30 November 2000
SUPPORTERS TRUST MEETING
Tonight sees the launch
of the Chester City Supporters Trust. The meeting takes
place at Chester Town Hall and proceedings start at
19:30. Several speakers are lined-up and there will
also be a Q&A session. All supporters and members
of the local busiess community are urged to attend.
The following message of support
has been sent to the Trust by Culture Secretary Chris
"I welcome the establishment
of the Chester City Supporters Trust and fully endorse
its objectives. Last week, I met representatives
of the Trust and was impressed by their plans for
the club's future and commitment to making them work.
It stands every chance of success if as many Chester
fans as possible get behind it.
"The Government wants to help supporters
of clubs across the country gain a greater say in the
affairs and future of their clubs. That is why we set
up the Supporters Direct scheme. It is based on the
simple principle that supporters can achieve more for
their clubs and communities working together than they
"If a decision is taken to float
Chester City as a plc, we would encourage Chester City
supporters to work through the new Supporters' Trust
in buying shares. That way they will maximise their voice
and influence and help safeguard the club's best interests
in the long-term."
29 November 2000
City's first ever win at Home
Park (and only the second time Plymouth have lost to
non-league opposition), set's up a home tie with second
division Oxford United at the Deva on Saturday 9 December
in the second round of the AXA F.A.Cup. This means the
postponement of the scheduled Conference game at Telford.
No doubt details of whether the Oxford game will be all-ticket
or not will be announced soon.
28 November 2000
GAME GOES AHEAD
Following a one hour pitch inspection
by a local referee AT 09:00 this morning, tonight's match at
Home Park has been given the go ahead. Drying winds are forecast
through the day, though if there is any heavy rainfall later
in the day the game will be called off. If you can't get to
Home Park, tonight's match is live on Talk Radio 1053/1089
Medium Wave or you can hear commentary via their website at http://www.talksport.co.uk/
City are travelling down to Plymouth
at 9am this morning for tonight's AXA FA Cup first round replay.
Argyle say there are no plans for an early pitch inspection
despite 24 hours of continuous drizzle. Chief Executive Roger
Matthews said: “The forecast is for drizzly rain until 9 am
tomorrow and then it will clear up. We have cleared out the
drains again and the water seems to be running off the pitch
now. I know the press have sounded doubtful but I think we
will be OK to play the game.
27 November 2000
BAN FOR BEESLEY
Defender Paul Beesley has received a two match
ban following his sending off against Plymouth Argyle last week. The ban
reflects the fact that this is his second red card of the season. Beesley
will miss the home games with Woking next Saturday and Hull City in the
LDV Vans Trophy the following Tuesday night.
24 November 2000
CITY SIGN STRIKER
City have signed 24-year-old Canadian striker
Simon Vickers. Announcing the signing, club chairman Terry Smith said: “I
am delighted I’ve been able to get him on board through people I know,
including agents, and he’s signed with an option which depends on the number
of goals he scores for us. Simon’s parents are British, and I know he has
been a target for Scottish Premier League clubs since he played for Clyde
last season, but he wanted to play in England. Simon has a tremendous goalscoring
record, and I know he impressed Graham Barrow after attending training
sessions at the club on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Vickers
played in four of the last ten games at Clyde, all as substitute without
The much-postponed Nationwide Variety Club Trophy
first round replay tie at Hednesford has now been scheduled for Monday
11 December. Kick-off 19:45hrs.
Plymouth Argyle have ordered extra
sand bags and plastic sheeting to cover muddy sections of their
pitch in an effort to ensure Tuesday night's FA Cup replay
at Home Park goes ahead. Argyle's last three home matches,
including one scheduled for last Monday, have all been postponed
due to the weather. More rain is forecast for the weekend.
For the latest news on whether the game will be on or not check
the official Plymouth Argyle website.
22 November 2000
FANS TO MEET CULTURE SECRETARY
Representatives of the proposed
Chester City Supporters Trust are to meet Culture Secretary
Chris Smith MP in Chester on Friday. Earlier this year, Chris
Smith launched an agency, Supporters Direct, to help football
supporters buy stakes in clubs.
Solicitor Graham Ross, chairman of the
trust fund's working party, who is among representatives
meeting the Culture Secretary on Friday said: “We're one
of the first groups to form one of these trusts. At the meeting,
we'll be bringing him up to date with where we are with the
launch of the trust. I believe that Chris Smith will say
that he wants us to become a community club. This is a gesture
of confidence in the trust fund from the Culture secretary
and we've had total support from his department in the steps
that we're taking in the formation of the trust. Our primary
aim is to be able to make the supporters a major player in
the future of the club.
The trust fund if officially launched on
Thursday 30 November at Chester Town Hall. The meeting starts
at 19:30hrs and all City supporters and members of the local
business community are urged to attend.
On the trust Chris Smith said: “It
will help to improve football not only where you have clubs
that are struggling financially, but also by involving the
supporters much more strongly in the work of the clubs. All
too often, clubs forget that the fans are the supporters who
follow them through thick and thin.
21 November 2000
CITY PLAYERS IN TRIAL
Five City players, Wayne Brown,
Paul Beesley, Chris Blackburn, Paul Carden and late inclusion
Matt Doughty, played in last nights trial match between an
FA X1 (a representative northern Conference team) and a Unibond
League X1 at Lancaster, the FA team winning 4-0. Paul
Carden was the pick of he bunch will all five players making
a good contribution. Paul Carden hit the bar and all the players
enjoyed the experience.
“I hit the bar,” said Carden (speaking
to the Evening Leader), who was impressed with the way a
team of players, who were thrown together an hour and a half
before kick off, gelled. “It was a great experience, pulling
on the proper England kit, wearing the number seven shirt
and playing against Chris Waddle. The manager said he wasn’t
too worried about the result but we played well and we’ll
just wait and see if we’ve done enough to make the England
squad for the Italian game in February. All our lads played
well and enjoyed it. We all went up in the same car to the
game and although we weren’t allowed to keep the shirts,
we were presented with a leather watch with the England badge
This was a trial match for the FA semi-pro
side who will play Italy, Wales, Holland and the Highland League
of Scotland next February.
20 November 2000
City's replay with Plymouth Argyle
in the first round of the AXA FA Cup will take place at Home
Park on Tuesday 28 November, kick-off 19:45 be a good
time to get our first ever victory there!. The winners of the
tie will face Oxford United at home on Saturday 9 December
in the second round. This replay means a third postponement
of the Nationwide Variety Club Trophy match at Hednesford Town
planned for the night before. If only Steve Finney had scored
that penalty first time round.
LDV VANS TROPHY DRAW
Once again City have been paired
with Hull City in the first round of this competition (formerly
the Auto Windscreens Shield). However we have a home tie this
time round and that will take place at the Deva on Tuesday
5 December. Kick-off 19:45. City are one of eight teams from
the Conference in this season's competition; the others are:
Rushden & Diamonds, Hereford United, Yeovil Town, Dover
Athletic, Doncaster Rovers, Scarborough and Morecambe.
Without any prior announcement City
have increased the price of their matchday programme 25% from £2
to £2.50. Now although like last weeks edition, it's
at 48 pages the largest and probably the best ever produced,
do fans really want to pay that much for a programme?
EXILES PREDICTION COMPETITION
Weekly updates are now being posted
on the Exiles pages for those who entered this seasons competition.
17 November 2000
WOODS MISSES CUP TIE
Defender Matt Woods misses tomorrow's
home FA Cup first round tie with Plymouth Argyle as he's serving
a one match suspension. There seems to be great confusion over
this as the FA have Woods down for a booking at Morecambe earlier
in the season where it in fact appears that the offender on
the night was David Kerr!. Meanwhile Steve Whitehall should
play after shrugging off the hamstring injury that forced him
out of last weekend's 1-1 draw with Stevenage Borough, he's
due for fitness test today. Should a replay be necessary it
will take place on Tuesday 28 November at Home Park.
Chester have confirmed that the
first installment, believed to be £75,000, of the Luke
Beckett transfer fee has finally been received from Chesterfield.
Barnsley, Beckett's previous club to Chester receive 20% of
NEW TROPHY SPONSORS
The Football League Trophy has new
sponsors in the form of van manufacturers LDV. The draw for
the first round takes place live on SKY's Soccer AM programme.
14 November 2000
CITY STILL AWAITING BECKETT MONEY
The 14 days that the Football Association
gave Chesterfield to pay the first installment (£75,000)
of the Luke Beckett fee have passed without the Derbyshire
club paying a penny. City are now awaiting a response from
the FA/Chesterfield as to why nothing has happened. To add
a twist to the tale, the Evening Leader reports that Chester
have actually received a £150,000 bid from Colchester
United for Beckett, the U's having agreed to pay the fee in
full straight away. City manager Graham Barrow called the whole
Beckett transfer fiasco "a total disgrace". "Technically
he's a Chester City player. We could have been sitting on top
of the League if Luke Beckett was still with us." Beckett
scored his third goal in three games for the Spireites on Saturday.
The draw for the Football League
Trophy has been delayed another week. Previous sponsors Auto
Windscreens have pulled out this season, reportedly over the
League upping the sponsorship asking price. The final of course
also loses its prestigious Wembley setting with redevelopment
taking place there over the next two years.
10 November 2000
WORKING TOGETHER TO PUT THE TRUST BACK INTO CHESTER CITY FC
A Statement by Chester City Supporters Trust
You may have read in the Press recently about
the setting up of a Football Trust in Chester by a group representing
all five supporter groups of Chester City FC; Chester City Official
Supporters Club, Chester City Exiles, Independent Supporters Association
(ISA),The Executive Club and the Disabled Supporters Group to turn
Chester City FC into a supporter owned club. You may also have read
about other initiatives also promising ownership, in one form or another,
by the fans.
There is a danger of confusion, as the group
setting up the Trust, we are issuing this Notice to set out the facts:
To make the club fully accountable
at all times to its supporters as to its financial position and decision
To have the club run to the highest standards
of business and football management
To operate in synergy with the supporters
and the wider community and not for personal ego or private
To ensure all profit is ploughed back into
the club for football purposes alone
To support and encourage youth programmes
and activities both within the Club and in the community
To return the club to its rightful position...in
the Football League
To achieve the above by either full ownership
of the club or a minority shareholding working with private
investors fully bound to these principles.
HOW CAN THIS BE ACHIEVED?
By the formation of an Industrial
and Provident Society (IPS) and through that body to seek to acquire
a shareholding in the club.
ensures a legal framework so that the Club can be owned,
at least in part, by and fully accountable to, the public
operates with full openness and accountability to the public
makes decisions on a fully democratic basis
prohibits any one individual making any financial gain
puts a high priority on youth programmes
and public and business community links
WHAT SKILLS DO WE HAVE TO RUN A FOOTBALL CLUB?
If we succeed in full ownership, the club will
be run to the highest standards of business and football management.
Such skills and expertise will be provided both by a Board balancing
expertise with supporter representation and assisted by an advisory
group formed from the professions, from business and from football
administration. Offers of assistance for the Trust are coming in from
all quarters including major businesses, the FA and certain Premiership
and Football League clubs.
ARE WE IN COMPETITION TO OTHER INITIATIVES?
The IPS provides the legal framework for supporters'
share ownership either alone or in partnership with any other initiative
that genuinely shares in full our aims and objectives.
Whoever you feel is best placed to run Chester
City FC in the future and whoever may become the majority owner, by
supporting the Trust you are giving yourself and all supporters a real
democratic and accountable voice in that outcome.
DO NOT BE CONFUSED BY:-
'Chester Supporters Group'. They are not connected
with ourselves (the Chester City Supporters Trust formed by
all five supporters associations) but are a self-named group of supporters
of long standing and local private investors. They have yet to set
out in public how they will provide shares to the public and how they
will achieve the sort of accountability set out in our aims.
Should they succeed in acquiring ownership from
Mr Terry Smith, then we, through the IPS, will be able to assist them
achieve their stated pledge of supporter ownership. Support of the
'Chester Supporters Group' does not require lack of support for the
Trust. Quite the reverse.
Terry Smith's plan to form a PLC to sell shares
direct to the public. There are laws to protect the public from being
sold shares in a company. If it was easy to achieve, many small private
companies would seek to raise money in that way, In fact it is expensive
to set up , draining much needed finances from the football requirements
of the club, and the club would have to establish an extremely high
level of business management and record keeping before being allowed
to take that step. It would take a lengthy period of time and have
a low prospect of success. Mr Smith is to be congratulated in standing
by his pledge of supporter ownership. The quickest, cheapest way to
achieve that aim and the one most likely to succeed, is by selling
shares to the Trust.
The Chester City Supporters Trust is the ONLY
way presently available to achieve supporter ownership of the club
that GUARANTEES the above stated aims and objectives.
Join us at the launch of the Chester City Supporters
Trust on Thursday, 30 November at 7.30pm at Chester Town Hall. As well
as setting out the details of how the IPS will operate and how you can
be a part of the future for the club, you will hear speeches from various
organisations supporting our project including Supporters Direct, the
Government, the City Council together with players from five decades
of footballing history in this City.
For further information contact:-
The Chester City Supporters Trust,
c/o Ross & Co, Solicitors, Hinderton Hall, Chester High Rd, Neston, Wirral
CH64 7TS Tel: 0151 336 3000.
NEW TROPHY REPLAY DATE
The replay date for the Nationwide Variety
Club Trophy match at Hednesford Town is set for Monday 27 November.
ISA Press Officer Les Smith has resigned from
6 November 2000
TROPHY MATCH OFF
Chester's Nationwide Variety Club Trophy match
at Hednesford Town tonight has been cancelled.
3 November 2000
FA CUP MATCH
City's first round FA Cup match with Plymouth
Argyle on 18 November will not be all-ticket, despite the Deva capacity
still being 3,000.
CITY PLAYERS SELECTED
Four Chester players have been called up to
play for a representative northern Conference team against a Northern Premier
League side on 20 November at Lancaster. This is a trial match for the
FA semi-pro side who will play Italy next February. The players involved
are, Wayne Brown, Paul Beesley, Chris Blackburn and Paul Carden congratulations
NO INJURY WORRIES FOR BARROW
There are no fresh injury problems for City
who travel to Essex tomorrow to play Dagenham & Redbridge. The pitch
at Dagenham is fine, just hope the City team leave more that adequate time
to travel down with the motorways in overload mode during the rail crisis.
1 November 2000
FRIENDLY MATCH OFF AGAIN
Chester's friendly against a Manchester United
X1 at the Deva Stadium tonight is cancelled.