Archive for May, 2010

New Chester FC manager Neil Young and his assistant Gary Jones were unveiled to the local press at a very hot and sunny Deva Stadium earlier this afternoon.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “The management team commented how good the stadium and pitch looked, and are now set to start the task of creating a squad capable of promotion next season, and both are absolutely committed the cause.”

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Wrexham 0 Chester City 4
25 May 1942

Chester avenged themselves on Wrexham at the Racecourse in this return league fixture just one week after the Robins were victorious at Sealand Road seven days earlier.

The margin gives a clue to the course of the game and the prowess of the respective teams.

It was evident from the start that Chester were in better form and every player had something upon which to congratulate himself. Wrexham had nine guest players in their side, including Bremner (Arsenal).

The opening attack was made by Chester, lead by McIntosh and Yates and Reader did well to clear a header from Yates.  After just eight minutes McIntosh slipped the first of the four goals, a low cross-shot, past Reader and so laid the foundations for victory.

Wrexham’s defence was sorely troubled for the next few minutes until Swansea and Redfern, two of the guest players carried out a short attack on the left, but lost the ball when they came into contact with Chester’s defence.

Wrexham opened the second half with determination but Brooks, on the right increased Chester’s lead with a low cross which beat Reader.  This was seven minutes after the restart.

shortly afterward he again had the home defence in trouble, but it was left to Yates to put the visitors further ahead. 

A golden opportunity was missed by the Wrexham forwards, particularly by Redfern for when Shortt was sprawling full-length in front of the goal after cleaning, he put the ball to the right.  The fourth and last goal came when McIntosh gained his second goal with an excellent leader.

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Newly formed Chester Football Club have appealed officially over The FA’s decision to slot the phoenix club into the fifth level of the footballing pyramid.

A statement of City Fans United’s website read:

“Chester Football Club can confirm that a formal appeal of the decision to recommend that Chester FC be placed into Step 5 of the National League System has been made to the FA.

An appeal was lodged with the Football Association on Wednesday 19th May 2010. This followed an initial request on Tuesday 18th May 2010 for clarification on the criteria and subsequent reasons for the decision to be placed in Step 5, Chester FC await the response to this request.

At this stage Chester FC cannot reveal further details of the appeal.”

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Chester FC unveiled their first manager over the weekend as the swooped for a manager with lower non-league expierience to guide the hopes and aspirations of many a cestrian.

Neil Young, who has an impressive recent track record at non-league level, has been chosen as the man to lead the reformed Blues next season.

The highly-rated young boss has quit his job at Colwyn Bay to take over at the Deva Stadium, where he will be assisted by Chester-born former Tranmere Rovers player Gary Jones.

Chester FC’s chief executive Steve Ashton said: “We are absolutely delighted with the appointment. Neil and Gary have shown commitment to the journey that we’re embarking on and it is proof of the potential of our reborn club.

“We look forward to being joined by Neil and Gary, and we would like to thank Colwyn Bay for the way they have conducted themselves.”

Young has been involved in management since the age of 24, after injury ended his playing career early.

He had spells with Queen’s Park, Poulton Victoria, Cammell Laird and Rhyl, where he was assistant to John Hulse.

Young transformed Colwyn Bay’s fortunes after joining them early in the 2008/09 season.

In his first season, he guided the North Wales club from the relegation zone to the play-offs in First Division North of the UniBond League.

The Seagulls missed out on promotion in Young’s first campaign, but won a place in the UniBond Premier Division this season, beating Lancaster City in the play-off final.

Jones, who also played for Nottingham Forest as well as Tranmere, has been serving as Young’s assistant at Colwyn Bay.

Blues boss Ashton, meanwhile, has also confirmed that a formal appeal of the decision to recommend that Chester be placed into step five of the National League System has been made to the FA.

The appeal was lodged on Wednesday. This followed an initial request for clarification on the criteria and subsequent reasons for the decision to place the Blues in the Vodkat League Premier Division.

Chester are awaiting a response from the FA and will not be able to comment further until they receive one.

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Chester FC has launched a new website which will provide followers with a wealth of information and the ability to join an online community.

The website is available at http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/chesterfootballclub/  or http://www.chesterfc.com

Powered by the popular Pitchero sports network, the new club website includes a revamped design, improved layout and navigation. Utilising popular social networking features, the site will enable clubs and supporters to upload and share their own video highlights and match photos creating an interactive online community of Chester FC fans.

Pitchero, the power behind the new league website, has created a unique online community of non-league football clubs spanning the full length of the UK.

Being part of the hugely successful Pitchero sports network is a major bonus for the club. Pitchero CEO, Mark Fletcher hopes this will be the first of many new websites to be launched within the Pitchero network:

“Pitchero is fast becoming the number one online sports network for non-league football and we hope to welcome other leagues and clubs to the network very soon. Pitchero can provide a league or club with a bespoke platform to build a professional, feature-rich website. Every week, dozens of new clubs and thousands of new members join the Pitchero network.”

Steve Ashton, Chester FC Chief Executive said:

“The club has a clear communication strategy and we felt it was essential to establish a strong online presence as quickly as possible.

“The new season will soon be upon us and we are making further progress with each passing day. We want to keep our supporters fully up to date with the latest news and announcements and our new website will ensure that this is the case.

“The Pitchero platform provides the club with a professional, feature-rich website and I am sure it will prove extremely popular.”

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On this day in 1977, Chester won the Debenhams Cup after beating Port Vale at Sealand Road.  The Blues, who struggled even to take a point from Port Vale in Third Division tussles this during the 1976-77, scorned a two goal deficit to take the Debenhams Cup in fine style at Sealand Road. The £2,000 difference between the first and second prizes spurred Chester to a tremendous second leg effort in a carnival atmosphere and in the end there was no doubt who deserved to have the first name on this £12,000 competition.

alan oakes with the Debenhams Cup 1977

Although they managed to run out Vale’s advantage soon after the interval, Chester still had the nagging worry that if Vale scored a goal it would have counted as double in the event of a draw. The visitors did, in fact, get that vital goal, but it only inspired City to greater efforts and the sixth-minute winner was greeted with a reception almost as big as those during the FA Cup run, which had made this match possible.

During a dour first half, Chester gave little indication that they could score the goals necessary to win. Indeed, Vale put their game together more effectively and coped efficiently with a City attack which only Mike Kearney looked in scoring mood. But what a difference a break makes, for in the second half Chester found true aggression and inside 10 minutes Vale were undone.

In the 51st minute Kearney forced the ball through to the unmarked Stuart Mason in a goalmouth scrable and Mason prodded the ball into the net. Four minutes later the battle was joined as young David Burns slipped inside and powered in a shot which seemed to take a deflection past Trevor Dance. This was stirring stuff, but in the 58th minute that important away goal was Vale’s as Ken Beamish turned the ball over the head of Mickey craven from a John Rodgers cross.

Vale were now in the driving seat once more, but in the 71st minute City were back with a chance. A cross from Jim Walker found Bob Delgado and the defender, named player of the season before the game, sent a shot into the net off former Chester defender, Neil Griffiths. The sight of Ian Edwards being withdrawn just a minute earlier had done nothing to boost the hopes of the Chester fans, but it was his substitute, Ian Howat, who was to become the hero of the night.

With six minutes left, and Vale grateful for that away goal rule, Chester launched yet another raid and when Kearney nodded on Trevor Storton’s pass there was Howat to fire in a splendid shot for the winner. It has been 30 years since Chester won a trophy of any national significance and the fans celebrated enthusiastically as Alan Oakes received the handsome silver trophy. It might have paled into obscurity on the eve of Liverpool’s European Cup bid, but success was sweet enough at the Stadium.

240577 v Port Vale

Chester: Craven; Edwards N, Walker, Storton, Delgado, Oakes, Dearden, Mason, Kearney, Edwards I, Burns. Sub: Howatt and Raynor.

Port Vale: Dance; McLaren, Griffiths, Ridley, Harris, Beech, Sutcliffe, Bailey, Cullerton, Beamish, Rogers. Subs: Kennerley and Osbourne.

Referee: Mr R Matthewson, Bolton

Att: 3,939 (£2,423)

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Congratulations to Blackpool FC who were promoted to the premier league earlier today after beating Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium in the Championshiop Play-Off Final.  To celebrate, we remember a classic encounter from Chester’s famous League Cup campaign from 1974-75.

The date was the 11th September 1974 and it was League Cup Second Round day at Sealand Road.

110974 v Blackpool

Chester sailed into the third round of the League Cup, after swamping Second Division Blackpool with a three goal opening broadside. For Chester turned on 45 minutes of brilliance to sink a Blackpool side who only last season narrowly missed promotion to the First Division.

It was certainly a sparkling first half, as Chester dimmed the Seasiders’ hopes. With Norman Whitehead again at his brilliant best and Ian Seddon glowing in midfield, Chester had Blackpool on the run. These three goals, with just a solitary reply from a battered Blackpool, virtually ended the game as a contest, and as Chester trooped off to a thoroughly deserved half time ovation, the result seemed in little doubt.

In the second half, Blackpool at last showed some resemblance of a performance expected from Division II members, but Chester weathered the storm.

With a two goal deficit, Blackpool knew only too well that all out attack would be their only possible salvation and early in the half Chester were pegged back in their own territory.

Although there were times when the home defence looked unsteady, Chester stemmed the flood of Blackpool attacks – and could easily have added two goals themselves!

As it was, Blackpool were very much humbled by that 3-1 scoreline anyway, and Sealand Road’s biggest crowd of the season – 5,854 – were given a night to remember.

It took just four minutes for Chester to set the game alight when Seddon and James linked up well to create the chance for Nigel Edwards. From inside the area, Edwards let fly a terrific left foot shot which soared into the top right corner of the net.

This was just the sort of start we had all dreamed about, but Blackpool were obviously rattled. Chester’s impertinence in scoring so early, set about repairing the damage.

For a brief period their hopes flickered. In the space of two minutes after Chester’s opening goal, Grenville Millington was called into action to madke saved from Alan Ainscow, Mike Walsh and John Evanson.

So perhaps it was not so surprising when Blackpool equalised. Bill Bentley split the Chester defence with a superb through ball and Walsh raced on coolly to beat the advancing Millington.

Superb Header

The inevitable second game came in the 27th minute – and what a superb score it was. Again Whitehead was the architect with a cross of pinpoint accuracy and Terry Owen went up to direct a splendid glancing header away from Burridge’s reach. Five minutes later, the Owen Whitehead combination joined forces to make it 3-1 and here the real villain of the piece was goalkeeper Burridge.

The commanding Trevor Storton touched a frkick to Owen, who crashed a shot of ferocious power straight at Burridge. Burridge was beaten by sheer pace and allowed the ball to bounce off his chest. Seeing his chance, Whitehead nipped in to coolly turn the ball home. Already it was Chester’s hour of glory as Blackpool was made to look like the Fourth Division side in the game.

No answer

They had no answer to Chester’s fluent raids, but again this was to be a game of quite contrasting halves. However, in the opening minutes of the second half Chester could have made it 5-1. After 47 minutes, Whitehead crashed crashed in a 25 yard power drive, and Burridge just got his fingertips to the ball to divert it against the bar.

Then in the 53rd minute James missed the sort of chance he must dream about. Edwards, with neat control, got behind the Blackpool defence and from his short cross James scooped a shot over the bar from close range.

Three minutes later, Edwards saved his side at the other end. Big Glyn James moved upfield for an Evanson corner and his header was cleared off the line by Edwards. Such was the excitement that flamboyant Leicester referee, Mr Roger Kirkpatrick, found it necessary to speak to Chester coach Brian Green on the touchline.

But this was just another example of Brian’s involvement in the game he loves, and despite Mr Kirkpatrik’s admonishment the City coach’s enthusiasm is one of the big factors behind Chester’s success.

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