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18.WHAT HAPPENED TO...

Concluding our look at the whereabouts of last seasons players:

San Diego born Ian Joy joined City from Ohio based Columbus Crew in March 2003, and made his debut in the home game against Farnborough Town the following month. A left sided midfielder or defender Ian played three games for Chester but was released at the end of the season. Ian started his career as a trainee with Tranmere Rovers but failed to make the first team and was released at the end of 1999/2000. He started the 2000/01 season in Scotland with Stirling Albion but after only two substitute appearances moved to another Scottish Third Division side, Montrose. At Montrose he was a regular in the side prompting a return to English football, with Kidderminster Harriers, the following season. At Harriers he played alongside Ben Davies and Ian Foster but struggled to retain a place in the side and when the chance came to revitalise his career back in his native USA he jumped at the opportunity. A former USA youth international Ian had also had trials with the national squad and was hoping that a move to a Major League Soccer side would help his international career. By March Ian was back in England, at Chester, and at the start of this season he spent three weeks on trial at Southend United but was not retained. His next port of call was Yeovil Town where he played in a trial game for their Pontins League team against Swansea City earlier this month. At the moment it remains to be seen whether Yeovil will offer him a contract.

Centre half John Keegan only played one game for City, in the Cheshire Senior Cup, at Cheadle Town. The Liverpool born defender started his career with York City where he made three appearances in 1999/2000 before moving to Scarborough the following season. Over the next two seasons he played seven times for the Seadogs and joined Chester at the start of last season after playing as a trialist in pre-season games at Holywell and Colwyn Bay. A regular in the Lancashire League side in the first half of last season he spent some time on loan with Caernarfon Town before being released during the summer. John started this season with FA Trophy winners Burscough.

Chris Tamm also played in the Cheshire Senior Cup tie at Cheadle and like John Keegan spent some time on loan with Caernarfon Town. A former junior at the Deva Stadium Chris signed non-contract terms with Caernarfon Town during the summer. Other former City youngsters at Caernarfon Town include Carl Rodgers, Michael Simpson and Adam Kelly as well as Paul Roberts who played six Conference games back in 2001/02.
Chas Sumner [Published 27/09/03]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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