MATCH OF THE DAY
It promises to be the League Two match of the day tomorrow,
as City travel to the Causeway Stadium to play second placed Wycombe
Wanderers who sit one place above the Blues.
The Chairboys are the only
the Football League and in Nathan
Tyson have the League Two leading scorer with 11 goals, half the 22 total
Wycombe have scored
so far. In fact Wycombe are the only side to have scored more goals that
City this season who themselves have bagged 20 in
City manager Keith Curle should
have Phil Bolland (left) back in his squad after
the defender picked up an ankle in jury at Notts
Sean Hessey is still sidelined with a knee injury.
Curle is confident ahead of what
will be a tough test tomorrow. “The message coming
out from the changing room is ‘bring them on’. This
is the type of game where we’ve got nothing to
fear. We fancy ourselves because our platform and foundations
been put in place. We’ve got 75% of our play
that is organised and disciplined and we’ve got
in and around their goal, it’s free play. That’s
why you find our players have got a smile on their
This will only be City’s
fourth visit to Wycombe a gound where they have lost
previous occasions. The last meeting was six months
ago when City lost 4-2 in an ill-tempered affair that
was watched by an 8,000+ crowd who were all given free
admission on the day.
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YOUTH TEAM HOST WIGAN
Tomorrow morning the youth
team have a home game against Wigan Athletic in the
North & Midlands West Conference League.
CHESHIRE CUP EXIT
City fielded mainly a reserve/youth
side last night as they were knocked out of the Cheshire
Senior Cup 1-0 in the first round at Macclesfield Town.
Chester last won this trophy way back in 1931/32.
Chester City: Brookfield, Vaughan,
Wilson, (Holroyd 82) Cadwallader, Roberts, Marsh-Evans,
Dove, Curle, El Khoti. Subs not Used: Wade, Linford.
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EXILES PREDITION COMPETITION
reminder that forms for the annual Exiles Prediction
Competition can be downloaded
You may enter as many forms as you like.
Once again the cost of entry is a mere £1.00 per form, with a guaranteed £100.00
first prize. Second and third prize money will also also be available.
The deadline for completed forms is Friday 30 September, so you only have a
day to get your forms in now.
who’ve so far submitted entries.
note that entries will be accepted if they are handed to any of the Exiles committee
at Wycombe on Saturday.
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28 September 2005
CITY MOVE THIRD
half goals from David Artell and Gregg
Blundell seales a 2-0 victory for City
over Carlisle United in front of their
highest gate of the season 3,394 (though
the crowd was swelled with a fair following
The victory lifts
the Blues to third place in League Two,
one point behind
opponents Wycombe Wanderers who beat
Wrexham 4-1 last night. Grimsby Town remain
top after a 4-0 home victory over Notts
A reserve side will
be in action tonight as Chester travel
to Moss Rose to play Macclesfield Town
in their re-arranged first round Cheshire
Senior Cup match. Admission prices are
£5 (adults) and £3 (concessions).
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CARLISLE IN TOWN
are back in action tonight when they
entertain Carlisle United in a League Two
match (kick-off 19:45hrs). Phil Bolland and
Sean Hessey are still sidelined and Stewart
Drummmond (left) is doubful after picking
up a knock in the 0-0 draw at Stockport County
on Saturday. That
on Saturday lifted City above tonight’s
opponents on goal difference after the Cumbrians
were beaten at home 3-2 by Leyton Orient.
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YOUTH TEAM PROGRESS
half goals from Nick
Linford and Chris Holroyd
helped the youth team
to a 2-1 victory at Grimsby
round of the Youth Alliance Cup yesterday morning.
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CITY REMAIN FOURTH
The Blues remain in fourth
place following yesterday’s 0-0 draw at Stockport
County, in front of nearly 1200 Blues fans who’d
made the trip to Edgeley Park. Manager Keith Curle
with the point: “I’m very pleased with
the performance. It was a very good advert for League
keeper made a couple of exceptional saves, and overall
I thought we deserved to just
The side are next in action
entertain sixth placed Carlisle United at Deva Stadium,
FULLY FIT AND RARING TO GO
manager Keith Curle has the luxury of picking from
a fully fit squad ahead of tomorrow’s Cheshire
derby at Stockport County.
The Blues should be backed by a good following, as
they go into the match sitting in fourth place in
League Two, and will be renewing rivalries with the
east Cheshire side for the first time in a decade.
Stockport, relegated from League One last season,
occupy 18th spot in the table and have drawn all four
of their home league matches at Edgeley Park this
Curle told the Evening
Leader: “Every player is fit and available for
selection so I’ve got a big headache before I
decide to select the team to face Stockport. But as
everybody as the club should know by now I do pick
a team to win a football match. I will identify the
strengths and weaknesses of Stockport County and I
will then select a team to beat them.”
YOUTH TEAM ON THE CUP TRAIL
The youth team travel
to Grimsby Town tomorrow for a first round game in
the Youth Alliance Cup.
Former Burnley player Tony Grant who has been
training with Chester recently has left. Assistant manager John Gannon said:
not been with us this week, I don’t know if he’s been
offered something by another club but we just heard from one of the players that
he wouldn’t be coming in.”
21 September 2005
The reserves, fielding
six first-teamers, were beaten 2-0 by Burnley this afternoon
at Deva Stadium in their latest Pontins Holiday League
Division One West match.
The City line up was: Brookfield, Regan, El Kholti,
Cadwallader, Roberts, Vaughan (Linford 82), Bertos,
Walker (Noon 82), Rutherford, Holroyd (Marsh-Evans 45),
Dove. Subs not used: Wilson, Wade.
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Their is a chance for fans to meet the management
soon as they club hold a Fans Forum at 19:00hrs on Monday 3 October at the ground.
In attendance will be chairman Steve Vaughan, manager Keith Curle and commercial
manager Bob Grey.
EXILES ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2005
The Annual General Meeting will take place
in London tonight at the Knights
Lane, London WC2A 1DT. Start 19:30hrs. More details here.
CHESHIRE SENIOR CUP
City’s first round Cheshire Senior Cup match
has been rearranged for Wednesday 28 September, kick-off 19:45hrs.
BLUES MOVE FOURTH
Goals from Ryan Lowe,
David Artell, Marcus Richardson and Gregg Blundell
gave City a comprehensive 4-0 vistory over Bristol
on Saturday. A delighted
manager Keith Curle said after the win: “We’ve set the standard
now. Our expectations will not be lowered whether we win or lose. My
last words to the players before the game were ‘Entertain us’ and
they certainly did that. I wanted them to express themselves and they gave
a sparkling performance. Everybody did well today, but I thought
Stewart Drummond in particular had an outstanding game.”
The youth team lost 2-1 at
Carlisle United in their latest North & Midlands West
Conference League on Saturday morning. On the scoresheet
for City was Karl Noon,
equalising from the penalty spot on his debut.
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17 September 2005
have been given an away tie at
Nationwide Conference side Cambridge
United in today’s
draw for the first round
the LDV Vans Trophy. The match will take place at the
Abbey Stadium on Tuesday 18 October.
16 September 2005
Blues will have a couple of players missing tomorrow
from the side that battled
for a point at Notts County. Defender Phil Bolland has
ankle ligament trouble and will be out for a possible
further two weeks while Michael Branch is suffering from
groin injury and looks set to miss the Deva Stadium clash
with Bristol Rovers (kick-off 15:00hrs). Craig Dove who
is recovering from a pre-season knee injury was due to
play in the Cheshire Cup match in midweek before it was
postponed and Abdou El Kholti is also now back training.
The Pirates, managed by ex-City boss
Ian Atkins, have had a slow start to the season and
urrently lie in
with nine points from eight games. Seven of those points
have come away frm home where they have beaten Torquay
United (3-2), Leyton Orient (3-2) and picked up a 1-1
draw at Barnet.
City manager Keith Curle becan
his football league career with Rovers (and scored
debut at Sealand Road) and he was back down in the
west country in midweek to watch then draw 1-1 with
Oxford United. Despite their poor start to the season
Curle is expecting a tough game tomorrow: “Name-wise
you’d probably say they’re one of the
strongest squads in this division. They’re
a team that play well on
the counterattack. Will it be a stalemate with both
other out? I don’t think so. Do I think there
will be goals in the game? Yes.” – he
told the Chronicle.
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EARLY START FOR YOUNGSTERS
The youth team have an
away fixture at Carlisle United tomorrow morning in the
North & Midlands
West Conference League, kick-off is 11:00hrs.
15 September 2005
TRANSFER EMBARGO LIFTED
The transfer embargo
imposed on Chester City has
been lifted following payment of monies owed to the
PFA. Should they need to, the Blues are now able
to bring in loan players since the transfer deadline
has passed. Arrangements have now also been made
with both the Inland Revenue and the City Council
over unpaid tax and rent bills.
“Our partners have brokered a deal and arranged
an installed arrangement which the Inland Revenue
has agreed to. We will still be going to court
but it will be a formality with an agreed adjournment.”
Steve Vaughan told the Daily Post: “We have
paid all the outstanding monies that were claimed
by the PFA, and thankfully we have now received
notification from the PFA that the embargo has
been lifted. This development means that if we
need to, we can utilise the emergency loan system
like other Football League clubs, which has commenced
HIGH COURT HEARING FOR CITY
club has a date in the High Court in London next
week after the Inland Revenue issued a winding-up
non-payment of £180,000 tax. The hearing will take place on Wednesday
21 September. Chairman Steve Vaughan has told the Daily Post
that his accountants have been instructed to
pay the debt by Friday.
In an effort to increase revenue, Vaughan will
ask for Board approval this week to hold an Extraordinary
General Meeting, and at it he proposes to issue
four million £1.00 shares. This is an effort
to recoup the £4m
loaned to the club since he took over in October
Vaughan stated: “We
are in something of a financial straitjacket at the
club currently, in
as much as we are restricted in what we can do at
the Deva Stadium complex because of the terms of
There are a number of initiatives that we would like
in and around the stadium, which
would be beneficial to the club and its finances.
We have been chasing arrears since the day I walked
the club. We were £3m in debt when I took it
over and I loaned the club that amount plus about
another million. What I’m doing now is balancing
the books. The 21 September hearing won’t be
an issue because arrangements have been brokered.”
Meanwhile the BBC website states
that Chester City Council have issued proceedings
to recover over £46,000 in rent arrears that
covers the last two years.
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The Cheshire Senior Cup
match on Wednesday night at Macclesfield Town has been
postponed after an outbreak of mumps amongst the YTS
players at Moss Rose. No new date has yet been arranged.
YOUTH TEAM DEFEAT
The youth team lost by
a late goal at home 1-0 to Stockport County in their
latest North & Midlands West Conference League on
Friday night. The game was
played at the Airbus UK ground with Keith Curle, Dave
Bell and Clive Goodyear all in attendance.
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CITY SHARE THE SPOILS
A goal 20 minutes from time
by Ben Davies ensured that City came away from
Meadow Lane with a point against League Two leaders
Notts County who played the second half with ten men.
Once again manager Keith Curle opted
to rotate his attacking options with Marcus Richardson
and Ryan Lowe
starting up front and Justin Walker replacing Ben Davies
in midfield, who, along with Gregg Blundell started
on the bench.
City were dealt a blow on 18 minutes
when defender Phil Bolland landed awkwardly and suffered
an injury to his left ankle. After lengthy attention
from physio Clive Goodyear, Bolland attempted to play
to limp off to be replaced by Luke Dimech. Bolland
is expected to be out for up to three weeks. As well
as Bolland, on the treatment table this week will
Michael Branch who appeared to suffer more hamstring
County had Steve Scoffham red-carded
on the stroke of half-time after an off-the-ball clash
Artell. Sean Hessey hit the post immediately after
the break before the ten-men opened
the scoring through
after Chris MacKenzie had failed to hold a long-range
effort from Matthew Gill.
Curle introduced Davies and Blundell
at the expense of Stewart Drummond and Richardson
and City immediately began to step up a gear in attack.
The equaliser came on 70 minutes with Davies scoring
from close range after a neat through ball in the goalmouth
from Blundell. Ryan Lowe headed wide and Davies saw
a great effort hit
as the Blues ended the stronger of the two sides.
Despite the good point from Saturday’s
clash, City drop a place to fifth. • Latest
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The draw for the first
round of the LDV Vans Trophy will take place live
next Saturday morning in the SKY Soccer AM programme.
The first round games will take place in the week
17 October. City will compete in the Northern section
and will play one of the following League or Conference
Accrington Stanley, Barnsley, Blackpool, Boston United,
Bradford City, Bury, Cambridge United, Carlisle United,
Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town, Halifax Town, Hartlepool
United, Hereford United, Huddersfield Town, Kidderminster
Harriers, Lincoln City, Macclesfield Town,
Mansfield Town, Morecambe, Oldham Athletic, Port
Vale, Rochdale, Rotherham United, Scunthorpe United,
Tranmere Rovers, Wrexham.
BLUES TAKE ON LEADERS
will be looking for a bit of bouncebackability as they
travel to play League Two leaders Notts County at Meadow
Lane tomorrow (kick-off 15:00hrs).
Manager Keith Curle has no fresh injury worries as
his side looks to put Tuesday’s defeat to the
back of their minds as City look for their third
of the season following on from successes at Peterborough
Notts County have won all three home fixtures this term
against Wrexham (1-0), Lincoln City (2-1), and Bristol
Rovers (2-0) which led to boss Gudjon Thordarson being
named League Two Manager of the Month last week.
There should be a good following
of Chester fans tomorrow who will be housed in the Kop
Stand behind the goal. Admission prices are £16
(adult), £10 (senior citizen), £9 (student/young
adult) and £6 (junior/under 16).
Tomorrow’s referee will
be Neil Swarbrick from Lancashire who will be refereeing
his third Football League match.
7 September 2005
CITY TASTE DEFEAT
The Blues suffered their
first league defeat of the season last night when they
were beaten by away-day specialists Grimsby Town at Deva
Stadium. City missed out on the opportunity to top League
Two after gifting the Mariners a winning goal eleven minutes
from time following a slip by Luke Dimech.
After a first-half stalemate it was the visitors who took
the lead on 50 minutes after Phil Bolland was adjudged
to have fouled Jones in the penalty area, referee Singh
pointing for a spot-kick that was duly converted. City
came straight back and Ryan Lowe leveled things three
minutes later latching onto a near post Branch cross.
He should have given City the lead minutes later when
he shot straight at Mildenhall in the visitors goal.
The winner came out of the blue as
Dimech stumbled on half-way allowing Michael Reddy to
run through on goal, MacKenzie came out to narrow the
angle but the Grimsby played slipped the ball past him
for the winner.
Manager Keith Curle said following
the defeat: “I’m not apportioning blame
to any one player. We are a team here, and we take
as a team, and also the defeats. We can now take stock
and prepare for Saturday’s match against Notts County,
and what better game to
bounce back into and that is against the league leaders.”
As mentioned City are next in
action on Saturday when they make the trip to Meadow
Lane, kick-off 15:00hrs.
6 September 2005
HIGH HOPES FOR BLUES
City go into tonight’s rearranged home game with
Grimsby Town knowing that a victory will lift them to
the top of League Two. City, unbeaten so far this season,
have no fresh injury worries and manager Keith Curle looks
set to name the same side that started Friday’s
home match against Mansfield Town.
Mariners have an immaculate away record having won in
the league at Bristol Rovers (2-1) and Barnet (1-0),
they also pulled off one of the shocks in the first
round of the Carling Cup with a 1-0 win at Championship
side Derby County.
Manager Curle is in no doubts about
the size of the task tonight. He told the Daily Post:
“They are a well organised side, and they have
a number of proven players at this level. We must continue
with the work-rate and commitment that we have shown
in the last couple of matches, and ensure that we don’t
make errors defensively. If we can do that then we should
City will be looking for a good
crowd tonight as well. Just over 3,000 were there on Friday
night and all bar the Stags fans will have been delighted
with what they saw. The message from the manager is clear
“bring a friend along”. Curle said: “The
message to the supporters is to go and grab your mate,
next door neighbour or mum and dad and drag them to the
football club. We’ll look after them. We will provide
attacking, attractive, free-flowing football.”
RESERVES LOSE AT PRESTON
The reserves lost 3-1 at
Preston North End this afternoon in their latest Pontins
Holiday League Division One West outing at Deepdale. Chris
Holroyd scored City’s consolation goal. Full credit
to the Chester team that was made up of youth players,
several of which had played on Saturday as well, and were
watched by Keith Curle this afternoon.
The reserves are next in action on Wednesday 21 September
when they have a home game against Burnley.
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DEFEAT FOR YOUTH TEAM
The youth team lost 4-2
at Walsall this morning in their latest North & Midlands
West Conference League match. On the score sheet for City
were Robert Marsh-Evans, from the penalty spot and Chris
Holroyd. The boys are next in action on Friday night with
a home game against Stockport County that will take place
at the Airbus UK ground (kick-off 19:00hrs).
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CITY THIRD AFTER DALE WIN
Rochdale’s 4-1 home
win over Torquay United lifts them above City to second
place in League Two. The Blues now lie in third place
on goal difference above Darlington. In the other game
played today Bristol Rovers won 3-2 at Leyton Orient.
BLUES MOVE SECOND
City moved up to second place in League Two tonight with
a 3-1 win over Mansfield Town at Deva Stadium. City took
the lead in the second minute, the first time they had
scored in the opening period this season, with Gregg Blundell
scoring from close range after David Artell had headed
goalwards. They extended their lead on the hour with Blundell
on the scoresheet again before conceding a goal seven
minutes later. The three points were wrapped up ten minutes
from time with Ryan Lowe scoring a half-volley from just
inside the box.
Two scores tonight were:
As a result, City move into second
place, for tonight at least, Rochdale and Leyton Orient
could move above the Blues with wins tomorrow.
Bury 0 Carlisle United 1
Cheltenham Town 1 Barnet 1
Darlington 1 Notts County 1
Grimsby Town 1 Stockport County 3
Rushden & Diamonds 0 Peterborough United 2
Shrewsbury Town 2 Oxford United 0
Wycombe Wanderers 1 Northampton Town 1
CITY LOOKING FOR FIRST HOME WIN
City host Mansfield Town at Deva Stadium tonight (kick-off
19:45hrs) looking for their first home win of the season
to keep them up with the early League Two pace setters.
Last minute goals in the previous two home fixtures have
brought two draws so manager Keith Curle will be looking
to gone one better tonight against his former club.
The Blues will once again be without
Abdou El Kholti and Craig Dove through injury, whilst
Sean Hessey is rated at only 50/50 after suffering a
groin injury at Torquay. The Stags have injury problems
themselves with striker Chris Beardsley out with a broken
leg whilst Adam Birchall has been called up for the
England v Wales u21 international tonight.
Mansfield, managed by Carlton Palmer,
currently lie in 18th place with five points from their
opening six games. On their travels they have drawn at
both Stockport County and Boston United (2-2), and lost
at Peterborough (2-0). They have also dumped Stoke City
out of the Carling Cup on penalties at home and narrowly
lost 3-2 to leaders Notts County at Field Mill on Monday.
The youth team travel to
play at fourth placed Walsall tomorrow for their third
game of the season in the North & Midlands West Conference.
ARTELL FIT FOR FRIDAY
receiving eight stitches in a nasty head wound at Torquay
on Monday, defender David Artell looks set to be fit to
play against his former club Mansfield Town for the League
Two clash at Deva Stadium on Friday night (19:45hrs).
Artell, who clashed heads with Torquay’s James Sharp
had to leave the Plainmoor pitch for nine minutes of treatment
from physio Clive Goodyear but returned with a bandaged
head to help City to their three points.
well as Artell, Friday’s match may also see Luke
Dimech, Scott McNiven and Tom Curtis pit their wits
against their former club as all joined City from Field
Mill in the summer.
One player who may be doubtful
for Friday’s clash though is Sean Hessey who has
a groin strain.
JACK NOT RETAINED
Forward Rodney Jack has
left the club after spending a short time on trial with
City. The former Crewe Alexandra player played in two
reserve games for Chester.