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JANUARY
15 January 2018
CYRILLE REGIS MBE 1958-2018

It was announced that former Chester player Cyrille Regis sadly died today. Regis will go down as one of the greatest players to pull on a Chester shirt and although he is best remembered as an England international and centre forward with the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City he will always be held with great affection by Blues fans after making 29 league appearances for the club in the 1995/96 season.

Obituary

BLUES DUMPED OUT OF THE TROPHY
Chester were knocked out of the FA Trophy at the second round stage on Saturday when they lost 1-0 at Conference south side East Thurrock United. Calvin Ekpetita scored the only goal of the game on 17 minutes, as Chester, second best throughout had Sam Hornby to thank for keeping the score down with a series of fine saved.

The Blues could muster one real scoring chance in the 90 minutes when substitute Gary Roberts set Ross Hannah through on goal with a delightful pass only for the forward to shoot tamely at the onrushing Lukas Lidakevicius in the home goal. Moments later Roberts debut was cut short after just nine minutes when he was shown a straight red card for a foul on Max Cornhill.

DOVER MATCH
The home game against Dover Athletic on Saturday 3 February has been postponed to to the Kent sides involvement in the FA Trophy that day.
9 January 2018
BLUES SIGN ROBERTS
Chester have completed the signing of 30-year-old midfielder Gary Roberts. Blacon born Roberts recently left Conference North side Southport. He began his career at Crewe Alexandra where he made over 120 appearances for the Railwaymen, he has also appeared for England at a number of levels up to the under17 side. He has played for several clubs since leaving Alex in 2009 notably Yeovil Town, Rotherham United and Port Vale.
LOAN DUO RETURN
Both Nyal Bell and Daniel Udoh have ended their loan spells at Chester. Bell returns to Gateshead and Udoh to Crewe Alexandra.
8 January 2018
WHITE WINNER FOR BLUES
Harry White scored his first league goal for Chester on Saturday as the Blues bagged three precious points at Ebbsfleet United. The home side had the majority of the play throughout but Chester’s defence, with Sam Hornby making some great saves in goal, held firm and White’s first half effort was enough to secure the three points.

A delighted White told the Chester Leader: “Our back four were absolutely solid and Sam Hornby has pulled off a great save towards the end so I had a lot of confidence in them we’d get the clean sheet and three points.”

“I’m absolutely buzzing, it really means a lot. Coming in for the summer, I was so ready to get going in pre-season but I’ve had injury after injury and it’s just kept hitting me. I’ve been sick of people saying ‘this is it, you’re ready’, but then finding I’m not right but this time, I feel like I am right and I just need to make sure I keep on top of it now and stay fit. To get the winning goal felt unbelievable.”

“The goalkeeper was quite far off his line so I wasn't sure whether to dink him or not, but then I saw a little gap and placed it in there and it was great to go and celebrate with our fans.”

Chester remain in the bottom four but have closed the gap to safety to six points with a couple of games in hand, starting with a trip to AFC Fylde on Tuesday night, kick-off 19.45hrs.


Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
5 January 2018
HARTLEPOOL DATE
The home league game against Hartlepool United, postponed before Christmas due to a waterlogged pitch, has been rearranged for Tuesday 23 January, kick-off 19.45hrs.
2 January 2018
LATE GOAL DENIES BLUES VICTORY
A last minute equaliser from Guiseley denied Chester a winning start to the new year. The Blues were on course to avenge the Boxing Day home defeat by the Lions when Kingsley James fired them ahead on the hour mark. However with the game already in stoppage time Ash Palmer drilled the ball home through a mass of players in the six yard box to grab a point. It was an improved performance from the Blues who were well beaten by their opponents days earlier.

Manager Marcus Bignot told The Chronicle of his players after the draw: “I have got massive belief in them. But when you see performances prior to that (Guiseley) you do start to question. But that last performance has shown we are ready for the fight and we are ready for the task in hand and we call on everybody to get behind us.”

“My players have been told home truths and rightly so. I have told the football club some home truths, and rightly so. What has been encouraging is that we have good people at the football club and that there are even more good people out there who want to get involved with the football club and I welcome every good person to get involved.”

“The seniors have had to step up and what we have introduced is accountability and consequences if we don’t get performances.”

Chester travel to tenth placed Ebbsfleet United on Saturday and follow that up with another away match at AFC Fylde the following Tuesday night.

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Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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