Chester’s final pre-season
match takes place on
Tuesday when they travel the short distance
for a game at Airbus UK, kick-off time is 19:30hrs.
HEAVY DEFEAT FOR CITY
Chester lost their latest
pre-season match heavily at League One side Blackpool
the first time City have failed to score in their
pre-season build-up. Two of the goals came from ex-City
The Blues, two down at the break, were reduced to ten
men two minutes later as Abdou El Kholti was dismissed
City fielded a strong side and also gave a trial
to goalkeeper Clint Davies and he saved a second half
penalty when the score was 3-0, however the defence
conceded three goals in the final six minutes to leave
Keith Curle plenty to think about before next Saturday’s
opening League Two fixture at Peterborough United.
NARROW DEFEAT FOR YOUTH TEAM
City’s youth team showed
no signs of being phased by their Premiership counterparts
they were narrowly beaten 1-0 in today’s friendly at
28 July 2005
STADIUM PROHIBITION ORDER LIFTED
City have been given permission to open their doors to
fans once again following a meeting of the Ground Safety
of the Group, which also includes representatives of
the emergency services, and Chester City FC, heard
Cheshire County Council – the licensing authority
– were satisfied with safety works completed
and have lifted the Prohibition Order.
The capacity of the stadium has been
increased to 6,099. The current revised limit of 5,489
has come about because the ‘S’ factor
(maximum is 1), therefore, the club can effectively
admit nine tenths of the capacity. The ground has both
a ‘P’ (physical) and ‘S’ (Safety)
factor assigned to it. If things go to plan over the
then both the P and S factors can hopefully return
to 1 and the full capacity may then be used.
Ian Luxton, Head of the authority’s
Regulatory Services said: “We have had a good
meeting with Mr Vaughan and the chairman has signed
an undertaking that spectator safety will be given
priority attention in the future Also communications
the management of Chester City Football Club and Cheshire
County Council will improve. Hopefully when that
evident the safety group will be able to recommend
that the ground safety factor is returned to full
Chairman Steve Vaughan added: “I’d
like to thank the council for the patience they’ve
shown. Now we’ve got a working relationship between
all parties where myself and the club’s safety officer
will liaise with the county council. There’s been
a lot of breakdowns in communication but it’s no-one’s
fault in particular.”
David Artell had a run out with
the youth team, that also contained several YTS players,
tonight who lost 4-0 at Porthmadog.
WINNING BUILD-UP CONTINUES
goals from Ryan Lowe (left) and a third from Ben Davies
gave City a 3-1 win at TNS in their latest pre-season
friendly last night. Once again there was a chance to
have a look at his squad with no fewer than 18 players
taking some part in the game, this included appearances
off the bench from two of last season’s youth/reserve
side, Paul Rutherford and James Scales.
of the squad however missed the game through injury.
Phil Bolland has had stitches following a clash at Droylsden
on Saturday. Michael Branch has a groin strain, David
Artell has a knee injury and Marcus Richardson is showing
signs of flu.
City have two more friendly
games scheduled before the League Two curtain-raiser
at Peterborough United on 6 August. This Saturday they
travel to Bloomfield Road to play League One side
kick-off 15:00hrs and the following Tuesday 2 August
they travel the short distance for a friendly at
UK, kick-off time is 19:30hrs.
24 July 2005
BROWN MOVES ON LOAN
The official Hereford United website confirms that Wayne
Brown has moved on a 12 month loan deal to the Edgar Street
club. The loan arrangement has been agreed between chairman
Steve Vaughan and Hereford boss Graham Turner.
are in action on Tuesday night when they travel to play
TNS Llansantffraid, kick-off 19:30hrs. Manager Keith Curle
may be without the services of Dave Artell, Craig Dove,
Michael Branch and Avun Jephcott, the quartet are all
25 July 2005
EXILES ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Exiles AGM will take place
at 19:30hrs tonight at The Knights Templar, 95 Chancery
Lane, London WC2A 1DT. (Map here).
Members and prospective members are encouraged to attend
and help us plan our activities for the 2005/06 season.
2. Minutes of the 18th Annual General Meeting
3. Matters arising
4. Chairman’s report
5. Treasurer’s report
6. Secretary / membership report
7. Committee reports: Publicity, Darts, Social
8. Election of officers
9. Any other business
24 July 2005
HAT-TRICK FOR RICHARDSON
Marcus Richardson took his pre-season goal tally to six
with a hat-trick at the Butchers Arms on Saturday. Ben
Davies also got on the score sheet as City extended their
unbeaten pre-season build-up with a 4-1 win at Nationwide
Conference North side Droylsden. Former City player Kevin
Rapley added the consolation goal for The Bloods.
YOUTH TEAM DRAW
Goals from Adam Wade and Paul Rutherford
earned City’s youth team a 2-2 draw in their pre-season
friendly at Stockport County on Saturday.
22 July 2005
BLOW FOR CITY
chairman Steve Vaughan will be reeling after receiving
a double setback yesterday.
after conducting an inspection of Deva Stadium, the
County Council refused to lift the Prohibition Order
on the ground. All the work on the turnstiles, CCTV
cameras, exit gates and crush barriers has all been
completed, but there is now a query regarding stewarding
and therefore the Stadium Licence has not been awarded.
Another inspection is planned for next week. Tomorrow’s
game against Droylsden will go ahead at the Butchers
Arms ground, City had been hopeful of staging it at
As if this wasn’t enough, Dave
Burford, the City’s general manager resigned from
his position. Burford is the brother-in-law of Vaughan
and has been at the club for three years. He told the
Chronicle: “I’ve resigned due to personal
reasons. I’ve had three enjoyable years at Chester
and I wish Stephen Vaughan and the club all the best
for the future.”
Vaughan added: “It’s
times like this when you feel like forgetting it all.
I’ll kick off the season and see how I feel after
that. The job is getting to me. It’s taking its
21 July 2005
BLUNDELL OFF THE MARK
Blundell opened his Chester account as the Blues won their
second tour game 5-2 at St Blazey last night. City took
the lead through a second minute penalty after Ben Davies
had been upended in the box. Ryan Lowe converted the spot
Lowe added a second on 17 minutes following good work
from Scott McNiven. The Blues doubled their lead after
the break thanks to goals from Gregg Blundell and Justin
City then conceded two quick goals from the home side
before substitute, University College of Chester Sports
Scientist Dr. Stuart Bruce Low added the fifth, and best
goal, ten minutes from time.
County Council officials will be at Deva Stadium today
to check that all remedial work on the ground has been
carried out as requested and that the relevent Safety
Licence can be granted.
Should City receive the go-ahead from the Council, then
Saturday’s scheduled friendly at Droylsden will
be switched to Deva Stadium.
Chairman Steve Vaughan told the Evening Leader: “All
the safety work that we were requested to do by Cheshire
County Council has now been carried out. And Droylsden
have agreed to switch the match to Chester if we get permission
to stage the game. Everybody at the club has been working
their socks off to ensure the work complies to all the
requests issued by the county council.”
20 July 2005
LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER
The Blues recorded a 9-0
victory at Tavistock AFC last night. First half goals
from trialist Avun Jephcott, Stewart Drummond, Carl Regan
and two from Tom Curtis gave City a five goal advantage
over The Lambs at the break. The Blues carried on where
they left off in the second half with Curtis completing
his hat-trick, Marcus Richardson getting in the goals
with a brace, and substitute Ben Davies completing the
City travel tonight to play
St Blazey in the second and final match of their west
country tour, they are expected to field a completely
different starting X1 from last night. St Blazey are situated
in mid Cornwall, five miles from St. Austell and two miles
from The Eden Project. Kick-off at Blaise Park is 19:15hrs.
WERE THE DAYS!
No army camp and pre-season
tour of Devon and Cornwall for the players of Chester
FC circa the 1940s and 50s! A skipping rope and medicine
ball were the order of the day as the team warmed-up in
roll-neck jumpers on the Sealand Road pitch and on the
Annexe (bottom right).
COULD FACE CITY
Droylsden have been given
permission to play both Wayne Brown and Richard Hope in
their friendly match against the Blues on Saturday. Both
players were released by Keith Curle in the summer and
chairman Steve Vaughan has accepted an offer of £20,000
for each player by the Unibond Premier side, whether Brown
and Hope want to drop down to that level remains to be
Last season The Bloods include a number of ex-City players
in their squad including Steve Halford, Steve Brodie,
Peter Dogun and Dave Cameron and may also include Kevin
Rapley in their line-up. The match at the Butchers Arms
will kick-off at 15:00hrs.
17 July 2005
UNBEATEN RUN CONTINUES
second pre-season goal from trialist Avun Jephcott was
just enough to give the Blues a win at Burton Albion on
Saturday. Over 1,300 fans turned out for the first-ever
match at the Brewers new impressive, though not quite
finished, Pirelli Stadium. The majority will have left
disappointed though after Jephcott’s second-half
close range strike from a Michael Branch cross gave City
Curle gave a debut to recent signing Gregg Blundell
(left) who played the first 45 minutes but didn’t
appear on the pitch following the break after picking
up a slight knock.
The Blues now embark on a short
tour of Cornwall and Devon that will include matches
AFC on Tuesday (19:00hrs) and St
Blazey on Wednesday night (19:15hrs).
The squad will be staying at an
army camp and undergoing three training sessions a day,
including stamina sessions overlooked by specialist fitness
instructors. There will be time to relax as well though,
with a couple of rounds of golf lined up for the players.
Only two trialists have been taken on tour, Avun Jephcott
and Keith Curle’s son Tom.
fees are the same for last season and are as
Adult £12.00. Under 18/oap/unemployed £9.00,
Overseas (outside Europe) £15.00.
Forms for the annual Exiles
Prediction Competition are now also available and
can be downloaded from here.
• You can download
a PDF membership form here.
GOING FOR A BURTON
have the honour of being the opposition for the first
match at Burton Albion’s new £6.4m Pirelli
Stadium tomorrow. All four sides of the ground will be
open for the occasion with City fans being housed in the
East Stand. Admission prices are £10.00 for adults,
£8.00 for pensioners and £3.00 for juniors.
The match, City’s third in pre-season, kick’s-off
at 15:00hrs and Blues fans going are urged to arrive in
plenty of time as a large crowd can be expected. It’s
been a race against time to get the ground completed in
time for the match but everything is now in place. Turnstiles
will open at 13.30hrs, with access to the ground temporarily
restricted to the new Princess Way entrance.
The Pirelli Stadium is only a short distance from the
former ground at Eton Park and directions can be found
Goals from Stewart Drummond,
Michael Branch and Marcus Richardson gave City a comfortable
3-0 victory at at Rainworth Miners’ Welfare last
night. Once again manager Keith Curle used the occasion
to field a different side in each half and also gave a
trial to ex-Birmingham City player Davion Hamilton.
RAINWORTH NEXT FOR CITY
fans will get a chance to see Keith Curle’s
new-look side tonight when the Blues travel to
play at Rainworth Miners’ Welfare. The home
side play in the Abacus Lighting Central Midlands
League and the match has been arranged through
the friendship of Curle and Welfare manager Rudy
Tonight’s encounter is scheduled to be refereed
by Premiership official Uriah Rennie, City fans
last saw him at our game at Moss Rose in January.
The game at Kirklington Road kick’s-off
at 19.30hrs, with admission £3.00, concessions
£1.00, and a matchday programme also at
City follow this with a game at Burton Albion
on Saturday, kick-off 15:00hrs. This occasion
marks the opening of the Brewers new Pirelli Stadium
and a large crowd is expected for the occasion.
13 July 2005
FREE REPLICA SHIRT OFFER
Sameday Limited as part of their Official Sponsorship
of Chester City Football Club would like to make this
offer to the parents of all junior fans.
a parent of three young children, I can understand that
the cost to replace replica shirts season after season
is far from cheap. New Sponsors or new kit Manufacturers
now seem to be the norm, not just at Chester City but
throughout the Football Industry.
We however would like to help!
UK Sameday Ltd are giving
away FREE 200 replica shirts for the forthcoming season.
To claim your FREE UK Sameday sponsored
Chester City replica shirt you need to be one of the
first 200 Junior Season Ticket Holders.
When you receive your Season Ticket
you will also receive a voucher that can be exchanged
for a new replica shirt at the Club Shop (subject to
THIS OFFER IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST
200 JUNIOR SEASON TICKET HOLDERS ONLY.
Paul Baker (Managing Director, UK Sameday Limited)
NEW KIT ON SHOW
City launched their new
kit for next season with a photo shoot on Monday as the
club were delighted to announce UK Sameday Ltd as their
official sponsor for the coming season.
Limited are honoured to announce that they will be Chester
City Football Club’s official club sponsors for
the 2005/2006 season.
UK Sameday Limited are a local Express
Courier Company who started trading 15 years ago from
a back bedroom in Hawarden. Today they have their HQ
in Sandycroft, Deeside with a further 127 Depots across
the UK & Ireland through their Partnership in the
APC Overnight Network.
The Company is owned by Paul Baker,
who is a born and bred Cestrian, who has followed The
Blues through thick and mostly thin from his youth,
when he stood on the Sealand End with his mates from
Handbridge. Today he is a North Terrace Season Ticket
holder who still stands on the terracing with those
same mates and will continue to do so despite the banter
he will get from them because of this.
Chester City has always been his number
one passion even on occasions to the determent of his
Family and Business. For Paul it does not get any better
than this, the chance to help the Club he has always
supported since a boy was just a pipe dream but without
the help of so many it would still have remained one
therefore Paul would like to thank the many people who
have made it possible, all the Staff at UK Sameday Ltd
for their dedication, all the Customers for their loyalty,
Gary Owen at Queensferry Sports for talking him into
buying the most expensive replica shirt……ever.,
his Friends, Family and especially his Partner, Louise
and his children, Jack, Hannah and Harry for their patience
and understanding. And finally he would like to thank
Stephen Vaughan and Dave Burford for their continued
support of our Club and to wish Keith Curle and all
the squad every success for the forthcoming season.
Come on City!
12 July 2005
Rovers striker Gregg Blundell will sign a two-year deal
with Chester City, subject to a medical. City will be
paying a club record transfer fee, believed to be £105,000
for the former Northwich Victoria forward.
Blundell, 29, began his career as a trainee at Tranmere
Rovers before moving to Vauxhall Motors where a prolific
scoring record saw a step-up to Northwich Victoria.
He moved to the Drillfield for £8,000 in January
2001 and went on to make 93+1 appearances for the Vics,
scoring 40 goals. Blundell signed for Doncaster Rovers
just over two years ago and has scored 32 goals in 96
appearances for the Belle Vue side.
The Blues drew their opening
pre-season fixture at Deva Stadium this afternoon 1-1
with Championship side Stoke City. The Blues played a
different side in each half with Chester’s second
half equaliser coming from Avun Jephcott a trialist and
former Nuneaton Borough player.
City: (first half): Harrison, Vaughan, El Kholti,
Dimech, Welch, Maxwell, Davies, Walker, Branch, Richardson,
(second half): Neal, McNiven, Bolland,
Hessey, Regan, Curle, Curtis, Smyth, Lowe, Jephcott, Drummond.
CALL UP FOR DIMECH
defender Luke Dimech has been selected by Malta for their
friendly international against Northern Ireland next month.
The game will be played in Valetta on Wednesday 17 August.
Dimech will travel to meet up with the national team after
the home match against Grimsby Town the previous Saturday.
Manager Keith Curle will
watch over his new-look City side as the Blues kick-off
their pre-season campaign with a home game against Stoke
City today. Supporters won’t be able to take a look
though, the match at Deva Stadium is being played behind
closed doors as the ground has a Prohibition Notice placed
on it by the County Council until urgent safety work has
been completed. The game kick’s-off at 12:00.
NEW SPONSORS ANNOUNCED
company UK Sameday Ltd will be unveiled this afternoon
as the new club sponsor for the 2005/06 season. The company
is owned by life long City fans Paul Baker. UK Sameday
Ltd are a local Express Courier Company, set up by Paul,
who started trading 15 years ago fom a back bedroom of
a house in Hawarden. Today they have their HQ in Sandycroft,
Deeside with a further 127 depots across the UK &
Ireland through their Partnership in the APC Overnight
The will-he won’t-he
saga of defender David Artell is over. The former Mansfield
Town defender will be lining up for City next season after
the two clubs finally completed his transfer. Artell is
the fourth Stags player to make the move to the Deva over
the summer following on from Luke Dimech, Tom Curtis and
CHESHIRE SENIOR CUP
City’s first round
match at Macclesfield Town will take place on Tuesday
13 September at Moss Rose, kick-off 19:45hrs. Admission
is £5.00 adults, £3.00 concessions.
CURLE: FOUR PLAYERS AWAY
Keith Curle is four players away from completing his squad
for next season, and two of those players could be Mansfield
Town defender Dave Artell and Doncaster Rovers striker
After the new-look
Blues had completed their first week of pre-season training,
Curle said: “I’m four players away from
what I want. There’s been a massive turnaround
in events since I walked into the football club. Now
the jigsaw puzzle is being put back together and I’m
a couple of pieces short. I’d like a striker,
goalkeeper, a central defender, a midfield player and
possibly one other.
City fans were under the impression
that Artell had signed from Mansfield Town a couple
of weeks ago after he was pictured with other new recruits
in a Chester shirt. That was premature though as the
Stags claimed City had made an illegal approach for
the player, an acquisation strongly denied then by City
general manager David Burford. However, it appears that
the clubs have now reached agreement and the transfer
may be completed soon.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan said:
“The deal has been agreed with Mansfield and all
the paperwork completed. We have deposited the fee with
the Football League as we were requested to do. It’s
been a drawn-out affair, but at last we have reached
a conclusion to the transaction. Thankfully David will
be able to join the squad early next week.”
The bid for the ex-Northwich striker
Blundell is a six-figure club record one. Vaughan said:
“We’ve spoken to the player again and we’ve
spoken to the club and we’re just trying to see
if we can finalise it. It’s down to him and his
agent and if we can agree personal terms, we’ll
have the most expensive signing this club has ever had.”
START FOR RESERVES
The reserve side will kick-off
their 2005/06 Pontins Holiday League campaign with a home
game against Blackpool on Wednesday 17 August.
STOKE MATCH OFF
home pre-season game against Stoke City on Tuesday 12
July has been called off. The official Stoke City website
says the match has been postponed for safety reasons as
the Deva is not yet in possession of a safety certificate
for the 2005/6 season. Work is currently taking place
to upgrade the turnstiles, CCTV system alterations, as
well as other public area improvements.
No new date will be arranged though the game will now
take place behind closed doors.
City will now start their pre-season campaign with the
match at Rainworth Miners’ Welfare on Thursday 14
July. The game at Kirklington Road, kick’s off at
19.30hrs with admission £3.00, concessions £1.00,
and a matchday programme also at £1.00.
On North Wales Police insistance,
City’s match at Wrexham has been put back a day
and will now take place on Sunday 26 March with a 12:00
GRENVILLE ON BOARD
Blues fans will be pleased
to hear that manager Keith Curle has aded former City
favourite Grenville Millington to his coaching staff for
next season. Millington, a goalkeeping hero with Chester
in the mid 1970’s, has a wealth of experience in
the game and is a regular visitor to Deva Stadium.
It’s reported that
Chester City are showing an interest in taking 20-year-old
Preston North End goalkeeper Chris Neal on a long-term
loan. The ‘keeper has made one substitute appearance
for the Lillywhites and appeared six times for Tamworth
on loan last season. Manager
Keith Curle told the Daily Post: “We are close to
reaching agreement with Preston, and hopefully the transaction
can be completed in the next few days.”
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2005
The Exiles AGM will take place
at 19:30hrs on Monday 25 July at The Knights Templar,
95 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1DT. Members are urged to
try and attend and help us plan our activities for the
Pontins League has been reformatted for next season with
its Premier League scrapped in favour of three regional
leagues, Division One West, Central and East.
The Blues will compete in the Division One West league
and will be joined by: Bury, Blackpool, Burnley, Carlisle
United, Preston North End, Rochdale, Tranmere Rovers,
Shrewsbury Town and Wrexham.
have agreed to switch their home friendly match against
Blackpool on Saturday 30 July from Deva Stadium to Bloomfield
Road after the Lancashire clubs home pre-season match
against Sheffield United was cancelled leaving them without
a home friendly. The game will kick-off at 15:00hrs.
A club spokesman told the official Blackpool website:
“We would like to thank Chester for agreeing to
switch the game to Bloomfield Road at such short notice.
They fully understood our reasons and we are very grateful.”
Chester’s pre-season campaign
will kick-off on Tuesday 12 July with a home match against
Stoke City (19:45hrs). With the switch of the Blackpool
fixture this is now currently the only scheduled home
match for City fans (there were four last year).
City’s colours for
next season that appear on the Football League website
are as follows:
|1st. Blue and White
|2nd. Sky Blue
Season Ticket prices after
1 July 2005 (equivalent
to 2 free games) are as follows:
(main) & West stands: adults £315.00, concession
£210.00, under 16s £126.00.
North Terrace: adults £273.00, concession £168.00,
under 16s £105.00.
Executive Lounge: adults £588.00, senior citizen
Car Park: £40.00