BUMPER CROWD SEE YOUTH TEAM PROGRESS
Just over 1,000 supporters turned out last night
to see the youth team beat Gateshead 1-0 in the
National League U19 Alliance Cup. The only goal
of the game came in the first half from Cain Noble.
A great sum of £12,800 was raised on the night
taking the total collected in the last six days
30 January 2018
FAMILIAR FACES RETURN TO BOARD
Four new members, Simon Olorenshaw, Mark Howell,
Jeff Banks and Calvin Hughes, have been co-opted
onto the Chester FC board following last night’s
meeting. Olorenshaw previously held the post of
chairman while the other three have served as directors
before. Richard Lynes will also take on the role
of non-executive Director. One other member of the
board, David O’Toole has resigned his position.
SUPPORT THE YOUTH TEAM AND
HELP SAVE THE CLUB
Chester FC’s youth team entertain Gateshead
FC in the National League U19 Alliance Cup on Wednesday
31 January, kick-off 19.00hrs. Admission to the
game is free but please get along and give these
young players the support they deserve and make
a donation at the turnstile to help save the Blues.
Chester FC are holding an open meeting at 14.00hrs
this Saturday in the Blues Bar at the ground. There
will be an update on the weeks fundraising efforts
as well as updates from the working parties set
up last week. All are welcome to attend and CFU
membership will no doubt be available on the day.
THREE BOARD MEMBERS RESIGN
Three directors, chairman Jonny Hughes, vice-chairman
Neil Bellis and Anne Salmon have resigned from the
Chester FC board with immediate effect. Tonight’s
board meeting at the club will go ahead with the
CLUB IN CRISIS
The club have announced that it needs to urgently
raise £50,000 to prevent it from going out
of business. The shocking state of the club finances
were revealed at Thursday night’s CFU meeting.
Finance director Laurence Kirby told the packed
meeting that the club reserve of £100,000
had almost all gone. Kirby said at the meeting:
“If we can’t raise £85k-£90k
a month then we could be finished in a couple of
months. We need to recover the deficit. It has eaten
away at reserves. This is the reality.”
Several players who are on two year contracts will
need to leave the club in order to cut costs. One
player, goalkeeper Alex Lynch has already left.
Money is due to the club from the tribunal hearing
on the James Alabi sale to Tranmere Rovers last
summer, this will be heard on 15 February. A second
payment from Leicester City for Sam Hughes is also
due in a few months and it is believed the club
may ask if this can be brought forward.
Four working groups have been set up to oversee
Strategy, Football, Membership and Commercial. Former
CFU chairman Simon Olorenshaw will head the Strategy
group and former club secretary Calvin Hughes looking
CFU ISSUE STATEMENT
City Fans United have issued the following statement
following the revelations at Thursday night's meeting
that the club is in serious financial trouble...
“CFU members received a full and detailed
update from financial director Laurence Kirby on
Thursday evening in a meeting at the Swansway Chester
That update advised that a budget
deficit means the club is forecasting a significant
loss this season. As a consequence of this, the
club has had to utilise its reserves and faces
the prospect of growing cash flow pressure between
now and end of the 2017/18 season.
We recognise and understand
this will be a cause of great concern to supporters
and there are questions that will need to be answered
in time. However, our immediate and total focus
must be on overcoming this challenge and protecting
This has already commenced with
the formation of working groups covering four
areas of work: football; strategy; membership
(including fan engagement and community), and
commercial (including fundraising).
Each working group includes people from outside
the board and has been given short-term targets.
These groups will be meeting regularly over the
coming weeks and months to develop clear plans
to address the present financial situation and
ensure our club has a future.
Now we have to move forward.
We are the custodians of this football club and
each of us can play our part in this battle.
The response during Thursday’s
meeting and overnight has been heartening and
again demonstrates your incredible passion for
our club. Thousands of pounds have already been
raised and we have received an influx of new CFU
This is how you can
Join City Fans United:
For £12 a year you can become a member of
City Fans United and a co-owner of Chester Football
Club. You can join online at www.cityfansunited.com/join-online.html
or visit the ticket office at the Swansway Chester
Donate: Contribute what you
can to help us sustain a community club that we
can all be proud of. You can donate online at
need your ideas, suggestions and offers of assistance
so please email email@example.com
or call 01244 371376 and help us win this fight.
FC’s youth team host Gateshead FC in the
National League U19 Alliance Cup on Wednesday,
January 31 at the Swansway Chester Stadium (7pm
kick-off). Admission to the game is free but we
ask you to turn out in force and give these boys
the support they deserve and make a donation at
Together - and only together
- we can do this. Our City, Our Community, Our Club
24 January 2018
CEO MAGUIRE TO LEAVE BLUES
The club’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Maguire
is to leave Chester in April after CFU announced
that the position at the club is to be made redundant.
Maguire has been in the post since June 2016.
An official statement issued by CFU today said:
”Over the last few weeks the Board, along
with a number of key stakeholders, have been reviewing
the way that City Fans United and Chester Football
Club operate from a business perspective in what
is currently a difficult and challenging commercial
outcome of these conversations have led to a refocusing
on the volunteer values and ethos associated with
our founding years as a fan owned football club.
Therefore the board has decided that volunteers
and working groups should take up a more active
“Associated with this
review, and the subsequent impact on operations,
the decision has been made by the board to make
the role of Chief Executive Officer, occupied
by Mark Maguire, redundant.”
“As with all such situations
the club will follow the correct legal and contractual
processes and will part on the best of terms with
Mark Maguire in April 2018.”
"The Board would like to
acknowledge the significant work and contribution
Mark has made to the Club since 2016, in particular
his professionalism and development of close working
relationships with a number of strategic partners.”
"As the Club now re-focuses
back on to the values and ethos that makes us unique,
a number of new working groups will be launched
and communicated to all in the coming weeks to support
WHITE STRIKE EARNS POINT
A goal from Harry White on 77 minutes brought Chester
a point from last night’s 1-1 draw with Hartlepool
United. Visiting ‘keeper Scott Loach made
three fine saves late in the first half to deny
the Blues a lead at the interval. Michael Wood had
given Pools the lead from close range on 62 minutes
before White struck for a deserved equaliser, his
fourth goal in four league matches. The point leaves
Chester third from bottom and four points from safety.
On Saturday the Blues make their first every visit
to Maidenhead United, kick-off 15.00hrs.
table after Hartlepool draw
22 January 2018
The next CFU members meeting will take place this
Thursday 25 January at 19.30hrs in the Blues Bar.
New members are welcome to join on the night, lapsed
memberships may also be renewed.
1. Welcome / apologies
2. Finance update
3. Working groups / work streams
4. Question and answer season
For those who can’t attend but would like
a link to the online streaming please email Neil
for an access code.
The home game with Dover Athletic will now take
place on Tuesday 6 March, kick-off 19.45hrs.
HOME WOES CONTINUE
Chester poor home league form continued when they
were beaten 3-1 at home by Gateshead on Saturday.
The visitors took advantage of some dreadful defending
to score twice in the final minute of the first
half to put the game beyond the Blues. Heed added
a third in the second period before Harry White
added a consolation goal on the hour mark.
Manager Marcus Bignot handed a debut to new signing
Shepherd Murombedzi, who was replaced at half-time
by Craig Mahon.
The Blues slip to third from bottom following this
defeat, they are next in action on Tuesday night
with a home game against Hartlepool United, kick-off
table after Gateshead defeat
21 January 2018
SHAW DEPARTS BLUES
Midfielder Tom Shaw has left Chester to join Tamworth
on an 18 month contract. Shaw had been at Chester
for two and a half years and made 94+14 appearances,
scoring 12 goals for the Blues.
Manager Marcus Bignot told the Chester Chronicle:
“In terms of how it has arisen, Tom has gone
to press on that and stated why it was too good
an opportunity for him to turn down. With no assurances
here, we can’t look any further for him because
of the financial restrictions on the club.”
“In reality he wouldn’t have been able
to commit for next season and he had to think about
his family. I will respect that I don’t want
to lose any player, I want to bring players in.
I’ll do everything the club ask me to do.
That deal was sanctioned and we have to get on with
things and move on.”
Cheater have signed 23-year-old wing-back Shepherd
Murombedz after he was released by Solihull Moors.
Murombedz joined Moors from Hayes & Yeading
in 2016 and made nearly 70 appearances for the side.
15 January 2018
CYRILLE REGIS MBE 1958-2018
It was announced that former Chester player Cyrille
Regis sadly died today. Regis will go down as one
of the greatest players to pull on a Chester shirt
and although he is best remembered as an England
international and centre forward with the likes
of West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City he will
always be held with great affection by Blues fans
after making 29 league appearances for the club
in the 1995/96 season.
BLUES DUMPED OUT OF THE TROPHY
Chester were knocked
out of the FA Trophy at the second round stage on
Saturday when they lost 1-0 at Conference south
side East Thurrock United. Calvin Ekpetita scored
the only goal of the game on 17 minutes, as Chester,
second best throughout had Sam Hornby to thank for
keeping the score down with a series of fine saved.
The Blues could muster one real scoring chance in
the 90 minutes when substitute Gary Roberts set
Ross Hannah through on goal with a delightful pass
only for the forward to shoot tamely at the onrushing
Lukas Lidakevicius in the home goal. Moments later
Roberts debut was cut short after just nine minutes
when he was shown a straight red card for a foul
on Max Cornhill.
The home game against
Dover Athletic on Saturday 3 February has been postponed
to to the Kent sides involvement in the FA Trophy
9 January 2018
BLUES SIGN ROBERTS
Chester have completed
the signing of 30-year-old midfielder Gary Roberts.
Blacon born Roberts recently left Conference North
side Southport. He began his career at Crewe Alexandra
where he made over 120 appearances for the Railwaymen,
he has also appeared for England at a number of
levels up to the under17 side. He has played for
several clubs since leaving Alex in 2009 notably
Yeovil Town, Rotherham United and Port Vale.
LOAN DUO RETURN
Both Nyal Bell and
Daniel Udoh have ended their loan spells at Chester.
Bell returns to Gateshead and Udoh to Crewe Alexandra.
8 January 2018
WHITE WINNER FOR BLUES
Harry White scored
his first league goal for Chester on Saturday as
the Blues bagged three precious points at Ebbsfleet
United. The home side had the majority of the play
throughout but Chester’s defence, with Sam
Hornby making some great saves in goal, held firm
and White’s first half effort was enough to
secure the three points.
A delighted White told the Chester Leader: “Our
back four were absolutely solid and Sam Hornby has
pulled off a great save towards the end so I had
a lot of confidence in them we’d get the clean
sheet and three points.”
absolutely buzzing, it really means a lot. Coming
in for the summer, I was so ready to get going
in pre-season but I’ve had injury after
injury and it’s just kept hitting me. I’ve
been sick of people saying ‘this is it,
you’re ready’, but then finding I’m
not right but this time, I feel like I am right
and I just need to make sure I keep on top of
it now and stay fit. To get the winning goal felt
“The goalkeeper was quite
far off his line so I wasn't sure whether to dink
him or not, but then I saw a little gap and placed
it in there and it was great to go and celebrate
with our fans.”
Chester remain in the bottom four but have closed
the gap to safety to six points with a couple
of games in hand, starting with a trip to AFC
Fylde on Tuesday night, kick-off 19.45hrs.
© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
5 January 2018
The home league game
against Hartlepool United, postponed before Christmas
due to a waterlogged pitch, has been rearranged
for Tuesday 23 January, kick-off 19.45hrs.
2 January 2018
LATE GOAL DENIES BLUES VICTORY
A last minute equaliser
from Guiseley denied Chester a winning start to
the new year. The Blues were on course to avenge
the Boxing Day home defeat by the Lions when Kingsley
James fired them ahead on the hour mark. However
with the game already in stoppage time Ash Palmer
drilled the ball home through a mass of players
in the six yard box to grab a point. It was an improved
performance from the Blues who were well beaten
by their opponents days earlier.
Manager Marcus Bignot told The Chronicle of his
players after the draw: “I have got massive
belief in them. But when you see performances prior
to that (Guiseley) you do start to question. But
that last performance has shown we are ready for
the fight and we are ready for the task in hand
and we call on everybody to get behind us.”
“My players have been
told home truths and rightly so. I have told the
football club some home truths, and rightly so.
What has been encouraging is that we have good
people at the football club and that there are
even more good people out there who want to get
involved with the football club and I welcome
every good person to get involved.”
“The seniors have had
to step up and what we have introduced is accountability
and consequences if we don’t get performances.”
Chester travel to tenth
placed Ebbsfleet United on Saturday and follow that
up with another away match at AFC Fylde the following
© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)