being reported that goalkeeper Ian McCaldon is
on the verge of siging for City. McCaldon has
played pre-season for the Blues against Buckley
Town, Cammell Laird, Droylsden and Connah’s
Quay Nomads, and has impressed manager Mark Wright
with his performances. McCaldon’s previous
clubs include Livingston, St Mirren and Oxford
United where he made 31 appearances, he also
made 2 appearances on lone at the Deva last season.
It appears that City’s main
striker Daryl Clare will miss the start of the season
having to have to have an exploratory operation on
a troublesome knee injury that has plagued the player
Manager Mark Wright said: “We
bought Daryl Clare for a lot of money because we
knew he was going to score goals, and to have him
out is a little bit disappointing. I can’t
understand why he couldn’t have been looked
at earlier or when last season ended, so that he
would have been back for us. Perhaps Daryl thought
the problem would have cleared up, but I’m
disappointed about that. Thought did nothing for
nobody, you’ve got to make sure, leave nothing
to chance, and make sure everything is catered for.
On this occasion the specialist and everyone else
was wrong to think the problem would clear up. Now
we’ve got to do something about it.”
With this in mind, and the injury
also to striker Kevin Rapley, Dave Cameron will now
be staying on at the Deva. Cameron was transfer listed
at the end of last season and had appeared at one
stage to be joining Tamworth. Meanwhile as one striker
stays another may soon be departing. Youngster Danny
Byrne, who has impressed with two goals in the pre-season
friendlies, looks set to join League of Wales side
Caernarfon Town on a 12 month loan.
Mark Quayle on loan for Chester
for much of last season has signed for Scarborough
today for a nominal fee. Quayle scored twice on his
debut for The Seadogs in a 4-2 friendly win over Hull
City on Tuesday.
28 July 2003
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today supporters can view Nationwide Conference material
with The Footballers Football Channel. Log on to www.tffc.tv for
instructions and watch interviews with many of the
managers who talk about their hopes and aspirations
for the new season. During the next few days, additional
interviews will be added as well as some pre-season
From Saturday August 2nd, you will be able to subscribe for the full channel
which starts on Monday August 11th where you will be able to see match
highlights of the first two rounds of fixtures.
City have several key players
battling to be fit for the opening day of the season
on 9 August. Phil Bolland, Scott Guyett, Kevin Rapley,
Ian Foster, Michael Twiss and Daryl Clare are all currently
out while Mark Beesley makes a return to the side against
Droylsden tonight. Phil Bolland and Michael Twiss are
expected to be back sometime this week while both Daryl
Clare and Kevin Rapley are to see specialists this
week before their return date in known. The major doubt
is Scott Guyett who seems certian to miss the start
of the season with a groin injury.
25 July 2003
SAM’S THE MAN
Former Margate defender
Sam Sodje could be a target for manager Mark Wright. “When
we played Margate away, he was outstanding. And we
were impressed again with what he did tonight. He was
very comfortable and did a lot of good things. He is
big, athletic and strong. Sometimes he overdoes it
a bit and I don’t like that, but I could get
that out of him.” said Wright after the central
defender put in an impressive display in City’s
2-0 win over ADO Den Haag on Wednesday night. Sodje
is out of contract at Margate and is looking for a
full time club to play with.
The Blues travel to Buckley Town tomorrow for the next of their pre-season
friendlies, however manager Mark Wright may not be there, hinting this
week that he may be away looking at a striker.
The game at Globe Way sees City player Danny Collins return to the club
where he started out. “I enjoyed my football at Buckley in the Cymru
Alliance League, but it was great to sign for Chester. I still chat with
the lads at Buckley. I get on well with them and have a drink with them
every now and then, and hopefully they’ll take it easy on me tomorrow!” said
CHESHIRE COUNTY FA UNIBOND
have been draw away to either Congleton Town or Winsford
United in the first round of this season’s competition
with the game taking place in the week commencing 15
The first round draw in full is: Witton Albion v Macclesfield Town, Vauxhall
Motors v Cheadle Town or Alsager, Tranmere Rovers v Northwich Victoria,
Altrincham v Stalybridge Celtic, Crewe Alexandra v Hyde United, Woodley
Sports v Stockport County, Warrington Town v Nantwich Town, Congleton Town
or Winsford United v Chester City.
The trophy was won last season by Crewe Alexandra who beat Northwich Victoria
2-1 in the final at Altrincham.
24 July 2003
City ran out 2-0 winners
against an ADO Den Haag X1 last night in their second
home pre-season friendly. Ben Davies, playing in a
more forward role, scored both City’s goals,
the second from the penalty spot, after he’d
been tripped in the area. Manager Mark Wright used
the game to try out two trialist’s; Mark Cowan
(ex York City) and ex-Margate defender Sam Sodje who
has a particularly good game.
Postscript: Den Haag’s final tour game against Wolverhampton Wanderers
at Telford united was postponed following a water leak in the dressing
rooms at Telford’s Bucks Head ground
23 July 2003
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(and potential!) supporters think about the club and what would make
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CITY GO DUTCH
Dutch Premier League side ADO Den Haag are Citys
second european visitors in a week when they visit Deva Stadium for tonights
pre-season friendly (kick-off 19:30hrs). Admission prices are the same
as Saturday and are as follows: Seats: Adults £10.00, senior citizens £7.00,
children £5.00. Terrace: Adults £8.00, senior citizens £5.00,
The home August Bank Holiday fixture against
Shrewsbury Town has been put back 24 hours on police advice. The game will
now be played on Tuesday 26 August, kick-off 19:45hrs.
22 July 2003
WIN FOR CITY
A goal by new signing Andy Harris just before
half-time was enough to give City an unconvincing 1-0 win at West Cheshire
League side Cammell Laird tonight. Trialist Robert Taylor limped off in
the game with a hamstring injury that sadly looks to have ended his career. “I’ve
had a rough two years trying to get fit and now I’ve reached the
stage whereby I don’t want to do myself serious injury. I’ve
made the decision (after this injury) and there will be no comebacks.”
19 July 2003
DEFEAT FOR BLUES
A goal in each half gave Danish visitors FC
Nordsjaelland a 2-0 victory in the opening pre-season friendly at Deva
Stadium. Manager Mark Wright gave trials to Jamie Heard from Hull City
and Robert Taylor (ex-Gilingham and Manchester City). New signings Ian
Foster, Kevin Rapley and Andy Harris all played for some of the match. “These
games are all about fitness and getting the players right for the season,
and it certainly went a long way to doing that. Chance for chance, I thought
we outdid them. Their goalkeeper did extremely well but, when you consider
he is in the Danish international squad, I suppose you can’t expect
anything else.” said manager Mark Wright.
City send a team on Monday night to play Cammell Laird. The West Cheshire
League side play at Kirklands, St Peters Road, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead.
For directions to the ground follow this MultiMap link
and simply zoom in and out as necessary.
HERE WE GO AGAIN
football comes to Chester today when the Blues begin their 2003/04 pre-season
friendlies against Danish Premier League side FC Nordsjaelland at Deva
Stadium (kick-off 15:00hrs). Manager Mark Wright is expected to play all
three summer signings, Andy Harris, Ian Foster and Kevin Rapley sometime
during the 90 minutes. Also turning out for City could be ex-Gillingham
and Manchester City forward Robert Taylor. Taylor was a prolific scorer
in his days at the Priestfield Stadium in 1998/99 but has struggled with
injury in recent seasons and was released by Scunthorpe United in the summer.
Wright won’t be too concerned though about the final scoreline against
quality opposition who have qualified for next season’s UEFA Cup. “The
only thing I am looking for from the game is fitness. I am not bothered
about the result, although I never like losing. I won’t be criticising
the team whatever happens. The Danes are a very good team who like to keep
the ball. We must remember they are a top team in Denmark, while we are
playing our first game together with some new faces in the squad. Having
said that, the players have trained extremely hard and they are very, very
fit. It will be a good game and we are glad the temperatures have dropped.”
Admission prices for the game are reduced from normal Conference rates
and are: Seats: Adults £10.00, senior citizens £7.00, children £5.00.
Terrace: Adults £8.00, senior citizens £5.00, children £3.00.
17 July 2003
manager Mark Wright has held talks with Oxford United goalkeeper Ian McCaldon
who was released by United in the summer. McCaldon is no stranger to City
having played three games on loan at Deva Stadium last season while Wayne
Brown was serving a suspension, away at Margate and at home to Gravesend
and Plymouth Argyle (LDV).
Wright said: “We have had discussions with Ian and obviously I know
his abilities from my time at Oxford. He is a big lad who commands his
box. We only have one senior goalkeeper (Wayne Brown) on our books and
we need a second keeper. At some point soon we will make a decision about
another goalkeeper who will provide competition for the place”.
City aren’t the only club interested in the keeper though as Livingston,
the side where McCauldon started his career, have also enquired about the
shot stopper. “Ian has been very open with us and informed us of
the interest from north of the border. All we can do is monitor the situation.
We spoke to Ian earlier this week and are certainly interested, but basically
it is now up to the player”. added Wright.
15 July 2003
City have, last night, completed the signing
of Colchester United forward Kevin Rapley. Rapley is the third signing
of the summer following the acquisition of Andy Harris and Ian Foster in
recent weeks. “Kevin has a good pedigree and will be a great acquisition
for us. We have now added three quality players to our squad, and all of
them will give us extra options.” said manager Mark Wright.
for Saturday’s home friendly game
against Danish Premier League side FC Nordsjaelland,
kick-off 15:00hrs, are as follows.
Seats: Adults £10.00, senior citizens £7.00, children £5.00.
Terrace: Adults £8.00, senior citizens £5.00, children £3.00.
City are organising
a casino night on Thursday 24 July (19:00
for 20:00hrs start) to raise cash for team
kits. The event takes place at Deva Stadium,
and companies and individuals are being
encouraged to sponsor tables priced at £100.00
each. Those interested should contact Ian
Knox on 01244 371376.
10 July 2003
transfer names are being mentioned at the
moment as the club prepare for the new
season. Colchester United striker Kevin
Rapley looks set to join the Blues at the
weekend after stating on the U’s
official website: “I am going to
go up to Chester at the weekend and I will
probably sign a two-year deal up there.
It is not really what I wanted, dropping
out of the League, but it is a case of
some security. There wasn’t anything
here for me and it is a case of my injury
forcing me to go down that far. But Chester
is a good club, things are bubbling up
there at the moment and I am looking forward
to it. Chester’s potential is what
attracted me. Mark Wright has done so much
in the game, he has captained England,
captained Liverpool and for someone like
that to want me is one hell of an achievement.
I’m looking forward to that, they
got into the play-offs last year and went
out on penalties but they want to go up
this year.” Meanwhile City manager
Mark Wright may be interested in a couple
of other strikers. Ex-Premiership front
man Dean Holdsworth who was released by
Rushden and Diamonds in the summer and
Steve Flack currently at Exeter City. Holdsworth’s
southern-based location and probable high
wages look certain to be a stumbling block
though and he’s also wanted, along
with brother David, by Scottish Third Division
Cambridge-born Flack joined the Grecians from Cardiff City for £10,000
in September 1996 and has played just over 240 games for the Devon club
scoring 70 goals in the process. “We have identified Steve as the
sort of player who would strengthen our squad so initial enquiries have
been made to his club. Exeter will probably require a transfer fee, so
when we have assessed the financial package that is required, we will make
a decision as to whether to take the matter further.” said chairman
Steve Vaughan. However since the initial enquiries the Grecians have layed
a £150,000 transfer fee on the transfer-listed striker. “This
seems a totally unrealistic valuation, particularly when you consider the
state of the transfer market at the moment. Steve is the sort of player
that my manager Mark Wright has identified as someone who would enhance
our squad, but at that sort of price we will have to turn our attentions
elsewhere.” added Vaughan.
Wright also hasn’t ruled out the possibility of signing Mark Quayle
from Nuneaton Borough although Scarborough have expressed a strong interest
in taking the player who notched up 6+3 appearances for the Blues last
season, scoring one goal.
8 July 2003
QUAYLE HEADS FOR
Mark Quayle looks set to be heading for
Scarborough. The official Nuneaton Borough
website states that: Scarborough have had
a bid for transfer listed striker Mark
Quayle accepted. The two clubs have agreed
a nominal fee for the forward who will
have personal talks with Russell Slade
during the next 48 hours.
6 July 2003
FA YOUTH CUP
The draw has been
made for the first three qualifying rounds
of next seasons FA Youth Cup and Iain Jenkins’ side
start with a home game against Halifax
Town in round one with the game to be completed
by 6 September.
Q Rd 1 (by 6 Sep): Chester City v Halifax Town
Q Rd 2 (by 20 Sep): Chester City/Halifax Town v Whitley Bay/Darlington
Q Rd 3 (by 4 Oct): Glasshoughton Welfare/Seaham Red Star/Stockbridge Park
Sheels/Curzon Ashton v Chester City/Halifax Town/Whitley Bay/Darlington
WOODY LEAVES THE DEVA
luck to defender Lee Woodyatt who leaves Chester
this week after being placed on the transfer list
at the end of last season. Lee, who was capped
twice by the Welsh semi-pro team, progressed through
the ranks at the Deva starting off as a trainee
before making his first appearance for the club
in the 2000/01 season. In total he played 41+20
times for the Blues scoring on two occasions.
Lee signed a one year
contract for Northwich Victoria three days
after leaving the Deva Stadium. Vics boss Steve
Davies said: “Lee is a good player who
has been a Welsh international from schoolboy
to under-19 level. He just wants to play more
regularly to try and establish himself more
at this level and move on.”
3 July 2003
It looks like there will be a bit
of transfer activity at the Deva in the next few days.
Chester chairman Stephen Vaughan told the Daily Post’s
Neil Turner last night: “The Telford manager has
shown interest in Steve Brodie and Mark Beesley and I will
discuss the position with Mark Wright when he returns from
holiday on Thursday. This is an extremely busy time at
the club. Dave Cameron is expected to sign for Tamworth
next Tuesday while I anticipate that Kevin Rapley will
sign for us on Thursday.” Meanwhile, Forest Green
Rovers manager Colin Addison has also expressed an interest
in Brodie. Brodie has also previously played under Addison
before, at both Scarborough and Swansea City.
2 July 2003
||Chester and Burton Albion have
agreed a fee over the transfer of striker Ryan Sugden
to The Brewers. Chairman Steve Vaughan told the Daily
Post: “I have come to a financial agreement
with the Burton chairman, and everything is now in
place for the transfer to proceed. We wish Ryan the
best of luck with his new club, and I would like
to thank him for his efforts during his stay at the
Deva Stadium.” Sugden is expected to leave
the club in the next day or so.
Meanwhile as one player leaves another may be close to signing. City
have spoken again to Kevin Rapley’s representatives and the
Colchester United striker could be a City player in the next few
days. “We have had discussions with Kevin and his advisors,
and if an agreeable financial package can be agreed, then we will
sign the player later this week,” added Vaughan.
BACK IN TRAINING
City’s squad report back from
their summer break for training tomorrow.