Wrexham fans won’t boycott this month’s Deva Stadium derby against rivals Chester City, according to the Supporters’ Trust.
Supporters’ group City Fans United are boycotting all Chester’s home games for the rest of the season, and are asking visiting teams’ fans to do the same.
The move is in protest against the club’s owner Stephen Vaughan Jr and the current regime.
City Fans United were also last night discussing going through a process of due diligence with a view to possibly launching a takeover of the club.
Chester’s players haven’t been paid for nearly three months, while the club faces a High Court date in march to avoid a winding-up petition.
With players leaving to join other clubs, Chester have been forced to play a number of youngsters.
They are still 20 points adrift at the bottom of the Blue Square Premier table after beginning the season with a 25-point deduction following the club going into administration last summer.
Haydn Jones of Wrexham Supporters’ Trust (WST) says Dragons fans have sympathy with the plight of their rivals.
However, he says the Trust won’t advocate boycotting the February 14 Blue Square Premier clash, and expects fans to attend the match as Dean Saunders’ side try to turn around their own ailing campaign.
Jones said: “We will be boycotting all Chester games – except the ones where Chester play Wrexham.
“We have huge sympathy with what’s going on at Chester and we hope they come out of it so we can keep our fixtures going some time in the future.
“It’s a match to look forward to, and I’m guessing people will still want to watch the match against their local rivals.”
With Chester so far behind at the bottom of the table, Jones says Wrexham fans will also be making the most of what could be their last chance to attend the cross-border derby.
He said: “Looking at the Blue Square Premier league table, it could be the last time we play them for some time.”
Jones acknowledges, however, that many Chester fans were supportive when Wrexham had off-field problems, including going into administration in 2004.
“When we had our troubles some Chester supporters were very supportive of us and we wish them all the best,” he said.
Some Wrexham fans have been sympathetic towards the idea of boycotting the derby, however, according to Jeff Banks of City Fans United.
Banks said: “We’d like support from all kinds of fans, not just Wrexham.
“Chester v Wrexham is a huge derby game, but this season it doesn’t feel like a derby because it doesn’t feel like a proper Chester team.”
He added: “Chester fans supported Wrexham when they had their problems, and we’ve had goodwill messages from Wrexham fans.
“Nothing would please us more than to see Wrexham fans boycott the game – Wrexham fans may want to put their own team first and we can understand that, but it would be nice to see them show solidarity with us.”