CHESTER FC (Deva Stadium)

Sunday 1st August 2010
Pre-Season Friendly
Chester 4-0 Wigan Athletic
Attendance: 1,638

Thought i'd do a quick write up of my visit to The Deva for this friendly. Its been over two years since I set foot in the Deva and the troubles that have occured in the meantime have been well documented.

Hopefully that is now all in the past as the fans set about rebuilding the club and its reputation in the footballing community.

Today's friendly was squeezed into the Latics' schedule as a favour to the fledgling club by former players Roberto Martinez and Graham Barrow.

Chester paraded what is now their brand new first team squad but for Wigan it was a squad full of youth and reserve players.

This should not take the gloss of what was a great performance by Chester as they cruised to an emphatic 4-0 win. Goals from Michael Wilde, Ollie Ryan, Rob Hopley and George Horan secured the victory for the Blues and they played some good stuff to boot.

The very respectable crowd of 1,638 (there was a race meeting on at the roodee) went home very happy and can look forward to the coming season (in the Evo-Stick Division One North) with great optimism.


Michael Wilde is denied by the Wigan goalkeeper

Rob Hopley heads home Chester's 3rd goal


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