City have just three fixtures left
now against Carlisle United (A), Stockport County (H)
and Burnley (A). Meanwhile current Pontins leaders Manchester
United will be pulling their young team out of the league
in the summer after just one season as they look for a
more competitive alternative.
The reserve lost 1-0 in a Pontins
Holiday League fixture at Moss Rose against Macclesfield
Town this afternoon. The Blues starting X1 was: Brookfield,
Regan, Hessey, Ventre, Walsh, M.Brown, Vaughan, O’Neil,
Booth, Rapley, Sestanovich.
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THEN DOWN ONE!
Notts County’s surprise 3-1 at Yeovil Town tonight
them above City who now drop to 20th in League Two.
League Two table
CITY MOVE UP TWO
goals from Ryan Lowe on his home debut brought three move vital points to lift
them to 19th in League Two after City had come
from behind to beat Bury 2-1.
jeered off at half-time after failing to register a single shot in the opening
45 minutes with The Shakers being gifted their lead through Colin Kazim-Richards
following a miscued
After the break Lowe scored with
a swerving shot, City’s first of the match, from
the edge of the box to level matters on 59 minutes,
then found himself six yards out with just the keeper
to beat, which he coolly did, after an Andy Nicholas
throw had evaded the Bury defence at the near post.
At this stage of the season it’s
results that count of course and the win lifts the Blues
above Shrewsbury Town and
Notts County. They will slip a place however
should Notts County win at Yeovil Town tonight.
Kidderminster Harriers’ 2-0 win at Darlington
yesterday closes the gap on Chester now to just six points.
Kidderminster Harriers: Mansfield Town (H), Wycombe
Wanderers (A), Bury (H)
Rushden & Diamonds:
Grimsby Town (A), Yeovil Town (H), Bristol Rovers (A)
Chester City: Bury (H), Darlington (A), Boston United (H)
Shrewsbury Town: Northampton Town (A), Oxford United (H), Cheltenham Town (A)
YOUTH TEAM LOSE
The youth team lost 2-1 at home
to Hull City on Saturday morning in their
Merit League Northern Section
Division Two match. Shaun Whalley scored the goal for
BATTLING CITY MAKE THEIR POINT
City moved a point nearer their safety target
following last night’s 0-0 draw at Mansfield Town in front of 314
travelling City fans. The Blues had chances to win as the game entered
the latter stages,
Robbie Foy and debut player Ryan Lowe having good opportunities to take
all three points. With Shrewsbury picking up a point at home to bottom
Cambridge United, City remain in 21st place in League Two on 42 points.
Manager Ian Rush said: “The
most important thing is we kept a clean sheet, and
got to grips with their 4-5-1 system, which we sorted
out at half-time, I thought we looked organised.
Mansfield has a lot of possession, they couldn’t
do anything with it. In the second-half, if there was
to be a winner, it was us and we had two good chances.
The team worked their socks off and you can’t
ask for anything else.
Ryan Lowe had an excellent debut
us. He gave us something different and was very unlucky
not to score.”
Other League Two results yesterday were:
Bury 3 Grimsby Town 1
Leyton Orient 2 Cheltenham Town 3
Rushden & Diamonds 1 Lincoln City 4
Scunthorpe United 1 Oxford United 1
Shrewsbury Town 0 Cambridge United 0
Southend United 3 Rochdale 0
Swansea City 2 Macclesfield Town 0
Wycombe Wanderers 0 Northampton Town 1
are next in action on Monday afternoon when they
Shakers manager Graham
Barrow and their physio Joe Hinnigan (left) need
both were good servants to Chester City
and they will be guaranteed a great welcome
Blues fans at Deva Stadium.
Bury moved up to 17th
following their victory yesterday.
CITY IN ACTION TONIGHT
Blues travel to play Mansfield Town at Field Mill tonight, kick-off 19:45hrs.
The Stags currently lie 16th in League
Two, eight points above City.
Since beating Swansea City in early February,
against Cheltenham Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Shrewsbury Town and Oxford United. While
City have won just once on their travels in that period, a rather fortunate
success at Kidderminster Harriers.
The clubs last met in early August
when three second half goals gave Mansfield a 3-0 victory
at Deva Stadium. The last visit by City to Field Mill
on Boxing Day 1999 resulted in a 2-1 defeat with Matt
on the mark for the Blues that afternoon.
Manager Ian Rush will
have skipper Paul Carden available following suspension
and new signing Ryan Lowe is expected to go straight
into tonight’s squad.
• The last time we met
City fan Tony Arnold has set up
a website in support of the Chester City Drummers. They
require new drums and all supporters or otherwise who
wish to contribute may do so and their names will be
recorded on the site. For more information, and to pledge
some money, please go to www.chesterdrummers.co.uk.
Over £300 has already been pledged in two weeks.
RESERVES COMPLETE HAT-TRICK
Four goals from Robbie Booth,
and another from Danny Ventre, gave City’s reserves
a resounding 5-1 victory over neighbours Wrexham in
Pontins Holiday League match at Newi Cefn Druids ground
last night. The reserves have beaten their opponents
all three occasions they have met this season.
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22 March 2005
LOWE SIGNS FOR CITY
just two days to go before the transfer deadline, City
have signed 26-year-old Shrewsbury Town winger Ryan Lowe
on a two year deal. They have previously had two offers
turned down by the Gay Meadow club.
Chairman Steve Vaughan told the SKY Sports website: “He
plays in a position we have been looking for, that
winger-cum-striker. He has a proven goalscoring pedigree
and we are delighted to have got him.” Liverpool-born
Lowe began his career at Burscough before moving
Town in the summer of 2000. He has since made 118+76
appearances scoring 37 goals for the Shropshire
Meanwhile reserve player Ian Latham has joined Witton
21 March 2005
SECOND CHANCE TO JOIN BRICK SCHEME
Supporters have a second chance
to help raise money for the club through the Buy A Brick
scheme. This means that individuals or companies can buy
a brick for £25.00 that is then displayed with your
name and included on our wall of fame at the stadium.
Details are available from the club.
first set of bricks.
VITAL WIN FOR CITY
second half goals from Michael Branch (left) helped
City to a much needed three points against Notts County at Deva Stadium.
had fallen behind midway through the first half with Glynn Hurst netting
for the Magpies, but midfielder Stewart Drummond scored on 28 minutes to
took full advantage of fine work by Ben Davies to strike with goals
on 58 and 77 minutes before substitute Ruben Zadkovich pulled a goal back
After the match manager Ian Rush
felt the lads were absolutely superb. We’re still
not out of trouble and
we have got to keep battling. It’s the first
time since I came here that I felt the supporters really
the team and that makes a massive difference to them.
I think that spurred the players on.”
City remain in 21st position but
have gained two more points over Kidderminster Harriers
and Rushden & Diamonds
who fought out a 0-0 draw, and caught
Shrewsbury Town who lost. Bottom side Cambridge United
while Bury produced the shock of the day winning 1-0
the double over the Somerset side.
Other League Two results on Saturday
Bristol Rovers 4 Mansfield Town 4
League Two table
Cambridge United 2 Wycombe Wanderers 1
Cheltenham Town 0 Southend United 3
Grimsby Town 0 Darlington 1
Kidderminster Harriers 0 Rushden & Diamonds 0
Lincoln City 2 Shrewsbury Town 0
Macclesfield Town 3 Leyton Orient 1
Northampton Town 2 Swansea City 2
Oxford United 2 Boston United 0
Rochdale 0 Scunthorpe United 0
Yeovil Town 0 Bury 1
YOUTH TEAM SHOW THE WAY
Earlier on Saturday, goals from
Matty Cook and Michael Walsh gave City’s youth team a
2-0 win at Bury in their Merit League Northern
Division Two match.
BACK THE TEAM
again City will be without influential skipper Paul Carden (left) for
six-pointer home game against fellow strugglers Notts County.
Carden sits out the final game of a two match suspension. New
signing wing-back Carl Regan, and loan defender Andy Nicholas, are both expected
to be in the squad for tomorrow’s game.
Like City, County have struggled
this season and
find themselves 18th, three places and five points
above the Blues and come to the Deva on the back
of a heavy 4-0 defeat at Boston United on Tuesday
and a 3-1 home defeat by Kidderminster Harriers
Manager Ian Rush has called
for everyone to be united tomorrow as City look for
three vital points. “We must go into the game
positively and that means the management, players and
the supporters. There is too much negativity at the
moment. This is like a cup final for us. We’ve
got three huge home games coming up against Notts County,
Bury, and Boston United. We need a minimum of six points
from those three games in order to claw our way to safety.
It’s so important for our fans to get behind
the players tomorrow in the first of those fixtures.”
Richard Lynes, the Supporters
Trust representative on the board, has also asked
for fans to back the team. He told the Chronicle “I
feel very strongly that now is the time for the Trust
call on all Chester City fans far and wide to come
to the Saunders Honda Stadium on Saturday and for
the remainder of the season and make your support
count, regardless of whether you approve or disapprove
of the management team and our style of play at times.
We have nine games to go and,
more than anything, the players need to know that like
at so many other grounds in the country, they can count
on us to make the difference and truly get behind them.
The sides below us are picking up points and, disturbingly,
we are not.”
The sides last met of course on the opening day of
the season as City kicked-off their return to League
The Blues then fought out a 1-1 draw in stifling conditions
at Meadow Lane with Kevin Rapley scoring from close
range after Daryl Clare had seen a penalty saved three
minutes from time.
Striker Cortez Belle has joined Newport
County on loan for a month.
last time we met
17 March 2005
FOY DEAL EXTENDED
have been boosted with the news that Liverpool have agreed
to allow striker Robbie Foy to extend his laon spell at
Deva Stadium for another month. Foy’s initial loan
ended after Saturday’s home game with Notts County
but the extension will take him to virtually the end of
The Scottish under-21 forward has played five games for
City and has linked up well with Michael Branch on the
last two outings. Meanwhile midfielder Andy Harris has
been allowed to extend his loan by another month with
Nationwide Conference side Forest Green Rovers.
DISCOUNTED DARLINGTON TICKETS
Darlington are one of a few clubs
who are offering a pre-purchased ticket at a discounted
price initiative this season (Oxford United run a similar
offer). The discount only applies
to full adult prices.
For the forthcoming League Two game against Chester at
The Williamson Motors
Stadium on Saturday 2 April, tickets are now available
from Deva Stadium at: £13.00 adult (£15.00 at the gate),
the concession and disabled price of £7.00 remains
the same as matchday prices.
CITY LOOK TO BOLSTER SQUAD
players will be joining City for training for a couple of days as the Blues
their squad for the end of season run-in. The
management team of Ian Rush and Mark Aizlewood wil be running their eye over
as they train with the rest of the squad. Rush has known Regan since he was
a striker coach at Barnsley.
Nicholas, 21, began his career
as a trainee at Liverpool in 2002 and joined the the
side a year later. He
made 40+11 appearances for the Robins. Regan began
his career at Everton before moving to Barnsley and
Hull City, he made four appearances for Chester on
loan and featured in the high scoring games against
Tamworth and Leigh RMI in December 2003. He joined
Droylsden in March 2004.
Chairman Steve Vaughan told
the Daily Post: “We
need to liven things up in our playing squad and these
bring with them experience that will hopefully pep up
the existing squad. They both bring Football League experience
with them, which will be of great benefit to us. The
transfer deadline falls in 10 days’ time, so it
could well be that this pair
aren’t the last of our signings this year.”
ALARM BELLS RINGING FOR CITY
management duo of Ian Rush and Mark Aizlewood will be feeling the pressure
Saturday leaves the Blues just six points from a relegation place as once again
other sides at the foot of League Two, Cambridge United, Rushden & Diamonds
and Kidderminster Harriers
points to close the gap on Chester.
The free match offer from Wycombe
attracted a crowd over 8,000 to Causeway Stadium
and the 430 City faithful among it were in
good voice as Michael Branch gave the yellows the
lead on 26 minutes. City missed a couple of chances
to double their advantage before Nathan Tyson equalised
for the home side just before the break.
The woodwork came to
City’s rescue on no less than three occasions
before three goals in eight second-half minutes
swept City away. The vast
of the Blues fans were heading home as Branch added
his second from the penalty spot at the death.
Rush said after the game: “For
ten minutes of the game we were like schoolboys. When
like that you will never win games.”
Michael Brown and Ashley Sestanovich have recovered
from illness and are expected to be in Ian Rush’s
squad as City take on Wycombe Wanderers at Causeway
Stadium tomorrow, however midfielder Paul Carden
the match through suspension.
side currently lie two points from a play-off place
in ninth position though their home for of late has
seen them win only one of their last seven home. However,
in an effort to encourage new support, and pack the
ground, admission to tomorrow’s
match is by free ticket and the home side should
the backing of a 9,000+ crowd. Turnstiles open at 13:00hrs.
City will be hoping to build on their
performance against Southend last Saturday. Robbie Foy
was partnered for the first time with Michael Branch
and the pair were a constant threat throughout the match
as City twice took the lead only to be pegged back before
settling for a draw against the LDV finalists.
Michael Walsh, who scored City’s
opening goal on Saturday has, along with promising midfielder
Robbie Booth, accepted full-time professional contracts
at the club.
Chairman Steve Vaughan has confirmed
that Chester have shown an interest in the availability
of experienced ex-Tranmere midfielder Andy Parkinson.
Parkinson is currently on the books at Grimsby Town though
his contract is believed to be up at the end of the season.
The Blues are also discussing the possibility of extending
the Robbie Foy loan from Liverpool until the end of the
WIN FOR EXILES
The Exiles darts team picked up
their second victory of the season last night with a 6-5
home victory over Southampton. Read Steve Catherall’s
match report here
10 March 2005
FULL HOUSE EXPECTED
Wanderers have announced that their entire home allocation
of free tickets have been taken up for Saturday’s
match against City. A near capacity 10,000 crowd is anticipated.
Tickets are still available
from the Deva club office 10:00-16:00hrs today and 10:00-14:00hrs
9 March 2005
The reserves drew 0-0 at home
to Shrewsbury Town this afternoon in their Pontins Holiday
League match at Deva Stadium and remain in eighth place.
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Captain Paul Carden has received a two match ban after
picking up his tenth caution of the season against Southend United. Carden
will miss Saturday’s
match at Wycombe Wanderers and the home game with Notts County seven days later.
Free tickets for Saturday’s match at Wycombe Wanderers
are available from the club office this week from 10:00-16:00hrs Tuesday-Thursday
BLUES RUE MISSED CHANCES
put their off-field problems behind them on Saturday
with a spirited 2-2 draw at home to promotion chasing
Southend United, and with a bit more composure in
of goal, would have claimed all three points. Twice
City took the lead only for the Essex side to equalise
to deny the Blues a much needed victory. Michael Walsh
scored his first senior goal for the club after nine
Gower to curl in a free-kick to level matters at the
City started the second period on fire and Ben Davies
slid home a Michael Branch cross soon after to restore
the lead. The Blues them missed several chances to
extend their lead and were pegged back five minutes
with a deflected goal from Freddy Eastwood.
Ian Rush told Football First after the
the week that we’ve had, the players have put
in most probably our best home performance of the season
and you can’t ask for any more that that.
In football things happen and you have disagreements
with the chairman, I think most chairmen are the
same, but I’ve had a meeting with him and we’ve
agreed to disagree on things and take the club on from
there. I will carry on as Chester manager and I have
a two-and-a-half year contract that I intend to fulfil.
I think our chairman sometimes says things in the heat
of the moment. It’s a learning curve and I’m
grateful to the chairman for giving me my first chance
to go into management. I’m still learning
and we all make mistakes, the players do out there,
we all just have to get on with it together.”
6 March 2005
DEFEAT FOR YOUTH TEAM
The youth team lost 4-1 at Rotherham
United on Saturday in the Merit League Northern Section
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IAN RUSH STATEMENT
view of developments in the last day or so regarding
his position at Deva
Stadium, City manager Ian Rush has issued the following
statement today through
“I have read with
interest the comments in today’s media.
I am not sure if the quotes
attributed to executives
at this Club are accurate or whether they have been
misreported. All I can say is that what I have read
has been highly inaccurate and it appears somebody
is trying to make me out to be holding the club to
ransom in some way. Until I am told otherwise, I
am the manager of Chester City Football Club and
I am preparing the team for the game on Saturday
against Southend. I will continue with my duties to
of my ability.
I ask the supporters not to
believe what they have read in the papers and to
come to the game on Saturday
and get 100 per cent behind the team.”
The club have terminated the contract
of technical co-ordinator David Bell.
RUSH AND AIZLEWOOD REFUSE TERMS
manager Ian Rush and coach Mark Aizlewood are reported to have
rejected a severance settlement to leave the club from chairman Steve Vaughan.
The Blues, currently 21st in League Two, have had a disappointing series of
weeks failing to score in eight of the last ten games.
Vaughan said: “I
offered Ian Rush and Mark Aizlewood a financial settlement so they could
resign from the club with dignity and we would agree
a joint press statement regarding
their departure. Mark Aizlewood verbally agreed to this course of action.
However, after they discussed the offer with their
solicitor, who also acts as their
agent, they decided to withdraw the verbal agreement, which was disappointing.
affair isn’t included by the weekend, then as employees of the club
they (Rush and Aizlewood) may well still be in charge
of team affairs for the home game
Both Rush and Aizlewood were at
the club today carrying on the team preparation for Saturday’s
visit from promotion
chasing Southend United. Darren Edmondson, Michael Brown,
Ashley Sestanovich, and Chris MacKenzie are struggling
illness and are
for the match while Phil Bolland and Michael Branch both
have a chance of returning from injury to the squad.
RUSH POSITION IN DOUBT
Speculation is rife as regarding Ian Rush’s position
manager at Chester City. Both he and his assistant Mark Aizlewwood are reported
to have held discussions with chairman Steve Vaughan last night and again this
morning following the recent slump in form that has seen City drop to 21st position,
ten points clear of a relegation place.
The reserves lost 2-0 in their
Pontins Holiday League match at Blackpool this afternoon.
WYCOMBE TICKETS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK
for the forthcoming away League Two match at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday
12 March are available from the club office
later this week. According to the official website the free
are available from 10:00-16:00hrs on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as
well as after Saturday’s
home game with Southend United. There is no mention yet as to whether
there is a restriction
as many of
of the future get down to the Causeway Stadium and hopefully pack the place
out and enjoy the experience enough to want to go back for more. The free match
to great success by Brentford.
ELOKOBI RETURNS TO U’S
George Elokobi has returned to
Colchester United following his one month loan at Deva
Stadium. The Blues had wanted to extend the deal another
month but the young defender is needed by the Essex
due to a Layer Road injury crisis. Elokobi, sent-off
at Shrewsbury on Saturday, made 4+1 appearances for City
Striker Kevin Rapley has returned
form his month long loan at Forest Green Rovers. The
striker failed to find the net in his 5+0 appearances
for the Nationwide Conference side.