Tag: Chester City

For The Sixteenth Time This Season… Chester City

Blue Square Premier club Chester City are having a testing week, having parted ways with their manager, a fight in the dressing room at half-time during their match on Tuesday night and now the production of a bizarre financial spreadsheet which raises more questions that it answers.

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Vaughan’s Chester & The Authorities: Can You Guess Who Blinked First?

So, Steven Vaughan wins and the game of football dies a little more inside. The FA have decided to back the Football Conference and have given Vaughan’s Chester the right to start the new season, in flagrant contravention of rule 2.7 of the Conference’s own constitution and awarded the club a licence to play football for this season. It has been a busy week for the Football Conference and the FA. At the end of last week, the Football Conference announced unilaterally that Vaughan’s Chester would be given the go ahead for the club start the new season, even though the FA still hadn’t ratified that they had an actual licence to play. The FA stepped in at this point and told the Football Conference in no uncertain terms that their match against Grays Athletic would not go ahead until they had granted their permission for it to do so, and the match was called off, as was Tuesday night’s match against Gateshead. At the start of this week, the Conference put the matter to a vote amongst all twenty-three other BSP clubs, who voted (very much in the way that turkeys are not universally known for their tendency to vote for Christmas) unanimously that the club could start the new season this week. Earlier this week, what was supposed to be a protest at what had been going...

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Minus Twenty-Five For Chester?

Never let it be said that the FA and Football Conference never help out member clubs. If a story in this morning’s Liverpool Daily Post is to be believed, the beleagured Blue Square Premier club Chester City seem set to start this season, albeit with a twenty-five point deduction. Such a punative deduction will almost certainly mean that the 2009/10 season is another season of struggle for Chester, and likely relegation to the Blue Square North. What would happen to the club next would be anybody’s guess. For now, though, the Conference has spared itself it’s biggest nightmare – all twenty-four member clubs will at least start the new season. The alternative for the FA and the Football Conference would have been a refusal to allow Chester to start the new season, which would have almost certainly led to the closure of the club. This follows the initial refusal of the FA to allow the club a license to play this season (which led to the cancellation of all of their pre-season friendly matches) and a challenge to the club’s CVA by Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs, which was upheld in court a couple of weeks ago. This situation remains unresolved – Chester City Football Club remains legally insolvent. The news is being met with a mixture of relief and anger by the club’s put-upon supporters. On the one...

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Chester City – The Tax Man Bites Back

Upon first sight, it may seem surprising that a victory for the tax man should be greeted with the faintly audible sound of cheering in the distance but such was the mess that is Chester City Football Club that it feels increasingly as if their demise is the only way that the game will rid itself of their owner, Stephen Vaughan. The question of which Stephen Vaughan we are talking about is, of course, a moot point since his son took a directorship at the club earlier this year in place of his father. What has become increasingly apparent over the last few weeks is that the authorities have become increasingly impatient with the goings-on at The Deva Stadium, and the situation took a turn for the worse for the club’s supporters earlier this week. Since the club put itself into administration earlier this summer, there had been a hint that all was not what it might be at Chester City Football Club. This was most starkly exposed by the Football Association’s refusal to grant the club a licence to play, even in pre-season friendlies. The club thought that it had agreed an escape route to its insolvency with a CVA, but this was challenged by Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs at court this week and, in a move that seems to demonstrates just how far down the line...

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Chester’s Summer Crisis Continues

It’s one step forward and two steps back for the long-suffering supporters of Chester City. They might have hoped (or even expected) that relegation back into the Blue Square Premier and a spell in administration might have been as bad as things could get, but the Football Association last week suspended the club’s license to play, forcing them to cancel their pre-season matches and throwing into doubt yet again the likelihood of their starting the Blue Square Premier season in three weeks’ time. Yet again, we have to look at the behaviour of Stephen Vaughan – one of lower division football’s more “colourful” owners – to see the reasons for the FA’s disquiet over goings-on at The Deva Stadium. The story seems to have started earlier this year when the legal ownership of Chester City Football Club was transferred from Vaughan into the name of his son, Stephen Vaughan Junior. Following their relegation from the Football League at the end of last season, Chester brought in the administrators, and it is this that seems to be the reason for the transfer of ownership of the club. The FA’s “fit & proper person” test may be weak and feeble, but anyone that takes a club into administration more than once is barred from being a club director. Vaughan circumvented this ruling – he wasn’t in charge, on paper at least....

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