It Couldn’t Have Been Closer: How Chester’s Season Went To The Wire


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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11 Responses

  1. Banksy says:

    Excellent report – it’s been an amazing journey so far, and Friday was a reward for everyone’s efforts.

    As you it starts again in August!

  2. SW19 Womble says:

    Good on ya Chester!

  3. JJ says:

    Nearly 2 thousand away fans I heard, amazing for this league.

  4. DAVE ROBERTS cfc says:

    the crowd was 2400 & we had 2300 of that i spotted no more than 50 garforth when they scored, it was deathly quiet,not a match we enjoyed & deserved to lose . title was won over the season tho & not on just 1 game. unlucky skem !!we tried to blow it for you but you wernt quite good enough but you gave it a good go & im sure youll go up via play-offs. chester fans have shown football the way to go at lower levels & our support at this tier should be recognised assomething special.great report above as well,nice to see the true story told ! weve come from nothing to champions in 12 months.even the ground wasnt a given right, a buisness plan had to be delivered to the council to convince them we could run a club & had the support out there to do it.

  5. william temple says:

    Our journey thus far has been rewarding.Please come back in August,your articles are excellent.

  6. One of the (many) fools says:

    Great article!!
    It was around 2200 away fans in the 8th tier of English football! The old club was lucky to that many for a home game even when in the football league. Just shows that fans owned community clubs are the future. Well run, making profits – that all have to be ploughed back into the club, and to top it all CHAMPIONS in our first season.

  7. DaveDent says:

    A well written article that really sums our season up. It’s not Chester unless we have to sweat for it, unlucky but well done to Skem & most of us would like to see them promoted as well.However massive thanks must be made to the Board,Staff and playing staff of Chester & the great job & selfless unpaid hours of work they’ve done to raise our club from the ashes of Chester City. Now it’s our turn, by bringing in more supporters in our next season.

    Onwards and upwards through thick and thin, good times and bad, I’m proud to say Chester Til I Die.

  8. ian cook says:

    Great article,, keep watching this space

  9. Richard says:

    That match was insane! The atmosphere was the most tense I’ve ever experienced. Very glad we won!

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