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After following EC35130 for a while, I finally took the plunge at the end of Season 1. To make things interested, I picked last-placed Chester FC in Division 5. Yet after splashing 7 Million on players, the board expects us to go up.

About Chester


Chester are a fairly interesting club. Bordering Wales, our Deva Stadium is located in Welsh territory. Our most famous player (Ian Rush) is also Welsh. Yet we remain an English club, which has given rise to a great rivalry with Wrexham. Our town was colonised by the Roman Empire and then Wales. Thus, despite Chester having the lowest starting budget and team rating, this team is not short of intrigue.

Starting XI


Given our team's position, we really had to deliver in recruitment. Ultimately, it was a mixed bag. The recruitment of Loren Moron (for a club-record 800k) masked an overzealous focus on youth, though fortunately we still have a bit of money left. All in all, Chester's interesting background and the chance to turn Loren and friends into club legends will make this a fun journey.

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Chester Win Convincingly


24 June 2018



Loren's first Cheshire Derby was a success. (@FTalentScout)

Loren Moron scored one and assisted another as Chester FC got their Division Five campaign up and running in a 3-1 victory over Crewe Alexandra.

Loren had the ball in the net after two minutes, but the linesman's flag was up. Seals fans did not have to wait long for the breakthrough, however. Alexis Saelemaekers scored after good work from Jose Alonso Lara. Loren set up Tom Van De Looi shortly after the restart to make it 2-0, before the captain finally got his goal in the 65th minute.

Jamie Jones scored for The Alex, but it proved to be a consolation as Steven Fox began his Chester reign with a victory.

Chester finished bottom of Division Five last season but looked nothing like that team. This side seems to have co-opted their manager's Keegan-like attacking ethic, constantly causing fear amongst Crewe's ranks.

In contrast, it looks to be a long way back for Alexandra, who gained no respite from relegation last season.

No longer pushovers

Chester began on the front foot, with centre-half Victor Nelsson charging through the midfield and setting up Loren with a delightful through ball. Loren smashed it past Ben Garratt, but he had strayed offside. But the young eleven continued to overwhelm Crewe, and scored after four minutes. Lara expertly switched play to his fellow teenager Saelemaekers. The Belgian fired the ball back across and into the top left corner, scoring his first professional goal. 

It was also a first professional goal for Tom Van De Looi, who scored just after the restart. Crowded out by markers, Moron played it back to Van De Looi. The Dutchman again launched it into the top corner, just out of Garratt's reach.

Loren would not be denied, netting with another powerful shot after a tidy pass from Suga.

There was still time for drama, with vice-captain Ridle Baku seeing red in the 69th minute after two separate tangles with Michael Raynes. Crewe finally came into the game thereafter, with captain Jamie Jones scoring after a neat pass from Chris Porter. Yet that proved too late for Alexandra, as Chester saw out a straightforward victory.

Notable rating changes (Profit after wages) 

Loren Moron: 80 --> 86 (2,960,000)

Alex Centelles: 70 --> 77 (1,500,000)

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It has been a great week at the Deva Stadium, with Loren becoming the best player in Division 5 over these rating changes. Centelles also ballooned in value, providing us with valuable funds should we sell them on. After we make one last signing, the Squad Report will occur next update, where we evaluate the profitability and potential of the new Chester FC. Going forward, Match Reports like the above will be made for important matches (Tranmere Rovers come to mind).

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Chester FC Half-Time Report

Fluttering Finances

Finances are key to a successful football club. While Chester FC has been largely in the black, manager Steven Fox remains unsatisfied with investments in the playing staff. The main issue has been profitability, with the club making scant profit on some fringe players, even taking losses in a few cases. Wonderkids like Tom Van De Looi and Keanan Bennetts came and went, while the Nordic-heavy recruitment was also hit and miss. There were some notable successes, though. Alex Centelles made the LB spot his own, departing for a near 2 million profit. Strong performances also boosted Ross McCrorie and Victor Nelsson's valuations. Last but not least, captain Loren Moron's value has skyrocketed. Suitors from England and Spain are reported to have tabled lucrative offers for the Betis frontman, but Fox has chosen to hang on to his man. 

Fox has since allayed investor fears, investing in more recognisable talents from bigger leagues. Besting Port Vale to the signature of Porto's Diogo Leite was a notable highlight. Leite is one of many players slated to move Chester forward financially, including the man who is keeping him on the bench - Giangiacomo Magnani. More than an asset, the Italian made an instant impact, scoring a debut goal at Barnet. 

The first XI now looks like this:


🐘 says:

Well, that didn't go as planned. A 0.1 MB media limit has unfortunately reined in the colour, which is rather essential for these posts.

We are now firmly into the Top 5 leagues + Portugal/Netherlands part of recruitment. The sheer number of affordable talents breaking through has rejuvenated this team. To that end, a big decision has to be made on Loren Moron. The Spaniard has played every bit like his 86 rating, scoring 26 goals and assisting 15 more. He has been so good, he got a Man of the Match award despite being sent off once! The fun is coming to an end, as Loren has not been able to replicate this rich form in reality. Thus, we have decided to keep him around for now, but will move him on as soon as another prolific No. 9 is identified.

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Chester Move On


9 September 2018


Chester FC showed there was life after Loren Moron, dismantling Accrington Stanley in Sunday's clash. Six different players got on the scoresheet for the Division Five leaders.

Chester made just one change to the winning eleven at Crawley and that move immediately reaped rewards. From kickoff, the ball was played wide to Rafał Kurzawa. Some quick passing with captain Fran Beltran saw Kurzawa play the ball to debutant Krzysztof Piątek. Piątek unselfishly played it to compatriot Łukasz Wolsztyński. This left Wolsztyński with an easy tap-in; Chester gained the lead after just 12 seconds.

Another foray down the left nearly got Piątek a debut goal, but Adam Maxted in the Stanley goal showed strong hands to save. Indeed, Maxted kept the score respectable with some good goalkeeping. This, combined with Gedson Fernandes unluckily hitting the post, kept Stanley in this derby despite intense Chester pressure. The pressure eventually told as Chester got their second. More intricate passing between Fernandes and Stefan Gartenmann saw the latter play through to Zeki Celik. The right-back kept his calm to make it 2-0; Accrington's game plan was undone. 

Roused into action, Stanley almost got one back, but the post denied captain Pierre Mingoia. Unfortunately for the visiting fans, the comeback didn't endure. Once again, Chester carved open Stanley's defence with tidy passing and superb off the ball movement. With a number of blue shirts available for the pass, Fran Beltrán surprised the Stanley by shooting from range. From just outside the box, the shot had enough precision and power to give the young captain his second goal in two games. Piątek then searched for his goal, but Maxted denied him for the rest of the half. 

Following John Coleman's half time team talk, the visitors improved. Apart from young Callum Johnson, Maxted was afforded little protection by his back four. This naivete once again cost the visitors. A lapse in concentration from Seamus Connelly saw Giangiacomo Magnani break free. The Italian continued his superlative start, squaring for Gedson Fernandes to make it 4-0.

Indeed, defensive errors began to creep in as the match wore on - a poor throw-in by Hamza Mendyl gave Accrington possession on the right flank. Érico Sousa's cross caused mayhem in the hosts' penalty area. In the ensuing scramble, Callum Johnson was able to play it to veteran Adam Mangan, who made no mistake. Normal service resumed in the 75th minute, as Rafał Kurzawa capitalised on slack Accrington marking to score Chester's fifth. 

Having assisted Kurzawa's goal, Beltrán continued to thrive late in the match. One of his precise passes played through Giangiacomo Magnani. With the defence in close attendance, Magnani blasted the ball. Maxted never got close to the Correggio native's shot.

Chester had a late scare, but Offrande Zanzala's speculative shot rattled the post to conclude a miserable derby for the visitors. Accrington find themselves 15 points behind in the race for a play-off spot, while Chester remain first in Division Five. In Loren Moron, Chester have lost a definite legend, but may gain several more cult heroes from his departure. 

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Nine of the eleven Chester players were involved in a goal.

🐘 says:

Loren is gone. The stats speak for themselves - 32 goals and 15 assists in 17 appearances, 9.82 Average Rating, 17 Man of the Match awards. Yet a big cash offer for him was always going to be accepted for the sake of this club. Poor form in real life set this decision in stone. Following the arrivals of Beltrán and Piątek, we can settle down in terms of transfers (Albeit a new AML is needed after Kurzawa's departure). Our team is now full of more reliable big league talents; hopefully these can take us even further.

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