UK time is: 08:47:57
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

CLUB GUIDE: Chester City

Chester City Football Club is an English football club from Chester, currently playing in Football League Two.

The club was first elected to the Football League in 1931, having previously played in the Northern League. But it took 44 years for the club to achieve its first promotion, when it reached the Third Division and progressed to the semi finals of the League Cup. Chester's spell in the league's third tier did not last long, although they did make a comeback in 1986. Chester's highest finish - eighth in the Third Division - came in 1989, but in 1993 they were relegated back to the basement division of the Football League.

Chester were promoted back to Division Two at the first attempt, but were relegated again after just one season. Financial problems towards the end of the 1990s ruined Chester's chances of promotion, and in 2000 they were relegated to the Conference after 69 years of Football League membership.

Chester returned to the Football League in 2004 as Conference champions under the management of Mark Wright, who controversially quit just before the start of the new League Two season. The legendary Ian Rush then spent a season in charge before being replaced by Keith Curle, who didn't last long before he was replaced by the returning Mark Wright.

Ian Rush began his career at Chester on leaving school in 1978. He was their key goalscorer until being sold to Liverpool for �300,000 in the summer of 1980. 26 years on, he is still the most expensive player to have been sold by Chester, and easily the finest talent ever to emerge from the club.

Kevin Ratcliffe, the former Everton captain, managed Chester from 1995 to 1999.

Chester played at Sealand Road until 1990, when they sold their ageing stadium and began a ground-share with Macclesfield Town. Two years later they moved into the new Deva Stadium.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Moonraker1969 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 22 2007

Time: 8:17AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Swindon Town Articles

Stats: Swindon Town v Oldham Athletic (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Bradford Manager On Swindon Loss (Sunday September 14 2014)

COOPER: Bradford Reaction (Sunday September 14 2014)

Stats: Bradford City v Swindon Town (Saturday September 13 2014)

VITAL PREVIEW: Bradford City (Saturday September 13 2014)

Agombar Heading Out On Loan To Hereford (Thursday September 11 2014)

Alan Navarro Announces Retirement (Monday September 1 2014)

Archived Swindon Town Articles

List All Vital Swindon Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Crawley 1 - 0 Swindon
Swindon 3 - 1 Scunthorpe
Swindon 2 - 2 Oldham
Swindon 2 - 0 Crewe
Swindon 1 - 1 Coventry
Gillingham 2 - 2 Swindon

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
4. MK Dons 7 4 1 2 5 13
5. Bradford 8 4 1 3 2 13
6. Sheff Utd 7 4 1 2 2 13
7. Swindon 7 3 3 1 4 12
8. Fleetwood 8 3 3 2 2 12
9. Coventry 8 3 3 2 1 12
10. Gillingham 8 3 2 3 -1 11

Breaking League News

Can City Bounce Back?
Coventry : 19/09/2014 06:00:00
Dons linked with Baker
MK Dons : 18/09/2014 22:30:00
DRFC Doncaster v Chesterfield Team News
Doncaster : 18/09/2014 19:00:00
Striker agrees deal
Crewe : 18/09/2014 18:58:00
Fleetwood : 18/09/2014 17:34:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Are you happy with the signing of Jonathan Obika?
Suggested By:  
Yes 20%
No 40%
Unsure 40%