CITY HOPING FOR TROPHY GLORY
look to put Saturday’s disappointing defeat
United behind them tonight as they entertain rivals
in the northern quarter-final of the LDV Vans Trophy.
Paul Carden returns to the squad following his
one match ban but Michael Branch and Cortez Belle
are both sidelined through injury and suspension
for the match that will be played in front of a
5,000+ all-ticket crowd.
Wrexham have several players currently
sidelined and will be without Hector Sam, a target
for Ian Rush,
if the club fail in their appeal after he received
a red card on Saturday.
The last time the two sides met
was back in December 1997 when the Robins won 2-0 at
Stadium in the FA Cup second round. Only one City player
remains from that day, Wayne Brown. You have to go
back to 1987 for the last time City beat their rivals.
On that occasion goals from Graham Barrow, Derek Fazackerley
and Stuart Rimmer gave the Blues a 3-1 extra-time
win at the Racecourse in the northern LDV semi-final.
Ian Rush was not a happy man following Saturday’s
lacklustre 3-1 home defeat by Oxford United. The
manager, who failed to bring in a loan striker for
game, watched as his side were beaten by a team who
lost on nine of their last ten outings. “They
out-battled us and it was disappointing to see.
I thought only
four players did well and some of the more senior
players should maybe look at their own performances.” bemoaned
Coupled with the defeat came
another six bookings, and with it another FA fine,
takes the yellow card total so far this season to a
staggering 50, plus two red cards. City currently
the worst disciplinary record in League Two by a long
chalk. Suspensions loom next week now for three more
players, Stewart Drummond, Phil Bolland and Ben Davies
who all picked up their fifth bookings on Saturday.
Cortez Belle is still suspended for three more
The one crumb of comfort to
take from this disappointing performance was the
outstanding full debut of midfielder Robbie
LDV appearances to date, kept running for 90 minutes
creating chances and was unlucky to see two cross-shots
miss agonisingly miss the far post on both occasion.
On Booth Rush said: “I thought he was different
class. He was the one bright spot about the game
has come out with flying colours. He was leading
YOUTH TEAM DEFEAT
The youth team were knocked
out of a second cup in a week on Saturday. Following
the midweek defeat at Blackpool in the FA Youth Cup,
the boys lost at home 4-2 to Tranmere Rovers in the second
the Youth Alliance Cup.
LOAN DEAL OFF
reported that the loan
deal bringing Andrew
Keogh to Chester City
appears to have fallen
through after the forward picked up an ankle injury
Leeds United reserves on Thursday. This now leaves
City with just one recognised
forward, Kevin Rapley,
game against Oxford United.
CITY SIGN LOAN STRIKER
entertain 21st placed Oxford United tomorrow for
a League Two game at Deva Stadium,
Manager Ian Rush has managed to secure the services
of Leeds United’s 18-year-old player Andrew
Keogh on loan to cover for the striker shortage
weeks from five players to just one, Kevin
Rapley. Keogh, who had loan spell at Scunthorpe
United last season, is expected to go straight
Opponents Oxford are on a disastrous
run that has seen them lose nine out of their
to slump to 21st in
League Two. Their only victory in that period has come over
Chelteham Town and captain Steve Basham describes the
for the U’s
on Saturday at the Deva as a “massive
game”. Oxford have dispensed with the services
of manager Graham Rix during the slump with coach
currently in charge of the side.
The teams last met at in the
second round of the FA Cup in December 2000 in what
one of the most
exciting games ever at the Deva Stadium. City,
the Conference at the time, came back from 0-2 to beat
with a goals from Paul Beesley and a brace from Steve Whitehall to set-up a
money spinning third round tie at Blackburn Rovers.
Tomorrow is the first game of three
in a crucial week for City. On Tuesday they entertain
in the northern-section quarter-final, followed by
an FA Cup second round tie at Conference high-flyers
Halifax Town on Saturday.
last time we met
Joe Corrigan has taken
up a goalkeeping coach role at Premiership side West
The club start selling
tickets today (10:00-16:00hrs) for the all-ticket home
league game against Shrewsbury Town on 11 December. Normal
match day prices apply and there is no limit on the number
of tickets bought per person. Season Ticket holders do
not need to apply for a separate ticket.
The reserves lost
3-1 at home to Bury this afternoon. On loan Rob Ursell
scored City’s goal before having to leave the field
as a precuation after picking up a knock. The other Dons
player on trial, Micky Woolner, played for the full 90
minutes, at right-back in the first half and centre back
in the second. Both players have now returned south.
team fixtures | Reserve
Wrexham have now sold out
their full allocation of 1,200 terrace and 500 seats tickets
for next weeks LDV Vans Trophy game. City still have
around 800 tickets left for sale that are available
on Friday and Saturday.
YOUTH TEAM KNOCKED OUT
The youth team lost 4-0
tonight in the second round of the FA Youth Cup at
Blackpool. Goals from Matty Kay, Matthew Ogden and
two from Sean Paterson
was enough to give a third round tie at Newcastle United
for the Seasiders.
City: Ryan Brookfield, Adam Wade, Nathan Humphries
46), Karl Carney, Dave McCoy, James Scales,
James Salkeld, Wayne Morgan, Shaun Whalley,
Paul Rutherford, Mattie Humphreys (Kenny Rollinson
46). Subs not used: Dave Kellett, Stephen Brown,
The boys are next in action
on Saturday morning when they entertain Tranmere
Rovers in the
second round of the Youth Alliance Cup. The game
will kick-off at 11:00hrs at Clifton Drive (off
team fixtures | Youth
Chester have appointed
David Bell as their new Technical Co-ordinator. Bell,
Bury player, holds a UEFA ‘A’ coaching
badge and has previously held coaching posts at both
City and Bristol Rovers.
According to manager Ian Rush
Bell will “provide the link between the youngest
players associated with the club through to the youth
He will also play a role in assessing the coaching
systems at all levels and ensuring there is a smooth
progression through the ranks.”
22 November 2004
LENGTHY BAN FOR BELLE
Cortez Belle has received a four match ban following
second straight red card of the season after fouling
Pedj Bojic at Northampton Town on Friday night. The
will now sit out the matches against Oxford United, Wrexham,
Halifax Town and Bristol Rovers. With Michael Branch
weeks away from full fitness, manager Ian Rush must now
step-up his search for a loan striker(s) to play alongside
Belle was dismissed minutes after Kevin Ellison had equalised
for City with a terrific 30-yard free-kick at Northampton
Town last night, to the delight of the 300+ noisy Blues
fans, after Kevin Rapley had been fouled outside the box.
The Cobblers had taken an
earlier lead on six minutes through Martin Smith. The
Blues also had another five players booked on the night
which could well bring an FA fine. Paul Carden’s
yellow card was his fifth of the season and he also looks
set to miss the next game against Oxford through a one
21 November 2004
DONS TRAIN WITH CITY
Two players from Ryman
League Division One side AFC Wimbledon, Micky Woolner
and Rob Ursell, will join Chester
this week for training.
“If Chester want to sign
them, then I’ll have to discuss the situation with
the chairman,” said AFC manager Dave Anderson. “I
wouldn’t stand in anyone’s way of making
it as a professional. I want
players to progress and further their careers. But
pro clubs can’t just take who they want for nothing
and it will take some money to prise them away.”
ON GENERAL SALE
for the forthcoming LDV
Vans Trophy game against
go on general sale today.
Tickets are limited to 1
per person and are available
from the club office between
10:00-15:00hrs. On Monday
22nd remaining tickets will
go on general sale,
between 10:00-16:00hrs with no limitation on numbers
to play Northampton
tonight. The game was
moved to avoid a clash
local rugby side,
home tomorrow. The Cobblers
a point ahead of City
4, Drawn 3, Lost 1
beat League One
Barnsley last week
the FA Cup. City
no new injury
Branch is still sidelined with an achilles
CLARE JOINS BOSTON
luck to Daryl Clare who
has signed what’s
believed to be a 2½ year
contract for the Pilgrims
He’s expected to go straight into the squad for
their game against Mansfield Town tomorrow. Interestingly
it’s reported that City have stipulated, as
part of the transfer agreement, that the striker
against Chester in a competitive match for the remainder
of the season.
signed for City in October 2002 for £95,000,
his record at Chester since was second to none
an incredible 49 goals in 61+7 matches. His 30 goals
for City last season earned him the Golden Boot
completing his transfer
Clare reflected on his
time at Chester.
FA Cup match
at Stafford was very
emotional for me because
it was my last for Chester
City. But I left Chester
on good terms and I
the last two
years I spent at Chester.
like to think I gave
the club good service
never forget the
support and best
I received from Chester
supporters when my
don’t want there to be
any bad feelings and
I hope I receive a good
reception when I next
return to Chester.
move back to Boston was
the best option for me
and my family. Steve
Evans, the Boston manager
always loyal to me and
I’ve chosen the opportunity
like to thank Stephen Vaughan
for giving me
the opportunity to speak
to Steve Evans, and I’d
like to wish everyone at
the club best wishes
for the rest of the season.”
CLARE SET FOR BOSTON RETURN?
Striker Daryl Clare could
be on his way back to Boston United. The official Pilgrims
website has stated that the striker is holding talks
United and an outcome, either way, will not be known
before mid-day tomorrow. Boston state that have agreed
fee, based on games with Steve Vaughan. Clare will meet
with Boston again tomorrow in a bid to settle personal
MATHIAS LEAVES THE DEVA
of Football Ray Mathias has left the club today. Mathias
answered the chairman’s call on the eve of the season
and stepped in as caretaker manager when Mark Wright quit
in August. He was appointed Director of Football when
Ian Rush took over a month later. It’s unclear whether
a successor to the post will be appointed.
16 November 2004
FA YOUTH CUP DATE
last weeks 3-1 home win over Whitley Bay in the FA Youth
Cup, City have been handed a tough second round fixture
with an away tie at Blackpool.
The attendance at the Deva of 441, boosted by the production
of Wrexham ticket vouchers, was the fifth highest of the
The second round tie will take place on Tuesday 23 November
at Bloomfield Road, kick-off 19:00hrs. If you want to
go along and support the boys, admission prices are £4.00
adults and £2.00 concessions. The Seasiders youth
side are managed by ex-Chester player Colin Greenall and
defeated Tranmere Rovers 2-1 in the first round.
YOUTH TEAM BEAT RIVALS
Goals from Danny Ventre
and Paul Rutherford gave the youth team a 2-1 home
Wrexham on Saturday morning to lift the young Blues
to third spot in the Football League Youth Alliance North
Central Conference. The City line up was: Dave Kellett,
Adam Wade, Karl Carney, Matty Cook, Danny Ventre, Paul
Rutherford, James Salkeld, James Scales, Dave McCoy
Morgan), Kieran Dean (Mark Cadwallader), Mike Walsh.
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14 November 2004
FA CUP DRAW
2-0 win at Stafford Rangers, City have drawn Nationwide
Conference side Halifax Town
away in the second round of the
Cup. The tie will be played at The Shay on Saturday
4 December. Halifax defeated Cambridge United 3-1 in
second round prize money is £24,000.
v Halifax Top 10 matches | Classic 1969 FA Cup encounter
Tickets go on sale later
this week for the forthcoming LDV Vans Trophy area quarter-final
tie with Wrexham.
Season Ticket holders using Voucher
B and those who have a voucher issued at the recent
youth cup match can pick up their tickets (1 per person)
Thursday between 10.00-19:00hrs.
On Friday tickets will
go on general sale (also 1 per person) between 10.00-15.00hrs.
On Monday 22nd remaining tickets will go on general sale,
between 10:00-16:00hrs with no limitation on numbers
CLARE THINKS OVER MOVE OFFER
to Carlisle United manager Phil Simpson, City striker
Daryl Clare is thinking over a move to the Cumbrian side
Simpson said: “We are the only club to have made
an offer for the player that has been accepted by Chester.
I haven’t made him an offer yet but we had a good
chat with Daryl and he wants the weekend to think it over.
He has scored goals that have got Conference teams promoted
in the past, but when it comes to League football they
have tended to move him on. I hope to speak to him again
City chairman Steve Vaughan
is keen on the player remaining at the Deva and is
that matters are settled
soon. “This situation has festered on for too long,
and in the interests of all parties involved, it has
resolved quickly. Carlisle have acted honorably with
their proposals, and I would like to commend them for
Clare wants to move back to his Lincolnshire roots,
then we won’t stand in his way if a fair offer
comes in from Boston United. However,
we would like the player to stay with us rather than
sign for either Carlisle or Boston,
but one thing’s for sure, we will have a definitive
solution to this situation in the near future.” said
11 November 2004
CARLISLE GIVEN PERMISSION FOR CLARE TALKS
Chester City have this
afternoon given Carlisle United manager Paul Simpson
to hold talks with Daryl Clare regarding a possible transfer
to the Conference side. The official Carlisle United website
states that Chester have “formally accepted the
offer” made by the Cumbrians for the 26-year-old
striker and that Simpson hopes to open talks tonight.
Clare’s contract at Chester runs out at the end of the
season and the striker is yet to put pen to paper on
a new one.
PRIORITY VOUCHERS TONIGHT
Priority vouchers for
the forthcoming LDV Vans Trophy game with Wrexham
will be given out at tonight’s FA Youth Cup
first round game against Whitley Bay. The match at
tonight will kick off
WANTED: DARYL CLARE
Chester have received
an improved bid from Conference side Carlisle United
City striker Daryl Clare described as “acceptable” by
chairman Steve Vaughan. Clare,
last season’s Conference top scorer, is out of
contract at the end of the season and will then become
holding on to Clare.
Rush said; “I want to hold
onto Daryl Clare and we’ll do everything we can
to keep him. I’m hoping to have a chat with him
today and I know our chairman wants to talk to him.”
well as Carlisle, Boston United are also pursuing their
interest in their former striker. Meanwhile the club
are expected to start talks with the player immediately
in an effort to tie him to a new contract.
CITY KNOCKED OUT
Chester lost 3-0 at Altrincham tonight in the quarter-final
of the Cheshire Senior Cup. Goalkeeper Wayne Brown played his first game since
injuring his calf prior to the Rushden & Diamonds game but it’s unclear
he’ll be back to full fitness for Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Stafford
Tonight’s team consisted mainly of reserves and fell behind to an early
goal at Moss Lane. The Blues spurned an opportunity to equalise after the break
were punished soon after as the home side ran in two more goals to seal victory.
CHESHIRE CUP ACTION
Chester send a team to
Altrincham tonight for a Cheshire Cup quarter final game.
Goalkeeper Wayne Brown could return to the side after
injury. Kick-off at Moss Lane is 19:45hrs. Chester haven’t
won this tournament since 1932.
The full quarter final
Stalybride Celtic v Vauxhall Motors
Tranmere Rovers v Crewe Alexandra
Chester City v Altrincham
Alsager Town v Hyde United
RUSH HITS BACK AT CRITICS
City manager Ian Rush has
hit back at those branding his side a long-ball team.
The latest to do this was Leyton Orient Martin Ling who
commented: “We were told before the game that Chester
were a long-ball team and they didn’t disappoint
But Rush told the Daily Post: “I am
getting fed up with some managers who just carp about
our style of play and also comment publicly on some of
Ling was the third manager to get on to this hobby horse, with his ridiculous
observations at the weekend. There is a code of conduct that has been drawn up
by John Barnwell and the League Manager’s Association,
whereby managers should be circumspect when
making public comments regarding other clubs.”
CITY DRAW RIVALS
have been drawn at home to Wrexham in the area quarter-final
of the LDV
Vans Trophy. The game, which will be all-ticket,
will take place on Tuesday 30 November.
have met in
the competition before in 1986/7 when Chester
won 3-1 at the Racecourse with goals from Graham
Fazackerley and Stuart Rimmer, to set up the
northern final against Mansfield Town. The
last time the sides met in a competitive match
was in December 1997 when Wrexham won 2-0 in
round of the FA Cup at Deva Stadium.
other northern ties are:
Hereford United v Blackpool, Oldham Athletic v Hartlepool
United, Macclesfield Town v Tranmere Rovers
The southern area ties are:
Swindon Town v Bristol City, Northampton Town v Southend
United, Bristol Rovers v Wycombe Wanderers, Leyton Orient
POINT FOR CITY
A goal seven minutes from
time by Cortez Belle brought City a share of the points
against second-placed Leyton Orient. The visitors had
taken the lead, against the run of play, though Lee Steele,
on 38 minutes and looked to be heading for three points
before Belle headed home a corner from ex-O’s player
Andy Harris. The point lifts City two places to 15th
in League Two.
A disappointed Ian Rush told the local press after the
game: "I am fed up with my team
performing for only 45 minutes; for four or five games
now they have done that. When they do play like they
did in the second half, they are more like the Chester
we know. To succeed and get in to the top half of the
table we have got to play for 90 minutes.”
STAMP/WATSON LOANED OUT
Striker Darryn Stamp, who
has been struggling to regain a place in the first team
this season, had joined fellow League Two side Kidderminster
Harriers on a one month loan and is expected to turn
out against Boston United tomorrow. Harriers caretaker
boss Shaun Cunnington said: “Darryn
did very well in the Conference last season and I’m
sure he is more than capable of doing just
as well in League Two. He has the ability to grab a
goal or two himself but will also create chances for
others around him.”
Meanwhile midfielder Andy
Watson has joined Conference side Forest Green Rovers
on a one month loan.
STRIKER DECISION FOR RUSH
entertain second placed Leyton Orient at Deva Stadium
in what should be a cracking game. Striker Cortez Belle
(left) is available again
after suspension but it remains to be seen whether manager
will recall the youngster, or start with the more experienced
Clare and Michael Branch, who formed an effective
striking partnership in the second half on Tuesday night
With Wayne Brown is still
recovering from injury, Chris Mackenzie looks set
to continue on goal.
Visitors Leyton Orient have surprised many with their
impressive start to the season. They have a good
away record with four wins at Cheltenham Town, Kidderminster
Harriers, Notts County and Lincoln City under their
belt, as well as two draws from eight games and a
can be expected. Tottenham Hotspur striker Lee Barnard
has signed a one-month loan deal with the O’s
and is expected to play tomorrow.
City fans will want
to forget the last time the sides met at the Deva
at Christmas in 1999. The O’s ran out 5-1 winners
in a crucial Third Division bottom of the league
against a City
side managed then by Terry Smith... the rest, of
course, is history.
The draw for the area
quarter-finals in the LDV Vans Trophy will take place
on the SKY Soccer AM programme tomorrow morning.
4 November 2004
STAFFORD RANGERS TICKET
football club have amended their ticket selling arrangements
for the forthcoming FA Cup Tie at Stafford Rangers. Tickets
will now go on sale immediately after Saturday’s
home game with Leyton Orient. There will be two queues
at the ticket office, one for season ticket holders the
other for non-season ticket holders.
ticket holders must produce Voucher A, it’s
strictly one ticket per A Voucher. Non-season ticket
may purchase one ticket per person.
All sales are by
Prices are £14.00 for adults
(stand, no concessions – not many seats are available)
The club will also accept
postal applications but will not be responsible for any
tickets that do not arrive in time. Any
remaining tickets go on general sale on Monday between
10:00hrs – 16:00hrs.
AWARD FOR RUSH
Congratulations to manager
Ian Rush who has been named the Coca Cola League Two Manager
of the Month for October. The club last received the award
in February 2004, Mark Wright picking up the champagne
on that occasion.
Rush said: “The manager
of the month award is mainly down to the players at the
club and their form during the last two months.”
3 November 2004
BLUES IN LAST EIGHT
1-0 win over Rochdale last night took them to the last
eight of the northern section of the LDV Vans Trophy.
Other teams in Saturday morning’s draw are: Blackpool
(holders), Hartlepool United, Hereford United, Macclesfield
Town, Oldham Athletic, Tranmere Rovers and Wrexham. The
draw for the area quarter-finals will take place on
SKY Soccer AM, with the games scheduled to take place
in the week commencing Monday 29 November.As
in the first round manager Ian Rush rang the changes
gave a full debut to Colin Doyle in goal and Andy Watson,
while youngster Robbie Booth had an impressive second
game in the tournament. Only three players of the starting
X1 at Yeovil made the starting line-up in this match.
The only goal of the game came in the second half as
Sean Hessey notched his first for the club since his
signing, shooting home from six yards after Michael Branch
had headed on a Booth corner.
NEW CONTRACT FOR RUSH
Following his decision
to stay at Chester, manager Ian Rush has been given
an improved contract that will keep him at Deva Stadium
for an extra 12 month’s
until 2007. Rush
has spoken more of his decision to stay and hasn’t
ruled out the possibility of taking
on a number
two role with the Welsh national side.
He said: “I
simply made a decision that the job had come too
early for me. Two years gaining experience at a club
job would leave me better off in the long run. But
if the new Wales manager, whoever he is, wants a
number two, I could possibly consider combining the
two positions at Chester and with Wales. Wales
has to be a long-term plan, from under-17 right through
to the seniors and with more club experience I would
be better equipped, it would one day be a dream come
true for me, but not at the moment.”
RUSH PLEDGES HIS FUTURE AT CITY
Ian Rush is to remain at Deva Stadium. Rush, who has
been heavily linked with the Welsh international job
over the weekend held talks with club officials yesterday after he was given permission to speak the the Football Association of Wales at the end of last week.
Speaking in his column in the Liverpool
Echo today, Rush said he was “flattered to be linked
with the Welsh job” and found himself in a very difficult
position with recent developments coming out of the
Rush went on to say: “I made
sure I didn’t rush my decision and having a great relationship
with my chairman helped me make the commitment to stay.
My main focus remains helping Chester move towards
the play-off places and I intend to be the manager
at the Deva Stadium for a long time to come.”
BLUES LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK
entertain Rochdale tonight at Deva Stadium, kick-off 19:45hrs,
in a second round LDV Vans Trophy match. The Blues will
be without the suspended Cortez Belle for the tie, Daryl
Clare is expected to take his place in the starting line-up.
Manager Ian Rush may well
decide to rest some first team regulars and play squad
players for this game as he did in the first round which
saw City pull off a shock win at Sheffield Wednesday.
Rochdale progressed to this stage after a 4-1 win over
Admission prices for the game have been dropped to £10.00
for adults and £5.00 for juniors. Additionally the
Chester Chronicle are offering a two-for-one offer on
the night. Just cut out the coupon which appeared in Friday’s
Chronicle and present it at the West Stand
turnstiles before kick-off at 19.45hrs and each pair will
only have to pay once.
Steve Vaughan and chief executive Dave
Burford have held talks today with manager
Ian Rush, and a statement will
be made regarding the outcome of these talks at
a 12:00hrs news conference on Wednesday.
Club secretary Tony Allan confirmed: “Ian has been
meeting with Stephen Vaughan and David Burford, our chief
executive, today and there will be a press conference
at midday on Wednesday with regards to Ian’s
future at the club.
Gerard Houllier, Dean Saunders, John Toshack, Dick
Advocaat and former Japan coach Philippe Troussier
to be the other names on the FAW’s six-man short-list.
RUSH STATEMENT TODAY
Chairman Steve Vaughan stated on SKY Sports after Saturday’s
game at Yeovil, that an announcement would be made by
the club today regarding the position of manager Ian Rush
in relation to the Wales job.
AWAY DRAW FOR CHESTER
have drawn Stafford Rangers away in the first round
the FA Cup. The tie will take place at Marston Road on
Saturday 13 November. This tie is ALL-TICKET. The ground
capacity is 3,200 and City are hoping to receive around
900 tickets for the game (800 terrace, 100 seats). Details
will be announced shortly.
The Conference North side booked their place in the first
round draw today with a 2-1 home win over Gateshead.
The first round prize money is £16,000.
DEFEAT FOR CITY
suffered only their first defeat in ten games when
they were well beaten 4-1 at Yeovil Town on Saturday.
The last time City
conceded four in the League was back in April 2001 when
they lost 0-4 at Kettering Town.
Daryl Clare scored City’s
consolation goal at Huish Park in a game that saw three
penalties, of which two were rather dubious
and five City players booked.
Both Cortez Belle and
Kevin Ellison picked up their sixth bookings of the season
while Michael Branch’s fourth leaves him one away
from a suspension.
The Blues have slipped to 17th following this defeat
and face second placed Leyton Orient at home in their
next league game on Saturday at Deva Stadium (15:00hrs).
Before then though City have a chance to get this
defeat out of their system, as they entertain Rochdale
tomorrow night in the second round of the LDV
Vans Trophy (19:45hrs). Cortez
Belle is suspended for this game.