BARNES LEAVES CHESTER
Bradley Barnes has had his contract cancelled
by mutual consent. Barnes scored the first
home league goal for the club when they
reformed last summer and went on to make
37+9 appearanted scoring on 9 occasions.
He has recently had a loan spell at Conference
North side Colwyn Bay.
© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
26 October 2011
BLUES FACE STAFFORD
Chester will face
Stafford Rangers in the next round of the FA Trophy
after Rangers overcame NewcastleTown 5-2 in their
first qualifying round replay last night.
24 October 2011
FA TROPHY DRAW
Chester have been
drawn at home to either Newcastle Town or Stafford
Rangers in the second qualifying round of the FA
Trophy on Saturday 5 November. The replay between
the two sides takes place at Stafford Rangers tomorrow
night following a 1-1 draw at Newcastle on Saturday
PINK FOR THE BLUES!
club will stage their second Think Pink Day
on Saturday for the visit of Frickley Athletic.
Last year the club raised £3,500 and
they are hoping to surpass that total this
The event is staged to help raise awareness
and funds for the Breast Cancer Unit at the
Countess of Chester Hospital. The players
will be wearing a specially made pink shirt
for the occasion which will be auctioned after
the game to boost the funds.
Two hundred limited edition pink t-shirts
priced at just £5 are also currently
on sale (though please ring the club to check
Chester boss Young told the Chester Chronicle:
“It’s a cause very close to my
heart as I’ve got a family member with
breast cancer. I hope there’s an excellent
turnout and that people stay behind for the
auction at the end of the game. I know money
is tight at the moment, but I really hope
people dig deep and give what they can. I’ll
try to make sure we get our bit done on the
pitch so we make it a great day.”
Team recorded a resounding 6-0 home victory
over Nantwich Town yesterday to move third
in the table, though they have played more
games that the other teams around them. The
goals came from Sean Miller (pictured) with
four, and Carl Pleavin with two goals.
Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
23 October 2011
TROPHY PROGRESS FOR BLUES
Chester moved into
Monday’s second qualifying round draw of the
FA Trophy after a 2-1 home defeat of Ashton United
on Saturday. A goal after only two minutes through
Iain Howard set Chester on their way but the Blues
had to wait another hour before extending their
lead through substitute Michael Wilde. Chester were
guilty of missing several chances to wrap up the
tie before the visitors pulled a goal back through
a Peter Wright penalty 20 minutes from time, this
followed a foul by Howard who will consider himself
fortunate, as last man, not to receive a red card.
Striker Chris Simm was able to make an appearance
from the bench wearing a protective cast on his
broken wrist. The
prize money for beating Ashton United on Saturday
was £2,200. The second qualifying round tie
will take place on Saturday 5 November. The prize
money for that round is £3,000.
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Chester have been
given an away tie at Hednesford Town on Tuesday
15 November in the third round of the Evo-Stik League
Challenge Cup, named The Doodson Cup. Extra tme
and penalties will be used on the night to settle
the tie if required.
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for Saturday’s FA Trophy First Round Qualifier
match against Ashton United are as follows: adults
£8.00, Concessions £5.00 and Under 16s
HOME INJURY RULES OUT SIMM
Striker Chris Simm,
who has been on tremendous form this season, has
broken a wrist in a home accident and may be sidelined
for some time. An x-ray on Thursday will reveal
whether the player has broken both wrists
after the indident that saw him slip on decking
outside his house. The player may be able to play
with an approved cast on the wrist.
17 October 2011
HERO HORAN SEALS LATE WIN
Captain George Horan’s
late winner at Gigg Lane on Saturday gave Chester
a dramatic victory in a pulsating match that was
a credit to the league. A match full of passion
with an electric atmosphere swung Chester’s
way in the opening minutes as Chris Simm rose unmarked
to give the Blues a dream start. However two goals,
including a stunning free-kick from Carlos Roca
saw the pendulum swing back to FC United to ran-off
at half-time with a 2-1 advantage.
came out and stepped up a gear, they created several
chances of note but found ‘keeper James
Spencer in top form. The Blues were aided by a
sending off of Adam Jones for two yellow cards
in as many minutes midway through the second period.
Chester continued to create, and miss, chances
before Simm got on the scoesheet to equalise with
12 minutes remaining as he tapped home a loose
ball after Spencer had partially saved Horan's
header from a Wes Baynes cross.
Substitute Jamie Rainford missed
a golden chance to give the Blues the lead before
Matty Wolfenden missed an even better opportunity
for the home side in the dying minutes.
With four minutes added time
about to be signaled Chester were awarded a free
kick. The ball was fed wide to Baynes whose cross
deep into the FC United box was met by several
players, the ball fell to Horan who turned to
pull the ball into the bottom corner of the net
and set up wilde celebrations for the 1100 Chester
fans behind the goal.
The victory kept Chester
in touch with leaders Northwich Victoria who remain
three points clear following their 2-0 win at Matlock
Town on Saturday.
Chester boss Young told the Chester Chronicle:
“It was a great spectacle for the sport
and for the league. I’m standing here happy
because we’ve won, but even if we would
have lost 2-1 I still couldn’t have asked
any more of my team apart from their finishing.
They showed battling qualities to keep going in
a very difficult arena in which their supporters
– like our own – were fantastic. The
atmosphere was incredible and I think our fans
enjoyed it because for the first time away from
home it was in a stadium that they were used to.”
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On police advice
the away fixture at Bradford Park Avenue has been
moved back 48hrs and will now take place on Wednesday
2 November, kick-off 19.45hrs. Should Bradford require
an FA Cup replay that week the match will have to
be resheduled for a third time.
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WINNING STREAK COMES TO AN END
magnificent eight match winning run was brought
to an end at Silverlands on Wednesday night as Chester
were held 1-1 by Buxton.
The home side’s equaliser ten minutes after
the break was the first goal Chester had conceded
in 781 minutes of football.
The draw proved to be a fair result, indeed the
home side could have opened the scoring from the
penalty spot six minutes before the break but Steve
Ridley dragged his shot wide of the post.
Moments later Michael Powell (pictured) headed the
Blues into the lead as he glanced a Wes Baynes free-kick
past Scott Hartley in the home goal.
Former Chester player Mark Reed missed a great opportunity
to give the home side the lead in the second period,
indeed two or three efforts flashed just wide of
John Danby’s goal as the home side pressed.
Chester best effort saw Hartley pull off a great
point blank save to deny Iain Howard after a quick
break involving substitutes Jamie Rainford and Chris
The draw was enough to see Chester move second,
three points behind leaders Northwich Victoria.
The Blues are next in action when they travel to
play FC United of Manchester on Saturday which should
see a big crowd at Gigg Lane to see the two fan-owned
clubs clash for the third time this season. Chester
beat their opponents in pre-season to lift the Supporters
Direct Cup and also again in August when goals from
Matty McGinn and Matty McNeil gave the Blues a 2-1
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WILDE THE HERO AS BLUES EXTEND RUN
goal two minutes from time from substitute Michael
Wilde ensured that Chester kept pace with leaders
Northwich Victoria and moved to within a place,
and a point, of their mid-Cheshire rivals. It had
been a frustrating afternoon for Chester who found
a Chasetown defence difficult to break down. Twice
they had the ball in the net only to see their efforts
ruled out by referee Ian Siddall. But two minutes
from time Wilde rose to meet an inch perfect Liam
Brownhill cross to send the Chester fans wild themselves
as the Blues notched their eighth successive victory
without conceding a goal.
Chester will be looking to move top on Wednesday
when they travel to Buxton, leader Northwich play
at Burscough on the same night.
Manager Neil Young said: “Thankfully Wildey
has come on and scored a good header, but I don’t
know what was up with the goal we scored five or
10 minutes earlier. The
referee was right there but you’ve got a linesman
who’s making a decision from 40 yards away.
I suppose you’ve got to give them the benefit
of doubt for the offside goal we scored in the first
half, although Chris said it wasn’t. We had
to take that one, but that one at the end is another
matter. But all in all it was another pleasing performance
and clean sheet. Winning these type of games 1-0
is what it’s all about.”
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Matthews (Chester Leader)
8 October 2011
EXILES PREDICTION COMPETITION
There are only a few days left now to enter for
this year’s competition, the closing date
is 11 October.
The first prize will be £100, values of the
second and third, prizes will be dependent on the
number of entries received and will be decided by
the organisers and published in our newsletter,
and on the web.In
addition, the highest placed Exile will receive
a player’s shirt from last season, and the
Exile who collects and submits the most forms will
receive a framed signed programme from last season’s
home game against Witton Albion. Please ensure the
Exiles member’s name who submited the form
is added in the box towards the bottom of the form.
5 October 2011
DISABLED SUPPORTERS MEETING
There is a meeting
at the club this Friday at 19:00hrs to highlight
and discuss areas around the ground that could be
enhanced and improved for disabled supporters. The
club is encouraging disabled fans to come to the
meeting and discuss ideas and suggestions to improve
the facilities. The bar will be open beforehand
and the Montenegro v England 2012 Euro qualifier
will be screened afterwards.
FORMER PLAYERS QUIZ NIGHT
Players Association, who now boast 125 members,
are holding a fun chat and quiz night at the Stadium
on Friday 14 October. There will also be an auction
where several items of unique memorabilia will be
up for sale with all proceeds going to the organisation.
The evening, that will be attended by Eddie Bishop,
Bill Dearden, Gary Talbot and Gren Millington amongst
others, will be hosted by Charlie Lambert and tickets
are available from the club priced £10.00
each. Doors open at 19.30 for a 20.00hrs start.
Grenville Millington, chairman of the FPA, said:
“We’re looking forward to a wonderful
night which will raise valuable funds for our association.
We want to be able to help ex-Chester players who
might benefit from a bit of assistance in one form
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scheduled league opponents on Saturday 15 October
Bradford Park Avenue still involved in the FA Cup
the game with them has been postponed. The Evo-Stik
league have now brought forward the away match at
FC United of Manchester (who play at Bury FC) from
January 2012 to fill the blank Saturday. The match
at Bradford Park Avenue has been rearranged for
Monday 31 October.
There is open meeting this Wednesday night, 20 March, at the Blues Bar, where the Community Trust will present their plans to develop a new community sports facility in Chester.
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