Happy Monday, Blues fans!
It might have been a drag returning to work this chilly autumn morning, but there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful if you support Chester FC.
The Blues are unbeaten in seven games –they haven't conceded a goal in that time either – and are perched nicely in the top half of the National League table (a few points and several places above our old 'friends' from across the border).
So what's been going on today then? Here's your round-up of all Blues-related news.
Ian becomes a Villain
Former Blues boss Ian Atkins has landed a new job.
The man who almost pulled off the Great Escape in the 1999/2000 season has been appointed chief scout/head of European recruitment at Aston Villa.
The 59-year-old, who was born in Birmingham, left a similar role with Everton to take up the post with manager-less Villa.
For more on the story, click HERE.
Kevin Nicholson is a man of many talents – you have to be when you're in charge of a club with Torquay United's meagre resources.
The Gulls manager, who named himself on the subs' bench on Saturday, drove the team minibus to and from Chester for the match at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium, which ended in 1-0 win for the Blues.
He stopped off on his way home to post a Facebook message which included a few words of praise for Chester's fans and staff.
"Credit to Chester, who defended for their lives and put their bodies on the line to keep us out, but I think most people leaving that stadium would accept that the result was, overall, unfair on our lads," wrote Nicholson.
"Thanks for the great support and I have to thank a lot of the Chester fans and staff for their kind comments after the game.
"There's a long way to go this season and I'm seeing plenty of positive signs."
Jackie's gone... sort of
There are no prizes for guessing the identity of the latest managerial casualty in the National League. This news had been coming for a while...
Jackie McNamara, manager of struggling York City, stepped down today following a woeful start to the Vanarama National League campaign.
In an unusual step, the former Celtic player has agreed to continue coaching the York players until his successor is appointed.
York have a couple of weeks to find a new boss before they face Chester on Saturday, October 22.
For more on the story, click HERE.
Speaking of managerial casualties, former Tranmere Rovers boss Gary Brabin has hit out following his sacking by the club.
The former Chester player told The Non-League Paper it came as a 'massive surprise' when he was relieved of his duties following a run of four matches without a win. Rovers, who have since appointed Micky Mellon as their new boss, were just four points off top spot at the time Brabin was axed.
"The agreement was two years to get the club back in the Football League, and as far as I'm concerned we were well of course for that," said Brabin.
On this day
Today we rewind 52 years to October 10, 1964 when Chester ran out 3-1 winners at home to Southport, their FA Cup opponents this weekend.
Peter Hauser and Gary Talbot (2) got the goals in front of a crowd of 7,228 at Sealand Road. A similar result this Saturday would go down nicely.
Barrie Hipkiss, honorary life president of Chester FC, has paid a warm tribute to one of the club's biggest fans.
The Rev Canon Peris Williams, vicar of Blacon ’s Holy Trinity Church for many years, died peacefully while on holiday in Scotland, aged 77.
Canon Williams was known for his love of Chester FC and when conducting funeral services for fellow Blues supporters would often wear his club scarf as well as his clerical collar.
Barrie told The Chronicle: “He was a true gentleman. You couldn’t meet a nicer chap than Peris. Over all the years I have been involved with Chester Football Club he has never bypassed me, he always had time for me. I will miss him a lot.”
You can read more tributes to Canon Williams HERE.