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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, Southampton and Wales legend Ron Davies is the latest guest on the EPL Talk
Podcast, the daily Premier League interview and analysis show.
To say that Davies is a legend to Southampton supporters is an understatement.
In his first season with the Saints, Davies scored an incredible 43 goals.
Heralded as “the best centre forward in Europe” by Matt Busby and the “best
header of the ball” by teammate Mick Channon, Davies was a one-of-a-kind
goalscorer whose feats included scoring four goals against Manchester United at
Old Trafford, four goals against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and four goals
against Aston Villa. Between 1966-69, he scored 90 times in 123 league games.
It’s no wonder that football commentator Martin Tyler names Davies as his hero.
In addition to playing for Southampton, Davies also played for Manchester
United, Norwich City, Luton Town, Chester City, LA Aztecs, Seattle Sounders and
other teams, as well as for his country, Wales.
In this exclusive interview, Davies discusses:
his memories of that day in 1969 when he scored four against Man United at Old
Trafford,
what it was like to play alongside George Best in the NASL and what Harry
Redknapp was like at Seattle Sounders,
the story of how he got discovered as a young footballing talent,
what it was like playing for Wales against England and Brazil, and playing
alongside John Toshack, Wyn Davies and other Welsh legends, and
the secret to his success of how he was able to jump so much higher than his
opponents during football matches.
This is a must-listen interview with a legend of football who is definitely a
gentle giant of this beautiful game.
Don’t forget that the EPL Talk Podcast is the only Premier League interview and
analysis podcast available for free. In the past few weeks, we’ve interviewed
legends of the game such as Steve McManaman, Efan Ekoku, Martin Chivers and
Robbie Earle as well as experts such as Declan Hill, Simon Kuper, Misha Sher,
Matt Dickinson and many others. Why pay $40 a year to rival podcasts when you
can subscribe to the EPL Talk Podcast for FREE featuring interviews with the
biggest names in football?
Plus stayed tuned for upcoming interviews coming this week including John Harkes
(of Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County fame) and more. Plus you can hear
interviews on our sister podcast MLS Talk with Thomas Dooley, Jaime Moreno,
Jimmy Conrad, Sacha Kljestan and Stuart Holden.

Southampton and Wales legend Ron Davies is the latest guest on the EPL Talk
Podcast, the daily Premier League interview and analysis show.
To say that Davies is a legend to Southampton supporters is an understatement.
In his first season with the Saints, Davies scored an incredible 43 goals.
Heralded as “the best centre forward in Europe” by Matt Busby and the “best
header of the ball” by teammate Mick Channon, Davies was a one-of-a-kind
goalscorer whose feats included scoring four goals against Manchester United at
Old Trafford, four goals against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and four goals
against Aston Villa. Between 1966-69, he scored 90 times in 123 league games.
It’s no wonder that football commentator Martin Tyler names Davies as his hero.
In addition to playing for Southampton, Davies also played for Manchester
United, Norwich City, Luton Town, Chester City, LA Aztecs, Seattle Sounders and
other teams, as well as for his country, Wales.
In this exclusive interview, Davies discusses:
his memories of that day in 1969 when he scored four against Man United at Old
Trafford,what it was like to play alongside George Best in the NASL and what Harry
Redknapp was like at Seattle Sounders,the story of how he got discovered as a young footballing talent,what it was like playing for Wales against England and Brazil, and playing
alongside John Toshack, Wyn Davies and other Welsh legends, andthe secret to his success of how he was able to jump so much higher than his
opponents during football matches.This is a must-listen interview with a legend of football who is definitely a
gentle giant of this beautiful game.
Don’t forget that the EPL Talk Podcast is the only Premier League interview and
analysis podcast available for free. In the past few weeks, we’ve interviewed
legends of the game such as Steve McManaman, Efan Ekoku, Martin Chivers and
Robbie Earle as well as experts such as Declan Hill, Simon Kuper, Misha Sher,
Matt Dickinson and many others. Why pay $40 a year to rival podcasts when you
can subscribe to the EPL Talk Podcast for FREE featuring interviews with the
biggest names in football?
Plus stayed tuned for upcoming interviews coming this week including John Harkes
(of Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County fame) and more. Plus you can hear
interviews on our sister podcast MLS Talk with Thomas Dooley, Jaime Moreno,
Jimmy Conrad, Sacha Kljestan and Stuart Holden.

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A GROUP of Chester City’s former players and supporters have founded a Past Players Association and they are urging all the club’s former footballers to join them in their new venture.

The idea is the brainchild of former City stars Grenville Millington and Gary Talbot, and supporters Chas Sumner and Charlie Lambert.

The aims of the Association are to assist former players who have fallen on hard times, and also to get the club’s former stars to become more involved with the Deva Stadium outfit.

Millington, who is arguably the greatest goalkeeper to represent City, said last night: “We want former players to get more involved with the club.

“If ex players are sitting at home thinking that the club has forgotten them, we want them to know they will never be forgotten, and we would like them to be involved with us.

“We want to create a positive feeling at the club, a feeling that is a unifying force and brings the club closer together.”

Millington continued: “We are trying to model ourselves on the way ex Everton players have formed their Past Players Association.

“Of course they are a Premier League club, but if we can adopt the principles of their association, as our model, then it should be a success.”

Any former City players who are interested in linking up with their former team-mates, are invited to call Chas Sumner on 07711 954153.

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Danny Collins in action for Wales

Danny Collins in action for Wales

In the latest example of mis-management at Chester City Football Club, it has been revealed that the Blues never had a sell on clause when they flogged Danny Collins to Sunderland in 2004.

In another blow for Chester City Football Club, the former Chester defender this week make a premier league transfer from Sunderland to Stoke City for a massive £2.75m. 

Buckley born Collins made the move to Sunderland from Chester City for £140,000 and it turns out the Deva Stadium’ club’s request for a sell on clause was refused.  Even a 10% clause would have reaped Chester City a potential windfall of £270,500.

Of dear!  Chester City even had to pay £20,000 to Buckley Town F.C. as part of the deal that allowed the Welsh International move to the north east.

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