROUND DRAW
Should City overcome Ipswich
Town in their third round replay they will have a home
fourth round tie against Swansea City on the weekend
of 27/28 January.
6 January 2007
CITY LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY
a battling cup performance Chester City will count themselves
unfortunate that they didn’t dispose of Ipswich
Town at the first time of asking on Saturday. The Blues
enjoyed the majority of the possession, especially in
the first period, and had a Gregg Blundell goal ruled
out through a marginal offside decision. The pulsating
third round cup-tie ended goalless and the two sides
must now replay at Portman Road on Tuesday 16 January
(19:45hrs). Meanwhile City will have an eye out on tomorrow’s
fourth round draw that’s due to take place at
City boss Mark Wright was understandable
pleased with his players performance: “I'm very
proud of the boys. Ipswich have got some really exceptional
players and we were probably hanging on at the end,
but I thought on the whole we more than dominated
them. We started ever so well and each and every one
of my players gave everything they had and maybe on
another day it could have gone our way. I think with
the chances we had we should have won, but it wasn’t
really down to luck, but poor finishing. The only
thing we were missing was a couple of goals.”
Ipswich boss Jim Magilton was
full of praise for the Chester performance: “A
replay is the least Chester deserved. They were better
than us in many areas and I was disappointed with our
performance. We didn’t do the basics well and
they did. The players have to learn you don’t
just turn up and win games. We had people who thought
it would be just a case of putting the shirt on.”
Picture © Evening Leader
REPLAY TICKET DETAILS
The replay at Ipswich
is all-ticket for Chester fans.
Ticket prices are as follows
£15.00 (adult), £10.00 (oap) and £5.00
Tickets will go on sale to Season
Ticket and True Blue card holders only on Monday 8th
January between 10.00 and 16.00. Season Ticket holders
should present Voucher H from their season ticket
book to make their purchase.
Tickets will go on general sale
on Tuesday 9 January however the ticket office will
only be open between 10.00 and 14.00.
Tickets will continue on general
sale from Wednesday onwards between 10.00 and 16.00
and also after the Wycombe Wanderers home fixture
Tickets are also available online
from the official club website.
These will not be processed however until Tuesday.
Tickets are also available for disabled supporters,
priced at £10.00 which includes entry for a carer.
Arrangements should be made direct with Ipswich Town
football club by contacting Aaron Claxton on 01473 400517
or Warner Duff on 01473 400556.
The club’s official
sponsor UK Sameday are subsidising coach travel to Portman
Road to the tune of 50%. This means fans can now enjoy
travel to the third round replay against Ipswich Town
for just £10.00. Supporters intending to take
advantage of this offer MUST reserve a seat prior to
travel. This should be done by telephoning Barrie Hipkiss
on 01244 379011 before 20:00hrs. Bookings must
be made by Friday 12 January.
YOUTH TEAM VICTORY
Goals from James Gregory,
Lloyd Ellams, Paul McManus and Neil Carroll gave the
youth team a resounding 4-0 home league victory over
Stockport County on Saturday morning.
5 January 2007
DEVA CUP FEVER
City welcome Championship side Ipswich Town to Deva
Stadium tomorrow in the third round of the FA Cup. It’s
been well documented that City arrive at this stage
having been reinstated into the competition after second
round opponents Bury were expelled following their 3-1
replay win at Chester for fielding an ineligible player.
Non the less, City will be looking to take full advantage
of this as they contest the £40,000 prize money
at stake and a place in the fourth round.
City have injury doubts over defender
Ashley Westwood who tweaked a hamstring in the home
defeat by Milton Keynes Dons and aggravated it after
scoring the winner at Notts County on Monda, and fellow
defender Paul Linwood who also has a hamstring strain.
The teams have met on only one previous occasion at
the fifth round stage back in February 1980. On that
occasion Alan Oakes’ side narrowly lost 2-1
at Portman Road to a side full of household names
that included: George Burley, Mick Mills, Frans Thijssen,
Russell Osman, Terry Butcher, Trevor Wark, Arnold
Muhren, Eric Gates and Alan Brazil amongst others.
They were managed by Bobby Robson who was presented
prior to the match with his Bells manager of the month
award. Thousands of Chester fans made their way to
Suffolk on that occasion from all parts of the country,
two chartered trains were also run direct from Chester
station. Despite taking an early lead through Brynley
Jones two goals before the break from Burley and Walk
were enough to see off the brave fight from the Seals.
last time we met
The two sides almost met in the
competition in 1948 at the third round stage. Ipswich
were leading Aldershot with 27 minutes remaining before
their second round tie was abandoned due to fog. When
the game was replayed a week later Aldershot won 3-0
and The Shots went on to beat Chester 1-0 in the third
The Blues are in the third round
for the third successive year having lost to Cheltenham
last season in a replay, and Bournemouth the year
before. You have to go back 20 years though for the
last time City proressed beyond this stage when on
a snow covered Racecourse Ground rival Wrexham were
beaten 2-1 to set up a home tie with Sheffield wednesday.
Tomorrow’s match is NOT all-ticket
and supporters should pay on the gate as normal. Needless
to say, with a bigger than average crowd expected,
you should get to the ground early to avoid congestion
at the turnstiles which will open at 13:30hrs.
The draw for the fourth round will take place at 13:30hrs
on Monday by England Women’s Coach Hope Powell
and captain Faye White, the Chester/Ipswich ball is
Brynley Jones opens
the scoring for Chester at Portman Road in 1980.
Evening Leader special
Team picture taken for
the occasion from the front cover of the Chester
Chronicle special supplement.
Back: Cliff Sear (assistant manager), David Burns,
John Cottam, Ian Howat, Grenville Millington,
Trevor Storton, Paul Raynor, Jim Walker, Vince
Front: Peter Sutcliffe, Peter Henderson, Ron Phillips,
Alan Oakes (player-manager), Ian Rush, Brynley
Jones, Derek Jeffries.
STEELE SIGNS ON
Chester have signed striker
Lee Steele on a permanent basis following his loan spell
from Leyton Orient. He is contracted until the end of
A day after returning
to Chester from a loan spell at Boston United striker
Drewe Broughton has rejoined the York Street club on
loan until the end of the season.
3 January 2007
(left) has returned to Lincoln City after failing
to gain a regular place in the side during his
loan period. Manager Mark Wright had pursued the
midfielder on a couple of occasions but he made
only 2+4 appearances in a City shirt since signing
at the end of November.
Striker Drewe Broughton has returned to Deva Stadium
from his loan spell at Boston United, The Pilgrims’
current financial plight means they are unable
to keep him. Broughton made 8+0 appearances for
the York Street club, scoring 3 goals but being
Meanwhile captain Stephen Vaughan has joined League
Two side Rochdale on a one month loan.
Wright’s shopping list in January includes
a midfielder, centre-back and a goalkeeper.
Picture © Evening Leader
City now have dates for
their two outstanding League Two fixtures. They will
travel to Grimsby Town next Tuesday 9 January (19:45hrs)
and to Mansfield Town on Tuesday 6 March (19:45hrs).
1 January 2007
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
City got back to winning
ways with a 2-1 victory over Notts County at
Meadow Lane this afternoon. The Blues took the
lead on 34 minutes following a great strike
by Jon Walters but were pegged back on the stroke
of half-time by Jason Lee.
The second and decisive goal came twelve minutes
from time with Ashley Westwood (left) heading
home following a Roberto Martinez corner before
having to be substituted with a hamstring injury.
After the game manager Mark
Wright said: “I thought we thoroughly
deserved to win, we were strong defensively
and in midfield and up front the players did
everything we asked of them. It was disappointing
to lose our two home games over the Christmas
period, but certainly in our recent away games,
we are showing the sort of form that we are
looking for. I have spoken to the chairman about
possible players who will come into the club
and we are agreed that certain players will
be leaving and others coming in.”
City remain in 15th place
and now look forward to a third round FA Cup
tie with Ipswich Town at Deva Stadium on Saturday.
Picture © Evening
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