Date: 16th September 2006 at 1:24pm
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This afternoon we welcome Grimsby Town to the Saunders Honda Stadium. Curiously, The Mariners have already played Chester on this day in history back in 1969. The Blues, or should I say the Seals in those days, travelled to the east coast, but suffered their worst defeat on this date. Grimsby ran out confident 4-1 victors. Let`s hope The Blues can inflict some revenge today.

The Blues` first fixture ever to be played on this day in history was at home to Hartlepool United in 1931. In a football league match, City were defeated 3-2 by the North Eastern side. Success was to follow two years later when a journey to our nearest rival Wrexham, yielded a 3-0 success thanks to a brace from Foster Hedley and a fine strike from Joe Mantle.

Further success was to come in local derbies when Tranmere Rovers arrived at Sealand Road in 1936. Rovers were duly sent packing on the back of an impressive 5-2 thrashing. Further league victories over Southport, Millwall, Exeter City and Lincoln City came and went.

Our last game on this date came three years ago when the Blues promotion winning side travelled to Congleton Town to contest a Cheshire Senior Cup first round tie. The home side a Blues side made up of a mixture of youth and experience in a game that generated no fewer than nine goals.