Chester FC: Matty McNeil award, two friendlies arranged and more Blues briefs

Fans honour striker

MATTY McNeil has been named as the City Fans United player of the year.

The talismanic striker, who sat out the last 10 games of the season, received the supporters’ award before Saturday’s home clash against Marine.

Blues boss Neil Young said: “He’s been fantastic and he deserves it.”

McNeil will today undergo an operation on his knee injury.

Jordan Grace (youth), Tom Peers (under 16s), Owen Ainscough (U13s) and Bradley Miller (U10s) have won the club’s youth and junior section player-of-the-year awards.

Friendlies arranged

CHESTER FC have lined-up two pre-season friendlies.

The Blues will head to Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North champions AFC Fylde on Sunday, July 15 – before welcoming the Blue Square Premier’s Southport to the Exacta Stadium on Tuesday, July 17.

‘Significant signings’

NEIL Young has spoken of his summer transfer plans.

The Chester FC manager, whose side finished the campaign unbeaten in 16 games, said: “We’ve got the nucleus of a very good squad in place but I would like to make one or two significant signings over the summer to improve us.”

Vics reprieve of sorts

NORTHWICH Victoria will not be kicked out of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League for financial irregularities, the FA have ruled.

But homeless Vics – for so long Chester’s main rivals for the Premier Division title – will still not be allowed to participate in the play-offs and will be relegated to the First Division at the end of the season.

City parade for Blues

SATURDAY’S open-top bus tour for Chester FC starts at the Exacta Stadium at noon and will travel along Bumpers Lane, Sealand Road, South View Road, Raymond Road, Canal Street and Northgate Street before arriving at Town Hall Square at about 12.30pm.