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The Chester City Former Players Associaion is continuing to grow and has recently passed the 50 membership mark with the signing of Noel Bradley.  He was soon followed in the ranks by Darryn Stamp, Luke Beckett, John Kelly, former manager Jim Harvey and Billy Windle.

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Jim Harvey, manager of Blue Square North play-off chasers Stalybridge Celtic, has been reunited with experienced former England semi-professional international defender Tim Ryan after the demise of Chester City.
He started his career at Scunthorpe United. The former England semi-professional international defender had two spells at Doncaster with Dave Penney where he won back to back promotions after a three-year spell with Southport.
He started his second spell with Doncaster after rejoining from on a Bosman free transfer from Southport in June 2000. Following the end of his second spell with Doncaster in March 2006 he joined Peterborough United.
Ryan spent the end of the 2005/06 campaign with the Posh but found himself at Boston for the start of the 2006/07 campaign. However, with the Pilgrims struggling for cash he moved to Darlington in the summer of 2007.
He transferred to Chester in July 2009 and two months later was appointed as caretaker-manager.
After taking charge of a goalless draw at Hayes & Yeading, Ryan became assistant-manager to then new boss Jim Harvey.

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In the latest twist to what is becoming the ‘Chester City’ soap opera (you couldn’t write a better storyline for Eastenders or Corrie!),  Sunday’s Non League Paper is quoting Chester City Captain Tim Ryan as saying the players have been told to move on.  The club captain expressed his concern for the ailing blues.

Meanwhile, rumours from a reliable source suggest Chester City manager Jim Harvey may have left the Deva Stadium club following the arrival of a new director of football in Morell Maison.  Should this rumour be true, Harvey can leave knowing he had done a terrific job under extreme circumstances.

So,what now for Chester City?  How low can the Blues go!  We believe the plan now is for Morell Maison to assume control of the club and to make up the numbers by ferrying in inexperienced midlands based hopefuls to make  the gaps in the desperately poor playing squad.

It will be interesting to see what this news will do to the already dire attendances at the Deva Stadium

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Local press reports have tipped midfield player Anthony Barry to be the first to leave the Deva Stadium when the January Transfer window opens in a matter of hours. 

Reports suggest Barry may well have played his last game for the troubled Deva Stadium club, with at least two clubs preparing to offer the former Everton trainee a contract.

Barry, along with a number of other Chester first team squad players, have been watched regularly over the past months as the Football Conference basement clubs financial woes gathered momentum. A number of the senior players are still awaiting their November salaries, and the December wages become due next week.

It is understood that ambitious Fleetwood Town are preparing to offer Barry terms, whilst Wrexham are also known to be keen to add the midfielder to their payroll.

Barry suffered an unfortunate training ground hamstring injury last Wednesday which will keep him out of action until next week, and with the transfer window opening on Friday it is expected he will move on.

Barry is in his second full season with City, after joining from Yeovil Town in June 2008. The player started his career as a junior with Everton, before enjoying spells with Coventry City and Accrington Stanley, he joined Yeovil in January 2006.

Other City players who have been watched by other clubs recently and could well be on the move in the transfer window are central defender Shaun Kelly, former Wales youth international midfield player James Owen, and ex Everton striker Nick Chadwick. Any outgoings will reduce Chester’s playing strength to farcical levels, which will make the hardworking City boss Jim Harvey’s job even more difficult.

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RIVAL CLUBS look set to target the Deva Stadium as they look to swoop on Chester City’s unpaid players.
Blues fans are preparing for the now customary January exodus after it was revealed that Jim Harvey’s squad have not received their wages for November.
The cash-strapped club is understood to be willing to let their bigger earners leave in a bid to ease the financial burden, while a queue is forming to jump off what is resembling a sinking ship, the Chester Chronicle is reporting.
Word is out that Chester’s star men could be up for grabs once the transfer window reopens next month.
There was a who’s who of lower-league managers watching City’s FA Trophy clash with Fleetwood Town last Friday.
Wrexham boss Dean Saunders, accompanied by his number two Brian Carey, was thought to be casting his eye over top-scorer Nick Chadwick and midfield playmaker Anthony Barry.
The Dragons have failed to score in 12 of the 27 matches they have played so far this season and it is an open secret that the under-fire Saunders has made it his priority to inject firepower and creativity into his shot-shy side.
The former Liverpool and Wales striker was joined in the Vaughan Stand by Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark and his assistant Terry McDermott, Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Simpson, and a clutch of scouts from clubs such as Tranmere Rovers, Bury and York City.
While the likes of Chadwick, Barry, goalkeeper John Danby and defender Kevin Roberts are likely to attract the most interest next month, Simpson was understood to be running the rule over youngsters James Owen and Shaun Kelly.

RIVAL CLUBS look set to target the Deva Stadium as they look to swoop on Chester City’s unpaid players.
Blues fans are preparing for the now customary January exodus after it was revealed that Jim Harvey’s squad have not received their wages for November.

Troubled times: Chester City manager Jim Harvey. (Picture: Mal Swinden)The cash-strapped club is understood to be willing to let their bigger earners leave in a bid to ease the financial burden, while a queue is forming to jump off what is resembling a sinking ship, the Chester Chronicle is reporting.
Word is out that Chester’s star men could be up for grabs once the transfer window reopens next month.
There was a who’s who of lower-league managers watching City’s FA Trophy clash with Fleetwood Town last Friday.
Wrexham boss Dean Saunders, accompanied by his number two Brian Carey, was thought to be casting his eye over top-scorer Nick Chadwick and midfield playmaker Anthony Barry.
The Dragons have failed to score in 12 of the 27 matches they have played so far this season and it is an open secret that the under-fire Saunders has made it his priority to inject firepower and creativity into his shot-shy side.
The former Liverpool and Wales striker was joined in the Vaughan Stand by Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark and his assistant Terry McDermott, Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Simpson, and a clutch of scouts from clubs such as Tranmere Rovers, Bury and York City.
While the likes of Chadwick, Barry, goalkeeper John Danby and defender Kevin Roberts are likely to attract the most interest next month, Simpson was understood to be running the rule over youngsters James Owen and Shaun Kelly.

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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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