HANNAH JOINS SOUTHPORT
Striker Ross Hannah has joined Southport on loan
until the end of the season. The Sandgrounders will
pay Hannah’s wages for the rest of the season.
Hannah’s first spell at Chester saw him score
26 goals in 44+2 appearances before joining Barrow.
He returned from Holker Street in the summer on
a two year deal and this season has netted 9 goals
in 23+10 appearances.
21 March 2018
HOME DRAW FOR YOUTH
The Youth Team have been drawn at home to Boreham
Wood in the semi-finals of the National League Alliance
U19 Cup. The game is due to take place on Wednesday
11 April, the kick-off time is yet to be announced.
Two of the Academy side, Cain Noble and Matty Thomson,
have signed non-contract terms with the first team
until the end of the season following a great year
that has seen the side win their league as well
as reaching the cup semi-final.
Manager Marcus Bignot said: “I went and watched
the academy when they won the league against Stockport
and if you look at the level of opposition it is
nowhere near what they would face at first team
level, but they can only play what's in front of
them and they are playing at their highest standard
“Matty Thomson has been training with the
first team now for some time and was outstanding
today in training and really set an example. And
I’ve seen what Cain Noble could do from early
doors when I walked into the building and we have
kept an eye on him.”
19 March 2018
FIRTH SAVES A POINT
A series of great saves from goalkeeper Andy Firth
enabled Chester to take a point from play-off chasing
Aldershot Town on Saturday with a strong defensive
performance to frustrate the visitors. The on-loan
‘keeper denied the Shots on several occasions
saving superbly from Matt McClure midway through
the first half and the same player was denied as
half-time approached with Firth pushing his close
range shot onto the post and out to safety. Chester,
who offered nothing up front, were thankful again
to Firth who saved a Shamir Fenelon flick header
before denying Manny Oyeleke’s long range
effort in added time.
16 March 2018
YOUNG RETURNS IN ADVISORY ROLE
Former manager Neil Young has returned to the club
to support manager Marcus Bignot in an advisory
role for the remainder of the season. Bignot said:
“I sat down a week or so ago and shared with
Neil my thoughts and he shared his thoughts with
me. We are both clubmen, we are not people who are
narrow minded, this is about the football club.
We share the same values and the same vision. For
me, to have a manager in the building who has been
a manager before is critical. Someone who has been
in my shoes and who understands what we are going
“I was brought in to get results and now it
is about saving the football club. I understand
that, I am a clubman and have been there before
and built a club - the club is bigger than Marcus
have considered my future but I know what this
club needs and what is required and if Neil Young
never come into the building I probably would
have walked away because it would have been an
impossible task. The board have gone on record,
my hands are tied, my legs are tied and I am pushing
water up a hill.”
“Why am I still here?
The club is on its knees and me and Neil have been
in this situation before and have got the experience.
We believe that with the right decisions made we
can get this club off its knees. If it doesn’t
want to or it can’t then at least we tried.
We don’t want to see this club go to the wall.
I want to get back where I came from which is a
Football League manager. I am sure some fans, as
Chester, will harbour those dreams of getting back
The duo’s first job is to prepare for Saturday’s
visit of promotion chasing Aldershot Town, kick-off
15.00. The Blues will be looking to do the double
over the Hampshire side having won at the Recreation
Ground 2-1 back in August with goals from Lucas
Dawson and Kingsley James.
YOUTH TEAM SUCCESS
The Youth Team are through to the semi-finals of
the National League Alliance U19 Cup following a
3-0 victory at Romford on Wednesday. They will face
either Hastings, Halifax or Boreham Wood on Wednesday
11 April for a place in the final. The Blues opened
the scoring in the first half through Murray and
sealed victory with two more goals through Cottrell
and Hayes late in the match.
DERBY DEFEAT FOR BLUES
Chester were beaten 2-0 at the Racecourse Ground
in Sunday’s televised derby match with Wrexham.
The Blues battled
well for an hour but in the end the extra experience
of the home side proved too much. Chester were without
the experience of midfielder Gary Roberts, out through
injury, but created chances themselves with jordan
Archer seeing a shot go just wide and he also missed
the target with a close range header. Chester will
feel that both second half goals could have been
stopped, on-loan goalkeeper Andy Firth may feel
he should have got more than a hand on Scott Quigley’s
shot that opened the scoring and Nicky Deverdics
added the second having beaten the offside trap.
Supporters from both sides have been praised after
the match, the second since the ‘bubble’
restrictions were lifted for the fixture, passed
of without any incident.
8 March 2018
DUO LEAVE CLUB
Midfielder’s Liam Davies and Paul Turnbull
have both left the club today. Davies has made just
1+1 appearances this season and had his contract
mutually terminated, while Turnbull who has played
20+5 times for the Blues since signing from Barrow
on a two year deal in the summer, also had his contracted
terminated and has joined Stockport County.
7 March 2018
MISTAKES PROVE COSTLY
Despite playing well
for much of the game Chester were beaten 2-0 at
home by promotion chasing Dover Athletic last night
in front of the lowest home league crowd since the
club reformed, just 1,182. Manager Marcus Bignot
gave a debut in goal to Liverpool loanee Andy Firth
while Harry White started up front in preference
to Ross Hannah who took a seat on the bench. The
Blues had chances in the first half with Dom Vose
and Gary Roberts forcing saves from MItch Walker
in the Dover Goal and White saw an effort from eight
yards out superbly saved by the 'keeper moments
Twenty minutes into the second period Chester conceded
as poor marking from a corner saw Kevin Lokko head
home unchallenged from ten yards out. Seven minutes
later the Whites doubled their lead and out the
game beyond Chester as Ryan Astles turned an Adebayo
Azeez cross into his own net.
Following the game Bignot told the Chester Leader:
“We worked it out that the average price of
our team, because there is a lot of players in there
playing for free and a lot of teenagers, the average
wage across the team was £200. For a £200
team we certainly went toe to toe with a play-off
team in this league.”
“One of the aspects for
us is that we have zero physicality, that is something
we have got to bring into the team and it ain’t
going to happen overnight. But we are technically
a good team and they are technically good players.
They are getting there so there are a lot of positives.
We are going in the right direction with what
we want to do here. You clearly know what Dovers
identity is, but what is Chesters?”
“Second half we started
slow and we got ourselves back in it in terms
of momentum, but to concede the two goals it was
disappointing to have conceded off a corner. The
game opened up a little bit for the second goal
and thats when they got their goal, they got in
“The worst thing to defend
against is pace. We haven’t got it, let’s
be honest. We haven’t got the pace and physicality
of Azeez and Daniel, you see their subs coming
on and we don’t have those dynamics in the
what we’re trying to build and bring in. How
do we find ways to match that physicality? Recruitment
is key and what does a Chester player look like
Chester have the small matter of the derby game
with Wrexham coming up pon Sunday, th egame is all-ticket
and being screened live on BT Sports, kisk-off 12.00hrs.
after Dover defeat
5 March 2018
The home game against Bromley will now take place
on Tuesday 10 April, kick-off 19.45hrs.
1 March 2018
Saturday’s home league game agains Bromley
has been postponed due to a frozen pitch. No new
date has been announced yet. The Blues are now next
in action on Tuesday night with a home game against
Dover Athletic, kick-off 19.45hrs.
KEEPER SIGNS ON LOAN
Chester have signed 19-year-old Crewe Alexandra
goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen on a short term loan.
The Finnish ‘keeper is the son of Bolton Wanderers
legend Jussi Jaaskelainen who played over 500 times
for the Trotters.
Midfielder Wade Joyce has left Chester. Joyce was
signed by Jon McCarthy in the summer of 2016 and
made 20+24 appearances in his time with the Blues,
though he hasn’t appeared for the first team
since the trip to Eastleigh last November.
Goalkeeper Sam Hornby has been recalled by his parent
club Port Vale due
to injury problems at Vale Park. The 23-year-old
has made 13 appearances for Chester and was due
to stay until the end of the season.