The Death & Rebirth of Chester City

The rapid unravelling of Chester City Football Club during the 2009/10 season and the suspect management of that club during that time grabbed our attention and led to one of the longest series of articles that we have written on this site. Chester folded but were revived under a new name and continue to play to this day.

Chester FC: Another Ride On The Rollercoaster

Well, at least it can be said that, no matter what happens next, it won't be Stephen Vaughan Sr again. The man whose actions brought Chester City Football Club to its knees and eventually to its closure accepted an eleven year ban after a disqualification...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Uncomfortable Questions For Chester

After the insults from almost all quarters and months of hard work, Chester FC, the club borne from the ashes of the Vaughan family's disastrous spell in charge of Chester City, will start the forthcoming season in Division One of the Evo-Stick (formerly the Unibond)...

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Chester Football Club Gets The Deva Stadium

The email arrived this morning  - a press release issued by City Fans United, the supporters organisation that brought the supporters of the fractured club together, mobilised them, organised them against the cancer that was killing their club and then picked up the...

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What Chester Did Next

In less than seven days time, representatives from City Fans United will sit down with members of Cheshire West and Chester Council. The aim of CFU is to secure the lease on The Deva Stadium, a council owned football facility that sits on the western-most outskirts of...

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Chester City: The Death, The Funeral & The Wake

Anyone turning up at The High Court on The Strand in London this morning hoping or expecting to see fireworks was disappointed. There was to be no last minute impassioned speech, in the manner of Gregory Peck in "To Kill A Mockingbird".
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Chester City: The Death Rattle – Part 14

It almost feels as if we should be apologising for the amount of time that has been given over to Chester City on this site over the last few weeks. However, this story has unravelled into one of the most extraordinary football stories of recent times, and it still is not being reported to the extent that it should be elsewhere.
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Chester City: The Death Rattle – Part 13

Another seven days have passed. There are now less than twenty-four hours until the Football Conference meets to decide the future of Chester City. It's yet another potentially pivotal moment in the season, but there is little reason to have any confidence that the authorities will put the club out of its misery.
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Chester City: The Truth Of The Debt Revealed

The story of the winding down of Chester City has been gathering pace all day. The club's expulsion from the Football Conference now seems close to inevitable after it was confirmed that their match against Wrexham this Sunday was cancelled after a prohibition notice was served on the club by Chester Trading Standards office.
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Chester City: The Norwegian Connection

Back at home, Chester City stumble from crisis to crisis, but a sale price of £1 is attracting interest in people seem to like those odds. Their interests, however, are likely to be at odds with those of the supporters of the club.
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Chester City: The Death Rattle – Part 10

Chester again. The club has been offered to the supporters but they don't have long to carry out due diligence, considering that the club is due at the high court for a winding up hearing on Wednesday. So, is this more brinkmanship, or is the white flag finally being raised by the club's owners?
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Chester City: The Death Rattle – Part 9

The supporters group Chester Fans United may not have reached a consensus over whether they should formally call a boycott of their club, but it seems to have started already. They beaten 1-0 at home in the Blue Square Premier last night by Salisbury City in front of a record low crowd of just 425.
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Chester City: The Death Rattle – Part 8

Chester City continue to lurch from crisis to crisis, and the only realistic action left for the club's supporters is to boycott the club and form a new one. How much help can they expect from anyone else, though, and can Chester City be evicted from The Deva Stadium.
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Chester’s Near Miss

Chester City's Stephen Vaughan still hasn't sold his interest in the club, and his latest appointment at The Deva Stadium does little to instil much confidence that anything is going to improve in the near future. However, at least one potential buyer now seems to be off their radar.
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Chester City Football Club: The Death Rattle (Part 7)

Stephen Vaughan wins again, prolonging the demise of Chester City Football Club a little longer as the authorities roll over and allow themselves to have their bellies tickled again. What this sorry tale is confiriming is the harsh truth that football supporters don't really have anyone on their side.
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Chester City Football Club: The Death Rattle (Part 6!)

Would you believe it, the Football Conference has deferred a definite decision on the future of Chester City Football Club until Thursday now, meaning that the club plays Cambridge City in what may just turn out to be one of the most pointless football matches of all time.
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Chester City Football Club: The Death Rattle (Part 5)

The death of Chester City Football Club won't come without a fight, and the supporters took the fight to the club and the game's authorities when they managed to get their match against Eastbourne Borough called off with a pitch invasion during the second half. And who can blame them?
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Chester City Football Club: The Death Rattle (Part 4)

It's Chester City time again. That lovable rogue Stephen Vaughan Senior has been giving conflicting interviews in the media, but it's not difficult to read between the lines of what he is saying. Still, if the club doesn't pay it football creditors by the 30th November, it will all be irrelevant.
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Chester City Football Club – The Death Rattle (Part 3)

There's an "R" in the month, so the name of Chester City must be being dragged through the mud. The Insolvency Service seem to have finally caught up with Stephen Vaughan, and he will be banned from acting as a company director from the end of this month. Will this change anything at Chester, though?
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Chester City Football Club – The Death Rattle (Part Two)

To the surprise of few, Chester City won another stay of execution at the hands of the Football Conference yesterday. This may give them time to get the Second Round of the FA Cup which, of course, would bring some much needed money into the club. Whether this is good for football, however, remains open to question.
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Chester City Football Club – The Death Rattle (Part One)

Chester City are standing on the precipice yet again and, frankly, it is worth asking what the game's authorities were thinking of when they allowed them to start the season because, even if the limp through their latest crisis, they are surely doomed. A new club is the only way forward.
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An Open Letter To The Owners Of Chester City FC

The situation at Chester City, as we have noted on here before, appears to be going from bad to worse. Chester supporters have come together in a bid to try an establish what on earth actually is going on at their club, and an open letter to those running the club is reprinted below.
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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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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...

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Chester City’s Administration & Stephen Vaughan

There are some football clubs that seem to be in a perpetual state of flux and crisis. One such club is Chester City where, over the last two decades or so, there has been mismanagement on such a grand scale that one wonders how unlucky a club can be to have run into...

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