| 29 September
CITY FANS PAY A HIGH PRICE
Hednesford Town have increased
the admission price for Chester fans tomorrow from £7.50
to £11.00. This outrageous hike is, say Hednesford,
because the club have had to bring in extra stewards
and police for the expected large away following and
City fans will be paying for it. Home fans will be paying
the usual £7.50 to stand. The £11.00 is a
blanket price with first-come first-served for the 300
seats on offer.
27 September 2000
CITY HIT TOP FIVE
Last night's 4-0 thumping of Nuneaton Borough
has lifted Chester into fifth spot in the Conference. Two goals from striker
Mark Beesley helped City to the three points and earned praise from manager
Graham Barrow: "No-one at this club is going to knock Mark Beesley for
not scoring goals," added Barrow. "I still think he could be the Conference's
top scorer because he doesn't hide, he doesn't let missed chances get to
him and that's the sign of a good striker. "He's stuck at it and that's
what has pleased me more than anything." said the boss.
Assistant manager Paul Beesley has been in contact
with Sheffield United with a view to signing loan striker Andy Evans
for another month. Evans scored in both of his last two appearances for
Speaking in the Evening Leader the 24-year-old Welsh
striker said today: "I enjoyed the goal last night. If I'd have taken one
more touch I might have lost out but I made my mind up to hit it. And I
could have a hat-trick. Now I've got two in two after coming off the bench,
I think it shows that I've settled in. I didn't realise how tough this
league would be. It's very physical and there's hardly any time on the
ball. I admit I've taken time to settle in but I'm more than happy to stay
because I think the team is getting better all the time."
26 September 2000
BLUES LOOKING FOR HOME WIN
City are back in League action at
the Deva Stadium tonight when they take on Nuneaton Borough,
kick-off 19:45hrs. Defender Paul Beesley is available again
following his one match suspension on Saturday, though Carl
Ruffer is still suffering with a virus and Nick Richardson
has picked up an injury. The Blues will be looking to build
on Saturday's away victory at Kingstonian and consolidate themselves
in the chasing pack towards the top of the table.
25 September 2000
CITY FINED OVER POSTPONEMENT
Chester have been fined £1,000
by the Conference following the late postponement of last weeks
match with Hayes. City have 14 days in which to appeal. The
game was postponed because Chester failed to provide enough
stewards for it after a mass walk-out following the resignation
of chief safety officer Eddie Riley. Chester had claimed at
the time that the match had to be called off due to the fuel
Conference secretary John Moules said:
The management committee board decided that because of the
lateness of the call-off and the circumstances surrounding
it a fine of £1,000 will be levied."
Terry Smith met with the remaining stewards
last week who have agreed to return to work following certain
assurances from Terry Smith.
ISA MEMBERS MEETING TONIGHT
The next meeting of the Association
takes place tonight at the Royal Mail Club, Station Road. Starting
at 19.30, the guest speaker will be Nick Harrison sports
and football correspondent with the Evening Leader.
22 September 2000
DEBUT FOR WHITEHALL
Steve Whitehall makes his much awaited
debut for City tomorrow at Kingstonian. Manager Graham Barrow
has also been forced to make changes with City having collected
injuries at Crewe; and their squad is now at full stretch.
Following his red card at Yeovil Paul Beesley is suspended
while Carl Ruffer has a virus so it looks like a start for
either Nick Richardson or Neil Fisher. Craig Gaunt picked up
a hamstring injury on Wednesday and is unlikely to be risked
while Dean Greygoose stands by as regular keeper Wayne Brown
is expected to become a father any time now.
CITY AWAIT DECISION
The club are expected to learn today the decision
of the Football Conference regarding punishment, if any, resulting in the
late postponement of last Saturday's home game with Hayes. The Conference
met yesterday in London and the match postponement was on the agenda.
21 September 2000
DEVA CAPACITY REDUCED
Chester City have had the capacity of the Deva
Stadium reduced from 5,800 to just 3,000 for Tuesday's game with Nuneaton
Borough. The decision has been made by Cheshire County Council following
safety meetings with the police.
This is a short term measure as Martin Smith, manager
of the county council's civil protection unit, said today: "The ground
is safe but until we have had a chance to assess the ability of a new
safety officer we will be reducing the capacity to 3,000."
If the council are happy with the way things go at
the next two games (Nuneaton and Kettering) and new stewards complete
their training on time then it is hoped the capacity will revert back
to 5,800 for the visit of Leigh RMI on 21 October.
Meanwhile City have appointed Tony Griffiths as
their new safety officer, he will take charge of his first match on Tuesday.
DEFEAT FOR CITY
Despite taking an early lead through
Matt Woods, City lost 2-1 at Crewe Alexandra last night in
the first round of the Cheshire FA Umbro Senior Cup. The winning
goal came in extra time. Loan signing Steve Whitehall wasn't
eligible to play. As if losing to a combination of Crewe Reserves
and youth players wasn't bad enough, Mark Beesley (thigh),
Darren Moss (ankle) and Graig Gaunt (hamstring) are all reported
to have picked up injuries, and are doubtful for Saturday.
20 September 2000
Chester will be at home to Hednesford
Town on either Tuesday 10 October or Wednesday 11th in the
second round of the Nationwide Variety Club Trophy. Hednesford
overcame Telford United 1-0 in last night's preliminary round.
18 September 2000
POLICE CHECK CLAIMS
Radio Merseyside news has today
stated that Cheshire police are investigating an alleged assault
on former chief safety officer Eddie Riley. This is in connection
with an incident before the home match with Northwich at the
Deva last Tuesday in which chairman Terry Smith is at one point
alleged to have had his hands around Riley's neck!The remainder
of the Chester stewards are meeting tomorrow night.
16 September 2000
home game with Hayes is off. There seems to be confusion as to whether
this is because of the fuel crisis or something to do with the stewards perhaps
a combination of the two!
On Tuesday night chief safety officer Eddie Riley resigned
following an incident with chairman Terry Smith (left) and 30 of the
40 stewards were considering taking action in support of the officer.
Just two days later Terry Smith claimed that they had had problems with
Mr Riley and were going to replace him anyway.
The club chairman and secretary declared on Thursday
that there would be no problem staging the Hayes match as stewards had
been drafted in from Crewe and Wrexham for the occasion.
Frustratingly ours appears to be the only game in the
lower League's to be called off. What action the Conference League takes
against Chester now remains to be seen, they meet on Thursday and could
dish out a fine of up to £5,000 and/or deduct three points.
A spokesman for the Nationwide Conference League
said: "The match was been called off for safety reasons over which we have
no jurisdiction. We are wholly disappointed"
15 September 2000
WHITEHALL AGREES DEAL?
According to local paper reports
this morning, striker Steve Whitehall has agreed a one month
loan deal with Chester, there may be an option to sign him
on after that. Andy Porter is also having talks with Graham
Barrow today with a view of a move. We weren't looking for
another midfielder, but guys like Andy don't become available
very often. It's over our budget, but we decided to shoot first
and ask questions later" said Terry Smith.
BAN FOR BEESLEY
Paul Beesley will miss the Kingstonian
match as a result of his red card at Yeovil last Saturday.
Following another booking on Tuesday he may be in line for
a further suspension through an accumulation of points.
14 September 2000
MATCH GOES AHEAD
Saturday's match with Hayes at the
Deva is definitely on after Chester temporarily acquired the
services of the Crewe Alex safety officer Cliff Simpson to
fill the gap left by Eddie Riley's departure. Stewards from
Wrexham and Crewe Alex will also be filling in.
Hayes' coach company has guaranteed that
they will get to the Deva, despite the fuel crisis, and some
of City's players along with manager Graham Barrow may be
taking the train to work and staying over on Friday night.
"It's a situation we're going to have
to look at because players like Craig Gaunt and Paul Beesley,
who live in Nottingham and Sheffield will use all their fuel
just driving back and to to the ground. But there's ways of
getting in and my two kids both came up on the train to watch
Tuesday's game. So I'm sure the players can manage to get in." said
COME AND GET ME!
Porter (left), who starred for City on loan towards the end
of last season has been transfer listed by Wigan Athletic.
Porter, who lives in Holmes Chapel has been linked with Cheltenham
and Carlisle (of course!) but wants to stay in the area and
is prepared to take a drop in wages to join City.
He said: "It didn't work out at Wigan and
now I'm looking for a new club and Chester would suit me
fine. Staying and playing locally is lot more important in
life than the money. I live in Holmes Chapel and Chester's
not too far away and I would like to come back to play for
them. I really did enjoy my time there in what were difficult
circumstances and I still think about that last game of the
I think we'd all like to see him back
A reminder to members of the Chester
City Exiles that if they wish to join the post-match meeting
with Graham Barrow at Kingstonian to get your forms in by Tuesday
ISA QUIZ NIGHT
There will be a general knowledge quiz night
on Monday 2 October at the Cross Keys, Lower Bridge Street. Please be there
at 19.30 for a 20.00 start. The cost is £1 per team with a maximum
of five people per team.
13 September 2000
The Deva Stadium Safety Officer Eddie Riley
has resigned from the club following an incident before last night's match
with Northwich Victoria, and it is rumoured that up to 30 of the 40 regular
stewards may take action as a result of the incident with club chairman
Terry Smith. Smith has played down the incident and possible stewards boycott
by saying that Saturday's match with Hayes will definitely go ahead. Smith
said: "There have been a lot of issues and we've had an ongoing problem
with the safety officer and Michael Fair has been working on getting a
new safety officer for a week and we've already got one lined up." Eddie
Riley has stated: "There was an incident between myself and the chairman
last night and I suppose you can say that it was the final straw that broke
the camel's back. I resigned last November because of personal reasons
but came back to do the Man City game and I've been here ever since."
STRIKER TO SIGN?
City look set to sign striker Steve Whitehall
before Saturday's match with Hayes. Whitehall, 34, who was born
in Bromborough, has an impressive scoring record. He's notched 103 goals
in 301 League appearances in a ten year career with Rochdale, Mansfield
Town and Oldham Athletic.
12 September 2000
CITY LOOKING FOR HOME WIN
Chester take on neighbours Northwich Victoria
at the Deva tonight hoping to put Saturday's indifferent performance at
Yeovil behind them. Manager Graham Barrow will be looking for a lot more
effort from certain players after questioning their commitment following
that 2-1 defeat. Darren Moss is fit again and may feature, as possibly
could Neil Fisher who came on for 27 minutes on Saturday and added some
much needed creativity to the midfield. Chester will be hoping for another
good crowd for the Vics' first visit to the Deva.
8 September 2000
The ISA are currently running a
competition in the Chronicle for Two tickets for Home Matches
a question will be asked every week and the winner will get
the Two tickets.The competition this week is to name Chester
Citys record goalscorer, the answer should be sent to
Chester City ISA, PO Box 308 Chester CH1 5ZF to reach us not
later than Thursday. The winner get's a pair of tickets for
the home game against Hayes.
7 September 2000
RUFFER OUT FOR SATURDAY
Carl Ruffer will miss Saturday's match at Yeovil
after injuring an ankle in a reserve friendly against Crewe yesterday afternoon.
Darren Moss came through the game well though and may feature at Huish
Park. City won the game 2-1 with goals from Paul Berry and a trialist Jamie
Cassidy, former Blues captain Chris Lightfoot was in the Alex team. Meanwhile
the team will be travelling down to Somerset on Friday night after training
and staying at a hotel short distance off the M5.
ON THE BORDERLINE UPDATE PAGES
'On The Borderline' the official history of
Chester City FC was published on November 1st 1997. If you would like to
update the stats pages of your copy just download the Acrobat files here,
produced by Chas Sumner, and print them off.
6 September 2000
AWAY WIN FOR CITY
City manager Graham Barrow made changes last
night bringing in David Kerr and Darren Wright to the team which lost so
disappointingly at home to Southport on Saturday. A goal in each half brought
City victory at Morecambe and will boost confidence for Saturday's match
at high-flying Yeovil Town. Chris Blackburn scored his first League goal
for Chester heading home Carden's cross and Matt Woods sealed the victory
with a thumping header following a Matt Doughty free kick on 67 minutes.
Two people have left the Deva staff this week.
Rob Ashcroft has stood down as the programme sub-editor while Pam Coe,
who had been working in the commercial department, has resigned from the
1 September 2000
Graham Barrow is expected to name an unchanged
side for tomorrow's clash with Southport. Darren Wright, who missed the
Boston game with a knee injury is the only doubt.
Barrow was disappointed following Wednesday's 0-0 draw
at Boston and accused some of the players of not listening to orders. "We
knew what to expect from Boston and we told the players but I think the
instructions have fallen on deaf ears. The players know that they can
do better and nobody's satisfied with the performance or getting just
a point from an away game. That's the positive that I've got to come
away with and if we get a win on Saturday against Southport then the
point we've got at Boston could mean a lot more."
City forward Dean Spink will be out of action
for another six months. Spink, signed from Wrexham in the summer, sustained
a bad knee injury in the pre-season friendly against Bristol City. Spink
had surgery last week to repair anterior and cruciate knee ligaments.
Carl Ruffer will miss next Tuesday's Conference
match at Morecambe through suspension following his red card against
City have been given a bye in the first round
of the Nationwide Trophy. They will be at home to either Hednesford Town
or Telford United in the second round to be provisionally played on 10
October. Chester will travel to Crewe in the first round of the Cheshire
Senior Cup, date to be arranged.