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The following abandoned matches have been ordered to be replayed by the Football Conference….
Lewes v St Albans City (28th October 2009) due to referee’s decision in relation to fog.

Chester City v Eastbourne Borough (28th November 2009) due to advice by police after pitch incursion.

A report from the match referee is currently subject of investigation by the Football Association and therefore it would be inappropriate for the Football Conference to make further comment.

Arrangements will now be made by the Football Conference and the clubs involved to set the dates for these matches to be replayed and the clubs themselves will confirm those new dates in due course.

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Protesting Chester City supporters who caused yesterday’s Blue Square Premier clash with Eastbourne Borough to be abandoned are being treated with a degree of sympathy by sources close to the club.

Managing director Bob Gray says he is “totally upset” by the way event unfolded, the Chester Chronicle is reporting.

He says:”“The police said it (the decision to abandon the game) was made in the best interest at the time, and certainly not our decision. There are loyal supporters who vent their anger in better ways than we have seen here today. “But we are sympathetic, we don’t hold grudges. We understand their frustrations and why the demonstration has taken place but, next week, give them a slap on the wrist and don’t do it again.”

But offical supporters club stalwart Barrie Hipkiss is taking a harder line against the demonstrators. He says: ““I know they’ve got frustrations, but the way they’ve let it out doesn’t help the club at all, because now I can see us having a hefty fine, and what the league will think on this now with the meeting coming up, it does concern me. “The club desperately needs stability on and off the field and until we achieve that I can’t see us going anywhere.”

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You could write a better script for a soap opera than that of Chester City Football Club!  The latest twist in the tale of Blues occured on Saturday afternoon when the Deva Stadium side saw their game against Eastbourne Borough, possibly the club’s final competitve clash abandoned after 75 minutes following a second on-pitch protext from home supporters.

The Blues were winning 3-2 when fans invaded, forcing referee Paul Curry to call the game off after police said it was no longer safe for players or spectators.  The protest was about the on going saga of off-pitch troubles at the club.

Chester face expulsion from the league on Monday unless repayments are made on debts to Wrexham AFC and Vauxhall Motors FC .

City boss Jim Harvey told BBC Radio Merseyside: “I’m still disappointed it was called off. As far as I was concerned there was no threat to players on the field. The referee said the police came in and said he had to call it off so he had no choice.”

Eastbourne boss Garry Wilson told BBC Sussex: “The referee said the chief police officer told him he couldn’t guarantee the safety of players or supporters and they were going to bring in dogs to get the ground back under control. At that time he felt it was the right thing to abandon the game.  I feel sorry for Chester, it’s a fantastic set-up here and they’ve got a good manager. It’s sad for them to be part of this. Hopefully they can survive and sort it out.”

The abandonment caps another shocking week for the club which saw four players leave amidst unrest behind the scenes. Chester are operating under a transfer embargo imposed because of their financial difficulties and the ban means manager Harvey cannot replace them.

In addition to dealing with the embargo, Chester are also battling to stay in the Blue Square Premier after being docked 25 points at the start of the season as a penalty for their financial problems. The club went into administration following relegation from League Two in May.

During the last week Chester’s owners have been in talks with a party interested in buying the club and are hopeful a deal can be done. The protest came just as Harvey’s side had gone 3-2 ahead and seemed on course for their fourth consecutive league win.

They took an early lead against Eastbourne when Anthony Barry fired home a free -kick from 25-yards but the visitors equalised courtesy of Liam Enver-Marum’s spectacular 30-yard drive.

Chester regained the advantage when Lloyd Ellams slotted in from Mark Beesley’s cross but Eastbourne hit back for a second time when Kayne McLaggon converted Matt Crabb’s corner. Chadwick completed the scoring with a powerful header from another Beesley centre before supporters ran onto the pitch and forced the abandonment.

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Bookmakers have suspended betting on City’s match against Eastbourne tomorrow after news leaked that Chester may have to field a weakened team. Rumours have been circling that Chester City players have refused to play over a pay row, whilst these reports are not confirmed, it has lead bookmakers to suspend betting on the fixture as word spread on a number of forums.

The news has spread fast with many fans in the know lumping on Eastbourne Borough to win at a handsome price of 2/1. Even Chester City fans on the Deva Chat forum have got involved as well as punters around the world on the OLBG forum. It echoes similarities to Weymouth last season when the they could not afford to pay the players wages. The players then left and found other clubs leaving the club to field a youth side which subsequently lead to heavy defeats.

Latest figures on BetFair show that £31,000 has been traded on the Chester City Vs Eastbourne match compared to the £833 traded on Ebbsfleet United Vs Mansfield Town. It is thought that up to £2 million may have been gambled on this fixture through the many internet websites and high-street bookmaker shops. The crunch deadline for Chester City to pay their football debts is now just three days away with worried fans no nearer to knowing the club’s fate.

Worse than that, they are being kept in the dark. Despite repeated efforts from the media, no-one was able to to contact anyone at the club to confirm whether or not the outstanding money will be paid. And as D-day approaches, there are real fears the Blues will now be thrown out of the Football Conference.

Fans’ groups, other clubs, officials from the Football League and Conference plus the PFA were all willing to discuss the club’s crisis. But City officials wouldn’t answer the phone – or even come to the door when reporters called at the Deva Stadium.

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Chester City earned a valuable point in their quest to ensure their survival in non-league’s top flight competition. 

The point was saved after Gregg Blundell converted a penalty at the end of the first half.

The hosts took the lead after just five minutes. A long kick from goalkeeper Michael Jordan should have been dealt with by Kevin Roberts, but the defender’s poor header was pounced by Matt Crabb who in turn set Andy Atkin up to score from close range.

With the home side’s taller and more mobile midfield unit beginning to take control, John Danby was called upon to make thee key saves.

The equaliser came when Jordan was adjudged to have brought Neil Ashton down on the six yard line. Despite protests from the home side, referee Watkins pointed to the spot, and Gregg Blundell duly dispatched the penalty kick, sending the keeper the wrong way.

City had chances in the second period, Kevin Roberts headed just over, Blundell fired narrowly wide from 15 yards, and Anthony Barry’s cross was headed against his own bar by Jenkins.

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Rooted at the bottom of the Blue Square Premier League table, former football league club Chester City make the long journey south today to face Eastbourne Borough and blues boss Mick Wadsworth sees the next two games as an opportunity to reduce City’s points deficit arrears.

“We’ve got to go and win at Eastbourne,” said City gaffer Mick Wadsworth.  “We desperately need another win to get us back on track, then we have a game on Tuesday.  We haven’t got a huge selection problem for Saturday.”

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