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15 May 2017
BOGEY SIDE PROMOTED

Forest Green Rovers’s 3-1 Wembley play-off victory over Tranmere Rovers at the weekend saw the Gloucestershire team promoted to the Football League for the first time, and ensures two more derby games with Tranmere for another season. Chester will be glad to see the back of Forest Green Rovers having lost the last ten matches with them, you have to go back to August 2003 for our last victory!

With FC Halifax Town defeating Chorley in the Conference North play-off, and Ebbsfleet United beating Chelmsford Town in the South the line-up of th entional League for next season is now complete. Chester’s opponents next season will be:

AFC Fylde, Aldershot Town, Barrow AFC, Boreham Wood, Bromley, Dagenham & Redbridge, Dover Athletic, Eastleigh, Ebbsleet United, FC Halifax Town, Gateshead, Guiseley, Hartlepool United, Leyton Orient, Macclesfield Town, Maidenhead United, Maidstone United, Solihull Moors, Sutton United, Torquay United, Tranmere Rovers, Woking and Wrexham.

BELL SIGNS ON LOAN
Gateshead forward Nyal Bell has signed a six month loan deal at Chester that keeps him at the club until January 2018. The 20-year-old former Rochdale player has previously had a spell with Chester in the 2015/16 season. He scored two goals in nine games with The Heed last season.

2 May 2017
SOLIHULL STRIKER SIGNS
Chester have signed 22-year-old Solihull Moors striker Harry White. He scores 12 goals for Moors last season including goals against Chester in both matches over the Christmas period. White told the Chester Chronicle: “I’ve always looked at Chester as a club I’d like to play for as it’s a big club. At Solihull last year, even though I enjoyed my time there, I thought I was ready to move on. The training there was part time and I felt that to progress I needed to get to better training. That was a big reason for me to come here. I’m buzzing for it, it’s a club I’ve always looked at playing for. I’ve played against them a few times and it’s a great club to be at and I can’t wait to get going even though the season has just finished.”

SIX RELEASED BY BLUES
Chester have released six players as they prepare to rebuild the squad for next season. Those players departing are Elliott Durrell, Johnny Hunt, Blaine Hudson, Kane Richards, Ross Killock and Kieran Evans.

Durrell made 45+5 appearances last season and was the second top scorer with nine goals. Hunt was voted the Players Player of the Season at Saturday’s awards night after making 36+3 appearances last season. Richards made 47+29 appearances for Chester over the last two seasons, scoring 13 goals. Killock suffered from injury this year which resulted in just two appearances from the bench in his second spell with Chester. Kieran Evans wa restricted to just one Cheshire Cup appearance in 2016/17.

Also departing are loan players Liam Roberts and Theo Vassell who return to their parent club Walsall.

NEW ROLE FOR SHAW
Midfielder Tom Shaw has been named as player/assistant manager to Jon McCarthy. Chris Iwelumo, who joined the club last November as McCarthy’s assistant, has been offered the position of coaching the Blues’ strikers.

TRIO SIGN NEW DEALS
Craig Mahon, Ryan Astles and James Akintunde have signed new deals. Midfielder Mahon first joined the club in 2013/14 and has signed a two year deal. Both Astles and Akintunde have signed new one year deals.

Meanwhile Nathan Brown, Tom Crawford and James Jones have all been offered their first professional contracts having come through the youth academy programme at Chester.

AWARDS NIGHT
The end of season Awards Evening took place at the Crown Plaza hotel on Saturday night following the final game of the season against Boreham Wood. The full list of winners in the night is as follows:

CFU Player of the Season:
Sam Hughes
Away Travel Player of the Season:
Sam Hughes
Players Player of the Season: Johnny Hunt
Football Writers Player of the Season: Tom Shaw
Womens Player of the Season: Jamie-Lee McDowell
Youth Player of the Season: Nathan Brown
Community Award: Evan Horwood
Golden Boot: James Alabi
Goal of the Season: Elliott Durrell (at Boreham Wood)
Clubman of the Year: group winners – Cleaning Volunteers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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