Chester play their first FA Cup competition proper tie in nine years this weekend; as National League side York City visit the Leap76 Stadium.
The Blues come into this one in fine form, having won their last six games on the bounce. They had to be patient last weekend, but found their winner at Curzon Ashton on 84 minutes courtesy of skipper George Glendon, his second goal in consecutive matches.
Calum McIntyre will definitely be without striker Tom Peers this weekend, who is cup tied having featured in the competition already for former club Macclesfield.
Winners of First Round ties take home £41,000 at this stage of the competition in prize money.
Neal Ardley was appointed York Manager on 6th September – and his side currently sit 22nd in the National League table. They’ve won three of their opening 18 games this term in the division above the Blues.
In their last game, the Minstermen needed a 93rd minute strike from Paddy McLaughlin to rescue a point in front of the TNT Sports cameras at home to FC Halifax.
Previously in the FA Cup, Saturday’s opponents knocked out Needham Market in the Fourth Qualifying Round stage. After drawing 0-0 at home on the Saturday, a late goal from Tyler Cordner saw York advance in the Replay three days later.
FROM THE DUGOUT
Manager Calum McIntyre previews the game…
Kick off is 3pm on Saturday afternoon at the Leap76 Stadium. The postcode for the ground is CH1 4LT.
Supporters are advised that while the temporary capacity reduction is in place, matchday admission will not be available at turnstiles, meaning tickets will have to either be bought online at chesterfc.ktckts.com or at the Ticket Office.
We advise supporters wanting to purchase their tickets at the office on a matchday to arrive earlier than normal to reduce queuing times.
Please note, at the time of writing we only have approx 150 South Stand tickets remaining for Chester fans. All other stands have now SOLD OUT. On arrival, you simply need to present your printed ticket or mobile phone to be scanned at the turnstile.
It is allocated seating for all Chester tickets sold, please sit in the correct seat on your ticket.
Here’s what is going on at the Leap76 Stadium as we host York City…
The Cestrian bar opens from 12pm on Saturday showing all the live football on the big screens with a wide variety of drinks on offer.
Staropramen and Aspall have been introduced recently, as well as three different flavours of Thatchers.
Plus, the Craft Bar will have Madri and Bevvie Across the Mersey, while also introducing Favela and Ipanema IPA – the taste of Rio!
Please note, the bar shuts at 6pm post match due to a legacy booking.
FOOD AND DRINK
With the GWG Street Food van on its travels this weekend, we are delighted to welcome Uncle Monty’s Indian Street Food to the Leap76 Stadium! Here’s what they’ve got on the menu…
Mild Bengali Chicken Rezala Curry – £8
Chicken Breast marinaded in our House Blend of Spices & Aromatics. In a mild & flavourful fruity curry sauce with Potatoes, Cashew Nuts, Coriander & Cardamom over Long Grain Basmati Rice
Medium Uncle Monty’s Chicken Curry (House Speciality) – £8
Chicken Breast marinaded in our House Blend of Spices & Aromatics. A unique medium spiced dish with Coconut, Coriander, Potatoes, Mango, fresh Chillies & Tomato. Over Long Grain Basmati Rice
Medium Punjabi Vegetable Curry – £7
A Medium Spiced Dish consisting of Potato, Cauliflower, Onions, Chickpeas & Lentils in a Punchy Tomato Based Sauce. Over Long Grain Basmati Rice,
Hot Beef Naga Bhuna Masala Curry – £8
Slow Cooked marinaded Shoulder of Beef in a Spicy Tomato Based Sauce, Naga Chillies, Mango, Potatoes, Coriander & Yogurt over Long Grain Basmati Rice
Inside the ground there’s plenty of food and drinks to enjoy too – with our GWG kiosks serving the famous Cowards Pies and fantastic Hot Dogs.
GINGER CAT COFFEE
Ginger Cat Coffee will be serving their barista style hot drinks outside the ground before the game in their pop up tent, as well as Iced Coffees!
The Cestrian Programme will be available at the game, including the thoughts of Manager Calum McIntyre, a look back at our recent games away from home, and much more. The 40-page publication costs £2.50 at the ground.
Sales will also be available online: CLICK HERE
- We will have full, FREE match commentary on Seals Live from 2.40pm on Saturday. Tune in by visiting our Match Centre: CLICK HERE
There is also updates from the ground on our social media channels throughout the day, including…