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JUNE
28 June 2012
SQUAD TRAINING AGAIN
The Chester squad begin pre-season training tonight and it will include three players on trial who will all be looking to impress manager Neil Young. 22-year-old Jordan Connerton, 20-year-old Tom Smith and 19-year-old Cliff Moyo are the three in question. Smith and Moyo are defenders while Connerton is a striker recently released by Crewe Alexandra.

ASHVILLE FRIENDLY
Chester have arranged a pre-season friendly at Ashville on Thursday 12 July, kick-off 19:00hrs.

Pre-season matches

20 June 2012
BLUES SIGN MIDFIELDER
Chester have beaten a number of other clubs, including those from the Conference premier, to the signing of Fleetwood Town’s 24-year-old midfielder Sean Clancy. The player had an excellent Conference North season with Fleetwood in 2009/10 scoring 18 goals. During his three season spell at Fleetwood he notched 26 goals in 87 appearances. He finished last season on loan at FC Halifax Town when he scored on two occasions in eight appearances. He started his career at Blackpool in April 2004 before moving to Southport and Altrincham before Fleetwood.

Transfer activity

19 June 2012
CREWE SWITCH
The pre-season home match against Crewe Alexandra has been cancelled as the Railwaymen are now involved in a League Cup match on the same date. Chester will now entertain Welsh Premier League side Bangor City on Saturday 11 August, a week before the season starts. The game has a 15:00hrs kick-off and could see the return of both former striker Chris Simm and defender Liam Brownhill.

Pre-season matches

15 June 2012
TWO NEW SIGNINGS
Chester have signed experienced 31-year-oldstriker Adam Proudlock from Telford United. Proudlock turned down a new contract with the Conference Premier side recently. He was injured for most of last season making just 6+12 appearances scoring two goals. He began his career in 1998 as a trainee at Wolves where he scored 17 goals in 48+36 appearances before loan spells at Clyde, Nottingham Forest and Tranmere Rovers. He moved to Sheffield Wednesday for £150,000 in September 2003 and made 46+16 appearances, scoring 17 goals for the Owls. He left Hillsborough in 2006 and has since played for Ipswich Town, Stockport County, Darlington and Grimsby Town before joining Telford in August 2010.

The Blues have also signed 23-year-old goalkeeper Martin Fearon from Lancaster City. Martin began his career at Accrington Stanley before moving to Burnley and Clitheroe.

Transfer activity

14 June 2012
EXILES AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Exiles will take place in London on Thursday 12 July at the Rugby Tavern (upstairs room) 19 Great James Street, London WC1N 3ES. 7.30pm prompt start.

AGENDA
1. Apologies for absence
2. Minutes of the 2011 Annual General Meeting
3. Matters arising
4. Chairman’s report
5. Treasurer’s report and accounts
6. Secretary / Membership report
7. Committee reports:
7a. Press and Sponsorship
7b. Darts
8. Election of officers
9. Any other business

Please feel free to bring family and friends along for the evening. We would envisage getting through the 'business' side of the meeting fairly quickly allowing plenty of time to reflect and celebrate on another great season for Chester FC, and to exchange ideas and suggestions of how the Exiles can help those supporters living away from Chester for the coming year.

If you are unable to attend but have any item you may want discussed on the night under 9 (Any Other Business) please email steve@chester-fc.co.uk as soon as possible.
12 June 2012
PRE SEASON FRIENDLY
Chester will entertain League One neighbours Crewe Alexandra in a pre-season friendly at home on Saturday 11 August, a week before the season starts. The game has a 15:00hrs kick-off.

Pre-season matches

9 June 2012
WILDE DEPARTS CHESTER
Striker Michael Wilde has left Chester and joined one of his former clubs TNS. Always happy to pose for pictures and sign autographs, he was a professional both on and off the field during his time with the Blues and a great ambassador when the club re launched.

Wilde scored 46 goals in 55+18 appearances for the Blues over the last two seasons. Last season though he was dogged by injury after fracturing a collarbone in pre-season, which limited him to just 10+13 starts, scoring five goals as the club recorded a second successive championship.

Wilde told the Chester Leader: “I have had two great seasons at Chester but if I had signed it would have been for all of the wrong reasons.”

“I would have been signing because of the fans and the players at the club rather than the offer on the table, which I felt was undeserved. Should I have signed it would have been my heart ruling my head because it would have stretched me financially.”

“I have Chester in my heart, I have enjoyed every minute of the last two seasons and not playing in front of the great fans every week and playing with the group of lads they have at the club are two things I will miss.”

“Making the decision not to sign for Chester meant that it was a sad couple of days, but I had to do what was best for me. I have fond memories from my time at Chester which I will take away, including all of the goals in the first season and the hat-tricks I scored.”

Transfer activity

Picture Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
BLUES BAR TO SHOW ENGLAND MATCHES
The Blues Bar will be showing the EURO 2012 England matches this week beginning tonight with the game against France. The doors open at 16.30, half an hour before kick-off and entry is free. The bar is also open on Friday night for the England v Sweden game which kick’s-off at 19.45hrs. Work is ongoind to expand the club shop and should be completed in 2-3 weeks, but supporters will have the chance tonight to buy some of the new puma range of training kit, the new shirts will be ready later in the summer.
CONFERENCE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual General Meeting of the Football Conference took place in Newport today and next season’s teams for the Conference North were confirmed as:

Altrincham, Bishop’s Stortford, Boston United, Brackley Town, Bradford Park Avenue, Colwyn Bay, Corby Town, Chester FC, Droylsden, FC Halifax Town, Gainsborough Trinity, Gloucester City, Guiseley, Harrogate Town, Hinckley United, Histon, Oxford City, Solihull Moors, Stalybridge Celtic, Vauxhall Motors, Worcester City, Workington.

The new fixtures will be released on 2 July.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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