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Chester v Grimsby Preview

By: Sam Kinnaird
Date: 13/03/2009

GRIMSBY, with around a thousand supporters backing them, head to Chester for a must win relegation clash. With the future of both clubs at stake it must be one of the biggest game in the history of both football clubs. We simply cannot lose.

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The Opposition


It’s been a turbulent few years for Chester since they were promoted back into the Football League in 2004 thanks to a certain Daryl Clare. They won the Conference title by a single point fighting off some heavy late pressure from Hereford United. Amazingly, manager Mark Wright resigned from the club just a day before the start of the new season and Ian Rush was soon appointed to steady the ship. Under the former Liverpool legend they finished a comfortable 14 points ahead of second bottom Kidderminster, despite spending some time propping up the other sides at the bottom. Keith Curle replaced Rush for the following season, promising to bring better football than his predecessor. 5 successive wins at the end of the season secured another season of league football, with the Blues finished in 15th place. The trend of finishing in the bottom half was setting in as they finished the 2006-7 season in 18th place with 53 points, 3 places and 6 points behind the Mariners. Keith Curle was sacked in April of 2007 and was replaced by Scottish manager Bobby Williamson. New signings such as Richie Partridge and Paul Butler brought optimism to the Deva Stadium and a decent start added fuel to the fire. But a disastrous run soon came and Williamson was replaced by assistant Simon Davies in the March until the end of the season, steering the club into 22nd position just one place ahead of safety. In the summer AS Nancy’s French Midfielder Damien Mozika was brought in to the club on a free, but the first three games saw Chester concede 11 goals including a 5-2 defeat at home to Leeds United in the League Cup. Mark Wright was once again appointed as manager in November for a Buckley-esque third stint at the club. The club made a decent start to the season but have been on a disastrous run and are without a win in 11 games, losing 9 of them.

The Team

The current squad is noticeably small, due to many players being sold or released to ease the financial worries. Striker Kevin Ellison scored two against Town earlier in the season in Chester’s 3-1 win at Blundell Park; his usual striker partner is Ryan Lowe. Lowe is in his 2nd spell with the club after signing for Crewe but returning last summer initially on loan. He has scored 10 goals in 23 appearances this season for the Blues. John Danby is the man between the sticks for Chester; the 25 year old keeper has played nearly 130 games since his move from Kidderminster in 2006. Local lad Paul Linwood is at the back, he is also 25 and has played nearly 100 games since he signed from neighbours Tranmere. Former Liverpool midfielders Richie Partridge and David Mannix are both regulars for Chester, both came through the youth ranks at Anfield but were deemed surplus to requirements without ever making an appearance.

Key Player

Defender/Midfielder Kevin Roberts came through the ranks at Chester and has played over 50 times in his 2 years in the first team. The utility man plays alongside several local men in the Blues side, something which was forced upon the club by having to sell players. But Roberts has been a good addition to the side, he can play all across the back four and midfield and signed a 3 year contract at the club last year. Many at Chester believe he has a bright future in the game and at only 25 years of age, there is plenty of time for him to move up the league ladder.

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Team News


  • Jean-Paul Kalala is a doubt with a groin problem and will undergo a fitness test,

  • Goalkeeper Phil Barnes has recovered from tonsillitis.
  • Chester will be without defenders Shaun Kelly and midfielders Damien Mozika and Stephen Vaughan tomorrow
  • Squads

    1GKPhil Barnes
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFTom Newey
    4DFRyan Bennett
    5DFMatthew Heywood (c)
    7MFPeter Till
    8MFPaul Bolland
    9MFAdam Proudlock
    10MFChris Llewellyn
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13GKGary Montgomery
    14MFJames Hunt
    15DFMatthew Bird
    16MFJean-Paul Kalala
    17MFNick Hegarty
    18MFPeter Bore
    19FWDanny North
    20FWAndy Taylor
    21DFJoe Widdowson
    22FWNathan Jar man
    23MFGrant Normington
    25MFRob Atkinson
    26FWJean-Louis Akpa Akpro
    27MFMickael Buscher
    28GKLeigh Overton
    32FWAdrian Forbes
    2DFKevin Roberts
    3MFLaurence Wilson
    4MFTony Dinning (on loan at Grays Athletic)
    5DFPaul Linwood
    7MFRichie Partridge
    8MFAnthony Barry
    10MFRyan Lowe
    11MFKevin Ellison
    12GKJohn Danby
    14MFStephen Vaughan
    15MFDavid Mannix
    16MFJay Harris
    18DFShaun Kelly
    19MFJames Owen
    20FWLloyd Ellams
    22DFJames Vaughan
    23MFDamien Mozika
    24FWPaul Rutherford
    26FWBen Jones
    27MFRyan Williams
    29MFGlenn Rule
    30 Connor Rawlinson
    31GKSimon Williams
    32DFKristian Platt
    34MFJames Owen

    Head to Head

    Grimsby narrowly have the edge this century over City There hasn't been a draw for 18 games and over thirty years!

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    Chester Head-to-Head (12th on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 1 Chester 3 (Sat 13th Sep 2008)

    Town missed their chances and were unfortunate to lose the game against City.



    The Fishy Prediction

    Its’ a massive game and a result will have big impact on who goes down. It should be a tight game and Town just might nick it, fingers crossed!

    Chester 0-1 Grimsby

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