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There are not many players who can say they had Ian Rush clean their boots, but one that can is Bob Delgado.

The former Chester centre half was a man mountain of a defender and during the mid 1970s was a veritable rock at the heart of the Seals defence.

Born in Cardiff in January 1949, Delgado started out with local Southern League side Barry Town before being spotted by Luton Town manager Harry Haslam.

After joining the professional ranks at Kenilworth Road in February 1970, he struggled to adjust to the demands of full time football and in the summer of 1971 left for Carlisle United.

Two years later, and following a brief spell on loan with Workington, he arrived at Rotherham United and helped them to promotion from the Fourth Division in 1974-75.

Sidelined by injury, his return to fitness the following October coincided with his £6,000 move to bottom of the table Chester who promptly embarked on a nine game run which took them clear of relegation.

In all, Delgado made 128 league appearances for the blues before being transferred to Port Vale for £30,000 in December 1978.

Further spells with Miami Americans, Oswestry, Bulova and Colwyn Bay before he finally hung up his well-cleaned boots!


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As we prepare to visit the Racecourse on Sunday to face Wrexham in the Blue Square Premier League, today we reflect one of Chester best victories over the old enemy.

Wrexham Football Club

Wrexham Football Club

Chester 6 Wrexham 1 – 27th Febuary, 1965


 With some 68 league games and several cup ties played between ourselves and Wrexham the choiced for our memory match were many.  The big temptation was to plump for our FA Cup meeting just a few seasons ago but that might have caused Gary Bennett some embarrassment amongst his current teammates.  Instead the choice is our league meeting at Sealand Road in 1964/65.

The game was played on Feb 27 1965 and came at a time when Chester were looking to extend their unbeaten run to 8 league games and at a time when goals were flying in left right and centre.  In addition we were unbeaten at Sealand Road since our first home match of the campaign and looking to record our 15th home league win.  A crowd of 14,872 were present to watch the drama unfold and they didn’t have to wait too long.

Chester were fielding their famous Humes, Metcalf, Talbot, Ryden, Morris forward line for the 22nd consecutive game with Mike Metcalf and Elfed Morris in particular looking to do well against their former club and both succeeded almost immediately.

In the opening minute Peter Hauser set Gary Talbot up with a half chance but Steve Fleet in the Wrexham goal averted the danger but then in the third minute Talbot turned provider with a fine cross for Metcalf to volley the ball home for his 32nd goal of the season.  Wrexham came back strongly with Arfon Griffiths forcing a fine save from stand in keeper Reg Barton whilst Keith Webber and Sammy McMillan also went close.  Gary Talbot was caught offside a couple of times but then with just 12 minutes gone Chester went 2-0 up when Elfed Morris slid a low cross wide of Steve Fleet.  Back to the other end and Reg Barton again earned his keep saving from Webber, Phythian and King.  Ray Jones cleared another effort but with Metcalf in brilliant form in the middle of the park Chester were not short of attacking ideas either. 

On the half hour the score was 3-0, Metcalf did the spadework feeding the ball out to Morris who crossed for Jimmy Humes to slot the ball home.  Within a minute the Chester fans had a fourth goal to celebrate with Jimmy Humes again on target following good work by Talbot and Ryden.  Back came Wrexham with Barnes hitting the post and then with just two minutes of the half remaining they gained some reward for their efforts when Ernie Phythian netted.  Even then, however, Chester almost scored again before the break only for Morris to be denied by a fine save by Fleet.

The half time scoreline was 4-1 and yet the game had been fairly even, the difference was that Chester took their chances!  No one could really expect the second half to live up to the first but Chester gave it a go nevertheless.  With just three minutes gone Jimmy Humes completed his hat trick, heading home a centre from Morris and then six minutes later Gary Talbot got his name on the scoresheet with another header after fine work from Dave Durie.  That was the end of the scoring and Wrexham were no doubt grateful for that but Gary Talbot who’d been injured in the first half was rapidly consigned to the role of passenger and Chester were happy with their afternoon’s work. 

Not only had we recorded our biggest win of the season but we’d also established ourselves as the Football League’s top goalscorers!

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bob delgadoDELGADO Bob born 29.01.1949

A commanding centre-half who took no prisoners, Cardiff-born Bob Delgado began his career in the Southern League before being spotted by Harry Haslam at Luton Town. But Delgado failed to make the cut at Kenilworth Road and soon moved north to Carlisle where he spent two seasons before being loaned out to Cumbrian rivals Workington.

From there he switched to Rotherham, helping them win promotion before an injury kept him out of the squad and he decided to move to Chester where he clocked up almost 130 appearances for the Seals. The late 70s ended at Port Vale for Bob before he dropped into the non-league game with Oswestry Town.

Prestatyn manager Eaton Woodfine caused something of a sensation when he persuaded the experienced Delgado to join his Bastion Road revolution and Bob spent two seasons at the heart of the Seasiders defence before hanging up his boots.

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