Posts Tagged ‘Jimmy Harvey’

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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In what would be another major blow for the Blues, it has been reported today that Chester City Captain Tim Ryan is being linked with a move to Stalybridge Celtic.  The Blue Square North club are led by former City manager Jim Harvey.

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City Fans United would like to state their disappointment, shock, and anger at the decision to replace Jim Harvey as Manager of Chester City Football Club.

Supporters had recently received assurances from new Director of Football, Morell Maison, that Mr Harvey would continue in his role as team manager, this was strengthened in the meeting held between representatives from CFU and Morell Maison, and also Gary Metcalf, whom we were unaware was attending the said meeting.

During the meeting CFU advised that the one positive at present was that Jim Harvey was still at the club, and that he was held in high esteem by City fans, so we believe that this move has now antagonised the existing fan base to a point where attendances will fall even sharper than previously thought.

We are also in the belief that existing unpaid Chester City players will now be forced to leave and seek a new club, in order for them to be paid to play football, and replaced by players taken from the International Soccer Academy in Bedfordshire, known as a venue for “second chance” players, something that will not be a benefit to the club, and will do very little to encourage local supporters to attend the Deva Stadium for forthcoming matches.

This will also mean that the Chester community is being represented by players who will be training at a venue over 150 miles away, and constantly travelling to home and away games, to represent a club they will know very little about, that is a move that will in no way engage the local community.

 It is on this basis, that we are now calling on the membership of City Fans United, to vote on the possibility of an official boycott of remaining home games, until a board with the good of this historic, 125 year old football club at heart, are in place.

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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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According to press reports this morning, Chester City manager Jim Harvey is being linked with the vacant job at Kidderminster Harriers.  Boss Mark Yates left the Aggborough Road side earlier this week to take over at League Two Cheltenham Town following Martin Allen’s departure.

Now Harvey, along with other non-league managers such as Gainsborough Trinity’s Brian Little and Northwich Victoria boss Andy Preece, are reportedly being lined up as potential replacements. Coincidentally Chester travel to Kidderminster this afternoon for their Blue Square Premier clash.

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City have been handed a major boost on the eve of tonight’s trip to York City (7.45pm) after Mark Beesley’s loan from Cambridge United was extended by a further month.

The 28-year-old striker has been in fine form since returning to the Deva Stadium and has played a major part in Jim Harvey side’s season-reviving three-match winning run.

The only stipulation of the new deal, which expires on December 5, is that Beesley will not be able to face his parent club when City travel to the Abbey Stadium on December 1.

While Beesley will be in the squad to face an in-form York side who knocked Crewe Alexandra out of the FA Cup on Saturday, Blues boss Harvey will be without on-loan centre-back Johnny Flynn.

The impressive 20-year-old – who turns 21 next Wednesday – has been called-up for Northern Ireland Under 21s’ UEFA European U21 Championships qualifiers against Germany on Friday and Czech Republic next Tuesday.

The fit-again Shaun Kelly could take Flynn’s place in the heart of Chester’s defence while midfielder Anthony Barry may also be included in the travelling party after he returned to training yesterday.

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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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