Preview: South Shields (h)

    Only six games remain of the campaign as we welcome 9th placed South Shields to CH1.

    With the end of the season fast approaching, every game and every point is crucial. This weekend’s game epitomises how important these points are, as only three points separate the two sides.

    Last weekend,Chester battled hard to earn a useful point away at league leaders Tamworth and Cal McIntrye’s team will be hoping that result can be the catalyst to putting a good run together as the season draws to a close.

    The reverse fixture in Tyneside was a successful one for the Seals as a Liam Edwards goal was enough to secure a narrow 1-0 victory back in November.


    South Shields are enjoying a season where they’ve exceeded expectations as they are well in the race for the playoff places following promotion last season.

    The Mariners won the Northern Premier Division by eight points with the joint best defensive record in the league, tied with fellow promoted team Warrington Town.

    Despite their form being relatively inconsistent throughout the course of the season, Elliott Dickman’s men have recorded famous wins at home against the likes of Chorley, Scunthorpe United and Tamworth.


    Elliott Dickman is currently the interim manager at the 1st Cloud Arena, a position he has filled since Boxing Day after former boss Julio Arca was relieved of his duties.

    Prior to joining South Shields, the 45-year-old was the Lead Player Development coach for Newcastle United’s Under-21’s.

    He initially joined the Mariners as the U16-U19 Academy Manager, but since his promotion to first team coach, Dickman has overseen an improvement and a promotion playoff place is now an achievable dream.


    Striker Paul Blackett has been in scintillating form this season as he has scored a staggering 24 league goals in his first season with the Mariners.

    That goal tally means he is comfortably the top goalscorer in the National League North and he is second overall in the National League North and South combined rankings, with only Worthing’s Ollie Pearce (34) scoring more in English football’s sixth tier.

    Blackett joined South Shields at the start of this season on a free transfer from Spennymoor Town and ,in arguably his best performance of the season, he came back to haunt his former employers as he bagged a hattrick in a 5-2 dismantling of the Moors.


    Chester FC l W16 D14 L10 l F47 A29 l Pos: 6th

    Last Three

    Curzon Ashton (H) l D 0-0 l Scorers: N/A

    Southport (H) l L 1-0 l Scorers: N/A

    Tamworth (A) l D 0-0 l Scorers: N/A

    South Shields l W17 D8 L14 l F61 A48 l Pos: 9th

    Last Three

    Brackley Town (H) l L 1-0 l Scorers: N/A

    Chorley (H) l W 2-1 l Scorers: Aaron Martin, Dylan Stephenson

    Buxton (A) l W 2-0 l Scorers: Paul Blackett x2

    Match preview by Jude Deedigan.


    Kick off is 3pm on Saturday afternoon at the Leap76 Stadium. The postcode for the ground is CH1 4LT.


    The quickest and easiest way to buy match tickets is via our online ticketing platform at Online sales will now be available until kick off and you simply need to present your printed ticket or mobile phone to be scanned at the turnstile.

    We still strongly encourage supporters to purchase tickets in advance via the below link, as purchasing in advance prior to matchday also provides a saving on the price.


    Card/contactless payments are also available at the turnstiles for all open stands.

    Supporters can pay with contactless, chip and pin and Apple Pay and Google Pay for The Gary Talbot (East) Stand, Harry McNally (North) Terrace and Swettenham Chemists’ Community (West) Stand. Please note the relevant turnstile further down in this article.

    If you wish to pay with cash, you will need to buy your ticket from the Ticket Office before the game, however we advise arriving earlier than normal to reduce queuing times. Cash is not accepted at the turnstiles.



    Here’s what is going on at the Leap76 Stadium as we host South Shields…


    Saturday’s game against South Shields is our annual MBNA Day fixture, where we celebrate our long standing partnership with MBNA – our Principal Sponsor since Chester FC’s reformation 14 years ago.

    We celebrate our continued relationship on Non-League Day, as we look forward to welcoming hundreds of MBNA colleagues, family and friends into the Hipkiss Stand today.

    We will also have MBNA representatives upstairs in the Legends Lounge as our Match, Ball and Programme Sponsors – as well as 11 mascots representing the credit card provider.



    Our Official Health and Wellbeing Partners, Nuffield Health, will also be outside the ground prior to the game with plenty for supporters to enjoy!


    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.

    Once again, it’s HAPPY HOUR between 12pm and 1pm tomorrow in the Cestrian – with all draught ales just £4 a pint on the main bar!

    The offer then starts again from 6.45pm – with England vs Brazil on the big screens for a 7pm kick off!


    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!


    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