Posts Tagged ‘Tranmere Rovers’

Former Airbus UK Broughton keeper Phil Palethorpe is reported to be the replacement for Cudworth at Welshpool.

Palethorpe (pictured), who joined Chester City from Tranmere Rovers in 2006/07, made twenty-seven appearances for the Wingmakers last season and has also spent time on-loan at Tamworth.

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Blues fans have received various messages of support from followers of other club’s.

Messages of support have been posted on all manner of internet messageboards.  Here Blues Mad gathers some of the best.


“GOOD LUCK TO CHESTER!! A small club like us. Life’s tough for us all, and they have fans just like us. As I say GOOD LUCK CHESTER!”

“No footy club or its supporters deserve to go through what you/us have been through in recent years. I worked in Chester for years and know a lot of people who support you – I even went to Bumpers Lane/Macc a few times to watch Chester games with them – and I have a lot of time & respect for Chester fans as a result. Zero point in having local rivalries if we never play each other so I have everything crossed that you pull through this mess.”

“Listen, first let me say that over the years I have not been a fan of Chester in the past when I was young and stupid, I have both been chased by your fans for a fight and have done the same to your lads. I have also relished your many defeats as I am sure your lads have relished ours. I have been to Sealand Road and Bumpers Lane and have enjoyed the banter and the intimidation. But let me tell you this myself and most Wrexham fans think that what’s happening to you is a disgrace. We have been through this ourselves and know what its like. I can only hope that things work out for you because as first and formost we are all football fans. GOOD LUCK and I hope to see you a little bit later on in the season at Bumpers Lane.”

“Best of luck today and whatever happens hopefully you can look forward to a Vaughan free future at the club. The FA must take some responsibility for all of this because their ‘fit and proper persons act’ is a complete joke – letting Vaughan buy the club back from administration is shameful. The same ‘act’ allowed that fat bastard Guttttterman buy our club after he had wrecked yours – which has lead all the problems since.  It’s always the smaller clubs and the true fans that get screwed and it’s about time the authororities realised this. Sad thing is though they won’t and clubs like ours will continue to get screwed by crooks.”

Tranmere Rovers

“I come in peace and would just like to echo the sentiments of the Wrexham fans who wish you all the best in your struggles. I know it’s been a while since our paths crossed, and it will probably be while before they do again, but I hope one day it will happen. I used to enjoy my trips to Sealand Road.”

“Good luck for tomorrow, the majority of Tranmere fans wish you well. Give Vaughan a slap from me.”

Northwich Victoria

“Just wanted to wish you guys luck on Thursday and say that all at the Vics (having been through similar ourselves) are hoping you get the result you want!”

“Would be very sad if the city where I was born lost its footie club.  I know we`ve got our own problems but I just wondered what we could do. One free-of-charge` idea, might be – as fellow council tax payers – to write to `Cheshire West & Chester` to request that the new, supposedly-streamlined Unitary Authority might help in some way, especially if it were to come to the founding of a new club.”

Stafford Rangers

“Good luck from all at Stafford Rangers. Can’t say a lot more really, we were almost doomed this time last year so you certainly have some empathy from us. Believe me, with the passion shown on this forum you will survive in some way, shape or form.”

Nottingham Forest

“Just want to wish you the best of luck for today. Must be squeaky bum time for you all today.”

Brighton & Hove Albion

“All Brighton fans are rooting for your club, we have been though this there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Every seagull fan is really hoping you survive. All the very best. KEEP FIGHTING FOR YOUR CLUB.”


“Best wishes from Whyteleafe.  Sorry to hear of your troubles. I will always have a soft spot for Chester and fond memories of our one and only time in the first round of the cup when we drew with you at home and lost 3-1 at the Deva in the replay. Hope everything works out for you. “


“It’s such a fuckin shame what’s happened there, as always it’s the supporters who suffer most.”

“I go to college in Chester and a couple of the lads f****** hate this Vaughan, he seems to have killed their football club. Good on them for what they are doing, they are great fans to be honest, the lads in college follow them everywhere home and away.”

“They on minus four points, can barely put a senior side out and have effectively been run into the ground. They’ve done protests in the city centre and before games but it got fuck all publicity.  That’s changed now because they protested on the pitch while the game was still going and they were winning. If that doesn’t show their level of hatred for a fella who has all but killed off their football club I don’t know what does. Fair play to them I say, sometimes things off the pitch are more important than what’s going on on the field.”

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jim harvey - Chester City's latest man at the helm

jim harvey - Chester City's latest man at the helm

Former Morecambe and Forest Green Rovers manager Jim Harvey has today been appointed as the latest manager of struggling Chester City Football Club.   Caretaker boss and club captain Tim Ryan will be Harvey’s Assistant as Chester prepare to claw back a 25 point deficit and attempt to perform a great escape and survive in the Blue Square Premier League.

Jim Harvey in profile

Born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. Signed for Arsenal in 1974, sadly his 1st team opportunities were somewhat restricted with only making 3 league appearances. In 1980 Jim had a free transfer to Hereford United where he became a favourite with the fans with 278 leagues games.  

In 1987 Jim left Hereford on a £25,000 transfer to Bristol City but only made 2 league appearances before he went on loan to Wrexham making 6 appearances in league games. He was once again transferred for £25,000 to Tranmere Rovers in late 1987. He quickly made Captain, making 121 league appearances, 12 League Cup and 8 F.A. Cup appearances , scoring 15 goals. 

Upon leaving Tranmere Jim spent a season at Crew Alexandra, under Dario Gardi as a player and on the coaching staff. At the beginning of the 1993-94 Jim signed for Vauxhall Conference side Southport, in their 1st year in the Conference. He made 12 appearances for Southport before signing with Chester City as a non-contract player, Reserve Team Coach and Director of the School of Excellence.  

In early 1994 Jim was appointed by Morecambe Football Club as Assistant Player – Manager to Leighton James. He also has F.A. qualifications in management and injury treatment. On 7th June 1994, he became Manager after the sacking of the former manager. 

In his first season 1994-95, as manager, Jim gained Morecambe F.C promotion to the GM Vauxhall Conference as Runners-up in the Northern Premier League. Within the Conference League Jim has become well respected as a manager, winning Morecambe’s second national trophy in 1997/98 when the team won the Bob Lord (Spalding) Trophy, beating Woking in a exciting 2 leg final. He has also taken the club to several Lancashire (ATS) Junior Cup finals, winning in 1995/96 and 1998/99 and Runner-up in 1997/98.  

It can only be a short time before Jim Harvey once again brings back some silverware to Christie Park, home of Morecambe Football Club.  Already at the beginning of the 2001/02 season Jim was the longest serving manager of any team in the Nationwide Conference, as well as the longest ever serving Morecambe boss and furthermore, in November 2001, Jim signed a new contract tying him to Christie Park until at least 2004.  Season 2004/05 saw Jim and the team saddly missing a play-off place on the last game of the season.

Sadly before the Cambridge United game on November 12 2005, Jim suffered a heart attack before the game and was taken to the local hospital at Lancaster.  On doctor’ advice Jim took time off his duties  recover. Whislt recoving his personal friend Sammy McIlroy will be in charge for the first team.  However on 16 May 2006, the board announced they had released Jim Harvey from his contact as manager. With this announcement came the end of the longest era of a manager at the club. A manager that supporters’ will alway remember as the the man who changed the fortunes of the club by taking then into the Football Conference and raising the profile of the club both on and off the pitch.

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