Friday, 5 November 2010

6 months later...

Due to many things going on in my life, I've not been able to update this blog at all, which is probably an almighty shame as the last 6 months were probably the most busiest, hectic, chaotic, challenginging, but enjoyable six months to experience, and I really should have kept this blog up but unfortunately just not enough hours in the day!

So, here's a quick resume of what's happened over the last six months...

As the previous blog post shows, Neil Young & Gary Jones were unveiled as the new Management team at Chester Football Club. They have since been joined by First Team Coach Gary Powell, Physio Alan Barber, and Kit Man Jimmy Soul.

Players then started arriving, and like the films, in order of appearance:

28th May - Danny Meadowcroft, Rob Hopley, Richie Whiteside, Dan Mahoney, Richie Foulkes
29th May - Greg Stones, Mark Connolly
31st May - Stuart Graves
2nd June - Anthony Sheehan
4th June - Adriano Rigoglioso, Michael White, Kyle Armstrong
8th June - Carl Ruffer
16th June - Roger Sharrock
19th June - Iain Howard, Aaron Burns
7th July - Michael Wilde
8th July - George Horan
21st July - Andy Burgess, Michael Aspin, Chris Williams
28th July - Mark Peers
17th August - Nick Rogan (loan)
23rd August - Tom Field
24th August - Bradley Barnes
8th September - Pat Nevin, Perry Groves - I'll do a seperate bit about these two!
11th September - Robbie Booth
30th September - Kyle Wilson
3rd October - Gareth Evans, Tom McCready
19th October - Alan Titchener (loan)
22nd October - Antoni Sarcevic (loan), Steven Beck
4th November - Chris Sanna

There you go, that about covers the playing staff, of which there have been some departures since their arrival dates.

In between all May & November however, have seen the following (take a deep breath...)

Friendlies against Colwyn Bay, Heswall, Aberstwyth, Tranmere, Wigan, Marine, Ashville, FC United of Manchester, and Nantwich. Cancelled Friendlies included Rhyl, Bangor City, and Airbus for reasons that I won't go into!

Now in chronological order....

We attended Chester University's Open Day, launched a new sponsorship & advertising brochure, the 125th Anniversary celebration at Chester Racecourse, attended Newton Athletic awards day, appealed against the League placing recommendation, won the appeal, attended the Evo-Stik AGM, revealed season ticket & match day prices for the new season, attended Newton Primary School's Garden Party, announced MBNA as the first sponsors of the club, announced Joma/Live4Soccer deal, attended the Lache Festival, BiG Deva appeared outside the Deva Stadium, season tickets went on sale, General Manager announced, shirts went on sale at club shop, online kit shop launched, Cock o Barton partnership announced, Red Arrows flypast takes place, saw first match tickets sold out, attended Golf Day, PA system surveyed, Chester draw first ever game at Warrington 1-1, Blues Live launched, first postponed match (prescot), CDHT sponsorship deal announced, Colin Murray £2000 deal announced, Chester win first home game 6-0, Exacta announced as new stadium sponsors, attended Blacon High School to do New Beginnings presentation, BiG Lupus revealed, partnership with thebestofchester announced, partnership with BiG Storage revealed, Chester stage tribute to Corporal Terry Webster, Cheter lose for the first (and only so far) time, Seals Podcast launched, CFC website ranked number one, club host Referee course, Barrie Hipkiss becomes Life President of the club, Grenville Millington & Gary Talbot become Life Vice Presidents, Sky TV installed in the Blues Bar, Chester hold Think Pink day to raise awareness for Breast Cancer, Chester go top of the League for the first time, Chester fail to make trip to Newcastle in Cup game.

There are bound to be countless more bits and bobs, but that's the last 6 months rounded up quickly, including many many appearances on TV, Radio, Internet channels, newspapers and magazines!

So, where are we as of today then, well we are on the eve of the Evo-Stik League match against Mossley at the Exacta Stadium as it's now known, and a chance for Chester to remain top of the pack - standing in their way are Mossley, who have signed 3 players due to 4 of their own being banned for our game.

Last night, several people took part in the 4th Seals Podcast in association with Lache FM, and this will be released later today but you can look for it on the Lache FM website.

Hopefully this blog will now be maintained on a regular basis, and will hopefully inform of what goes on behind the scenes at the club as we strive to take Chester FC up the leagues!

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Finally, good luck tonight to FC United of Manchester, a fellow supporter owned football club who are in the FA Cup First Round, live on Sky TV against Rochdale!

That'll do for now, fingers are hurting!

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