Tomorrow night’s home game against Kidderminster
Harriers has been postponed after certain areas
of the stadium, notably the Control Room and PA
Room, sustained severe water damage following heavy
rain on Sunday. The game will now be played next
week on Tuesday 21 August, kick-off 19.45hrs.
DREADFUL BLUES THRASHED AT
steady start to the season came to a crashing end
on Saturday when they were demolished 8-1 at Blyth
Spartans at Croft Park, their worst defeat in over
50 years. The Blues were three down at the break
and Spartans added a fourth before captain Gary
Roberts sent-off with a straight red card in the
second period. Two goals followed before Gary Stopworth
temporarily stopped the rot to make it 6-1. Two
more late Blyth goals completed the rout.
A shell shocked joint manager Anthony Johnson (pictured)
said after the defeat: “I’ve never been
involved with anything like that in my life. The
supporters probably never had, for all the bad results
that they’ve had through the years. What can
you say except for embarrassing? I’m shaking,
I’m that mad. I’ve never seen anything
like it in my life.”
“We’ve got a game on Tuesday, but one
or two need to understand what’s happened.
I’ve just gone in there and I’ve said
to one or two of them ‘rip your contracts
up and leave the football club’ because after
that performance, I wouldn’t dare turn up
feel the same about myself, to be honest with
you. I’m embarrassed to be able walk out
there on Tuesday night in front of however many
people are going to be there – I feel embarrassed
about it, so God knows what one or two of them
“I’ve gone over,
there must have been 250 supporters here, we got
booed off at half time and rightly so. I’ve
never been booed off before in 10 years of management,
so straight away I’m embarrassed. They’ve
not waited to clap us off at the end, they’ve
waited to see the response off the lads and I’ve
never seen anything like it. You go over to the
supporters, myself and Bernard and one or two of
the lads, and you can hear what they’re thinking.”
Chester must now somehow pull themselves together
before the visit of Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday
night, kick-off 19.45hrs.
Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
DUO LOANED OUT
Both Nathan Brown and Alex Downes have joined Ramsbottom
United on loan until the end of October.
7 August 2018
Goals from Simon Grand, Anthony Dudley and John
Pritchard saw Chester go top of the league (for
24hrs at least!) last night after a comprehensive
3-0 victory at Curzon Ashton.
The home side had the better of the opening period
but Chester were ruthless in front of goal and scored
twice in the first half at the Tameside Stadium
through a header from Grand and a Dudley strike.
After the break there was only going to be one winner
with Gary Roberts bossing midfield Chester added
a third goal through Pritchard to seal the points
in front of a large away following.
Joint manager Bernard Morley said after the game:
“We’ve taken four points out of our
first two games. There is still lots to work on
and I think you can highlight that in the first
half when our quality at times wasn’t good
enough. Apart from that we have come out after half
time and told them to relax, take the reins off
and go and enjoy it and I think we managed the game
“I think we looked really organised for a
side that has only been together for four or five
weeks and that is playing an unfamiliar shape.”
Chester are on the road again on Saturday when they
travel to Blyth Spartans, kick-off 15.00hrs.
Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
table after Curzon Ashton victory
5 August 2018
BLUES HELD AT HOME
It was honours even on the opening day of the season
as Chester and Spennymoor Town fought out a goalless
draw. Both goalkeepers, Grant Shenton and Matthew
Gould, made important saves throughout the game,
Chester had the better of the opening 45 minutes
that saw Anthony Dudley hit the bar for the Blues
who fielded ten players making their full debuts.
After the break it was the visitors who had the
better chances with Shenton denying both Stephen
Brogan’s piledriver and Jake Hibbs.
Picture © Rick Matthews
3 August 2018
TWO LOANED OUT
In an effort to gain match experience Chester have
loaned out two players. Midfielder Rhain Hellawell
has joined Barnoldswick Town for three months, while
goalkeeper Theo Roberts has joinEd Buxton on a season
Former Barnsley striker Shaun Tuton has signed for
the Blues. The 26-year-old spent much of last season
on loan from the Oakwell club at FC Halifax Town.
Meanwhile after impressing in pre-season Deane Smalley
(29), brother of defender Dominic has also signed
for the coming season.
1 August 2018
BLUES LAUNCH ONLINE
Chester have launched a new online ticketing system
ahead of Saturday’s opening game of the season
against Spennymoor Town so fans are able to pre-book
tickets for home matches should they wish to. Cash
turnstiles are still available on the day.
Supporters who wish to pre-book
should visit the online
ticketing website and follow these instructions
- Select the ‘Match
- Fixtures will be in front of you, click ‘buy’
on the fixture you want to attend
- Select your preferred stand and block from the
drop down list (there is a stadium plan to help)
- Select your ticket(s) (adult, concession etc.)
and select ‘add to cart’
- You can review your tickets in the cart and proceed
- Simply login – or register. You will only
be required to register if you are a first time
- Confirm your billing information and then click
- Once paid through PayPal, your ticket will be
sent via email
- Print off your ticket, or bring it along on your
phone, to the appropriate gate for entry.
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Tuesday’s home game against Kidderminster has been postponed to due water damage to certain parts of the stadium.
An awful day for Chester who have Gary Roberts sent-off and are thrashed 8-1 at Blyth Spartans.
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