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Former Chester City FC owner Stephen Vaughan and his son have been released on bail following an alleged assault on a police officer, according to reports in the local press today.

A 28-year-old officer is in hospital after suffering from a fractured cheek and bruising to his head and body after the incident at the Jug and Bottle Hotel on Mount Avenue, Heswall.

Vaughan Snr, 48, Stephen Jnr, 25, and a 29-year-old man from Neston are all due to appear in Heswall Police Station in early May after being arrested on suspicion of a fray and assaulting the officer.

Police say the officer had been investigating an earlier disturbance at the hotel, which is close to Vaughan Snr’s home, at about 10.10pm on Sunday, April 4.

All three men fled the scene of the alleged assault in a dark-coloured Aldi car at about 11pm.

Merseyside Police spokesman Simon Wood said: “Police can confirm three men have been arrested following a disturbance at the Jug and Bottle Hotel on Mount Avenue, Heswall.

“The officer was investigating the earlier disturbance at the Jug and Bottle when he was assaulted by the three men at around 10.55pm on Thurstaston Road in Heswall.

“The 28-year-old officer was treated in hospital for a fractured cheekbone and bruising to his head and body.”

He added: “The three men have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.”

Vaughan Snr took over as chairman and majority shareholder of Chester City FC in 2001 but following relegation to the Blue Square Premier League last year the club was finally wound up at the High Court in March over an unpaid tax bill.

Vaughan Jnr is a former captain of the club who now plays for Liverpool club Marine FC.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to ring Merseyside Police on 0151 709 6010 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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The Chester City Former Players Associaion is continuing to grow and has recently passed the 50 membership mark with the signing of Noel Bradley.  He was soon followed in the ranks by Darryn Stamp, Luke Beckett, John Kelly, former manager Jim Harvey and Billy Windle.

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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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League Two leaders Rochdale have signed former Manchester United youth defender Michael Lea.

The 21-year-old has joined Keith Hill’s side on non-contract terms until the end of the season.

He was released after one year as a professional at Manchester United and went on to have spells with Scunthorpe and Chester City.

Lea was left without a club after Chester were wound up in the high court earlier this month.

He told the official Rochdale FC website: “I’m hopeful this move will be the one that takes me forward.

“You could say my moves so far haven’t been good ones in terms of progressing my career but I’m determined.”

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Stephen Vaughan Jnr, the former named owner of defunct Blue Square Premier club Chester City, is one of three new players to be signed by Marine.

Vaughan, whose father Stephen controversially transferred his stake in the troubled club to the now-25-year-old in the midst of the chaos surrounding the team’s financial issues, made 58 Football League appearances from 2005-2007 for Chester City before moving on to Rochdale and Boston United. He returned to Chester City in 2008.

Marine have also announced the signings of ex-Chester striker Lloyd Ellams and goalkeeper Kyle Clancy from Burscough, the UniBond League’s website is reporting.

Clancy, 20, has been signed as cover for the injured Tim Dittmer who has a lung injury.

Ellams, 20, is a young striker who was with Chester City from 2008 to 2010, including a loan spell at Droylsden during that time.

Midfielder Vaughan, meanwhile, started his career at Liverpool making 70 appearances for the Reserves and represented England at Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 level.

Marine Chairman Paul Leary said: “Tim Dittmer has had a reaction from an old lung injury he had some time ago and Kyle will provide that quality of cover that is needed as we push on.

“The signing of Lloyd and Steven will assist greatly with Kevin’s objectives in the final part of the season. It is hoped that all three will be eligible for tonight’s home game against Kendal Town.”

Marine Manager Kevin Lynch said: “The signing of the three players could not be better timed as the transfer deadline looms near. I am pleased that the three players have joined Marine and each will provide me with additional benefits and options as I try to continue to improve the overall quality of the squad.”

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Ipswich Town supporters show their support for Chester City after the club was wound up…

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David Felgate

His professional career lasted 17 years from 1978 to 1995 where he made a total of 612 Football League appearances. Of those 198 came at the Lincoln City and 238 came with the Bolton Wanderers, though he also played for Rochdale, Crewe Alexandra, Grimsby Town, Cardiff City, Chester City, and Wigan Athletic.

David was initially loaned to the Imps from the Trotters when Colin Boulton was dealt a hefty lay off with a broken leg with a permanent move soon forthcoming. Indeed Bolton would let him slip twice before finally seeing him make nearly 400 games for them when Phil Neal finally managed to make a loan deal permanent from Grimsby who we of all teams had sold him too. David would keep 24 clean sheets that season with 23 of them coming in a Division Four promotion winning campaign (second two points behind Southend) that saw vital shut outs at all our rivals, namely Southend, Doncaster and Wimbledon.

Fe -Fi- Fo Ffestiniog-born green giant Felgate was the immovable object and the irresistible force the following season as we narrowly missed a return to the Hallowed second Division not seen since the early sixties. A 1-1 draw at Fulham on the last day of the season saw nearly 6,000 Imps fill the away end in a twenty thousand crowd. In those three seasons David would miss just 3 matches and rack up clean sheets of 18, 14 and 16 respectively, becoming one of the bravest and best shot stoppers in the bottom two Divisions. On the 12th October he would become the first Imp to represent his Country as Wales beat Rumania 5-0. He would have got this a season earlier but for Neville Southall and the small matter of the Bobby Sands hunger strike causing the postponement of a home International with Wales

David`s season by season stats breakdown can be found below illustrating his fantastic contribution including a memorable performance against Spurs when we beat them 2-1 at home in front of a partisan 12,239 in the league Cup. Twice named in the PFA Division Three ‘Team of the Season’ and once as the Imps’ ‘Player of the Season’ – Felgate was sold to Grimsby Town in the summer of 1985 for £27,500. Some suggested we needed the money as crowds had dropped though the tragedy at Bradford, his final game for us, on the final day of the 1984/85 season also had a bearing.

Grimsby Town had him for one season, though he fell from favour and was initially loaned to Bolton Wanderers before returning permanently for seven seasons. After an initial relegation he got amongst the silverware as they again returned to better times. A free to Chester City for two seasons saw yet another promotion winner`s medal before a final move to Wigan Athletic. The competitive career was far from over despite a move to semi pro with Leigh RMI for several seasons. This included an FA Cup run and a goalless draw against Kevin Keegan’s Fulham in November 1998, with Kevin rating his performance as one of the best he had ever seen. He would win two promotions with Leigh then another at Radford Borough who went up as champions. Fabulous Felgate retired at 45 after two final seasons at Bacup Borough. having played nearly 1000 competitive games

These days he coaches for East Lancashires just for Keepers and is involved with Manchester City and the first team keepers at Stockport County

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