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Liverpool legend Ian Rush played all over the world during his 22-year career but the game that stands out most for him came long before the glory days.

The Wales striker netted nearly 400 goals in around 700 appearances for club and country, winning every domestic honour along the way – and a European Cup.

But Rush’s most memorable day happened 30 years ago – for Chester City in the FA Cup.

The Seals – then in the old Division 3 – were on a fine FA Cup run and travelled to St James’s Park, Newcastle, who were then riding high in Division 2.

And Rush, then aged just 18, admits the atmosphere as he travelled to the ground on January 5 1980 was the most remarkable of any game he ever played in.

‘Our crowds weren’t that big and to travel to Newcastle who played in front of 30,000-plus crowds was really something special,’ said Rush.

‘I’ll never forget the noise, the bustle, the excitement as we neared the ground. I’d never seen that many people at a game before and it was incredible.

‘We won 2-0 and I scored to make the day complete. It was the most amazing day of my life up to then – and made me want a lot more.’

He got plenty more – Liverpool paid £300,000 for him a few months later and the rest, as the cliche goes, is history.

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Liverpool’s record goalscorer Ian Rush is set to return to the club as coach, passing on his goal poaching knowledge across the club.

The Liverpool legend previously worked in a similar capacity under Gerard Houllier and has been having talks to mainly work with the Liverpool Academy youngsters.  However, he will also assist current first-team strikers, including Fernando Torres once a week. 

Rush played over 400 times for Liverpool and scored over 200 goals but has followed a glittering playing career with a limited coaching career, having a brief spell as Chester City manager from 2004/5.  Rush’s comeback would follow fellow Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish’s recent appointment as a club ambassador, as he’s also closely liaising with the Merseysiders’ youth staff.

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Blue Square Premier club Barrow AFC have announced the signing of Chester City striker Gregg Blundell on a permanent deal following a successful loan spell at Holker street.

The Liverpool-born frontman joined Barrow just ahead of the emergency loan window and has impressed joint-managers Darren Sheridan and David Bayliss sufficiently to earn a permanent contract.

Barrow completed the paperwork for Blundell’s transfer this week and joins the Cumbrian side on an eighteen month deal at Holker Street.

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League Two side Macclesfield Town have signed former Liverpool academy and Chester City striker Craig Lindfield on a short-term contract.

The 21-year-old was a free agent after leaving Liverpool in August and is set to join the Silkmen’s squad for the Boxing Day clash with Shrewsbury.

Lindfield won two FA Youth Cups with Liverpool and also collected seven England Under-19 caps. While with Liverpool he had loan spells at Accrington Town, AFC Bournemouth, Chester City and Notts County.

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Paul Taylor

Former Chester City striker Paul Taylor

Former Chester City and Vauxhall Motors striker Paul Taylor will make an astonishing move to Belgian giants Anderlecht in January.

Taylor, 22, born in Liverpool and a former Manchester City trainee honed his skills at Vauxhall, scoring 17 goals in their 2007-08 campaign in the Blue Square North. His good goal scoring record attracted many admirers and eventually Chester City, then in League Two, signed him initially on loan with a view to a permanent transfer worth a five figure sum.

Taylor’s career then hit the rocks when he failed a drugs test whilst at Chester. The striker’s sample had traces of cocaine in it. Chester released him and he was given a six month playing ban.

When his six month’s were up Taylor made a surprising career move. He signed for R.R.F.C. Montegnée – a former Bradford City feeder team – who play in Belgium’s 5th division. Their new English manager Paul Topping had heard about Taylor and decided to snap him up. He became the club’s top scorer and his class clearly shone through.

In late November the Belgian press began to report that several Belgian First Division clubs, including Standard Liège and Anderlecht had shown an interest in Taylor. Taylor spent a few days on trial at both clubs and now Anderlecht have confirmed that Taylor will be joining them on January 1st.

So it looks like Taylor – who has always had bags of ability – has finally put his demons behind him. And when he is playing for Anderlecht in the Europa League, those cold nights at Rivacre Park will seem a long time ago.

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Former Chester City and Peterborough United manager Mark Wright is rumoured to have been interviewed for the vacant managers position at fellow Blue Square Premier League strugglers Forest Green Rovers at the weekend, according to news sources in the Nailsworth area.

The former England and Liverpool defender though has been pipped to the post with Forest Green announcing the appointment of Dave Hockaday as their new top man.

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Wrexham Football Club

Wrexham Football Club

There are many derby games around the nation, take the likes of the ferocious City battles between Glasgow’s Celtic and Rangers. Not forgetting the passion and pride on Merseyside when Everton and Liverpool take each other on. Those are just a few I could mention, but no derby match in the UK is more unique than the cross border spirit and rivalry fought between two nations, that’s what the followers of Chester City and Wrexham have to enjoy. These Anglo Welsh derby clashes bring with them an exclusive romantic aura around the twelve miles distance that separates the two clubs straddling the borderlands of England and Wales.

For a Chester supporter, few fixtures set the pulse racing as much as those contended between Wrexham and Chester. This unique clash between two countries cannot be matched anywhere else in the football world. A gladiatorial contest proudly acclaimed by both sets of combatants has matured into one of the most interesting derby fixtures around. Like Russell Crowe in the hit movie Gladiator of 1999 the players make their way down the tunnel into the daylight and a world of earsplitting sound hits them. Who remembers watching the 1997 FA Cup clash at the Deva Stadium on satellite television? The cameraman hadn’t been drinking perched on the scaffolding over the Deva Stadium’s West Stand, that was the stadium shaking. Like the glass of water on the dashboard in Jurassic Park. On derby day, every one of the supporters packs into either clubs stadia and is ready and willing to add their own page to the history of the fixture.

The stage was set for the first League derby between the teams, which took place at…

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