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31 July 2022
PRE-SEASON ENDS IN A DRAW
Chester completed their pre-season preparations with a 2-2 draw in a competitive match at Hyde United yesterday afternoon. Lewis Earl and Kole Hall, from the penalty spot, were on the mark for the Blues. Next up is the league season opening game at Alfreton Town on Saturday, kick-off 15.00hrs.
28 July 2022
DEFENDER SIGNS ON LOAN
Chester have signed 19-year-old left back Lewis Coulton on loan from Preston North End until January. Lewis turned professional last year and had a loan spell at Warrington Town in the second half of the season.

27 July 2022
INJURY BLOW FOR GLENDON
Captain George Glendon is set to miss the whole season after the injury he picked up in the first pre-season friendly at Whitchurch Alport has turned out to be an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. The injury will now require surgery.

HOME VICTORY
Kurt Willoughby was on the scoresheet again as Chester beat Atherton Collieries 1-0 in their latest pre-season friendly. The only goal of the game came in the 21st minute as a Joe Lynch pass set up the striker who produced a quality finish.


Picture © Rick Matthews

Match photographs


25 July 2022
WILLOUGHBY SPOT ON
Kurt Willoughby was on the scoresheet again notching the only goal of the game from the penalty spot on 20 minutes, as Chester overcame Runcorn Linnets in their latest pre-season friendly on Saturday night.

20 July 2022
BLUES FIGHT BACK
Chester came from 2-0 down to secure a last minute win over Stalybridge Celtic at Bower Fold last night. The home side took the lead through Raul Correia on 11 minutes and doubled their advantage on 37 minutes through Ethan Padden. Reece Daly scored his first senior goal for the club reduce the arrears just before half-time. Matty Williams equalised on 56 minutes and Kurt Willoughby popped up with the winning goal from close range in the final minute.


Picture © Rick Matthews

Match photographs


19 July 2022
BLUES DRAW IN ENTERTAINING FRIENDLY
A second half goal from Declan Weeks brought Chester a 1-1 draw against League One side Morecambe in their latest pre-season friendly on Saturday. The Blues gave debuts to their two latest signings, midfielder Alex Kenyon and forward Kurt Willoughby. The Shrimps had taken the lead just before the break through Ashley Hunter. Chester created chances throughout, especially after the break and were fully deserved of their draw.


Picture © Rick Matthews

Match photographs


12 July 2022
FORWARD SIGNS
Chester have signed forward Kurt Willoughby who scored 11 goals and won promotion with York City last season. He has joined the Blues on a one-year deal.

NEW DEAL WITH MBNA
The club are delighted to announce that credit card provider MBNA have continued their support of the club and its Community Trust by announcing another three year sponsorship deal with the Blues. MBNA have been backing the club since we reformed in 2010 and this will take their sponsorship commitment to 15 years!

Chester sent a Youth Academy side to play North West Counties Football League Division One North side Euxton Villa tonight and they came away with a 0-0 draw.

Chester: Smith, Rg Daly, Trialist A, Ashworth, Burke, Heywood, Clarke, Rc Daly, Trialist B, Turner, Griffiths. Subs: Maris, Lawless, Collins, Croft.

11 July 2022
FA YOUTH CUP
Chester have been handed a home tie against Irlam in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Youth Cup. The tie will take place on Wednesday 17 August, kick-off 19.45hrs. Admission is £3.00 adults and £1.00 for concessions and cnder 18’s. (Updated 19 July).

MIDFIELDER KENYON SIGNS
Chester manager Calum McIntyre has continued his squad building with the addition of Alex Kenyon on a one-year contract subject to clearance. The 29-year-old experienced midfielder began his career at Everton before moving on to Chorley, Lancaster City and Stockport County. In 2013 he joined Morecambe, making 250 appearances for Saturday’s opponents. He played last season for Scunthorpe United and Ayr United.

10 July 2022
THE HIPKISS STAND
The football club have honoured two legendary volunteers with the renaming of the Deva Stadium South Stand. Barrie and Pam Hipkiss have given decades of dedicated voluntary help at the football club and were rewarded for their efforts when the stand was renamed The Hipkiss Stand prior to the home game with Rochdale on Saturday. Many Chester fans will have traveled on the “Hipkiss Express” Barrie’s organised coach travel to away games that he has run for over 35 years! During that time, Pam has been providing hospitality to visiting directors and guests as well as the match officials at both Sealand Road and Deva Stadium. Barrie was made an Honorary Life President when the club reformed in 2010.

Barrie and Pam are pictured with Vice Chair and Community Trust CEO Jim Green.



Picture © Rick Matthews

NARROW DEFEAT FOR CHESTER
A second half goal from Rochdale substitute Devante Rodney was enough to give the League Two side victory at a hot Deva Stadium on Saturday. Chester gave a debut to new loan goalkeeper signing Harry Tyrer who played for the opening 75 minutes. The nearest Chester came to drawing level was when Iwan Murray hit the bar from six yards after meeting a Jamie Morgan cross.

Chester are back in home action again on Saturday when League One side Morecambe bring a team to Deva Stadium, kick-off 15.00hrs.


Picture © Rick Matthews

Match photographs

6 July 2022
AWAY START FOR BLUES
Chester will kick-off the new season on Saturday 6 August with an away trip to Alfreton Town, this is followed seven days later with a home match against Brackley Town. Once again the Christmas and New Year fixtures are against AFC Telford United. The season is completed on Saturday 29 April with a home fixture against Buxton.

2022/23 League fixtures

5 July 2022
PRE-SEASON UNDERWAY
Chester began their pre-season campaign with a 2-0 victory at Whitchurch Alport tonight. The opening goal of the game came on the stroke of half-time with a well taken effort from Sam Turner. Zack Clarke added a second goal on 64 minutes.

Chester (First half): Stanway, Roberts, Burke, Williams, Trialist A, Trialist B, Lynch, Weeks, Turner, Murray, Hall.

Chester (Second half): Stanway, Morgan, Edwards, Earl, Heywood, Horsfield, Trialist C, Glendon (Daly 71), Marsh-Hughes, Trialist D, Clarke.

The Blues are back in action on Saturday when they welcome Rochdale to Deva Stadium, kick-off 15.00hrs.


Picture © Rick Matthews

Pre-season fixtures
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TWO MORE SIGNINGS
Two players from the Chester Academy have earned their first first-team contracts. Goalkeeper Joe Smith and forward Sam Turner have both been awarded one-year deals.

2 July 2022
PRE-SEASON OPENER
Chester begin their pre-season fixtures on Tuesday night with a visit to Whitchurch Alport FC. Kick-off is 19.45hrs and admission is pay on the gate. Prices: adults: £5.00, concessions: £3.00, and under 16’s: £1.00.

1 July 2022
DEVA@30 EVENT
The club have announced that they will be holding a special Deva@30 event to celebrate 30 years of football at Deva Stadium. This will take place from 19.30hrs on Saturday 30th July at the Crowne Plaza in Chester. Many former legends will be in attendance including: Stuart Rimmer, Eddie Bishop, George Horan, Andy Milner, Paul Carden, Michael Wilde and Neil Young.

The evening is being sponsored by MBNA and tickets are priced at £39.00 – but if you buy before the 4th July you’ll get your ticket for just £35.00.

Tickets can be boked through the official club website here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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