Saturday 30 October 1999
FA Cup Round One
Whyteleafe 0 Chester City
Alger, Golley, Arkwright, McKay, Ahmet, Fisher, Howland,
Thornton, Lunn (George 90), Scott (Minton 90), Subs
not used: Dawson, Kember, Martin.
Chester City: Brown, Moss, Doughty, Nash (Jones
65), Lancaster, Woods, Milosavijevic, Richardson, Wright, Beckett,
Fisher (Shelton 60). Subs not used: Conkie, Cross, Berry.
Referee: P.Taylor (Cheshunt).
truly awful performance from Chester who were thankful
for a late penalty save by Wayne Brown to give them
a second opportunity to see off their part-time opponents
in a replay at the Deva. Anyone who witnessed this
'performance' will agree that a replay was the least
they deserved from a game which they dominated for
most of the first half and a fair share of the second.
Having now seen us in action I'm sure they'll be fancying
their chances on 9 November.
City started quite brightly, in front
of a record gate at Chruch Road, having a lot of possession
in the opening stages but without threatening the 'Leafe
goal. Golley and Arkwright mopping up anything pumped
down the middle of the pitch for Luke Beckett; this
ploy seemed City's only move for the opening 45 minutes,
if we get the ball pump it up to Beckett, to the frustration
of the 300 or so City fans who made the trip to Surrey.
The home side's main threats came
from set pieces and the numerous corners that were
conceded by City under pressure. Wayne Brown had to
be alert to make one tremendous save, tipping over
from a bullet header following one flag kick, and youngster
Darren Moss cleared one effort of the line at the near
post following another (many behind the goal thought
the ball had crossed the line!). Brown's job wasn't
made easier on the bumpy pitch, by some wayward back
passes and poor clearances by City's defence, Woods
in particular, putting the keeper under unncecessary
City's only shot on goal in the first
half, by Beckett, was deflected wide for a corner;
that's as good as it got.
A double substitution in the second
half saw Andy Shelton replace the ineffective Neil
Fisher and Jon Jones replace Martin Nash - who never
got in the game. At least with Shelton up front City
looked to have more purpose and his probing left wing
runs at least forced a few corners and seemed to bring
darren Wright more into the game. Richardson's header
forced a fine save from Rose, who had a great game
in the home goal, and then we actually had a shot on
target, Shelton volleying straight at the 'keeper from
12 yards following another flag kick. The game now
was very much end-to-end.
Whyteleafe continued to press and
when, on 83 minutes, the lively Scott was tackled from
behind by Moss on the edge of the box, the home crowd
appealed for a penalty. Referee Taylor, waved play-on
but the linesman's flag was raised and the penalty
awarded. Steve Lunn, not the regular penalty taker,
stepped forward to hit a weak shot to Brown's right,
he then blazed the rebound high.
So City live to fight another day
and avoided one of the most embarassing defeats in
our history, perhaps that's just been delayed. One
thing's for sure there will need to be an immense improvement
if City are to progress to the next potential banana
skin at either Stalybridge or Merthyr in the second
Following the draw Terry Smith commented: "I'm
really happy for Whyteleafe. They did a tremendous
job and more that deserved a replay. This is what the
cup is all about."
Goalkeeper Wayne Brown said: "I
wasn't surprised about how well Whyteleafe played. I
came across them before during my non-league days with
Weston-super-Mare and I knew they were a good side. They
showed a lot of spirit and character. At times they really
bombed us and it's a relief to get them back to the Deva.
It will be another difficult game there."
Saturday 23 October 1999
Lincoln City 4 Chester
Lincoln City: Richardson, Fleming,
Brown, Barnett, Galloway, Smith, Finnigan, Miller,
Philpott, Thorpe, Gordon (Stant 79). Subs not used:
Battersby, Henry, Gain, Marriott.
Chester City: Brown, Moss, Doughty, Lancaster, Woods, Nash (Fisher 65),
Milosavijevic (Finney 78), Richardson, Blackwood, Agogo, Beckett. Subs
not used: Wright, Berry, Cutler.
Referee: P.Jones (Loughborough).
If ever a game showed up City's stark
lack of experience in the centre of their defence,
then this was it. City's rearguard has an apalling
record that has seen 48 goals conceded in 18 matches.
The defence lacks the kind of experience needed at
this level of football, instead the grief falls on
teenalgers Lancaster, Moss and Doughty.
City played well in the first 45
minutes creating numerous chances and went in deservedly
level at 1-1. But the second half was a difference
story, one were more used to witnessing.
Lincoln opened the scoring on 10
minutes when a long throw from the right was met by
three City defenders. All missed it before Barnett,
unchallenged, headed the high bouncing ball in from
six yards out. Thorpe and Philpott went close to adding
to the Imps' lead before youngster Matt Doughty nearly
opened his Chester account. His 25-yarder was dropped
by Richardson in the home goal and Luke Beckett was
on hand to blaze the ball over, not knowing that the
linesman's flag was raised for offside.
Five minutes before the break however
City were level courtesy a sensational striker from
Manuel Junior Agogo. Moss took a quick throw in for
City near the half way line. Agogo collected the ball
and raced past Galloway before unleashing an unstoppable
25 yarder that flew past Richardson for the equaliser
that City's first half play had certainly deserved.
Lincoln almost took a half time advantege though as
a Brown howler resulted in Matt Woods clearing off
Brown saved well on two occasions
after the break before Agogo missed a great chance
to put City 2-1 with a free header before Lincoln regained
the lead through Thorpe. They made it 3-1 with a goal
that looked suspiciously offside. Thorpe broke down
the left and despite a save from Brown, he and Moss
got in a mixup leaving Finnigan a simple tap-in.
Phil Stant wrapped up the scoring
in the last minute when he headed home with City's defence
all at sea.
Wednesday 21 October 1999 -
Pontins League Division Two
Mansfield Town Reserves
0 Chester City Reserves 0
Mansfield Town: Ian Bowling, Alister
Asher, Lee Cowling (David Jervis 45 (Paul Overton (55)),
Liam Lawrence (Lee Williamson 45), John Andrews, Craig
Allardyce (Capt), Scott Gibbons, Ian Clark, Danny Bacon,
Paul Wilkinson, Mick Boulding. Subs not used: Jamie
Clarke, Kevin Tye.
Chester City: Neil Cutler (Capt), Paul Roberts, Martin Nash, Danny Carson,
Chris Blackburn, Steve Malone, Andrew Shelton (Carl Rendall 84), Neil
Fisher, Johnathon Jones, Steve Finney, Wesley Kilgannon. Subs not used:
Matthew Conkie, Kwik Ajet.
A small crowd of around 50 people
braved the cold and windy weather to see this twice
postponed fixture. The crowd included a few first teamers
(Clarke, Tallon, Sisson & Kerr) along with Ilkeston
Town manager Keith Alexander (who spent 15 minutes
before kick-off talking to his new groundsman, Dick
Dennett). Stags Chief Executive Keith Haslam also put
in an appearance for the game.
The Stags had much the better of
the first half, with Stags keeper Ian Bowling rarely
getting a touch of the ball. Danny Bacon could (and
probably should) have had the game wrapped up for half-time,
as he missed a fair few chances. A shot from the edge
of the box straight into the keepers arms, a free header
that sailed over the bar and a one-on-one which the
Chester keeper, Neil Cutler, managed to get a touch
to and put wide of the post. Half-time 0-0.
Lee Cowling, as it said in this week's
CHAD, played only the first half and didn't emerge
for the second, Liam Lawrence too didn't start the
second half (Lee Williamson and David Jervis replacing
them). David Jervis didn't last that long himself,
ten minutes in fact, as he came off the worst in a
fifty-fifty tackle for the ball. He was helped from
the field to be replaced by Paul Overton.
Shortly after the substitution Paul
Wilkinson had a couple of chances. The first, a through
ball from Ian Clark ended when he shot staright into
the keeper hands. The second ended with the keeper
diving at his feet on the edge of the area and knocking
the ball away.
Chester had few chances, but their
best came on 65 minutes as a shot from 15 yards went
past Ian Bowling and went inches wide of the post.
On 81 minutes, a poor clearance from
Ian Bowling (outside his area) found a Chester player
who lofted the ball over to a team-mate at the far
post, but Ian Bowling had recovered his ground to save
the resulting shot. Another couple of snap-shots did
nothing but warm Ian Bowling's hands.
Within a minute, at the other end
of the pitch, the Stags broke through and with just
the keeper to beat, Danny Bacon from about 20 yards
out lofted the ball over him, but looked on as the
ball came back off the foot of the post and eventually
back to the keeper.
A late Chester substitution failed
to alter the outcome. Final score 0-0. Man of the Match:
Ian Clark, just edging out Danny Bacon.
As far as a Chester man of the match,
that would have to go to keeper Neil Cutler who had
an excellent game keeping the Stags at bay.
Report by Keith Parnill Follow
The Yellow Brick Road (Mansfield Fanzine)
Chester City 2 Cheltenham
Massive improvement from Saturday,
with a bright more hard working performance against
what was a very poor Cheltenham side.
The side had a more solid look to
it, with Nicky Richardson restored to midfield and
Goran having a fine game at centre half. Eclipsed however
by Darren Moss, who was absolutely outstanding at right
back, tremendous tackling with the distribution of
It was interesting to note thet Shaub
Reid was up and down on the bench, with Smith far quiueter
than of late.....is he getting the message?
A turgid first half with two bad
sides cancelling each other out. The second half was
illuminated by a moment of sheer class. Junior picked
the ball up fully 40 yards out, beat at least 4 defenders
on a mazy run before lashing a shot past a statuesque
Fully half an hour left, we expected
an onslaught from Cheltenham, but no, Junior scored
another before 5 minutes had passed from a lovely Darren
Moss cross. Cue more Wham and wild celebrations.
Cheltenham did score a goal (it should
have been disallowed for a foul on Wayne Brown), however
we held out with surprising ease for a well deserved
At the end of the game Terry did
his usual shaking of the players hands. Am I being
too cynical to suggest he only does this to take credit?
He never does it after a poor performance. Luke did
not even look at him when they shook hands.
We must not carried away with this
win. The best thing to come out of it, is that Cheltenham
are a seriously poor side. It will be a dreadful side
that finishes below them come May. Please, Luke must
stay, Junior is only a short term fix, he will not
sign for us permanently. If Luke goes we lose the only
quality striker we have.
Tuesday 20 October 1999
Chester City 2 Cheltenham
Chester City: Brown,
Moss, Lancaster, Milosavijevic,Woods, Doughty, Wright,
Richardson, Blackwood, Beckett, Agogo. Subs (not used)
Cutler, Berry, Finney, Fisher, Nash.
Cheltenham Town: Book, Duff, Victory, Banks,
Freeman, Howells, Grayson, Yates, Howarth, Milton, Jones (Devaney
63). Subs not used; Higgs, Bloomer, McAuley, Jackson.
Referee: Kevin Lynch (Knaresborough).
Trust Chester to raise their game
against a team nicknamed "The Robins". City
played with five at the back again, this time Milosavijevic
joined Lancaster and Woods in the centre of defence.
Goran looked more up with the pace of the game and
had his most effective match yet for Chester. The one
blemish on his copybook performance was his booking
early in the first half for demolishing Grayson from
behind. The referee's lecture on the Serbian was wasted
as he wouldn't have understood a word of it.
To begin with it looked like a repetition
of Saturday's drab performance against Macclesfield.
City, kicking towards the chocolate factory (Home supporters)
end, didn't get out of their own half for the first
Gradually the game became more even
and City began to venture forward. From Richardson's
delightful pass Agogo raced through only to see his
shot crash off the post and end up in the arms of The
Robins' keeper. This was about the sum of the excitement
in the first half - very forgettable but at least City
went in at the break with a clean sheet.
Chester came out on this bitterly
cold but clear night and took the game to the visitors
in the second half. They began to win a few corners,
things were looking up. Then after working the ball
skillfully out of defence on the left with a tightly
woven set of passes, Agogo set off from the half way
line towards goal. He got to the box and still had
two defenders in front of him, but went one way then
the other and jinked through them before slamming his
angled shot into the far side of the net. A goal of
breathtaking class. This time we could hear the tannoy
as a Chester goal was scored. The tune: "Wake
me up before you gogo", of course.
Five minutes later Cleggy had to
do a rapid rewind as Manuel scored again. This time
a swift one two between Moss and Beckett on the right
led to Moss whipping a low cross in which Agogo glanced
into the back of the net.
Not since that astonishing night
at Vale Park had we looked down from the dizzy hights
of a two goal lead. It was clipped to one after 75
minutes - an absolute travesty of a goal for Cheltenham.
Brown was clobbered as he came to meet a cross, everyone
stopped expecting a free kick to be given while Milton
stooped to head the loose ball into the net. Amazingly
the referee and linesman looked at each other and then
gave the goal. No-one in the ground could believe it.
But in the end City held on fairly
comfortably for a well-earned and welcome win. One
of Goran's clearances seemed to go higher than the
moon in the clear night sky. Another easily cleared
the main stand.
The relief at the end was palpable.
The players came to milk the standing ovation from
the home faithful. It was so good to see the smiles
back on people's faces again.
Saturday 16 October 1999
Chester City 1 Macclesfield
Chester City: Brown,
Wright, Carver (Berry 62), Lancaster, Cross (Moss 14),
Richardson, Nash, Blackwood, Fisher, Agogo, Beckett.
Subs not used: Cutler, Woods, Shelton.
Macclesfield Town: Martin, Ingram, Collins,
Tinson, Rioch, Durkan (Tomlinson 80), Priest, Wood (Ware 83),
Davies (Sedgemore 62), Barker, Askey. Subs not used: Brown, Whitehead.
Referee: C.Wilkes (Gloucester).
Well, this was a totally inept performance.
Lacking in any guile, skill or brilliance.
The boys worked hard enough, with Neil Fisher tackling!!!
The problem lies solely at the feet of the coaching
staff. They picked the team, and decided on the formation.
For those not there, picture if you will a fabulous
sunny day at the Deva, a local derby, and the words
of our esteemed leader ringing in our ears- "We
are a good side".
On the way to the ground it is revealed
on Radio Merseyside that Ross had been released, no
reason given. I was astonished, for God's sake he is
by far our most experienced defender, arguably our
best. He was on his way, presumably on a Terry whim...and
I sponsor his boots in the name of my 9 month old son!!
Gutted is an understatement.
More surprises in store at the ground.
It is now clear why he signs so many strikers. He played
one at right back (Darren Wright), one in centre midfield
(Junior Agogo), our best midfield player, Nicky Richardson
at centre half...he was totally lost poor fella.
He played Joe Carver up front, and he was absolutely
useless. So poor it was untrue. He has no control,
no awareness...NO ABILITY!!
Luke was marooned up front by himself
(according to Sunday reports he is going to York City).
Smiths ego trip must come to an end, he patently does
not know what he is doing. Let us not forget Macclesfield
were a very poor side...and we were considerably worse.
He has petty rows with people who disagree with him...Kevin
Ratcliffe, Ross Davidson, Luke Beckett and ultimately
disposes of them...we must get a manager, if we don't
we have had it.
Terry Smith does not care one jot
for our club, if he did we would have a man in chrge
who knew what he was doing.
Saturday 9 October 1999
Peterborough United 2 Chester
Peterborough United: Tyler, Hooper,
Drury, Scott, Chapple (Rea 40), Edwards, Clarke, Forinton,
Martin, Green (Inman 68), Shields (Gill 83), Subs not
used: Griemink, Broughton.
Chester City: Brown, Moss, Doughty (Nash 73), Davidson, Lancaster, Woods
(Cross 50), Wright, Richardson, Agogo, Beckett, Blackwood (Carver 46).
Subs not used: Cutler, Berry.
Referee: W.Jordan (Tring).
Same old story, sloppy defending
once again cost City dear as they gave away two bad
goals at London Road and remain firmly rooted at the
bottom of the Football League. With Goran Milovaijevic
sidelined with a hamstring injury City welcomed back
Ross Davidson following suspension.
It was Chester who had the brighter
of the opening few minutes with good work by Junior
Agogo forcing a couple of corners which the home defence
cleared. Nick Richardson almost set up Balckwood down
the left before right out of the blue Posh opened the
scoring. Martin's long punt forward from deep in his
own half caught the City defence square and £250,000
signing Howard Forinton raced through to unleash an
unstoppable shot past Wayne Brown into the roof of
the net without a City defender in sight.
Five minutes later though and the
Blues equalised through Luke Beckett. Wayne Brown launched
a massive goal kick down the centre that Posh defender
Edwards missed entirely, as 'keeper Tyler came rushing
to the edge of his box, Beckett nipped in between the
two, flicked the ball over Tyler and headed over the
defender to send the 150 City supporters behind the
Forinton almost added a second on
the half hour, the home striker seeing his header graze
the woodwork before the home side went 2-1 up courtesy
some more slack City marking.
Beckett and Darren Wright both had
chances to tackle Drury, both missed as the midfielder
fed the ball out to Clarke on the left wing. His simple
cross eluded both Lancaster and Davidson leaving Forinton
the easiest tasks of side footing the ball home from
from eight yards out.
After the break it generally one
way stuff with City 'keeper and man of the match Wayne
Brown pulling off a series of outstanding saves that
kept the scoreline respectable.
Speaking after the match Terry
Smith hinted that there would be no more new signings
now unless "someone special" came along and
that City's shaky defence would be sorted out with the
players currently in the squad. Wednesday night's Cheshire
Senior Cup match with Tranmere would be used to perhaps
try one or two permitations with the line-up.
Saturday 2 October 1999
York City 2 Chester City
York City: Mimms, Hocking (Jones
55), Fairclough, Serotri, Hall, Fox, Hulme, Atkins,
Bullock, Turley (Garratt 55), Ormerod (M Williams 71).
Subs not used: Howarth, J Williams.
Chester City: Brown, Moss, Lancaster, Woods, Milosavijevic, Doughty,
Wright, Richardson, Blackwood, Beckett, Agogo. Subs not used: Cutler,
Berry, Malone, Nash, Jones.
Referee: T.Parkes (Birmingham).
Strange game last Saturday, we should
have had it won inside ten minutes, with Luke the chief
culprit, missing three.
Smithy strikes again with his psychology,
wasn't Luke on his way out last week..dropped for the
York game for our new Yankee doodle dandy Striker?
I reckon Terry believes his own bull sometimes, the
players do not know if they are coming or going. We
are a fickle bunch of fans at Chester... I stood behind
the goal at York and could not believe the stick Goran
got!! For crying out loud, he speaks no English, seems
to be a gifted player in MIDFIELD, plays at centre
half to the best of his ability, and gets racist abuse
from so called supporters, who I wish would just not
watch my side.
The players who deserve the stick
are those that do not try, and the management structure
who simply try and con the fans. Junior Agogo is a
very average player who is not interested in Chester
City, granted he finished well for his goal, but his
attitude stinks. Michael Blackwood is working his socks
off for the cause and was rightfully rewarded with
a well taken header and supplying Agogo with the pass
for his goal. We need more players of his quality,
preferably at centre half!!
The plus points from the game came
from Wayne Brown, Matt Doughty (again...and still not
signed on a long term contract!), Blackwood and the
back to form Nicky Richardson
The negative points came from not
having an experienced centre half, and a manager who
does not know one end of a football pitch from another.
PS I have just read that we are to
be charged full price to see Chester play Tranmere
reserves in the pathetic Cheshire Cup...ISA are you
on the board?
York City 2 Chester City 2
A well deserved point for City, but,
with more clinical finishing, they could have come
away from York with all three.
Three times in the opening ten minutes
City had chances to score, all three openings falling
to Luke Bekett. The best of his trio saw him round
veteran 'keeper Bobby Mimms before squaring the ball
agonisingly across the face of the goal with no support. The
home side too had cahances in the first half with
Wayne Brown tipping a Turley header onto the post and
saving well from Mark Atkins minutes later at point-blank
range when a goal seemed a certainty.
City took the lead on 54 minutes
with Michael Blackwood heading home Matt Doughty's
fine outswinging left wing cross, Blackwood himself
had instigated the move. Things looked to be going
well for City with the home crowd showing their displeasure
at York manager Neil Thompson. However, the home side
equalised on 73 minutes when some indecision by Martyn
Lancaster allowed Wiliams, who'd only been on the pitch
two minutes, to shoot home through 'keeper Brown's
Three minutes later and York
were in front. A left wing corner was inexplicable headed
into his own net by Martyn Lancaster under no pressure
at all. City's determination soon bought an equaliser
though with Junior Agogo cooly picking up Blackwood's
superb through ball and finishing from 15 yards, much
the same as his goal at Brighton, to give City a point
which still keeps them at the foot of the table one point
behind their hosts.
York City 2 Chester City 2
There are a couple of advantages to living in
York and supporting Chester. The first - living just 2 mins 36
seconds from the ground. The second - being able to enjoy a considered
conversation regarding the afternoons events with opposition supporters
over a couple of pints. The different perspective on the game from
opposition fans enables a more complete overview of events between
3pm and around 4.50.
Radio York somewhat ungraciously suggested that
the match illustrated why the respective teams are where they are.
Not true. Both York fans and myself agreed the level of skill shown
by Chester belied their position in the league. York City did not
come off so well. The chants of "you don't know what you're
doing" aimed at the York bench were echoed in bars throughout
York on Saturday night.