Chester’s Summer Crisis Continues

It’s one step forward and two steps back for the long-suffering supporters of Chester City. They might have hoped (or even expected) that relegation back into the Blue Square Premier and a spell in administration might have been as bad as things could get, but the Football Association last week suspended the club’s license to play, forcing them to cancel their pre-season matches and throwing into doubt yet again the likelihood of their starting the Blue Square Premier season in three weeks’ time. Yet again, we have to look at the behaviour of Stephen Vaughan – one of lower division football’s more “colourful” owners – to see the reasons for the FA’s disquiet over goings-on at The Deva Stadium. The story seems to have started earlier this year when the legal ownership of Chester City Football Club was transferred from Vaughan into the name of his son, Stephen Vaughan Junior. Following their relegation from the Football League at the end of last season, Chester brought in the administrators, and it is this that seems to be the reason for the transfer of ownership of the club. The FA’s “fit & proper person” test may be weak and feeble, but anyone that takes a club into administration more than once is barred from being a club director. Vaughan circumvented this ruling – he wasn’t in charge, on paper at least....

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