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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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Chester MP Christine Russell has said Chester City FC fans are losing out most from their current plight.
Ms Russell said: “It’s a really sad day. You have to ask yourself where have the football authorities been through this, with their Fit and Proper Persons Test and carrying out due diligence?
“I feel ever so strongly about the club – it’s the loyal fans who have stuck through this and they stand to lose the most from it. It’s sad as the fans deserve to have a voice in the ownership of the club.
“The overall city will be a loser too, from hearing the results come through when Chester play on a Saturday. You lose that recognition.
“Technically the government cannot dictate to the Football League, but they have to bring in tough regulations, and enforce the ones they have, regarding ownership of clubs.
“There are so many which are owned by rich men, or ones who call themselves rich men, and others who are asset-strippers, at football clubs across the UK.
“The situation was desperate from when the club went into administration last summer. They had such a mountain to climb.
“We just need someone at the club who has a first and foremost interest in football.”

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Liverpool legend Ian Rush played all over the world during his 22-year career but the game that stands out most for him came long before the glory days.

The Wales striker netted nearly 400 goals in around 700 appearances for club and country, winning every domestic honour along the way – and a European Cup.

But Rush’s most memorable day happened 30 years ago – for Chester City in the FA Cup.

The Seals – then in the old Division 3 – were on a fine FA Cup run and travelled to St James’s Park, Newcastle, who were then riding high in Division 2.

And Rush, then aged just 18, admits the atmosphere as he travelled to the ground on January 5 1980 was the most remarkable of any game he ever played in.

‘Our crowds weren’t that big and to travel to Newcastle who played in front of 30,000-plus crowds was really something special,’ said Rush.

‘I’ll never forget the noise, the bustle, the excitement as we neared the ground. I’d never seen that many people at a game before and it was incredible.

‘We won 2-0 and I scored to make the day complete. It was the most amazing day of my life up to then – and made me want a lot more.’

He got plenty more – Liverpool paid £300,000 for him a few months later and the rest, as the cliche goes, is history.

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Crystal Palace 2 Chester 0

Chester’s first taste of life in Division Three saw them beaten but by no means disgraced at Selhurst Park.  Goals just after the kick off and minutes before the final whistle meant that Chester’s historic first game in Division Three did not have a happy ending – but they gained plenty of respect.

In defence, and midfield they equalled anything that Palace had to offer, but it was up front, once more, where Chester were sadly lacking.  It was here where the difference between the sides was most maked.  Palace used Kemp and Swindlehurst as a powerful twin spearhead, but Derek Draper and Johnny James were never able to seriously trouble the home defence.

The Chester defence was in sound form – particularly Nigel Edwards, Tony Loska, Chris Dunleavy and Reg Matthewson, while the midfield was cleverly controlled by Ian Seddon.  Norman Whitehead, another player who enjoyed a fine start to the season, tried desperately to get things moving in attack, but he suffered from lack of support in midfield.

But despite their lack of fire power Chester contributed much to the game which did credit to the day’s top crowd in Division Three.  Skill and fluent attacking soccer were the keynotes of this game, and Chester certainly lived up to their reputation of not being a defensive side.  Even after the shock of an 11th minute goal they never attempted to stifle the game by falling back on defence and were always willing to push forward.

It was certainly a tough test of Chester’s new status against a Palace side desperately anxious to return to Division Two in an effort to regain some of their former glory.  It was Palace who made the early running with some probing attacks, and at the same stage the Londoners’ flying winger, Peter Taylor looked like giving Loska an uncomfortable afternoon.

However, Loska settled down well to keep a tight grip on Selhurst favourite Taylor, and the Chester defender only marred his perfomance with a second half foul on Taylor, for which he was booked.  But it was Taylor who set up Palace’s opening goal.  He speculatively chased a ball which appeared to be going out of play and chipped a short cross into the middle.

Nick Chatterton pounced to sidefoot a shot under Grenville Millington’s body after the goalkeeper had been unsighted.  It was a bad blow for Chester and the many hundreds of fans who travelled to London to see history being made, although the side refused to become rattled by it.  A well devised 22nd minute build up raised City’s hopes when the immaculate Edwards overlapped to take a ball from Seddon.  Edwards got in a neat cross which Tony Burns did well to cut out.

Seven minutes later, Peter Wall brought a spectacular save from Millington.  Wall moved up for a free kick and hit a fierce drive that Millington punched away in fine style.  Just before the interval, Draper managed to get in a header which Burns saved under the bar, and then a dipping cross from Whitehead rattled the Palace woodwork.

Immediately after the interval, Whitehead had two shots blocked, and then a cross from the same player almost caused Martin Hinshelwood to turn the ball into his own net.  Midway through the second period, Edwards, who had played the highly-rated Mick Hill out of the game, saved his side from going further behind.

Taylor created the danger with another short cross which beat Millington, and as Kemp slotted the ball towards the net Edwards completed a brilliant goal line clearance.  At this stage, Chester were pushing forward in depth and Palace were exploiting this with some quick breaks.  This was illustrated when Taylor darted away and Kemp’s shot was well saved by Millington.  However, with eight minutes remaining a similar ploy brought Palace their second goal.  A Chester raide broke down and Kemp quickly raced away.  His cross was headed down into the path of Swindlehurst who comfortably completed Palace’s victory.

Despite this opening setback, Chester can look forward to Division Three with confidence – if they can remedy their problem up front.

Chester FC: Millington, Edwards, Loska, Matthewson (Captain), Dunleavy, Seddon, Whitehead, Pugh, Draper, James and Lennard.  Subs: Mason.

 Referee: Mr A W Gray of Great Yarmouth

 Attendance: 13,098

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Former Chester, Southampton and Wales legend Ron Davies is the latest guest on the EPL Talk
Podcast, the daily Premier League interview and analysis show.
To say that Davies is a legend to Southampton supporters is an understatement.
In his first season with the Saints, Davies scored an incredible 43 goals.
Heralded as “the best centre forward in Europe” by Matt Busby and the “best
header of the ball” by teammate Mick Channon, Davies was a one-of-a-kind
goalscorer whose feats included scoring four goals against Manchester United at
Old Trafford, four goals against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and four goals
against Aston Villa. Between 1966-69, he scored 90 times in 123 league games.
It’s no wonder that football commentator Martin Tyler names Davies as his hero.
In addition to playing for Southampton, Davies also played for Manchester
United, Norwich City, Luton Town, Chester City, LA Aztecs, Seattle Sounders and
other teams, as well as for his country, Wales.
In this exclusive interview, Davies discusses:
his memories of that day in 1969 when he scored four against Man United at Old
Trafford,
what it was like to play alongside George Best in the NASL and what Harry
Redknapp was like at Seattle Sounders,
the story of how he got discovered as a young footballing talent,
what it was like playing for Wales against England and Brazil, and playing
alongside John Toshack, Wyn Davies and other Welsh legends, and
the secret to his success of how he was able to jump so much higher than his
opponents during football matches.
This is a must-listen interview with a legend of football who is definitely a
gentle giant of this beautiful game.
Don’t forget that the EPL Talk Podcast is the only Premier League interview and
analysis podcast available for free. In the past few weeks, we’ve interviewed
legends of the game such as Steve McManaman, Efan Ekoku, Martin Chivers and
Robbie Earle as well as experts such as Declan Hill, Simon Kuper, Misha Sher,
Matt Dickinson and many others. Why pay $40 a year to rival podcasts when you
can subscribe to the EPL Talk Podcast for FREE featuring interviews with the
biggest names in football?
Plus stayed tuned for upcoming interviews coming this week including John Harkes
(of Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County fame) and more. Plus you can hear
interviews on our sister podcast MLS Talk with Thomas Dooley, Jaime Moreno,
Jimmy Conrad, Sacha Kljestan and Stuart Holden.

Southampton and Wales legend Ron Davies is the latest guest on the EPL Talk
Podcast, the daily Premier League interview and analysis show.
To say that Davies is a legend to Southampton supporters is an understatement.
In his first season with the Saints, Davies scored an incredible 43 goals.
Heralded as “the best centre forward in Europe” by Matt Busby and the “best
header of the ball” by teammate Mick Channon, Davies was a one-of-a-kind
goalscorer whose feats included scoring four goals against Manchester United at
Old Trafford, four goals against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and four goals
against Aston Villa. Between 1966-69, he scored 90 times in 123 league games.
It’s no wonder that football commentator Martin Tyler names Davies as his hero.
In addition to playing for Southampton, Davies also played for Manchester
United, Norwich City, Luton Town, Chester City, LA Aztecs, Seattle Sounders and
other teams, as well as for his country, Wales.
In this exclusive interview, Davies discusses:
his memories of that day in 1969 when he scored four against Man United at Old
Trafford,what it was like to play alongside George Best in the NASL and what Harry
Redknapp was like at Seattle Sounders,the story of how he got discovered as a young footballing talent,what it was like playing for Wales against England and Brazil, and playing
alongside John Toshack, Wyn Davies and other Welsh legends, andthe secret to his success of how he was able to jump so much higher than his
opponents during football matches.This is a must-listen interview with a legend of football who is definitely a
gentle giant of this beautiful game.
Don’t forget that the EPL Talk Podcast is the only Premier League interview and
analysis podcast available for free. In the past few weeks, we’ve interviewed
legends of the game such as Steve McManaman, Efan Ekoku, Martin Chivers and
Robbie Earle as well as experts such as Declan Hill, Simon Kuper, Misha Sher,
Matt Dickinson and many others. Why pay $40 a year to rival podcasts when you
can subscribe to the EPL Talk Podcast for FREE featuring interviews with the
biggest names in football?
Plus stayed tuned for upcoming interviews coming this week including John Harkes
(of Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County fame) and more. Plus you can hear
interviews on our sister podcast MLS Talk with Thomas Dooley, Jaime Moreno,
Jimmy Conrad, Sacha Kljestan and Stuart Holden.

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