Tag: Chester FC

Chester’s Difficult Start To The Season

Since the liquidation of Chester City Football Club at the start of 2010, the fortunes of the game in the city which had its club effectively taken from it by its last owner has been on a largely upward trajectory. When the club’s supporters trust took ownership of the lease for The Deva Stadium, the council-owned stadium that was the key to getting the football club back to the level at which it was playing when it was taken away from it, the new club, Chester FC, was granted a decent opportunity to claw its way through the non-league game, and promotions through the Northern Premier League and the Football Conference North have been rapid. It took Chester FC just three years to get back to the level at which Chester City FC was when it was expelled from the Football Conference. After so much success on the pitch, however, this season has so far been difficult for the club, which hasn’t managed to win a single point yet in the Football Conference and has scored just twice in its five matches so far and is only being kept off the bottom of the table by Aldershot Town, who started the season ten points below zero and are already making sizable inroads into closing that gap. A case could be made for saying that the team hasn’t had the...

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A Shot Across The Bows For Chester FC

At The Exacta Stadium yesterday afternoon, a crowd of 2,689 people saw Chester play out a goalless draw against Brackley Town in the Blue Square Bet North. It was a result that left the club seventeen points clear at the top of the table with a third of the season left to play, albeit with second-placed Guiseley having five games in hand on them. It seems unlikely, however, that events on the pitch were uppermost in the mind of most of those present yesterday, though. This has been difficult week for the club which was founded in 2010 after the collapse of Chester City, with news having emerged of the club being expected to lose between £65,000 and £75,000 this season, and also of a very large amount of money – believed to be in the region of £20,000 – having gone missing from the club’s accounts. On the pitch, the last three seasons have been very successful for the club with successive promotions taking it from Division One North of the Northern Premier League to the cusp of a place in the Blue Square Bet Premier. The cost of this success, however, has not been insubstantial. Ticket prices have been set at a high level – to the chagrin of many away supporters visiting The Exacta Stadium – and this season, with crowds not quite having met pre-season...

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Numbers And Satisfaction On The Opening Day Of The Season

Perusing acres of statistics that can be found in newspapers on the opening weekend of the football season can be a most enlightening way to pass the couple of hours, even if focusing on the attendance figures rather than the results themselves does require a certain degree of furtiveness. At the top end of the game, there are few surprises to be found. Most Premier League clubs will attract decent attendances regardless of any bad news that may have been forthcoming over the course of the summer, whilst lower down the Football League there will be empty seats, but on the whole if crowds are to dip this will not come until the evenings draw in and tempting alternatives such as Champions League football on free to air television start to become more readily available. On the whole, though, crowds at bigger clubs can reasonably be expected to begin as they will continue. As we drop down through the divisions, however, crowd numbers become increasingly volatile. After all, it doesn’t need any more than a couple of hundred people to decide that they have something better to do on a Saturday afternoon during the summer for many non-league clubs’ attendances to start looking as if they were compiled by the Grim Reaper and such numbers can easily be affected by other plans or clear blue skies and the enticing...

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