AWAY DRAW FOR CITY
Chester have drawn Stafford Rangers away in the first round of the FA Cup.
will take place at Marston Road on Saturday 13 November. 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.
ANNOUNCEMENT ON MONDAY
Chairman Steve Vaughan has stated on SKY Sports after
today’s game at Yeovil,
that an announcement would be made by the club on Monday regarding the position
to the Wales job.
RUSH TO HOLD TALKS WITH WELSH FA
The Welsh FA have asked the club, and been given permission, to hold talks
with City manager Ian Rush in relation to the Welsh national managerial position.
Rush has only been involved in management since taking
over at League Two Chester in August but has been strongly
tipped as a potential successor to Mark Hughes.
Stephen Vaughan told Sky Sports News: “I don’t
know whether he has been offered the job
but we are not going to stand in his way. He has
done a tremendous job for Chester City but at the end
of the day this is how it is.
has proved our decision (to appoint Rush) was right.
Ian Rush is going to
be a big name in football
management. We would like to keep him but we can’t
compete with a job like the Wales job.
The club is full
of drama and theres nothing we can do about that. We
said to his agent when he got the job at Chester that
if a bigger job came in we’d let him talk to them.”
FA CUP DRAW
The draw for the first round of the FA Cup will take place tomorrow at 17:00hrs
on BBC1 TV. Chester will be ball number 12.
Manager Ian Rush looks set to keep faith with the side that has brought two
home victories this week for tomorrow’s away match at eighth placed
Yeovil Town. The game at Huish Park kick’s-off at 15:00hrs.
28 October 2004
WELL DONE BOYS!
Pictured are the Chester City centre of excellence under 9/10 squad, with coach
Danny Jones, outside the National Sports Centre Lillishall at the recent Shrewsbury
Doing very well, they reached the final, winning games against Port Vale, West
Shrewsbury Town on the way before eventually being pipped by Tranmere Rovers.
A group picture featuring teams
and staff of the Chester City Centre of Excellence has
been added here.
STAMP REJECTS LOAN DEAL
Striker Darryn Stamp has rejected the chance of moving
to Forest Green Rovers on loan preferring to stay at the
Deva and fight for his place in the first team. Last week
the striker rejected a similar proposal from Scarborough.
27 October 2004
Cortez Belle received his fifth card of the season last night and is due to face
a one match ban beginning on 2 November so he will miss the LDV Vans Trophy game
against Rochdale on that date. [thefa.com]. Meanwhile Chester have announced
reduced admission prices for that LDV game where adults will pay £10.00
and juniors £5.00 for entry.
City’s reserves lost 3-0 at home to Oldham Athletic
reserves at Deva Stadium this afternoon in a Pontins Holiday
League game. Colin Doyle played in goal for City. All
the goals came in the second half.
26 October 2004
CITY ON THE UP
brushed aside bottom-of-the-table Kidderminster Harriers
3-0 to move up four places to 14th in League Two. Michael
Branch headed City ahead on 28 minutes, and they should
have doubled their lead as Richard Hope headed wide from
Following the break Wayne Hatswell was sent-off for bringing
down Branch, the former City defender received a standing
ovation as he left the pitch before Kevin Ellison swept
home the resulting free-kick. Man-of-the-match Ben Davies
wrapped up the
scoring on 64 minutes against his former club
after substitute Daryl Clare had seen a shot blocked.
• Latest League
The game against Southend United
at Roots Hall scheduled for Saturday 18 December has
and will now take place on Friday 17 December, kick-off
19:45hrs. The official Southend website says this was
a joint decision made by both clubs due to the proximity
FA YOUTH CUP DRAW
Chester have been drawn at home
to play either Sacrborough or Whitley Bay in the First
Round Proper of this year’s competition. The game
must be played by Saturday 13 November.
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
A group picture featuring teams
and staff of the Chester City Centre of Excellence has
been added here.
25 October 2004
Two quality goals from man-of-the-match Michael Branch
over Grimsby Town on Saturday. Branch struck with both goals in a three minutes
spell towards the end of the first half, The Mariners reduced the arrears right
as Phil Bolland deflected in a shot from on-loan striker John Daly over Chris
Blues withstood a lot of second half pressure from the visitors but held out
for the three points that lifts them to 18th position in League
City can climb as high as 14th should
they overcome Kidderminster Harriers
Stadium on Tuesday night.
This will be the first
league encounter between the sides, with Harriers
gaining promotion as City were relegated to the Conference
Harriers currently lie at the
foot of League Two having lost six of their seven away
this season, the only point on their travels coming
at Rushden & Diamonds on the opening day of the
Ian Rush is expected to name an
unchanged side for the game, while kiddy should field
ex-City player Wayne Hatswell, who, given the circumstances
of his departure from the Deva, deserves a decent reception
from the City fans.
The only occasion the teams have met before
was at Sealand Road in the fourth round of the Welsh
Cup in January 1976 (programme
left). A repeat of the
scoreline on that occasion would be
goals from Nigel Edwards, Tony Loska, Barney Daniels,
Terry Owen, Stuart Mason, Paul Crossley and two from
Dave Lennard gave Chester an emphatic 8-1 victory.
CLARE TO RETURN?
City welcome Grimsby Town for their first-ever visit
to Deva Stadium tomorrow. The two sides haven’t met since the 1990/91
season when City were exiled at Macclesfield when the Mariners completed
Grimsby currently lie mid-table
and, like City, have two away wins to show for their
travels so far at Cambridge United and Northampton
Town and will give fitness tests to both Jason Crowe
and John McDermott ahead of tomorrow's game.
Chris MacKenzie will once again
play in goal for City. Wayne Brown’s calf injury
picked up in the pre-match warm-up last Saturday is not
as bad as first feared and he could be back in action
soon. With only two goals scored at home in six matches,
there could also be a start for Daryl Clare who played
in Wednesday’s reserve victory over Carlisle United.
KEEPER SIGNS ON LOAN
City have signed 19-year-old goalkeeper
Colin Doyle on a month’s loan from Birmingham City.
With Wayne Brown currently out with a calf injury, Doyle
will act as cover for Chris MacKenzie.
SHREWSBURY ALL TICKET
Today’s Daily Post has
stated that the home League Two game with Shrewsbury
Town on Saturday
11 December is to be all-ticket.
Two goals from Darryn Stamp and a goal each from
Daryl Clare and Stephen Vaughan gave City’s reserve team a resounding
4-0 victory over
in the Pontins Holiday League at Deva Stadium this afternoon.
• Reserve team fixtures | table
VAUGHAN CONFIRMES SEADOGS INTEREST
Vaughan confirmed at last night’s
fans forum that Scarborough had expressed an interest in both Daryl Clare
the City strikeforce that netted 50 goals last season.
Vaughan said: “I
had an enquiry from the Scarborough chairman Malcolm Reynolds, asking about
current situation. I will talk to Ian Rush and discuss the position. If it
gives the player regular first team football possibly it will be good for all
added: “It is flattering to have interest from other clubs about our
players, and while a temporary move for Darryn Stamp may be beneficial to both
I think that it is highly unlikely that Daryl Clare would be allowed to go,
even on a loan basis. Daryl has just returned from hernia surgery and I know
in Ian Rush’s plans, as I’ve said before we are building a team here
not dismantling it.”
from a pre-season injury, Stamp has found it hard to regain his place up
front due to some sterling performances
signing Cortez Belle who has grabbed his chance to impress manager Ian Rush
with both hands.
FANS FORUM TONIGHT
Chairman Steve Vaughan will
be answering questions at a fans forum at the Deva
Stadium social club
tonight. Doors open at 19:00hrs for a 20:00hrs start.
The evening will be chaired by Graham Ross of the
Supporters Trust, iIt
session. All supporters are invited to attend.
ON A ROLL
The Blues have now
gone eight games undefeated since Ian Rush took
charge of his first
side against Macclesfield Town. Saturday’s 1-0 win
& Diamonds lifted the Blues to 19th in League Two though
is likely to change after tomorrow night’s round
of matches, the Blues play the following week due to Rush’s
involvement with the Welsh u17 side.
Stewart Drummond proved City’s
match winner at Nene Park, heading home unmarked on
77 minutes and the Blues were guilty of squandering
several good chances to extend their lead after that.
With Wayne Brown picking up a leg
injury in the pre-match warm-up, and he may possible
be out for up to four weeks as a result, Chris MacKenzie
made his full league debut for City between the sticks.
His only other appearance was at Hillsborough and
to the occasion making a superb one-handed second-half
save to keep out Burgess’s long-range pile
With the departure of Danny Collins
in the week, Richard Hope also made a full, and impressive,
league debut for City at Nene Park. You can read Richard’s
thoughts on the game in his regular column for Sky
City now have two home games in
succession. Grimsby Town make their first-ever
visit to Deva Stadium on Saturday, and there’s
a visit from Kidderminster Harriers the following
Tuesday – which will be the first-ever league
meeting between the sides.
YOUTH ALLIANCE CUP DRAW
City have a home draw against Tranmere Rovers in
round 2 of the Football League Youth
Alliance Cup. The Blues were given a bye in round
1 whilst opponents
Tranmere beat Wrexham 2-0. The tie
is scheduled to be played on Saturday 27 November.
the team beat Rotherham United at home 3-0 on Saturday
with goals from James Salkeld (penalty), Mark Cadwallader
and Robbie Booth to move fourth in the Youth Alliance
North Central Conference.
• Youth team fixtures | table
SELECTION HEADACHE FOR RUSH
the exception of Andy Watson, manager Ian Rush will
have a full squad to choose
from for tomorrow’s League Two game against Rushden
& Diamonds at Nene Park.
The Blues make only their third
visit to the Northamptonshire ground (kick-off 15:00hrs)
where they played their first ever match in the Nationwide
contested the J C Thompson Championship Shield in 2001/02.
City lost on both occasions (the second on a penalty
shoot-out) so fans will be hoping it’s a case of
third time lucky tomorrow against a side City have never
Ahead of the game
Diamonds have signed two players on loan this week, Gary
Mulligan (Watford) and Drewe Broughton (Southend United)
both could debut tomorrow. Rushden currently lie in 14th
place with 16 points, 4 more than Chester and have a
home record that reads P6, W2, D3, L1, F3, A4.
last visit to Nene Park.
fans will be pleased to hear that club chairman
Steve Vaughan has told the Evening Leader
that an out
of court settlement has been made with York-based
Goldcrest Finance Corporation over
a petition to wind up Vaughan Trading Company.
Vaughan stated: “It was a dispute between
both companies that simply got out of hand. We
have now settled that dispute out of court, and
there is no longer any claim against
Vaughan Trading Ltd. There is no
need to worry; the only time to worry is when
I am no longer at Chester City FC. I am the
club’s overdraft facility, and while
I am here I will
not let Chester City FC
also confirmed that the club would not be
going into administration. “Yes, we
have applied for financial administration.
It was the only option open to us on the
particular day that we made the application,
but it will not happen. Chester City FC will
not go into administration.”
lost 1-4 tonight against league leaders Manchester
in a Pontins Holiday League game. Kevin McIntyre
scored for the Blues with a diving header on
66 minutes in the match played in front of 201
at Hyde United.
The City team was: MacKenzie, Vaughan, McIntyre, Ventre, Jones, Abdulahic
((trialist) Salkeld 60), Harris (Walsh 73), Booth (Rutherford 70), Stamp,
Clare, Watson, Subs not used:
• Reserve team fixtures | table
COLLINS JOINS SUNDERLAND
luck to City defender Danny Collins who has signed a three-and-a-half
year contract for Championship side Sunderland today.
The fee reported on the official Sunderland site is £140,000
of which his former club Buckley Town will receive 20%.
Collins signed for City from Buckley
in 2001, initially as a striker, and went on to make
74+5 appearances, scoring 4 goals, for the Blues. During
his stay at City had had a successful loan spell at
neighbours Vauxhall Motors and was in the side for their
giant-killing FA Cup win at Queens Park Rangers. In
2003 he picked up a National Game X1 Semi-Pro cap for
England against Holland.
Danny told the Sunderland Echo: “I’m
delighted to be given the chance to come to Sunderland
and to be
I’m still pinching myself at the thought of
how far I’ve come in such a short space of time. I’ve
enjoyed my time
at Chester City and I wish them all the best for
the future, but I was grateful
chairman Stephen Vaughan gave me the opportunity
to improve myself by moving to Sunderland.”
8 October 2004
BLUES WELCOME BACK ELLISON
make ony their second-ever visit to Whaddon Road tonight
for their League Two game against Cheltenham Town. The
last occasion the two sides met was back in April 2000
when City were fighting relegation to the Conference and
the Robins were looking for a play-off place in division
three. Over 1,000 City fans made the trip on that occasion
only to see their side lose 1-0. Two Blues players remain
from that visit, Wayne Brown and Paul Carden.
Cheltenham currently lie just two
places above City on the same number of points and,
like the Blues, have
won on just one occasion
at home to date, 1-0 against Boston United.
Ian Rush will welcome back Kevin
Ellison back the squad that drew with Swansea City
last Saturday following his one match ban. • Match
report from the last time we met.
Steve Vaughan has agreed to hold a fans forum at the Deva Stadium social
club on Tuesday 19 October. The meeting starts at
20:00hrs and will be chaired by Graham Ross of the Supporters Trust. It will
a straight Q&A session. All
CLARE SPOT ON
Daryl Clare scored the second-half equaliser for City’s
at Rochdale. The home side had earlier taken the lead through Daryl Burgess in
conditions at Rossendale United’s Dark Lane ground this afternoon.
Reserves: MacKenzie, Vaughan, Hope, Ventre, McIntyre, Booth, Harris, Watson,
Whalley, Clare, Stamp. Subs: Brookfield, Rutherford, Salkeld, Walsh, D.Jones.
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BLUES PONDER DEBT SITUATION
This mornings Daily Post
reports that City are contemplating filing
for financial administration, possibly today. This will allow the
club several weeks grace to negotiate
with creditors over historical debts, tax etc,
incurred by the current regime. “This is the old saga of
debts we accrued from the previous ownership,
We have been gradually paying off the old debts,
but it appears that the authorities are getting extremely
tough with football clubs” chief executive
David Burford told the paper.
RUN-OUT FOR CLARE
Daryl Clare is expected to turn
out for the reserves tomorrow at Rochdale as he gets
back to match fitness following his hernia operation.
Andy Watson may also get a first run-out since his summer
Celtic. Watson had a knee operation during the pre-season.
DRAW FOR CITY
Chester have been drawn
at home to play Rochdale in the second round
of the LDV Vans
Trophy. The game will take place week commencing
1 November. The
draw in full is:
Oldham Athletic v Accrington
Hereford United v Doncaster Rovers
Chester City v Rochdale
Carlisle United v Hartlepool United
Wrexham v Stockport County
Blackpool v Huddersfield Town
Macclesfield Town v Mansfield Town
Tranmere Rovers v Port Vale
Cheltenham Town v Walsall
Wycombe Wanderers v Swansea City
Bristol Rovers v Barnet
Torquay United v Northampton Town
Cambridge United v Leyton Orient
Exeter City v Swindon Town
Bristol City v Milton Keynes
Southend United v Shrewsbury Town
TOUGH TEST FOR CITY
flying Swansea City visit Deva Stadium tomorrow for
what promises to be an exciting clash. The Blues’ confidence
will be high following the terrific midweek win at
Sheffield Wednesday as they take on a Swans side
currently third in League Two and with three away
under their belt already this season. Like City,
LDV success in the week with a 2-0 home win over
League One table toppers Luton Town.
Ian Rush must do without in-form winger Kevin Ellison
who is suspended for the game. Ellison scored the
equaliser at Lincoln last Saturday and popped-up
again with a stunning winner at Hillsborough. However
Cortez Belle is available following his three match
ban and it remains to be seen whether Michael Branch
is match fit enough to play as City look to extend
their unbeaten run under Rush to six games. Daryl
Clare is still some weeks away from a return to
first team duties though as he recovers from a hernia
BLACK CATS OFFER FOR DANNY
Sunderland have followed Sheffield
United with a bid for 24-year-old defender Danny Collins.
Chairman Steve Vaughan has confirmed that his opposite
number Bob Murray had contacted him and faxed over their,
as yet undisclosed, offer.
Collins is out of contract at the end of the season and
the Blues are desperate for him to stay at the Deva.
The club are expected to open talks with the defender
Ian Rush told the Evening Leader: “I want Danny
Collins to stay. He’s an excellent player who is
in top form and he is part of my plans. Danny and Phil
Bolland have been excellent as our centre backs and I
want that to continue. I won’t be allowing Danny
to speak to any club because he’s still on contract
at Chester City. He won’t be speaking to anyone
unless I feel it’s right. In fairness to Danny his
attitude is superb and you never know what happens in
football, but I’d love him to stay at Chester.”
The defender missed the midweek game with an ankle injury
but is expected to be fit for tomorrow.
CHESHIRE CUP DRAW
City have been drawn at home in the second round
of the Cheshire Cup to Altrincham, however the
game has been switched to Moss Lane and will take
place on Tuesday 9 November, kick-off 19:45hrs.
The full draw is:
Stalybride Celtic v Vauxhall Motors
Tranmere Rovers v Crewe Alexandra
Chester City v Altrincham
Alsager Town v Hyde United