More Winning Numbers

After three more victories, against Altrincham, Solihull Moors and FC Halifax Town, here is an update on the current records. I’ve also added a couple of additional statistics to accompany them.

Best start to a season

After six wins the club record of seven consecutive victories from the start of a season will be equalled if Chester can beat Guiseley on Saturday. On reflection I think it is valid to include the 1914/15 season so it is currently a 98 year old record that is up for grabs.

Unbeaten League Run

We have now reached 22 games unbeaten but there is still a long way to go to reach the 31 games in the Combination between January 1908 and March 1909.

Unbeaten Away Record

Victories at Altrincham and Solihull have equalled the Chester FC record of 15 unbeaten away games. If defeat is avoided at Boston United and Stalybridge Celtic the club record of 17,  set in 1930/31, will be equalled.

Chester have won the last 10 away games which beats the 9 away victories in 2010/11. The overall club record of successive away league victories is 13 in 1930/31.

Consecutive games scored

Chester have now scored in 45 consecutive league games which is comfortably a record.

Consecutive league victories

The last time that Chester dropped a point was in the 1-1 draw with Northwich Victoria that clinched promotion in April. Neil Young’s side have now won the last nine games which equals the reformed club’s record set in the nine matches immediately prior to the Northwich fixture. This also means that Chester have won 18 of the last 19 games.

The club record was set between  November 1925 and February 1926 when 13 victories were recorded in the Cheshire County League.

Individual goalscoring record

Ben Mills has scored in five consecutive league games which equals the Chester FC record set by Michael Wilde when he scored against Cammell Laird, Mossley, Ossett Albion, Skelmersdale United and Radcliffe Borough in the first season.

Wildey scores against Skelmersdale United. Copyright © Rick Matthews

It’s also worth mentioning Matt McGinn, who scored in four games in September last year, while Michael Powell also banged in four in the last four games of 2010/11.

The club record was set by Bill Pendergast in the 1938/39 season when he scored in 12 consecutive Division Three North games. He also netted against Bradford City in the FA Cup in the middle of this sequence. Prior to that Arthur Gale scored in nine consecutive games during 1930/31 when most goalscoring records were set.

Millsbot v Altrincham. Copyright © Rick Matthews

and finally

As you can imagine some of these figures are tricky to check so I hope my adding up is correct. If you think there are any errors please get in touch.

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8 thoughts on “More Winning Numbers

    • I remember meeting Billy many years ago. I interviewed him for the programme at his home in Rhyl. Somewhere I have a cassette tape of the interview. I recall him telling me that he had the chance to score in a 14th consecutive game in an FA Cup tie against Hull. Chester were awarded a penalty which he wanted to take but was overruled and it was taken by Willis Gregg instead.

      • Yes I also remember Gregg well. Very dependable full back I recall. Gee you bring back good memories of my early teenage life at Sealand Road.

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  2. Hello my name is James pendergast, my grandad is bill pendergast, I was just wondering if you had any photos of him. I have scrap book of all his news paper cut outs but I would like a team photo of him

    • Hello James. I’m very sorry that I have taken so long to reply to your message but I have only just seen it. You may have noticed that the site hasn’t been updated for a long time but I was thinking about adding to it again. I met your grandfather many years ago when I visited him in Rhyl to interview him for the Chester programme. I do have a team photo for the 1939/40 season where he is featured.


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