Chester City: The Norwegian Connection

Ian

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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7 Responses

  1. Bernard says:

    This saga is getting better than Corrie St.

    And its great to be kept informed.

    Thank you.

  2. NottyImp says:

    A group of Norwegian students? Now that is proper bonkers. :)

  3. Albert Ross says:

    They need something to do in the dark nights up there…. I recall some Icelanders who were considering setting up a team specifically to try and get themselves into Championship Manager…

  4. alan says:

    I bet there are a few people Chester fans could name that they wish were “pining for the fjords”.
    Showing my age a bit.

  5. Hello Ian.
    My name is Håvard Rødal and I lead the group of norwegian students who`s trying to get through a purchase of Chester City Football Club. It may seem strange, but I appreciate your skeptism to our prosject, I think it is a fair, honest and natural skeptism. If no one were skeptical It would make me wonder. I read from your great article that you ask some questions to our knowledge and rightly so. I would like to answer as good as possible the issues you mention in this article.

    1. We don`t have any legal contact at the moment, but before any negosiation can start this must be on place, of course. When it comes to the demands of running a club, I would guess it is much like the demands in norwegian football, which is quite hard demands. Taxes is another issue we are aware of and without saying I got big knowledge about british tax systems, in Norway we have taxes on everything and something we should know quite good. But this demands and systems is clearly something I must use the next weeks to learn more about.

    2. I take fully responsibility for taking this to the media before contacting the fans. This have been a bad move from my side, I am sorry if this meant you not respecting us and our prosject. The full blame is on me. We are fully aware about the demonstrations7actions that`s been against the current leaders and also about the work the fans of Chester has mobilized during the latest year. This info I have received from reading this site and other fans of Chester sites.

    3. We are planning the future based on the fact that Chester will play in the Blue Square North next year, as relegation seems impossible to prevent. If our group can demand anything for the possible owners it will be that atleast one representative of the supporters in the board room hopefully a couple more. Who would know more about the club than the supporters?

    4. We know that making a profit would be difficult, but still we see possibilites for a reasonable business. But this is not our main issue at the time. At the moment the most important is to save the club.

    For me, football is about emotions, identity and cohesion and this is our guidelines in our work with this prosject.

    Best regards,
    Håvard Rødal

  6. Håvard, are you aware on the Football Conference’s rules on exiting administration, other insolvency rulings and possible demotions to the Unibond League (which would seriously alter potential turnovers)?

    And what would you do if the club you bought was found to be unprofitable? It is all very well seeing “possibilites for a reasonable business”, but what if you had miscalculated? Could you give Chester Fans United a guarantee that you would not let the club die?

  7. ejh says:

    To my mind the Scottish banknotes constitute the high point of the season so far. Abolsutely fantastic.

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