Tag: Chester City

A Matter Of Trust: Some Supporter-Owned Highlights From 2011

It is the end, then, of another long, hard season, and perhaps now is an appropriate time to be looking at how those clubs that are owned and run by their supporters trusts this season managed to fair. As AFC Wimbledon paraded the trophy that confirmed their accession into the Football League nine years after their formation, the words of the FA’s committee, that a new club in the borough would be, “not in the wider interests of football”, have never sounded more hollow. Wimbledon, however, are just one of nineteen clubs in England, Scotland and Wales that are owned by supporters trusts, and they are not the only one of these to have had some degree of success this season. It is worth, then, taking a moment to reflect upon some of the other Supporters Trust-owned clubs that have had cause for celebration this season. Gretna FC 2008: Gretna FC were a prime example of how the sugar daddy model of football club ownership can fail. Funded by Brooks Mileson, the club rose swiftly through the ranks of Scottish football, played in the UEFA Cup and competed in the 2006 Scottish Cup final, where they only lost on penalties to Heart of Midlothian. However, promotion to the Scottish Premier League meant that the club had to abandon its home, Raydale Park, and play its home matches at Motherwell....

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The Decline, Fall And Rebirth Of Chester City

Was it really two years ago? I am in the middle of rebuilding this site for a summer relaunch, and some of the new pages that will be available will be covering various running themes that we have gone into over the course of the last five years or so. I thought that I may as well put these up as posts as well, so that you can trace back some of longer running sagas. As some of you may already be aware, one of the most persistent themes of the 2009/10 season was the fall from grace of Chester City. Here’s how we reported their story at the time. 1. Chester City’s Administration & Stephen Vaughan: Very briefly, during a round-up of clubs in crisis at the start of May 2009, we reported that Chester City, who had just been relegated from the Football League, were due to enter into administration. This article, first written on the 18th of May 2009, brought together Stephen Vaughan’s dealings during his time at Barrow AFC and some of the previous goings-on at The Deva Stadium. 2. Chester’s Summer Crisis Continues: By the start of July 2009, it was becoming apparent that the problems at Chester City were more than merely being a matter of the club entering into administration when the FA refused to renew their licence to play until certain...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week

We have a lot of videos to get through for this week’s non-league videos of the week, as the non-league season comes to an end and the end of season play-offs begin. First up, comes a match from the race for the play-off places in the Blue Square South. With Braintree Town already promoted to the Blue Square Premier as champions of the division, most eyes on the last day of the season turned to the question of who will be joining them. Chelmsford City have been hanging around the play-off places for most of the season, and they went into their final league match of the season knowing that a win would guarantee them a place in the Blue Square South play-offs. They were at home against a Hampton & Richmond Borough side that have spent much of their season just above the relegation places and who went into Saturday’s match already safe in the knowledge that they were just about already safe.   The Blue Square South play-off semi-finals will, therefore, be between Farnborough FC and Woking, while Chelmsford City will travel to Ebbsfleet United in the other match. In the Premier Division of the Ryman League, meanwhile, a similar situation had arisen. Sutton United had been crowned as the champions of the division several weeks ago, but the race for the play-off places has been one...

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It Couldn’t Have Been Closer: How Chester’s Season Went To The Wire

The end of the domestic football season can perhaps be best summarised as a full sensory overload. It’s an intoxicating mixture of the stifling warmth of the spring, mixed with stomach-wrenching nervousness and the occasional feeling, or realisation, that something, or rather something else, is happening elsewhere. It’s a time of year when we are suddenly required to have a graduate level of mental arithmetic, nerves of titanium and, if all goes well, the drinking capacity of a dromedary. This season, though, it seems unlikely that any league will end up quite as tight as Division One North of the Evostik Northern Premier League did by Friday lunchtime. While London – as well as many other places – was being bedecked in Union Jacks in preparation for the royal shindig, certain pockets of the north of England were preparing for something very different altogether. On paper, the race for the title was already more or less complete. Chester FC had seen their double-digit lead whittled away to just three points by Skelmersdale United and, while Chester supporters may have grabbed for the comfort blanket of a goal difference superior to Skelmersdale’s to the tune of eight, even this was complicated by the vagaries of non-league football. While Chester travelled to Garforth Town needing a point to secure the title, Skelmersdale were at home against second from bottom – and...

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As Stephen Vaughan Goes To Prison: Chester FC, One Year On

Revenge, it is said, is a dish best served cold and, while the imprisonment of Stephen Vaughan for fifteen months at the North Liverpool Community Justice Centre yesterday was an incident unrelated to his involvement in football, there may be some people in Chester that will regard this sentence as some degree of providence, held over for what he did to their club. Vaughan was imprisoned for punching a  police officer after an incident outside his house, following an incident at a pub on the Wirral. The judge, David Fletcher CBE, said of Vaughan’s behaviour that it was, “It was extremely unattractive. It involved a police officer making a perfectly legitimate inquiry.” His son, along with another man, was given a six month community order and 120 hours unpaid work after admitting threatening behaviour. That this news should emerge on this of all weeks is particularly striking, as it was almost exactly a year to a day since the final act of Vaughan’s failure as the owner of Chester City FC was played out at the High Court in London. On the 10th of March 2010, with no-one even there to try and defend the club’s honour, Chester City, who had already been expelled from the Football Conference, were wound up. It was a moment to pause and reflect on what had happened there over the previous few months,...

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