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MARCH
28 March 2019
GRAND GOAL SEALS WIN

Simon Grand scored the only goal of the game as Chester won 1-0 at Darlington last night to complete the double over the Quakers. The Blues remain five points off a play-off place in ninth position in the league. The breakthrough came five minutes before the break with Grand heading home from close range following a delightful well-worked free-kick routine. Chester had goalkeeper Grant Shenton to thank for a series of fine saves to preserve the three points and keep the play-off hopes alive.
27 March 2019
STOCKPORT TICKETS

Tickets continue to be on general sale for the home match against Stockport County on Tuesday 9 April, kick-off 19.45hrs. The ticket office is open daily form 10.00-16.00hrs. Season Ticket holders do not need an additional ticket. NO tickets will be sold on the day of the match.
22 March 2019
TRUST UNVEIL SPORTS HUB PLANS

On Wednesday night at an open meeting at the club, The Chester FC Community Trust unveiled plans for a new £1.6m community sports hub to be built in Blacon behind the police station on the site of the King George V playing fields. The facility will also be the home of the Chester FC Academy.

The Trust have been working alongside Cheshire West and Chester Council on the scheme which proposes a full size floodlit 3G pitch, a new clubhouse to include changing rooms and community facilities as well as improving the current grass pitches and existing facilities on site with an additional new car park and improved access. The plans are subject to receiving planning consent.

Funding for the scheme is being met by several sources including the council, national bodies and a further donation of £200,000 from local businessman Stuart Murphy. The remaining £300,000 for the project needs to be raised through fundraising activities and donations.

Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “This is a hugely exciting project and will create an outstanding sports facility in the heart of the Chester community.

“We have worked closely with key stakeholders in developing the scheme and we believe it will have huge benefits for the community and grassroots sport in Cheshire West.

“It has taken a lot of work to get to this point but the really hard work starts now to raise the money needed to make this fantastic facility a reality and we hope the community will get behind our campaign.”

More details and an opportunity to make a donation to the project can be found on the King George V Sports hub website.

19 March 2019
DARLINGTON DATE

Chester’s away league match at Darlington has now been rearranged for Wednesday 27 March, kick-off 19.45hrs.
18 March 2019
OPEN MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY

Supporters and the public are invited to an open meeting this Wednesday night, 20 March, at the Blues Bar where the Chester FC Community Trust will present an update of their plans to develop a new community sports facility in Chester.

Chief executive of the Community Trust Jim Green, said: “It has been a long time coming but we are genuinely excited about these plans and look forward to sharing them with supporters and the wider community. Grassroots sport desperately needs more investment and better facilities, and this project will deliver on both counts. It will be a facility the community can be proud of.”

The meeting will start at 19.30hrs.

16 March 2019
MATCH OFF

Heavy overnight rain has left the pitch at Darlington waterlogged so today’s league match there has had to be postponed. A new midweek date for the fixture will be announced soon.
12 March 2019
BROWN JOINS MARINE

Forward Nathan Brown has left Chester and joined former manager Neil Young at Evo-Stik Premier League Marine. Brown was released recently after mutually agreeing to cancel his contract.

Brown, a product of the Chester Youth Academy, made 3+7 appearances scoring 4 goals and has had loan spells with both Colwyn Bay and Ramsbottom United.

Picture Rick Matthews


10 March 2019
BLUES HELD BY LEAMINGTON

Chester missed the opportunity to close the gap on their play-off rivals when they were pegged back by ten-man Leamington on Saturday. Striker Akwasi Asante made a return to the starting X1 though looked short of match fitness and was replaced midway through the second period.

After an uneventful first half midfielder Ben McKenna opened the scoring for Chester two minutes into the second period following good build up play by Matty Waters and Anthony Dudley. The Brakes were reduced ten men in the 80th minute with Jordan Murphy receiving a second yellow card. Despite this setback the visitors were on level terms three minutes later with Ahmed Obeng shooting past Grant Shenton from the edge of the area.

Chester remain in ninth place and are now five points off the play-off’s. They are next in action on Saturday when they travel to Darlington, kick-off 15.00hrs.

League table after Leamington match

4 March 2019
BURTON SEES RED

Chester were beaten 4-0 at Altrincham on Saturday, conceding all four goals in the second half after captain Scott Burton was sent-off following two yellow cards in the 50th minute.

Altrincham opened the scoring through Joe Piggott 60 seconds later and there was to be only one winner from then on. Two further goals from Josh Hancock and a last minute John Johnston strike completed the scoring. Chester had the better of the possession in the first half though clear-cut chances were few and far between against their play-off rivals.

Joint manager Bernard Morley said: “It took us a while to get into the game but after that we had good chances and were the better side. We got in at half time and it was the perfect game plan but once Scott was sent off it was doom and gloom after that.”

“Altrincham are a very good possession side and it is hard enough against them with 11 men. They will pass it around for 45 minutes, tire you out, suck you in and hit you on the counter like they did.”

“I’ve never known a side who concedes goals they we do – ultimately if that is mine and Johnno’s fault it is what it is but it is something we’ve been working on in training. We never seem to concede those goals in training but on a match day whenever we concede a goal we just seem to crumble and it is something we are trying our best to put right.”


Picture © Rick Matthews

1 March 2019
STOCKPORT MATCH

With Stockport County reaching the semi-final of the FA Trophy, the home league game against them scheduled for Saturday 23 March has now been rearranged for Tuesday 9 April, kick-off 19.45hrs. Note that this match will be ALL TICKET.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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