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15 August 2022
IAN SWETTENHAM JOINS THE BOARD
CFU have co-opted Ian Swettenham to the board of directors at Chester FC. Ian, and his wife Dave, have been long term supporter’s of the club and have sponsored the Blues with the “Swettenham Chemists’ Community Stand” as well as the Club’s Academy teams which continue to produce players for the first-team.

14 August 2022
GREAT START TO HOME CAMPAIGN
Chester started their home campaign with a fine 2-0 victory over Brackley Town on Saturday, the fist time they’ve beaten their opponents at home. Pre-match live music and street food vendors helped create a carnival atmosphere at a sweltering Deva Stadium.

Like last week, the Blues got off to a quick start and opened the scoring on 12 minutes through a fine solo goal from Kole Hall, who won the ball in midfield, before beating two defenders to shoot past Lewis in The Saints goal.
Five minutes later Chester doubled their lead as Anthony Dudley set up Kurt Willoughby who had time to pick his spot just inside the left hand post.

Both new signings Danny Devine and Kieran Coates had solid debuts having signed on Thursday. Chester are straight back into home action again on Tuesday night when Hereford visit Deva Stadium, kick-off 19.45hrs. The Bulls have started their season with a home 3-3 draw against Spennymoor Town on the opening day, followed by a 1-0 defeat at Scarborough Athletic on Saturday.


Picture © Rick Matthews

League Table | Match photographs

11 August 2022
TWO NEW SIGNINGS
With injuries to George Glendon and Lewis Earl taking their toll at the start of the season, Chester have quickly responded by making two new signings today. Joining the club is former Stoke City full-back 20-year-old Kieran Coates. Coates spent a loan spell at Cork City last season and left The Potters a the end of last season.

Also joining the Blues is 24-year-old midfielder Danny Devine. Devine has been at Carlisle United where he made 28 appearances over the last two seasons. Prior to that he made 30 appearances for Bradford City having been a product of the Bantams Academy.

8 August 2022
LATE GOAL DENIES BLUES VICTORY
Chester were forced to settle for a point after their opening day match at Alfreton Town finished all square at 2-2. The Blues had taken the lead on 16 minutes through a Kurt Willoughby header, and doubled their advantage six minutes later thanks to a powerful Joe Lynch volley.

Summer signing from Chesterfield Tommy Denton reduced the arrears on 28 minutes, before defender Kevin Roberts was forced off with an injury just before half-time. Denton scored a controversial equaliser on 90+2 minutes, with the assistant referee flagging a goal after goalkeeper Harry Tyrer had initially made a save with the ball near the goalline.

Manager Calum McIntyre told Chester TV after the match: “I was pleased with the level of performance. It was a challenging week in the build up, I think that is reflected in the fact I have not had to select a squad yet to be honest. We had 16 players available and we went with 16.”
“I thought the type of performance we tried to put on was reflective of what we want to be. I thought we were very good in the first half, good value for a two-goal lead.”

Chester start their home campaign on Saturday when Brackley Town visit Deva Stadium, kick-off 15.00hrs. Pre-match there will be live music from 13.00hrs by local music duo ‘Nath N Josh’ at the Blues Bar, there will also be the Dough & Go food van, as well as Planet Doughnut and Ginger Cat Coffee providing refreshments.



Picture © Rick Matthews

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3 August 2022
PRE-SEASON PHOTOGRAPH
The club held their pre-season press day yesterday and photographer Rick Matthews was on hand to take the official team photograph for the coming season. Two players unable to be there were Darren Stephenson and loan signing Lewis Coulton.



Back Row (L-R):
Iwan Murray, Jamie Morgan, Reece Daly, Sam Turner, Kole Hall, Lloyd-Marsh-Hughes, Ollie Heywood, Joe Lynch.
Middle Row (L-R):
Jimmy Soul (Kitman), Lewis Earl, Liam Edwards, Adam Thomas, Harry Tyrer, Joe Smith, Wyll Stanway, Matty Williams, Zack Clarke, Anthony Dudley.
Front Row (L-R):
Kurt Willoughby, Harrison Burke, George Glendon, Colin Woodthorpe (Assistant Manager), Calum McIntyre (Manager), Mike Allcock (First Team Coach), Declan Weeks, Alex Kenyon, Kevin Roberts (Player/Physio).

Picture © Rick Matthews

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