ANOTHER TOUGH GAME
look to put the midweek FA Cup exit at the hands
of Barrow behind them as they entertain AFC Wimbledon
at Deva Stadium tomorrow (15:00hrs). Manager Jim
Harvey will have both Nick Chadwick and Glenn Rule
available following suspension through there are
doubts over Anthony Barry and Michael Lea who limped
off in the midweek defeat.
Ahead of the match City manager Jim Harvey told
the Daily Post; “Wimbledon will be another
tough game but they are all very tough at this level.
All we can do is look to the next game and try to
improve on the mistakes we made against Barrow.
I have been through bad times as a footballer and
when the next match comes around, it’s a test
“This will determine whether people are going
to make it or not as footballers. You have to overcome
the disappointments you receive, because there are
plenty of them.”
AFC set off this morning for the match, they are
training in Cheadle this afternoon prior to their
overnight stay. Dons manager Terry Brown will be
without the injured duo Jay Conroy and Kennedy Adjei
whilst Derek Duncan is also missing through suspension.
They come to Deva Stadium lying just outside the
play-off places in eighth position thanks to an
impressive away track record of five wins and two
draws in their eight matches. Their only defeat
came at Eastbourne Borough.
28 October 2009
BLUES DUMPED OUT
goals in five second half minutes brought to an
abrupt end Chester’s progress in this years
FA Cup competition. The game was evenly poised on
73 minutes when City goalkeeper John Danby was penalised
for handling a Neil Ashton back-pass, Andrew Bond
hammered the resulting free-kick through the City
wall and past Danby.
A minute later Jason Walker doubled the advantage
from the penalty spot following a foul by Ashton.
A shell-shocked City found themselves three down
a minutes later as Bond headed home and the misery
was complete in the final minute as substitute Andy
Cook scored from 20 yards though very few City fans
were left in the ground by then to witness it.
A disappointed Jim Harvey said following the defeat:
“Tonight’s game proved how much goals
make a difference. But I was disappointed that we
conceded a free kick for our keeper collecting a
back pass because that law was introduced originally
to prevent time-wasting.”
Ashton had been tracked across the six yard box
under pressure and the ball came off his shin
and his knee and our keeper came out and picked
the ball up. I thought it was a poor refereeing
that goal we fell apart for ten minutes afterwards
and everybody could see the reaction it gave to
the Barrow team. They were buoyed by the situation
and they were able to finish the situation off.
I had no complaint about the penalty decision because
it looked like a trip from where I was, but by then
the damage was done and it was game over.”
City must try and pick themselves up now for Saturday’s
visit from AFC Wimbledon. Harvey will have both
Nick Chadwick and Glenn Rule available for selection
© Evening Leader
27 October 2009
CITY LOOK TO HOME ADVANTAGE
City and Barrow go
head to head again tonight at Deva Stadium to earn
a place in the first round proper of this season’s
FA Cup and a home tie with Blue Square South side
Eastleigh. Extra time and penalties will be used
to decide the tie if necessary. Nick Chadwick and
Glenn Rule are still suspended and miss out while
Gregg Blundell, who missed Saturday’s clash
at Holker Street, is still struggling with a hamstring
injury. The winners of the tie will receive £12,500.
BBC radio Cumbria match commentary
26 October 2009
The Football Conference
have extended the deadline given to the club to
pay off their Football creditors. Following discussions
over the past week the club have until 16 November
to satisfy the Football League over certain unnamed
issues referred to them regarding the club.
The Conference have issued the following statement...
a notice issued to Chester City FC by the Football
Conference on Monday, 19th October 2009 relating
to the Club’s failure to comply with a compromise
agreement containing the Club’s conditions
of membership, and a subsequent statement referring
to the non-payment of football creditors, a further
statement is issued as follows:-
between the Football Conference, the Football
League, the Professional Footballers Association
and Chester City FC have taken place during the
past seven days, and are on-going.
In the light of the wish of
all parties to seek a satisfactory resolution
the Football Conference has agreed to defer any
decision on the Club’s future membership
until Monday, 16th November 2009, enabling the
Football League to discuss certain issues which
have been referred to its Board of Directors.
All parties are working together
in an attempt to preserve the future of Chester
City FC. The club has, however, been duly informed
that unless it complies in full with the conditions
of membership it agreed with the Football Conference,
the Competition will move to consider the club’s
expulsion, in accordance with the said agreement
with the Football Conference.”
25 October 2009
EXILES SUPPORT FOR CITY FANS UNITED
The Exiles have produced
a limited number of T-shirts to help raise money
for City Fans United. These feature Harry McNally
and his infamous phrase “Professional Football
is all about pain” on good quality shirts
in two designs, see below. The T-shirts are available
at £10 plus £2.50p+p. All proceeds from
shirt sales will go towards City Fans United.
The shirt colour options are White, Sky Blue or
The shirt sizes available are M (40"), L (42"),
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BLUES HAVE HOME TIE INCENTIVE
have been handed a home tie with Slue Square South
side Eastleigh should they progress in the competition.
The Hampshire side won through with a 5-3 win at
Dover Athletic yesterday to make the first round
for the first time in the clubs history.
City must first beat their Conference opponents
Barrow in Tuesday night’s replay at Deva Stadium.
Jonny Flynn gave City the lead at Holker Street
on Saturday on 15 minutes tucking the ball home
past Barrow ’keeper Stuart Tomlinson but the
home side leveled through ex-City midfielder Paul
Rutherford on 66 minutes.
Blues manager Jim Harvey thought his side had done
enough to win at Holker Street. He said: “I
thought we had enough chances to have won the game.
There were three or four occasions when we should
have wrapped it up. It was pleasing to see young
Jonathan Flynn score his first goal for us, and
I also thought he handled his defensive duties well.
The players are enjoying training, and adapting
to the methods and style of play we are asking them
The club have until
17:30hrs today to pay off the money owed to their
football creditors or face possible expulsion from
the Football Conference. The club must pay off their
debts to both Vauxhall Motors for the Paul Taylor
signing and Wrexham football club for last months
share of the away ticket sales for the match played
at the Racecourse.
23 October 2009
SAME AGAIN CITY
Jim Harvey is hoping to name an unchanged side tomorrow
as City travel to the Holker Street Stadium to play
Barrow in the fourth qualifying round of the FA
Cup. The only doubt appears to be Gregg Blundell
who has a slight hamstring injury from last Saturday’s
1-0 win at Gateshead. This is the first meeting
between the sides since October
2001 when the Bluebirds defeated Steve Mungall’s
City side 1-0.
City are hoping to
renew the loan of Rochdale midfielder Clark Keltie
in time for the match that sees club owner Steve
Vaughan return to the previous club he used to own
before they fell into liquidation. Harvey had been
intending to sign a loan striker ahead of the game
but the latest transfer embargo has put paid to
Barrow are co-managed by former Chester player David
Bayliss and could include former Blue Paul Rutherford
in their side following the former youth team player’s
moved to Holker Street in the summer. The home side
will be able to call on the services of two loan
players Jon Shaw (Rochdale) and Carlisle United’s
Andy Cook after both were given permission by their
respective club’s this week.
City supporters will be housed in the ‘W’
section of the main stand and a small section of
the Wilkie Road/Holker Street corner tomorrow. Gates
E & F will be for away supporters. Admission
prices are: Stand: adults £14, concessions
£11. Terrace: adults £13, concessions
£11. Under 16s: £5 all areas.
City have lost only once on their travels so far
this season, at Oxford United, and manager Harvey
is confident his squad are as prepared as they can
be. Ahead of the tie he told the Chester Chronicle
“Barrow fans really get behind their team
and make a lot of noise so we know it will not be
an easy game. The
FA Cup is a competition that excites fans more than
any other so I expect a very passionate atmosphere.
But there’s plenty of experienced boys in
our squad and I don’t think they’ll
have a problem with the atmosphere.”
If a replay is necessary it will take place on Tuesday
night at Deva Stadium, kick-off 19:45hrs. The winners
of the tie will receive £12,500.
BBC radio Cumbria match commentary
Around 150 City fans
attended last night’s launch of the new City
Fans United supporters group. The meeting, chaired
by Charlie Lambert, proved a great success. More
details are available on their newly launched website.
22 October 2009
CITY ON THE BRINK
football club have been told they have until 17:30hrs
on Monday to pay off their football creditors of
face possible expulsion from the Football Conference.
The club have had a transfer embargo placed on their
once again after failing to pay off debts to both
Vauxhall Motors for the Paul
Taylor (left) signing and Wrexham football club
for last months share of the away ticket sales for
the match played at the Racecourse. As yet the total
amount owed has not been revealed.
The Conference have issued the following statement.
In accordance with Membership Rule 11 – for
the non-payment of football creditors – Chester
City FC have been placed under an immediate player
embargo, in as much that:
Chester City FC has not complied with the terms
of the compromise agreement set by the Football
Conference to allow the club to participate in
the competition at the commencement of the current
season; and further to that fact, the club has
been given 7 days, operative up to 5.30pm 26th
October 2009, in which to meet the said payment
terms of that agreement, otherwise they face the
threat of expulsion from the Football Conference.
2. Chester City FC has failed
to pay monies owing to Wrexham FC for away ticket
sales relating to their fixture played on 27th
September 2009 and further to that fact, the club
has failed to meet a 7-day payment deadline imposed
by the Football Conference.
3. Chester City has failed to
pay Vauxhall Motors FC monies owed in relation
to the loan of Paul Taylor, which should have
been met no later than 14th October 2009.
Club owner Steve Vaughan has gone on the offensive
insisting that football creditors will be paid
once money from the Football League and the Conference
that are owed to the club are paid. He told BBC
“I want to know when our
debtors are going to pay us. The Football League
owe us £99,965 from our parachute payments,
as part of the parachute payment of £225,000.”
“The Conference owe us
£35,000, £5,000 being part of the
central funding and £30,000 being from the
Premier League gift. The Football Conference are
saying that we owe those two clubs, which we do.”
“The Football Conference
owe us £35,000. I want to know when I'm being
paid that before I pay our footballing creditors.
We will pay our footballing creditors. But we want
to know when we are being paid by our footballing
© Evening Leader
CITY FANS UNITED
months of negotiations and hard work, City
Fans United hold their inaugural meeting tonight
at the Divas Showbar (formerly Royal Mail
Social Club) on Station Road, Chester, at
20:00hrs. All City fans are encouraged to
attend, and help steer City back to where
they belong. No doubt the latest threat over
the future of the club will be the main talking
point for the open forum.
People start to arrive. CFU memberships can
be processed instantly.
8.00-8.10 Welcome and introductions –
8.10-8.25 CFU – what it’s all
about, aims - Mike
8.25–8.35 Why you should join CFU –
8.35-8.50 Presentation – Peter
8.50-8.55 Junior Blues – Mike
8.55-9.00 Legends Night – Jeff
9.00-10.00 Open Forum – Charlie
• Invite comments
• Seek a steer from
those present on how CFU should progress
• Question and answer
Supporters can email email@example.com
for more information.
• Download membership
19 October 2009
BEESLEY GOAL SECURES HEED DOUBLE
first goal on his return to the club by Mark Beesley
gave Chester a deserved win at Gateshead to complete
the double over The Heed. City turned in their best
showing of the season and are now unbeaten in their
last seven away matches. Manager Jim Harvey was
delighted with the performance of the team that
also included encouraging debuts from defender Jonathan
Flynn and midfielder Michael Coulson.
The only goal of the game came in the 57th minute
when an Anthony Barry effort deflected into the
path of Beesley who shot past Paul Farman in the
home goal from close range. Earlier Coulson had
hit the bar from a narrow angle following a neat
through ball from Gregg Blundell.
Harvey said: “Gateshead have a reputation
as a good footballing side but we were head and
shoulders above them and some of our approach play
was out of the top drawer. It was a really positive
performance and result. We could have been three
of four up at half-time.”
“I thought there were some terrific individual
performances and there were lots of things that
really pleased me. I was happy with every one of
my players’ performances, even with the boys
who travelled with us to Gateshead.”
“We had a great atmosphere
and you could see the smiles on the boys faces
now that they have got a win. The boys were saying
that was the best they had played by a distance.
If that’s the case then we’ve still
got a lot to do and it doesn’t make the
job any easier, but if you have happy people then
it gives us a chance and they’ll turn up
on Monday for training with a smile on their faces.”
The win was just the tonic
City needed before next Saturday’s FA Cup
fourth qualifying round match that sees them travel
to fellow Conference side Barrow, kick-off 15:00hrs.
Manager Harvey is hoping to sign another loan player,
a striker, in time for the match with The Bluebirds.
© Evening Leader
YOUTH TEAM MARCH ON
Goals from Sean Breen,
Ben Whitcomb, Jack Rea and Cormac Lee gave the youth
team a 4-0 win at Thackley tonight in the fourth
qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup. After four
consecutive away games the boys have now been given
a home tie and will face Morecambe in the first
round proper at Deva Stadium on Monday 2 November,
kick-off 19:00hrs. Morecambe are no strangers to
City as they play in same Youth Alliance league
as the Blues.
Youth team fixtures | League
18 October 2009
COULTER SECURES YOUTH TEAM WIN
A goal from Sam Coulter
was enough to give the youth team a 1-0 win over
Cheshire rivals Macclesfield Town on Saturday.
16 October 2009
BLUES UP AGAINST FORMER STAR
travel to Gateshead tomorrow looking to complete
the double over the north east side following a
2-1 win at Deva Stadium a month ago. This will be
the club’s first-ever visit to the International
Stadium. Featuring for the home side will be former
City favourite Daryl Clare (left) who has signed
a three month loan deal from Mansfield Town. Clare
scored 48 goals in just 62 appearances during his
time at Chester which helped them win the Conference
Manager Jim Harvey has selection problems ahead
of the game. Out are Glenn Rule and Nick Chadwick
through suspension, while young defender Kristian
Platt is out for several weeks after breaking a
leg in an accident at home.
To overcome the current player shortfall it’s
reported that Harvey has dipped into the loan market
to sign Barnsley striker Michael Coulson on a month’s
contract, the Blues are also hoping to sign two
Blackburn Rovers youngsters on a similar deal.
Chester chairman Ian Anderson said: “We have
completed the signing of Michael Coulson from Barnsley.
And we will complete the loan transfers of Jonathan
Flynn and Andy Hayworth from Blackburn Rovers on
BBC radio Newcastle match commentary
DEVA TO HOST INTERNATIONAL
The Sky Sports Victory
Shield international match between England and Northern
Ireland under 16s sides will be staged at Deva Stadium
on Thursday 5 November. England won their opening
match in the competition against Wales 1-0 last
night at Yeovil Town. The match will
be televised live on Sky Sports.
12 October 2009
FA CUP DRAW
The draw for the fourth
qualifying round of the FA Cup was made today and
Chester will travel to Conference side Barrow. The
tie will be played on Saturday 24 October. City
manager Jim Harvey said: “Obviously we were
looking for a home match, but the upside is that
Barrow are in our division and we know all about
them. So they won’t pose any surprises. We
have a League match a Gateshead on Saturday and
then we will turn all our attentions to the Cup
trip to Barrow.”
THREE MATCH BANS FOR CITY
Both Glenn Rule and
Nick Chadwick have received three match bans following
their red cards against Rushden & Diamonds on
Saturday. The bans are immediate and each player
will miss Saturday’s trip to Gateshead, the
FA Cup match at Barrow and the following home fixture
against AFC Wimbledon (unless there is a Barrow
replay then the ban would take place then).
YOUTH TEAM DRAW
9 October 2009
BEESLEY RETURNS ON LOAN
Mark Beesley becomes the latest ex-player to return
to Deva Stadium after signing on loan from Cambridge
United for a month. Beesley played under current
manager Jim Harvey at Forest Green Rovers.
The striker left Deva Stadium after four seasons
in 2003 after scoring 36 goals in 92+18 appearances
to join Hereford United. He remained at Edgar Street
for just one season before moving to Forest Green
Rovers in 2004. He remained there until January
2008 before his move to the Abbey Stadium.
Beesley will be allowed to play for City in their
FA Cup campaign which starts with a fourth round
qualifying match later this month.
Tomorrow City entertain mid-table Rushden &
Diamonds at Deva Stadium.
BBC radio match commentary
hit rock bottom [BBC article by Jonathan Legard]
© Evening Leader
NEW CHAIRMAN IN PLACE
Ian Anderson has been
named as the club’s new chairman. He has been
a member of the board for the last two years.
TRAINING GROUND APPLICATION
The club have had
their plan to develop ground in Deeside Lane (off
Sealand Road) into a training ground with three
pitches has been refused by Flintshire Council.
The plan had also included a mobile classroom on
On refusing the application Ward councillor Christine
Jones told the Evening Leader that the local authority
would be going against its own policy if the plans
were given the go-ahead. “It is against our
planning policy to allow mobile offices to be sited
in greenbelt areas and this site is right in the
middle of a green area. The lane leading down to
it is very narrow. There is only room for one vehicle
to pass at a time and there are already HGVs and
tractors travelling on it regularly, because there
is a lot of industry in the area.”
6 October 2009
HARVEY TAKES CHARGE
club have announced that Jim Harvey will take over
as manager at Deva Stadium until the end of the
season. Harvey has previously managed at Morecambe,
where he spent 12 seasons and latterly at Forest
Green Rovers, where he left two months ago. Harvey,
who has a good track record at Conference management,
told The Chester Chronicle: “Obviously, it
will be a difficult job because of the points deduction.
We are going to have to put in some tremendous performances,
and get some excellent results to avoid relegation.
I have met the players, and we will now prepare
for the game against Rushden on Saturday.”
“An awful lot of work is going to have to
be done to give us that chance, but that’s
the challenge and it’s something that we’ll
assess and we’ll look at as we go along. At
this moment in time I wouldn’t like to forecast
anything more than that.”
Harvey’s first game in charge will be on Saturday
as the Blues entertain mid-table Rushden & Diamonds.
Assisting Harvey in his duties will be experienced
player Tim Ryan.
© Evening Leader
CITY FANS UNITED
||City Fans United
hold their inaugural meeting at the Divas
Showbar (formerly Royal Mail Social Club)
on Station Road, Chester, at 20:00hrs on the
22nd October. All City fans are encouraged
to attend, and help steer City back to where
Supporters can email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
YOUTH TEAM THROUGH
5 October 2009
POINT NOT ENOUGH FOR CITY
City could only manager
a 0-0 draw at Hayes & Yeading United on Saturday
despite the home side finishing with only nine players.
Both Rambir Marwa and Scott Fitzgerald saw red but
despite this advantage the Blues were unable to
register their first away win of the season. City
hit the woodwork on three occasions but were thankful
that Sean Canham blazed a first half penalty over
the bar following a Kevin Roberts challenge on the
CUP KO FOR YOUTH TEAM
for must of the tie the youth team were beaten
on penalties by Stockport County in the first
round of the Youth Alliance Cup on Saturday.
The Blues led through a Ben Whitcomb free-kick
only to be pegged back before the interval.
A Sam Coulter header after the break looked
to have given City a deserved victory only
for the home side to draw level deep into
There were no goals in extra-time before the
young Blues were finally beaten 5-3 on spot-kicks.
pictures | Youth
Ben Whitcomb. Picture © Vicky Coulter
2 October 2009
DUO IN CHARGE
Billy Gerrard (left) and suspended captain Tim Ryan
will take charge of the City side tomorrow when
they visit Church Road to play the team immediately
above them Hayes & Yeading United.
Ryan will miss out after picking up his fifth yellow
card of the season in the midweek home defeat by
Forest Green Rovers. That defeat cost Mick Wadsworth
his job and tomorrow's duo step in while the club
hunt for another manager to take on the almost impossible
Deva challenge of keeping the side in the Conference.
Also missing tomorrow is defender Chris Lynch who
is out for the rest of the season after picking
up a cruciate knee ligament injury in the draw at
Wrexham on Sunday.
Ahead of the match Ryan said: “There are no
easy games in this league and Hayes will be wanting
to out-football or out-battle us. They’ll
want to kick us off the pitch and physically out-strengthen
us. Hayes won’t be an easy game by any stretch
of the imagination, and I’ve told the players
that, and nobody will be going into the game thinking
we’ll have an easy game. We’ll be going
into the game full of passion and wanting to win
Hayes & Yeading were promoted from the Conference
South last season and have found the going tough
so far. In seven attempts they have yet to win at
home this season, while City have not won on their
City’s last visit to the west London ground
produced a 3-1
win back in August 2001. The goals that day
were scored by Dean Spink and a brace from Mark
Picture © Chester Evening Leader