Wright said: “Defensively
I thought we dealt well with everything they threw at
us, while up front we created chances and at our level
we won’t meet many better defences than Huddersfield.
We have steadily improved our level of performance during
this pre-season campaign, and without doubt Huddersfield
provided our sternest test, and I thought we came through
it well. We have 16 new players in our squad and it
has taken time for them to blend as a team, but now
I think we are virtually there.”
WRIGHT HAPPY WITH PERFORMANCE
Manager Mark Wright was happy after seeing his City side
draw 0-0 with Huddersfield Town in the final pre-season match before the new
League Two season startes on Saturday. The Blues gave debuts in midfield to new
Ricky Ravenhill and Roberto Martinez and both fitted in well with good performances
after just a matter of hours at the club.
The Blues are next in action on Saturday when they entertain
newly promoted Accrington Stanley on Saturday (15:00hrs).
New signing Ricky Ravenhill and defender Sean Hessey
will miss the game through suspension.
Picture © Evening Leader
FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY
bring their pre-season campaign to a close tomorrow
when popular ex-player Peter Jackson brings his Huddersfield
Town side to Deva Stadium, kick-off 15:00hrs.
The club have deisgnated tomorrow as Family Fun Day
as the club opens its doors at 12:00 for supporters
to take a look around the facilities and mingle with
the players. Among the attraction will be tours of the
stadium, a chane to meet the players and collect autographs,
have your photo taken with the World Cup replica and
much more. For the kids there will be face painting
and a bouncy castle as well.
Admission to the match is just £5.00 with children
under 15 being admitted free.
MARTINEZ SIGNS ON
The Blues have completed the signing of Swansea
City midfielder Roberto
Martinez on a two year deal and the Spaniard is expected to play against
Huddersfield Town tomorrow.
want to leave Swansea, but the decision was out of my hands so you just look
forward. I’m delighted with my dealings with Chester and I’m
looking forward to working with Mark Wright. The football challenge
RAVENHILL JOINS ON LOAN
The will-he won’t-he
sign saga of Ricky
Ravenhill is back on as the Doncaster
Rovers midfielder has agreed to join City on a one month
loan. He is expected to feature in tomorrow’s
match. The deal is likely to become permanent after
the initial loan period.
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26 July 2006
CITY STEP UP MIDFIELDER HUNT
Manager Mark Wright has confirmed
that City have made a revised offer for Swansea City
midfielder Roberto Martinez. The Spaniard was at Deva
Stadium on Monday night to see the defeat by Blackpool.
Manager Wright said: “Roberto
is a quality player, and would be a tremendous asset
to this club if we could sign him. We have made what
I think is an attractive, revised offer to Roberto,
and hopefully he will agree to join us. I am aware
that there are other clubs interested in signing him,
but with a player of his quality, it is only natural
that he will attract a lot of interest.”
Martinez was brought to this
country back in 1995 to join Wigan Athletic who were
managed by Graham Barrow at the time. He stayed at Springfield
Park for six years before moving on to Motherwell, Walsall
and Swansea City.
LEAGUE TWO CLUB BY CLUB GUIDE
You can keep up to date
with all the summer transfer activity by checking the
League Two club by club guide here.
SUMMER SOCCER SCHOOLS CHANGE
Due to building work taking
place at Bishops High School in August it has been necessary
to change the locations of the summer soccer schools.
The new details are as follows:
7, 8, 9 August 2006 at Abbeygate College, Saighton –
£10.00 per day or £30.00 for all 3 days
21, 22, 23 August 2006 at Blacon High School –
£12.00 per day or £35.00 for all 3 days
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
Fixtures for the Centre
of Excellence under 9s – under 16s for next season
are almost complete. You can view them here.
CITY IN ACTION AGAIN
City send a side to play
at Droylsden tonight. The team will mainly consist
youth team players and trialists though striker Michael
Branch may also be making an appearance after being
taken off the transfer list. Kick-off at the Butchers
Arms is 19:45hrs.
25 July 2006
The Blues lost their latest pre-season
friendly at Deva Stadium last night going down 2-1 to
Division One side Blackpool. Kevin Sandwith scored from
a free kick to give City a half-time lead only for Scott
Vernon to net a brace after the break to wrap it up
for the visitors in front of a crowd of 692.
24 July 2006
CITY WELCOME SEASIDERS
visit Deva Stadium tonight for the fourth home pre-season
friendly. City will be looking for a home success
after successive defeats by Stoke City, Cercle Brugge
and, on Saturday, Chesterfield. Admission
prices are: Adult £12.00, under-16 £6.00.
The car park price is £2.00.
Manager Mark Wright was fairly happy with the latest
workout against The Spireites though he blamed bad defending
for the two gals conceded. “For 70 minutes I thought
we were very good. There were lots of good performances
and our shape was good. Mikael Wolski should have dealt
better with the situation prior to the first goal and
the second goal was down to Sean Hessey. We need four
more players and I shall be working on that next week.”
Wright told the Daily Post.
FRIENDLY WIN FOR CITY
notched their first win of the pre-season campaign with a 3-0 victory at Cammell
Laird last night. Goals from Drewe Broughton, Jermaine
McSporran and Jon Walters gave City a comfortable 3-0 victory over a well-organised
Cammell Laird side. The trialists played for
City, Jon Newby (Bury), Michael Wolski (Stockport County) and Wojtek Kaczmarek
played for a Polish Second Division side last season.
Manager Mark Wright was full of praise for young striker Chris Holroyd who came
on as a substitute at Kirklands. “I’ve got so much time for the young
untrue. In training he’s a great finisher. He’s quick, he’s
so enthusiastic, and everything about him tells me that he’s first class.
really pleased with
him and he’ll play a lot of reserve team football for us this year, and
I actually think he could break through. If he gets chances he’ll score
exceptional. He could have scored in our friendly game against Cercle Brugge.”
RAVENHILL DEAL OFF
days after officially announcing they’d signed
Ricky Ravenhill, and even given the player a squad
number, the ‘deal’
to bring him to Deva Stadium is off! Doncaster
Rovers have issued the following statement on their
official website: “Rovers Director of Football
Mickey Walker confirmed that after delays by Chester
City in the signing of midfielder Ricky Ravenhill,
the transfer had been called off. Ricky will be placed
on the list and all clubs will be notified.”
City issued the following statement after the deal
fell through.“There have been a number of obsticles
during the transfer process from Doncaster Rovers of
the midfielder. Much consideration has been made over
the matter and Chester City have reached the conclusion
that the costs of the deal over two years outweighed
the longer term benefits and as such was not in out
best interests. Issues with the players agent have
also contributed to the collapse of the move, which
would say has no inference of bad feeling to Doncaster
Rovers of the players concerned.”
18 July 2006
SUMMER SOCCER SCHOOLS
football club have recently appointed Danny Jones in
the role of Community Football Development Co-ordinator
with a specific role in marketing the Football In The
Community scheme to local schools in Chester and organising
of CCFC soccer schools during the summer school holiday
The club have set up the following
two summer soccer schools in August:
7, 8, 9 August 2006 at Abbeygate
College, Saighton – £10.00 per day or
£30.00 for all 3 days
21, 22, 23 August 2006 at BlaconHigh School –
£12.00 per day or £35.00 for all 3 days
All coaches involved in the soccer
school’s are FA qualified, have received a Criminal
Records Bureau check and have the FA Emergency Aid
Anyone interested should contact
Danny Jones on 07879 671939 to provisionally book their
place and receive an application form.
16 July 2006
DEFEAT AT VICS
sent a youthful looking side for the club’s first-ever
match at the Victoria Stadium yesterday and the youngsters
put in a decent performance although they came away
with a 1-0 defeat. The only goal of the game came on
59 minutes from ex-City player Craig Dove.
the game Jim Hackett (left) expressed his pleasure with
the performance: “Although it was a poor goal
to concede from a defensive viewpoint we could have
gone ahead before this with two or three good chances.
They may have looked the better side on paper but I
though we edged the game and it could be argued that
we looked the better side. We now have three players
from the youth set up in the first team squad and three
others training with them so the future looks terrific.
In the past there has always been talk about the youth
setups at Crewe and Wrexham but this performance shows
that we now have a good youth system at Chester. I’m
very happy with the way the players played today and
the youngsters didn’t look out of place against
some seasoned professionals.”
The Blues are next in action
on Wednesday night when they send a side to play
Cammell Laird, kick-off 19:30hrs.
Picture © Evening
Chester have reduced the
admission for their final home pre-season friendly against
Huddersfield Town on Saturday 29 July to £5.00,
children under 15 years of age will be admitted free.
The club are hoping to stage an Open Day allowing fans
to tour the stadium and facilities and a chance to meet
VAUGHAN NOT A HAPPY MAN!
Steve Vaughan has hit out after last night’s
poor attendance against
Cercle Brugge. The game, arranged at short notice and
played just two days after the home game with Stoke City game attracted a crowd
the chairman called “disgraceful.” Many fans obviously decided that
£24 for two matches in three days was simply too much.
Vaughan told the Evening Leader: “I’m off if the crowds don’t
improve. I know it was hastily arranged but 269 is an insult. Last night has
cost the club thousands of pounds. I drove from one end of the country to watch
the game but where were the others?
I’ve put a freeze on putting any more money
for transfers and I’m going to take stock over the weekend. If there’s
anyone else out there with ideas of how they can take this club further then
give me a call. And if they want to buy it, they’ll need £5 million.
nights like last night that make you think that’s it.
All I’ve had is criticism
the past two years and still it continues. I’ve got people complaining
about friendly admission prices, I’ve got season ticket holders demanding
because they don’t like all the games being switched to a Friday night. I’m
just totally disillusioned with the whole thing. We put on these friendlies to
pay for the signing on fees and relocation fees for the players that we have
brought into the club. This was a Premier League Belgian side we were talking
about last night. 269 is an insult and the 800 home fans who came to the Stoke
game wasn’t good either.”
Picture © Evening Leader
LEEDS UNITED TICKETS
Tickets for the first round Carling Cup match at
Leeds United on 22 August go on sale from Monday at the Deva Stadium ticket office
are £12.00 (adults), £6.00
(children and over 60s). Tickets will also be on sale following next Saturday's
home friendly match against Chesterfield. There are no restrictions on the number
of tickets that can be bought. The tickets contain a bar code that is read at
the automatic turnstiles so fans should take extra care not to damage/crease
DEFEAT FOR CITY
lost their second pre-season friendly against Belgian
Premier League side Cercle Brugge by a single goal at
Deva Stadium last night.
The only goal of the game came seven minutes from time
when Tom De Sutter took advantage of some slack defending
to shoot past John Danby. The game erupted midway through
the second half with an incident that saw the visitors
reduced to ten men after a straight red card for Milosevic,
with City’s Jamie Hand receiving a yellow.
The Blues are next in action tomorrow afternoon when
they make the short trip to the Victoria Stadium to
play Cheshire neighbours Northwich Victoria, kick-off
15:00hrs. Admission prices are: £8.00 adults £5.00
over 65’s £3.00 children.
13 July 2006
SECOND WARM UP FOR CITY
The Blues entertain Belgian
Premier League side
Brugge at Deva Stadium tonight. Cercle
Brugge lost the first game of their mini-tour 2-0 at
Blackpool on Tuesday night. Only the east stand is open
tonight, admission prices are: Adult £12.00,
under-16 £6.00. The car park price is £2.00.
12 July 2006
CRONIN JOINS INJURY LIST
Just a week after signing
for City midfielder Glenn
Cronin has suffered a broken Metartarsal
in training today and could be sidelined for up to three months.
BLUES LOSE OPENER
half goals from Hannes Sigurdsson and Darel Russell
gave Stoke City a 2-0 win in last night’s pre-season
friendly at Deva Stadium. Assistant manager Graham
Barrow told the Daily Post: “It was a good
work-out for the lads. I thought we were slightly
side in the first half but we were disappointed
with the two goals we conceded. Overall the work-out
The Blues gave a trial to
Jon Newby (Bury) and also had goalkeeper Ricky
trial from Crystal Palace on the bench.Defender
Phil Bolland dislocated a shoulder in the match
and could be out for up to six weeks, missing the
opening of the season in the process. “It
is also especially disappointing for the lad, coming
back. He is one or our leaders and we are absolutely
gutted, because it was fairly innocuous. But that’s
football isn’t it?” added Barrow.
Chester City (first half): Danby,
Marples, Allen, Artell, Hessey, Wilson, Bennett, Vaughan,
Newby (trialist from Bury), Walters, Cronin.
Chester City (second half): Danby,
Marples (Hessey 60), Sandwith, Bolland (Wilson 78),
Westwood, Linwood, McSporran, Vaughan, Broughton, Blundell,
CITY ENTERTAIN BELGIANS
It’s now confirmed that
the Blues will be entertaining Belgian Premier League
will be 19:45hrs.
POSSIBLE EUROPEAN FRIENDLY FOR CITY
The Blues could be hosting
a pre-season friendly against Belgian Premier League
side Cercle Brugge on Thursday. They are over on tour
and City chairman Steve Vaughan told the Daily Post:
“If we can gain clearance and the appropriate
arrangements can be made speedily, then we would be
only too pleased to accommodate them, a decision will
be made on or before Tuesday.” The Belgians
are also playing Blackburn and Blackpool during their
7 July 2006
CRONIN AND RAVENHILL SIGN
have completed the signing of Exeter City midfielder
Glenn Cronin. Dublin-born Cronin started his career
as a trainee at Exeter back in 2000 and went on to
137+23 appearances scoring 5 goals for the Grecians.
He has signed a two year deal.
Meanwhile the Blues have announced that they have also
secured on a two year deal the services of Doncaster
in the week “Give us a decision on our offer
quickly, or the deal is off.” after both clubs
had agreed a five figure fee. But chairman Stephen
the Chester Chronicle: “Thankfully the player
and his agent have agreed to sign for us, it has taken
a lot of negotiating, but the forms are now prepared
and I think it is safe to say he is our player.”
Admission prices for the home pre-season
games against Stoke City, Chesterfield, Blackpool
and Huddersfield Town are as follows. Terrace: Adult
£10.00, under-16 £5.00. Seats: Adult £12.00,
under-16 £6.00. The car park price is £2.00.
4 July 2006
There have been a large number of changes made to the
fixture list for the coming season. Several matches
have been re-arranged, some of them brought forward
24hrs to avoid a clash with England international matches,
whilst others have been moved as the club experiment
with more Friday night football next season.
On the changes chairman Steve Vaughan said: “Our
plan to switch games to a Friday night is to attract
gates. “We have tried Friday night fixtures
in recent seasons and they have all proved a success.
promised Chester fans at the last fans’ forum
that we would have Friday night home games and we’ve
switched a total of six games. Tranmere have always
profited from switching fixtures to Fridays and I’m
done our homework and managed to get our application
to switch fixtures in on time.
games changed are:
|League Two Fixture
|Chester City v Wrexham
||Sunday 20 August 12:00hrs
|Chester City v
||Friday 1 September 19:45hrs
|Chester City v Walsall
||Friday 6 October 19:45hrs
|Chester City v
||Friday 20 October 19:45hrs
|Darlington v Chester City
||Friday 3 November 19:45hrs
|Chester City v
||Friday 17 November 19:45hrs
|Wrexham v Chester City
||Sunday 18 February 12:00hrs
|Chester City v Bury
||Wednesday 21 February 19:45hrs
|Chester City v Torquay United
||Friday 2 March 19:45hrs
|Chester City v Rochdale
||Friday 16 March 19:45hrs
|Hartlepool United v Chester City
||Friday 30 March 19:45hrs
|Chester City v Darlington
||Friday 6 April 19:45hrs
|Chester City v Shrewsbury Town
||Sunday 15 April 12:00hrs
3 July 2006
MIDFIELDER POISED TO SIGN
Rovers 25-year-old midfielder Ricky Ravenhill
looks set to sign for Chester.
Both clubs have agreed a five figure transfer
fee and now personal terms need to be finalised
before any move can take place.
Ravenhill has scored 10 goals in 100+50 appearances.
The Blues have already signed defender Simon Marples
and midfielder Jermaine McSporran from the Belle
Vue club this summer.
The official Wrexham website states that both games
with Chester City next season have been put back 24hrs
with 12:00 kick-off’s. The new dates for the all-ticket
matches will be Sunday 20 August at Deva Stadium and
Sunday 18 February 2007 for the fixture at the Racecourse.
This has not been confirmed by Chester yet.
The official Shrewsbury Town website states that both
games between them and City this season will also have
12:00 kick-off’s. This has not been confirmed
by Chester yet.
Meanwhile there may also be a series of home Friday
night matches to avoid clashes with England internationals.
Fixtures affected could be: Stockport County, Hartlepool
United, Walsall and Swindon Town. The away game at Darlington
may also go the same way.
DUO SET TO LEAVE
Both forward Michael Branch and defender David Artell
are to have their names circulated to Football League
and Nationwide Conference clubs and appear to have no
future at Chester City. Both currently have a year to
run on their contracts.
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