The club have extended
the initial deadline for season tickets from 31
May to 4 June. However Bill Brandon, of Refresh
Recovery, the administrators, said: “There
is no income coming in, and the club has also been
instructed not to sell season tickets.” So
the message appears to be hold on to your money
for the time being!
A meeting has been
set for 11 June where the creditors of the club
will be given an update on proceedings by the administrators
Refresh Recovery. They will also reveal details
“of one potential bidder who has come forward.”
The meeting at Deva Stadium will start at 11:00hrs.
The 2009/10 Conference
fixture list is scheduled to be released on Friday
The club will be
making the trip to play NEWI Cefn Druids in a pre-season
friendly on Saturday 8 August, kick-off is 14:30hrs.
SUPPORTERS MEETING TONIGHT
With the future of
the club now uncertain, the Chester City Independent
Supporters Association have urged all Blues fans
to attend a meeting at the Divas Showbar (formerly
the Royal Mail Social Club) in Station Road, Chester
tonight at 19:45hrs.
The ISA. have received details as to what the administrator
is proposing for a creditors meeting on 11th June
and these details will be discussed tonight.
All City fans who
work or live in the London area are invited to attend
an Exiles meeting on Monday night when they'll be
discussing the current situation regarding the club.
There will also be a first-hand report from tonight's
ISA meeting in Chester as well as latest news from
the Supporters Trust.
The meeting will take place on Monday, 1 June at
19:30hrs in the Rugby Tavern (upstairs bar), 19
Great James Street, London WC1N 3ES (nearest tubes
Holborn, Chancery Lane, Russell Square).
The following press release was issued by the Exiles
CHESTER CITY EXILES TO HOLD CRISIS MEETING IN LONDON
<start>The Chester City Exiles are among the
growing band of City supporters who fear for the
future of the Club. “It is nearly two weeks
since the Club announced that it was going into
voluntary administration but there has been precious
little information since then and very few comments
in the press about the seriousness of the situation.
It is even worse for us fans living away from the
Chester ” said Exiles Chair, Pauline Meakins.
“We dreaded the ‘A’ word but most
of us feel that if this is a stepping stone to a
much securer future for the Club then we could take
the pain and help get the club back to where it
belongs in the League. However, there has been very
few words of reassurance that this is the right
step for the Club and that things are going to change
significantly which is what most of the supporters
hope for. All the press reports seem to be about
what players are being off-loaded, which we appreciate
maybe a financial necessity but it looks as though
we will be down to a handful of youngsters and even
the Manager seems not to be very sure about his
future. It is a very sorry situation bearing in
mind that we need to assure the Blue Square Conference
administrators that the Club is secure by their
AGM in June.”
“We have organised an Open Meeting for all
Chester City Exiles and any City supporters who
are worried about the current situation at the Club
and who live in the South-east or London. The meeting
will take place on Monday, 1 June at 7.30pm in the
Rugby Tavern, 19 Great James Street, London , WC1N
3ES a few minutes walk from Kings Cross and Euston.
Obviously, those Exiles who live elsewhere will
be unable to get to this meeting but the Committee
members would be very happy to help Exiles around
the UK and abroad to organise their own local meetings
where there are significant numbers.”
The Exiles are also working closely with other Chester
City fans groups including the Chester City Supporters’
Trust and ISA. They will be represented at the joint
Fans Meeting being organised by the ISA tonight
at the Deva Showbar (former Royal Mail Club) in
Station Road, Chester on Thursday, May 28 at 7.45pm
which is open to all Chester City supporters.<end>
21 May 2009
The club have announced
the first of their pre-season matches. They will
travel to Marine on Saturday 18 July and host Airbus
UK at Deva Stadium on Tuesday 31 July.
DANBY OFFERED NEW CONTRACT
have offered goalkeeper John Danby a new two
year deal. Danby, whose present contract runs
out in June, came runner up in the Player
of the Season last year, playing much of the
season with an injury. He also broke a club
record for the number of consecutive appearances
during the season.
19 May 2009
SUPPORTERS TRUST STATEMENT
Following the announcement that the club had entered
into voluntary administration the Supporters Trust
have issued the following statement.
<start>Chester City Supporters Trust, as shareholders
and creditors of Chester City Football Club, is
obviously looking at the current situation at the
Plans are already
being made to hold a fans’ meeting with
other supporters’ groups to determine what
future action can be taken to save the club.
The Trust is in talks with other
parties to gain support and sponsorship and to
publicise the seriousness of the situation at
the Deva Stadium.
The Trust asks that fans remain
patient whilst these actions are ongoing. Obviously
there will be an element of confidentiality involved
in ongoing discussions but the Trust will always
remain transparent – and answerable to all
of its members for its actions.
Dialogue with the local council,
the administrators, and other interested parties
cannot be opened in 24hours – it will take
a bit of time to engage with all of these parties
and report back to fans of our discussions.
Unfortunately, the Board members
all work full time and their own businesses
However, we would ask all parties
interested in helping to secure the long term
of CCFC to contact us via our email address –
The Trust would like to thank
all of those who have already pledged their support
to the cause and would welcome any fan or corporate
body to approach us concerning the future of the
football club with ideas and/or support.<end>
17 May 2009
CLUB ENTER VOLUNTARY ADMINISTRATION
football club have today entered into voluntary
administration. A very brief message on the official
club website said: “Chester City FC directors
today took the decision following approval from
our debenture holders to enter into voluntary administration
to safeguard the future of the Football club.”
The administrators appointed are company called
Refresh Recovery Ltd. They have issued the following
<start>On the 14th May 2009 in the high court
of justice, Chancellery division in Manchester,
Martin Shaw of Refresh Recovery Ltd, West Lancashire
Investment Centre, Maple View, Whitemoss Business
Park, Skelmersdale, West Lancashire, WN8 9TG.
Was appointed administrator to Chester City Football
club Ltd under court number 1347 of 2009.
Martin Shaw today commented “Supporters can
be assured that our aim is to find a new owner for
the club so that professional football continues
to be played in Chester from the start of the new
In order to achieve this we need to find a new buyer
able to invest heavily in to the club and then to
obtain approval from the clubs creditors to the
We are already talking to potential purchasers of
financial substance and as time is short I would
urge any other parties seriously interested in buying
the business to make contact with us sooner rather
Further announcements will only be made when it
is appropriate to do so.
For further information please contact Refresh Recovery
Ltd Mr Martin Shaw or Mr Bill Brandon on telephone
number 01695 711200. <end>
As a result of this action the club are expected
to start next season in the Blue Square Premiership
on minus 10 points.
The club have been in administration
before on 27 October 1998 when they were placed
in administration by a judge at Salford County Court.
On that occasion Begbies Traynor were appointed
administrators and a secured a new owner for the
club, Terry Smith, in July 1999.
15 May 2009
VAUGHAN CONSIDERS ADMINISTRATION
club look close to going into administration for
a second time after owner Steve Vaughan made it
known that he has been considering the option.
Vaughan said: “We have been considering our
options for a number of weeks. I have taken a decision,
and when that decision is publicly confirmed, I
know people will understand that it was taken to
safeguard the future and in the best interests of
“We have only seven contracted players at
the moment and we have got the club by the scruff
of the neck now. We are also taking stock of the
finances and of the losses we have suffered over
the last eight years.”
The club had been waiting the outcome of the sale
of League Two side Darlington, a club currently
in administration. It has been speculated that should
any proposed sale fall through then the Blues would
receive a reprieve from relegation.
Vaughan added: “We have been told that Darlington
FC have found an investor so we have accepted that
we are now a Conference club.”
Administration would mean that the Blues would start
the coming season with a ten point deficit.
14 May 2009
The club have now
released details of matchday/season ticket prices
for the 2009/10 season. They are as follows:
£10.00 Concessions (Senior citizens and students
in full time education)
£5.00 Under 16
These prices apply to the East stand, West stand
and Harry McNally terrace.
Tickets bought before 31st May 2009 (Six games
and car park pass free)
£85.00 Under 16
These prices apply to the East stand, West stand
and Harry McNally terrace.
Season Tickets from 1st
June 2009 until 30th June 2009 (five games free)
£90.00 Under 16
These prices are
for the Vaughan, West and Harry McNally Stands.
Season Tickets from 1st July 2009 (three games
£100.00 Under 16
These prices apply to the East stand, West stand
and Harry McNally terrace.
Season car park
Existing season ticket
holders have until 31st May 2009 to claim their
seats, after this date they will go on general
The club will also continue
to run its “Fans of the Future “ campaign
of 1 adult and 1 under 14 child in the west stand
at a cost £15.00 per ticket. Please note that
this offer may not apply to all games.
Existing adult season ticket holders will receive
a £30.00 discount
Existing under 16 season ticket holders will receive
a free season ticket.
13 May 2009
BARRY TOLD TO FIND ANOTHER CLUB
Barry is the latest player to be told he must
find a new club for next season. Barry is still
under contract after signing a two year deal last
summer when he arrived from Yeovil Town.
Midfielder Barry said: “The gaffer told me
that the club could no longer afford my wages and
he advised me to look elsewhere for another club.
It’s disappointing to be told that you're
no longer wanted, but unfortunately that’s
what can happen in football when you get relegated.
It’s been a bit of a financial struggle at
Chester and there’s always a knock-on effect.”
“But I’m not the only player who has
been told to find a new club. There are seven players
in all who have been told they can move on – including
some of the bigger names. It’s been a bitterly
disappointing time at Chester. We were just two
wins away from safety, but at the end of the day
we just weren’t good enough.”
Barry’s former club Yeovil are believed to
have enquired about the players availability.
ELLISON JOINS MILLERS
Ellison has agreed a two year deal with League
Two side Rotherham United. Ellison had two spells
at Deva Stadium and scored 31 goals in 111+0 appearances
for the Blues.
Ellison confirmed: “The situation at Chester
both on and off the field really affected me – particularly
towards the end of the season. I didn’t play
many games towards the end of the season but Rotherham
obviously saw something they liked and asked Chester
whether they could talk with me.”
12 May 2009
League Two side Rotherham
United have enquired about the availability of Kevin
Ellison. Chester chief executive Bob Gray said:
“We have received an enquiry from Rotherham
and whilst we still hold Kevin’s contract, we wouldn’t
stand in his way if Rotherham wished to take the
matter further. We have started preparing for next
season and obviously our manager, Mark Wright, only
wants players at the club who want to play for us.”
11 May 2009
TWO MORE TO LEAVE
The club are reported
to have informed both Richie
Partridge and Paul
Rutherford that their contracts will not be
renewed this summer. Partridge signed for the club
from Rotherham United in June 2007 and scored 7
goals in 53+15 appearances. Rutherford, who was
the clubs longest continually serving player, progressed
through to the professional ranks via the youth
team and scored 1 goal in 23+41 appearances for
7 May 2009
SEVERAL PLAYERS ON THEIR WAY
following their relegation from League Two
several of City’s players have left.
Mozika and James
Vaughan have all had their contracts terminated.
Mozika was suspended by the club in late April
due to disciplinary reasons and has returned
to France, while Vaughan is expected to join
Australian side Wollongong Community FC.
Three more senior players, top scorer Ryan
Lowe, club captain Paul
Linwood and Kevin
Ellison have all agreed to terminate theirs
and will be looking for new clubs in the summer.
The club are said to be looking for fees for
these three players.
Several more players are expected to leave
shortly as they are out of contract. Chester
owner Steve Vaughan said: “We’re
looking at a clear out and once that clear
out is complete manager Mark Wright will want
to bring in the players he has identified.”
Kevin Ellison signing his last autographs
by Sue Choularton.
5 May 2009
THE MISERY IS OVER!
ended their relegation season with a home defeat,
their twelfth of the season, as Darlington scored
a last minute winner at Deva Stadium on Saturday.
The Blues fell behind on 71 minutes after Pawel
Abbott scored a free-kick from six yards after goalkeeper
Jamie Spencer handled a backpass from Glenn Rule.
The home side looked to have salvaged a deserved
point though after Ian Miller had headed and Anthony
Barry cross into his own net a minute from time.
But, typical of the way the season has panned out,
the Blues were unable to hold out for two minutes
before conceding their 81st goal of the league campaign.
As last season, the Blues ended up winning just
two games between Christmas and the end of the season!
Manager Mark Wright has indicated that he would
be prepared to manage the side in non-league next
season provided owner Steve Vaughan remains at the
Wright said: “I think the next couple of weeks
at Chester will tell people a lot. I’ve said
all along that if club owner Stephen Vaughan stays
then I’ll stay, but if that doesn’t
happen then I’ll seriously review it. I want
to stay in football. If I’d have learned my
lesson and kept my mouth shut at times then I could
have been in the Championship by now.”
“I don’t want to
go down and manage in the Conference because I’ve
been there and done that one, but if Stephen Vaughan
stays then we’ll stay together.”
“We’ve been working
for the past six weeks to put a list of players
together for either League Two or the Conference,
so we’ve done a lot of homework together and
we’ve earmarked certain players, spoke to
agents, and received a lot of interest from the
ilk of players that I would want at Chester. If
we manage to get those players and things go well
we would be a better side.”
League Two table
1 May 2009
THE FINAL ACT
bring their miserable season to a close tomorrow
when Darlington visit Deva Stadium (15:00hrs). City
could be without both Kevin Ellison and Richie Partridge
for this last match in the Football League before
non-league football comes back to Deva Stadium in
Despite the bitter disappointment of relegation,
City will still be looking for a win tomorrow to
complete the double after beating Darlington, who
were second in the table at the time, 2-1
away in late November thanks to goals from Lowe
and Shaun Kelly.
Ahead of the game manager Mark Wright said: “We
have now got to be positive and endeavour to win
our last match against Darlington. There were a
couple of tears in the dressing room at Aldershot
last week, so we have got to pick ourselves up and
get on with things.”
“This game will provide the players with a
platform to show exactly what they can do. We have
to put the memory of the probable relegation behind
us, and show that we have the ability to bounce
Captain Paul Linwood (pictured) is hoping his players
can end the miserable season on a high. “I
just hope we can go out for our last game on Saturday
at home to Darlington and show a bit of pride. Last
Saturday was a very sad day for Chester City and
for everyone connected with the club.”
“It’s a day I’ll
certainly never forget for as long as I live.
It was a horrible feeling when we all realised
our fate and anyone involved should never forget
how it felt. Not a lot of people will probably
agree with me, but I think we worked hard in every
game we played during the course of the season.”
”We’ve got a
small squad and it's been proved that we just weren’t
good enough. But the luck was always against us
and now it’s hard to accept that we've been
have nothing to play for, the Quakers lie mid-table
but would no doubt have been fighting for a play-off
place had they not had ten points deducted for entering
into administration in February. In charge of the
Darlo side tomorrow will be assistant Martin Gray
who takes over for the day following the departure
of boss Dave Penney to Oldham Athletic. Defender's
Alan White and Tim Ryan both miss out.
Prior to the match there will be the Player of the
Season presentation. This year a joint award is
being made from the Official/Away supporters Club,
the Supporters Trust, the ISA and the Exiles. Needless
to say top scorer Ryan Lowe must be the firm favourite
to pick up the trophy.