IWELUMO SIGNS FOR BLUES
Chester have signed former Scotland international
forward Chris Iwelumo from St Johnstone. Iwelumo
comes with a wealth of experience having played
over 550 matches in the Football League with Stoke
City, Colchester United, Charlton Athletic, Bristol
City, Brighton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burnley,
Scunthorpe United, York City, Oldham Athletic, Notts
County and Watford. He has 120 goals in his name
and told the official club website: “Chester
are a big club and I just want to get going in pre-season
and take it from there. The stadium is impressive
and I’m looking forward to pulling on the
27 June 2014
Chester have arranged a home friendly against
a Wolverhampton Wanderers X1 for Tuesday 5 August,
25 June 2014
Manager Steve Burr has been busy building
his squad this week. Joining Chester are former
Hednesfield Town 22-year-old defender John Disney.
He was an Irish Under 17 international and has also
played for Stockport County and Northwich Victoria.
Also joining Chester is Macclesfield Town winger
Peter Winn. Before joining The Silkmen, 25-year-old
Winn had played at Scunthorpe United and Stevenage
Borough. Meanwhile striker Craig Hobson who signed
from Guiseley on a short contract towards the end
of last season has signed a new deal to keep hiim
with the Blues for next season.
23 June 2014
TURNER MOVES ON
On loan Leeds United defender Lewis Turner
who picked up three Player of the Year awards last
season has been released by the Yorkshire club and
has signed for Conference North side Harrogate Town.
20 June 2014
BROWN SIGNS ON
Chesterfield defender Matty Brown who played
seven matches on loan at the Blues last season has
signed a one-year deal with Chester.
Alex Hay the chief scout at the club has
left to take up a similar position at League Two
side Tranmere Rovers. Manager Steve Burr told the
official website: “Alex has done a good job
for me reporting on teams and tracking players since
I joined and I would like to personally wish him
all the best. It’s an opportunity for him
to move back into the Football League with his former
club and we wish him well.”
Vauxhall Motors have announced that their
planned pre-season friendly with Chester on 12 July
has regrettably been cancelled, no alternative date
can be found unfortunately.
19 June 2014
YOUTH DUO DEPART
It has been reported that Head of Youth Development
Bernard Concannon and Head of Academy Recruitment
Mark Howell have both stepped down from their positions
at Chester. Both played a major role in forming
the current youth set-up at Chester back in 2010.
Howell told the Chester Leader: “We have had
four great years setting up the youth section at
Chester FC. We have felt these past few months that
the board want to do things slightly differently,
and believe that now is the right time to leave
and concentrate on our work and family.”
leave the club with a great set of coaches, staff
and great quality players in every age group (U9-U18),
as well as half a dozen of last season’s
U18 boys returning to Steve Burr for pre-season
training. We wish whoever the board choose to
succeed us all the very best of luck in the role.”
The board have since issued a statement regarding
the Youth set-up on Monday 23 June (see link below).
13 June 2014
REPRIEVE FOR DARTFORD
Dartford have been reinstated into the Football
Conference Premier following the expulsion of Salisbury
City for failing to pay football creditors and provide
a financial bond to the league.
HORAN TO LEAVE CHESTER
captain of Chester since the club reformed
four years ago is to leave.
The Chester-born defender tweeted “Won’t
be signing for Chester next year, time for
a change.been a pleasure to captain the side
over the last 4 years, had some great times.
Big thanks to all Chester fans, staff and
volunteers for your support. Wish everyone
involved with the club success in the future.
Horan signed from Droylsden in 2010 and made
a total of 157+2 appearances for the Blues
scoring 20 goals.
10 June 2014
TWO MORE SIGNINGS
Chester have completed the signing of two
more players. Defender/Midfielder Kingsley James
joins from Hereford United. The former Sheffield
United and Port Vale player told the club website:
“I’m delighted to join Chester Football
Club and I can’t wait to get started again
for pre-season. When I heard of Chester’s
interest there was only one club I wanted to join.
The manager you only hear good things about and
the crowds and the size of the club is huge. There
are some exciting times ahead for us this season.”
Also joining Chester is Hednesford Town winger Wayne
Riley. He has previously played for Northwich Victoria
and Airbus UK Broughton.
CHESTER REINSTATED TO CONFERENCE
The Football Conference have announced this
afternoon that Hereford United (1939) Ltd have been
expelled from membership of the Football Conference
with immediate effect. Chester have now been reinstated
into the Football Conference for next season.
The Football Conference has issued the following
"The club has confirmed it will not meet the
requirements, to which it previously agreed, set
by the Board of the Football Conference Ltd on Friday,
6th June enabling the club to retain its membership.
As the club was advised at the above meeting, the
Board has exercised its unanimous decision that
should the club fail to fulfil the requirements
it would be expelled from the competition and the
Company under Article 5.2.
At the Annual General Meeting on 7th June of the
Football Conference Ltd, the member clubs agreed
to an alternative Constitution for the 2014/15 season,
in case of the above eventuality.
Chester FC will now be reprieved from relegation
for the the Conference Premier and Hayes & Yeading
United FC will be reprieved from relegation from
the Conference South.”
8 June 2014
CHESTER KEPT WAITING
Today’s Football Conference AGM agreed
to extend the deadline to which both Hereford United,
currently under new ownership, and Salisbury City
must pay off their football debts until next Thursday
when an EGM will be held, both clubs will need confirmation
of cleared funds before that deadline otherwise
their membership of the Football Conference would
be revoked. The original deadline of 17.00hrs on
Thursday and a second deadline of 10.00hrs on Saturday
both came and went without monies apparently being
paid. Chester and Dartford are first and second
in line for a reinstatement to the Conference Premier
should either Hereford United or Salisbury City
have their membership revoked.
7 June 2014
BLUES SIGN WORSNOP
Former goalkeeper Jon Worsnop has rejoined
the club from Alfreton Town. The Bradford born ‘keeper
made one Conference appearance for Chester City
in 2002/03 before joining Aberystwyth Town.
6 June 2014
Following a four hour meeting of the Football
Conference board today Hereford Uited have been
given until 10.00hrs tomorrow morning to pay of
all their football creditors if they are to remain
in the Conference Premier for next season.
The Football Conference issued the following statement:
“The board unanimously agreed that the club
(Hereford United) can retain membership of the limited
company and their place in the Football Conference
Premier Division providing financial payments are
secured as directed by the board. Failure to meet
the financial conditions imposed, the club’s
membership would be revoked.”
CHESTER AWAIT HEREFORD OUTCOME
Chester will be watching events at today’s
Football Conference board meeting with great interest
as Hereford United appear to be on the brink of
expulsion. It is reported that the Bulls have failed
to pay outstanding wages and debts to football creditors
by last night’s imposed 17.00hrs deadline
that they were given on 14 May. Today’s meeting
is followed by the Conference AGM tomorrow.
Football Conference general manager Dennis Strudwick
told the Hereford Times: “Hereford United
must settle their debts with football creditors
by 5pm on Thursday – and the club are well
aware what they need to do. The club have known
this since May 14.
“Hereford United are
not a position to call the tune – they must
abide by the rules of the competition like the
other member clubs in the Football Conference.
We will also need a budget which must be compelling
and detail that the club will not only meet their
requirements for next season but how they will
deal with the current debt, including an impending
winding-up order from Revenue and Customs.”
“I don’t want to prejudge this matter
but, if a club fails to pay off their football creditors,
they face being expelled from the competition and
that includes the Conference North or South. In
my opinion, football creditors are the wages owed
to players and staff, other football clubs, the
Football Conference, FA and the County FA.”
An expulsion of Hereford United could see Chester,
who finished in the last relegation spot reprieved.
4 June 2014
MICKEY FIELDS 1935-2014
player, Mickey Fields, has died at the age
of 78 after a battle with cancer. The local-born
forward made 22 league appearances for the
club in the 1950s and was also a prolific
goalscorer for the Cheshire County League
team. He had the distinction of scoring the
only goal of the game when Chester beat Burnley
to win the Lancashire Cup in 1957. Mickey
was also an enthusiastic supporter of the
club and was not only a season ticket holder
at the Deva Stadium but also regularly attended
DEFENDER SIGNS FOR BLUES
Chester have completed their third signing
of the summer as England C international centre
back Keiran Charnock. The Preston-born 29-year-old
defender previously played under Steve Burr when
he was manager of Northwich Victoria and has also
played for Peterborough United, Accrington Stanley,
Torquay United, Fleetwood Town and Macclesfield
Town. Last season he played for Stockport County.
Burr said: “I’m delighted to have signed
Kieran and know what he is all about. He’s
experienced in both league and non-league and I
have always kept a good eye on his progress. I look
forward to working with him again.”
TRIO LEAVE CHESTER
Paul Linwood and Gareth Seddon have both
left Chester, while Jason Jarrett is also expected
to depart this week. Linwood had two spells with
the Blues making 199 appearances overall, he made
60+7 for Chester FC scoring two goals including
the opening goal at Wrexham last season. Seddon
signed last summer and made 27+10 appearances, scoring
eight goals. Midfielder Jarrett made 29+3 appearances.
All three players are believed to be moving to Salford
3 June 2014
TAYLOR SIGNS FROM COLWYN BAY
Chester born defender 22--year-old defender
Danny Taylor has signed from Colwyn Bay. He was
named Player of the season with the Seagulls last
season. He has previous Football League experience
with Shrewsbury Town before joining Welsh Premier
League club Airbus UK Broughton for the 2011/12
season when he played every match. He joined Colwyn
Bay in October 2012. Manager Steve Burr told the
Chester Chronicle: “We watched Danny last
season and he can play either left back or right
back and is a talented young player that will do
well for us.”
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