While writing this Friday’s Leader article I checked back through the records for Chester’s biggest away win and was surprised by how far I had to go back to find an away league victory by a similar margin. Here are some associated statistics.
The 6-0 win at Hinckley United was Chester’s first ever game in Leicestershire and equalled the highest score for the newly reformed club. The Blues have won 6-0 on three previous occasions. North Ferriby United were the last side to suffer a similar defeat with Chris Simm scoring a couple and Bradley Barnes coming off the bench to score his last Chester goal back in September 2011.
Simm also scored a brace on his Chester debut when Ossett Albion were hammered 6-0 in January 2011 with Michael Wilde scoring a hat-trick.
In addition, Wilde grabbed three in the memorable first Evo-Stik North game at the Exacta when Trafford were on the receiving end of a 6-0 thrashing.
You only have to go back to September last year to find the last time Chester scored six away from home when this Saturday’s opponents, Stalybridge Celtic, were overwhelmed 6-2 at Bower Fold with Iain Howard scoring his first Blues treble.
The six goal winning margin at Hinckley is the best for the new club surpassing the 5-0 wins at Bamber Bridge and Clitheroe in the first season.
When you look back to the Chester City days the last time six goals were scored away from home in a first team fixture was on New Year’s Day 2004 when Daryl Clare hit a hat-trick (and missed a penalty) in a 6-2 win at Leigh RMI. Darryn Stamp scored twice and Alex Smith added a magnificent sixth in stoppage time in a game where the Blues should have reached double figures.
In the Football League the last six goal haul was at Preston when Stuart Rimmer marked his 21st birthday with four goals in a memorable 6-3 victory. Further goals were added by John Kelly and Ricky Greenhough.
As far as victory margins go there are two games of note in the last 25 years when the Blues won by five clear goals. During Graham Barrow’s promotion season, in November 1993, Hereford United were overwhelmed 5-0 at Edgar Street. Prior to that Fulham were embarrassed by Harry McNally’s Blues in January 1987 when John Kelly scored twice and Derek Fazackerley made his debut in another 5-0 win.
When you start to look for six goal margin wins you really have to dig back through the records. In February 1968 the Blues made the very short journey across the border to play Brymbo Steelworks in a Welsh Cup tie and scored eight times without reply.
As far as league matches are concerned, Chester has never won by six goals in a Football League fixture and you need to go back 86 years to the Cheshire County League days to find an equivalent result. In April 1927 Ellesmere Port Town were beaten 7-0 and the same score was recorded at Bacup in 1911/12 and at Connah’s Quay United in 1908/09. This remains the record away league victory.
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