season, with its premature end of Chester City’s
football fixtures, the demise of the club and the establishment
of the ‘phoenix club’, was like no other in
terms of media coverage.
City Fans United obviously,
and rightfully, had a lot of media attention in 2010,
but the Exiles still had plenty of coverage during the
Following the winding up of Chester
City in the High Court in May, the Exiles were directly
quoted in at least the Chester Chronicle, the Guardian
and the Independent. Exiles committee member David Evans
participated in a lengthy interview, live on Sky TV,
outside the High Court – albeit in his role as
CFU board member.
During the course of the setting up
of the new club, we were quoted several times in the
Chester Chronicle and the Daily Post.
There were several Exiles members
present for the ‘game that never was’ at
Forest Green Rovers in February, and the Chronicle did
an article on our experience that night: Chronicle story
on Forest Green cancelled match.
We continued with our contributions
to the Chester Chronicle’s Deva Fever blog, with
13 entries during the season – the last focussing
on that fateful outing to Forest Green.
Obviously we could receive no programme
publicity after February, but we did get a piece on
the Exiles in the following away programmes:
Oxford (August 18)
Luton (August 22)
Salisbury (September 22).
Since the formation of the new club,
the Exiles have played a significant part in many aspects
of building the new regime.
In terms of sponsorship, the Exiles
have been involved in directly selling the new club
to potential sponsors and billboard advertisers.
At the start of the fundraising drive
for the new club, fewer than a dozen Exiles raised £1,112.13p
with a bucket collection at AFC Wimbledon v Wrexham
on a very wet March night.
For Exiles Press and Publicity
please contact Sue
Press and Publicity,
Chester City Exiles
22 July 2010
to Chester’s programme editor Lee Wilcox for including
a piece on the latest exploits of the darts team in the
‘Fan News’ page in the Bury (December 22)
programme. The piece listed our forthcoming matches and
included a picture of the darts team at a recent match
also included a promotional piece on the Exiles in their
December 29 programme, which resulted in one new membership
inquiry and three renewals.
Finally, Pauline was recently interviewed
on Radio Merseyside about the trials and tribulations
of being a long-distance City fan – something we’re
all familiar with!
WELL DONE ROBERT!
to Exiles member Robert Evans who was declared Chester
City’s ‘Super Fan’ after winning a Coca-Cola
competition to help raise transfer money for the football
club. During the summer a total £2197.50 was raised
by Chester City supporters of which £561 was raised
by Robert from collecting tokens from bottles of Coca
Cola. Robert’s prize for his efforts was a day out
at Deva Stadium with five guests as ball sponsors for
the opening game against Chesterfield. Robert also picked
up a signed City shirt and football and the chance to
meet new manager Bobby Williamson just prior to the kick-off.
Comment from the Chester City Exiles re the proposed name
News of the proposed change
of name to Chester Halton FC reached Exiles Chair, Pauline
Meakins just as it was hitting the news stands last week
and she quickly alerted other Exiles. “I have not
heard of one member in support of the name change,’
she said, ‘and with a number of City fans now exiled
in Wimbledon, dark memories about what happened to Wimbledon
FC when it was moved to Milton Keynes have been in the
forefront of their minds. This is a very drastic step
to get the Council on side and I hope the Chairman will
reassure us that there was not a hidden motive. The Club
should work more closely with the local fans and the supporters
groups to get a better understanding with Chester City
Council, he cannot do it on his own.”
Pauline Meakins, Chair
Last season I tried to generate
some coverage away from the standard membership promotion,
which can get a bit repetitive. We actually received slightly
less coverage in away programmes this season – specifically
because I think because some felt they’d run our
publicity last season and didn’t want to run something
But there was
some PR success away from the standard membership promos
5 – Chester Chronicle piece on our banner
ban by Peterborough.
2 – Evening Leader page two colour pic of
Exiles members by the frozen pitch on the day of
the Wrexham postponed game.
7 – Pauline was interviewed by Dee 106 on
the free transport initiative.
16 – A piece inThe League Paper on our free
transport initiative. There may have been more (eg
– Mention of the Exiles in a FourFourTwo feature
on Wrexham v Chester.
We continued with our weekly Fanzine-style
page on ITV Teletext p548, although sadly this won’t
be continuing next season.
AWAY PROGRAMMES 2005/06
to the editors of the following match programmes who gave
us a mention last season: Rushden
& Diamonds (including logo); Torquay (including pic);
Cambridge United; Shrewsbury (including logo); Leyton
Orient; Macclesfield (including logo); Northampton (including
pic and logo); Bristol Rovers (including logo).
|Rushden & Diamonds
|Cambridge United (LDV)
has already managed to get two adverts for the Exiles
placed in away programmes this season at Bury and Torquay
United (see below).
FANS COME HOME
from the home programme v Grimsby Town 2004/5]
the result today, it will be a match to remember for one
dedicated group of supporters – the Chester City
Exiles, who are sponsoring today’s game to help
mark their coming of age.
Exiles, who work to ensure Blues fans living around
the world are kept in touch with events at the club,
are sponsoring the match as a way of marking 21 years
since four exiled fans set up the original Southern
Branch of the Supporters’ Club in 1983.
The group has since been re-named
the Exiles and now has more than 70 members around Britain
and the world. There are dozens of them at today’s
game enjoying the club’s
sponsorship package, with their special guest, former
City goalkeeping her Grenville Millington.
Although the group’s
main aim is to ensure exiled City fans aren’t
isolated from fellow supporters, by sending regular
newsletters and organising away travel benefits and
meeting points, it gets up to a variety of other social
and fund-raising activities. Before today’s
sponsored game, the Exiles had already contributed more
than £2,400 to the club in various forms ofsponsorship.
Much of this is raised from their annual football prediction
competition, which this season has received more than
also produced their own memorabilia, provide a unique
badge for all members, have organised several ‘meet
the manager’ sessions
and even take part in a darts league for southern-based
football supporters. The darts season starts again in
London on Monday, with Burnley as their first opponents.
One of the Exiles’
highlights of last season was when nearly 30 exiled
Chester fans gathered in a west London pub to watch
the 3-2 home victory against Exeter on Sky TV. It was
probably the biggest gathering of Blues fans outside
Chester, the landlord must have felt invaded by Cestrians
– not that he was
activities have included being at the heart of the foundation
of the Independent Supporters’
Association and Chairman Pauline Meakins is on the Board
of the Chester City Supporters’
Trust, giving Exiles members a formal mechanism to put
their views to the Trust and through the Trust to the
The group is also doing their bit
to back Wayne Brown’s
testimonial and today is the deadline for “silent
bids” for a unique framed photograph of Wayne,
taken by Exiles member and photographer, Giles Park.
The 18" by 14" print has been signed by all
the players who took part in May’s
testimonial match. To get your last-minute bid in today,
look out for the Exiles at the ground and hand them
a slip of paper with your name, address and phone number.
The winning bid will be announced after the match.
Anyone interested in joining the
Exiles, or signing up an exiled friend or relative as
a gift, can find out more information on their website
at www.chestercityexiles.co.uk. Also have a look out for
membership forms in the club shop. Full and family Exiles
membership costs £12 (£15 for non-EU members)
and it’s £9 for concessions. Contact Steve
Mansley, 20 Fairmead, 9 Epsom Road, Leatherhead, Surrey
KT22 8ST, or email email@example.com
AND SPONSORSHIP REPORT 2003/4
The Exiles’ 20th birthday
and the merchandise we produced, combined with the team’s
promotion, saw our supporters’ group get more publicity
than it has had in recent years. This has included:
Exiles recruitment/promo pieces in nine match programmes
– Farnborough Town; Dagenham and Redbridge; Scarborough;
Chester City x 2 (both full pages); Aldershot (full
page); Forest Green Rovers (including photo); Northwich
Victoria; and Woking. Thanks must go to the programme
A double-page photo spread in the Chester Evening Leader
on 26 November, 2003. This featured three pictures,
taken at the Aldershot and Gravesend away matches, plus
our anniversary logo.
A two-paragraph piece on page 3 of the Non-League Paper
on 30 November, 2003.
A colour picture of Exiles members with our banner (one
of those taken at Aldershot) in the Chester Evening
Leader promotion special on 21 April, 2004.
A half-page piece written by our chairman Pauline Meakins
in the Chester Chronicle promotion special on 23 April,
2004. This also included a colour picture of members
with our banner taken at the Deva Stadium.
Pauline was also interviewed during Dee 106.3 FM’s
post-match programme in March, 2004.
Our planned anniversary sponsored
game at home against Aldershot on 27 March, 2004, had
to be cancelled when the game was re-arranged to a Tuesday
night. Despite the best efforts of Pauline and the club’s
commercial department to find a solution, we had to postpone
our sponsored game until next season.
WAYNE BROWN TESTIMONIAL
The Exiles were delighted to
present Wayne Brown an engraved clock to mark his testimonial
game in May. The clock inscribed ‘TO WAYNE BROWN,
FOR GREAT SAVES AND TRUE LOYALTY, CHESTER CITY EXILES,
MAY 2004’ was presented to Wayne at half-time.
Pauline Meakins presents
Wayne his clock on behalf of the Exiles, with Sue
Choularton and Robert Evans.
[Reprinted from the Chester
Chronicle promotion edition]
This season the Chester
City Exiles are celebrating their 20 year anniversary
and there could be no better celebration than to get promoted
back into the Football League as Champions.
Blues fans everywhere, our world fell apart four seasons
ago when we were relegated and although we may not get
to see our beloved Blues play as often as local fans,
the pain was just as unbearable.
Ironically, the problems that the
Club faced in the relegation and following season probably
did more to bring the Exiles together then than the
previous 16 years! During this time we organized a number
of crisis meetings in London and we were sometimes joined
by special guests such as the Chester City Supporters
Trust Chairman, Graham Ross and Radio 5Live presenter,
Jonathan Legard, himself an Exile member. Bizarrely,
we also found ourselves, traveling home specially to
'miss' a match during the boycott and join up with home
fans on the picket line.
wouldn’t be telling the truth if we said we have
disliked playing in the Conference because once we found
our way to some of the more obscure clubs we have actually
looked forward to these fixtures the following season.
One of our favourite trips has been to Forest Green.
It is not the easiest place to get to by train, let
alone find on the map! But it is located in one of the
most picturesque parts of the country and we found the
club officials (and taxi drivers) there as welcoming
as their surroundings. In fact, we couldn’t have
wished for a nicer club to take three points of us this
Missing matches is one thing but not
having the opportunity to see the goals on Football
League Extra late on a Monday night has been another
downside of non-league football for UK based Exiles.
However, the televised Conference matches have more
than compensated for this particularly when Chester
discovered how to win them! The Exiles have now adopted
The Famous Three Kings sports pub in West Kensington
as our ‘second home’ for televised matches
and we have even outnumbered (and out sung) Manchester
City fans on one occasion when they were playing the
same night! Sadly we probably won’t be watching
many televised Chester games next season unless, of
course, we have that long overdue Cup run!
Although a lot of the Exiles live
in and around London, we also have members all round
the UK, in Scotland and Ireland as well as Australia,
Finland, Canada and the US to name but a few of the
countries where the blue flag flies. During the recent
Shrewsbury match a number of them logged on to the internet
Devachat message board to share the tension and suffering
with other exiled blues fans all over the world! Some
Chester fans may have moaned about getting tickets for
the Hereford match but spare a thought for Dave in Australia
or Ian in Hong Kong!
As Chester City fans, we have had
our fair share of disappointment in the past and we
know better than to look ahead at possible Division
Three fixtures for next season until it is all over.
But one or two of us have had our own personal hopes
in recent weeks. I have been secretly monitoring Cambridge
United’s fight against relegation as I can’t
wait to see the Blues play again at the Abbey Stadium
so I can renew old rivalries with friends and colleagues.
Sue C is planning her bus journey from her home in Bristol
to watch City play at nearby Bristol Rovers and Secretary,
Steve Mansley, is already mapping out some new (or is
that old?) real ale pubs to visit.
Not only has this season given
us more pleasure than most of us can ever remember, it
has been a great honour to support such a successful and
professional team. Chester City supporters everywhere
owe a debt of gratitude to Steve Vaughan for making all
this possible and we hope he will be at the Club for some
time to come. In fact, we may even give him an honorary
life membership of the Exiles next season just to persuade
Ian Atkins – May 2000
Barrow sacking, Barrie Hipkiss Deva ban – June