Chester Football Club Gets The Deva Stadium


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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27 Responses

  1. Congratulations CFU, and sincerest best wishes towards Chester FC. You didn’t let the bastards grind you down, and you’ve come out the other end with a club to support.

    And thanks to Ian for writing such well-researched and supportive articles.

    Long live Chester.

  2. Phil Chester says:


    Echo the comments of Matt, you have proved to be a great help to us all at Chester 200%…thank you.

  3. James Langley Mill says:

    Bang on 200%, as always. Chester till I die!

  4. NWAS says:

    Brilliant article, which has me in tears at the end of a long and difficult day. The support and help given by 200% has been invaluable, and whilst we have some difficult times ahead, excuse this old Chester fan of going to bed on an optimistic (about football!) note for the first time in years. It will be a long, tortuous road, but to echo Phil above, in a song that will definately be ringing out over Eastgate Street tomorrow night, “Chester ARE back, Chester ARE back, hello, hello!!!”

  5. DaneBuster says:

    Great article as ever, and our thanks to you for highlighting our story so clearly, more than any local press could ever do!

    Oh Chester we love you…

  6. Micky F says:

    Some good news at last. Congrats CFU, you are a credit to your town and your club.

  7. carl williams says:


  8. CTT says:

    This is tremendous news.

    All the best for everyone involved in getting your football club back up and running.

  9. Lol says:

    Finally something to shout about for CFU. Good luck in your new adventure.

  10. East Stand Blue says:

    Agree with Mark (NWAS), this has bought me to tears this morning reading this, what a fantastic day for Chester FC.

    I’m gutted that I am on holiday for the first week of the season (if we get into the Northern Premier League) but I will be singing from Vienna!

    CFC till I die!

  11. Livzy says:

    I only found 200% recently but what a great website!


    Fantastic news!! Congratulations to all concerned. A Chester club playing at the Deva in the hands of it’s fans is the very least you deserve. Hope you enjoy the journey through the leagues as we have done at AFC Wimbledon.

  13. Steve Thomas says:

    Excellent news for CFU and the people of Chester. It’s also a victory for proper football people around the country and should serve as a beacon of hope for other fans who find their clubs being run poorly.

    And well done to 200% for making sure the whole story received as much exposure as possible.

  14. mick says:

    Well done lads, chuffed for you.

  15. Woody says:


  16. Stefan says:

    Marvellous news. Wish the new club all the best. People like the Vaughan family should never been allowed to run a football club.
    They are criminals and should be in prison and should never ever
    be allowed to run any business let alone football clubs.

  17. Congratulations to all Chester supporters.

    Scarborough Athletic fan.

  18. TonyM says:

    Congratulations to all involved with CFU and the bid, perhaps now is when the hard work really starts but at least it can be approached in the knowledge that it will be the work of fans, for the fans that gets the club back on its feet. Best of luck

  19. Andy Morgan says:

    Great news!! So pleased for CFU and all the fans. Congrats from this Stockport County fan who’ll defo be popping over to the Deva to catch at least one game next season!!! Wishing you all the best for the future.

  20. man i just cant wait for this gamewow , i cant wait for this game

  21. CCFC fan says:

    Another brilliant article by you once again and I get the feeling that if you ever come to the Deva you won’t have to buy a beer!



  22. Ralph says:

    The CFU deserve a considerable pat on the back for they way they handled themselves throughout all this, as a Barrow supporter, I know how Stephen Vaughan operates and how dangerous he is, but that’s all in the past now, and Vaughan the Dishonest has been exorcised from the game and good riddance. Onwards and upwards (through the pyramid) for the new Chester, fancy a friendly during the summer?


  23. Mike says:

    This is fantastic news! I haven’t been to a chester match now for a few years, but this is to good to be true, where do i get my season ticket? Still cant believe this. COME ON CHESTER!

    P.S about the managers position i have great credentials, on football manager 2009 i got chester to the premiership after 6 seasons :D :D (good old loaning aresnals youngsters worked a treat!)

  24. MIKE TANTON says:

    Great News,

    City are back in business, they were the first league team I ever watched 60 years ago my Dad took me I remember Eric Lee, George Scales, Ron Hughes, Billy Foulkes, Con Burgess, Wee Wiily Whindle & Tommy Astbury.

    I came from Mold and had the choice of Wrexham or Chester but alway stayed true to “The boys in Blue”

    I wish them and everybody involved with the club a great new start
    and a fantastic future.

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