Match Preview | Chester FC vs York City

By Brad Saxton | Image by Tom Poole

The Minstermen return to Emirates FA Cup action this coming Saturday when we take on National League North side Chester FC at the Leap76 Stadium in the First Round proper of the competition.

Neal Ardley’s side head into this weekend’s fixture on the back of last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to FC Halifax Town, where a late Paddy McLaughlin goal rescued a late point for City.

The draw ended a run of two straight defeats for the Minstermen in the National League, but Ardley will be hoping his side can bounce back to winning ways after they required a replay to beat Southern Premier League side Needham Market in the Fourth Qualifying Round a few weeks ago.

This weekend’s hosts head into this cup tie in good form, having won six games on the bounce in all competitions.

They currently sit in the final playoff position in the sixth tier, but secured this weekend’s tie against the Minstermen with a 2-0 win over National League side Hartlepool United three weeks ago at the Suit Direct Stadium.


Tickets are on general sale until 4pm on Friday afternoon for York City supporters. Tickets are being sold through the usual channels via the ticket office at the LNER Community Stadium, as well as online and over the phone on 01904 950950.

City fans will be situated in the Swettenham Chemists’ Community West Stand, with entry via turnstile 7 on the day.

Ticket prices for this weekend’s fixture are as follows:

  • Adults – £16
  • Concessions – £14
  • Ages 18-21 – £11
  • Ages 12-17 – £4
  • U12’s** – FREE

*Please note that U12’s go free when accompanied by a full paying adult or concession. This ticket can only be processed within the ticket office, it is not available online or over the phone.

We hope to have a club representative available to hand out any uncollected tickets at the Leap76 Stadium on Saturday afternoon (between 1:30pm-2:30pm).


Stadium Postcode: CH1 4LT

Car: Stay on the M56 motorway and follow signs for North Wales and Queensferry A494, stay on this road until you see the exit sign for Flint/Chester A548.

Exit here and then follow the sign for Chester A548. Stay on this road heading towards Chester, after passing the Vauxhall Dealership on the left-hand side, turn right at the next set of traffic lights into Sovereign Way.

Continue until you see the stadium on the right-hand side.

Bus: York Pullman are running a bus to this weekend’s Emirates FA Cup encounter at Chester.

Priced at £20, the bus will depart from Memorial Gardens in York City Centre at 10:30am, with collection in Acomb 15 minutes later.

U16’S can purchase a ticket for £5 less, if they’re accompanied by a full-paying adults.

Payments will need to be made in advance, with no cash being taken on the day of travel.

* Please note that there is a strictly no alcohol onboard policy in place

To book a place on the supporters coach, or for more information, please call Joanne on 01904 630444.

Train: Chester Railway Station is over two miles from the ground, so it is probably best to jump in a taxi which will cost around £6.

Parking: There is a large car park situated outside the stadium, with a nominal charge of £3 for entry.

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