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> NLP today - great read about the season we won the Conference
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post Jul 23 2017, 12:43 PM
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If you don't buy the Non League paper I suggest you get it this week as there is a great two page article how we won the Conference 'ugly' with great comments by Wayne Brown, Scott Gyett and Danny Collins and some great photos as well as a good article on Mark Beesley with more good photos.

Wayne Brown finishes off the article with great comments about Chester fans. Not sure if he is in our Hall of Fame but I would like propose he is added as he was very loyal to us during the very bad times under SV.


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post Jul 24 2017, 06:38 AM
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It's a good read but I'm not sure I go along with the article's general tone about that side being all physical and pretty much bereft of creative ability, to the point where it suggests we were the ugliest ever to win it. After Alex Smith signed during that season we were definitely a more attractive side than before (and certainly more a footballing team than we were under Rush the season after). No question the side had a noticeably physical element and it wasn't always the prettiest, but in my opinion we were little different to some of the other sides I've seen do well at this level.

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post Jul 24 2017, 07:55 AM
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I wouldn't say we won it ugly at all. No different from a multitude of other sides that have won it before or since. We had a side built on one of the Blue and White defences I can remember.

Alex Smith was the spark when he came in, and Twiss later on in the season was full of skill as we saw with his goal of the season and his brace against Exeter.

To call us ugly is a bit harsh. Effective Yes, but Ugly - Not a chance.



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post Jul 24 2017, 12:39 PM
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Ugly? Is the NLP printed in Wrexham?

We were simply the best team in our league by a country mile three years running. 300+ points and 300+ goals in 3 years is hardly ugly football cityscarf.gif


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post Jul 24 2017, 12:49 PM
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QUOTE (3mm @ Jul 24 2017, 01:39 PM) *
Ugly? Is the NLP printed in Wrexham?

We were simply the best team in our league by a country mile three years running. 300+ points and 300+ goals in 3 years is hardly ugly football cityscarf.gif


They're referring to the Conference Winning side from 2003/04.


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post Jul 24 2017, 12:57 PM
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Personally, I pretty much disown the 2003/04 Conference title as a Chester fan.

The players gave us great memories, but the chairman was a thug, the manager was a bully, and the way we won the league was not sustainable. I'm not proud of it overall.
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post Jul 24 2017, 01:13 PM
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You can play the prettiest football in the world but you won't win the league ask Fgr, to win this league you need a top goalscorer a good defence a physical midfield
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post Jul 24 2017, 01:16 PM
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I'd never disown it. it was one of the best sides on the pitch we've produced in many, many years. The manager may have been an arsehole but he was still a Conference title winning manager, sometimes and in the case of 2003/04 he was what was needed to get us back into the Football League.

Of course hindsight is a wonderful thing, as always, and we can all look back and see it was unsustainable. But at the time, were any of us complaining at Edgar Street? No.

Celebrate the great players we had that year, Daryl Clare, Darryn Stamp, Alex Smith, Michael Twiss, Bolland, Guyett and Danny Collins, and Browny to name but a few. You can forget the s**te off the field a few years later. What those players and manager produced for us that season was very special.


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QUOTE (awaydays @ Jul 24 2017, 02:13 PM) *
You can play the prettiest football in the world but you won't win the league ask Fgr, to win this league you need a top goalscorer a good defence a physical midfield


Exactly this ^.

Hereford played the prettiest football all season. What did it win them?

A. Nothing.


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post Jul 24 2017, 01:45 PM
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QUOTE (Derry Exile @ Jul 24 2017, 01:49 PM) *
QUOTE (3mm @ Jul 24 2017, 01:39 PM) *
Ugly? Is the NLP printed in Wrexham?

We were simply the best team in our league by a country mile three years running. 300+ points and 300+ goals in 3 years is hardly ugly football cityscarf.gif


They're referring to the Conference Winning side from 2003/04.

Oh ok wink.gif

Well in that case, top quality defence, creative midfield and the best strikers in the league, simple as that. That team had a knack of getting results whenever they needed one, great quality to have.


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