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
© Rick Matthews
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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
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.
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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
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).
© Rick Matthews
TWO NEW SIGNINGS
Chester have added a defender and a midfielder to their squad today.
|LATE GOAL SINKS BLUES
A long-range goal three minutes from time by Luke Haines sees The Bulls take all three points from Deva Stadium.
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