December’s guest speaker was Club Historian Chas Sumner who gave a very interesting talk on Chester managers through the years, separating them into “the good and the bad”.
What was particularly surprising were the long contracts served out by many unsuccessful managers in seasons long gone when Chester were seemingly always in the lower reaches of the fourth division. This was in marked contrast to the massive turnover in the SV years when Mark Wright alone had as many as three stints as manager.
As to be expected, Chas was thorough enough to cover even long forgotten caretaker managers and finished with a short “where are they now” spot which threw up a few surprises. Chas was assisted in the presentation by Rick Matthews who also photographed the occasion and the annual Christmas Meal which followed.
The guest of honour at the meal was the Lord Mayor of Chester, cllr Sheila Little who made particular reference to the benefits of the KGV, not just to the football club but to the whole community, and the part played by Jim Green in its realisation.
Calum was unfortunately called away at very short notice so we were sadly deprived of his annual Christmas filibuster, though Colin and Mike were able to enjoy our hospitality. Chris Courtenay Williams, Senior Blues Chairman, presented a cheque to Mike for £5,000 to supplement Academy travel costs for the remainder of this season.
The Senior Blues membership currently stands at 97 and rising. The only criteria are age (55) and willingness to pay £10 annual membership. Meetings are held in the Cestrian on the first Friday of the month at 10.30am.
The January meeting will feature a showing of the documentary film “Gate Money” exposing the gross mishandling of Covid related payments to National League Clubs by the National League Board. Jim Green, who featured in the documentary and CFU Chair Kieron Shiel will be guest speakers.
Remember, all funds raised at our meetings are for the benefit of Chester FC, the main beneficiary being the Academy which has received around £35,000 over the past ten years. The Senior Blues needs you! Join now (or more conveniently at the January meeting).