Chester City have scooped
six awards in the first Non-League Paper National Game
Awards. The full list of awards featured in today’s
16-page pull-out are:
So a tremendous collection of awards,
that also includes goal of the season by ex-City striker
Michael Twiss for the unforgettable winner at Kingfield,
and an award for this website as well – thanks to
all who voted for it.
||Manager of the Year Award [sponsored
by Sportskit Pro Soccer] – Mark Wright (Chester
Player of the Year award [sponsored by Talksport] – Daryl Clare
Conference Player of the Year award – Daryl Clare (Chester
Conference Golden Boot Award [sponsored by KELME] – Daryl Clare
(Chester City) with 29 goals
Conference Team of the Year [sponsored by Carlsberg] – Steve
Perrin, (Forest Green Rovers, Ian Hendon (Barnet, Tony James (Hereford
United), Chris Moore (Gravesend & Northfleet), Danny Collins
(Chester City), Rob Purdie (Hereford United, Jon Challinor (Aldershot
Town), Jamie Tolley (Shrewsbury Town), Alam Miller (Aldershot Town),
Daryl Clare (Chester City), David McNiven (Leigh RMI).
Conference Goal of the Season Award [sponsored by Sky Sports] – Michael
Twiss (Chester City (now Morecambe)), winning goal at Woking
Young Player of the Year – Adam Miller (Aldershot Town)
Ryman Player of the Year – Lee Boylan (Canvey Island)
Dr Martens of the Year – Charlie Macdonald (Crawley Town)
Welsh Premier Player of the Year – Andy Moran (Rhyl)
Fan of the Year [sponsored by William Hill] – Simon Lacey (Aylesbury
Club Website of the Year – www.chester-city.co.uk
Grass Roots Award [sponsored by GLS Football] – Adam Miller
Merit Award [sponsored by GLS Football] – Andy Forbes (Winchester)
Lifetime Achievement Award [sponsored by GLS Football] – Ivor
Powell (Team Bath)
Fair Play Award [sponsored by GLS Football] – Andrew Adie (Barnet)
Most Improved Ground [sponsored by ZAUN] – Rugby United
David Emery – The Non-League Paper Editor in Chief said: “We
have long felt the Non-League game deserves its own awards to honour the
players, officials and fans who help make the national game great. Our
readers have voted in their 1000’s over the last few weeks truly
making these the fan’s awards.”
27 May 2004
to report that Telford United have gone into liquidation
and, as a result, have lost their place in the Nationwide
Conference. The Bucks Head side have been in financial
difficulty ever since former chairman Andy Shaw’s
business collapsed back in March. No buyer came forward
and lst week all players at the club were sacked in a desperate
effort to cut costs. All efforts are being made to ensure
that football continues in Telford and it is hoped to form
a new club (that would presumably start further down the
pyramid) in the coming weeks.
The news comes a week after it was revelaed that fellow Conference side
Margate had been demoted to the Conference South after failing to finish
their new Hartsdown Park ground in time for next season. As a result none
of this season’s bottom three clubs Northwich Victoria, Farnborough
Town and Leigh RMI will be relegated.
Former Macclesfield Town manager
David Moss has been appointed assistant manager at Chester.
Moss has also performed a similar role at Oxford United,
Manchester City, Huddersfield Town and Stockport County
prior to his role at Moss Rose.
26 May 2004
Manager Mark Wright
has taken his summer signings to three with the capture
of goalkeeper Chris MacKenzie from Telford United.
32-year-old Northampton-born MacKenzie began his career in 1993 at local
side Corby Town before moving for £15,000 12 months later to Hereford
United. He made 73+1 appearances at Edgar Street and even scored a goal
with a wind-assisted kick against Barnet in 1995! His time at Hereford
included, in 1994, a loan spell at Rushden & Diamonds. He joined Leyton
Orient in 1998 where he made 35+0 appearances for the Brisbane Road club.
In 1999 he moved to Nuneaton Borough where he clocked up 159+0 appearances
before moving to Telford United last summer where he made 49+0 appearances
for the Bucks Head side.
With the arrival of MacKenzie City have now released Andy Woods. On MacKenzie
chairman Steve Vaughan said: “He will be providing competition for
Wayne Brown for the goalkeeper’s jersey which is good for the club.
The signing was made because Andy Woods was only part-time at Chester and
we needed a full-time keeper”.
24 May 2004
MORE CAPS FOR BEN
Ben Davies picked up his fifth and
sixth caps for Wales in the Four Nations Tournament in the last few days.
Wales beat England 2-0 and Davies captained the side that beat the Republic
of Ireland 4-1 on Saturday, which, combined with the 0-0 draw with Scotland
last week was enough to lift the Four Nations Trophy. With City back in
the Football League next season their players will in future be ineligible
for selection for their national sides at this level.
|19 May: England 2 Republic of Ireland
3, Scotland 0 Wales 0
|20 May: England 0 Wales 2, Scotland
2 Republic of Ireland 0
|22 May: Scotland 1 England 3, Wales
4 Republic of Ireland 1
|Republic of Ireland
list of City’s internationals.
21 May 2004
ON THE BORDERLINE UPDATES
Chas Sumner had updated
the Players Whos-Who 2001/02 details and also now completed
the 2003/04 details. You can download a copy here.
NATIONAL GAME, NON-LEAGUE
Supporters are being asked
to cast their votes in the National Game – Non-League
Paper End of Season Awards.
There are nine categories that can be voted on and they are:
Category One – Player of the Year
You can vote once for as many categories
as you like by simply sending an email to NGA@greenwaysmedia.co.uk stating
the category name and your nomination.
Category Two – Young Player of the Year
Category Three – Manager of the Year
Category Four – Conference Player of the Year
Category Five – Unibond Player of the Year
Category Six – Dr Martens Player of the Year
Category Seven – Ryman Player of the Year
Category Eight – Welsh Premier Player of the Year
Category Nine – Non League Club Website of the Year
20 May 2004
VAUGHAN JNR SIGNS FOR CITY
City have signed the chairman’s
son Stephen Vaughan from Liverpool. Vaughan jnr, aged 19, play’s
at right-back and has been capped at under-15, under-17 and
under-19 level for England. It’s reported that he’d
down offers from KV Mechelen, and Norwegian club, Viking Stavanger
to play for Chester. He’s no stranger to Deva Stadium
having played 33 games for Liverpool Reserves last season.
Meanwhile it appears that City and Scarborough have come to an agreement
over the transfer of Keith Gilroy. Gilroy has only started 11 games in
the last two season and has been dogged with injury so City will be taking
no chances and a stringent medical test will be undertaken before any deal
can be completed.
19 May 2004
LEWER RETURNS TO THE DEVA
Alan Lewer has returned to Deva Stadium
as Reserve Team Manager and Chief Scout. Lewer left Chester
in February 2003 to become assistant manager to Steve Burr
at Nuneaton Borough and was later made manager at Manor Park
but stepped down by mutual agreement in February this year.
CAP FOR DAVIES
Midfielder Ben Davies picked up his
fourth international cap last night as Wales drew 0-0 with
hosts Scotland at Keith Football Club in the opening fixture
of the Four Nations Tournament. In the other match defending
champions England lost 3-2 to the Republic of Ireland.
Lee Elam, on loan at City for the last month of
the season has signed for Conference South side Hornchurch.
18 May 2004
The club have reported that over 200
season tickets have so far been sold for next season, this figure is an
increase on numbers from the corresponding time last year. Existing season
ticket holders have up to and including Monday 31 May 2004 to renew their
current season tickets. Tickets will then go on general sale at the above
price up to and including Wednesday 30 June 2004. Note – The above
discounted prices are equivalent to four league games free of charge. Tickets
can be bought at the club from Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 16:00hrs.
Details of 2004/05 season ticket prices can be found here.
As City look to build their squad for
next season there are conflicting reports regarding Scarborough winger
Keith Gilroy. City thought they had agreed a deal last week only for Seadogs
boss Russell Slade to reject the offer, however Scarobrough chairman Malcolm
Reynolds told the BBC. “They seem to be very keen on taking him and
I'm sure a compromise on monies will be reached.”
EXILES PROMOTION SOCIAL
Exiles promotion social takes place in London on Thursday 20 May.
We have booked the Mezzanine floor level at the Famous Three Kings (F3K)
for an end-of-season Championship Celebration Promotion Social on Thursday
20 May starting from 7.15pm. We hope to have a couple of videos to show
as well, one of which will be ‘In The Net 2 – 40 great goals
from Deva Stadium’ produced about three years ago.
The Famous Three Kings (F3K) will be familiar to many members (with good
cask beer and food), and is situated at 171 North End Road, Fulham, W14
9NL, right next door to West Kensington tube station in west London. All
City fans whether current, lapsed, or prospective Exiles members, are very
welcome to share in the occasion with us.
16 May 2004
SHREWS WIN THROUGH
||Shrewsbury Town will join City in the Third Division
next season after they beat part-time Aldershot Town in today’s
play-off final on penalties 3-0. The Shots took the lead on 35 minutes
through Aaron McLean only for Duane Darby to equalise on the stroke
of half-time. There were no more goals in the second period, or thirty
minutes of extra-time before spot-kick’s decided the tie with
Shrews ‘keeper Scott Howie saving the first three Aldershot
kicks in front of over 19,000 supporters at Stoke City’s Britannia
13 May 2004
BLEASDALE DEPARTS DEVA
City will be interviewing for a new
assistant manager following the departure yesterday of Steve Bleasdale.
Bleasdale, who was previously with manager Mark Wright at Southport and
followed him to Oxford United as assistant manager, joined City in January
2002 in a role of first-team coach before being promoted to assistant manager
six months later.
City chairman Steve Vaughan announced the news saying: “There was
a difference of opinion over policy matters, and as such we considered
that it was prudent that Mr Bleasdale left the club. There was also an
internal incident that occurred, but I am not prepared to discuss that
issue in the public arena. We would like to wish Steve all the best for
the future and thank him for all his efforts whilst he was at the Deva
RESERVES END SEASON WITH A WIN
from Tommy Leonard, Darren Byers and Matty Cook gave City a 3-1 win at
Bradford Park Avenue Reserves in their final Lancashire League Division
One game of the sesaon. The Blues finished the campaign in sixth place,
14 points behind winners Morecambe reserves. The club have confirmed that
they have applied for membership of the Pontins League next season.
“Playing the likes of the reserve sides of Oldham Athletic, Blackpool,
Wigan Athletic and Tranmere Rovers will be far more beneficial to us as a club.
We have enjoyed our time in the Lancashire League and we shall be making a donation
to them as a way of saying thankyou. But we think its time to move on as a club.
We intend to build up the playing strength of our second team, as well as creating
a stronger youth infrastructure. This is naturally the way forward for a club
like Chester City.” said Steve Vaughan.
• Final Lancashire League Table
12 May 2004
Good luck to Shaun Carey, released
in the summer, who has signed a two-year contract at Conference South side
Hornchurch who are managed by ex-Dagenham & Redbridge boss Gary Hill.
11 May 2004
CELEBRATION EVENTS CANCELLED
The football club have announced that
the open-top bus victory parade through the city centre on Friday evening,
and the end of season Presentation Night at the Moat House Hotel have both
The Presentation Night has been shelved due to a lack
of interest (the original plan was for a hefty £100.00 a head Awards
Night and Boxing Show! – before it emerged it clashed with the
Boxer’s holiday plans – and the event was relaunched at £50.00).
Those who have already purchased tickets will receive a refund. The club
statement regarding the cancellation of the victory parade on Friday
is as follows:
“Due to the concerns of the police and the council
(which doesn’t appear to have been a problem for other Champions and
promoted teams in the Football League in any other city) we have been
left with no other choice than to cancel the parade. In addition, the
club only has 3 players available for the Open Top Bus tour of the City
Centre on Friday and the manager has taken a holiday at short notice,
as have his backroom staff. We can only apologise to all the loyal fans
who were going to attend.”
The other City council’s referred to no doubt
are Doncaster, Hull, Norwich and Plymouth who have all proudly staged
victory parades shown on television in the past few days involving street
processions and Town Hall presentations etc, something the loyal Chester
fans, after the grief they’ve put up with over recent years, won’t
now be treated to.
Official supporters association chairman Barry Hipkiss
told the Evening Leader: “We the fans feel we have been badly let
down. It is like dangling a carrot in front of fans then taking it away.
Not having the chance to celebrate the club’s achievement is a huge
The club have fixed up a friendly match
away at Colwyn Bay on Thursday 22 July, kick-off 19:30hrs.
10 May 2004
GREAT TURNOUT FOR WAYNE
terrific crowd of just over 1,600 supporters turned up yesterday for Wayne
Brown’s testimonial game at Deva Stadium. Tha game saw a team of
former players, albeit with an extra man on the pitch!, defeat a current
City squad (including Bob Delgado!) 5-4 – not that the scoreline
mattered at all having some fun and raising money was what it was all about.
Many former players gave up their time to support the
occasion with: Grenville Millington, Gary Bennett, Ross Davidson, Iain
Jenkins, Nick Richardson, Shaun Reid, Nigel Edwards, Joe Hinnigan, Chris
Priest, Kevin Ratcliffe, Neil Fisher, John Murphy and especially Graham
Barrow, whose son played in the match, all receiving a terrific reception
from the fans that filled the main stand and the home terrace.
Wayne himself made an appearance for the last 20 minutes,
swapping shirts at one point with Jamie Heard, to take a free-kick and
score past Joe Hinnigan’s brother Ted! Funniest moment of the day
was probably Ben Davies execuitng a perfect rugby tackle on next years
sponsor (and looking very much like a prop forward!), Stuart Murphy,
who was making a guest appearance. He was promptly booked for getting
his kit dirty. Andy Harris reinacted the tackle on Ben later in the lounge!
Wayne said afterwards: “I’d like to convey
a massive thank you to all those fans who took time to turn up for my
testimonial. I just didn’t know I was that well supported. I enjoyed
scoring my goal, but the actual goal was rubbish – I kicked about
two feet of turf before I kicked the ball, but it was my first goal!
I’ll take a lot of memories away from the day, but walking onto
the pitch with my daughter was lovely – that was the best thing,
with everyone giving us a standing ovation. My mum and dad were also
at the game, as well as all my mates from Southampton, and everybody
who means a lot to me.”
Congratulations to Wayne’s testimonial committee
for organising the event, and to those who gave up their time without
charge to help out, a lot of hard work was put in to make the event the
success it was.
The Exiles were delighted to present Wayne Brown an
engraved clock to mark his testimonial. The clock inscribed ‘TO
WAYNE BROWN, FOR GREAT SAVES AND TRUE LOYALTY, CHESTER CITY EXILES, MAY
2004’ was presented to Wayne at half-time.
from the day | Top
20 goalkeeper’s appearances | Goalkeeper’s
Clean Sheet records
Pauline Meakins presents Wayne with his clock
on behalf of the Exiles, with Sue Choularton and Robert Evans.
RESERVES IN ACTION
City end their home reserve matches
tonight at Deva Stadium with the visit of eigth placed Burscough Reserves,
kick-off is 19:30. Meanwhile the club have hinted that the Reserve side
may step up from the Lancashire League to the Pontins League next season.
7 May 2004
WRIGHT EYES MORE PLAYERS
Following the signing last week of Stewart Drummond
from Morecambe, City manager Mark Wright has two more names on his shopping
list. Irish midfielder Keith Gilroy currently at Scarborough is attracting
interest and it’s believed the club are prepared to offer a five
figure sum for the 20-year-old. Gilroy began his career as a trainee at
Middlesbrough before moving to the Seadogs in March 2003 where he made
11+6 appearances last season scoring 4 goals.
Wright is also believed to be interested in experienced defender Scott
Green. Green (34), currently at Telford United, began his career at Derby
County in 1988 before moving to Bolton Wanderers in 1990 where he made
221+65 appearances scoring 31 goals. He moved to Wigan Athletic for £300,000
in 1997 where he made a further 223+24 appearances scoring 11 goals. In
2003 he moved to Wrexham and played 12+3 times for the Dragons scoring
3 goals in the process before moving to Telford United in June 2003 where
he appeared 20+4 times scoring 4 goals.
6 May 2004
City have already arranged three home
pre-season friendly matches against Walsall, Cardiff City and Queen of
the South, details here.
BUS TOUR DETAILS
Details have been announced for the
open-top bus parade that will take place at on Friday 14 May at 18:00hrs.
The 15 minute victory procession will begin in Bridge Street, then the
bus will move up to The Cross, turn up Northgate Street, turn right past
the Cathedral down along St Werburgh Street, turn left under the Eastgate
Clock and into Foregate Street, where the official celebration will end.
Unfortunately the police have ruled-out a presentation on the Town Hall
steps for safety reasons (unlike the famous occasion back in 1975). The
team will however have a private reception at the Town Hall later in the
SATURDAY NIGHT TESTIMONIAL PARTY
Chester City fans are welcome to The Peacock in
Christleton Road, Chester, on Saturday night when Wayne Brown’s Testimonial
year will be launched with a party.
5 May 2004
WAYNE BROWN TESTIMONIAL
note that for Sunday’ s game gates will open at 12:30hrs with
the game kicking-off at 14:00 hrs. Bars open 11.30.
Admission prices are £7.00 for adults and £3.00
for concessions. Please note that the Main Stand and North Terrace will
be open. Admission to the car park is free though space may be limited.
There will be face painting and a bouncy castle. There will be cheer
leaders at the game and a special prize at half-time so why not get along
and support Wayne and take another look at, and have your picture taken
with, the Conference Trophy.
There has been a terrific response from ex-City players
wishing to take part in the testimonial. The game is between a current
City X1 and a team comprising former players. So far the following players
have confirmed they will be there on the day:
Graham Barrow, John Barnes, Gary Bennett, Brian Croft,
Ross Davidson, Bob Delgado, Nigel Edwards, Neil Fisher, David Flitcroft,
Joe Hinnigan, Peter Jackson, Iain Jenkins, Grenville Millington, Roger
Preece, Chris Priest, Kevin Ratcliffe, Cyrille Regis, Stuart Rimmer,
Shaun Reid, Billy Stewart and Steve Vaughan.
“I just want everyone to enjoy the occasion.
We’ll have raffles, have your picture taken with the Championship
Trophy, face painting, you name it.” said Wayne.
The game is the first of a number of events that will
be held to mark Wayne’s testimonial year.
The club are producing a limited
edition special 16 page Wayne Brown testimonial programme for Sunday
afternoon. This has a print run of just 500. They’ll be priced
at £1.50 and include a special championship tribute.
So far included in the brochure, produced by
Rob Ashcroft and Chas Sumner, will be:
• Wayne’s view of the current squad (in detail!)
• Championship tribute and reaction, including
photographs from Fraser Bird
• Memories from Wayne’s past at Bristol
• All Wayne Browns statistics
20 Chester ‘keepers
10 games without
conceding a goal
3 May 2004
CITY SIGN DRUMMOND
Chester have started building for third
division life next season by signing highly-rated midfielder Stewart Drummond
from Morecambe on a two year deal. Manager Mark Wright has shown an interest
in the 28-year-old Preston born midfielder for months now and has previously
had three offers for the player rejected. Drummond, has scored 33 goals
in 205+0 matches for the Lancashire club having joined them as a youth
player in 1994. City midfielder Michael Twiss has joined Morecambe on a
three year deal and Morecambe have also signed ex-City player Jimmy Kelly
Mark Wright told the Daily Post: “It’s an exciting signing
for us, Stewart is an inspirational midfield player, who will give us an
extra dimension in that department. He is a leader, who can dictate play
and also chip in with his fair share of goals as well. I am pleased that
after a long period of chasing his signature, we have eventually got our
man. He will be a revelation in Division Three.”
Aldershot Town will play Shrewsbury
Town in this season’s Conference Play-Off final on Sunday 16 May.
Both teams won through on a penalty shoot-out today. The Shots beat Hereford
United, (despite finishing 21 points behind them at the end of the season),
4-2 after their second-leg had ended 0-0. Shrewsbury Town overcame Barnet
5-3 on spot-kick’s after winning the second-leg game 1-0 (with another
penalty) to level the tie.
2 May 2004
END OF SEASON PRESENTATION
There has been a change to the end
of season presentation night. The boxing match originally advertised at £100.00
a head event has been dropped and the evening is now priced at £50.00
a head. The event takes place at the Chester Moat House Hotel on Friday
21 May starting at 19:30hrs and will include a three course meal, comedian,
plus the Player-of-the-Season presentations as well as the appearance of
the Conference trophy.