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The Chester City Exiles are planning to help City Fans United with a fund-raising bucket collection on Tuesday night at Kingsmeadow, when AFC Wimbledon take on Wrexham in the Blue Square Premier League. A statement released by the Chester City Exiles read: Exiled Chester fans will be staging a fund-raising bucket collection, to help build a new club in their home city, at the AFC Wimbledon v Wrexham match on Tuesday March 30. Funds will be donated to the City Fans United group, which is aiming to have a ‘phoenix’ club playing football in Chester by the start of next season. This follows the expulsion of Chester City FC from the Football Conference and the club’s subsequent winding-up in the High Court. City Fans United (CFU), a Supporters’ Trust body with more than 1,000 members, needs to build up its war-chest to allow football to be played in Chester again. Members of the Chester City Exiles, a fans’ club now in its 25th season, will be at Kingsmeadow with their buckets asking for donations on behalf of CFU. They hope for some friendly banter and generosity from local rivals Wrexham. Exiles chair, Pauline Meakins, said: “The support shown by other football clubs, particularly AFC Wimbledon for generously allowing us to stage this collection and the messages of support from many of the fans of our old enemy Wrexham, has meant so much to us over the past few terrible months. It has given us a lot of strength and a real hope for the future of football in Chester. We thank everyone very much.” City Fans United would like to thank the Chester City Exiles for their continued support, and the bucket collection further demonstrates the excellent relationship held between the two groups. It would also like to thank AFC Wimbledon & Wrexham FC for their support in this initiative to raise funds.

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Football supporters in Chester have voted overwhelmingly in favour of christening the city’s new football club ‘Chester FC’, The Chronicle can reveal.

The name will be used by the phoenix club City Fans United (CFU) hope to establish from the ashes of the now-defunct Chester City FC.

Supporters, who have been voting since last Wednesday from a shortlist of four options, were 70% in favour of Chester FC.

The simple title is a return to the name the club used for most of its 125-year history, before adding the ‘City’ suffix in 1983.

CFU press officer Jeff Banks said: “It’s been great to see so many fans having the chance to rename the club, and as the voting shows, the fans want to go back to the name Chester Football Club.

“Now we can well and truly prepare our club for the future, but carrying an important piece of history with us.”

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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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Press release issued today from City Fans United:

Since Chester City were expelled from the Football Conference on Friday, there have been a number of rumours circulating about the future of football in Chester, specifically a number of misunderstandings about CFU’s work towards the reformation of the Club.

 We understand the concern that fans and members have about the future of football in Chester, and share your desire to see football back in the City again.

However although the Club were thrown out of the League last Friday in accordance with football regulations, Chester City FC 2004 has until Friday 5 March to appeal against the original recommendation by the Board of the Football Conference to its member clubs to expel Chester City. This appeal is not against the vote of the Clubs taken last Friday.

Assuming there is no appeal or it is unsuccessful we will be making an application to join the football pyramid as a ‘reformed’ club, and this will be assessed by The FA. We are also continuing regular and active discussions with the Council over making an application for the lease of the Deva. As a critical part of both our application for the lease, and for a league place, we have been working closely with our advisors, Supporters Direct, to draw up a comprehensive business plan.

Although some of the process may not be as clear as fans – or we – would like, we would like to reassure everyone that despite rumours to the contrary, there is no rule stating that a reformed Chester City will have to begin at North West Counties League.

We are getting the best advice on all these issues from Supporters Direct, and will continue to keep members and fans alike informed of developments.

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

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An interim statement has been issued by City Fans United in light of today’s news that Chester City Football Club have been expelled from the Football Conference.

Today the member clubs of the Football Conference have voted to expel Chester City FC from the competition.

City Fans United are dismayed and saddened that this situation has been allowed to occur, however we have previously stated our belief that years of financial mismanagement meant that this decision was inevitable.

We are angry that Chester City FC was allowed to fall into such a sorry state and we call upon the football authorities to review their rules on the ownership and financial control of football clubs, before the supporters of another football club are forced to endure the pain felt by fans of Chester City FC.

CFU have previously outlined our vision for the future for football in Chester but, like all supporters of Chester City FC, we must take some time to grieve.

We believe that 125-years of footballing history will live on through and each every supporter of Chester City FC. Rest assured that City Fans United will continue to fight for the future of football in Chester.

A further statement will be issued in due course.

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Members of a Danish consortium met representatives of the CFU yesterday before they met the club.
It was made clear to them that any rescue bid would need the support of the fans, the wider community, and a viable Business Plan. We were not satisfied with the very brief report we had after the meeting with the club.
In our opinion the Danish consortium also have no adequate business plan or strategy for running the club on a day to day basis. They do not have adequate finances to cover the current debt, and have no plans for community involvement.
We are saying clearly and directly to the Danish consortium: On Thursday you stated that if we did not wish you to continue with your bid, you would not proceed. We are saying that we do not wish you to proceed with your bid. We would however welcome you to be part of an exciting journey with us as we rebuild our club in our own vision. But if you proceed without us, you are proceeding against us with all that entails.
City Fans United are trying to clarify the full situation surrounding the reported sale of the club and will make a further statement in due course.

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A reminder that City Fans United are holding an open meeting at Chester’s Guildhall tomorrow night at 8pm.

The future of football in Chester will be decided on Thursday by the Footballing authorities.

If the Football Conference decide on expelling the club from its League on Thursday, then it is likely the football club will cease to exist under the current ownership, this being based on an inability to run a football club.

Cheshire West & Chester Council are amongst many organisations owed money by the football club – and are unlikely to get it.

The fact that the club’s landlords have not been paid is a disgrace, first and foremost you pay for where you live, to not do this shows contempt for the Council.

On Thursday night, we encourage you to be part of the Public Meeting that is taking place at the Guild Hall in Chester, which starts at 8pm.

CFU will present their vision of the future of football in this fine, historic City, which will include a presentation on our plans to make our football club a proud one again, one that will be supporter driven, and one that brings the community together again.

Speakers at the Meeting will include Supporters Direct, who have overseen the launch of several successful ‘phoenix’ clubs, and who have extensive experience, and also important links with the football authorities.

Also at the meeting will be the local Council, who need to see that the public of Chester is behind us, so please, come down to the Guild Hall on Thursday night to show that we all want football in Chester.

New members can sign up on the night.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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