of last season’s player are now playing with
Conference rivals Telford United. Dean Spink (pic
right) was one of Graham Barrow’s first signings
when Chester dropped into the Conference in 2000 but
an injury, in the pre-season friendly against Bristol
City, put him out of action for the whole season. He
finally made his debut last season at Hayes and scored
one of the goals in a 3-1 victory. Ironically his only
other league goal was scored against Telford United.
Dean made 19+2 Conference appearances in which he played
both at centre forward and in the middle of defence.
His most impressive performance came in the FA Trophy
4th Round replay against one of his former clubs, Solihull
Borough, when he became the first player since Andy
Milner in 1997 to score a hat trick for Chester. Dean
made more than 300 Football League appearances with
Scarborough, Bury, Shrewsbury and Wrexham and has recently
opened a fitness centre in Shrewsbury.
David Brown moved
to Telford in mid-August and became an instant hero at
the Bucks Head when he came off the bench to score a
last minute equaliser in the 4-4 draw with Doncaster
Rovers. David was a trainee at Manchester United, where
he played alongside Michael Twiss, and joined Hull City
in March 1998. He scored 23 goals in 131 appearances
at Boothferry Park and moved to Chester after a brief
period with Torquay United. David made his debut in the
2-0 home defeat against Southport and went on to make
11+2 appearances scoring two goals against Dover and
Stevenage. An undoubtedly skilful player it is to be
hoped that David can resurrect his career at Telford.
former Chester player in the Telford squad is Roger
Preece. A tigerish midfielder, Roger was voted
Player of the Year in 1994/95 but his career came to
an abrupt halt the following season when he was on the
receiving end of a horrendous tackle by Hartlepool’s
Mick Tait. Although he eventually recovered it proved
a massive blow to a player who, at the time, was being
tracked by higher division clubs. Roger is now nearing
the end of his playing career and has recently been seen
on a couple of occasions at the Deva on scouting duties.
Roger was never noted for his goalscoring at Chester
but his first goal for the club, a 30-yard free kick
in the FA Cup against Hull City, was recently voted one
of the best seen at the ground.
Another player to move to a rival
Conference club was Mike Rose (pic
left) who made the short journey to Hereford United
during the summer. Mike, along with is brother Steve,
was one of the first signings made by the club following
the departure of Graham Barrow last summer. Another
former graduate of the Manchester United youth system
Michael made 33+1 appearances last season but blotted
his copy book with two dismissals at Southport and
Margate. Mike will best be remembered for his two superb
free kicks which gave Chester three points in monsoon
conditions at Nuneaton.
Sumner [Published 3/9/02]