Category: CFC Women’s Team

Chester FC Women are seeking a new manager after it was decided Dean Vian would not be retained in the role for the 2019/20 season.

The decision forms part of a wider review of the club’s women’s and girls’ section.
Dean has made a significant contribution in the role since his appointment in May 2016. He led the team to the Cheshire Women’s League Division One championship and Challenge Cup success in 2017/18, also reaching the semi-finals of the Cheshire FC Ladies Cup
The Blues were promoted to the North West Women’s Regional Football League for 2018/19 and finished sixth in Division One South this season, recording some impressive results and performances against higher placed teams.
The club wishes to place on record its gratitude to Dean for his commitment to Chester FC Women and wishes him the best of luck for his future coaching career.
The women’s and girls’ section is managed through Chester FC Community Trust and includes Chester FC Women, Chester FC Women Under-18s, Girls Player Development Centre and Girls Football Centres.
Parties interested in applying for the role of Chester FC Women manager are asked to submit a football CV and covering letter to

Double winners Chester FC Women have been promoted to the North West Women’s Regional Football League for the 2018/19 campaign.

Last season the Blues were crowned Cheshire Women’s League Division One champions and lifted the Challenge Cup, and now make the step up next level of the women’s football pyramid.
The team, which receives fantastic backing from the club’s principal partners MBNA, will line up in Division One South alongside the likes of Altrincham, Curzon Ashton, Northwich Vixens, Stockport County Blues and Warrington Wolverines.
Promotion caps an outstanding 12 months for manager Dean Vian and his squad, who are looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“We are delighted promotion has been confirmed and relishing being part of the North West Women’s Regional Football League,” said Vian.
“What the team achieved last season was fantastic and I’m incredibly proud of the players for accomplishing the targets we agreed during pre-season.
“We know that we will need to improve again but I am confident the squad will do so and sure we will give a really good account of ourselves.
“I would like to thank the Cheshire Women’s League for the past three seasons and our sponsors MBNA whose continued support has been such a big part of our success.”
The club’s women’s football section is managed through Chester FC Community Trust and includes Chester FC Women and an Under 18s team competing in the Cheshire Women’s Youth League as well as a Girls Player Development Centre and Girls Football Centres.
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “This is great news and a well-deserved reward for last season’s efforts.
“Dean, his management team and the squad have been wonderful representatives for our club and I know how much they are looking forward to next season.
“We are passionate about developing women’s football in Chester and establishing a pathway to give local players the opportunity to represent the city at the highest possible level.”
For more details about women’s and girls’ football at Chester FC, email or contact the club on 01244 371376.

League winners Chester FC Women will play at the Swansway Chester Stadium pitch on Monday evening with free admission to the game for supporters.

Having been crowned Cheshire Women’s League Division One champions and reached the Challenge Cup final at the weekend, Dean Vian’s team will take on Runcorn Linnets Ladies at the stadium (7.30pm KO).
The game is a fitting reward for the squad’s fantastic efforts during the season and provides an opportunity for Blues fans to show their support for the club’s women’s section.
Entry to the match is free of charge but supporters will be able to make donations to the Chester FC Community Trust with funds raised going towards the charity’s work in developing women’s and girls football.
This has been a hugely successful campaign for the team, who are hoping to gain promotion to the North West Women’s Regional League for the 2018-19 season.
In addition to winning the league title, the Blues reached the last four of the Cheshire FA Ladies Cup and will take on Stockport County Ladies Development in the Cheshire Women’s League Challenge Cup final at Barnton FC on Sunday 6th May (3pm).
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “Chester FC Women have had a fantastic season and that is credit to the hard work of Dean, his management team and the players.
“The game is a good opportunity for any supporters who have not seen the team before to come and see them in action and hopefully we can attract a decent crowd to give the players the recognition their performances deserve.”

Chester FC Women will meet Stockport County Ladies Development in the Cheshire Women’s League Challenge Cup final.

The Blues progressed with a thrilling 3-2 extra time win against West Kirby Ladies in the semi-final on Sunday thanks to goals from Katie Priest, Rachel Lever and captain Lauren Stringer.
Results elsewhere ensured a double celebration as Dean Vian’s side were confirmed as Division One champions after nearest challengers Wythenshawe Amateurs Women dropped points.
The Challenge Cup final takes place at Townfield Lane, home of Barnton FC, on Sunday 6th May (3pm).
Admission for spectators is £1 for adults and children with under 5s free.
Please note on-site car park is limited and there are parking restrictions on the surrounding roads therefore spectators are requested to respect these.

Chester FC Women’s team-mates Becky Tebb and Jamie-Lee McDowell have been shortlisted for the 2017 Northwest Football Awards.


The awards are now in their tenth year of recognising the good, the great and the un-sung of the beautiful game in the region.
Jamie-Lee is a finalist in The Fine Bedding Company Women’s Player of the Year category alongside Everton’s Gabby George, Caroline Weir of Liverpool and Manchester City’s Lucy Bronze, who has recently signed for Lyon.
Becky is on a four-strong shortlist for Women’s Rising Star award, alongside Niamh Charles of Liverpool Ladies, Megan Finnigan of Everton Ladies and Manchester City’s Keira Walsh.
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “It’s fantastic recognition for both Jamie-Lee and Becky, and for the Chester FC Women’s set-up.
“I know manager Dean Vian holds both players in very high regard and is equally delighted for them. They have established themselves as very important members of the squad and contributed to an excellent start to the 2017/18 season for the team.
“We wish them the best of the luck at the awards.”
Joining Jamie-Lee and Becky on the list of finalists is club-mate Ryan Astles with the Blues defender shortlisted for National League Player of the Year along with Andy Cook of Tranmere Rovers, Barrow’s Moussa Diarra and Macclesfield’s George Pilkington.
All awards will be announced and presented at the Northwest Football Awards at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford on Monday 13th November, hosted by the BBC’s Dan Walker.
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Chester FC Women will host an XI side from Liverpool Ladies FC for a friendly match at Swansway Chester Stadium on Sunday 3rd September (kick off 12pm).

Chester-based MBNA, our principal partner have been integral in bringing the two sides together. The Reds will bring an XI side to face Chester FC Women to get some game time for members of the Development Squad ahead of the 2017-2018 season.
In addition to the game, the Liverpool Ladies first team squad will be in attendance for meet and greet opportunities for supporters.
Liverpool Ladies manager Rogers said: “It is a real privilege to be able to take a side to Chester FC Women to give the Development Squad a chance to impress ahead of the new season.
“The day will also give fans the chance to meet members of our first team squad, including some players who recently played in the European Championships in Netherlands.”
Chester FC Women manager Vian said: “This is an incredible opportunity for our players and one they are relishing.”
“Liverpool Ladies are one of the strongest clubs in the FA Women’s Super League and it’s a huge honour for us to welcome them to the Swansway Chester Stadium.
“It promises to be a fantastic day and we’re very grateful to MBNA for making this happen.”
The event is free to the public and will also feature a fan zone with inflatable activities, food and drink.
Pre-game there will be free coaching sessions on the pitch for children aged 6-12. To register your child to take part, look for full event details at

Chester FC Women began their pre-season schedule with a 4-1 victory over a Crewe Alexandra Ladies XI at the Alex Soccer Centre in Shavington.

Emma Gray headed the Blues into the lead on her debut when she connected with a fine Rachel Lever cross and Lever doubled the lead with a smart finish from a Debs Trayner through ball to make it 2-0.
Chester moved 3-0 up when Traner netted in confident fashion with Gray claiming the assist and although Crewe pulled one back with a smart strike from distance, the visitors secured the win in the closing stages when Trayner got her second from captain Lauren Stringer’s knock down.
It was a disciplined and promising performance from the squad against a very talented Crewe side with all players getting a run out in the sweltering heat including a number of new signings.
Next up for the Blues is a testing trip to Merseyrail Bootle on Thursday July 13th before a visit to Llandudno Ladies on Sunday, July 16th.

cfc-women-u18Chester FC Women U18s are looking for new players of all abilities and experience levels to strengthen the current squad.
This development squad for players aged 15-18 is a vital bridge between local clubs at grassroots level and the Chester FC Women’s team, who compete in the Cheshire Women’s League.
The club is committed to developing the women’s game and has exciting plans for the future with the U18s central to realising these ambitions.
Under head coach Ben Richards, the squad have access to excellent facilities and train on Monday evenings with regular development fixtures on Sundays.
This is a fantastic opportunity for young players to become part of the Chester FC family.
If you are interested in joining the team or would like to know more email or get in touch through Twitter @CFCWomens.

Sunday 6th November 2016
We entertained Runcorn Linnets Ladies at home in a repeat of our opening league fixture. We knew what a good team they are from last season’s league and cup double and from a difficult opening fixture.
Having looked at their results they have been a bit up and down this season but we knew they would be up for the game against ourselves. We are the team currently top of the league and if we carry on winning we know we will stay there.
The focus for this game was all about ourselves, to defend from the front giving Runcorn no time and to keep possession of the ball. The focus being if we have possession we cannot be hurt. Anybody who has seen us play this season knows we like to keep the ball on the floor and play rather than always being direct. We are the leagues top scorers and this is all because of the type of football the players are producing week in, week out.
The game started slowly and our concentration was on not doing anything needless and conceding early like we did in the away fixture. We seemed cagey and did give the ball away on a number of occasions, we looked slow and there was a lack of movement especially from our own free kicks and throw ins.


Despite the slow start Runcorn did not really create anything of note. With our first proper move of the game on 17 minutes, a great bit of combination play in midfield resulted in the ball being played out wide to Becky Tebb on the right who beat the left back before hanging the ball up superbly to the back post where the onrushing Amy Whittle was pushed to the ground with both hands by the Runcorn full back. The referee did not give a penalty but a video of the incident shows the player making no attempt to play the ball and Runcorn came away very lucky.
One area we targeted in the build up to this game was Runcorn’s vulnerability from corners as seen in our last 2 games against them. We have a lot of height in our team and some great headerers of the ball and we wanted to take advantage of this.
We did have a number of corners in the first half but failed to make any of them count, it seemed as though Runcorn had been working on this. We also over committed at one corner and Runcorn countered very quickly and almost made us pay with Tempany Carlson failing to test Charlotte Dunbebin when she really should have scored. It was a lack of concentration and a big let off.
We did not really create to much more other than a good Lauren Stringer chance on 39 mins putting an effort wide after making a good run into the box from an unusual position on the left.
At half time we talked about being better on the ball and not to force passes that were not there to play which seemed to be a big factor during the 1st half.
Some bold changes were made by the management with Phoebe Graham replacing top scorer Marcia Jones-Sacharewicz and Katy Beattie replacing Captain Steph Oscroft.
The 2nd half started similar to the 1st, with both teams still trying to work each other out. Charlotte Dunbebin had to be alert early on saving well from a Runcorn chance who themselves began to grow into the game after making a number of substitutions.
However as the 2nd half went on we improved and Phoebe Graham was showing great energy pressing high up the pitch and was excellently supported just behind by Amy Whittle. This resulted in Runcorn making more mistakes and our midfield having more possession.
Phoebe Graham had an excellent chance on 57 minutes, after receiving the ball from Katy Beattie before dropping her shoulder and turning the centre back before racing through one vs one against the keeper, the chance was rushed and put wide when really it should have been a goal.
Minutes later after a half cleared Runcorn corner resulted in a cross coming back into our box and a free header from their striker, which forced Charlotte Dunbebin into another wonder stop at point blank range to push the ball over the bar. The level of concentration she showed was of the highest order and this save really made a statement to her old team.
The game looked to be heading for a 0-0 draw which would probably been a fair result until the 85th minute when a whipped in Sam Pickup corner towards the near post resulted in Lauren Stringer beating her marker and glancing a firm header towards goal that beat the Runcorn keeper and hitting the back of the net to give us the lead. It was Stringers 1st goal for the club and what a time to score it. We love late goals against Runcorn especially corners.
You could tell from the celebrations what it meant to the players and it was great to see the management involved too.
We managed to withstand a late Runcorn onslaught and see out the game and take all 3 points which in the end deserved for the team who tried to play football.
We stay top of the league and know staying up there is in our own hands if we keep performing and winning games.
It’s another clean sheet which makes 5 out of 9 games now which is so pleasing to see and shows that hard work in training really does pay off.
It was also pleasing to get the winner from an area we targeted in our build up to the game.
Goal: Lauren Stringer #23
Assist: Sam Pickup #8
Player of the match:
Charlotte Dunbebin #1

Sunday 13th November 2016
This game was a tale of 2 halves, we started very well and looked in total control and kept the ball very well. We raced into a 4-0 lead without even getting out of second gear and were a threat from every set piece.
The first goal was scored by midfielder Becky Tebb on 5 minutes who rifled into the side netting of the goal from a half cleared corner, a fantastic finish which gave the goalkeeper absolutely no chance.


Our 2nd goal on 9 minutes was scored by Amy Whittle, a fine corner delivery resulted in Amy Whittle beating the keeper to the ball at the near post and heading into the roof of the net.
Our 3rd of the afternoon on 24 minutes was again from a corner and another Sam Pickup delivery, Sarah Redman who had gone close twice previously, beat her marker before thumping an unstoppable header beyond the keeper.
The 4th of the afternoon was this time scored by creator in chief Sam Pickup, racing through onto a defence splitting pass from centre back Hannah Collins before dinking over the keeper on 36 minutes.
Right on half time a reckless challenge in our penalty area resulted in Witton pulling a goal back against the run of play from the penalty spot, Charlotte Dunbebin desperately unlucky not to save it with her legs.
Changes were made at half time due to injuries and to take a look at some fringe players and normal service was resumed with Phoebe Graham who was now playing on the left hand of midfield racing onto a Jamie McDowell through ball and chipping the oncoming keeper on 60 minutes.
Amy Whittle grabbed her 2nd of the game with another thumping header from another fine Sam Pickup corner delivery in the 69th minute.
We did concede 2 late goals which made the score look more respectable for Witton from what were 2 mistakes, which we are disappointed with. Their Captain Danielle Lydiate driving through and firing home from 20 yards and their striker capitalising on a mistake and placing past Charlotte Dunbebin.
Overall it was a job done against tricky opponents and we took the 3 points, with Crewe dropping points again and our superior goal difference we remain top of the league with remaining there firmly in our own hands.
Goal Scorers:
Whittle x 2
Pickup x 3
Player of the match: Sam Pickup