RUFFER SET TO LEAVE
Carl Ruffer has been told he’s free
to speak to other clubs after manager Neil
Young confirmed he couldn’t guarantee
the 36-year-old Chester-born defender a regular
place in the team next season.
Young told the Blues website: “Carl
just wants to play every week and that’s
something that I can’t guarantee.”
“Carl was excellent for us last season
and his leadership and will to win is second
to none and is a great example to the younger
players, but this season I couldn’t
guarantee him that he would start regularly,
and to be fair to Carl he said he wants and
needs to be playing week in week out.”
Ruffer made 37+0 appearances and scored three
goals for the Blues last season in his second
spell with the club. He first joined Chester
City in August 2000 and then made 90+14 appearances
scoring seven goals before joining Morecambe
in May 2004.
© Evening Leader
26 June 2011
ISLAND GAMES DUTY FOR CHRIS
As the Chester players
returned for their first training session last Thursday
night one notable absentee was Chris Williams. The
young defender is currently in the Isle of Wight
taking part in the 14th Island Games as he represents
Anglesey (Ynys Môn) in the football tournament.
The group matches beging with a game against the
hosts today, followed by Gibraltar on Monday and
Alderney on Tuesday.
Island Games | Football
18 June 2011
YOUNG MAKE DOUBLE TRANSFER SWOOP
played have joined the squad for next season. Defender
Rob Marsh-Evans returns to the club from Southport.
He came through the youth team ranks at Chester
to make 31 first team appearances for the club six
years ago. The 24-year-old player scored three goals
in 26 matches for the Sandgrounders.
Chester-born 22-year-old winger Wes Baynes
joins the club from neighbours Wrexham.
He has made 74 appearances for the Dragons and spent
part of last season on loan in the Conference at
16 June 2011
have eight pre-season fixtures lined-up with the
latest addition being a home match against Conference
side Stockport County on Saturday 30 July. There
have been a couple of date changes recently.
The league fixtures for 2011/12 are due
to be released at 09.00hrs on Wednesday 13 July.
EXILES PREDICTION COMPETITION
Congratulations to Andy Brearley who has won this
years competition, he finished one point above Glyn
Owen who in turn beat Nigel Grimes by a single point
into third place. The tie-break answer was not required
||Andy Brearley (£100)
||Glyn Owen (£40)
||Nigel Grimes (£20)
The winners cheques
will be posted shorlty.
14 June 2011
SEASON TICKET SALES
The club have already
sold over 500 season tickets in under two weeks.
Supporters have until Thursday 30 June to renew
the same seat as last season, as after this date
all remaining seats will go on sale to prospective
season ticket holders. The
ticket office at the ground is open between 10.00-16.00hrs
on weekdays at the ground.
9 June 2011
DANBY RETURNS TO CHESTER
John Danby has returned to Chester. The 27-year-old
player has signed from Eastwood Town on a
two-year contract. Danby has been the target
of three Conference Premier sides, including
rivals Wrexham, but has opted for is former
club instead. The deal to bring him back to
Chester has been made possible by a local
businessman who has also offered the player
Danby, made a club record 128 consecutive
Football League appearances during his first
spell at Chester City between 2006 and 2010.
Chester director Steve Ashton added: “We
had a little difficulty with the goalkeeping
position last season, but given John’s
record and ability we believe he will be an
excellent signing for the club. John joins
us within the club’s wage structure
and his move to us was facilitated by a respected
member of the Chester business community.”
Two players have moved on, striker Kyle Wilson
has joined Bangor City while goalkeeper Richard
Whiteside had joined AFC Fylde.
© Evening Leader
3 June 2011
McNEIL SIGNS IN
Chester have continued
their pre-season team building with the signing
of 34-year-old Matty McNeil from Southport. The
versatile player, who can play as a central defender
or as a target man, scored five goals in 19 apperances
for the Conference side last season. McNeil began
his career at Stalybridge Celtic before moving on
to Hyde United, Macclesfield Town and Stockport
McNeil tol the Chester Chronicle: “The
move to Chester really suits me and I think my experience
can really bring something to the table this season.”
“I had interest from a few other clubs before
settling on Chester and had some offers to stay
in the Blue Square Premier and some to drop down
into the Blue Square North. Gary Jones (Chester’s
assistant manager) was on a coaching course with
me and he said that the club were interested, so
I came down and had a look around, which I did with
all the clubs that were interested in signing me.”
“The ambition to succeed and what Gary and
Neil are trying to achieve at Chester convinced
me that it was the right choice.”
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