Marcus Bignot – Manager
Marcus was announced as the Blues Manager on 20th September 2017. Prior to his move to the Swansway Chester Stadium, he was at Grimsby Town during the 2016-17 season. He joined the Mariners after guiding Solihull Moors to the National League North title during the 2015-16 season. He left them with the side sitting in 15th in the National League table back in November 2016. Bignot amassed almost 600 League appearances throughout his playing career – and also Managed Birmingham City Ladies from 1998 until 2005.
Marcus Bignot is sponsored by: Chester Supporters FC (HOME) Paul & Amy Marshall (AWAY)
Ross Thorpe – Assistant Manager
Ross joined Marcus Bignot at the Swansway in September 2017. A UEFA A Licence Coach since 2015, Thorpe worked with Bignot at Solihull and Birmingham Ladies. He was Head of Recruitment and Development the year Solihull won the National League North – and also Assistant Manager at Birmingham City Ladies. Coaching for 15 years, Ross has also had spells as Assistant Manager at Sutton Coldfield Town and First Team Manager of Alvechurch.
Tom Shaw – Player/Coach
The Nottingham born midfielder had 91 Blues appearances to his name following the conclusion of the 2016-17 season – scoring 12 goals; including one in our 3-2 Cross-Border Derby win against Wrexham in 2015. He was Assistant Manager to Jon McCarthy – before Marcus Bignot’s arrival where he played a more prominent role on the field.
Tom Shaw is sponsored by: Val & Tony Pate (HOME) George & Rosie Grimsditch (AWAY)
Dave Felgate – Goalkeeper Coach
Former Welsh international Felgate joined the backroom staff during the 2016/17 season. Felgate made 72 appearances for Chester between 1993 and 1995 – and finished his illustrious career with 612 Football League appearances. Following retirement, Felgate has been Assistant Manager at Rossendale United, Goalkeeper Coach at Stockport County and was part of the Academy setup at Manchester City.
Calum McIntyre – Academy Head Coach
Coming from Chester, 23 year old Calum holds the UEFA B License coaching qualification and has overseen the development of Academy graduates such as Tom Peers, Sam Hughes and Matty Waters. Calum is responsible for all the Academy teams at the club from Under 9s through to U18s and works directly as the club’s Youth Team manager, also overseeing the club’s new scholarship programme. Calum combines his Academy duties alongside his work with the first-team during training and on matchdays. Calum was offered a full-time position with the club in January 2016 thanks to the sponsorship of principal Academy sponsor Swettenham Chemists.
Jimmy Soul – Kit Manager
Jimmy is the ‘Soul Man’ at the Club – being responsible for the kit at all times, and is an integral part of the management team. Jimmy is one of the most infectious characters at the club, and is a well known figure at the club since he joined the management team in 2010. Jimmy breathes each game like the rest of us!
Jimmy Soul is sponsored by: The Howell Family
Kath Hopwood – Sports Therapist
Luke Davies – Sports Rehabilitator
Chris Hibbert – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Danny Webber – Nutritionist
Laura Swettenham – Psychologist
Richard Chapman – Coaching Assistant
Michael Barrow – Groundsman
Chris Piercy – General Assistant