The latest players
to sign for Chester are Greg Stones a defender who
has played for Rhyl and TNS. Also joining the club
is former TNS, Bangor and Rhyl striker Mark Connolly.
28 May 2010
YOUNG MAKES FIRST SIGNINGS
Manager Neil Young
has made his first signings as squad building for
the 2010/11 season gets underway at Deva Stadium.
Welcome to the following who join the squad today:
Position — Centre Back
Danny is a former Northwich Victoria, Morecambe,
and Stockport County player.
Rob will be joining Chester from Colwyn Bay, and
is a tall physical player who finished top scorer
with 23 goals for Bay last season as they gained
promotion from the Unibond North League.
Richard joins the Blues from Burscough FC.
Daniel joins Chester from Bamber Bridge Football
Club, and comes with experience of Conference
More signings are expected
soon as Chester’s preparation for next season
Richard, joins from Cammell Lairds FC.
27 May 2010
SECOND FRIENDLY ANNOUNCED
will travel the short distance to play Airbus
UK on Tuesday 20 July. The match will kick-off
at 19:30hrs and thanks to a generous offer
from the hosts, half of the proceeds will
be donated to Chester FC.
Games against both Bangor City and Tranmere
Rovers are also possibilities as manager Neil
Young looks to put his new squad together
through the summer.
CFU ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
City Fans United (CFU)
hold their Annual General Meeting tonight at the
Home Guard Social Club on Canal Street, Chester.
Doors open at 19:45 for a 20:00hrs start. New manager
Neil Young will be in attendance and he will draw
the winners of the Seals Lottery, and also the Member-Get-Member
scheme for May.
During the AGM the following items will be presented
Board’s Annual Report
Ratification of New Board
Member in the absence of challenging candidates
Accounts for the Financial
Year ending November 2009 & Accountant’s
Independent Examination Report
Appointment of Accountant
to carry out an Audit for Financial Year ending
Adopt Supporters Direct
model rules for a Supporter run Football Club
Any other business
All members are urged to attend the meeting and
hear the latest new regarding CFU and Chester FC.
As this is a members only meeting, please
bring your membership card with you.
25 May 2010
MANAGEMENT DUO AT THE DEVA
management team of Neil Young (below left) and his
assistant Gary Jones were introduced to the press
at Deva Stadium today. In an interview later on
radio Merseyside the new man in charge said he hoped
to have his first five or six signings in place
by the weekend.
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21 May 2010
YOUNG APPOINTED CHESTER BOSS
Chester have wasted
no time in appointing their new manager, he’s
former Colwyn Bay boss Neil Young and he brings
with him his assistant, Chester-born Gary Jones,
after the two clubs agreed their release. The pair
spent 18 months at the Unibond Division One North
side and recently guided the team to promotion via
Chester FC Chief Executive Officer, Steve Ashton
said, “We are absolutely delighted with the
appointment of Neil and Gary, they are a successful
management team and have shown their commitment
to Chester FC, both recognise the long term potential
of the club and have demonstrated this by coming
to the Deva. We look forward to being joined by
Neil and Gary, and we would like to thank Colwyn
Bay for the way they have conducted themselves.”
Young told the official Colwyn Bay website: “It’s
with a heavy heart that today I will be leaving
Colwyn Bay. I have had a fantastic 18 months at
the club and the win and scenes at Lancaster in
the play off final will live with me forever.”
“Myself and Gary would
like to thanks the directors and officials of
Colwyn Bay for giving us the opportunity to manage
such a great club and the fans who I can't speak
highly enough of for the loyal support and kind
words during my time as manager.”
“I hope we have brought
you enjoyable times and that the club under their
new manager prospers both on and off the field.
Again, Thank You.”
Chester will play a pre-season friendly at Llanelian
Road on Saturday 10 July as part of the deal.
CLUB APPEAL AGAINST LEAGUE
It has been confirmed
that the club have appealed to the Football Association
over their placing at Step 5 in the league structure.
The appeal follows an enquiry for clarification
on the criteria and subsequent reasons for the decision
to be placed in Step 5, Chester FC await the response
to this request.
CHESTER ARE BACK...
was the overwhelming feeling among the 500+ supporters
who turned up last night at the Guildhall to herald
the launch of Chester FC, a new community club for
the people of Chester.
With the launch comes the new club crest designed
by Martin Huxley who is a lifelong Chester fan,
and City Fans United member. It’s a stylised
version of the traditional wolf’s head with
crown crest and is shown rising ‘phoenix-like’
from the flames. A superb evolution from the previous
Grenville Millington, Andy Walsh general manager
of FC United of Manchester and many others made
speeches to the packed crowd and there was a tremendous
reception for former goalscoring hero Daryl Clare
who came over from Lincolnshire to be inducted into
the CFU Hall of Fame.
some simple ways you can help your Club.
• Recruit your friends and family into CFU
• Donate to the Blues Fund to help us start
• Take out a regular Standing Order Contribution
• Join the Blues Lottery
• Volunteer to help at the Club
• Get any company or organisation to sponsor
the Club in some way
• Once the season starts get as many friends,
colleagues and family along to matches as you can
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20 May 2010
HISTORIC NIGHT FOR SUPPORTERS
Tonight marks the
official re-birth of Chester Football Club. An open
meeting at the Chester Guildhall, Watergate Street,
supporters will see the unveiling of the new club
crest, an update of City Fans United (CFU) activities,
and detailed information on how the public of Chester
can help make a success of their new football club
Former player and goal scoring
hero of the 2004 Conference championship season
Daryl Clare will be in attendance as he is inducted
as the third member of the CFU Hall of Fame joining
Grenville Millington and Gary Talbot the two other
players with the accolade.
The meeting starts at 20:00hrs
with the doors opening 30 minutes beforehand. This
is open to all supporters, whether CFU members or
not and entrance is free.
MANAGERIAL APPOINTMENT SOON?
Chester FC could have
its first team manager in place by the end of next
week. Chief executive Steve Ashton has received
over 50 enquiries for the position and is already
drawing up a short list of suitable candidates after
the deadline for applications closed yesterday.
Ashton told the Chester Chronicle: “We have
been interviewing and shortlisting candidates as
we’ve been going along as there’s no
time to waste.”
“We’re hoping to have something by the
end of next week, which will mean we’ve made
an offer by the end of May and have someone in place
for the beginning of June.”
CFU chairman Chris Pilsbury told the Evening Leader:
“I hope the news regarding the league we will
be playing in won’t affect the ambitions of
those managers who have applied for the job.”
“Yes, we will be starting
lower down the pyramid than we originally thought,
but it’s the same Chester Football Club
and those people who have applied will feel they
are able to take us all the way back to where
we came from. I haven’t seen the list of
names that have applied for the manager’s
job, but I am aware that there are a number of
candidates who are former Football League managers.”
“Not one of the applicants
has pulled out which is good to hear, and I am sure
whoever does get the job will be wanting to make
18 May 2010
STATEMENT FROM THE VODKAT LEAGUE
Following the recommendation
by the Football Association that Chester FC join
Level 5 next season the Vodkat League have issued
the following statement on their website today.
“The League Management Committee has received
a recommendation from the FA that the newly formed
Chester FC should be placed at Step 5 in the National
League System, in the Vodkat League Premier Division.
The League Secretary has requested
clarification from the FA on a number of points
relating to this issue, and further details will
be published on the league website once a response
has been received from the FA.
For the purposes of clarity,
whatever final decision is made, it will not affect
promotion and relegation issues already decided
for the 2009-10 season.
Given the current speculation
surrounding this issue, it should also be pointed
out that the normal process for the election of
any club to our league is as follows.
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 19th June, until then, any pronouncements
or assumptions about Chester FC or any other club
joining our league are premature.”
17 May 2010
VODKAT START FOR CHESTER
Fans United have been informed that Chester FC will
start next season at non-league level 5 at the highest,
in the Vodkat
League (The North West Counties League). This
will come as a big disappointment to many who were
expecting the new club to start higher in The Evo-Stik
North or South League. They will now start at least
four levels down from where they were when they
were kicked out of the Football Conference.
It is yet to be confirmed in
the club start in the Vodkat Premier Division,
though CFU have been informed that would be recommended
by the FA. Other teams in that division, and our
possible opponents next year include: Congleton
Town, Winsford United, Alsager Town, Ramsbottom
United and Nelson, the team Chester replaced when
they joined the Football League back in 1931!.
The First Division, which may still be a possibility,
includes: Atherton Collieries, Eccleshall, Wigan
Robin Park and AFC Liverpool.
The Vodkat League was formed
in 1982 with the amalgamation of the Cheshire
County League and the Lancashire Combination.
On hearing of the news, City Fans United (CFU)
released the following statement this afternoon.
“Chester Football Club can confirm that
they have received notice that The Leagues Committee
of The FA have recommended that the reformed club
be placed at Step 5 of the National League System.
Step 5 is the North West Counties League Premier
“There were no vacancies
within Step 3 or 4 to be allocated to Chester
FC, this was a major contributory factor in the
Chester FC CEO Steve Ashton
commented: “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.”
13 May 2010
CHESTER FC LAUNCH NIGHT
City Fans United are
holding a meeting at the Chester Guildhall in Watergate
Street on Thursday 20 May when Chester FC will be
The new club crest will be revealed to those at
the meeting which is set up to celebrate the birth
of the new club. Entry is free and is open to all
supporters, whether CFU members or not. Those wishing
to join the ever-growing organisation can of course
do so on the night. Doors open at 19:20 in readiness
for a 20:00 start.
With just 12 weeks to the start of the new season,
City Fans United are proud to present the official
re-birth of Chester Football Club this Thursday
at a public meeting at the Guild Hall, in Chester,
commencing at 8pm with doors opening from 7.30pm
as the people of Chester are invited to throw their
support behind the club.
will be an historic night in one of the most historic
buildings in Chester, which will include the dramatic
revelation of the new club crest, and how we intend
on building a football club from scratch in a
short space of time.
Blues legends Daryl Clare and
Grenville Millington will be joining us on this
momentous occasion, and we’ll also be giving
a full update on the progress being made for the
future of Chester FC, including our plans for
the Community involvement and the CFU Junior Blues.
It will also be a night where
we'll be looking for the public to throw their
weight behind Chester FC, as the more money that
is raised, the better Manager Chester FC will
be able to hire, and a bigger playing budget he
will be given.
CFU Chairman, Chris Pilsbury
said, “It's the chance for the Chester public
to come to the club's re-birth and send a message
to the people of Chester, the Council, key potential
sponsors, and the FA that we are back. Every single
fan will make a difference and this their chance
to show that Chester FC mean business!”
9 May 2010
SEARCH FOR MANAGER BEGINS
Chester FC have advertised
for a manager in today’s Non-League Paper,
the closing dates for applications is 19 May. Those
interested in applying should send their CV along
with a covering letter to Steve Ashton, Chief Executive,
Chester FC, Deva Stadium, Bumpers Lane, Chester
CH1 4LT. Applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashton told the NLP: “I'll
lead us off the pitch, but we need to find the
man to take us forward on it. It is a different
situation to what many managers face when applying
for a new job. The club has no players, so clearly
we need someone who can piece together a talented
squad from scratch. What we haven't got is a great
deal of time to find the right person.”
“We don’t know
what division we will be competing in, but the playing
budget has already been set. We have a business
plan and we are determined to make a strong start.
We really want to hit the ground running wherever
we are. We hope to get some extra sponsorship in
place and our aim is to make this a community club
which the people of Chester and our fans can be
proud of. Hopefully we can prove that both on and
off the pitch.”
6 May 2010
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
the lease of the ground now in their hands, the
CFU and notified the Football Association of their
intentions for Chester FC to play at Deva Stadium
next August. At what level in the non-league pyramid
they will be playing remains to be seen but it could
be as high as the Evo-Stik Premier League � previously
the UniBond Premier. In effect only one down from
where they would have been had the previous club
carried on and been relegated to the Conference
North this year.
It seems more likely though that Chester could start
the 2010/11 season a division below that in either
the Evo-Stik First Division North or South.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE REVEALED
Steve Ashton has been
named as the chief executive put in charge of seeing
the return of football to Deva Stadium. Ashton,
who was born in Chester and is a lifelong City fan,
is head of sports partnerships at Bank of America
(previously known as MBNA) and will fill the role
for eight months at no cost to the club.
Ashton, in his first official interview
in the position told the Chester Chronicle: “I’m
absolutely delighted to be taking this role as it
allows me to put my skills into my football club,”
said Mr Ashton, whose position at Bank of America
means he has close relationships with a host of
Premier League clubs including Liverpool FC.
“A key to my role will
be harnessing the business community and working
in partnership with the business community to
realise the potential of the club.
involvement is critical to the success of the club
and that is why I would urge anyone with an interest
to get in touch right away.”
5 May 2010
CFU GAIN DEVA CONTROL
an historic day for football in the city of Chester,
as City Fans United (CFU) have been granted control
of the lease of Deva Stadium by Cheshire West and
Chester Council for the next five years. The council
have now urged the Chester public and local business
to support and advise the new club on their venture.
After months of dedicated hard work and relentless
media campaigning by CFU, at both local and national
level, the ambitious plans to launch a community
club, Chester FC, this summer have taken a huge
step forward with this news.
City Fans United have issued the following statement...
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 been assigned to City Fans United.
This will enable Chester Football Club to use the
ground from a date to be confirmed.
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 email@example.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
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org
with your interest and you will be contacted by
a member of the board.
COUNCIL OFFERS DEVA STADIUM
LEASE TO CITY FANS UNITED
West and Chester Council have decided to offer a
five year lease on the Deva Stadium to City Fans
United – supporters group pledged to maintain
league football in the city.
decision announced today (Wednesday) was made
after detailed consideration of the business cases
presented by CFU and Danish Consortium, Fodbold
Both bidders presented their
business case to a special panel led by Chief
Executive Steve Robinson and including independent
business men and a advisor with experience of
the establishment of a Phoenix Club.
Later both groups were questioned
by panel members and asked to clarify issues raised
during the presentation.
Today (Wednesday) Chief Executive
Steve Robinson issued the following statement;
“The Panel was impressed
with the professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment
shown by both groups. Consequently, reaching a
final decision has not been easy.
“Strengths and weaknesses in both cases
have been carefully assessed and balanced in the
knowledge that time-scales governing this process
are acutely short, if Chester is to have league
football next season.”
“The Danish Consortium combined an obvious
passion for English football with some very innovative
ideas and financial support, both immediate and
“We are extremely grateful for their very
keen interest and the considerable time taken
to formulate the bid and travel to the U.K to
present their case.
“However, it was the Panel’s unanimous
view that City Fans United, 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.
“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.
“Whilst the Danish Consortium is bound to
be disappointed with the outcome, their enthusiasm
to be involved with Chester FC, could perhaps
still be channeled into working with and providing
support to CFU.”
For further information please
contact Ian Callister, Senior Media Relations Manager
on 01244 972216 or Steve Robinson Chief Executive
on 01244 975968