Northampton Town defender Ashley Westwood has joined City. He
began his career in 1994 as a trainee at Old Trafford before moving to Crewe
Alexandra, Bradford City, Sheffield Wednesday and finally Northampton in 2003.
He made three appearances for the Cobblers last season.
The Blues have completed the signing of Doncaster Rovers
Marples on a two year deal. Marples
made 169+11 appearances in seven seasons for the Yorkshire
side. The club are hopeful that Tranmere Rovers defender
Paul Linwood will also make the move to Deva
Meanwhile the squad report back for pre-season training
29 June 2006
As expected, defender Phil
Bolland has completed his
return to Chester after a six month spell at Peterborough
United by signing a two year deal. It looks like other
new signings will shortly be following. The Blues have
held talks with Tranmere Rovers defender Paul Linwood
whose contract at Prenton Park runs out on Saturday.
The defender, who made 8+1 appearances for Wrexham
loan last season, will command a fee as he’s
under the age on 24. The club have also interested
Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Andy Warrington on loan
with a view to a permanent signing. The Blues have
offered a five figure fee for Rovers’ midfielder
Chester chairman Stephen Vaughan told the Daily Post:
“Phil Bolland has rejoined us after signing a
two-year deal, and I have agreed a five-figure transfer
fee with Doncaster Rovers for Ricky Ravenhill. Mark
Wright will discuss personal terms with the player and
hopefully we can announce a positive conclusion in the
next day or so.”
28 June 2006
CUP DATE CONFIRMED
The first round Carling Cup tie at Leeds United has
been confirmed for Tuesday 22 August, kick-off 19:45hrs.
Admission prices to the South stand at Elland Road will
be £12 (adult) and £6 (children and concessions).
26 June 2006
IS BOLLAND SET FOR A RETURN?
looks like central defender Phil Bolland may be coming
back for a second spell at Deva Stadium. Bolland made
149+10 appearances for City after joining for a £15,000
fee from Oxford United in March 2002. He left City to
join Peterborough United in January where he teamed
up with then Posh manager Mark Wright for the fourth
time after also playing under him previously at Southport
and Oxford. Bolland made 17+0 appearances for the London
Road side last season.
Chairman Steve Vaughan said: “Phil Bolland has
played for Mark Wright at Southport, Oxford, Chester,
Peterborough, and he’s expected to return to Chester
today. Phil Bolland has looked a player when he has
played under Mark Wright who has always seemed to get
the best out of him – and we all hope that continues.”
Picture © Evening
A reminder that City
fans have until the end of the week to take advantage
ticket offer giving four free matches. The
club ticket office will be open from 10:00-16:00hrs
East (main) & West
stands: adults £323.00,
concession £228.00, under 16s £114.00.
North Terrace: adults £285.00, concession £190.00, under 16s £95.00.
Executive lounge matchday: adults £570.00, senior citizen £513.00.
Car Park season pass: £40.00.
22 June 2006
HOME START FOR CITY
The League Two fixtures for next season were issued
today and the Blues will kick-off the 2006/07 campaign
with a home game against newly promoted Accrington
on Saturday 5 August swiftly followed three days
later with a trip to Bury. City fans won’t
have long to wait before they renew their rivalry
as the Dragons are due to visit Deva Stadium on
19 August, though this may be moved back 24hrs.
21 June 2006
CITY TRAVEL TO LEEDS
Blues have a plum draw in the first round of the Carling
Cup as they travel to Yorkshire to play Championship
side Leeds United. The game will be played at Elland
Road in the week commencing 21 August.
Chairman Steve Vaughan said: “The first round
draw has provided a great start before the season gets
under way. I’m sure all our fans will have an
enjoyable day at Leeds United – it’s an
ideal start for us and I’m hoping it’s a
sign that we’ll have a memorable season.
The pairing will rekindle memories of the occasion
when the two sides met at the third round stage in
when Chester, then in the Fourth Division, beat the
League champions 3-0 at Sealand Road in arguably
the clubs greatest ever victory.
The sides have since met again in the same competition
back in 1983/84. It was a two-legged Milk Cup affair
in those days that saw Chester winning 1-0 at Elland
Road in the first match, Andy Elliott scoring the goal,
before Leeds won 4-1 in the second leg to progress.
Peter Zelem with the consolation goal.
TWO MORE SIGNINGS
have today made two more signings. They are Johnathan
Walters from Wrexham and Kevin
Sandwith from Macclesfield
Town. Bboth have been given two
20 June 2006
CARLING CUP DRAW
The draw for the first round of the Carling Cup will
take place tomorrow at 12:00. City are unseeded and
will play a team from the following: Sunderland, Preston
North End, Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers,
City, Leicester City, Burnley, Hull City, Sheffield
Wednesday, Derby County, Barnsley, Crewe Alexandra,
Huddersfield Town, Nottingham Forest, Doncaster Rovers,
Oldham Athletic, Bradford City or Scunthorpe United.
BENNETT FOR CHESTER
Chester have signed Dean
Bennett from Wrexham on a two year deal. Midfielder Bennett
missed some of last season at the Racecourse through
CITY TARGET ELLISON AGAIN
Chester have made another six-figure bid to bring former
winger Kevin Ellison back to Deva Stadium. Ellison,
who left Chester 18 months ago, recently turned down
a move to Scunthorpe United.
Blues chairman Steve Vaughan told the Daily Post: “I
have contacted the Hull chairman Adam Pearson and hopefully
he will find our offer acceptable. This isn’t
the first time we have tried to bring Kevin back to
Chester, hopefully this time our approach will be successful.
I am determined to have a good go at winning promotion
this season and the only way we will achieve that is
with quality players.”
Postcript: Ellison has now joined Tranmere Rovers.
As expected Rushden & Diamonds striker Drewe Broughton
has completed a two year deal at Deva Stadium.
15 June 2006
BROUGHTON AGREES TERMS
& Diamonds striker Drewe Broughton has agreed terms
with Chester City. Broughton scores ten goals for Diamonds
who were relegated from League Two last season.
Chairman Steve Vaughan told the Evening Leader: “Drewe
Broughton wants to join us and he has agreed personal
terms. He will be signing a two-year deal for us subject
to passing a medical. We’re hoping that Drewe
can fit into the side and complement Gregg Blundell
in our attack. I’m hoping that Drewe will be the
first of our next few new signings because we’re
looking at clinching deals with a League One centre
half, a couple of midfielders and two goalkeepers.”
Broughton began his career in 1996 at Norwich City as
a trainee and has since played for Wigan Athletic (loan),
Brentford, Peterborough United (loan), Nuneaton Borough
(loan), Dagenham & Redbridge (loan), Stevenage Borough
(loan), Kidderminster Harriers (loan), Kidderminster
Harriers, Southend United, Rushden & Diamonds (loan),
Wycombe Wanderers (loan) and finally Rushden & Diamonds.
CRONIN FOR CITY?
Exeter City’s Glenn Cronin could be moving to
Chester. The official Grecians website
states that Cronin, a tough tackling midfielder, is
to have a medical at Chester on 20 June. Cronin started
his career as a trainee at Exeter back in 2000 and has
gone on to make 137+23 appearances scoring 5 goals.
HESSEY EARNS NEW CONTRACT
Sean Hessey has agreed a new two year deal at Chester.
Signed from Blackpool in June 2004, 27-year-old Hessey
has made 56+5 apppearances in a City shirt though he
was only able to make 17+2 last season due to injury.
Manager Mark Wright told the Evening Leader: “Sean
didn’t feature in many games last season because
he was injured, but he has two very good feet and he
had a number of good performances. I believe he was
one of our most consistent players, but he needs to
have a really good season and I think he has that in
his locker. Sean has all the credentials to be a very
good player, but I feel he just needs to work on the
mental and fitness side of his game.”
Picture © Evening
13 June 2006
The Blues have arranged a pre-season
friendly with Championship side Stoke City. The game
at Deva Stadium will take place on Tuesday 11 July with
a 19:45hrs kick-off.
9 June 2006
Once again the reserves will
be playing in the Pontins Holiday League Division One
West next season. The other teams they will meet are:
Accrington Stanley, Bury, Blackpool, Burnley, Carlisle
City, Oldham Athletic, Rochdale, Tranmere Rovers and
CITY SIGN WINGER
Mark Wright has made another
pre-season signing in the form of Manchester-born winger
Jermaine McSporran from Doncaster Rovers. McSporran,
29, began his career at Oxford City before moving to
Wycombe Wanderers in November 1998. In a six year spell
with the Chairboys he made 141+46 appearances scoring
41 goals. He had a 2+4 loan spell at Walsall before
joining Doncaster Rovers in June 2004. McSporran made
20+12 appearances for the Belle Vue side scoring two
goals and spent a loan spell at Boston United earlier
this year where he made two appearances as substitute.
Blues chairman Steve Vaughan said: “Things seems
to be moving and although Jermaine had some bad luck
with injuries at Doncaster last season, we think we’ve
got an excellent player.”
6 June 2006
FORMER ACADAMY MAN DIES
sad to report the death of former Football in the Community
officer John Kerr at only 46. Kerr had been working
as the Academy manager at Cardiff City and was on a
family holiday when he passed away early on Sunday morning.
Kerr left Chester in March
1999 after serving nine years with the club where,
with David Fogg, he helped establish the youth system
that brought through the likes of Martyn Lancaster and
Andy Shelton. He left the Blues for a similar role at
Bluebirds chairman Sam Hamman told the official Cardiff
City website: “John was a very key figure in the
recent development at the Club bringing through talent
like Joe Ledley and Cameron Jerome and future prospects
Joe Jacobson, Darcy Blake, Curtis McDonald and Jamal
Easter. It is very hard to imagine that this gentle,
hard working and effective personality will not be with
us any longer. Ninian Park just won’t be the same
2 June 2006
WAYNE BROWN DEPARTS THE DEVA
Good luck to goalkeeper
Wayne Brown who has left the club after having
his contract terminated. Brown, City’s
longest serving player, made made 289+1 appearances
for The Blues after signing in September 1996
from Bristol City. He was awarded a testimonial
game in May 2004 in recognition of his services
to the club.
Brown spent the whole of last
season on loan at Hereford United where he made
36 appearances and helped the Bulls returnt
to the Football League after a play-off victory
over Halifax Town. He's expected to sign on
a permanent basis for the Edgar Street club.
• Testimonial match
1 June 2006
CITY SIGN DEFENDER
have completed the signing of Rushden & Diamonds
defender Graham Allen on a 12 month contract.
Allen (29) began his career as a trainee at Everton
before moving to Tranmere Rovers on loan in 1998, he
made four appearances before joining the Prenton Park
club on a permanent basis. Allen went on to make 224+9
appearances scoring 11 goals in the process before a
move in June 2004 took him to Rushden. He made 33+1
appearances for Diamonds scoring twice though his last
game for the club was in mid January.
Manager Mark Wright told The Chronicle: “Graham’s
a player I’ve been very, very keen on in the past.
He’s got a good pedigree, he’s got lots
of experience, he’s a good leader and a good football
player. We know he’s had a bad hip and we have
to be mindful of that but we’ll look after him
and make sure he plays games. Graham can play a holding
role in midfield, right-back, centre-half or sweeper.
He’s a man for all seasons and those sort of players
can be very valuable to you when you haven’t got
a big squad.”
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