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Today, 125 years of history of Chester City Football Club was ended at the High Court, and this was a sad culmination in a period of turbulence that has seen the club slip out of the Football League for a second time, fail to pay its employees, and failing to fulfil fixtures in the Football Conference, resulting in an embarrassing expulsion from their competition.

The decision to liquidate the club now allows a new era of football in Chester to commence, an era in which we feel will be a major boost to the community of Chester, and an era that all supporters can be proud of as it is they who will form the life of the reformed club.

Upon news of the liquidation, City Fans United has today submitted an application to The Football Association to reform the club, and we will be working extremely closely with Supporters Direct, who will help guide us through the process of reformation.

We will also be liaising with the Cheshire West & Chester Council, who have been very supportive of our plans to deliver an open, honest football club, properly run by the fans and which encapsulates the whole community.

Despite this being a sad end to the last 125 years, City Fans United are now prepared for the new era, and encourage anyone not currently a member of CFU, to sign up via http://www.cityfansunited.com and be part of the football club that intends to rise from the ashes of its predecessor.

We will continue to keep everyone informed as we move along the process through our usual channels of communication, including our website.

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THE Football Conference today confirmed Chester City have not appealed against the decision that led to them being expelled from the competition.

It was Chester’s fellow Conference clubs who ultimately voted to kick the troubled Blues out, but only after the league’s board recommend that they do so – and it was against that recommendation that City had until midnight on Friday to appeal. That deadline has now passed and Chester’s record in the Blue Square Premier will be expunged as a result.

A Conference statement said: “The Football Conference announce Chester City (2004) FC, having not lodged any appeal in respect of their removal from the competition, have had their playing record expunged with immediate effect.

“A new calculated table is being circulated via the Press Association this afternoon as the official record to be used by all the media and member clubs from this date.

“Due to the fact that all goals involved in those matches played to date are also expunged, it means that those players having scored goals in matches against Chester City in the Blue Square Premier also see them expunged from the record books.

“This is to maintain fairness and consistency in relation to the player winning the ‘Golden Boot’ award at the end of the season in the Blue Square Premier. Goals scored in FA Cup or FA Trophy ties are not so affected and will remain in those competitions.

“The debt-ridden company behind the Blues, Chester City FC 2004 Ltd, face a winding up order on Wednesday over an unpaid tax bill of £26,125.

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Following the general meeting the Board of the Football Conference convened and declared in line with Football Conference Rule 13.9 that Chester City’s record in the Blue Square Premier this season will be expunged.

The resultant changes to the table which will affect other club records will not be activated until any right of appeal process has expired or such appeal dealt with.

For avoidance of doubt, Chester City FC can only appeal against the original decision of the Board in relation to Football Conference Rule 8.6 which relates to their recommendation to member clubs. There can be no direct appeal via the Football Association in respect of the decision by member clubs relating to Article 5.2.

Chester City FC, although having the right to make a presentation to the member clubs against the recommendation, did not attend the meeting.

Friday’s events are unparalleled in the history of our national sport and it is with much regret these circumstances have evolved.

The Football Conference are saddened that any club should meet such a fate and it sympathises with those who hold the club dear to their hearts, especially after a proud heritage of 125 years.

Whilst the decision of member clubs was taken in respect of the club failing to fulfil fixtures, behind these failures is a lesson to every club at whatever level they participate.

Clubs have to live within their means and financial prudence can be the only way forward.

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Chester opponents on Saturday, Histon Football Club have announced that their fixture scheduled for Saturday has been postponed.  The statement on the official Histon website reads:

“Today the Football Conference upheld the suspension of Chester City and as a result our Blue Square Premier match at home to Chester City on Saturday 20 February has been postponed”

It remains to be seen if Chester City play a match ever again!

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According to those in non-league circles the Football Conference have asked for opinions on the Chester situation from all Blue Square Premier clubs earlier this week.

If Chester are removed from the league and their results expunged it will, of course, affect each club in a different way.

For example Gateshead Football Club, who lost all six points to Chester and are fighting relegation, and Luton Town who only picked up two from six and are pushing for promotion, would both benefit more that others.

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Could this be the end for Chester City Football Club?
Forest Green Rovers, clearly upset by the late postonement of tonight’s Chester City clash have published the following statement regarding the matter on their official website:
“The following is issued by Colin Peake in his role of Vice Chairman as of 7pm this evening.
“I was aware that Chester City met with the Football League this morning in Preston, seeking to have discretionary payments made to them from their time in the Football League. This would have allowed them to make interim payments to their players but unfortunately for them this request was declined.  In light of that information I sought an assurance from Chester City that they would still fulfill their fixture this evening and this was confirmed to me at
“In light of rumours from the Chester area then circulating I could only respond to enquiries with the assurance given that they were travelling. At 5.11pm I received notification by telephone from Chester City that they were unable to
fulfill the fixture due to lack of players and since then staff and I have been working hard to minimise the impact such a late cancellation causes to everyone.
May I thank them for their response and offer sincere apologies to all sponsors and supporters. Cancelling any fixture causes major problems and this has been the worse one due to its timing.
“It would be remiss of Forest Green Rovers to pass further comment at this time, other than to say this loss of the fixture will cause serious consequences financially, when you consider the loss of other fixtures due to the FA Cup and
the possible loss of other income Saturday week, dependant on the FA Trophy results this evening. Added to that we also have had an issue over money from Notts County and the knock on effect with Inland Revenue payments. The club will now be seeking to recover loss of revenue from those sources it feels it can claim against.
“No doubt the Football Conference will now be seriously looking at Rule 8.6 and the possible expulsion of Chester City under this rule. If such action ensues this will not help us for obvious reasons but again I believe it is right we
keep our counsel at this time and await a speedy resolution so we can adjust accordingly to protect the long term interests of the football club and the Ltd Company”

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Kent based Ebbsfleet United became the latest Blue Square Premier club to extract an easy three points out of Chester City and in all honesty it could have been a lot worse for the Blues had it not have been for another outstanding display by City shot-stopper John Danby.  Danby pulled off a string of terrific saves to keep the scoreline down.

Despite his efforts, he couldn’t stop Magno Vieira’s from securing victory for the visitors with a couple of goals, but it all could have been different after Chester City took a first half lead.

Chester City fielded just nine senior players and made up the numbers with inexperienced youth team players.  Despite this they managed to carve out a gallant lead when Jack Rea fired home Lloyd Ellams’ cross.

But Vieira soon levelled for Ebbsfleet, shooting past Chester keeper John Danby from inside the area.

And the Brazilian put the visitors ahead before the break, doubling his tally with a close-range finish.

John Danby pulled off a string of fine saves in the second half as the visitors went all out to increase their advantage in front of a crowd of just over 400 supporters.

If you take away the season ticket holders and complementary tickets issued to the press and players’ families… not a lot of people payed out to watch this one!

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