Chester FC: Young goalkeeper Otis Chamberlain in national call and more Blues brief

Keeper is honoured

A YOUNG Chester FC goalkeeper who has stayed loyal to his hometown club has been selected for a national squad.

Otis Chamberlain, 15, from Frodsham, who has played for renowned academies such as Liverpool and Everton, signed a contract with the Blues’ new Under 16s team last Friday after earning a place in the Independent Schools FA U16s set-up.

Chester U16s coach Gareth Richards said: “I used to be the Chester Schoolboys U14s coach and it was obvious even then he was an outstanding keeper.”

Richards also praised the Abbey Gate College pupil’s commitment to Chester.

“Instead of going to a bigger club, where everything was unknown, he knows the set-up here and is going to be training with Grenville Millington,” said Richards.

“He is a top lad to have around, pretty shy off the pitch but really lively when on it – he becomes a different animal. He is very likeable and we are really fortunate to have him in the team, especially now.”

Abbey Gate College deputy headteacher Gavin Allmand said: “This is a tremendous achievement.

“Otis has developed a prodigious kick which has resulted in him clearing the opposition bar three times and hitting the bar on one occasion.”

Relive Chorley win

SUPPORTERS can see extended highlights from last Wednesday’s memorable victory over Chorley at tonight’s City Fans United monthly members meeting in the Blues Bar at the Exacta Stadium.

The highlights from the thumping 3-0 home win will be shown from 7-7.30pm and 10-10.30pm.

The monthly meetings have been revamped and this evening’s is the first to be hosted by Dee 106.3 presenter Shane Pinnington.

Fans will also get the chance to put questions to members of the board, playing and coaching staff and also to former Blues stars Alan Tarbuck and Grenville Millington.

Doors open at 7pm with the meeting getting under way at 7.30pm. CFU membership cards must be presented for admission.

Newly appointed Chester FC volunteer learning coordinator Carol Bennett holds a volunteers meeting at the Exacta Stadium tonight

Taking place in the Legends Lounge from 6pm, the meeting will give present and potential volunteers the chance to find out what they can do for the club and what the club can do for them.

A meeting for disabled Chester FC supporters takes place in the Blues Bar at the Exacta Stadium tomorrow (7pm start)

England’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro will be shown live in the bar after the meeting.

Supporters praised

CHESHIRE Constabulary has praised supporters for their behaviour during last Wednesday’s big Chorley match at the Exacta Stadium.

Chief superintendent Craig Guildford said: “Cheshire police and the staff and stewards of the Exacta Stadium have acknowledged the overall good conduct of the Chester FC and Chorley supporters.

“We appealed to the fans beforehand to behave, and there was no repeat of the disorder that disrupted the last fixture and resulted in significant police intervention and arrests.

“Minor pockets of low level disorder were dealt with swiftly and proportionately.”

Barnes debut strike

A SWEET 25-yard strike from debutant Bradley Barnes could not prevent higher-league Colwyn Bay from suffering a shock FA Cup home loss to Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday.

Chester FC midfielder Barnes has signed a one-month loan deal with Blue Square North outfit Bay