Chester City: The Death Rattle – Part 14


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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18 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    Thanks for these posts about Chester, which are as fascinating as they are disgusting.

  2. ltfc4ever says:

    Once again an excellent article.

  3. Keith Hayward says:

    “The Vaughans may well cut and run”. That doesn’t sound likely in this quote from SV Jnr: “The Vaughan family will today contact the Football Conference and inform them that we will defer full payment until June 2011 and ensure that full funding will be made available to pay all of our outstanding creditors, i.e. rent, revenue and all players wages and players arrears, and other football creditors.”

    This sounds like the Vaughans turning up again in June 2011 and claiming Chester City back in place of their unpaid half million. If the Danish outfit lasts that long.

  4. Dermot O'Dreary says:

    “The selfish concerns of clubs that will vote against because they are too cowed to vote in favour of it or merely because they are utterly selfish and would find themselves a couple of points worse off if they did expel them will not be mentioned publicly. It may seem scarcely credible that they could act in such a way, but anyone that believes that they won’t should probably consider this comment, made by the chairman of Histon in this evening’s Cambridge Evening Post”

    I would guarantee that certain clubs will vote purely on the basis of the number of points that they have gained from matches against Chester. Mentioning no names, but STEVENAGE BOROUGH FC have already made lots of noise about legal action if Chester are expelled and their record expunged.

  5. Lol says:

    I have a Horrible feeling that the vote on Friday will do more harm to football and the conference itself than Chester City 2004 and the Vaughans.
    Morally, the obvious thing to do would be to expel CCFC but I believe self interest will overtake proceedings and the ineffectualness of footballs governing bodies will be exposed once again. It also makes perfectly clear the schism between those who make a living out of the game and those who genuinely support it (the fans!)
    Another great article about a really sad story but one that needs to be told. Keep up the good work!

  6. Martin says:

    I doubt HMRC will allow deferment to 2011 and that ought to do it.

    That is the sort of over-rule get-out clause that the Conference clubs are desperately thrashing about for.

    It all depends on whether they get a judge who knows anything about the history of this case I suppose.

  7. oxford says:

    LOL, had to laugh when i heard Mark Wright has a PR company :)

    Those Danes dont seem to know what theyre letting themselves in for.

    oh and thanks for having that expulsion meeting on Friday when my team would normally have travelled up on that day to play Chester on the saturday.why couldnt it have been sorted out earlier in the week?? have the police been paid?? will the players play?? bet its feckin postponed again thus affecting MY feckin team…..conference is a joke and getting more tinpot by the day…….

  8. Barry Ashworth says:

    Another great article- thanks for the quality and research and time that has gone into it.

  9. Chris Ross says:

    Great set of articles. Although I am a Stags supporter I really, really appreciate the time and effort involved in posting these articles and assure you that they are completely compelling to read. I hope against hope, that the supporters of Chester prevail and look back to you climbing the leagues again. Good luck, if any club and its supporters deserve some, it’s you lot.

  10. Lawrence says:

    We all sympathise with Chester. They’re can’t be a true fan who couldn’t.

    Being an oxford lifer i can easily remember the much worrying before and during Maxwells spell. we always said rather a club in the 4th than no club at all!! Well we got just that and worse.

    Your situation needs true support management to see it through, not more foreigners….Hopefully the norwegians are not looking at a small scale map and think they’re buying Liverpool…Well wot do they know!!

    The Conference is weak (as someone selfish with no understanding from my neck of the woods mentioned above)so you wont get the vote you require…It isn’t right or fair.

    An excellent post with sad content….
    The best of luck to you all….

  11. Dude Love says:

    Another brilliant article. It would have been good if someone had been fully documenting Vaughan’s time at Barrow; perhaps he would never had been allowed to get into Chester at all if people had seen what a crook he was. The whole shame about this is that Vaughan may end up getting his money back

  12. HeedBeers says:

    If they have to be removed from the league. Tbh honest their wouldnt be as big of a problem if they didnt have some teams playing the teice in the opening 12 weeks as we did when they had a strong competitive team and some team just picking th epoints up off the kids and demotivated team. If they made the fixtures correctly we would have all played them once and this problem wouldnt be as big. Unfortunitly for the supporters and us as Gateshead we played them twice at the beginning but I can see the teams at the top and bottom being against it.

    Good Luck Chester City Fans

  13. pete balsdon says:

    thank god vaughan never got tranmere rovers so very near what a joke come on duke westminster bail them out

  14. rob CCFC fan exiled in Scotland says:

    As a true city fan all my life I feel that the Vaughan family should never have had been a part of Chester City FC. Having watch the club slowly become a shadow of its former self has been truely disgusting to watch. I’m glad the Vaughans are selling ang going. May they never come back.

    This is a club that should be up in the 1st division at least. Given the amount of support that has been lost of the last 10 years, the glory days can come back along with supporters.

    Have faith in the potential new owners.

  15. Chris says:

    Great article!
    All my sympathy with the Chester Fans.

    Hope once the Danes have taken over the club they will actually run it properly and support and respect CFU. You guys need to work together to get Chester back on the map.

  16. Gareth Williams says:

    Great article by Ian, as a Wrexham supporter I feel so sad that this could happen to any of us . The conference have let you down in your Hour of need and fellow clubs will just look at their own needs , I hope my team do the right thing and vote to kick Vaughan and the present club out of the League
    All the best to C.F.U. I hope it works out for you
    Come back soon

  17. Lambo51 says:

    As a Bournemouth supporter, I watched the demise of Chester from League 2 and as an Ebbsfleet backer, I voted for the expulsion of Chester City because I am heartily sick of the financial mismanagement of your club and in football generally. I hope that CFU can get the backing to form a phoenix club that can rise as Aldershot and Accrington have done – but hopefully in a shorter timespan. Good luck for the future.

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