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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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Billy Windle, Chester City, Darryn Stamp, Deva Stadium, Former Players Association, Jim Harvey, Jimmy Harvey, John Kelly, Luke Beckett, Noel Bradley on April 14, 2010| Leave a Comment »
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
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Accrington Stanley, Anthony Barry, Coventry City, James Owen, Jim Harvey, Jimmy Harvey, Nick Chadwick, Shaun Kelly, Wales, Yeovil Town on December 30, 2009| Leave a Comment »
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.
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.
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!