Archive for September, 2009

First-year professional Chris Lynch may have his loan spell with Chester City cut short after suffering a knee injury against Wrexham on Saturday.

Chester boss Mick Wadsworth said: “It looks like a serious injury, sadly, but I hope it’s not. It’s a big blow for him and a big blow for us because he’s an outstanding player.”

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Save Our SealsIn a step to inform supporters of the clubs financial affairs, Chester City Football Club have tonight released a projected summary of their profit and loss accounts on their official website.

The statement on the club’s official website read:

“As recently discussed with and promised to Tom Jones chairman of the supporters trust, as an initiative to keep the fans up to date with the clubs financial affairs, please view the disclosure of the 09/10 Profit and Loss account for Chester City Football Club 2004 Ltd.”

Click here to view the accounts for yourself:

Chester City Football Club 2004 Ltd Profit and Loss account

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Mick Wadsworth has praised his side for prising a point from their trip to neighbours Wrexham.

The Chester City boss underlined his delight about the Blues performance in yesterday’s goalless draw at The Racecourse, despite admitting his side had squandered the better chances in front of goal.

He said: “It was a good performance from my team. It underlined our battling, and steely qualities, and our determination not to be beaten.

“I thought we were the better team and we created a couple of good scoring opportunities.

“We had the best two chances to win the game.

“Their keeper pulled off a great save to deny Gregg Blundell’s header, and I know Gregg was beside himself for missing his close range chance in the first half.

“Gregg was very apologetic at half-time about missing his effort, but that’s okay. That happens to strikers at times and I know he didn’t miss on purpose and we’ll have to live with those sorts of mistakes.

“I thought the game was a bit rough and tumble, but we stood up well to the physical aspects of the match.

“We also came out quite well on the fitness side of the game.”

Wadsworth revealed that on loan defender, Chris Lynch, could be out of action for a spell after suffering a knee injury and having to be helped off the pitch during the first half.

He added: “I thought we were unlucky to lose Chris who sadly looks like he has picked up a bit of a serious injury. I hope it’s not, but it doesn’t look too good at the moment.

“The injury is a big blow for Chris and it’s obviously a big blow for us too because he is an outstanding player.

“But I thought Shaun Kelly did very well as a centre half when he came on as a substitute to replace him.

“Wrexham striker Gareth Taylor can prove a difficult opponent as I’ve found out many times over the years. On his day he can prove a very good player as he proved last week against Luton.

“But he didn’t dominate against Chester City and I’m quite proud of that.

“I don’t think John Danby had one save to make and we soaked up everything that they threw at us.

“Everything seemed to find John’s hands and he did really well to collect Wrexham’s crosses. We defended the box very well and it was good to see Gareth Taylor didn’t get a chance to dominate.”

Wadsworth also reserved a few words of praise for debutant central midfielder, Clark Keltie, who signed for the Blues 24 hours earlier on a one month loan deal from Rochdale.

He said: “Clark did well for us on his debut, but he just needs games and everybody could see that during the last 20 minutes of the match.

“I thought he was very dominant after the first half and it was good to see him doing well around the centre circle because we need that power and strength.

“He will be a good addition to the squad and now let’s hope if he continues to do well we can keep him for more than his one month loan because that’s our aim.

“At the end of the day I’m just proud of my players. I hope everybody recognises what a great bunch of players I’ve got at Chester.

“We’re not saying that we’ve got the best players technically, but in terms of spirit and in terms of wanting to do well for the club the players are absolutely sensational.

“They are giving me everything they’ve got.”

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Wrexham Football Club

Wrexham Football Club

City’s 31-year wait for a league victory at the Racecourse goes on – but it is they who will be the happier team after this derby ended even.

Mick Wadsworth’s men were the dominant force before the break and they would have led at the interval had Gregg Blundell not wasted a golden opportunity.

The Dragons improved after the restart but they could find no way through an inspired Blues backline marshalled superbly by captain Tim Ryan.

City manager Wadsworth made two changes to the side that drew at Salisbury City in midweek – and that meant a baptism of fire for new boy Clark Keltie.

The 26-year-old, signed on an initial month’s loan from League Two side Rochdale, took his place in the centre of midfield as Michael Lea returned at left-back.

Dean Saunders unsurprisingly kept faith with the team that thrashed title favourites Luton Town in Wrexham’s last outing. That result restored some much-needed morale into the Dragons camp after a three-match winless run – but their confidence was nearly dented in the very first minute.

There was just 45 seconds on the clock when Ryan launched a hopeful ball into the box which Chris Maxwell failed to deal with. Nick Chadwick stooped to head the ball into the empty net – only for referee Michael Naylor to somewhat kindly rule the effort out for a foul on the young goalkeeper.

The hosts responded well but it was Chester who came desperately close to breaking the deadlock in the ninth minute.

Maxwell decided to punch clear following a huge kick from opposite number John Danby, with the ball dropping kindly for right-winger Ben Wilkinson, whose first-time cross was an inviting one. Blundell rose to meet it and his flying header was brilliantly pushed around the post by Maxwell.

Wadsworth would have been pleased by the start but he was handed a blow in the 21st minute when centre-back Chris Lynch – so impressive since his loan move from Burnley – was forced off with a serious-looking knee injury.

But with substitute Shaun Kelly proving to be a more than able deputy, the loss of Lynch failed to knock the visitors out of their stride and they wasted the best chance of the game on the half-hour mark.

A long throw from Neil Ashton fell to Blundell and, with the goal at his mercy and from just eight yards out, he skewed his volley horribly wide.

Wrexham – who survived two decent penalty appeals for shirt-tugging – had to show more in the second half and while they did, the closest they came was when skipper Gareth Taylor’s goal-bound shot was bravely blocked by the excellent Ryan.

Andy Fleming then fired wide but the Blues weathered the storm to take a well-deserved point back across the border – their fifth away draw in succession.

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Separated by 12 miles, but also by an entire nation, the Red Dragons and the Blues will go head-to-head this afternoon outside of the Football League for the first time after Chester followed Wrexham into the Blue Square Premier.

We’re just hours away from the big one, a full report from the racecourse to follow later!

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Reports suggest that football league defender Clarke Keltie has been linked with a loan move to the Deva Stadium.

The Rochdale defender joined Dale from League Two rivals Darlington alongside Scott Wiseman in the summer of 2008. A centre midfielder, Clark spent 7 years in the North-East, before being released at the end of the 07/08 season. He made over 100 appearances for The Quakers in that time, scoring 11 goals.

He started his first season with Dale as part of the first choice pairing alongside Gary Jones, but suspension saw him lose his place to Ciaran Toner. He featured in the middle again when Gary Jones picked up an injury, and had successful runs alongside Ciaran Toner and Mark Jones, helping Dale push for automatic promotion.

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As we prepare to visit the Racecourse on Sunday to face Wrexham in the Blue Square Premier League, today we reflect one of Chester best victories over the old enemy.

Wrexham Football Club

Wrexham Football Club

Chester 6 Wrexham 1 – 27th Febuary, 1965


 With some 68 league games and several cup ties played between ourselves and Wrexham the choiced for our memory match were many.  The big temptation was to plump for our FA Cup meeting just a few seasons ago but that might have caused Gary Bennett some embarrassment amongst his current teammates.  Instead the choice is our league meeting at Sealand Road in 1964/65.

The game was played on Feb 27 1965 and came at a time when Chester were looking to extend their unbeaten run to 8 league games and at a time when goals were flying in left right and centre.  In addition we were unbeaten at Sealand Road since our first home match of the campaign and looking to record our 15th home league win.  A crowd of 14,872 were present to watch the drama unfold and they didn’t have to wait too long.

Chester were fielding their famous Humes, Metcalf, Talbot, Ryden, Morris forward line for the 22nd consecutive game with Mike Metcalf and Elfed Morris in particular looking to do well against their former club and both succeeded almost immediately.

In the opening minute Peter Hauser set Gary Talbot up with a half chance but Steve Fleet in the Wrexham goal averted the danger but then in the third minute Talbot turned provider with a fine cross for Metcalf to volley the ball home for his 32nd goal of the season.  Wrexham came back strongly with Arfon Griffiths forcing a fine save from stand in keeper Reg Barton whilst Keith Webber and Sammy McMillan also went close.  Gary Talbot was caught offside a couple of times but then with just 12 minutes gone Chester went 2-0 up when Elfed Morris slid a low cross wide of Steve Fleet.  Back to the other end and Reg Barton again earned his keep saving from Webber, Phythian and King.  Ray Jones cleared another effort but with Metcalf in brilliant form in the middle of the park Chester were not short of attacking ideas either. 

On the half hour the score was 3-0, Metcalf did the spadework feeding the ball out to Morris who crossed for Jimmy Humes to slot the ball home.  Within a minute the Chester fans had a fourth goal to celebrate with Jimmy Humes again on target following good work by Talbot and Ryden.  Back came Wrexham with Barnes hitting the post and then with just two minutes of the half remaining they gained some reward for their efforts when Ernie Phythian netted.  Even then, however, Chester almost scored again before the break only for Morris to be denied by a fine save by Fleet.

The half time scoreline was 4-1 and yet the game had been fairly even, the difference was that Chester took their chances!  No one could really expect the second half to live up to the first but Chester gave it a go nevertheless.  With just three minutes gone Jimmy Humes completed his hat trick, heading home a centre from Morris and then six minutes later Gary Talbot got his name on the scoresheet with another header after fine work from Dave Durie.  That was the end of the scoring and Wrexham were no doubt grateful for that but Gary Talbot who’d been injured in the first half was rapidly consigned to the role of passenger and Chester were happy with their afternoon’s work. 

Not only had we recorded our biggest win of the season but we’d also established ourselves as the Football League’s top goalscorers!

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