NLN PREVIEW | Chester vs Hereford

    Hereford visit the Deva Stadium tonight, as we welcome fans back for the first time in nine months!

    Season Ticket holders only can attend this National League North encounter, after permission was secured for a limited-attendance pilot event. It will be the first time the Deva has hosted supporters since March.

    After an unfortunate 2-1 defeat at York City over the weekend, a home game under the lights in front of fans could be the perfect tonic for the Blues to get back to winning ways.

    Hereford play their first game of December due to COVID based postponements over the weekend, and sit 19th with nine points from seven games thus far.

    A few familiar faces return to CH1, with former Manager Steve Burr being Josh Gowling’s Assistant at the Bulls. Also Ryan Lloyd, who made 63 appearances across two years at Chester, could feature for the visitors.


    Fans will be able to attend the fixture with Hereford FC after permission was secured for a limited-attendance pilot event for season-ticket holders only.

    The club is extremely grateful to the local Safety Advisory Group and National League for their agreement and assistance in preparing for the safe return of crowds. The board of directors also wish to acknowledge the efforts of safety officer Steve Povey and safety certificate holder Mark Jones.

    Subject to a successful pilot this evening, the club hopes to be able to welcome non-season ticket holders for future matches with a reduced capacity and strict social distancing measures in place. We will provide a further update on these arrangements in due course, however it is hoped we will be in a position to make further season tickets available as well as individual match tickets.

    The health and wellbeing of everyone in attendance is the club’s overriding priority and as such all supporters must cooperate fully with our staff and stewards, and familiarise themselves with the Supporters’ Code of Conduct before visiting the stadium.

    Anyone unwilling to follow these guidelines will not be permitted to attend fixtures as non-compliance will place the club’s ability to admit spectators at risk and potentially lead to further reductions in capacity.

    It is important fans understand there will be a number of changes in how matchdays operate to ensure the safety of our supporters, which will be communicated in full before kick off.

    The club asks fans planning to attend the Hereford game who have still to collect their season ticket cards to do so before this evening where possible. The ticket office is open between 10am and 4pm today.

    Following nine difficult months apart, we cannot wait to welcome you home.


    Our streaming platform is showing the match live on! A reminder, Season Ticket holders who are unable to attend will still be able to see this match for free.

    If you have already entered your Season Ticket holder access code, or purchased the bulk pass prior to the game: you simply just need to login and you will have access to watch our game!

    If you are yet to enter your Season Ticket holder access code: you will need to select the ‘bulk match pass’ option and click the ‘add voucher’ button to enter your code (as seen below).

    If you are yet to receive your access code please email

    A match pass for access to this game only is just £8.99 – or you can buy a bulk pass for all our home games until the end of January at a reduced rate of just £49!

    Coverage is due to get underway at 7.35pm.


    Chester FC Streaming FAQs

    How do I buy?
    You can purchase streaming passes at Follow the on-screen instructions and make your payment using a debit or credit card or PayPal. You will need to create an account and a password with InPlayer before making your first purchase.

    Do I need to download an app?
    No, InPlayer is a web-based streaming platform and can be watched on a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device using your browser.

    How do I watch?
    Once you’ve purchased a match pass, coverage will start 15 minutes before the scheduled kick-off time and you can simply click player to access this.

    Can I watch the stream on my TV?
    Yes, you can set the stream up on a laptop and connect this to your TV using a HDMI cable.

    Will the stream have commentary?
    Yes, the stream will include full match commentary

    What other features will there be?
    The stream will feature a scoreboard, timer and graphics.

    Who do I contact if I need help?
    InPlayer will be handling all customer service relating to account access and payment enquiries. You can visit the InPlayer support centre at, where you will helpful advice and contact details should you require them. If you have a general query regarding streaming or content, please email


    Chester FC | Pos: 10th, W4 D2 L4

    Last five results

    vs Brackley Town (a) | Draw 1-1 | Scorer: Own goal

    vs Farsley Celtic (a) | Draw 2-2 | Scorers: George Glendon, Paddy Lacey

    vs Gateshead (h) | Lost 1-2 | Scorer: Simon Grand

    vs Alfreton Town (h) | Won 3-0 | Scorers: Danny Elliott (pen), Jamie Morgan, Anthony Dudley

    vs York City (a) | Lost 2-1 | Scorer: Declan Weeks

    Hereford | Pos: 19th, W2 D3 L2

    Last five results

    vs Bradford PA (h) | Lost 0-2 | Scorers: None

    vs Blyth Spartans (a) | Won 3-0 | Scorers: Tom Owen-Evans (2), Lenell John-Lewis

    vs Gloucester City (h) | Lost 0-1 | Scorers: None

    vs Chorley (h) | Draw 2-2 | Scorers: Jared Hodgkiss, Lenell John-Lewis

    vs Kettering Town (h) | Draw 3-3 | Scorers: Kelsey Mooney, Jared Hodgkiss, Lenell John-Lewis (pen)


    The Cestrian Programme is back for the game against Hereford – available to buy online in both printed and digital format from tomorrow afternoon!

    To confirm, all season ticket holders will receive their FREE copy of the matchday programme at approximately 6.30pm. Features include…

    • Interview with John Johnston
    • Matty McGinn speaks on his time at the Blues
    • The thoughts of the Gaffers

    …and much, much more! Digital copies will cost £2, with printed copies £2.50 plus P&P, courtesy of MatchDayCreative.



    Kick off at the Deva Stadium is 7.45pm. We have match updates and our live streaming service to keep you up to date if you are not attending the game.

    We will have team news FIRST on our social media channels from 6.45pm, with match updates on our Twitter account from the game. As well as our full match stream with commentary. We also have FREE audio commentary with Matty Johnson on Seals Live.