BLUES SLUMP TO DETEAT
slumped to their first away league defeat of the season
on saturday when they were beaten 3-1 at Gay Meadow.
The Blues never recovered from conceding a sloppy goal
in the opening minute and fell two behind seven minutes
later with some more bad defending.
Ryan Lowe pulled a goal back just before the break from
a well taken free-kick to give City some second-half
hope but after Ben Davies had brushed the post the home
side added a third through Kelvin Langmead with half
an hour remaining. Neither Gregg Blundell or Carl Regan
Manager Keith Curle called the players in for Sunday
morning training after seeing his side put in another
disappointing performance in front of a large away following.
He described the display as “gutless” and
warned his players: “Everything they get, they
earn and you have to earn days off. I don't have days
off. I work 24-7 and I’m not worried about my
image. I'm not worried about what my hair looks like
or whether my kit looks nice. I want to win football
matches and I will surround myself with people of the
same vein; nothing else will do. There will be changes
to the team for next week, I can guarantee it. I only
want players playing for this club who put everything
YOUTH TEAM VICTORIOUS AT BURY
Two goals from Chris Holdroyd
and another from Karl Noon gave the youth team a 3-2
victory at Bury in their North & Midlands
West Conference League match on Saturday morning.
28 October 2005
DUO BACK IN CONTENTION
at Stockport recently, the Blues can expect a large
following to make the short journey to Shrewsbury
Town tomorrow as Keith Curle’s men look to get
back to winning ways and put last Saturday’s
disappointing performance against Bury behind them.
Stewart Drummond misses the game
as he serves the last game of his three match
However, both Gregg Blundell and Carl Regan (left)
have recovered from injury and are expected to
at a ground
where Chester have rarely tasted success. They have
won only once at the Shropshire ground and that
back in 1999/2000 season when a superb Nick Richardson
goal from a free-kick separated the sides. Our
and Cup record at Gay Meadow is P18, W1, D4, L13 –
so it’s time for a change! Last season a hapless
City were thrashed 5-0.
One player looking forward to
tomorrow will be Ryan Lowe. He moved to City from
back in March and has hit form at the Deva scoring
11 goals in 20+2 appearances. One opposition player
to City fans is defender Richard Hope who joined the
Shrews in the summer and had made 11 appearances so
far this season.
Supporters making the short
journey by train tomorrow have a bonus football special
train added to the hourly
service. This will leave Chester at 11:53 and return
from Shrewsbury at 17:30.
Picture © Evening
26 October 2005
The reserves game against Bury
at Deva Stadium this afternoon was postponed due to
a waterlogged pitch. The Blues were going to give a
run-out to 19-year-old Everton goalkeeper Sean Lake,
a former England youth international, who has been training
with them recently.
25 October 2005
BLUNDELL BACK IN TRAINING
It’s reported that striker
Gregg Blundell resumed training yesterday and appeared
to come through without any more problems. The striker
hasn’t played since being carried off, following
a heavy challenge, in the first minute of the home game
with Rochdale two weeks ago.
Fans will be hoping the record signing, who has scored
6 goals in 7+4 appearances so far, will be fit to resume
match action against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.
Meanwhile defender Carl Regan has also recovered from
a hamstring injury and is also in contention for a place
in Saturday’s squad.
23 October 2005
HOME DRAW FOR BLUES
have been given a home draw against Folkestone
Invicta in the first round of the FA Cup. The tie will take
place on Saturday 5 November, usual matchday prices
will apply. Folkestone, who play in the Ryman Premier
League, won 2-0 at Aylesbury United in yesterday’s
fourth qualifying round.
This is the furthest the Kent side have ever been in
the FA Cup (although
the town’s old club, Folkestone, reached this
stage twice before folding in 1990) and will be a historic
first match against a Football League side for them.
The winners of the match will pick up a handy £16,000
prize money. Should a replay be necessary it will
place at Cheriton Road on Monday 14 November, kick-off
CITY FORCE DRAW
On the back of Tuesday’s
“unacceptable” performance at Cambridge,
Chester turned in another below-par display on Saturday
against Bury. The Blues came away with a point thanks
to a second half equaliser from the penalty spot by
Ryan Lowe but created little throughout. The Shakers
had taken the lead in the ninth minute through a close
range effort from Dwayne Mattis.
Manager Keith Curle said after the game: “We got
a point but we didn’t deserve it. We were missing
a link and although the effort was there, it was a frustrating
day for us but Bury deserve credit for that.”
Despite the two points dropped City remain in fifth
place in League Two.
21 October 2005
BLUNDELL/DRUMMOND OUT FOR CITY
entertain 17th placed Bury at Deva Stadium tomorrow.
The Blues wil be without Stewart Drummond (suspended)
and Gregg Blundell (injured) for the match. The Shakers
recently removed former City favourite Graham Barrow
as manager after a poor start to the season.
There are still two former City stalwarts at the club
though in David Flitcroft and Colin Woodthorpe, both
are expected to feature tomorrow. Barrow has been replaced
by Chris Casper who, at 30, is the youngest manager
in the League. Bury will be without goalkeeper Craig
Dootson who was sent off in their 6-1 defeat at Halifax
Town in the LDV on Tuesday. Bury have won just once
away from Gigg Lane this season, 2-0 at Rushden &
Diamonds two weeks ago.
WIN AN EXECUTIVE DAY AT A MATCH
Raffle tickets will once again be on sale tomorrow at
the club priced £1.00 each. The prize on offer
is an executive day at a future match for two people
including a pre match meal, wine, access to Executive
Lounge and Executive seating. Tickets will be available
around the ground.
20 October 2005
CURLE’S NOT FOR ROVERS
Steve Vaughan (left) has confirmed that Keith Curle
is going knowhere at the moment following a reported
approach from third division rivals Bristol Rovers for
the manager. Curle was born in Bristol and started his
career at Rovers. The west country club have been looking
for a replacement for sacked manager Ian Atkins, a former
Chester boss, for a few weeks now. Curle has had a tremendous
start to his career at City after bringing in a virtually
new squad during the summer.
Vaughan said: “I am extremely disappointed that
a club at our level had the arrogance to think that
they could just breeze in and try to spirit away our
manager. If it had been a big club like Leeds United
or Southampton from the Championship who had come in
then we wouldn’t have stood in Keith’s way,
but I consider it an insult that a club beneath us in
our division should try to destabilise our success with
this type of approach. Keith Curle is one of the brightest
young managers in the Football League, and we know that
we have a man who can take us to the next level, promotion
is our main priority this season, we have certainly
profited from Mansfield Town’s loss. Keith is
under contract to Chester City and I will be sitting
down with him in the near future to discuss extending
Manager Curle confirmed to TeamTalk that he was going
knowhere. “I had a call from the chairman saying
there had been contact and that he had said he was refusing
permission so that’s the end of it. I started
my playing career at Bristol Rovers. I have a lot of
fond memories and it’s nice to be linked. But
it’s recognition of what’s happening here.
I’m not disappointed that the chairman said no
– I would have been disappointed if he’d
Picture © Evening
FA CUP DRAW ON SATURDAY
City have been allocated ball number 13 in Saturday’s
draw for the first round of the FA Cup. The draw will
be live on BBC1 and Sky Sports at approximately 17:10
and ties will take place over the weekend 4-6 November.
Two of the 40 first round matches will be televised,
one on Sky Sports on Friday night the other on BBC1
on Sunday at 13:05. First round winners will pick up
a handy £16,000.
19 October 2005
BLUES DUMPED OUT
crashed out of the LDV Vans Trophy at the first hurdle
3-0 at Nationwide Conference side Cambridge United last
night. Manager Keith Curle
played a side consisting mainly of fringe players though
there was a full debut to winger Paul Rutherford. City
were under the cosh from the off and only a series of
fine saves from Chris MacKenzie kept the Blues in the
match at the interval. It was no surprise when the home
side took the lead midway through the second period
and two further goals late on added to the misery of
the 83 fans who travelled from City.
A furious manager Keith Curle admitted
that last night’s performance was unacceptable.
He told the Evening Leader:
“I put eleven professional
players out to face Cambridge United. Eleven players
who are at Chester City Football Club and their performance
was unacceptable. All I can stress is that I was very
disappointed. If any of the Chester supporters who
travelled down to watch their football club at Cambridge
would like to contact me I will ensure they will receive
a free ticket for our next home game*.
I feel our supporters and I have
been badly let down, but make no bones about it, the
players in the changing room knew that they not only
let themselves down, but they let me down.
There is a horrible side to me –
I don’t shout or scream – but I’ve
been realistic with the players and just said to them
that a club of our size with the ambitions that Chester
have got with the chairman, manager, and staff, cannot
afford to carry passengers at the football club. I
thought last night that some people have got aboard
a bandwagon and not contributed.”
*Note: The offer of free
tickets only applies to the samll group who travelled
on the official supporters coach from Chester.
SUPPORTER BUSES FOR BURY MATCH
In an effort to help fans get down to the ground a bit
easier, the club have arranged for bus transport to
be laid on to the ground from the city centre.
Beginning with the home match against Bury on Saturday
there will be two supporters buses running too and from
the ground to the Town Hall. They will be leaving the
Town Hall from STAND 4C at 13:45 hrs and 14:25hrs. There
will be both single and return tickets on sale, however
Return tickets will have prioritory on the journey leaving
the ground. The Bus back will be departing 20 mins after
the final whistle.
18 October 2005
TROPHY ACTION FOR CITY
The Blues travel south
once again tonight to play their first round LDV Vans
Trophy match at Nationwide Conference side Cambridge
United, kick-off 19:45hrs.
Manager Keith Curle, who has played in the final of
the competition on three occasions in the past said:
“We are treating this trophy with respect. There
is competition for places at the moment, and whichever
team takes the field, it will be a side that I consider
is strong enough to win the match. Competition is not
only for places in the starting eleven at our club these
days, it is also for places on the bench and that is
INTERNATIONAL AT THE DEVA
Deva Stadium will be staging the England v Northern
Ireland U16 Victory Shield match on 3 November, kick-off
19:45hrs. Admission prices
for this match are as follows:
Adults (bought in advance from Chester City) £3.00
Adults (pay on the day at the turnstile) £5.00
Children under 16 and OAP’s £1.00
Two adults and two under 16’s can gain entry by
advance purchase of a family ticket at £5.00.
17 October 2005
BLUES MARCH ON
fine start to the season continued with a hard fought
3-1 win at Barnet on Saturday. Goals from Michael Branch
and, on the stroke of half-time, Ryan Lowe gave the
Blues a two goal advantage at the break.
The major talking point of
the first half however was the sending off by referee
Andy D’Urso of Stewart Drummond after an incident
between him and Nick Bailey. A 21 man scuffle followed
that also saw a yellow card for Marcus Richardson.
City were forced to defend for long
periods in the second-half but the defence coped well
and Tom Curtis wrapped things up with the third goal,
and his first for the club, twenty minutes from time.
Moments earlier the home side had themselves been
reduced to ten men with the dismissal of Anthony Charles
for a second yellow card.
Barnet did pull a goal back through
Giuliano Grazioli on 78 minutes but City held out
for their third away success of the season.
The Blues remain in fifth spot in
league Two on 24 points, just three behind current
leaders Grimsby Town.
City are next in action tomorrow
night when they travel to Cambridge United in the first
round of the LDV Vans Trophy. The match at the Abbey
Stadium will kick-off at 19:45hrs. Admission prices
are: Adults £10.00, concessions £5.00, under
EXILES MEET THE PLAYERS/MANAGER
Thanks to manager
Keith Curle, his assistants and the players for agreeing
to meet the Exiles at the team hotel the night before
the Barnet match. Thanks also to commercial manager
Bob Gray who organised the get together at very short
notice following a suggestion from Exiles chairman Pauline
Meakins at the recent fans Forum. The players mingled
with members, chatted, signed autographs and posed for
pictures before Keith Curle joined the delighted group
for an hour long open Q&A session.
THREE MATCH BAN FOR DRUMMOND
Stewart Drummond has
been suspended for three matches after his red card
at Barnet on Saturday. He will miss the LDV match at
Cambridge United on Tuesday, followed by the League
Two matches against Bury and Shrewsbury Town.
16 October 2005
HOLROYD DOUBLE BRINGS YOUTH POINT
Two goals from Chris
Holroyd, one a penalty, helped the youth team fight
back from a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 at home with
local rivals Tranmere Rovers on Saturday morning.
14 October 2005
ARTELL DOUBTFUL FOR BARNET TRIP
take their six match unbeaten away league record to
Barnet tomorrow. The Bees have won just once in the
League at home since being promoted at Conference champions
in May, that victory against Macclesfield Town in mid-August
took them to the top of the table, they currently occupy
City must do without the services
of striker Gregg Blundell who is still suffering after
effects of last Friday’s challenge and defender
David Artell (left) is rated as 50/50 after picking
up an ankle injury in that home defeat by Rochdale.
Sean Hessey has resumed training and will be fit to
join the squad.
Barnet are hoping to welcome back
forward Giuliano Grazioli following a thigh injury.
Manager Keith Curle is happy
to be playing Barnet now. He told the Chronicle: “You
don’t want to play a team that’s just
come up at the start of the season. Sometimes you
find that momentum carries on into the early stages
of the season. The best time to play them is after
14 or 15 games when they’re settling into the
The two sides last met in March
2004 when the sides drew a blank at a windswept Underhill
in front of 500 travelling fans.
last time we met
Picture © Evening
13 October 2005
TRAVELLING TO BARNET?
those travelling to Underhill on Saturday you should
be warned that there is currently no service on the
Northern Line and this is quite likely to be suspended
for Saturday. This line serves High Barnet tube station
which is the last station on the High Barnet branch
and five minutes from the ground.
Should the line be closed,
an alternative route is by train from London Kings
Cross to New Barnet, this is about 20 minutes walk
from Underhill. Turn right out of the station then
left into Station Road. Turn right at the traffic
lights opposite the cinema, under the bridge and the
ground is on your left.
Trains leave Kings Cross at .14 and .44 and the journey
takes 48 minutes, with a change at Alexandra Palace
(for a bus replacement service). Check before planning
your journey though and allow plenty of extra time.
There is also
a rail replacement bus service, as well as a regular
bus service, that operates from Arnos Grove tube station
on the Piccadilly line to High Barnet tube station.
timetable | Transport
for London (tube/bus info)
9 October 2005
City have appointed
Ronnie Taylor as head
of their junior scouting system. Taylor has previously
worked at Tranmere Rovers and Preston North End as a
Youth Development Officer. Taylor said: “I intend
to put a scouting system into place at the Deva Stadium,
as well as utilising our contacts in the Irish football
8 October 2005
DEFEAT FOR CITY
Blues have slipped to fifth in League Two after losing
to Rochdale 3-2 at Deva Stadium on Friday night in front
of the biggest home gate of the season, 4,327. City
missed a host of chances during the opening period,
and, against the run of play found themselves a goal
down at the break. Two goals in as many minutes through
Stewart Drummond and Ben Davies soon after though put
the Blues in the driving seat only to hand a gift equaliser
to Holt and Lambert snatched the winner five minutes
The talking point of the game however
came in the opening two minutes as Gregg Blundell
(left) was brought down by visiting keeper Matthew
Gilks in a heavy challenge as he chased a Drummond
through ball. The shot-stopper received a yellow card
and, after lengthy treatment, Blundell was stretchered
off and taken to hospital as a precaution. The extent
of the injury is as yet unknown but is believed it
may be concussion. Defender David Artell was also
forced to leave the action through injury with just
under twenty minutes remaining.
Despite the defeat manager Keith
Curle was in a positive mood after the match: “I
thought we were on the front foot and caused Rochdale
a lot of problems – more so in the first half,
but I got the feeling that we were going to have to
earn everything we wanted. But I said in my programme
notes that everything you get off a Steve Parkin team
you have to earn. I still believe we will get promoted,
no problem at all.”
City are next in action on Saturday
when they travel to play Barnet at Underhill, kick-off
Picture © Evening Leader
YOUTH TEAM DRAW
The youth team drew
0-0 at Rochdale on Saturday morning. The Blues played
the last hour of the game with ten men following a controversial
red card for Neil Carroll. The youth team are next in
action when they entertain Tranmere Rovers at the Airbus
UK ground on Saturday morning.
report | Youth
fixtures | Youth
stats | Youth
7 October 2005
DALE IN TOWN
entertain Rochdale at Deva Stadium tonight (19:45hrs)
looking for three more points to maintain their challenge
at the top of League Two. Like City Dale have started
well and lie one place below the Blues in fifth spot.
Manager Keith Curle looks set to
add Phil Bolland to the match squad after the defender
came through Wednesday’s reserve game at Wrexham,
following his ankle injury at Notts County. Fellow
defender Sean Hessey is still sidelined though.
Dale welcome back top scorer Grant
Holt for tonight’s
Deva clash, David Artell has been given the job of
taiming the dangerman who has netted 9 goals this
season. Dale have so far won twice on their travels
at Shrewsbury Town (1-0) and Leyton Orient (4-1).
Manager Keith Curle knows City will
have to be at their best tonight: “What we’ve
got to do is match their work rate, their enthusiasm,
their determination, and then find out if they can
keep their back door shut – I don’t
think they will. In Grant Holt they have the second
highest leading scorer in our division and, like Nathan
Tyson, they have an obvious goal threat. But it’s
down to us to nullify him and play our own football
because we’ve got players throughout our team
who can score goals.”
With no Premiership football
at the weekend, and a fair few expected to travel
from Rochdale, the club will be hoping for a good
turnout from City fans tonight that their current
City’s youth team travel
to play their Rochdale counterparts tomorrow morning.
6 October 2005
LAST-GASP DRAW FOR RESERVES
A penalty deep into injury, following
a foul on substitute Chris Holroyd, converted by Robert
Marsh-Evans brought City a 1-1 draw in last night’s
Pontins Holiday League Division One West match at Wrexham.
The point still leaves the Blues at the bottom of the
table after five matches.
The home side had taken the lead through Marc Williams
seven minutes from time and generally had the better
of the play during the match. City took the opportunity
to field several players with first team experience,
including Phil Bolland who was making a return from
report | Reserve
fixtures | Reserve
table | Reserve
3 October 2005
MATCH OF THE DAY
and Wycombe Wanderers fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw
at the Causeway Stadium on Saturday that was a great
advert for League Two football. The Blues twice took
a first half lead through Stewart Drummond and Michael
Branch (left) only to be pegged back on both occasions.
Wanderers then took the lead following the break before
Branch popped up again on the hour mark to add the final
goal of the game. Branch also hit the woodwork on two
occasions including a cross/shot in the last minute.
Manager Keith Curle told the Daily
Post: “The two teams have got a way of playing
and they are prepared to stick to their principles.
We are two teams plying our trade at the top of the
table, so you might expect a little bit of caution,
but caution went out of the window in this match.
Michael Branch was excellent. He led from the front
and typified everything we were trying to do. We are
very pleased with the way we played and with a little
more luck we could have nicked it at the end.”
The point sees City drop a place
to fourth with Leyton Orient jumping up to second
spot after beating Mansfield Town 3-1. The Blues are
next in action on Friday night when they entertain
fifth placed Rochdale at Deva Stadium, kick-off 19:45hrs.
Picture © Evening Leader
YOUTH TEAM DEFEAT
The youth team lost
1-0 at home to Wigan Athletic on Saturday morning in
their latest North & Midlands West Conference League
match. Meanwhile the draw has been made for the second
round of the Youth Alliance Cup and the boys travel
to play Shrewsbury Town on Saturday 22 October (kick-off
11:00hrs). The match at Port Vale scheduled for that
day will now have to be rearranged.
report | Youth
fixtures | Youth
stats | Youth
FANS FORUM TONIGHT
There’s a chance
for fans to meet the management soon as they club hold
a Fans Forum at 19:00hrs tonight at the ground. In attendance
will be chairman Steve Vaughan, manager Keith Curle
and commercial manager Bob Gray.