Meet the Youth Squad!
Second Year Goalkeeper Ben joined the club from Wrexham in 2017. In his second season with the club, Ben was part of last season’s all conquering campaign, clinching a clean sheet in the final of the National League Alliance Cup Final in May.
Zak Butterworth has been an ever present for the Blues in this year’s FA Youth Cup campaign. Zak, from Handforth, joined the club in March 2017 after leaving Wigan Athletic. Harry Molyneux has made the Blues’ left back spot his own after an impressive start to his second season with the club. Harry, from Liverpool, has a string of assists to his name from set pieces, including two here against Wrexham last month. George Woodburn became the first player to represent every age group in the Academy when he was used as substitute against Sandbach United in the Preliminary Round of the FA Youth Cup. George, from Chester, has been at the club since he was 9. Sion Jones is another ex- Wrexham man. From Ruthin, he is a versatile player that has recently been used at right back. Tom Ruffer wrote his name into club history when he netted two goals against Wrexham in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup. Tom, son of ex Chester FC and Chester City defender Carl, is one of the younger contingent of the Blues squad, in the first year of his two year Scholarship. Youth Team captain Dion Jones from Llanfairfechnan, can play anywhere across the back four and was an integral part of last season’s National League Alliance League Cup winning team. George Macready from Chester, missed most of pre-season with a broken arm but has excelled on his return from injury. Nick Lynch is another of the boys who has come through the younger age groups at the club. Nick, from the Wirral, is a commanding central defender.
Louis Hayes scored the an important goal before half-time in the FA Youth Cup against Hartlepool and is another of those who made several appearances in last year’s Under 18 team. Louis, from Halewood, is in the second year of his scholarship after joining the club from Blackburn Rovers in May 2017. Stuart Crilly is another of the Liverpool contingent in the Youth Team, having joined the club in March 2017 from Oldham Athletic. Stuart is a versatile midfielder who can play anywhere across the midfield and has been known to contribute with a goal or two. James Cottrell is in his third season representing the club in the FA Youth Cup having made his first appearance at just 15 year old against Fleetwood Town. James, from Helsby, used to be with Stoke City before undertaking his scholarship with the Blues. Cain Noble is well known to Blues fans having made a series of appearances for the first team. Cain, from Lache, made his first team debut in the club’s final home game in the National League against Maidstone in May of this year, marking the occasion with a goal becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer. Danny Edwards is another of the youngsters in the Blues side. Danny left Wrexham earlier this year and was sure to make his mark in the Youth Cup tie against the Dragons netting the first goal. Danny, from the Wirral, is a wide player who is in the first year of his scholarship. Sonny Dean, from Helsby, joined the club from Tranmere Rovers in 2017 and has excelled both in central midfield and in central defence.
Lloyd Marsh-Hughes has often been the name on Chester supporters lips when discussing the Youth Team in the last two seasons. Lloyd, from Abergele, marked his first team debut with a goal in a pre-season friendly against Bala Town and has gone on to make a handful of substitute appearances. Lloyd’s goalscoring record means he is a threat to any opposition defence. Leighton Kendrick is another regular on the Blues’ scoresheet. Leighton, from Wrexham, has been with the club since 2016 and has been a regular goal scorer throughout the age groups. Will Goodwin marked his FA Youth Cup debut with a goal just a matter of seconds after being introduced against Marine. Will, from Chester, is in the first year of his scholarship having joined the club from Bolton Wanderers in 2016. Regan Rubin has been amongst the substitutes regularly this season having made his mark for the club’s Under 17s side. Regan, from Liverpool, netted five times for the Under 17s against Stockport Georgians last month.
Academy Head Coach Calum McIntyre is in charge of the Young Blues and is assisted by Youth Team assistants Martin “Charlie” Farley and Scott Hoather along with Under 16s Coaches Paul Reid and Jack Maddock. The Youth Team’s backroom staff are entirely voluntary, alongside kit man Ashley Field and physiotherapist Kathryn Hopwood.