FORMER Wales international and Wrexham FC manager Dean Saunders is due to face trial on motoring charges.

The 54-year-old ex-professional footballer appeared at Chester Magistrates Court before District Judge Nicholas Sanders on Friday, June 7, for a case management hearing.

The previous Friday, Saunders – who gave a Chester postal address but is currently living in Marton, Winsford – formally pleaded not guilty to failing to provide a roadside breath sample and to failing to provide a breath specimen while in custody.

Prosecutors say the first offence dates from Friday, May 10, in Boughton, after police stopped Saunders in his Audi, with the second occurring later that day at the West Cheshire Custody Facility in Blacon.

An additional charge of dangerous driving, which had been due to be put before Saunders on Friday, was discontinued.

The trial, expected to last half a day, will take place at Chester Magistrates Court on the morning of Wednesday, August 28, before DJ Sanders.

Saunders was placed on unconditional bail until that date.

At the conclusion of the hearing, DJ Sanders told Saunders that, if convicted after a trial, the starting point for sentencing for such offences would be custody.