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Chester City Football Club are like a cat with nine lives after today being handed yet another stay of execution by the footballing authorities when everyone thought they’d face an immediate expulsion from all Football Conference competitions.

The troubled Blues have been given a seven day suspension by the Football Conference and will be summonsed to answer charges of failing to fulfill last Tuesday’s match at Forest Green Rovers and explain why this Sunday’s scheduled home match against Wrexham had to be postponed at a special meeting next Thursday.

Chester City Football Club admitted it couldn’t raise a team for Tuesday’s league match at Forest Green and then latterly couldn’t foot a policing bill ahead of Sunday’s derby clash with Wrexham.

The club was subsequently issued with a prohibition notice on the Deva Stadium by trading standards officers, leaving City unable to play Sunday’s cross-border derby match.

Now, a third clash against Kidderminster Harriers next wednesday has also been called off.


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Could this be the end for Chester City Football Club?
Forest Green Rovers, clearly upset by the late postonement of tonight’s Chester City clash have published the following statement regarding the matter on their official website:
“The following is issued by Colin Peake in his role of Vice Chairman as of 7pm this evening.
“I was aware that Chester City met with the Football League this morning in Preston, seeking to have discretionary payments made to them from their time in the Football League. This would have allowed them to make interim payments to their players but unfortunately for them this request was declined.  In light of that information I sought an assurance from Chester City that they would still fulfill their fixture this evening and this was confirmed to me at
“In light of rumours from the Chester area then circulating I could only respond to enquiries with the assurance given that they were travelling. At 5.11pm I received notification by telephone from Chester City that they were unable to
fulfill the fixture due to lack of players and since then staff and I have been working hard to minimise the impact such a late cancellation causes to everyone.
May I thank them for their response and offer sincere apologies to all sponsors and supporters. Cancelling any fixture causes major problems and this has been the worse one due to its timing.
“It would be remiss of Forest Green Rovers to pass further comment at this time, other than to say this loss of the fixture will cause serious consequences financially, when you consider the loss of other fixtures due to the FA Cup and
the possible loss of other income Saturday week, dependant on the FA Trophy results this evening. Added to that we also have had an issue over money from Notts County and the knock on effect with Inland Revenue payments. The club will now be seeking to recover loss of revenue from those sources it feels it can claim against.
“No doubt the Football Conference will now be seriously looking at Rule 8.6 and the possible expulsion of Chester City under this rule. If such action ensues this will not help us for obvious reasons but again I believe it is right we
keep our counsel at this time and await a speedy resolution so we can adjust accordingly to protect the long term interests of the football club and the Ltd Company”

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The Football Conference have confirmed this evening that they will open an investigation into the last -minute postponement of Chester City’s away trip to Forest Green Rovers.

“Chester notified both Forest Green and the Football Conference that they were unable to fulfil the fixture due to insufficient players being available,” read a statement from the Football Conference.

“The Football Conference will issue a further statement after their investigation into this matter is concluded.”

Could this be the end for a once proud football club.

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Chester City’s clash away to Forest Green Rovers has been postponed without reason according to reports on the official website of hosts Forest Green Rovers FC.

The following statement appeared on the club’s official website just under an hour ago with rumours suggesting Chester City have been unable to field a team:

“09/02/2010 – Tonight’s match versus Chester City is off

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Club was notified at 5.11pm that this evening’s Blue Square Premier fixture against Chester City has been called off.

The Club are taking steps to liaise with all our usual media contacts to notify them of the circumstances, however we would like to take this opportunity to apologise to all our Sponsors and Supporters for the late cancellation.”

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jim harvey - Chester City's latest man at the helm

jim harvey - Chester City's latest man at the helm

Former Morecambe and Forest Green Rovers manager Jim Harvey has today been appointed as the latest manager of struggling Chester City Football Club.   Caretaker boss and club captain Tim Ryan will be Harvey’s Assistant as Chester prepare to claw back a 25 point deficit and attempt to perform a great escape and survive in the Blue Square Premier League.

Jim Harvey in profile

Born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. Signed for Arsenal in 1974, sadly his 1st team opportunities were somewhat restricted with only making 3 league appearances. In 1980 Jim had a free transfer to Hereford United where he became a favourite with the fans with 278 leagues games.  

In 1987 Jim left Hereford on a £25,000 transfer to Bristol City but only made 2 league appearances before he went on loan to Wrexham making 6 appearances in league games. He was once again transferred for £25,000 to Tranmere Rovers in late 1987. He quickly made Captain, making 121 league appearances, 12 League Cup and 8 F.A. Cup appearances , scoring 15 goals. 

Upon leaving Tranmere Jim spent a season at Crew Alexandra, under Dario Gardi as a player and on the coaching staff. At the beginning of the 1993-94 Jim signed for Vauxhall Conference side Southport, in their 1st year in the Conference. He made 12 appearances for Southport before signing with Chester City as a non-contract player, Reserve Team Coach and Director of the School of Excellence.  

In early 1994 Jim was appointed by Morecambe Football Club as Assistant Player – Manager to Leighton James. He also has F.A. qualifications in management and injury treatment. On 7th June 1994, he became Manager after the sacking of the former manager. 

In his first season 1994-95, as manager, Jim gained Morecambe F.C promotion to the GM Vauxhall Conference as Runners-up in the Northern Premier League. Within the Conference League Jim has become well respected as a manager, winning Morecambe’s second national trophy in 1997/98 when the team won the Bob Lord (Spalding) Trophy, beating Woking in a exciting 2 leg final. He has also taken the club to several Lancashire (ATS) Junior Cup finals, winning in 1995/96 and 1998/99 and Runner-up in 1997/98.  

It can only be a short time before Jim Harvey once again brings back some silverware to Christie Park, home of Morecambe Football Club.  Already at the beginning of the 2001/02 season Jim was the longest serving manager of any team in the Nationwide Conference, as well as the longest ever serving Morecambe boss and furthermore, in November 2001, Jim signed a new contract tying him to Christie Park until at least 2004.  Season 2004/05 saw Jim and the team saddly missing a play-off place on the last game of the season.

Sadly before the Cambridge United game on November 12 2005, Jim suffered a heart attack before the game and was taken to the local hospital at Lancaster.  On doctor’ advice Jim took time off his duties  recover. Whislt recoving his personal friend Sammy McIlroy will be in charge for the first team.  However on 16 May 2006, the board announced they had released Jim Harvey from his contact as manager. With this announcement came the end of the longest era of a manager at the club. A manager that supporters’ will alway remember as the the man who changed the fortunes of the club by taking then into the Football Conference and raising the profile of the club both on and off the pitch.

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Forest Green Rovers extended their undefeated run to six with a victory which signalled the end for Chester City manager Mick Wadsworth.

Amidst rumours of dressing room unrest at the Deva Stadium, the visitors Conal Platt opened his account for the season when he seized on keeper John Danby’s mistake off a Sean Rigg shot.

Platt had a long-range effort saved before Rigg struck from 18 yards to double Rovers’ lead.

Chester had chances either side of the break before Kevin Roberts headed home Neil Ashton’s cross but they could not find an equaliser.

All in all a very poor performance.  The blues now travel to Hayes and Yeading at the weekend hoping to turn around their fortunes with captain Tim Ryan in charge of first team affairs in a caretaker capacity.

 Chester City: Danby, Roberts, Kelly, Ryan, Lea, Wilkinson (Meynell 84), Keltie, Kay (Barry 46), Ashton,

Ellams (Blundell 46), Chadwick.
Subs Not Used: Murphy, Rule.

Booked: Ryan.

Goals: Roberts 50.

Forest Green: Burton, Smith, Preece, Ayres, Stonehouse, Davies, Brown, Spence, Platt, Ameobi, Rigg.
Subs Not Used: Carlin, Lloyd, Else, Pugh, Palmer.

Booked: Platt, Rigg.

Goals: Platt 18, Rigg 37.

Att: 1,019

Ref: P Wright (England).

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Chester City have sacked first team manager Mick Wadsworth after just three months in charge.

The Deva Stadium outfit are bottom of the Blue Square Premier with just two wins from 13 games and were handed a 25 point penalty at the start of the season.

Chester suffered a 2-1 midweek defeat to Forest Green Rovers which left them 24 points from safety.

Speaking after a fifth home loss of the season, Wadsworth admitted fixtures on their own patch had been a difficult environment in which to operate.

Wadsworth said: “There is less stress, pressure and negativity away from home.

“I’ve not known an environment like it. I know I’ve got to change it and we have got to change it and I appreciate that and I take that responsibility.”

Defender Tim Ryan and physio Billy Gerrard will take charge of first team affairs  as Chester prepare for Saturday’s bottom of the table clash at Hayes and Yeading.

Wadsworth was appointed manager on June, 29, replacing Mark Wright.

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