| 30 October 2000
ISA MEMBERS MEETING
City goalscoring legend Stuart
Rimmer is the guest speaker at tonight's ISA members
meeting. The venue is the Royal Mail Club, Station Road,
Chester starting at 19.30hrs.
27 October 2000
Chester have sold just under
200 tickets for tomorrows game at Easington, two coaches
will be making their way to the north-east. Should a
replay be necessary that will take place at the Deva
next Tuesday at 19:45. The draw for the first round proper
will take place tomorrow night at 17:35 live on Sky Sports
and Talk Sport radio (MW285).
Monday's Nationwide Variety Club Trophy replay
match at Hednesford Town has been postponed and will now take place the
following Monday 6 November.
NEW MAN AT THE DEVA
Following the resignation of Martyn
Maund the club have appointed Jonathan Parker as the new Community
Affairs Officer. Parker is a former associate of Dan Brookes.
25 October 2000
FA CUP TICKETS
City's 400 ticket allocation for Saturday's
game at Easington Colliery are on sale today at the following times:
Season ticket holders 10:00-18:00 · Non-season ticket holders 18:00-20:00
Prices are £6 and £3. If there are still any left, they will
be sold on a first come, first served basis on Thursday morning. No tickets
will be available on the day of the game, Easington are expecting the game
23 October 2000
FANS LAUNCH BID TO BUY CLUB
Following on from last week's announcement by Terry Smith to put Chester
City FC up for sale, a consortium of all five supporters clubs have come
together to launch a joint plan to acquire the club and turn it into a
community owned club, run for and by the supporters.
The five groups (The Official Supporters Club, The
Independent Supporters Association, the Exiles, the Executive club and
the Disabled Supporters Association) are forming an Industrial and Provident
Society enabling public subscription, and which will be launched at a
public meeting at Chester Town Hall on the 30th November.
The Working Party have been working on the IPS plan
for several weeks with a view, initially, to acquiring a minority interest
in the club. However, in view of the fact that the club is now up for
sale, the aim is now to make a bid for control. These plans are to be
revealed to the full City Council meeting on Wednesday the 25th October.
The new Society is being formed with the support, and
under the guidance of, the Government sponsored agency Supporters Direct,
set up to ensure greater supporter representation in the running of football
Chairman of the Working Party, Wirral solicitor Graham
"Community ownership is the new future for many smaller
clubs. Football at this level can rarely give the returns businesses,
and their financial backers, seek. As a result, the future of clubs is
heavily dictated by the personal financial acumen and worth of particular
individuals. This leaves too much to chance.
Chester City has been through a painful period in the
hands of two individual owners in recent years. It is time to stop allowing
the club to be used as a 'toy' to satisfy entrepreneurial dreams. The
only way to gain the full support of the community, is to make the whole
club accountable to that very community. The public are no fools. If
they see their club in the wrong hands they lose interest, gates reduce,
funds become unavailable and the club fails. It is time to reverse that
The Working Party have confidence in being able to
raise the necessary investment from a combination of public subscription
and private investment.
"It is our wish to involve the whole City in the fortunes
of Chester City Football Club." says Ross "After all, a successful club
contributes to the promotion of the city bringing visitors and media
coverage. But importantly we want supporters to feel a true sense of
belonging and involvement. Under the Society's ownership, members will
be able to attend general meetings to discuss issues and make comment
and also acquire voting rights as to the make-up of the Society's Board.
No longer will there be confusion as to events at the club."
23 October 2000
FA CUP TICKETS
Saturday's FA Cup match at Easington
Colliery is ALL-TICKET. Details are expected to be announced
today regarding City's 400 allocation.
Please note that the next ISA
members meeting will take place next Monday 30 October and
not tonight as stated in Friday's Chronicle. The guest speaker
will be City's record goalscorer Stuart Rimmer.
20 October 2000
SMITH PUTS THE CLUB UP FOR SALE
It's been announced this morning that chairman
Terry Smith has put the football club up for sale, citing health problems
as his reason why. Smith says that working 100 hours a week at the club
for 15 months has taken its toll and he now wants to spend more time with
his young family. Smith also blamed a section of the clubs supporters and
local media who he claimed were always out to attack him. He
also stated, once again, that the club was in the best financial
state it has ever been in though, like with the previous owner,
still no sets of accounts to back this up have been issued to shareholders.
Smith said: I have tried to do my best for the
club at all times, but I have overworked myself in the process. I have
had such a strong desire that I have given everything else up in my life
for the past 15 months to keep the supporters happy and to make Chester
City FC successful. My 100 hours a week at the club has meant I have
not been with my four very young children as much as I should have.
In deciding who to sell the club to I would ideally
like to pass the club on to the Chester supporters, but any new buyer also
needs to have the financial resources to continue to carry the club forward.
Both Steve Whitehall and Andy
Porter have signed today for Chester City after sorting out
their problems with Oldham Athletic and Wigan Athletic respectively.
This is great news for City fans. Both these players have
shown real quality when they've appeared in loan spells at
LEIGH MATCH ON
It appears that club secretary
Michael Fair is the safety certificate holder at the Deva
and not Martyn Maund so there is no doubt about City's Conference
fixture being off tomorrow.
It has been confirmed that next
weeks match with Easington Colliery will take place on the
north-east clubs own Welfare Ground. The capacity is set
to be 1,000, though they are hoping to raise it to 1,500
for the all-ticket match. City should receive 400 tickets
for the tie. News of the allocation is expected to be made
at tomorrow's match.
VARIETY CLUB TROPHY
Monday 30 October has been provisionally
booked for the replay at Hednesford Town. The winners of
the tie will travel to Southport in round three.
19 October 2000
Chester's Community Officer Martyn
Maund has resigned after just three weeks in the job. What
this means for Saturday's match with Leigh remains to be
seen. City have already had a warning from the Conference
following the postponement of the Hayes game a few weeks
ago and could ill afford to cancel another game which would
surely result in a points deduction.
NEXT ISA MEMBERS MEETING
The next meeting of the Association
takes place on Monday 30 October at the Royal Mail Club,
Station Road. Starting at 19.30, the guest speaker, who needs
no introduction, will be Stuart Rimmer.
18 October 2000
SECRETARY RESIGNS FROM BOARD
Club secretary Michael Fair has resigned from
the board of directors at the Deva though he will still be staying on in
his secretary's role at the club. Fair follows in the footsteps of David
Evans and Paul Murray who have also quit the board in recent months. Fair
said: "A number of matters about how the company is being managed have
concerned me. While I could influence the decision-making process on the
board, I said I would stick at it but that has not been the case recently.
It's not been an easy decision to make and I don't want people to misinterpret
things although the timing is unfortunate." (following on as it does just
a week after a visit from the FA's Compliance Unit). "I'm just sorry it's
worked out the way it has but I've discussed the matter with the chairman
and I will stay on in a football administration role, I still have this
affinity with the club and there are things be done here where I can make
some contribution." added Fair.
16 October 2000
CITY HEAD NORTH EAST
City have been drawn away to Easington Colliery FC
in the fourth round qualifier of the FA Cup. Easington,
based in Peterlee, County Durham, (on the coast halfway
between Hartlepool and Sunderland) play in the Northern
League Division One. On Saturday Easington beat Whitby
Town (two divisions higher) 1-0 in the third round.
The game takes place on Saturday 28 October. Easington
are hoping to be able to stage the match at their Welfare
Ground which has a capacity of 2,500, however Durham
Police may switch the tie to possibly Durham City or
Goalkeeper Dean Greygoose has
been released by Chester City, leaving Wayne Brown as the
sole experienced keeper now at the Deva.
13 October 2000
WHITEHALL YET TO SIGN
||Well, it appears that
Steve Whitehall hasn't yet signed for City. According to the Chronicle he
has things to tie up at Oldham before putting pen to paper, though
hopefully this will be today. Whitehall trained with Oldham yesterday
whilst things were ironed out between the clubs. Both Halifax Town
and Shrewsbury Town are also believed to be interested in the striker.
Meanwhile Paul Carden has passed a fitness test and should be available
for tomorrows game at Forest Green Rovers, while midfielder Scott
Ruscoe travels to Gloucestershire with the team but is not expected
11 October 2000
FA COMPLIANCE UNIT AT CITY
As reported widely on north-west radio and television
yesterday, the Football Association's Compliance Unit has been at the Deva
since Monday. As their name suggests, they are there to check that the
club are complying with the rules and regulations of the FA. This is a
wide ranging role which includes checking of players payments, transfer
monies etc. According to the club this is a "routine visit." City's
new director of community affairs Martyn Maund, said today: "The FA compliance
team paid a routine visit to the club this week. The visit went well and
the team have suggested some useful hints to help the club achieve best
FINNEY JOINS GRECIANS
Striker Steve Finney has gone on trial to third
division Exeter City. With the arrival of striker Steve Whitehall at the
Deva, Finney would seem surplus to requirements.
11 October 2000
Striker Steve Whitehall has agreed a three year
deal with City. This is great news for all City fans who've been impressed
with the strikers month long loan spell from Oldham Athletic. 33-year-old
Whitehall has scored four goals in five games with Chester, coinciding
with City's unbeaten run. "We've been working on a deal and talking
to Steve for the whole month he's been here, he's now come to terms with
Oldham and he'll become a full time Chester player when his loan deals
run out on Friday." said City chairman Terry Smith.
City's match with Hednesford Town in the second
round of the Nationwide Variety Club Trophy postponed last night will now
take place next Tuesday 17 October, kick-off 19:45. which has meant the
postponement of the friendly match against a Manchester United X1. Meanwhile
City's much-publicised postponed home Conference game with with Hayes has
been re-arranged for Saturday 23 December, kick-off 15:00hrs.
CITY VIDEOS NOW ON SALE
Chester City videos are now available at the club
shop at £12.99 each. Games include season 1999-2000 Cheltenham, Mansfield,
Man City, Aston Villa and the dreaded Peterborough game, a must for all
Chester City historians.
2000-1 season include to date Doncaster, Northwich,
Nuneaton and Kettering, with more to come as the season progresses. All
games have a full commentary and cover the complete game, and this season
most will have comments from Graham Barrow.
We are also producing a video fanzine which we are
calling 'Blues, News and Views' in which we will hopefully be bringing
interesting topics about Chester City and football in general. The first
will include an interview with former Sealand Road hero Graham Turner
who visits City in December with Hereford.
These videos are professionally produced by a group
of dedicated City fans, who hope that City will be back in Division Three
as soon as possible. If anyone has any suggestions for inclusion in the
fanzine please contact us, or if anyone wishes to purchase the videos
from us directly, please add £1.00 p&p.
It's the only genuine TV coverage City will get
this season!!! Exiled fans who are interested can contact Northern
Accent Television, P.O.Box 3118, Chester CH4 8XE.
10 October 2000
Tonight's match with Hednesford Town in the
second round of the Nationwide Variety Club Trophy has been postponed.
No new date as yet.
9 October 2000
STRIKER WHITEHALL WANTS TALKS
Steve Whitehalls loan deal with Chester
comes to an end following tomorrow nights match with Hednesford Town,
and the striker is keep to talk to chairman Terry Smith about signing but
the strikers not interested in another loan deal.
Whitehall's loan spell from Oldham has coincided with
City winning four from five game, hes also hit the back of the
net five times for the Blues, including a brace against Kettering Town
Speaking in the Evening Leader Whitehall said: I'm
now asking questions about my future at Chester City. Id like to
think Ive done enough at Chester to stay and I'm obviously pleased
with the way things have been going at the club. Chester is a good location
for me and they are a great set of lads, and I get to play games which
is the main thing, so I'm quite happy, but I'll have to sit down this
week because my loan deal runs out on Friday.
Theres no point in another loan deal. The
reason I came on loan was to get some games which I hadn't had this season
in hopeful anticipation of going back to Oldham and being in with a chance
of getting back in the side there, but Andy Ritchie has got no plans
for me, he's got the forwards he wants, so there's no real point of going
back there I'm not looking for a loan deal.
Ive now got to sit down with him and the
chairman and work on a deal because Steve has got a proven goalscoring
record.' Chairman Terry Smith said: When I initially approached
Oldham to sign Steve Whitehall, Graham Barrow preferred to sign him on
loan, and Graham and I have had on-going discussions about the player
ever since. "It's too early to say what will happen but I think we can
all expect a decision within the next couple of days.
Lets hope that something can be sorted out.
A proven striker in the Conference is a must and Steve fits the bill nicely.
7 October 2000
SCOTT ON WAY BACK
Great news for City fans as midfielder
Scott Ruscoe (left) has made a quick recovery from
his knee surgery and may feature in next Tuesday's
home Nationwide Trophy game against Hednesford Town.
Ruscoe injured his knee in the pre-season match with
Bristol City and has been out of action since. Manager
Graham Barrow will be fielding his strongest possible
City side for a match which kick's-off at 19:45.
The winners of the tie will be away at either Southport
or Doncaster Rovers in round 3.
Chester have appointed Martyn
Maund as director of community affairs at the club.
A Chester City X1 will play a Manchester United
X1 at the Deva on Tuesday 17 October. Team details are expected to be announced
next week. Admission to the match will be adults: £7 children £5.
The match will kick-off at 19:30.
3 October 2000
COMMERCIAL MANAGER QUITS
Rod Buxton has quit his position of commercial
manager at Chester City. He's the latest of an ever increasing number of
staff to have left the club in recent weeks. Buxton, who had previously
worked at Northwich Victoria, Leek and Hyde United joined City in the summer
when he replaced Dan Brookes. Only last month Buxton's assistant Pam Coe
resigned from the club.
Rod Buxton today issued the following statement:
"Despite running the commercial department and building
relationships, which are very strained between Chester FC and the business
fraternity, I cannot continue.
I joined the Club in July when there was effectively
no commercial operation with no main sponsor or season tickets. I have
managed in this short time to build bridges which, however difficult
to maintain, are done as I have Chester City FC at heart and indeed this
was my aim when I joined the Club originally to help.
I would like to thank all the various organisations
who have helped in the interests of Chester City FC Executive
club (Richard Lynes), ISA, Chester Exiles, Paul Murray, the office staff
and the social club staff who have all been 100 per cent behind me.
Also I would like to finally wish Graham Barrow
all the success he deserves. I will be watching events at Chester FC with
interest and hope that one day the 2,000 plus fans may be rewarded for
their unfailing support for what I believe is a 'great Club', they deserve
BECKETT MONEY STILL OWED
Chester City are still to receive
a penny from Chesterfield following the sale of Luke Beckett
in the summer. City were awarded £150,000 by a Football
League tribunal for the former star with half of the fee
due straight away. "We have written to Chesterfield
asking them to make the payment. Football League clubs are
expected to abide by the decisions made by a tribunal." said
a Football League spokesman. "it's all very restrictive
on the club and we've pushed our budget out thinking we would
get the money from Chesterfield. What is particularly frustrating
is that we had a £175,000 bid from Mansfield and one
of £150,000 from York and they said they's pay us in
June." said City manager Terry Smith.
Wayne Brown played on Saturday just hours after
becoming a father. Baby daughter Mia was born in the early hours of the
Craig Gaunt and David Kerr will miss tonight's
tough away match at Scarborough through injury. Chester will be looking
for a big improvement on Saturday's performance as they take on a team
currently top of the Conference form table. The Seadogs have won five and
drawn one of their last six matches and currently lie sixth, two placed
above City in the table. If anyone can send in a match report then please
do so to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Both the ISA and the official supporters club
have complained about the over-the-top police and steward presence at Hednesford
on Saturday. Staffordshire police say they were given a tip-off that there
would be crowd trouble at the match and insisted on turning out in force.
Normally there are no police at Keys Park. The extra cost of the operation
was paid by City fans who forked out £11 at the turnstiles.