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Former Chester City midfielder Jonathan Walters says he was disappointed but not surprised to see his former club Chester City’s long-running financial woes lead to their expulsion from the Blue Square Premier last week.

The 26-year-old joined the Blues from Chester, then in League Two, in January 2007.

Walters told the Ipswich Town Football Club site: “It’s disappointing obviously to see the situation Chester are in. I’m not surprised though. There were signs of the problems they were having when I was there – people were getting paid late virtually every month.

“If you are only getting in a couple of thousand fans every two weeks to watch home games and from that you’ve got to finance away trips, pay wages and everything else – it’s difficult to see how they can afford to cover their outgoings.

“I think a lot of the League Two and even League One clubs face that problem and it’s only a matter of time before clubs start to go out of business.

“They introduced the penalty for clubs going into administration a few years back and that number seems to be on the rise. It’s a worry for the game. When you see Premier League clubs like Portsmouth struggling, you know there is a real problem.”

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Former Chester City striker Chris Holroyd

Former Chester City Centre of Excellence prodigy Chris Holroyd has made the switch from Cambridge United to Brighton & Hove Albion in a move described by Brighton boss Gus Poyet as ‘one for the future’.  Everyone here at Chester City WordPress wishes the Nantwich lad the very best of luck on the south coast.

Brighton’s official website ran this story at the weekend…
“Chris Holroyd has been labelled as one for the future by boss Gus Poyet, but the club’s new striker wants to hit the ground running, and continue his excellent Blue Square Premier scoring record with Albion in League One.
Holroyd, who goes straight into the squad for today’s match with Millwall, feels he is ready to step up to League One and challenge Nicky Forster, Glenn Murray, Liam Dickinson and Gary Hart for a regular place in the side.
He said, “I started the season very well, scoring a lot of goals, and hopefully I can bring that with me. I am sure that is one of the things which attracted Brighton in the first place. That is something I have to continue.
“I think I need to challenge myself at this stage in my career and this step is the right step to make. Hopefully things will go well for me and I will be successful here.”
Holroyd is looking forward to establishing himself under former Chelsea and Spurs legend Poyet. “It is a new manager and a new challenge for me. I cannot wait to get going and am looking forward to playing under Gus Poyet..
“Brighton is a massive club looking to go places. I spoke with a few people at Cambridge and people here as well, and it is a club on the move. The new stadium is close, and there are exciting times ahead for Brighton, and I want to be part of that.”

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Norwich City can confirm the signing of defender Michael Rose from Stockport County on loan until the end of the season after paperwork was completed this morning.

Full-back Rose follows striker Oli Johnson in making the switch from the Hatters to Carrow Road this month.

The 27-year-old began his career as a trainee at Manchester United but left in 2001 to join Conference side Chester City.

After a year with the Blues, he spent two seasons with Hereford United, losing in the Conference play-off semi-finals to Aldershot on penalties in 2003-04.

Despite the shoot-out defeat, Rose stepped up to league football joining Yeovil Town. He played in all but six games as the Glovers won the League Two title in his first season at Huish Park.

In the summer of 2006, the free-kick specialist joined Stockport County, helping them to promotion to League One via the play-offs in 2007-08 beating Paul Lambert’s Wycombe Wanderers in the semi-finals.

Rose made 123 appearances for Stockport in all competitions in his three-and-a-half years with the Hatters, scoring nine times and turned in a man of the match performance earlier in the season in the 3-1 defeat to City at Edgeley Park.

In total the Salford-born defender has amassed over 300 appearances in all competitions, scoring 20 goals.

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It has been reported that Blue Square North club Droylsden have re-signed former Chester City full back James Vaughan.
Vaughan, 22, was signed by Chester in January 2006 from Tranmere Rovers, where he made more than fifty reserve team appearances.
He joined his father (owner) and brother (defender) (both called Stephen) at the club. His first-team debut came when he replaced his brother in the closing stages of Chester’s 4-4 draw in the LDV Vans Trophy at Chesterfield on November 29th, 2006.
After a successful loan spell at Droylsden, who he helped win the Blue Square North title, Vaughan returned to Chester and was a regular in the closing matches of the 2006/07.
Vaughan commanded a regular spot as first-choice right back for the next two seasons, but in April 2009 he moved to Australia and joined Wollongong Community, for who he played seven games.
Whilst in Australia he played a further two games with A-League side Sydney FC, and a game for A-League side Central Coast.
Despite showing decent form, he was not offered a contract due to visa restrictions and he pon returned to the UK, where he was linked with a move to League One side Oldham Athletic before re-signing for the Bloods.

Blue Square North club Droylsden have re-signed former Chester City full back James Vaughan.
Vaughan, 22, was signed by Chester in January 2006 from Tranmere Rovers, where he made more than fifty reserve team appearances.

He joined his father (owner) and brother (defender) (both called Stephen) at the club. His first-team debut came when he replaced his brother in the closing stages of Chester’s 4-4 draw in the LDV Vans Trophy at Chesterfield on November 29th, 2006.

After a successful loan spell at Droylsden, who he helped win the Blue Square North title, Vaughan returned to Chester and was a regular in the closing matches of the 2006/07.

Vaughan commanded a regular spot as first-choice right back for the next two seasons, but in April 2009 he moved to Australia and joined Wollongong Community, for who he played seven games.

Whilst in Australia he played a further two games with A-League side Sydney FC, and a game for A-League side Central Coast.

Despite showing decent form, he was not offered a contract due to visa restrictions and he pon returned to the UK, where he was linked with a move to League One side Oldham Athletic before re-signing for the Bloods.

 

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