COMMUNITY TRUST REACHING OUT
The football club, in conjunction
with the Chester FC Community Trust, has put together
a support package for the local community during
the coronavirus outbreak. The plan is to connect
with supporters, volunteers and vulnerable residents.
The Club and the Community Trust have been contacting
older CFU members as well as volunteers and season
ticket holders in this time of social isolation.
The initiative is open to anyone in the local Chester
area in need of help and support and is NOT just
aimed at Chester supporters.
If you or someone you know would like to register,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 07512 355396.
The club would also welcome help from supporters
who could volunteer some home time each week to
help. If you feel you would lend your support please
contact the Community Trust Chief Executive email@example.com
details on official club website
16 March 2020
NATIONAL LEAGUE SUSPEND MATCHES
Due to the coronavirus pandemic
all football in the National League has been suspended
until at least 3 April. The league have issued the
following statement today.
“At its Board Meeting on Friday, The National
League decided to use its best endeavours to keep
its season going in the face of unprecedented adversity
However, with the current
coronavirus (COVID-19) reaching global pandemic
levels it has to accept that the situation is
now out of its own control.
In the knowledge of the government
measures now announced including not to support
sporting events with emergency services workers
it is clearly not practical for its fixtures to
be fulfilled in the immediate future.
In those circumstances and in
line with The Football Association and the Professional
Game, at a Board Meeting today, The National League
has decided that its competition is now suspended
until at least 3rd April 2020.
The National League will continue
to monitor the situation, but trusts that its
loyal clubs, fans, players, officials, staff,
volunteers and sponsors will accept that it has
had no other choice but to reach this decision.
It wishes everybody connected
with the competition and indeed the whole country
a safe passage through these turbulent times.”
Meanwhile all training and fixtures involving the
Academy and Women’s team’s have also
been suspended until further notice.
AWAY KIT 2020/2021
Congratulations to 12-year-old
Junior Blue Sam Curtis whose winning away kit design
was chosen to be worn by the club for next season.
The green and white design is shown below.
© Chester FC
13 March 2020
home game against Boston United has been postponed
over concerns over the coronavirus.
The club have issued the following statement: “Chester
Football Club can confirm that tomorrow’s
scheduled fixture at home to Boston United has now
today, the National League announced that this
weekend’s fixtures in their three divisions
would proceed. We fully respect the extremely
difficult choice that they had to make and understand
their reasons for doing so. However, considering
our local circumstances, we have taken the decision
to postpone our fixture.”
player and staff safety is absolutely paramount
to us - especially those in the ‘at-risk’
groups who are most vulnerable.”
12 March 2020
YOUTH TEAM REACH FINAL
A crowd of 268 saw goals
from Tom Ruffer and Regan Rubin give the Chester
U19 side a 2-0 semi-final victory over Luton Town
Cedars in the National League Alliance Cup on Wednesday
night. The Blues now face Eastleigh Academy in the
final which will be played at Walsall FC. The date
is still to be announced. The young Blues lifted
the trophy two years ago when they beat FC Halifax
Town 2-0 at the same venue.
Chester: Schofield, Harrison (Turner
80), Burke, Woodburn, Molyneux, Hampson, Ruffer,
Hughes, Crilly, Rubin (Sutton 88), Goodwin. Subs
not used: Atton, Bell, Edwards.
Luton Town Cedars: Daniels, Baker,
Scott, Creary, Summers, Muyembe, Stirling, Percy,
Ball, Sellers West, Sheridan. Subs: Collins, Gray,
Kapadia, King, Munchineripi.
The league game at Altrincham
on Saturday 21 March has been made all-ticket for
Chester supporters. Tickets can only be purchased
from Altrincham direct at https://www.altrinchamfc.com/club/tickets
Prices are: Adults £14.00, Concessions (65
and over or Students) £11.00, Juniors (12-16
years) £5.00, Children (Under 12) £1.00.
9 March 2020
rearranged home league game against Gateshead will
now take place on Tuesday 7 April, kick-off 19.45hrs.
LACKLUSTRE BLUES BEATEN AT
dropped to sixth place in the league following Saturday’s
hugely disappointing 2-1 defeat at bottom of the
table Bradford (Park Avenue). The home side, who
had just three victories all season opened the scoring
four minutes before half-time through
Tom Clare who scrambled the ball home from close
range despite protests of a foul from the Blues.
Six minutes after the re-start Chester were level
as defender Matty Waters scored direct from a corner.
The equaliser seemed to spur the home side on and
Oli Johnson headed the second goal on 67 minutes.
Chester failed to create anything of note with substitute
Akwasi Asante blasting a decent opportunity over
the bar with 12 minutes remaining.
Joint manager Bernard Morley said after the shock
defeat: “I’ve said to the lads in there,
there is only so far you can go and only so many
excuses you can make. We’ve turned up with
a 20-man squad, fully fit, and had to leave three
or four players out. We’ve got it wrong, me
and Jonno, ultimately, have got it wrong.”
“We put a team of players
out there where if we win we are great managers
if we lose we are poor. That’s the nature
of the beast. Did we get the squad right? Clearly
not. Did we pick a side that wanted to win more
than they did? No we didn’t and ultimately
that lies with me and Jonno.”
“Do I think we are good enough to make the
play-offs? Playing like that then no.”
“We are hybrid, we should
be fitter and we should be stronger but we’re
not, so that lies with me and Jonno. You often
run off emotions when you do interviews but I’m
bitterly disappointed with what I’ve seen
today. But we have a job to do and a job to finish.”
Chester must look to bounce
back after the defeat and they have that opportunity
on Saturday when they welcome third placed Boston
United, kick-off 15.00hrs.
© Rick Matthews
6 March 2020
GRIFFITHS OUT ON LOAN
Russell Griffiths has joined AFC Telford
United on loan until the end of the season.
Chester will have a 24hr call back on the
© Rick Matthews
4 March 2020
CHESHIRE SENIOR CUP
first half penalty from Danny Elliott was enough
to give Chester a narrow 1-0 victory over Tranmere
Rovers in the quarter-final of the Cheshire Senior
Cup. The Blues now have a home semi-final against
Hyde United on Tuesday 31 March, kick-off 19.45hrs.
SEMI DATE FOR YOUTH TEAM
Following their 3-0 home
victory over Rugby Town last month, the youth team
have been drawn at home to Luton Town Cedars in
the semi-final of the National League Alliance League
Cup. The game will take place at Chester on Wednesday
11 March, kick-off 19.30hrs.