|30 November 2001
Chris O’Brien (left) has flu and along with
Carl Ruffer (knee) and Mick O’Brien (sciatica)
are all rated as doubtful for tomorrow’s match
at Woking. City will welcome back Mark Beesley and
Chris Blackburn from suspension though, and give
a second debut to midfielder Paul Carden after he
re-signed for City this week.
The players will be looking for nothing less than
three points tomorrow after being told in no uncertain
terms earlier in the week by chairman Vaughan that
an improvement on recent form is essential if they
are to be kept at the club.
NO WOKING COACH
There will be no supporters
coach to Woking tomorrow due to a lack of demand. Only
15 supporters had shown an interest in travelling, too
few to make the trip worthwhile.
29 November 2001
SUPPORTERS TRUST MEETING
The Chester City Supporters Trust hold
a meeting at the Deva Stadium tonight starting at 19:30hrs. City
chairman Steve Vaughan will be in attendance. The three main items
on the agenda are:
1. To hear about the exciting plans the new owners
have to develop the club
Although this is a members meeting, non-members
may attend. More information will be found on the Supporters Trust website.
2. To discuss the offer of shares in the club
3. Explain the Trust Loan Fund
27 November 2001
VAUGHAN PROMISES CHANGES
Chairman Steve Vaughan has
promised changes following City’s defeat at Dover
on Saturday. The Blues slipped into the bottom two after
being beaten 1-0 at the Crabble Ground and Vaughan said:
The supporters and me are expecting better from
professional players, and I'm sick of hearing about how
unfortunate we've been when the truth is that we've been
rolled over. The players have had opportunities to prove
themselves we had good results at Yeovil, and Morecambe,
but then we get rolled over by Dover. I've got all the
debts from the club's previous owners and I've got to
We’re stuck with contracted players and debts. We’ve
got to try and get this club up the table. The teams preparation
is perfect, but the results are not acceptable. I don't
care who I upset, I’m looking towards the future
I’ve never known a side to play well one
day and do bad on another day. They may be a Jekyl and
Hyde side. but I can be a Jekyl and Hyde chairman, and
I’ll turn on them if they don't perform.
Vaughan held a meeting yesterday of all the first team
players and reserves yesterday and stated that some players
will be put up for sale and others will be sent out on
23 November 2001
City may be without several key players
for tomorrow's six-pointer at Dover Athletic. Mark Beesley and Chris
Blackburn both serve match suspensions, while Jimmy Haarhoff, Mick
O'Brien, and Michael Rose are all doubtful through injury.
On the plus side, striker Gary Williams who impressed
against Rushden is set to make his Conference debut, as is Alex
Higgins. Higgins, who plays on the left side of midfield, has played
for Sheffield Wednesday and QPR and the club were hoping he'd sign
on a non-contract basis today. City are also hoping to have Paul
Carden in the line-up tomorrow. The club faxed an offer to Doncaster
Rovers on Wednesday night and were confident it would be accepted.
Dover, under caretaker-manager Clive Walker,
aren't without their own problems and also have players
missing. Defeat for City tomorrow will send them below
Athletic and into the bottom three of the table.
Former Tranmere Rovers chairman Fred
Williams has become a director of Chester City. A Tranmere fan since
he was a boy, Williams, ran four companies in the construction and
heating and ventilation business before his retirement. Williams
was chairman at Prenton Park for 12 months after being a board member
for 20 years.
22 November 2001
The next ISA members meeting will be this
Monday 26 November at The Royal Mail Club, Station Road, Chester,
starting at 19:30hrs. The guest speaker is City manager Steve Mungall.
FANS UNITED 4
Wimbledon Independent Supporters’
Association have organised a Fans’ United Day on
Sunday 16th December at their ‘home’ match
v. Nottingham Forest. This match was specifically chosen
because, with it being on a Sunday, most other teams will
not be playing and there will therefore be a chance for
more fans of other teams to attend. The aim of the event
is to highlight the value of supporters to football clubs
and the link between a football club and its local community
and, more specifically, to protest against franchising
in football, the MK issue and to push for a return for
Wimbledon FC to its rightful home in Merton.
The match is not all-ticket though seats are limited.
Anyone interested in helping out should contact Richard
McGregor (WISA Committee member).
20 November 2001
LADIES WIN AGAIN
A hat-trick by Cally Reid gave
Chester City Ladies a 3-0 victory at Macclesfield Town
on Sunday in the Cheshire Cup, they now meet Witton Albion
at home on 16 December in the quarter final of the competition.
The team are holding a party with disco and buffet on
Friday 30 November at the Deva Stadium social club (fancy
dress optional!). The fun starts at 20:00hrs and tickets
which are just £3 are available from Mickey Clifford,
George Rogers or Kevin Grainger.
Chester have brought forward their home Conference
match with Morecambe from mid February to Saturday 8 December, kick-off
15:00hrs. City were without a match that day (FA Cup second round) and
Morecambe's scheduled Conference opponents Dagenham & Redbridge are
still involved in the Cup competition.
17 November 2001
CARDEN TO RETURN?
are showing interest in signing former player Paul Carden
back from Doncaster Rovers. The midfielder moved to Belle
Vue in the summer for £3,000 but has been out of
the side recently and the Yorkshire club are looking to
recover their fee for him.
said I’d definitely fancy coming back to
Chester. All I know is what I’ve read in the papers.
Gareth Owen said it was in the Evening Leader last week
and I asked my boss if it was true. Obviously I'm pleased
that Chester are showing an interest, I've got a lot
of time for Chester and I enjoyed my time there.
I’d like to go back to Chester City and try
and turn round hat happened at the club last season. No
club has a divine right to be in the Football League,
but of all the clubs in the Conference, Chester should
be back in the league. I always look for Chester’s
results and I still talk to Mark Beesley, Carl Ruffer
and Chris Malkin. They’ve told me things are really
looking up at Chester, and they all speak highly of Steve
Mungall as a coach and a person.
CITY REJECT BID
Chester have turned down a bid of £50,000
from Rushden & Diamonds for striker Mark Beesley.
14 November 2001
CITY LOSE ON PENALTIES
City missed out on the J.C.Thompson
Championship Shield last night losing 4-3 on penalties
at Rushden & Diamonds after the game had finished
2-2 after 90 minutes and extra-time. Chester gave a debut
to on-loan Accrington Stanley striker Gary Williams who
showed great pace and scored a wonderful goal to give
City the lead. Mark Beesley also scored a superb goal
following a smart three man move but City's sloppiness
in defence twice gifted the home side equalisers. Chester
almost snatched a last gasp winner but Dean Spink was
unable to stretch out a leg to divert Mark Beesley's teasing
cross in the 85th minute.
City boss Steve Mungall said following the defeat: We
gave a great showing and I thought the lads played some
good stuff creating a number of good chances. It wasn't
a backs to the wall performance like at Yeovil the other
week, and we more than matched them. On debutant
Gary Williams Mungall said: He's got good feet good
ability and pace and adds to our options. He did tire
as the game went on and that is why we had to bring him
off. We could well look at extending his loan period beyond
LADIES THROUGH TO THIRD ROUND
Two goals by Helen Cann and another
by Leigh Broadbent brought City a thrilling 3-2 win at
Middlesbrough on Sunday in the second round of the Womens
FA Cup. The tie was decided in extra-time after the match
had finished 2-2 after 90 minutes. City's reward is a
home tie with Newcastle United in the third round on Sunday
9 December. The team and their management would like to
thank the dozen City fans who made the long trip to Teesside
to cheer on the girls, it was really appreciated.
12 November 2001
SHARES FOR THE FANS
The following statement was issued by the Chester
City Supporters Trust on Saturday and outlines the news that chairman Steve
Vaughan has agreed to sell 7% of his shares to City fans who are members
of the Chester City Supporters Trust.
SUPPORTERS� SHAREHOLDING IN THE CLUB
The Chester City Supporters Trust, an Industrial and Provident Society,
was formed in November 2000 to provide a legal framework to enable supporters
to own shares in the club and to have a supporter director on the Board.
Since Stephen Vaughan took over at the club, he has
gone out of his way to work positively and co-operatively with the Trust,
so much so that we are now pleased to report that the club has agreed
to sell shares to fans through the medium of the Trust.
Those wishing to join in with this share purchase must
be members of the Trust. If you have not already done so, therefore,
now is the time to join the Trust and help create a solid foundation
for the future of Chester City FC. Application Forms to join the Trust
can be obtained on the internet at www.SupportChester.co.uk or
by post to Chester City Supporters Trust, PO Box. 3170, Chester, CH4
The Board of Chester City Supporters Trust
Chester travel to Rushden & Diamonds tomorrow
for the CIS Cup match, the non-league equivalent of the Charity Shield.
Jimmy Haarhoff must be doubtful for the Blues following his injury against
Forest Green Rovers, but Steve Halford and Dean Spink will be available
after serving their suspensions. The game kick's-off at 19:45hrs and extra
time and penalties will decide the tie should they be necessary. City are
expecting to field 24-year-old striker Gary Williams who has joined on
a month's loan from Accrington Stanley. A fee will be involved should manager
Steve Mungall want to sign the player.
Following the purchase of 21% of
Steve Vaughan's shareholding at the club Sheelagh Horne,
Michael Horne and Alan Case have joined the board of directors.
As a result, Case has resigned from the ISA committee
who have issued the following statement: Alan Case
tendered his resignation from the ISA Committee co-incident
with his appointment to the Board of Directors of Chester
City FC. We would like to thank him for his efforts over
the last three years and send him, and Sheelagh and Michael
Horne, our best wishes as local and committed City supporters
in their new capacity as Directors and investors in Chester
9 November 2001
CITY LOOK TO CONTINUE RUN
Chester entertain Forest Green
Rovers at Deva Stadium tomorrow (15:00hrs) looking to
build on a run that has seen them take 10 from the last
12 Conference points available. Jimmy Haarhoff and Mark
Beesley will lead the strike force and Mike O'Brien is
expected to return in midfield following a back injury
which kept him out of Tuesday's Cheshire Cup match, as
is defender Chris O'Brien. Scott Ruscoe will also feature
but may have to be content with another place on the bench.
Steve Halford and Dean Spink are unavailable through suspension.
Manager Steve Mungall said: �I�m naming a squad of 16
players for Saturday�s match, but I�m still unsure about
a few positions. I�m not sure whether to put Scott Ruscoe
in my starting line-up, and whether to name Chris Malkin
as a substitute. Paul Berry will definitely play no part
because he�s suffering from a virus.�
City fans who want to travel
on the supporters coach to see the Blues at The Crabble
on 24 November should contact either Barrie Hipkiss or
Richard Prince at tomorrow's match to book a place. Alternatively
please phone Barrie on (01244) 379011 between 18:00-20:00hrs
only. The coach leaves at 07:45hrs and seats cost £15.
8 November 2001
Around 100 City fans attended
last night's Fans Forum at Deva Stadium. Questions were
answered by Steve Vaughan, his brother and business partner
Roy, John Radege (Chief Exec), Jim Jones (Commercial Manager),
Richard Lavender (Marketing Executive) and Steve Mungall.
You can read Les Smith's account of the meeting here.
It was promised that another forum would be held in a
month's time when the full financial appraisal of the
Club should be available.
7 November 2001
CITY OUT OF CUP
Chester lost 2-1 at home to
Stalybridge Celtic last night in the second round of the
Cheshire Senior Cup. The game went to extra time after
the two sides finished 1-1 after 90 minutes. The crowd,
given free admission by the club included many families
and was a healthy 1,408. The club�s stewards volunteered
to work for nothing on the night, and the Chester players
also agreed to play without receiving appearance money.
The only payments were made to St John�s Ambulance, and
the match officials.
Steve Halford will miss Saturday's match with Forest Green
Rovers as he serves a one match suspension.
There will be a fans forum
at the Deva Stadium tonight in the social club starting
at 19:00hrs. Steve Vaughan will be on hand to give the
latest details regarding the financial position of the
club and the possibility of forming a new company. There
will be a Q&A session as well.
5 November 2001
BATTLING CITY WIN AT YEOVIL
was back's to the wall for most of Saturday's match but City fought
well to gain a valuable win at Huish Park. Mark Beesley's clinical
finish midway through the first half was enough to grab the points
but an all-round team effort was needed to make sure the lead was
Two great saves by Wayne Brown and a goal line
clearance by Mick O'Brien thwarted the home side when it seemed
that an equaliser was inevitable during long periods of second
�The lads showed commitment, effort and fight
it was an outstanding display, and an immense performance
on the day from the whole team. They really worked their
socks off, said a delighted Steve Mungall.
GREAT WIN FOR THE LADIES TOO
Goals from Helen Cann (3), Sarah Tyson and
Clare Reynolds gave Chester City Ladies a thrilling 5-2 victory over
Manchester United on Sunday in front of 50 fans at the County Officers
club. Indeed City were leading 5-0 until injuries late on to Michelle
Hounslow and Sarah Tyson forced a reshuffle. This is a great result
especially when you consider that United, like Scunthorpe and Blackpool
before them were top of the league until they played us!
City are at home on Tuesday to Stalybridge
Celtic in the second round of the FA Unibond Cheshire Senior Cup.
The game kick's off at 19:45. There may even be a return to the Deva
Stadium for ex-players Mattie Woods and Paul Beesley who recently
signed for Paul Futcher's side. Admission to the match is free �I
had planned for supporters to watch a league game free, but I�ve
switched the idea to tomorrow�s game because our exit from the FA
Cup hit our resources. said chairman Vaughan. The club will
be hoping for a bigger crowd than the first round when just 57 turned
up to see the victory over Congleton Town in a competition that has
rarely attracted great interest.
CITY BID FOR DUO
Chester have tabled a bid in
the region of £40,000 for Telford United's Neil
Moore and Jake Edwards. United recently put their entire
squad up for sale in an effort to raise much needed cash.
Defender Moore has played for Everton reserves, Norwich
City, Burnley and Macclesfield Town while striker Edwards,
who scored a hat-trick against Hayes yesterday, has previously
played for Wrexham. Telford value the players far higher
wanting £35k for each. City team boss Mungall said:
�We�re not prepared to pay out £35,000 each for
Neil Moore and Jake Edwards, but Neil Moore will be available
on a Bosman from January, and we�ll speak to him then.
The club are attempting to bring
forward the home Conference match with Leigh RMI, scheduled
for 2 March, to Saturday 17 November to try and fill the
vacant FA Cup round 1 day. Scarborough have already been
approached and refused to play.
2 November 2001
This morning's copy of The
Independent contains a large article on Steve Vaughan,
mostly regarding his dealings at Barrow, written by David
Conn. Conn also wrote an article on Terry Smith and Chester
City a few months ago. You can read the online version
The Chester City Ladies are
at home to Manchester United Ladies on Sunday in a Northern
Combination League match. The kick-off is at 14:00hrs
and the home venue is the Cheshire County Officers Club
in Upton. Why not go along and give the team some support.
1 November 2001
Anyone travelling to Yeovil
on Saturday should note that the away terrace won't be
open. Chester supporters should use the Bartlett stand
(Adults £9 children £6). Unlike last season,
the social club will not admit away fans either on Saturday,
so if you want a pre-match drink it's a trip to Yeovil
town centre, miles away.City will have both Dean Spink
(three matches) and Martyn Lancaster (1 match) missing
through suspension on Saturday while striker Mark Beesley
still hasn't fully recovered from his groin injury and
may start again on the bench. Midfielder Andy Porter has
a toe injury but manager Steve Mungall will welcome back
both O'Brien's, Chris and Mike.
Chester’s 3-0 victory
at Morecambe recently has earned them the Nationwide Conference
performance of the month award. City will receive a trophy
and a £250 cheque at their next home match against
Forest Green Rovers.