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30 May 2022
ACADEMY APPOINTMENT
Chester have appointed Mike Allcock as Academy Head Coach replacing Calum McIntyre who recently took on the first team manager role. Allcock also takes on the position of First Team Coach. He joined the club initially as Youth Team assistant manager in the summer of 2020.
25 May 2022
ROCHDALE FRIENDLY
Chester have announced a home pre-season friendly against League Two side Rochdale on Saturday 9 July, kick-off 15.00hrs. Admission prices will be advised nearer the time.

2022/23 pre-season friendlies

24 May 2022
RUNCORN FRIENDLY
Chester travel to Runcorn Linnets for a pre-season friendly on Saturday 23 July. The kick-off will be at 17.15hrs following a junior tournament held there on the same day. Admission prices will be advised nearer the time.
20 May 2022
PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY
Chester have announced a home pre-season friendly against League One side Morecambe on Saturday 16 July, kick-off 15.00hrs. Admission prices will be advised nearer the time.
17 May 2022
WOODTHORPE NAMED ASSISTANT
Chester welcome back former player Colin Woodthorpe who has been appointed assistant manager to Calum McIntyre, he held a similar role at Runcorn Linnets. Woodthorpe will be well remembered by older fans with the left back making a first-team debut at just 17 before going on to make 155 appearances and scoring six goals for Chester City between 1985-1990. He left Chester to go on to play for Norwich City, Aberdeen, Stockport County and Bury. Since hanging up his boots in 2008 he has been assistant manager to Dave Challinor at Colwyn Bay and AFC Fylde, before joining Runcorn Linnets.
ON THE BORDERLINE UPDATE PAGES
Three new update pages have been produced by the club historian Chas Sumner for those who like to keep their copies of On The Borderline updated. The PDF files can all be downloaded from here.
16 May 2022
NEW DEAL FOR CLARKE
Forward Zack Clarke has become the latest player to put pen to paper and sign a one-year deal for next season. The 19-year-old player made his full debut in the 1-0 home victory against Farsley Celtic in April having had successful loan spells at Clitheroe, Atherton Collieries and Leek Town during last season.


Picture © Rick Matthews

SEASON TICKET RENEWALS
Early Bird renewals for season tickets are now on sale. Benefits of renewing early include seven free matches for adults and concessions, and there are also big savings for younger Blues. Supporters can renew either online, or at the Deva Stadium ticket office. More details can be found here.
13 May 2022
TWO YEAR DEAL FOR WEEKS
Blues fans will be delighted to hear that Players’ Player of the Season Declan Weeks has signed a new two-year deal at the club. The 26-year-old midfielder has scored 13 goals in 61+1 appearances for the Blues since he signed from Kidderminster Harriers back in 2020.


Picture © Rick Matthews

FIRST SIGNING FOR McINTYRE
Calum McIntyre has made his first signing for the club capturing 28-year-old Curzon Ashton winger Adam Thomas on an initial one-year deal. Thomas moved to The Nash last summer having spent the previous season at National League North winners Stockport County. He scored three goals against us in the League and FA Trophy last season!
NEW DEAL FOR ROBERTS
Defender Kevin Roberts has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal at Chester. The versatile defender has made 83+6 appearances for the club, scoring 6 goals.


Picture © Rick Matthews

12 May 2022
TWO YEAR DEAL FOR CAPTAIN GEORGE

George Glendon has signed a new two-year deal at Chester. The 27-year-old midfielder has made 87+5 appearances for the Blues, scoring 10 goals in the process.


Picture © Rick Matthews

STEPHENSON RE-SIGNS FOR BLUES
Forward Darren Stephenson has signed a new one-year deal with the Blues. Stephenson has so far made 29+12 appearances, scoring 8 goals.


Picture © Rick Matthews
CALUM McINTYRE APPOINTED MANAGER
Chester have appointed 28-year-old Academy Head Coach Calum McIntyre as their first team manager on a two year deal with immediate effect. He has previously taken on the caretaker manager role in April/May 2019 after Marcus Bignot left the role. Last season he took charge of Northern Premier Division One (West) side Runcorn Linnets and guided them to the play-off’s.


Steve Watson with Calum McIntyre at Brackley Town. Picture © Rick Matthews

10 May 2022
CHESTER SIGN OFF WITH A DRAW
The Blues brought their disappointing season to an end with a well-earned 0-0- draw at second placed Brackley Town on Saturday, leaving them with a 16th placed finish in the league.

Steve Watson’s last team selection saw him give a full debut to Academy graduate Ollie Heywood, Danny Livesey made his 100th and final start for the Blues as Rob Apter was recalled to join the Blackpool squad.

It was a game with an end of season feel about it, very few chances were created though Livesey did clear off the line from Saints substitute Lee Ndlovu, and Wyll Stanway made a series of impressive saves late in the game to deny Matt Lowe twice, and Jimmy Armson. Chester’s best efforts came from Harrison Burke and Okera Simmonds.

There was late drama at the bottom end of the table as Guiseley conceded two goals in the dying minutes to lose 2-1 at Alfreton Town and finish in the sole relegation place. The promotion play-off’s start this week with the eliminator matches of York City v Chorley and Kidderminster Harriers v Boston United taking place. Brackley Town and AFC Fylde await the winners in the semi-finals.


Picture © Rick Matthews

Final League Table | Match photographs

3 May 2022
BLUES END HOME CAMPAIGN IN STYLE
Chester completed their 2021/22 home fixtures with a comfortable 4-0 win over Bradford (Park Avenue) to move above the Yorkshire side in the table. The Blues opened the scoring through Rob Apter in the fifth minute and remained 1-0 up at the break. Six minutes into the second period Kevin Roberts doubled the lead before further goals from Marcus Dackers and Declan Weeks sealed the victory.

The game marked the end for defender Danny Livesey who had announced his retirement a couple of days before. He was rightly given a standing ovation from the near 1,900 Deva Stadium crowd when he was substituted a couple of minutes before full-time, applauded off by both sets of players, and the referee.

Chester, and manager Steve Watson, have one game left when they travel to second placed Brackley Town on Saturday. Gateshead’s point from their 2-2 draw at Chorley on Monday hands them the National League North title, while The Saints who are five points behind will, with AFC Fylde, have home advantage in the forthcoming play-off’s.


Picture © Rick Matthews

League table after this match | Match photographs | Match highlights [YouTube]
END OF SEASON AWARDS
Matty Williams was voted CFU Player of the Season at Monday night’s end of season Awards Evening.


Picture © Rick Matthews

The full list of winners on the night was:


The Winners
CFU Player of the Season —
Matty Williams
Goal of the Season —
Harrison Burke (v Southport)
Gary Talbot Golden Boot — Marcus Dackers
Club person of the Season —
Melissa Grundy
Players’ Player of the Season —
Declan Weeks
Away Travel Player of the Season —
Declan Weeks
Special Recognition Award — Danny Livesey

More pictures from the Awards Evening
NEW GENERAL MANAGER
Chester have appointed Georgina Slawinski as their new General Manager, she starts the role officially on 1 June. She joins Chester from the Wolves Foundation where she worked as Health Engagement Officer. She has first-class honours in Sports Business and Coaching from UCFB Wembley and has worked with The FA as a Team Liaison Officer.

Georgina told the official club website: “It is a huge honour to be appointed General Manager of Chester Football Club. I am looking forward to immersing myself in the new role in the coming months to increase our commercial revenues and lead the off-field operations of this club.”

“Chester FC has tremendous potential for growth, and I look forward to working closely with the Board to identify new ways to best serve our supporters and achieve our long-term objectives.”

“Before obtaining this role, I attended the game at the Deva against Kidderminster Harriers in April. I love how this club is fan-owned, and I felt a real sense of community cohesion having been amongst the fans that day.”

“I will be attending today’s match against Bradford (PA), where I am excited to begin building relationships with the fans and the local community.”
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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