Danny Collins and Ben Davies gave City a 2-0 victory at
Connah’s Quay Nomads last night, the Blues remain
unbeanen in their six match pre-season build-up. Experienced
defender Paul Warhurst played for 65 minutes.
report and pictures.
final scheduled friendly match is against Blackburn Rovers
at Deva Stadium on Monday (kick-off 19:45). According
to the official Rovers website, they are listing this
as a Reserve team game for them, the first-team play Sporting
Lisbon on the Wednesday, though some first-team players
may be in the party that travels to the Deva.
28 July 2004
A City side
comprising of first team players, reserves and trialists
drew 1-1 at Heswall last night. Three new trialists turned
out, Argentinean Joseph Belfortti played in the centre
of the defence, Australian Jay Lucas (ex-Southampton
and Australian side Wollongong Wanderers) played up
as did Frenchman Gregory Thil (Beauvais FC) who scored
City’s equaliser on the night. Manager
Mark Wright said: “I thought Gregory Thil showed
a good touch, awareness, and good feet. He’s
a 22-year-old centre forward who has come to us from
France, but I don’t
know what we’re going to do.”
VAUGHAN IN TALKS WITH POSSIBLE
chairman Steve Vaughan is having talks with an as yet
unnamed group of Dubai businessmen who are interested
in investing in the club.
The buisiness men see Chester as an opportunity to enter
the English football market, learn coaching techniques
and perhaps progress players through the system. City
chairman Steve Vaughan has stated they they would take
no part in the running of the club but would wish to place
two people on the board at the Deva.
Vaughan told the Daily Post: “The group of businessmen
see us as a progressive club which has developed impressively,
and they also see marketing and reciprocal coaching opportunities
with Chester City. The Gulf States are virtually an untapped
market as far as English football is concerned, and the
gentlemen would also like to see coaches coming over to
learn from our methods, as well as a possible junior player
progression in the future.”
27 July 2004
INTEREST IN CLARKE
has indicated that Chester are interested in 22-year-old
Everton defender Peter Clarke. Clarke began as a trainee
at Goodison Park in 1988 and has made 10+4 appearances
for the Toffees.
He has had loan spells at Blackpool (16+0,
3 goals), Port Vale (10+0, 1 goal) and Coventry City
(5+0) over the last three seasons. Clarke is an England
International and Vaughan stated: “We have contacted
Everton about Peter’s availability, and if we
a positive reaction we will take the matter further.”
26 July 2004
GAME BACK ON
The pre-season game
at Connah’s Quay Nomads on Thursday night is back
on. Kick-off at Deeside Stadium is 19:30hrs. Before that
City take a mixed side to play at Heswall tomorrow (Tuesday)
night, kick-off there is earlier at 19:00hrs and the Blues
may feature trialist Iyseden Christie, the ex-Mansfield
Town and Leyton Orient striker.
25 July 2004
BLUES PEGGED BACK
City looked to be
cruising to a comfortable victory against Queen of the
South on Saturday after goals from Michael Branch and
Ben Davies had given them a two-goal lead just after half-time.
However, they let things slip in a ten minutes spell midway
through the second period allowing the visitors to score
twice and clinch a draw. Mark Wright gave another run-out
to trialists Mike Sheron, Paul Weller and Stuart Roberts,
while there was no sign of striker Daryl Clare who made
a return from injury on Thursday.
COURT APPEARANCE FOR CITY
have a date in court tomorrow at the Queen Elizabeth
11 Law Courts in Liverpool
after the club was issued with a winding-up order for
alleged unpaid VAT recently. “This situation
is historic and we are having dialogue with Customs
Excise.” said chairman Steve Vaughan.
22 July 2004
CLARE OFF THE MARK
second-half header from striker Daryl Clare, in his first
appearance of the summer, brought City victory at Colwyn
Bay and extended the pre-season run to three wins in three
matches. The Blues fielded a strong starting line-up with,
apart from Wayne Brown, a selection of reserves on the
bench. The only goal of the game came on 56 minutes as
Clare headed home a McIntyre cross from a corner after
trialist Mike Sheron’s shot had been pushed out
for the flag-kick.
Clare is currently the speculation
of transfer approaches by three clubs, believed
to include his former employers Boston
United and ambitious Nationwide South side Hornchurch.
City chairman Steve Vaughan has stated that: “As
far as I am concerned, Daryl is not for sale at any
price, but out of courtesy to the player, Mark (Wright)
and I will discuss the situation.” City fans
will no doubt be anxious that the Blues can hold
their main striker who has scored almost a goal a
his 50+3 appearances for City.
Tomorrow, City welcome Scottish
First Division side Queen of the South to Deva Stadium
who are likely to include ex-City striker
David McNiven in their line-up. The game at Deva Stadium
will kick-off at 15:00hrs.
FINE RUN CONTINUES
pre-season form continued at Deva Stadium last night
with a 2-0 win
over Championship League side Cardiff City. Once again
City gave trials to Mike Sheron, Kevin Ellison and Stuart
Roberts and also included Burnley midfielder Paul Weller
in the starting line-up. It was Sheron who gave City
lead on the stroke of half-time with a superb 25-yarder
that gave Margetson in the Bluebirds goal no chance.
Mark Wright rung the changes at half-time sending out
a different X1 (with the exception of Kevin McIntyre,
again having a very good game), though injuries to Cortez
Belle and Darryn Stamp meant that Danny Collins and
Hessey returned off the bench later in the game. City
doubled their lead on 69 minutes with a deflected shot
from Michael Branch following a short corner.
Once again the Blues kept a clean sheet, with Robert
Earnshaw having the visitors best chance in the first
Thorn late on with a header for the Bluebirds.
City are in action next tomorrow night when they take
a side to play at UniBond League First Division side
Bay, kick-off 19:30hrs.
19 July 2004
IMPRESSIVE START FOR
fans will take encouragement from Saturday’s opening
pre-season victory over League One side Walsall at
Stadium. Manager Mark Wright gave a run-out to four trialist’s;
Kevin Ellison, Mike Sheron, Peter Handyside and Stuart
Roberts and it was the first of these, Ellison, who headed
Darryn Stamp’s cross home after just three minutes.
Debutant Michael Branch added two more goals before
break to give City a 3-0 half-time advantage that they
kept through the second period. New signing Cortez
played in defence for the full 90 minutes while Stewart
Drummond, Stephen Vaughan, Darren Edmondson and Richard
Hope also played a part in the victory. Striker
Daryl Clare missed the game with a hip injury and midfielder
Paul Carden is recovering from a knee operation in the
summer. Both are expected to be back soon.
City are in action again on Tuesday night when the opposition
steps up a division with the visit of Championship League
side Cardiff City to Deva Stadium, kick-off 19:45hrs.
16 July 2004
FIRST RUN OUT FOR NEW LOOK BLUES
City fans will have
their first glimpse of Mark Wright’s new-look City
side tomorrow as the Blues host Walsall at Deva Stadium,
kick-off at 15:00hrs.
fewer that nine players have been signed during a busy
summer in the transfer
market and there’s
even a possibility of a tenth with Stockport County’s
Kevin Ellison a target to join Stewart Drummond, Chris
Mackenzie, Cortez Belle, Stephen Vaughan, Michael Branch,
Sean Hessey, Richard Hope, Andy Watson, and Darren
Edmondson as City prepare for their return to Football
League action on 7 August.
Saddlers manager Paul Merson needs
no introduction and has promised to play some part in
which is sure to be a tough test for the Blues. Admission
prices are £10.00 (£5.00 concessions) in
the Main Stand and £8.00 (£4.00 concessions)
on the terrace, the west stand will remain closed.
ON THE BORDERLINE UPDATES
Club Historian Chas Sumner has produced
the Reserve stats update pages for last season. The two
page PDF file can be downloaded from here.
City have completed
the signing of York City wing back Darren Edmondson on
a one-year contract. He is manager Mark Wright’s
ninth new signing of a busy summer and, along with City’s
other new recruits will be introduced to the Deva fans
at the opening pre-season friendly on Saturday against
Paul Merson’s League One side Walsall, kick-off
15:00hrs. Admission prices for the game are £10.00
(£5.00 concessions) in the Main Stand and £8.00
(£4.00 concessions) on the terrace.
PONTINS LEAGUE FIXTURES
fixtures have now been released. Home game’s
in the Pontins League Division One West will take place
Stadium on Wednesday afternoon’s, kick-off’s
at 14:00hrs with the exception of the Manchester United
EXILES ANNUAL GENERAL
The Exiles Annual General Meeting will take place in
London on Thursday 15 July. The venue is the Sekforde
Arms, Sekforde Street, London EC1R 0HA starting at
19:30hrs in the upstairs room. The nearest tube/train station is Farringdon. Location
draw for the first round of the Carling Cup has taken
place and City have been given an attractive away tie
against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The game
place on Tuesday 24 August, with a 20:00hrs kick-off.
The sides last met in the second round stage back in 1998/99. City lost 3-0 away
in the first leg in front of a crowd of 20,618 and lost the return leg at Deva
Stadium a week later 1-0. Unlike then, this tie is a one-off game.
Good luck to Joe
Hinnigan, who has left the club by mutual consent.
Joe, a former player with City
had two spells as physio and was a popular figure among
the fans. League rules stipulate that the club’s
have a chartered physiotherapist, Joe had an FA Diploma.
7 July 2004
CLOSE TO NINTH SIGNING
reported that City will be discussing personal terms with
York City defender Darren Edmondson this afternoon with
the view to signing the player, he would be the ninth
new signing of a busy summer. Edmondson joined City for
pre-season training last week and has impressed enough
to be considered for a contract. Edmondson began his career
in 1990 as a trainee at Carlisle United before a £225,000
move to Huddersfield Town seven years later. He left the
Terriers for York City in 2000 and has made 142+5 appearances
for them scoring 6 goals.
5 July 2004
defender Scott Guyett has joined fellow League Two side
Yeovil Town on a two-year deal. City lost patience with
the player after he apparently failed to respond to a
new contract offer at the end of last season before leaving
for a trip to Australia. There was no word when he returned
and, after failing to turn up to training last week, Blues
chairman Steve Vaughan withdrew the improved offer made.
After the contract was withdrawn City manager Mark Wright
said: “We offered Scott a generous financial package
to re-sign, but apparently he hasn't been able to make
up his mind. Nobody is bigger than the club and now that
the offer has been withdrawn we can prepare for the new
season accordingly. I would like to thank Scott for his
contribution to Chester City and I wish him well for the
“I’d been at Chester for two years and had
a great time but I felt the time was right for a new challenge
which is the main reason I came here.” Guyett told
the official Yeovil website.
Guyett signed for City from Oxford United in August 2002
and went to to make 63+4 appearances for the Blues scoring
4 goals. Good luck to Scott.
1 July 2004
City have made their
eigth signing of the pre-season with Blackpool defender
Sean Hessey joining
the Blues. The 25-year-old six-footer can play at either
central defence or central midfiel. Hessey has played
for Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town before he moved
Kilmarnock where he made 40+6 appearances scoring 1 goal.
Last season Hessey made 4+3 appearances for Blackpool.
ANOTHER FRIDAY NIGHT MATCH!
Chester have agreed
to switch the away game against Northampton Town at Sixfields
Stadium to Friday
19 November, to avoid a clash with the local rugby team
that are also at home on the Saturday.
The Blues have
also agreed to Cheltenham Town’s request to bring
forward the game at Whaddon Road 24 hrs to Friday 8 October
to avoid the England v Wales World Cup qualifying game
on the Saturday. Both switches, that have yet to be approved
by the Football League, will no doubt affect the number
of City supporters able to travel to each game.
Note that Mansfield Town (A) on 26 March clashes with England v Northern Ireland
so another switch is also possible there.