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1Portsmouth463987
2Plymouth462587
3Doncaster463085

4Luton462777
5Exeter461971
6Carlisle46171
7Blackpool462370

8Colchester461069
9Wycombe46569
10Stevenage46467
11Cambridge Utd46866
12Mansfield46466
13Accrington Stanley46365
14Grimsby46-462
15Barnet46-757
16Notts County46-2256
17Crewe46-955
18Morecambe46-2052
19Crawley Town46-1851
20Yeovil46-1550
21Cheltenham46-2050
22Newport County46-2248

23Hartlepool46-2146
24Leyton Orient46-4036

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Deva or Mau-Mau: Chester Report

By: Tony Butcher
Date: 24/10/2004

A grey, warm and eventually sodden afternoon in a field at the end of the world. In a shallow concrete tomb apologising at the back of an industrial estate around 500 Townites slouched behind a goal.

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Chester City 2 Grimsby Town 1
23 Oct 2004, Coca Cola League 2

Is it Rushden? No, where are the plastic owls? Is it Cobblers? No, where are the microseats? BOOM! The tannoy thundered out banalities a couple of feet above our heads; the antichrist of beat boxes to Blundell Park’s low energy 1960s transistor radio.

Town lined up in a rickety 4-4-2 formation, as shown. Ashhhhhhh shhhhhhhshhhhhhh Stestanoviz, as the TANNOY pronounced him, played as a right midfielder, Parkinson on the left, the rest are even more obvious, so I won’t insult you by telling you Pinault played in goal and McDermott at centre forward, ‘cos that’s soooo obvious. Town warmed up in a jolly little huddle laughing along with the Town supporters as the TANNOY announcer continued his attack on the English language. And before kick-off both teams had an ostentatious bonding session, theirs was tighter than ours. Does this mean anything?

Only five of the Chester team have kit sponsorship. Not surprising if you read the chairman’s notes in which he states "...the date for the Administration hearing has been set for 2 December 2004." It’s a Thursday, by the way. Wahey, turn to page 13, that lad’s got highlights in his eyebrows.

Still no sighting of Glenn Downey. Are we sure he isn’t a housing estate to be tacked on the end of the "new" Town stadium?

Town played in yellow, Daryl the Puppy was on Chester’s substitutes’ bench. Let’s hope he doesn’t get on and earn himself a Scooby snack.

1st half

Chester kicked off towards the Town support and...the ball was already out of play for a throw in before you reached the word "off". In fact it was out before the whistle had blown, a time- saving exercise for all concerned; why bother with the first 0.765 seconds, just let Town have a throw in level with their own penalty area - now that’s an idea for FIFA’s next general council?

Horrible.

Ugly.

Mind-numbingly trash.

That’s the condensed version of the first half. Chester aspired to being basic. The ball was something to hit hard. Perhaps that’s how Rush has got them going, it’s a massive anger therapy experiment where they take their frustrations out on anything inflatable that moves, or in the case of Justin Whittle anything inflatable that doesn’t move. Rush’s brought the fabled Boot Room to the Deva - any room at all then boot the opponents. Within a minute Whittle had been felled by a late clatter from Cortez Belle, a Thai kick-boxer in blue and white stripes. Another minute another clobber, and then a moan, but the referee decide to play the calm down card as Whittle hobbled and Slade complained.

Isn’t The Cortez Belle one of Souza’s lesser known tunes?

A Town move? Surely not. One-two-three, a clip to Daly, a chested lay off and Cramb, 25 yards out on the centre right, sliced a shot a couple or so yards wide. Nice movement, promising stuff, a nod of the head, a raised eyebrow and faint smile across the lips of the travelling Townites. Didn’t last.

Grimsby
Anthony Williams
John McDermott
Justin Whittleyellow card
Terrell Forbes
Dean Gordon
Ashley Sestanovich
Terry Fleming
Thomas Pinault
Andy Parkinson
Colin Cramb
Jon Dalygoal

 

Subs
Michael Reddy77 mins
Stacy Coldicott79 mins
Ronnie Bull
Clint Marcelle
Rob Jones
 
Attendance
3,233

 

Referee
Michael Ryan
(Preston)

 

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