CHESTER’S rearranged home match against Luton Town this Tuesday (7.45pm) will have an extra edge to it after the clubs fell out over when the fixture should be played.
The sides were supposed to meet at the Deva Stadium on Saturday but the game was postponed at 9.30am due to a frozen pitch.
Chester were eager to fix up a new date as soon as possible to make up for the revenue they missed out on at the weekend.
Luton, however, initially rejected January 13 due to the chances of the match being called off again due to the cold weather, plus the fact the team face a long away trip to Darlington the following Saturday. The Hatters also felt it was too short notice for their fans to make travel arrangements.
But the Football League intervened and agreed that the match could be played at the Deva on Tuesday.
City boss Mark Wright said: “When you’re at a club like ours, you need to get games on. That was a home game and revenue lost, so to put it on so quickly makes amends for that. It’s another big game.”
Taylor pay row
VAUXHALL Motors claim they are still awaiting payments from Chester City for the transfer of Paul Taylor.
Taylor joined the Blues on loan in the summer and the clubs agreed to make the move permanent in January, with the transfer fee believed to be about £30,000. But Taylor failed a drugs test in October – traces of cocaine were allegedly found in a urine sample – and he has not played for Chester since the results of the test were known.
The FA has ruled that non-league Vauxhall are still entitled to receive a monthly loan fee for the player – but Chester are reluctant to pay up.
In a statement released this week, Motors chairman Alan Bartlam said: “After much confusion on the part of Chester City, they belatedly paid for the first loan period of August.
“But we have not received any further payments, some of which are now three months overdue.”
The statement added: “There is no get-out clause.”
Scouts eye starlet
PROMISING City centre-back Kristian Platt is attracting interest from Premiership clubs.
The 16-year-old from Rock Ferry is yet to make his senior debut for the Blues, but he has been a regular at youth team level and is highly-regarded by the club’s management.
Chester’s youth development manager Mark Newman said: “Kristian has been watched by a number of Premier League scouts in recent weeks, and it comes as no surprise that official enquiries have been received by the club.
“The player had a trial with Manchester United a while back, and they have continued to keep tabs on his progress. He has improved immeasurably over the past 12 months.”
Platt has been with the Blues for four years. He has trained and travelled with the first-team squad this season, and also appeared in a pre-season friendly at Southport.
Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa are thought to be among the other clubs tracking Platt’s progress.
BLUES fans have until noon today to buy discounted tickets for tomorrow’s derby at Shrewsbury Town.
The tickets – which offer a saving of £2 on match-day prices – are £16 for adults, £11 for over 65s and students with ID, £9 for juniors (aged 12-16) and £3 for children (11 and under).
They are on sale from the Deva Stadium ticket office – but not the club shop on Watergate Street – from 10am to noon today.
The game is not all-ticket and Blues fans can pay at the turnstiles on the day.