Chester City Football Club: The Death Rattle (Part 6!)


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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12 Responses

  1. Rob C says:

    The reason the Football League aren’t releasing the parachute payment is that Chester City signed an agreement in the summer, an agreement that enabled them to take part in the Conference this season, in which they agreed that the parachute money would only be released once Chester have paid off the football creditors. If Chester didn’t like it, they shouldn’t have signed it. They are using bully-boy tactics to try and get the money released.

  2. Jay - Chester says:

    Here’s some news I heard…..

    Apprantly Stephen Vaughan turned up to the Deva prior to the match on Saturday with a bag full of money to pay the player’s wages. Half was paid in cash and half was offered via cheque (which was rejected over fears of the bouncing, again).

    All transactions in a proper (non-tax dodging) outfit should be paid electronically. I can only speculate as to the amount of alleged cash in a bag and the legitimacy of where it came from.

    Big shout to the Chester Casuals for Saturday. You’ve make me proud. Well done lads!

  3. Mark Murphy says:

    Is there not also an issue about whether the parachute payment is owed to the oldCo (in administration) or the newCo? Or was that resolved somewhere between parts 4 and 5 and I missed it? Sorry, if so.

  4. Jonah Mann says:

    It’s a very sorry state of affairs at the deva.
    The fella Vaughan is deffo a wrong’un and it seems that until he is no longer involved at the club (in any form), then Chester city are doomed. The conference are a joke and made the biggest mistake of allowng the club membership in the summer, they should have refused them membership (as per their rules) and this might have forced Vaughan out. As it is the league has become a laughing stock, the Chester fans dont know where they stand and Vaughan is still in control.
    Put them out of their misery and let them have their club back, even if it does mean them playing in the Welsh premier league or the Unibond.

  5. Phil Chester says:

    You were doing so well then Jonah, right up to the Welsh League comment!

    The issues at our club are going to roll on for some time to come if Vaughan gets the go ahead to carry on this Thursday. From all of the reports that I have read from the Conference it’s only the footballing creditor issues that are being discussed at this moment in time, nothing about the questions over the legality of Vaughan Juniors ownership.

    It’s a real dilemma for us Chester fans because we don’t want the club to go to the wall BUT we don’t want the Vaughan clan involved any more. Sadly the only way that many of us see this going now is for the club in its current form going to the wall and a new club forming.

  6. Martin says:

    It doesn’t just make the Conference look bad, it makes football look bad. Chester were an established Football League team for decades and

    This is all about the Football League members club ensuring that they *always* have somewhere to land if the worst happens.

    If the Conference had killed Chester in the summer as they ought to have done, the Football League would have pulled up the drawbridge, taken its ball and gone home.

  7. Jonah Mann says:

    It’s my understanding that if the football creditors havent been paid what they are owed by the emergency meeting, then Chester will be expelled. Dark days indeed.

  8. Phil Chester says:

    So Vaughan escapes again thanks to the spineless footballing authorities.

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