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Wes KilgannonPaul Roberts and Wes Kilgannon (pictured) were both given their chance by Gordon Hill at the start of last season having graduated through the youth system at the Deva. Paul made his debut, as a substitute, in the first game against Woking and went on to make 1+5 appearances for City. Meanwhile, Wes made his debut as a substitute at Farnborough in September and went on to make 8+4 appearances at both right back and right midfield. Both players were released at the turn of the year and both players moved to Caernarfon Town in the League of Wales. Although Paul is still with Caernarfon, Wes has now left the club and is not playing for anyone at the time of writing.

Another player who has featured for Caernarfon this season is Andy Shelton who recently returned to the Deva Stadium to watch the Scarborough game. Andy left Chester in December 2000 and joined Harrogate Town on loan before signing permanently the following month. His time at Harrogate was marred by problems with a cruciate ligament injury and in March 2002 he joined Ossett Albion. He played for Ossett in the final few games of the season as they unsuccessfully attempted to avoid relegation to the Northern Counties East League. Andy joined Caernarfon on non-contract terms during the summer.

Paul BerryA right sided midfielder or striker, Paul Berry (pictured right) has the distinction of playing 16 first team games for Chester without once featuring in the starting line-up. A perennial substitute, he managed a single goal for the Blues in a 2-2 draw with Torquay United in our final Football League season. Paul was signed by Terry Smith, from Warrington Town, in controversial circumstances after impressing in a pre-season friendly in July 1999 when Kevin Ratcliffe was still the manager. He made his debut, as a replacement for Jon Jones, at Rotherham United in August 1999 and made a further eight substitute appearances in the Football League that season. In December 2001 he joined Rhyl on loan but returned after only one game and moved to Leek Town on a permanent basis in March. He was released by Leek during the summer.

Finally, Joe Jakub attended the recent home game against Leigh RMI in a journalistic capacity. Joe, who had two seasons at Chester in 1988/89 and 1993/94 is now working for PA Sports and also does some scouting for Preston North End in North Wales.
Chas Sumner [Published 24/9/02]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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