Preview: Gloucester City (h)

    The Blues face Gloucester City this weekend at the Leap76 Stadium in search of their first points of the new year.

    Saturday’s defeat at home to Rushall Olympic was a first loss down CH1 since the start of September, and the first goal the Blues have conceded at home since 7th October.

    The Blues have more options for selection this weekend, as Nathan Woodthorpe returned from an impressive loan at Marine and is expected to be in the squad.

    Forward Zack Clarke is also back from Caernarfon after scoring nine goals in 21 games, although is a slight doubt for the game due to an ankle injury sustained in his last match for the Welsh side.


    Mike Cook’s side currently sit in 22nd place in the National League North table, with five wins so far this term.

    They picked up one point from six during their festive double header with high-flying Hereford, before looking to be on course for victory last weekend at home to Southport – as they led 2-0 in the 82nd minute – however conceded twice late on to be held to a draw.

    This is the first time the two sides have met this season, having drawn both games 1-1 last campaign as both the Blues and the Tigers made the Play-Offs.


    Chester | W11 D6 L8 | F29 A20 | Pos: 11th

    Last Three

    vs Warrington Town (h) | W 2-0 | Scorers: Declan Weeks, Charlie Caton

    vs Warrington Town (a) | L 0-1 | Scorers: None

    vs Rushall Olympic (h) | L 0-1 | Scorers: None

    Gloucester City | W5 D7 L14 | F27 A38 | Pos: 22nd

    Last Three

    vs Hereford (h) | L 2-3 | Scorers: Harry Pinchard, Danny Wright

    vs Hereford (a) | D 1-1 | Scorer: Ben Beresford

    vs Southport (h) | D 2-2 | Scorers: Ben Beresford, Elliott Durrell


    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 remains in place, matchday admission will not be available at turnstiles, meaning tickets will have to either be purchased online at or at the Ticket Office.

    Supporters are advised to purchase in advance via the below link.




    Here’s what is going on at the Leap76 Stadium as we host Gloucester 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.


    We will have food available outside the ground prior to the  game – as the footy scran recognised loaded fries are available inside the street food van!

    Inside the ground there’s plenty of food and drinks to enjoy – with our kiosks serving the famous Cowards Pies and fantastic Hot Dogs.


    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!


    **Please note, the Match Programme was printed prior to the original fixture, so all information is valid from Friday 1st December 2023.**

    An additional four pages have been added for this game, including the thoughts of Manager Calum McIntyre.

    The Cestrian Programme will be available at the game, and 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…

    • Match Updates on our Twitter page. CLICK HERE
    • HT/FT Updates on Facebook and Instagram. CLICK HERE
    • A full time match report on CLICK HERE
    • A post match interview with Calum on Chester FC TV. CLICK HERE