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Completing our look at the whereabouts of the trialists who played for the club in the pre-season friendlies:

Liverpool born Danny Stone was released by Notts County during the summer when they went into administration despite attempts by manager Billy Dearden to keep him. Danny made his Football League debut against Queens Park Rangers in November 2001 and started the 2002/03 season as first choice full back at Meadow Lane. However, by October last year he was out of the side and further appearances were only as a sunstitute. In total he made 21 appearances for County in his two years with the club. During the close season he appeared for Chester in pre-season games against Cammell Laird, Buckley Town and Droylsden but started the season as one of Mike Walsh’s signings at relegated Southport. A tough tackler he has played mostly at right-back for Southport, despite originally being signed as a centre-back. He has been out of the Southport side in recent weeks through injury.

Forward David Eaton was released by Everton at the end of the 2001/02 season and after a trial with Wrexham signed for Macclesfield Town. Last season he started 8 games for Macclesfield and came off the bench on 12 occasions including his debut against Kidderminster Harriers when he scored one of the goals in a 2-0 win. Towards the end of last season David played twice for Chester Reserves, as a trialist in the Lancashire League, and scored one goal. Given a free transfer by Macclesfield in the summer he played in Chester’s pre-season friendly against Flint but started the season with Witton Albion.

Vastly experienced Tom Cowan played in Chester’s pre-season friendly against Den Haag after being released by York City. A Scot from Bellshill, Tom started his career as long ago as 1988 when he made his debut with Clyde. After less than one season he made a dream move to Glasgow Rangers but found chances limited at Ibrox and after only 12 appearances moved south of the border to Sheffield United for £350,000. In July 1994 he was on the move again in a £150,000 move to Huddersfield Town where he was a regular at full back for three seasons. Since then he has played for Burnley, Cambridge United and Peterborough United (on loan). Last season Tom played 31+2 games in defence for York City alongside ex-City player Gary Hobson. After his unsuccessful trial with Chester Tom was given a chance to resurrect his career in his native Scotland and signed for Scottish Premier League side Dundee. However his career is once again up in the air as he was one of 20 players sacked by the club on Tuesday when they went into administration.

Another experienced player to be given a trial by Chester was midfielder Matt Carragher who was Port Vale’s club captain last year. Matt played in the games against Flint and Vauxhall Motors as well as a Lancashire League match against Ossett Town Reserves. Matt started his career as a trainee with Wigan Athletic and made his league debut for them, as a substitute, in a 6-3 victory over Chester back in 1993. Over the next four seasons he played 119 times for the Latics before a move to Port Vale in summer 1997. In six seasons at Port Vale Matt made 194 appearances and was a member of the team that beat Brentford in the LDV Trophy back in 2001. Matt was surprisingly released by Port Vale during the summer and is currently playing for Doc Martens Premier League side Stafford Rangers on a non-contract basis. He also had a brief trial with Burton Albion back in September.

Tom Jordan is the son of former Scottish international Joe Jordan. He played in the friendly games against Flint and Colwyn Bay and scored one of the City goals at Bay in a 2-1 victory. Tom started his football career with Bristol City, whom he joined straight from school, but after turning professional in 2000 failed to make the first team and moved to Southend United at the start of last season. His only appearance for Southend was as a substitute against Bournemouth and his contract was cancelled at the end of the season. After his unsuccessful trial with Chester, Tom still managed to start the season at the Deva Stadium when he appeared in the centre of the defence for newly promoted Tamworth. Tom has been a regular in the Tamworth side and earned his first semi-professional cap for England earlier this month when he was drafted in as a late replacement for the match against Belgium.
Chas Sumner [Published 15/11/03]


















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