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Reports today have suggested that Chester City have been invited to an urgent meeting with the Football Conference to discuss the acute financial problems affecting the Deva Stadium club. 

The Blues cash crisis appears to be no closer to being solved, especially after the Blues home game against Grays Athletic was called off due to a frozen pitch (hmm?) … or was that a player strike… or even a rumoured walkout by match stewards.

Reports in the local press suggest the meeting, which will include representation from the Football Conference, Football Association and the Football League will take place on Wednesday.


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Chester City manager Jim Harvey says the Blues can survive in the Blue Square Premiership after watching Chester’s impressive away victory over hapless Grays Athletic.
The former Morecambe manager has turned Chester City’s fortunes in dramatic fashion with three wins on the bounce boosting the players confidence big time.
Harvey told reporters on Saturday night: “Our target has always been to try and get out of our minus points deficit and into positive numbers. If we can manage that then we’ll start to put a little bit more pressure on the teams above us.
“If we can get results now at York City on Tuesday night and at Tamworth next Saturday then we can maybe start to look over our shoulders and close the gap on the four teams immediately above us.
“There is no reason, with performances like the one at Grays, why we shouldn’t survive in the Blue Square Premier Division.”
Let’s hope Jim can fix it for us!

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Jim Harvey’s Chester City recorded their third victory in a row against struggling Conference rivals Grays Athletic.

Chester’s loan striker Michael Coulson opened the scoring after hoofing an 18-yard drive into the top left corner.

Fola Onibuje headed the Grays equaliser from a Danny Bunce corner.

Nick Chadwick scored from short range on the stroke of half time and added a second in the dying minutes after connecting with a Coulson cross.

 Grays Athletic: Edwards, Davis (Asllani 76), Mawer, Uddin, Bunce, Graham (Pendergast 60), Robson, Leahy (Agumbar 55),Poole, Slabber, Onibuje.
Subs Not Used: Charge, Rnkovic.

Booked: Robson.

Goals: Onibuje 32.

Chester: Danby, Roberts, Ryan, Flynn, Meynell (Wilkinson 85),Coulson (Kay 90), Owen, Keltie, Ashton, Chadwick (Blundell 80), Beesley.
Subs Not Used: Murphy, Rule.

Goals: Coulson 30, Chadwick 44, 78.

Att: 480

Ref: J Farries (Oxfordshire).

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Jim Harvey believes his Chester City players will get a huge psychological lift if they take seven points from their next three matches – as it will haul the Blues up to the magical zero-point mark.
A trio of away days await City in the next eight days and if they return from the trips to Grays Athletic, York City and Tamworth with two victories and a draw, they will have wiped out the debilitating 25-point penalty incurred for the club’s off-the-field problems.
While Chester’s future remains far from clear, impressive boss Harvey is going about his business as usual and he reckons the Blues will have the chance of survival if they are within 12 points of safety come the New Year.
“It will be undoubtedly be a lift once we get to zero as you’re then in the same street as the other teams,” said Harvey, whose rock-bottom side make their way to fourth-from-bottom Grays Athletic on Saturday (3pm) and play-off chasing York City on Tuesday (7.45pm). “Just to see that 25 points wiped off will be a boost.
“We were seven wins behind but Saturday’s win over Wimbledon probably means we’re down to about 6.1 wins! But in all seriousness, if we can get that down by the end of Christmas and be about 12 points behind, then that would not be something we couldn’t achieve.
“That’s the focus and we’ve just got to keep showing the same focus and belief we showed on Saturday.”
The 3-1 victory over an AFC Wimbledon team boasting a seven-match unbeaten away record was the first time City had recorded back-to-back league wins in 99 games.
Harvey said: “The lads have set the standard and now they have to try and maintain that level of performance.
“Grays is a six-pointer and it would be nice to think we will be going down there with a little bit more confidence following the Wimbledon win and go there expecting to get a result.”
The Blues have not lost on the road in eight but with seven of those matches ending in draws, Harvey said: “Although the results have been good away from home, we haven’t scored many goals. If we can keep that dogged resilience and keep getting draws that would be great, but it would be even better if we can get a few away wins because then we really would be back in business as I’m sure the home form will improve because of our style of play.”
Michael Lea and Anthony Barry have not trained this week and so are major doubts for the Grays clash.
City have until a week on Monday to settle their football-related debts or face being kicked out of the Conference, but Harvey prefers to stay focused on on-the-field matters. He said: “We’ve got to forgot about that and just to concentrate on what we can influence – and that’s players and results.

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Jimmy Harvey will be hoping his men can build on their last two wins with a favourable result in the capital on Saturday.

The game in Essex is the first of three road trips in just over a week but manager Jim Harvey is still beaming following last weekend’s impressive 3-1 win against in-form AFC Wimbledon, and he wants his players to continue where they left off.

“The lads have set the standard and now they have to try and maintain that level,” Harvey said.

“Grays is a six-pointer and it would be nice to think we will be going down there with a little bit more confidence.”

Harvey will have to prepare without injury victims Anthony Barry (knee) and Michael Lea (groin), but Shaun Kelly is fit again following his groin injury and Gregg Blundell has shaken off a slight knock.

What’s for sure, except for the Chester City Exiles regulars, there won’t be much of an away following from Chester City. Chester City’s away travel club, affectionately known by regulars as the ‘Hipkiss Express’ are not offering a coach to this fixture due to escalating costs and reduced take up.  I can’t remember the last time this happened!


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Save Our SealsThe Football Association have now forced Chester City to cancel their game at home to Gateshead Town tomorrow night.

The Football Conference were also under orders to ensure that the game was postponed, as the FA have yet to grant the Blues affiliation to their organisation.

Earlier in the day, the Football Conference clubs had voted unanimously in favour of letting Chester City take part in the Blues Square Premier League, but this seems to have been just a flimsy exercise that the FA hoped one club would say “No” and the matter would be settled, Chester City would not be allowed in.

Thankfully not one BSP club wants to kill off Chester City, and the FA are beginning to come in for more criticism as they constantly refuse to say exactly what the stumbling blocks are.

So, the saga rumbles on again, and now Chester must wait until Thursday for the Conference & the FA to meet in what is scheduled to be the meeting to end the issue.

City’s next game is at home to Cambridge on Saturday.

The club have issued a rather large statement, with Stephen Vaughan building himself up to be something he’snot – a hero. The statement is here.

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Chester City begin their second spell in non-league football with a trip into the unknown.

Chester’s 2009/10 Blue Square Premier campaign opens with a trip to Grays Athletic on Saturday, August 8. A club Chester City have never faced before in their long and illustrious history.

The return of the mouthwater international derby comes on September 26, when the Blues travel to Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground with the return fixture at the Deva Stadium on February 13.

The Blues finish their campaign, providing they do not reach the playoffs, at home to Crawley Town, another team they’ve never played before.

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