MILLS DEPARTS DEVA
Striker Ben Mills has left Chester and joined Conference
North side Brackley Town. Mills joined Chester on-loan
from Macclesfield Town on 17 August 2012 and proved
an instant success scoring in his second appearance
as a substitute in a 1-0 victory over Workington.
He went on to score eight more goals in the following
five matches including a treble
An initial deal to sign the striker on a permanent
basis fell through but following negotiations Mills
signed on 23 November. He went on to make 19+13
appearances for the club scoring 13 goals.
Mills told the Chester Leader: “I’ve
known for a number of weeks that I was not part
of the gaffer’s plans and the situation had
dragged on long enough so I thought it was best
to get away and play elsewhere. It was the gaffer’s
decision to cancel my contract, but I knew the score
because my contract at Chester was due to finish
at the end of this season.”
“My progress at Chester wasn’t helped
by the injury I picked up at the end of last season
during my loan spell at Altrincham, but I told
the gaffer that I would work hard to get myself
fit and prove my worth. Since the summer I have
not really made an impact and, although I thought
I played well against Forest Green Rovers, I haven’t
been ripping up any trees like the gaffer wanted.”
“It was the manager’s decision to cancel
my contract because he wants to bring in players,
but I am leaving Chester with a heavy heart.”
Picture © Rick
Matthews (Chester Leader)
CHESTER CRASH OUT OF THE
knocked out of the FA Cup at the fourth qualifying
stage on Saturday when they suffered a 1-0
home defeat at the hands of Gateshead in front
of 1,659 fans.
The only goal of the game, a well taken effort
by Heed defender James Curtis, came 16 minutes
from time. The Blues created a few half chances
and new on-loan signing Ross Killock almost
capped a solid home debut with a late equaliser
only to see his well taken far post downward
header saved on the line by Adam Bartlett.
Defender Danny Higginbotham played as a forward
in the dying minutes as Chester looked to
take the tie to a replay but the visitors
held firm for the prize money and their reward
of a first round match at League Two table
toppers Oxford United.
© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
25 October 2013
KILLOCK SIGNS ON LOAN
Chester have signed 19-year-old Leeds United defender
Ross Killock on a one month loan. The player will
be available to play in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Killock made 14 appearances for Alfreton Town last
season before joining the Elland Road club.
23 October 2013
The City Fans United 2013 Annual General Meeting
will take place on Thursday 28 November in the Blues
Bar at Deva Stadium starting at 19.30hrs.
Members will need their membership card to gain
entry on the night.
21 October 2013
YOUNG BLASTS SHOCKING PERFORMANCE
Neil Young apologised to the Blues supporters who
travelled to watch Saturday’s dismal 3-0 defeat
at Braintree Town. Around 200 Chester fans made
the trip to the Amlin Stadium to see Chester go
two goals down after just six minutes! On-loan AFC
Wimbledon striker Charlie Strutton bagging a brace
against some shoddy Blues defending. Dean Wells
added a third goal in the 29th minute to wrap up
the points for the Essex side who moved fourth in
the table following their victory.
Chester remain third from bottom and will be without
Paul Linwood and Lee Pugh for Saturday’s FA
Cup Fourth Qualifying round match against Gateshead
after they were both sent-off in the second half.
Young told the Chester leader: “It was
a shocking performance and the first thing I’d
like to do is apologise to all our supporters
who travelled down to Braintree to see the load
of rubbish that I have had to watch. It was an
embarrassment to be fair and I told the players
after the match that I can try and be as transparent
as I want, but we’re 16 games in now and
we’ve still got the same defensive frailties
as we had at Salisbury.”
“When teams play direct to big forwards
and win second balls and play in the final third
we always struggle. We’re now top of the
discipline league and that is not good enough
and our league position doesn’t look good
- that's not a good mix so I've got to do something
about it. I didn’t think Paul Linwood should
have been sent off - and although we were shocking
I didn’t think the referee was much better
because it was too much about himself. But Pughy’s
was a disgraceful tackle and he will be dealt
“We can't just keep going on like this because
we're not good enough often enough and that needs
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Picture © Rick Matthews
Both Paul Linwood and Lee Pugh will miss
Saturday’s FA Cup Fourth Qualifying round
match against Gateshead following Saturday’s
red cards. Linwood has been suspended for one match
and Pugh for three.
18 October 2013
Rather short notice, but there will be a
CFU consultation meeting on Monday 21 October in
the Blues Bar (19.30hrs) to discuss the recently
produced report that recommends changes in the structure
of City Fans United and Chester FC. A number of
CFU member volunteers came forward to sit on a Working
Group that was joined by James Mathie, a Development
Manager from Supporters Direct. The Working Group
report, has been discussed at board level and they
have agreed to the recommendations about the legal
structure of the Club. The Board now wants to put
a Motion to the 2013 AGM seeking the full support
and agreement of CFU members for the recommendations
to allow them to be put into practice.
15 October 2013
The Blues were beaten 2-1 at home last night
in a friendly against AFC Telford United in front
of a crowd of 108. The game was 0-0 at the break
before goals from Sean Cooke and a penalty from
ex-Blue Tony Gray gave the Bucks a two goal advantage.
Lewis Turner pulled a goal back for Chester on 62
minutes but Telford held on for victory.
Chester: Fearon, L.Turner, Kay,
Heath, Linwood, Higginbotham, N.Turner, A.Williams,
Miller, Seddon, Atkinson. Subs: Harrison, Reed,
Peers, Horan, Pugh, Hillman (triallist).
14 October 2013
FA CUP DRAW
Chester have been drawn at home to fellow
Conference Premier side Gateshead in the fourth
qualifying round of the FA Cup. The match is due
to take place on Saturday 26 October. The two sides
met in the league last month in the north east with
The Heed winning 3-2.
Manager Neil Young said: “I think we should
have won our game at Gateshead, but their manager
Gary Mills has a great record, and it should be
a good tie. I’m really looking forward to
the cup tie because the £12,500 prize money
is significant for us and the chance to progress
to the first round against a Football League club
is a big pull.”
BLUES HOLD LEADERS
Chester held league leaders Cambridge United
to a goalless draw at Deva Stadium on Saturday.
The point leaves the Blues third from bottom but
extends their unbeaten run to three games having
picked up five points in seven days. The visitors,
who are unbeaten this season, missed the best chance
of the game from the penalty six minutes before
half-time, given after George Horan had upended
Harrison Dunk in the box, but Kwesi Appiah sent
his spot-kick well wide to the delight of the Blues
fans behind John Danby’s goal.
after Cambridge match
9 October 2013
REED GOAL SEALS GREAT WIN
scored his first goal for the club last night
as his header from Lewis Turner’s cross
brought Chester their second away victory
of the season.
The home side were unbeaten before last night
but the Blues continued where they left off
on Saturday turning in a battling performance
and opened the scoring, against the run of
play, in the 34th minute.
With Danny Higginbotham injured, George Horan
partnered Paul Linwood in the defence that
stood solid all night. Craig Lindfield almost
added a second after the break as the home
side pressed for the equaliser.
It was a good night for many of the sides
at the wrong end of the table. The victory
keeps Chester third from bottom, two points
adrift from the relegation zone.
Chester entertain runaway leaders Cambridge
United at Deva Stadium on Saturday, kick-off
15.00hrs. The U’s are unbeaten this
season having won ten and drawn four of their
opening 14 matches this season.
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Picture © Rick
Matthews (Chester Leader)
Chester have arranged a home friendly against
AFC Telford United next Tuesday 15 October, kick-off
19.00hrs. Just the main East stand will be open
on the night with admission set at £5.00 for
adults and free for under 16’s. Telford currently
boast four of last years Chester side in their squad,
Tony Gray, Matty McGinn, Wes Baynes, and Sean Clancy.
7 October 2013
BLUES BATTLE FOR A POINT
and Kidderminster Harriers fought out a goalless
draw in their second meeting of the season. The
Blues were beaten 3-1 at Aggborough in August, but
put up a much better showing against their high-flying
opponents and thoroughly deserved their point. Both
George Horan and Gareth Seddon sat out the game
with injuries as manager Neil Young made four changes
from the side beaten 2-1 at The Shay last weekend.
Although chances were at a premium Chester had plenty
of possession in the opening period. Both Jamie
Reed and Alex Titchiner saw efforts saved by Nathan
Vaughan in the Harriers goal.
Titchiner had a great chance to open the scoring
after the break but hit the bar with an angled shot.
The Blues didn't have it all their own way but ex-Harrier
John Danby coped with everything that was asked
of him as the visitors stepped up the pressure as
the game wore on.
Kidderminster thought they snatched a late winner
as Kyle Storer was first to react to fire home a
loose ball following a Danby save but the Blues
were rescued by the raised offside flag of the assistant
Manager Neil Young was delighted with his teams
effort, he told the Chester Leader: “I thought
we were excellent from the first minute to the last
against an excellent Kidderminster side.”
“People have got to remember what a good
team Kidderminster are - they were third in the
table before Saturday’s match and they were
joint top last year - and on chances I thought
we probably deserved to win. But I think I must
have run over a few black cats, or members of
my staff have.”
“Alex Titchiner had four good goal scoring
chances and he was gutted he didn’t open his
account. He had a good chance in the first half
but because he is lacking a bit of confidence he
didn’t take it on and finish. Once we got
to grips with Kidderminster I thought Jamie Reed,
Alex and Craig Lindfield were very good.”
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© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
3 October 2013
ATKINSON JOINS FOR A MONTH
Cammell Laird striker Jon Atkinson has joined
Chester for a month. Atkinson played in a training
game against Connahs Quay Nomads on Tuesday night
and scored in the 3-3 draw.
MAHON OUT ON LOAN
Craig Mahon has joined AFC Fylde on loan.
The midfielder has made just 2+3 appearances since
joining Chester in the summer from Vauxhall Motors.