Blues fans will have a second chance to see their
side in home pre-season action tonight, as former
popular City midfielder Roberto Martinez (left)
brings his Championship squad Swansea City to Deva
With the start of the new League campaign just over
a week away City manager Simon Davies has three
players unlikely to play tonight through injury.
The trio, Paul Linwood Anthony Barry and James Vaughan,
and not expected to be risked.
Davies is looking forward to tonight’s encounter:
“It will be good to welcome Roberto back to Chester,
he has done exceptionally well since he took over
the managerial reins down there, and he deserves
the success he has achieved.”
In an effort to boost the attandance tonight the
club will have three prizes on offer. The 500th
paying Blues supporter will win two stand tickets
for the forthcoming Carling Cup first round match
against Leeds United. The 750th supporter through
the turnstile will be presented with a signed shirt
and ball. And the 1,000th paying fan will win a
season ticket for the forthcoming season at the
Admission prices for tonight’s game are £10.00
for adults, £6.00 for concessions.
30 July 2008
MURPHY SET FOR EXIT TALKS
Murphy is to discuss personal terms today
with Eircom League of Ireland club St Patrick’s
Athletic after Chester and the Dublin-based
side agreed a fee for the striker. Murphy
has made 116+44 appearances in two spells
with Chester, scoring 30 goals.
City director Bob Gray said: “We have
agreed a transfer fee with St Pat’s,
the next stage is for the player to agree
his personal financial package. We do not
want John to leave the Deva Stadium, but if
the transfer does proceed then Simon (Davies)
will bring in a replacement fairly quickly.”
Should Murphy decide his future lies elsewhere manager Simon Davies may again look at the option of Trevor Benjamin who had a trial with the club last week before an eye infection forced him to miss the Carlisle match.
25 July 2008
HOLROYD A FREE AGENT
Holroyd has had his contract at Chester
terminated my mutual consent and is now effectively
a free agent. Holroyd has attracted interest
from Cambridge United and Morecambe and on
Monday turned down a week long trial at Bournemouth.
Manager Simon Davies commented: “I had
a chat with Chris. He’s got a number
of clubs showing interest, so now it’s
up to the player and his agent to plan his
future. He knew his chances at Chester would
be limited and I would like to thank him for
the work he put in during his time here and
wish him luck for the future.”
24 July 2008
TWO YEAR DEAL FOR MOZIKA
The club have agreed a two year deal with French
midfielder Damien Mozika. The former AS Nancy player
has impressed manager Simon Davies during his spell
on trial with the club and turned in a good performance
in the pre-season friendly against Carlisle United.
Club owner Steve Vaughan said: “This is a
big signing for Chester City. Damien has been with
a top club in France, but he now wants to extend
his footballing experience by playing in England.
This signing shows that Chester City and myself
have ambition, and hopefully the supporters will
get behind us, and give Simon and his squad their
TRIO TOLD THEY CAN GO
Three players have had their
CVs circulated to all League One, League Two and
Blue Square Premier clubs after being told they
don’t feature in future plans. They are striker
Holroyd and midfielder’s Mark
Hughes and Paul
Rutherford. Rutherford is currently on a weeks
trial at Bournemouth while Holroyd turned down an
offer from the same club on Monday, he has also
attracted interest from Cambridge United. Hughes
has also been linked with another League Two side
Barnet, though the midfielder rejected personal
terms offered by the Underhill side this week.
22 July 2008
ENCOURAGING SHOW FROM CITY
||Two late goals through defensive errors
robbed City of a draw they deserved after an encouraging performance
against their League one opponents Carlisle United. The visitors took
the lead on 37 minutes after a fine finish from Scott
The Blues wasted little time in scoring the equaliser with Kevin Ellison blasting
home a free-kick just two minutes later.
City had had the better of the opening half with French trialist Damien Mozika
(left) making his long awaited first appearance and impressing after a fine show.
new signing, Anthony Barry,
also put in good performance.
Manager Simon Davies made five changes after the break and City lost their rhythm to
allow the visitors to get on top.
The Cumbrians took the lead eight minutes from time through Gary Madine and sealed
the game four minutes later as Simon Hackney took advantage of some hesitation
Danby and Paul Butler to score with ease.
Davies was impressed with the contribution from Mozika. He said: “He did
ever so well throughout the game. He played for the full 90 minutes, which we
wanted him to do, and his fitness isn’t a problem. He’s telling
us he can get stronger than that. He’s looking
ever so good and he gets on well with the lads. He’s done himself no
Chester City: Danby, Roberts, Wilson (McManus 73), Dinning (S.Vaughan
60), Linwood, Butler, Mozika, Barry (Hughes 60), Murphy (Taylor 66), Partridge
(Lowe 46), Ellison.
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21 July 2008
BOURNEMOUTH TRIAL FOR MIDFIELDER
Rutherford has joined fellow League
Two side Bournemouth for a week long
trial today. He
was supposed to have been joined by Chris
Holroyd, who has already been the subject
of a possible move to Cambridge United
in recent weeks, but the striker decided
not to travel south at the last minute.
Simon Davies said: “Paul’s just looking to play football. He’s
got a great attitude, he’s a really nice lad. We’ll see how it goes
at Bournemouth. Hopefully he has a good week.”
The club have finally received
full international clearance for French trialist
Damien Mozika and the 22-year-old midfielder will
start in tomorrow night’s friendly against Carlisle
Chester boss Simon Davies told the Chester Chronicle: “Damien’s
allowed to play two friendly games for us before
we have to make a decision. That’ll
be Carlisle and Swansea. He can come in and hopefully
he plays like he has been doing in training. He’s
been first class. I’ve seen it in my time
that people who play very well in training don’t
always take it onto the pitch, so that’s
the only concern I’ve got really.”
Tomorrow’s match at Deva Stadium will kick-off
at 19:45hrs. Admission prices are £10 for
adults and £5 for concessions.
19 July 2008
WIN FOR BLUES
penalty from Tony Dinning and a first senior
goal from Stephen Vaughan brought City a 2-1 win
Park this afternoon. As expected the Blues gave
a trial to striker Trevor Benjamin and had another
look at goalkeeper Chris Senna.
City (first half): Danby,
Rule, Kelly, Butler, Roberts, S.Vaughan, Dinning,
Ellison, Partridge, Benjamin.
Chester City (second half): Sanna,
Wilson, Roberts, Linwood, Barry, Mitchell,
Mannix, McManus, Lowe, Benjamin (Kelly), Murphy.
SHORT TRIP FOR CITY
Chester continue their pre-season
fixtures tomorrow with a game at Vauxhall Motors
(15:00hrs). The Blues will probably be without five
players as although John Murphy, Anthony Barry and
Shaun Kelly returned to training yesterday they
may well not be risked at Rivacre Park. Striker
Paul Taylor, who is on loan from the Motormen, and
Jay Harris are both expected to be ruled out through
injury. French trialist Damien Mozika is also expected
to miss the game as final details regarding his
registration have to be cleared.
Admission prices for tomorrow’s game are £6.00
for adults, £4.00 for concessions and £2.00
STRIKER INTERESTS BLUES
City are keeping tabs on
29-year-old striker Trevor Benjamin. Since starting
out as a trainee at Cambridge United in 1995 the
much-travelled striker has made appearances (mainly
on loan) for Leiester City, Crystal Palace, Norwich
City, West Bromwich Albion, Gillingham, Rushden
& Diamonds, Brighton & Hove Albion, Northampton
Town, Coventry City, Peterborough United, Watford,
Swindon Town, Boston United, Walsall and Hereford
United who he played for last season. Benjamin
now a free agent and has attracted interest from
Simon Davies. The club will continue to monitor
Davies said: “We’re going to try to
get him in and have a look at him. He played 20
or 21 games for Hereford and scored about 13 goals
last year, so he’s a quality player and an
SURPRISE MOVE FOR FORMER
a move that has surprised all City fans, ex-club
director and major sponsor for the last three years
Paul Baker has
joined the board as a Director at AFC Bournemouth.
Baker has teamed up with with marketing firm Sport-6,
to take over at the Hampshire club after having
offer to buy Chester turned down last year by club
owner Steve Vaughan.
As a result of the takeover Bournemouth are now expected to come out of administration.
Baker, along with his business partner Alistair Saverimutto, have announced a
seven figure investment and will unveil a ground breaking three-year shirt sponsorship
deal and new kit on Monday.
Baker is the owner of Sandicroft based delivery company UK Sameday and he has
no plans to leave the area. He told the Chester Chronicle: “I’m passionate
in everything I do so I can’t see that I won’t have the passion for
Bournemouth to be successful. Equally, I’ll still have the passion to support
the Blues. I’m a passionate Blue.”
“I’m not going to
say I’ll never own Chester again, it’s
just that Sport-6 is part of my business portfolio
now. I’m going to be at as many Chester
games as it is humanly possible for me to attend
next season. I’m passionate that they
do well next season, and I’m still going
to be there supporting them.”
17 July 2008
CITY KICK-OFF WITH DRAW
from Laurence Wilson (left) and Paul McManus gave
Chester a goal lead at Southport last night but
the Blues had to be content with a share of the
spoils after the Sandgrounders fought back through
second half goals from Tony Gray and Michael Powell.
Earlier the home side had missed a first half penalty.
This was the first real run out for Simon Davies’ senior
squad this season, only two players Glenn Rule
and Wilson played the full 90 minutes, with
the rest of the starting X1 being changed at
City gave a trial to former Tranmere trainee
goalkeeper Chris Sanna who played in he opening
Davies said: “He did well. He made good decisions,
he came out and took crosses so we will keep
an open mind. We will have a look throughout
and see how it goes.”
Chester City (first
half): Chris Sanna,
J.Vaughan, Wilson, Dinning, Linwood, Partridge,
Roberts, Mitchell, Lowe, Rule, Conal Rowlinson.
Chester City (second
half): Danby, Rule,
Butler, Platt, Wilson, Mannix, S.Vaughan, Hughes,
McManus, Ellison, Rutherford.
Picture © Evening
15 July 2008
HUGH LLOYD MBE 1923-2008
One of the clubs best known
supporters Hugh Lloyd has died at the age of 85.
Hugh was born in 1923
and brought up in Chester. After leaving the Kings
School he joined the Chester Chronicle as a cub
reporter reviewing local theatre performances
for two years. He always had aspirations of becoming
a comedian though and at the outbreak of World
War Two joined ENSA (the Entertainments National
Service Association) where he toured throughout
the world appearing in variety performances. He
returned from the war to embark on a career on
the stage and found himself performing at the
Windmill Theatre in London.
His big break came when he was
given a small part in the popular radio show Hancock's
Half Hour in 1954, and two years later was given
a larger role when the programme was screened
on television and he wen on to feature in 25 episodes
of the popular show. In the early 1960 hugh teamed
up with another friend Terry Scott as he starred
in his own TV show Hugh and I which ran for 69
episodes over several years and The Gnomes of
Dulwich, again with Scott.
Despite a busy schedule Lloyd
always made sure he was up to date with news
the football club and would often have the scores
relayed to him on stage. He also used to meet
up with Terry Scott at the Recreation Ground
whenever Chester played Aldershot and was often
Brighton whenever the Blues played at the Goldstone
Although he will be best know
for his comical roles in the 1960s he went on
to make countless appearances in TV shows including:
Dr Who (1987), Boon (1991), Cider with Rosie (1998)
and Great Expectations (1999) as well as many
theatrical performances in the West End.
Hugh made several trips to Deva
Stadium over recent years and in April 2002 held
a book signing in the club shop with the publication
of his autobiography ‘Thank God For A Funny
Lloyd was appointed the MBE
in 2006 for services to drama and charity.
SOUTHPORT FIRST STEP FOR
Blues begin their pre-season matches tonight with
a trip to Blue Square North side Southport. Manager
Simon Davies will field a mixed team of first team
and youth players as he takes a first real look
at his 2008/09 squad.
Two of his summer signings Jay Harris and Anthony
Barry are already ruled out through injury while
Shaun Kelly is also sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Two trialists, out to earn a contract for next season,
will also feature but French player Damien Mozika
is still awaiting international clearance and it
may have to be Saturday’s match at Vauxhall
Motors before City fans can see him in action.
City manager Simon Davies said: “Everybody
who travels will play for a spell in the game. These
matches are an important part of our preparations,
but sometimes they aren’t as harsh as our
pre-season training can be. One good thing about
them is that new players get to know the existing
lads better, and of course it gives me the opportunity
to try out a few different ideas.”
games also allow me to see how one or two trialists
fare in match conditions, and I am taking a couple
of lads with us to Southport who are trying to earn
Tonight’s game at Haig Avenue will kick-off
at 19:45hrs and admission prices are: £8.00
adults and £5.00 concessions to all parts
of the ground.
12 July 2008
CLUB SHOP TO OPEN ON MONDAY
new club shop in Watergate Street is due to open
on Monday. Supporters will be able to buy City merchandise
and memorabilia as well as tickets for future games
without the long trek out of town to Deva Stadium.
The shop is run in conjunction with Gazelle Sports.
The shop opening hours are 10:00-16:00.
FRENCH MIDFIELDER IMPRESSES
French midfielder Damien
Mozika has had his pre-season trial extended after
impressing manager Simon Davies in training. He
played in France last season for AS Nancy Lorraine.
Provided international clearance is gained, Mozika
is expected to feature in next weeks friendlies
against Southport and Vauxhall Motors.
LEEDS TICKETS ON SALE
for Chester’s televised home Carling Cup first
round game against Leeds United on Tuesday 12 August
are on sale to season ticket holders today from
10:00-19:00hrs. To keep their reserved seat (held
until Wednesday) season ticket holders should take
along their book, or if they have not received that
yet, receipt of purchase or proof of identity.
The whole of the West stand, as well as the usual
seats behind the goal, has been given to Leeds United.
Tickets will go on general sale at the ticket office
tomorrow, 12 July, from 10:00-12:00hrs, and all
next week from 10:00-16:00hrs. The cost of the tickets
are £15.00 for adults and £10.00 for
concessions and U16s.
8 July 2008
BLUES X1 BEATEN
Chester City X1 were beaten 3-1 at the New Saints
in a friendly match played behind closed doors this
afternoon at Park Hall. The City side was comprised
mainly of young pros, reserves and youth team players.
Andy Mitchell scored the goal for City.
5 July 2008
HOLROYD SET TO LEAVE
Holroyd looks set to join Blue Square
Premier side Cambridge United.
Holroyd scored five goals in 21+31 appearances
from City. Holroyd joined Chester as a trainee
from Crewe Alexandra but was unable to maintain
a regular first team place and missed the
latter part of last season through injury.
Both clubs have agreed a financial offer and
now the player is set to discuss personal
terms with U’s manager, and ex-City
player, Gary Brabin.
Meanwhile another player who could be on the
move is midfielder Mark
Hughes who has been attracting interest
2 July 2008
CITY SIGN LOWE
player Ryan Lowe has re-signed at Chester on a reported
two year deal. He is the fifth signing of the summer
and rejoins the Deva outfit two years after leaving
following a falling out with then manager Mark Wright.
Lowe first signed for City from Shrewsbury Town
on 22 March 2005 and went on to make 38+4 appearances,
scoring 17 goals, two of which were on his home
debut against Bury.
City manager Simon Davies said: “Ryan can
play in many different positions, he can fit into
a 4-3-3 formation easily, and adapt to a 4-4-2 system
if required, he can play virtually anywhere which
is a massive plus for us. He will be good for us,
he has a bubbly personality and on the field when
he is on the ball his play is exceptional. He gives
me many options which is great for selection purposes.”
NEW CONTRACTS FOR BUTLER
a surprise move yesterday both Paul Butler and Tony
Dinning penned new one year contracts after settling
their well publicised dispute with the club.
1 July 2008
TAYLOR JOINS ON LOAN
Chester have finally completed
the signing of Vauxhall Motors 20-year-old striker
Paul Taylor on a six month loan deal. The switch
should become permanent during January transfer
window. The club bid £50,000 for the ex-Manchester
City trainee in the January transfer window which
was turned down at the time. City made a fresh five
figure bid at the end of the season and although
the two clubs agreed the deal the player was still
to agree personal terms. Taylor scored 17 goals
for the Motormen last season.
City manager Simon Davies was delighted to finally
get his man and said: “Paul is an exciting
talent. We have four new players coming into the
club and it raises the selection bar for me. Paul
will benefit from full-time training and it’s
up to him to impress and make the shirt his own.”
City will play Vauxhall Motors in a pre-season friendly
at Rivacre Park on Saturday 19 July, kick-off 15:00hrs.
LOWE SET FOR DEVA RETURN?
Local reports suggest that
former player Ryan Lowe could bet set to re-sign
for Chester any day. Just days after it was revealed
that Lowe would be fighting to regain his place
with Crewe Alexandra, manager Steve Holland has
said: “Ryan is on the brink of a move to Chester
City. It is not finalised yet but I expect it to
go through at any time.”
The 29-year-old still has a year to run on his contract
at Gresty Road and made 4+0 appearances in a loan
spell with Stockport County towards the end of last
season. Lowe left Chester two years ago and has
scored 17 goals in 57+17 matches for the Railwaymen.