Tag: Chester City

100 Owners: Number 89 – Terry Smith (Chester City)

There are several clubs which will turn up more than once on this list, and one of those is Chester City FC. The story of this particular clubs last twenty years is one that could fill a book on its own, but its demise can largely be traced to the activities of three men. One, Stephen Vaughan, is unlikely to openly become involved in the running of a football club after being banned under the FAs Fit & Proper Persons rules, from being involved in the directorship of any business at the end of 2009. Another is Mark Guterman, another man that warrants a chapter of his own in this particular series. The third is a man from the United States of America whose two years in charge of the club left it without a place in the Football League for the first time since 1931 – Terry Smith.  Moving into The Deva Stadium in 1992 after two years playing their home matches in Macclesfield should have been the start of a new beginning for Chester City. It was, but perhaps not in the way that supporters of the club might have hoped for. Owner Mark Guterman had planned for Chester City to establish themselves as a feeder club to Manchester City in 1996, and idea that was quickly put to bed when he was petitioned for bankruptcy and...

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Chester FC & Northwich Victoria: Poles Apart In The Same Division

End of season title deciders in non-league football have a tendency to bring out vastly inflated crowds which hint at the potential of a club were it to be playing at a higher level, and this weekend was no exception with a crowd of 5,009 people turning out at The Exacta Stadium in Chester to see Chester FC draw 1-1 with Northwich Victoria to lift the Premier Division title in the Northern Premier League. Yet this was far from being so much as an ‘ordinary’ end of season title decider, because seldom have two clubs both circling at the top of a division had such differing prognoses for the future.  Yesterday’s match brought Chester their second successive championship since their reformation after the mid-season financial collapse and closure in 2010, and promotion to the Blue Square Bet North for the start of next season marks the arrival of the club in the division that the original Chester City might have found itself had it been allowed to continue to limp along under its previous, thoroughly discredited ownership. That the club needed to be allowed to die and be reborn during the 2009/10 season was a truth that was an uncomfortable one to have to swallow, but the reborn club’s success has vindicated those that boycotted the club during its final weeks in order to force the issue. More importantly than that,...

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The Return Of The Vaughan(s) – Nemesis Of Chester, Barrow & Widnes

It’s a familiar enough scene to anybody that has ever been to the movies. The bad guy gets shot, and some soothing music is played but, just as the audience settles down after the previous few minutes of tension, the music cranks up a notch and what we thought was his lifeless hand grips the handle of his gun again. There are some people in life who just keep bouncing back, and this afternoon the website of the North West Counties League published an announcement that will have raised eyebrows from Cumbria to Cheshire – the return, after a short absence, of the Vaughan family to non-league football. We can only presume that, this time around, there were no clubs in the area that would take them on, since their newest venture seems to be a completely new club, which will be named Widnes Town FC. This new club, if accepted into the English league system, intends to play its home matches at Halton Stadium, the 13,350 capacity home of Widnes Vikings RLFC and Everton’s reserve team. The ground was also one of the final resting places of the late Runcorn FC Halton, who sold their own ground to move there in 2000, before leaving the ground in 2005 because they were unable to maintain the rent on it. The club folded a year later. The new club will...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 15/01/2012

This week’s non-league videos of the week features four matches from the Second Round of the FA Trophy. With only thirty-two teams left in the competition at this stage, the scent of a Wembley final is starting to drift into the air, and our four matches tonight feature twenty-five goals. First up is a match between two clubs that are owned by their supporters, as Ebbsfleet United of the Blue Square Premier play Chester of the Northern Premier League. Our second match sees Salisbury City, of the Blue Square South, play another Blue Square Premier Club, York City. Third up is the match between Dartford and Boston United, and finally Weymouth are at home against Alfreton Town. Our thanks go to those that take the time to record, edit and upload these videos. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Match Of The Week: Chester 2-1 FC United Of Manchester

July, some say, is a little too early for the football season to start. The new season lumbers to life each year in the manner of a bear awakening from hibernation. We don’t merely leap to life, ready to jump into another year of those twin false gods of hope and despair, though. We have to be spoonfed our addiction, as if on a drip and we have to be cajoled back into action. This afternoon was the sporting equivalent of hearing the alarm sound and realising that, yes, it’s time to rise from the slumbersome pleasures of the close season. No more Saturday afternoon barbecues or the pretence of having a plethora of different interests for you, dear football supporter! It’s that time of year again. This afternoon at The Deva Stadium, however, we were shaken to life with rather more of a jolt than we may have been anticipating. The Supporters Direct Cup may be a match borne from an organisation fostering togetherness and sense of solidarity amongst those of different persuasions, but no-one seemed to have passed this particular version of the script to the players of Chester FC and FC United of Manchester. Indeed, in a more competitive environment this match would likely have produced a rash of cards from the referee, including more than one of the scarlet variety. This was a feisty match,...

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