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 Post subject: Re: Chester Set The Benchmark For Bad Seasons
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:24 pm 
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Chester City have been wound up in the High Court - but a fans' group have vowed to resurrect the club.

City were liquidated over debts owed to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in a brief hearing on Wednesday morning.

But David Evans of Chester City Fans United told Sky Sports News: "125 years of history have been extinguished today but that's just the body of the club - its soul lives on."

A new club, along the lines of AFC Wimbledon, is the group's goal and Evans continued: "Today is the day to say to everybody that our club will be run in a professional way and be a credit to our city and to football.

"Our model is AFC Wimbledon or AFC Telford, where a new club has been run on a very prudent basis.

"We want to atone for the way the club has been run - we see this as our responsibility even though it wasn't our fault."

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 Post subject: Re: Chester Set The Benchmark For Bad Seasons
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Ouch, not good.

Hope the new club takes off well, if they get one up and running.

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Think we all knew it was coming, such a shame. How long are we going to continue to allow our historic clubs to disappear before we do something to stop them being run into the ground? :hmm:

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Ouch, not good.

Hope the new club takes off well, if they get one up and running.


You and me both, I think every Prem team's fans would be better off starting a non-league amateur version like FC United or Wimbledon. Good luck to them.

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 Post subject: Re: Chester Set The Benchmark For Bad Seasons
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Aye, for all our mickey taking with any club(s), it is a very sad day when one bites the dust. :(

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Former Chester City Football Club owner Stephen Vaughan and one of his sons have been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

The officer had to be treated for a fractured cheekbone after the alleged attack at the Jug and Bottle hotel in Heswall, Wirral, Merseyside on 4 April.

Police said he was assaulted after investigating reports of a disturbance.

Mr Vaughan, his son Stephen junior and another man were arrested on suspicion of affray and assault.

A police spokesman confirmed two men from Heswall, aged 48 and 25, and a third man from Neston were released on bail pending further inquiries.

He said: "The officer was investigating the earlier disturbance at the Jug and Bottle hotel when he was assaulted by three men at around 10.55pm on Thurstaston Road in Heswall."

Stephen Vaughan took over as chairman and majority shareholder of Chester City FC in 2001, but the club was wound up last month over an outstanding tax bill.

Stephen Vaughan junior is a former captain of the club who now plays for Liverpool club Marine FC.

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City Fans United are delighted to announce that following meetings with representatives of Cheshire West & Chester Council, the lease to the Deva Stadium, will now be assigned to City Fans United. This will enable Chester Football Club to use the ground from a date to be confirmed.

This is obviously great news for all Chester FC fans, as it means we can continue to plan for the future at a ground that enables the history of Chester Football Club to continue. We will now be looking to recruit a first team manager, interested applicants should contact CFU via media@cityfansunited.com

City Fans United are naturally delighted with the decision CWaC have made. Chris Pilsbury, CFU Chairman said, “We would like to express our gratitude to all involved for their assistance in bringing the fans the news they so desired.”

“We look forward to living up to the faith the Council have shown in the CFU business plan, and working in partnership to give our City a Football Club that we can all be proud of.”

“The really hard work begins now. We are all one step closer to bringing football home to Chester but your Club needs you! If you have yet to join CFU please consider doing so, and if you are already a member please encourage others to join. Football in Chester will belong to the community - be part of it!”

City Fans United are also interested in hearing from members of the business community who would be interested in discussing sponsorship opportunities with Chester Football Club. A number of flexible packages are available, please email media@cityfansunited.com with your interest and you will be contacted by a member of the board.

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Fans of Chester City have been given the lease to the club's stadium by their local council, prompting hopes of a revival.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has offered Chester Fans United (CFU) a five-year lease to the Deva Stadium.

The authority rejected a proposal from a Danish consortium.

Chester City was wound up in the High Court in March, after being expelled from the Conference in February for failing to play games due to debts.

They plan to start life again as Chester Football Club in August, playing in a lower league.

CFU, which had pledged to maintain league football in the city, said they were "delighted" with the decision.

'Key to plans'

Jeff Banks, from CFU, said: "It has been a long few weeks and months really, preparing for the day when we could get the go-ahead from the council.

"The Deva Stadium is key to our plans to take the football club forward so we put together a fantastic business plan which I'm pleased to say the council has given their thumbs up to.

"Now we can get on with bringing the city of Chester a football club it deserves."

CFU and the Danish consortium Fodbold Selskabet presented their business cases to a special panel led by the council's chief executive, Steve Robinson.
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In a statement, Mr Robinson said the panel had been impressed with both bids but members had agreed unanimously that Chester Fans United should be offered the lease.

He said they felt the fans "were further advanced in terms of required management structure and overall ability to enter a team into whichever league is determined by the FA".

"Without doubt, their pride in club and city is unrivalled, as indeed, would be the support for their proposal from the people of Chester and its surrounding area," he said.

"It was these factors, combined with the very strong community engagement element in their case which persuaded the panel to assign the lease of Deva Stadium for five years to the CFU Board.

"CFU have promised a club 'run by the community for the community' with a multi-sport approach designed to reach all sections of our society from the young to the disadvantaged.

"On that basis this authority will do everything it can to help, support and advise the new club and we urge the Chester public and businesses to do so as well."

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Chester are close to appointing their first manager after clinching a provisional Vodkat League place.

City Fans United media officer Jeff Banks says the club's plans are falling into place ahead of the new season.

He told BBC Radio Merseyside: "We're at the stage were we are accepting applications for the manger's job, and that is to close on Wednesday.

"Hopefully in the not-too-distant future we'll be able to announce the new manager of Chester Football Club."

He continued: "Then it's a case of bringing a squad of players together which will be down to the successful applicant.

"Then we'll be looking at the fixtures for pre-season and then the kick off of the league season."

Banks admits they still have plenty of work ahead of them before they can start running the new club, but believes the breakthroughs over the past few weeks mean there will be football in Chester again.

"It's been a great few weeks and obviously we have the lease to the Deva Stadium which was key to our plans," said Banks.

"We needed that stadium because it's central to everything for the future of Chester Football Club.

"There does need to be stability but at the same time we need to progress up the leagues and to get back to at least conference level as soon as possible.

"The plans are in place and we have a great support out there."

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Chester FC have been given a provisional place in the fifth tier of non-league football, the Vodkat League Premier Division.

The Football Association's planned pyramid structure sees Chester left out of the top four levels, as they had hoped to be in the Evo-Stik North.

The new plan is yet to be finalised by all parties and is subject to change.

Chester City where expunged from the Blue Square Premier last season after many months of financial troubles.

City Fans United, a group of fans building the new phoenix club, are continuing their plan to keep a football club in Chester and remain hopeful they may be moved up the structure in the near future.
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Chester FC chief executive Steve Ashton told the CFU website: "We are naturally disappointed with this decision, as we had hoped to be placed in a higher league.

"Regardless of this, the board remain focused and resolute in their objectives of building a successful football club for our city."

A statement on the Vodkat League website read: "The club involved presents itself for election at the League AGM, and the existing member clubs vote on whether the new club should be accepted.

"As this year's League AGM will be held on Saturday, 19 June, until then, any pronouncements or assumptions about Chester FC or any other club joining our league are premature."

Meanwhile, Vauxhall Motors were given a massive boost as they will keep their place in the Blue Square North.

Carl Macauley's side were relegated from the league last season after they finished second from bottom.

But as Chester and Farsley Celtic dropped out of the Blue Square Premier, there were not enough teams to fill all the league positions, so they had their place reinstated.

The re-restructuring also brought good news for Cammell Laird, as they move from the Evo-Stik First Division South to the First Division North.

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Chester FC are delighted to confirm that notification has been received from the Football Association that the club will be placed into Step 4 of the National League System, which means Chester FC will compete in the Evo-Stik League 1 North during season 2010/11.

Chief Executive, Steve Ashton confirmed his delight at the decision, “We held a strong belief in our grounds for appeal and prepared a well documented case. We would like to thank our friends at Hillyer McKeown who have assisted through this process on a pro-bono basis, and the FA for listening to our grounds for appeal. This gives our club an additional boost as we turn our attention to season tickets sales. On the playing side Neil was asked to assemble a squad that could challenge for promotion in Step 4 or 5, therefore we are very well positioned.

The decision also provides a little more preparation time ahead of the new season, I understand that it is likely that we will sit out the first game of the season as the odd club of the 23, therefore we will start either midweek w/c 23rd August or Saturday 28th August”.

This is particularly great news for Manager Neil Young, who managed Colwyn Bay to a successful promotion campaign from the same level last season, and he is looking forward to a repeat challenge, “I am delighted that the club will be playing in a higher division the fans will see a significant step up in the quality of football. Both the coaching staff and players want to compete at the highest level possible with Chester, we all look forward to the new season.”

It’s also great news for Chester supporters who can now finally plan their journeys for next season, and look forward to meeting new friends in the Evo-Stik League.



The FA have released the following Statement:

An appeal by Chester FC against a decision made by The FA Leagues Committee to place the Club at Step 5 (North West Counties League Premier Division) of the National League System has been upheld.

An FA Appeal Board (meeting on Monday 14 June) decided that the Club should be permitted to play at Step 4 (Northern Premier League Division One) from this coming season.

The Appeal Board determined that the Leagues Committee misinterpreted or failed to comply with section 1(a) of the Regulations for the Establishment and Operation of the National League System which states: “To provide clubs with a level of competitive football appropriate to their playing ability, stadium/ground facilities, economic means and geographical location.”

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Chester FC will compete in the Evo-Stik League 1 North during season 2010/11.

This will, no doubt, encourage team "bonding"? :coat:

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Chester FC will compete in the Evo-Stik League 1 North during season 2010/11.

This will, no doubt, encourage team "bonding"? :coat:

it's not to be sniffed at :yaay:

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Chester FC will compete in the Evo-Stik League 1 North during season 2010/11.

This will, no doubt, encourage team "bonding"? :coat:

it's not to be sniffed at :yaay:


It's a big task, but they'll stick to it :coat:

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Either way, they're stuck there :coat:

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Resurrection Joe wrote:
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Chester FC will compete in the Evo-Stik League 1 North during season 2010/11.

This will, no doubt, encourage team "bonding"? :coat:

it's not to be sniffed at :yaay:


It's a big task, but they'll stick to it :coat:

i hope it wasn't uhu doubted them

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Resurrection Joe wrote:
Willie Eckerslike wrote:
Resurrection Joe wrote:
Willie Eckerslike wrote:
Chester FC will compete in the Evo-Stik League 1 North during season 2010/11.

This will, no doubt, encourage team "bonding"? :coat:

it's not to be sniffed at :yaay:


It's a big task, but they'll stick to it :coat:

i hope it wasn't uhu doubted them


That's all in the paste now. :nono:

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Chester FC are delighted to announce a pre-season friendly against FC United of Manchester at the Deva Stadium, on Wednesday 11th August, ko 7.45pm.

It will be a momentous occasion at the Deva, as the two clubs, both owned by the fans, come together in what is expected to be a party atmosphere.

Last season, a group of Chester fans including the City Fans United Junior Blues - who paraded around Bury's Gigg Lane as part of the United Youth Day - experienced a fantastic atmosphere on FC United's final day of the season, and we hope to replicate that at the Deva on August 11th.

Chester Manager Neil Young said "It should be a great night, and a great test for the side ahead of the new season", whilst Karl Marginson, FCUM Manager said "It should be a wonderful game between the two clubs".

Further match details will be announced in due course.

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Didn't see that coming :wink:

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