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Deva Stadium Founded 2010 The Blues

Chester suffered their first setback last season and even then it turned out to be a positive outcome. When you put everything in perspective, the Blues have risen through the non league pyramid in the directest route possible since restarting four years ago. Winning three consecutive league titles, life in the Conference Premier didn’t seem possible when under their former guise Chester City crumbled and ceased to exist. Supporters made sure Chester would still have a team and from then on they have never looked back. A first campaign in the Conference Premier ended in relegation but at least a club exists, however in a dramatic twist Hereford United suffered financially leading to a reprieve for Chester.

CFCLast Season

Conference Premier: 21st

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: 2nd Round

Top Scorer: Gareth Seddon

Average Attendance: 2366

Drama unfolded on the final day of the season and beyond. In the beginning high expectations surrounded the club after a rapid rise to the Conference Premier. Realistically, still a semi professional side it would always be tough to compete. With an impressive following the campaign got off to the worse possible start, Chester lost their opening five fixtures. What better way to end that run than a cross border derby win at Wrexham, the first since reforming. By December, the Blues languished in the bottom four and a change in management ensued. On the final day Chester led twice against Salisbury City and with four minutes to go were staying up. The Blues conceded and two minutes later news reached the Deva Stadium that Hereford United grabbed a winner to stay up. Or so they thought, debts at Edgar Street had mounted and after missing crucial deadlines to clear monies owed the Conference Premier relegated the Bulls, Chester get a second chance.

The Manager – Steve Burr

A first full season in Cheshire awaits Steve Burr having joined the club on 18 January 2014. The former Macclesfield Town striker, left Kidderminster Harriers last term in an eventful set of circumstances. Given permission to speak to Forest Green Rovers to fill the vacant post at the New Lawn, Burr turned down the offer. Three months later the experienced manager had joined Chester. Burr has spent fourteen years as a manager including a spell as England C assistant boss. Starting in the dugout at Nuneaton Borough was a tough place to begin, the club were relegated from the Conference Premier. After his sacking,  Burr bounced back with the Northern Premier League title at Hucknall Town which caught the eye of Northwich Victoria. Not helped by a ten point deduction, the Vics were relegated but the following season the Conference North title was claimed. Stalybridge Celtic were led to to the Conference North playoff final and Burr went close to returning Kidderminster Harriers back to the Football League.

The Summer

Steve Burr has been a busy man in the summer, having finished in the bottom four he is keen to avoid a repeat. In one of the highest profile signings during the break, former Scottish international Chris Iwelumo will start 2014/15 at Chester. Iwelumo played for Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone last term and made over 550 appearances in the Football League scoring 120 goals. A former Welsh international also joins, Gareth Roberts joins from Notts County. On the wing Peter Winn has signed from fellow Cheshire club Macclesfield Town, the 25 year old played in the league 37 times for the Silkmen in 2013/14. Sean McConville scored 11 in 38 games for Stalybridge Celtic from midfield and Burr has added the Liverpudlian to the squad. Former England C international and experienced Conference Premier defender Kieran Charnock, ex Alfreton Town goalkeeper Jon Worsnop join Matthew Brown, signed from Chesterfield and Danny Taylor from Colwyn Bay at the back. Kingsley James has left cash strapped Hereford United, Wayne Riley and Irish under 17 international John Disney comes in from Hednesford Town.

Chester have lost the services of three players to the ambitious Salford City in the Northern Premier League Division One North. Top scorer Gareth Seddon leaves the Deva Stadium after scoring seven in 35 games last term. Both Paul Linwood and Jason Jarrett made 29 league appearances in 2013/14 and join Seddon at Moor Lane.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Dartford 0 Chester 1 – Conference Premier – 7 March 2014

A relegation battle in front of the television cameras was won by a brilliantly taken Gareth Seddon volley five minutes into the second half. Not the prettiest of matches but the Cheshire club looked good for their three points. Dartford’s Lee Noble came close to level things up near the end.

Chester 0 Dartford 0 – Conference Premier – 7 September 2013

The deadlock between the two sides earned Chester their first home points of the season. Whilst the home side looked good in the first half hour, the Darts pushed in the second half but neither side could find the net. The games best efforts came when Alex Titchiner tested Alan Julian from long range and Danny Harris was off target for Dartford.

League Performance Last Four Years

chester last 10 yrs

Best Performances

21st Conference Premier (2013/14) F.A Cup 4th Qualifying Round (2013/14) F.A Trophy 2nd Round (2011/12)

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