FREDDIE WILLCOX 1922-2105
Former Chester defender Freddie Willcox has died
in Liverpool at the age of 92. The St Helens born
right back made 16 Division Three North appearances
in the 1947/48 season and was also a member of the
team that reached the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.
WINN OUT ON LOAN
Peter Winn has joined Kings Lynn Town on a one month
28 January 2015
BACK TO BACK WINS
Chester produced their best 45 minutes of the season
as they put Lincoln to the sword on Tuesday night.
Goals from John Rooney, Sean McConville and Ryan
Higging gave Chester a 3-0 lead at the break as
Lincoln, reduced to nine men were swept away. Brad
Abbott added a fourth goal midway through the second
period before the Imps were reduced to nine men.
The victory gave Chester their biggest victory since
returning to the Conference Premier last season
and listed them up to 13th place, just six points
off a play-off position.
A delighted Steve Burr said: “I hope Lincoln
don’t use the fact they were down to 10 men
and then nine men because the first-half performance
was as good as we’ve had here.”
of the attacking play was excellent and I was
just disappointed that they did get people sent
off because you can easily say ‘well you’ve
scored four against Lincoln and they’re
down to nine men’ but with 10 men, 11 men
and they could have had 12 men on the park in
the first-half as far as I'm concerned.”
“Our performance was excellent and some
of the chances that we created we should have
had more really but that’s the type of football
that gets me excited and it was a pleasure to
Chester are back in action on Saturday when they
make the trip to Kent to play Welling United, kick-off
26 January 2015
BACK TO WINNING WAYS
Chester recorded their first win of 2015 with a
battling 1-0 victory over play-off chasing Kidderminster
Harriers on Saturday. The only goal of the game
came on the half hour from Craig Mahon who curled
in a shot from the edge of the box. The Blues were
forced into an early change with captain Matty Brown
picking up a third minute injury and having to be
replaced by Ben Heneghan who joined Michael Kay
in the centre of the defence.
Chester were the better team for the opening half
creating a series of chances with on-loan Bradford
City forward Oliver McBurnie impressing. The second
half saw Harriers pressing more to look for the
equaliser and they would have got it but for two
fantastic saves from Jon Worsnop late in the game
to deny James Tunnicliffe and Danny Wright.
Manager Steve Burr said: “It’s nice
to get the three points and I suppose obviously
it’s nice to beat your old club but I was
just pleased that out of the two games we’ve
took four points off a side who are going for promotion
through the play-offs and trying to get into the
Football League. That was pleasing but that’s
where we want to be and where I want to get this
club to in time.”
The Blues are back in action on Tuesday night with
the rearranged home game against Lincoln City.
table after Kidderminster game
23 January 2015
BRADFORD STRIKER JOINS ON LOAN
Bradford City striker Oliver McBurnie has joined
Chester on loan. McBurnie is 22-years-old and has
made 14 appearances for the Bantams and has played
for the Scotland U19 side.
20 January 2015
THOMSON SET TO SIGN
Chester are set to sign 22-year-old midfielder George
Thomson from Kings Lynn Town. Thomson played two
matches pre-season for Chester, scoring two goals
against Marine. The two clubs were unable to agree
a deal at the time but the midfielder is expected
to tie up the deal in the next day. There is a sell-on
clause built into the transfer. Thomson has already
scored 22 goals this season for The Linnets.
Manager Steve Burr said: “We wanted to sign
George earlier, but we weren’t able to do
so after his spell in pre-season with us, however
I have followed his progress since he returned to
Kings Lynn, and he’s done very well for them,
scoring plenty of goals. He’s the type of
player that will fit in well at the club and I’m
sure the fans will be pleased with the news.”
Following a lunchtime pitch inspection tonight’s
home match against Lincoln City has been postponed
due to a frozen pitch. The match will now be played
next Tuesday night, kick-off 19.45hrs.
HARRISON LEAVES CHESTER
Midfielder Danny Harrison has had his contract at
Chester terminated and has left the club. The former
Tramere Rovers player made 22+7 appearances for
the Blues but suffered a hip injury that saw his
miss most of last season.
16 January 2015
MATTY HUGHES RETURNS ON LOAN
Chester have completed the loan signing of 22-year-old
Fleetwood Town striker Matty Hughes until the end
of the season. Hughes scored five goal in nine games
in a two month loan spell earlier in the season
before being recalled by the Lancashire side. Manager
Steve Burr said: “We’re naturally pleased
that we’ve got Matty back. We’ve kept
an eye on him since he went back to Fleetwood, and
they have since strengthened which means he’d
dropped down the pecking order there. It’s
been a game of patience but we have him until the
end of the season, so that’s really good for
Chester have also taken on two more players: Barnsley
midfielder Brad Abbott, who has played eight times
for the Tykes this season including the 0-0 draw
with Chester, has joined on a one month loan, while
23-year-old Canadian goalkeeper Jon Viscosi has
joined on non-contract terms. He has recently played
for Bishops Stortford and Brackley Town.
13 January 2015
FORWARD WILLIAMS SIGNS
The Blues have signed 19-year-old forward Cory Williams
from Caernarfon Town. The striker played at Hereford
United last season making ten appearances from the
bench and has been training with Chester since leaving
Edgar Street in the summer. He also had trials at
Leicester City and Bristol City.
TWO PLAYERS DEPART
Both John Disney and Wayne Riley have left Chester.
Riley has agreed to rejoin one of his previous clubs
Welsh Premier League club Airbus UK Broughton.
VILLA FRONTMAN JOINS ON LOAN
Chester have signed 19-year-old Aston Villa forward
Thomas Strain on a one month loan. The Coventry
born striker was a regular for Aston Villa's under
18 side last season and has scored two goals in
three appearances for the U21 side this season.
Both Jamie Menagh and Liam Black have gone to Marine
on loan. Despite reports to the contrary Menagh
is still under contract at Chester and has joined
until the end of the season. Blake is on a one month
8 January 2015
DUO STEP DOWN FROM BOARD
The club have confirmed that both Tony Durkin and
Steve Harvey have resigned from the Operations Board.
6 January 2015
HOME DEFEAT FOR BLUES
Chester’s miserable start to the new season
continued with a 3-2 home defeat by Braintree Town
on Sunday. Sean McConville had given the Blues a
1-0 half-time lead but two goals in four minutes
soon after the restart swung the game in the Iron’s
favour. Matt Brown restored parity heading home
from a John Rooney corner only for the visitors
to race down field and take the lead a minute later.
Manager Steve Burr said: “I was very disappointed
because we seem to be hitting a brick wall.”
“One or two of the players don't look like
they want the ball in case they make a mistake,
and we’re not creating any chances. I thought
we might get a point, but today was the worst we
have played and soon as we got an equaliser they
went up the other end and scored.”
“I couldn’t defend the way played because
there was nothing to take from it – even a
basic throw in – and it beggars belief sometimes.
I think each one of the boys in the team have had
a fair crack since I have been here and I have made
it obvious we need to strengthen, but there are
players that I know can perform that disappeared
The Blues are not in action next Saturday, FA Trophy
day, and next head to Southport on the 17th.
table after Braintree game
4 January 2015
MIDFIELDER SIGNS ON LOAN
Chester have signed 19-year-old midfielder Josh
Green on loan from Fleetwood Town.
SAM MORRIS 1940-2013
Chester FC are sorry to learn of the death of former
player, Sam Morris, who has died at the age of 84.
A right wing back or centre half, Sam made 90 league
appearances for the club in the 1950s and also represented
the reserves in the Cheshire County League on more
than 100 occasions.
THREE PLAYERS TO MOVE ON
With manager Steve Burr not able to guarantee them
first team football for the remainder of the season,
the club have made Danny Harrison, Wayne Riley and
John Disney available for transfer.
Danny Harrison 22+7 appearances, 0 goals
Wayne Riley 1+6 appearances, 1 goal
John Disney 2+0 appearances, 0 goals
Jamie Menagh 16+22 appearances, 4 goals
The news follows the announcement from Jamie Menagh
that had agreed to terminate his contract with the
club. Menagh joined the Blues from Prescot Cables
in October 2013 and scored two
goals on his debut against Lincoln City.
2 January 2015
Chester have signed 20-year-old Liverpool born right
back Ryan Higgins from AFC Telford United. Higgins
was on non-contract terms at the Bucks Head and
Chester put in a seven day notice in on him on Christmas
Eve. Telford offered him a new contract but he agreed
to joion Chester following talkse with Steve Burr.
Burr said: “We’re very pleased to have
added Ryan to the squad. He’s done well against
us this season and we have been playing without
a recognised right-back really so when we found
out he was non-contract we were keen to get him.
He reminds me very much of Lee Vaughan, who I took
from Telford to Kidderminster and he’s now
playing in the Football League.”
POOR BLUES BROUGHT BACK
DOWN TO EARTH
high pre-match that following the 2-0 win
at FC Halifax Town Chester could register
back-to-back away wins and avenge the home
defeat by Altrincham on Boxing Day.
However Nicky Clee and Damian Reeves both
scored a brace for the Robins who completed
the festive double over Chester with an emphatic
4-1 victory. John Rooney had scored to bring
Chester back into the game at 2-1 but a red
card for Ibou Touray in the opening minutes
of the second period effectively ended Chester’s
Manager Steve said after the game: “I’m
very, very disappointed with that. We take
one step forward then take a giant step back.
It was just nowhere near good enough or the
type of performance we showed just a few days
ago up at Halifax.”
a great following and we literally took
the ground over with Chester fans so I just
feel for them because they back us so much.
After the travelling support at Halifax
and to come here and put on that type of
performance in front of the people who have
come here, I really do feel we’ve
let them down massively, really massively.”
table after Altrincham game
Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
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