FA CHARGE CITY
The FA have now revealed Shrewsbury
and Chester have been charged with failing to ensure
their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion
after a melee erupted after the final whistle on Saturday.
Shrewsbury defender Sagi Burton was sent off for allegedly
striking a Chester player. Both clubs have until 13
December to respond. The FA is also investigating reports
that chairman Stephen Vaughan was involved
in a tunnel incident after the final whistle.
PENALTY HEARTACHE FOR CITY
crashed out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy 3-1
on penalties to Chesterfield last night after playing
their part in a pulsating tie at Saltergate that ended
4-4 after 90 minutes.
City found themselves two down early on but battled
back with goals from Paul Linwood and Laurence Wilson
to go in level at the break. Gregg Blundell gave City
a brief lead just after the interval before two more
Chesterfield goals looked to have finally put an end
to Chester’s resistance.
With four minutes remaining though Phil Bolland stepped
up to head home an equaliser and send the tie into a
shoot-out. Unfortunately Sean Hessey, Roberto Martinez
and Chris Holroyd all failed from the spot leaving the
Spireites to progress to the area semi-final’s.
After the match chairman Steve Vaughan praised the effort
from his players: “It was an excellent performance
against a quality side from the division above us, and
one thing that it does give us is confidence for the
upcoming FA Cup tie at Bury.”
Picture © Evening
29 November 2006
DUO BACK FOR CITY
take a break from league action tonight when they travel
to play Chesterfield in the northern area Johnstone’s
Pain Trophy quarter-final. The Blues will have both
Roberto Martinez and Ashley Westwood available again
following suspension. Roy McFarland has a fully fit
squad to pick from tonight and will be eager to erase
the memory of the recent shock home defeat to non-league
Basingstoke in the FA Cup.
two sides haven’t met in a competitive match since
1993/94 when City did the double over the Spireites
winning 3-1 at Saltergate thanks to goals from Chris
Lightfoot, Stuart Rimmer and David Thompson, before
a 2-1 win at the Deva thanks to efforts from Graham
Lancashire and Mark Leonard. The sides did meet in Chester
however in the summer with Chesterfield winning 2-0
in a pre-season friendly.
28 November 2006
The reserves were beaten 5-0
in a Pontins Holiday Cup match yesterday.
FA YOUTH CUP
The third round home game against
Tottenham Hotspur will take place at Deva Stadium on
Wednesday 13 December, kick-off 19:00hrs. Admission
is £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for concessions
27 November 2006
CITY CHIEFS TO STUDY TAPE
club will be reviewing the video tape of the end of
match scenes at Gay Meadow on Saturday before deciding
what action to take. If they club find any of their
own players at fault they will be dealt with internally.
A controversial last minute winner for the home side
sparked angry scenes, mostly pushing and shoving, at
the final whistle. Moments later Shrews captain Sagi
Burton was given a straight red card and several scuffles,
involving both staff and players, broke out in front
of the main stand and appeared to continue down the
tunnel. The match was a feisty affair that had already
seen one second half brawl after which former Chester
player Ben Davies was a given a yellow card for diving
in the penalty area, five City players also found their
names in the referee’s notebook along the way.
Gregg Blundell had given Chester
an early lead in an end-to-end half littered with
errors on the heavy pitch that had passed a 09.00
inspection; with both sides guilty of missing close
range chances. If City had the better of the first
half, the second was dominated by the home side who
drew level through Davies and saw a goal disallowed
before the controversial last minute penalty harshly
awarded for a handball by Paul Linwood and converted
by Michael Symes.
Mark Wright said: “I might have to be careful
about what I say about the incidents at the end. They’ll
have reasons and we’ll have reasons, but Graham
(Barrow) and I went over to try and pull our players
away and get them sorted out and calmed down, and
that will show on the video.
But I don’t think anyone can
take being whacked from behind. That’s not football.
It all kicked off because someone wanted to do this
or that, but it was all handbags. There were no fists
flying, but it was a melee and I suppose we’ll
end up in trouble.
Did anyone see any fists flying?
I might have been grabbing hold of a few people and
saying calm down, but there was no real trouble and
if I’m honest it probably looked worse than
what it was. It was disappointing, but it was that
sort of a game and it always seems to be that way
We had worked our socks off to get
something out of the game, but a penalty decision
at the end of the game like that causes mayhem. I’m
not saying it was the referee’s fault, but when
it’s heated anyway and when it’s a derby
game, I don’t think making a decision like that
There’s friction everywhere
when we go to Shrewsbury, but that’s football.”
The referee’s report would
make interesting reading!
Pictures © Evening Leader
Gregg Blundell picked up his
fifth of the season at Gay Meadow and will now miss
Saturday’s FA Cup match at Bury as he serves a
one match suspension.
24 November 2006
have completed the loan signing of Lincoln City
midfielder Ryan Semple until 2 January 2007. Semple
played under Mark Wright when he was manager at
Peterborough United and had been due to sign for
City several weeks ago but an injury then put
the move on hold.
Picture © Evening Leader
FAMILIAR FACES AWAIT CITY
make the short journey to Shrewsbury Town tomorrow and
will find themselves up against a few familiar faces.
Ben Davies, Stewart Drummond, Chris MacKenzie and Joe
Hinnigan have all departed Deva Stadium for the Shropshire
side since last season where they join two other ex-Blues
Richard Hope and Derek Asamoah. Meanwhile City striker
Lee Steele (left) will be returning to a club where
he had a successful three year spell between 1997-2000.
During that time he registered 41 goals in 118+10 appearances.
Having won only one of their last
six league games City currrently lie 15th in league
Two one point and one place behind the Shrews and
will be keen to register only their second win at
Gay Meadow in 20 attempts before the ground closes
at the end of the season. City must do without the
services tomorrow of midfielder Roberto Martinez who
serves a one match ban after picking up his fifth
yellow card of the season last Friday night.
Tomorrow’s match is all-ticket
for Chester supporters and will kick-off at 12:00hrs.
Walking to the match from Chester will be members of
the Chester City Supporters Trust. They set off from
Deva Stadium yesterday and are walking to raise money
for the Trust, which in turn will be used to support
the Chester City Centre of Excellence and Football in
the Community Schemes at Chester City Football Club.
Funds are also being raised for the Trusts nominated
charities Macmillan Cancer Support, B-Positive at the
Countess and the Club's Centre of Excellence. If you
would like to make a donation you can do so online here.
Picture © Evening
22 November 2006
YOUTH TEAM THROUGH
The youth team won 1-0 at York
City tonight in a second round match in the FA Youth
Cup and now face a third round home tie with Tottenham
Hotspur. The goal came from Kevin Roberts in front of
a 230 attendance. The score has been incorrectly reported
on the BBC and Sky (and here!).
21 November 2006
SHAKERS TIE FOR CITY
Chester will travel to Gigg Lane
to play Bury in the second round of the FA Cup after
the Lancashire side defeated Conference outfit Weymouth
4-3 tonight in their first round replay. The game will
take place at Gigg Lane on Saturday 2 December at 15:00hrs.
and Stockport had to be content with a point each from
a cold and wet Deva Stadium encounter on Friday night.
The Blues had a poor first half and went behind after
Kevin Sandwith failed to clear a cross floated in from
the left leaving Davd Poole a chance to open the scoring
for the visitors on 27 minutes. It was over half an
hour before City had their first threat on goal with
Lee Steele heading straight at John Ruddy.
However City turned things round after the break and
equalised just before the hour mark as Jon Walters turned
home Stephen Vaughan’s right wing cross from six
yards. Walters and Steele both missed chances late on
to grab all three points.
The draw lifts Chester to 15th place in League Two;
they are next in action on Saturday when they travel
to play Shrewsbury Town (kick-off 12:00) who sit one
place above the Blues following their 2-0 defeat at
Milton Keynes Dons today.
Chairman Steve Vaughan was far from
happy following City’s latest league performance.
He told the Daily Post:
“The first half against Stockport
was totally unacceptable, our players looked like
strangers and it made you wonder if they knew what
system they were being asked to play.
I honestly thought that my coaching
staff utilised the first half of the game as a form
of scouting session, trying to work out the formation
that Stockport would be playing. We have only won
three of our last 16 league matches and that is causing
me concern, it just isn’t good enough.
My fellow directors, myself and
the supporters deserve a lot better than we have witnessed
in recent league games, and particularly in the first
half on Friday evening.
We had the second highest attendance
of the season in the ground on Friday, and I want those
people who turned up to know that there will be an improvement,
I can guarantee that.
The league game at Shrewsbury Town next Saturday and
the FA Cup tie at either Bury or Weymouth the week after
could define our season, and I will be demanding a marked
improvement from everybody concerned to what I witnessed
in the first 45 minutes on Friday evening.”
Picture © Evening
Midfielder Roberto Martinez picked
up his fifth yellow card on Friday night and has received
a one match suspension ruling him out of Saturday’s
noon clash at Shrewsbury Town.
YOUTH TEAM DRAW
The youth team drew their Youth
Alliance North West Conference league game at Tranmere
Rovers this morning 0-0. On Wednesday the team travel
to York City for a second round tie in the FA Youth
Cup, the incentive for the winners is a home tie against
Tottenham Hotspur in the third round.
Youth Cup fixtures [thefa.com]
17 November 2006
Stockport County return to Deva
Stadium tonight for a league Two match (19:45hrs). The
Hatters were last in town just over two weeks ago for
the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match that City won
3-0. County lie in 11th place, four points above City
and expect to have John Ruddy, Tony Kane and David Poole
back in the squad after they were cup-tied for the 2-1
FA Cup win at Exeter City last week. The Blues will
be without suspended defender Ashley Westwood while
Paul Linwood is also a doubt with a knee injury.
16 November 2006
Yet another change to the fixture
list! The kick-off for home match with Hereford United
on 10 February has now been brought forward to 12:00
at the request of the Cheshire police.
13 November 2006
CHESHIRE CUP VICTORY
Goals from Paul McManus,
Paul Linwood and Chris Holroyd gave Chester
City a 3-2 victory over Crewe Alexandra in the
County FA Senior Cup at Deva Stadium tonight.
City will now play at Cammel Laird in a mid-January
semi-final. The Blues last won the Cup in 1931/32
and were last runners-up in 1928/29.
12 November 2006
FA CUP DRAW
Chester have been drawn away
at either Weymouth or Bury in the second round of the
FA Cup. The two sides drew 2-2 this afternoon and will
replay at Gigg Lane on Tuesday 21 November. The tie
will take place on the weekend of 2/3 December. The
prize money for round two is £24,000
11 November 2006
CITY SHOW THEIR CLASS
did a professional job on Clevedon to ensure there was
to be no cup shock at Hand Stadium. The Blues took the
lead on just seven minutes as Laurence Wilson finished
a fine passing move to side foot home the opening goal
and ease any early match nerves (left).
The swirling wind made life difficult on the pitch and
City could have extended their lead had they not seen
a goal disallowed and the crossbar struck and they tried
to press home the advantage. Two fine saves from Danny
Greaves in the home goal also kept the
score to one at the interval. Any thoughts that the
home side may have had of getting back into the game
soon evaporated as Jamie Hand blasted home a second
following a controversial free-kick and took control
of the game.
Further goals from Jon Walters and substitute Gregg
Blundell extended City’s lead before Jack Pitcher
pulled back a consolation goal in the last minute for
the Seasiders after some late pressure from the Southern
League Premier Division side who fought to the end.
All credit to Clevedon, their staff and army of volunteers,
who staged the biggest game at their ground without
a hitch and made the City fans very welcome throughout
Manager Mark Wright was pleased about the way the team
set about their task, he said: “I thought we played
some good stuff at times, but I’m a hard man to
please as far as our players are concerned. I was certainly
not pleased with the way we played in the last 20 minutes
– that’s not what I’m all about. When
we were 4-0 up we should have gone on to score a fifth
and then a sixth and shut the back door. You don’t
let them come on and invite them to score a goal. So
I wasn’t pleased about that. But having said all
that I think the most important thing was getting through
to the second round, so it was a good job done by the
Pictures © Evening
the match on Saturday was Sebastian Blair who
is raising money for MENCAP SPORT. He is following
the progress of the FA Cup from the first qualifying
round (Wembley v Thame United) through to the
Clevedon v Chester was the ninth match so far
in the sequence having followed Wembley ›
Redbridge › AFC Hornchurch › Welling
United › Clevedon Town and now the trail
continues with Chester City. Sebastian will be
collecting donations at our second round match
whether it is at Bury or Weymouth.
If you would like to donate to the cause, or read
more about the venture, please visit his website
10 November 2006
DIFFICULT TIE AWAITS CITY
Blues take a break from League Two action tomorrow as
they head down to Somerset to play Southern League Premier
Division side Clevedon Town in the first round of the
FA Cup. The Seasiders have never reached this stage
of the competition before and tomorrow’s game
is one of the biggest in the club’s 126 year history.
Clevedon have reached the first round proper thanks
to wins over Truro City, Willand Rovers, Hitchin Town
and Welling United and a crowd of 2,500-3,000 is hoped
for at the Hand Stadium for their first-ever competitive
match against Football League opposition. The match
is NOT all-ticket and the prize for the winners is £16,000
and a place of course in round two. City
manager Mark Wright, who lifted the Cup in 1992 is looking
to his side to complete the job at the first attempt
tomorrow. Ahead of the potentially tricky tie he told
the Evening Leader: “Saturday is a special day
for both clubs because we both want to do well. Clevedon
and Chester are aware that a big pay-day can await the
winning team if they can go on a good run. I don’t
know much about Clevedon, but I do know someone down
there who can tell us the bits and pieces about them.
It’s important that we find out as much as we
can about them because we don’t want to go down
there and get beaten. There’s one thing for certain,
it’s not going to be like playing at Darlington
because I believe Clevedon only have one stand, but
that’s not being disrespectful because it’s
going to be a very difficult game. FA Cup games are
always difficult, but if we start doing the right things
and manage to score an early goal it could be all over.
I think that is the most important thing for us to work
We’ll approach the game in the right way, work
hard, do the best we can and get the right result. It
will be great for Clevedon to stage a cup tie and I
hope they enjoy the day, but there is only one thing
in my mind, and that is to go there and win the game.
I don’t want to lose or draw the game –
I don’t want any extra games. I just want to go
down there, finish it on the day and come home with
Defender Ashley Westwood will miss the game through
suspension and there is doubt over Simon Marples who
has been suffereing from flu.
Town official website
City’s match at Mansfield
Town has been brought forward from Saturday 23 December
to Friday 22nd with a 10:45hrs kick-off.
7 November 2006
YOUTH TEAM THROUGH
The youth team beat Farsley Celtic
3-1 at home tonight in the first round of the FA Youth
Cup. Paul McManus and Steven Thorp (2) scored for City
before a crowd of 245. The side have been drawn to play
York City away in round two, the match will take place
on Wednesday 22 November, kick-off 19:00hrs.
6 November 2006
FA CHARGE CHESTER
Chester have been charged by
the Football Association of “failing to ensure
that its players conducted themselves in an orderly
fashion” (FA Rule E20(a)) following the recent
game at Barnet. The club have until 15 November 2006
4 November 2006
TOUGH DRAW FOR CITY
must travel to League One side Chesterfield in the northern
area quarter-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy
following this morning’s draw. The game will take
place at Saltergate on Wednesday 29 November, kick-off
19:30hrs. The two sides met of course in a pre-season
friendly at Deva Stadium which the Spireites won 2-0.
Admission prices on the night are
as follows. Adults £10.00, Under 18’s
and Over 65’s £5.00. Those aged 16 or
under enter free of charge when with a paying adult.
Those 14 or under who are not with a paying adult
can enter for just £1.00.
The full draw is:
Chesterfield v Chester City
Port Vale v Crewe Alexandra
Doncaster Rovers v Accrington Stanley
Darlington v Mansfield Town
Bristol Rovers v Peterborough United
Cheltenham Town v Shrewsbury Town
Millwall v Brighton & Hove Albion
Nottingham Forest v Bristol City
3 November 2006
DEFEAT FOR BLUES
||Indeed it was same again
for City who lost their second League game in
a week by a single goal margin. It was a disappointing
first half showing from City who fell behind to
a Cummins goal on 16 minutes as the defence backed
off. Laurence Wilson’s 25-yarder late on
was City’s only effort of the opening period.
Darlo hit the crossbar on three occasions after
the break and Wilson blazed the ball over from
six yards in the dying minutes. Ashley Westwood
became the second player in a week to be dismissed
when he received a straight red card in the final
minute and is suspended for the next three matches.
SAME AGAIN CITY?
City are in action for the third
time in six days tonight when they travel to the north
east to play Darlington. Should manager Mark Wright
want to change his winning team Roberto Martinez is
available after serving a one match ban on Tuesday night
but both Stephen Vaughan and Paul Linwood are still
doubtful through injury. Up front Lee Steele is will
make his league debut for the Blues. The Quakers have
recently appointed Dave Penney as their new manager
and lie 10th in League Two. They have defender Craig
James back from a four-match suspension, but striker
Julian Joachim is ruled out with a hamstring problem.
2 November 2006
FA CUP TIE DETAILS
FA Cup first round match at Clevedon Town on Saturday
11 November is not all-ticket. However Chester have
available 500 tickets for sale that can be pre-bought
to save having to queue on the day of the match.
Blues fans will have their own segregated terrace area
in a 3,000 capacity, note however that there is no seating
available for City fans.
The ticket prices are adult £10.00, concession
£5.00 and tickets will go on sale at Deva Stadium from
Tuesday. Postal applications are also being taken and
the full amount (payable Chester City Football Club
Limited) must be included with a stamped self addressed
Deva Stadium ticket office times.
Monday 6 November 10.00-16.00 to season ticket holders
and TRUEBLUE card holders only
Tuesday 7 November 10.00-18.00 and after FA Youth Cup
Wednesday 8 November 10.00-16.00
Thursday 9 November 10.00-16.00
Friday 10 November 110.00-16.00
Town official website
The League Two game at Shrewsbury
Town on Saturday 25 November (kick-off 12:00hrs) is
all-ticket for Chester supporters, the Blues will have
2,000 tickets available.
Tickets can be purchased from
the Deva Stadium at the times stated as for the FA Cup
tickets above. Tickets may also be purchased online
Terrace: adults £13.00, concessions £8.00
Seats: adults £15.00, concessions £10.00
1 November 2006
CITY BOUNCE BACK IN STYLE
put Saturday’s defeat at Barnet firmly behind
them as they progressed through to the Northern quarter-final’s
of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy following a 3-0
victory over Cheshire neighbours Stockport County at
Deva Stadium last night. New signing Lee Steele made
his debut up front for the Blues who took the lead just
before the break through Jamie Hand. City confirmed
victory with two late goals through Gregg Blundell,
his first since the opening day of the season, and Laurence
Wilson who notched his first for the club to seal the
After the match assistant manager
Graham Barrow told the Evening Leader; “Itís
always nice to bounce back after a disappointing performance
because thatís what we didnít do last time. After
our first two games we had a bit of a dodgy run, but
this time weíve come back in style and I think thatís
what a new player (Lee Steele) does to the situation.
Leeís arrival has given everybody at the club a lift
Ė we know he is a good player. I thought Stockport
played quite well, but for once we have been clinical
and taken our chances.”
The draw for the area quarter-finals
will take place on the SKY Soccer AM programme on Saturday
morning with the match due to take place in the week
commencing 27 November. Joining City in the area draw
will be: Accrington Stanley, Crewe Alexandra, Darlington,
Doncaster Rovers, Mansfield Town, Port Vale, and either
Oldham Athletic or Chesterfield who play tonight.
The reserves lost 2-1 at home
to Preston North End this afternoon in a Pontins Holiday
League fixture. Chris Holroyd was once again on the
score sheet for City.
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