Over £25,000 was raised last night at the
fundraising match between a Chester X1 and Colin
Murray’s All-Star side. The fighting fund
now stands at £75,000. A crowd of 2,080 saw
the Chester side run out 4-1 winners with goals
from Matty McGinn, Chris Simm, Matty McNeil and
Michael Owen. Neil Mellor netted for the All-Star
Michael Owen, who along with Colin Murray and Jeff
Banks helped organise the successful night told
the Chester Chronicle: “Chester are part of
my life. My Dad played here and scored quite a few
goals in the process, the most famous team I’d
say when they won promotion and got to the semi-finals
of the League Cup.”
“Colin Murray rang and said we’re possibly
Chester’s most well-known supporters so let’s
do something and I said absolutely. We decided to
put a game on, ringing what felt like millions of
players, and fair play the response was brilliant.”
After the match the shirts worn, sponsored by MBNA
and Chester Racecourse were auctioned off to boost
the funds on the night.
© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
ONE OUT, ONE IN
Midfielder Kingsley James had joined Barrow on loan
until the end of the season. Meanwhile Chester have
signed 24-year-old midfielder Dominic Vose until
the end of the season. He played for Marcus Bignot
when he managed Grimsby Town. The former Wrexham
and Bromley player has signed non-contract terms
and will be just paid expenses from the Squad Builder
JAMES ALABI TRIBUNAL
As a result of yesterday’s FA Tribunal, Chester
will receive £22,500 for the transfer of striker
James Alabi to Tranmere Rovers last summer, they
will also pocket 15% from any sell on fee received.
Alabi scored 17 goals for the Blues last season
before moving to Prenton Park.
14 February 2018
CELEBRITY MATCH UPDATE
Ian Rush is the latest player to sign up for tomorrow
night’s fundraising match at Chester. He will
star up front alongside Michael Owen in the all-star
side that will face a Chester X1.
Colin Murray said: “I’m delighted to
have captured the legend that is Ian Rush, and he
will be lining up alongside another former Liverpool
legend, Michael Owen in what is a unique and historic
occasion being played under the Chester FC lights.
To have two of Liverpool’s record goalscorers
on the same team is just absolutely phenomenal and
this is going to be a treat for everyone going to
Murray’s side will be managed by Kevin Ratcliffe
and the squad assembled features: Maik Taylor, Andy
Griffin, Chris Iwelumo, Andy Higginbotham, Danny
Webber, David Thompson, Eddie Bishop, Keith Gillespie,
Michael Owen, Neil Mellor, Paddy McCourt, Perry
Groves, Richie Partridge, Justin Madders, Sonny
Pike, Jason McAteer, Clinton Morrison, Ian Rush
and Colin Murray.
Facing the All-Starts team with be a Chester X!
manager by Neil Young. His squad includes: Adam
Judge, Wayne Brown, Ian Sharps, Stuart Graves, Carl
Ruffer, Paul Linwood, Matty McGinn, George Horan,
Greg Stones, Robbie Booth, Shaun Reid, Michael Powell,
Paul Carden, Bradley Barnes, Ian Howard, Ryan Lowe,
Ben Mills, Matty McNeil, Chris Simm and Michael
Tickets for this unique game, which kicks off at
19.45, are still on sale at Chester’s Ticket
Office at the ground or by calling 01244 371376
between 10.00-16.00 Wednesday and Thursday.
10 February 2018
YOUTH DRAWN AWAY
The Youth team have been drawn away to Romford in
the quarter-final of the National League U19 Alliance
Cup. The game will take place on Wednesday 14 March,
kick-off time to be confirmed.
9 February 2018
McCOMBE LEAVES BLUES
John McCombe has left Chester by mutual consent,
he made 23+1 appearances for the Blues this season
after signing from Macclesfield Town in the summer.
6 February 2018
Former manager Neil Young will manage a Chester
side against an all-star X1 managed by Colin Murray
and Michael Owen to raise funds for the club on
Thursday 15 February. Keith Gillespi, Maik Taylor,
Perry Groves, Trevor Sinclair, Danny Higginbotham
and Chris Iwelumo are just some of the players who
will give their time for free in an effort to help
the club boost funds.
Owen said, “I was born in Chester and brought
up listening to my dad’s stories about the
“glory days” from his playing time at
Chester FC including that run to the semi-final
of the League Cup. It’s so important that
we do what we can to help them. We can’t lose
this club again.”
Tickets for the fundraising event are on sale via
the Chester FC website
and tickets will also be available to buy from the
Ticket Office at the ground, Tel 01244 371376. The
cost is £10 for adults and £5 for juniors.
The away league game at Wrexham will now be televised
by BT Sport and will kick-off at 12.00hrs on Sunday
4 February 2018
DEFENDER JOINS ON LOAN
Chester have signed 19-year-old AFC Bournemouth
defender Shaun Hobson on loan until the end of the
Chester’s fundraining match against an all-star X1 raised £25,000 for club funds on a hugely successful night.
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