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FIFA have granted Burton Albion permission to sign the former Chester City defender Shaun Kelly until the end of the season. Kelly has been training with the Brewers for the past two weeks after impressing manager PaulPeschisolido who saw him play against Burton Albion for Port Vale reserves last month.

The Club are now awaiting formal confirmation from the Football League and Kelly should be available to go into the sqaud to face Chesterfield on Saturday.

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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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Another Thursday, another date with destiny.

As the protracted game of brinkmanship between the Vaughan Family Football Club and the Football authorities continues, the game seems like it is heading for a conclusion.

Much like a game of chess where the opponent still has all his pieces on the board the Vaughan family are being pursued by creditors and the authorities until that final piece in the Vaughan chess set is backed into a corner from where it can not escape.

Today the club will answer five charges of breaking Conference rules,

Rule 2.12
Failing to declare the officers of the club and file the fit & proper person’s declaration for those club officials……….CHECK

Rule 4.8
Failure to attend to competition business…………CHECK

Rule 8.6
Failure to fulfil two fixtures against Forest Green Rovers and Wrexham AFC………….CHECK

Rule 11
Failure to pay Football Creditors as they fall due……….CHECK

Rule18
Bringing the Competition into disrepute………..CHECK

There is no doubt in my mind that the Vaughan family delegation headed by Stephen junior and assisted by Gray and Metcalf will try to paint a picture that does not mirror the devastation that our once proud club has become. No doubt the financial picture painted will not mention the Vaughan loans, as they only seem to come into play when a credible buyer takes an interest. We know that the Conference yet again have contacted their membership to gauge their reactions to the expulsion of the club. It may be a case of dotting I’s and crossing T’s but that is a pointless exercise as most will vote in the way that favours their individual clubs and not in the best interests of the competition.

When Vaughan junior appears today before the Conference it should come down to a simple question,

Can you guarantee that the club can complete its fixtures this season?

We know, the football world know that they can not guarantee being able to fund the coach to Histon on Saturday or guarantee that any players will be on it as both those creditors still remain unpaid…………….. CHECK MATE

With mercy killing a topical subject at present, we the fans stand over the patient’s bed and hope that those who have the power use it wisely and do not let this farce continue.

If the Conference sanctions expulsion today we should never forgive and never forget the actions of those who have the blood of this club on its hands.

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Lincoln City are expected to sign former Chester City striker Drewe Broughton for a month. after being thankfully turned down by either Delroy Facey or Notts County. Drew who started his career at Norwich has had more clubs than Tiger Woods but can undeniable do a job at this level and will go straight into tonights squad against Accrington.
6 foot 3 Drew is a target man in the Connor mould and was the secret behind Ruben Reid`s prolific goal scoring last season. That is not to say he can`t score himself averaging a goal every 5 games in a career totalling 419 games and 83 goals. But following the big money signings of Adam Le Fondre and Pope`s drew has been cast aside bar the odd cameo such as the minute against us on Saturday.
Now here is the humorous bit – and you really could not make this up. Sutton has ceratinly hired in a relegation expert, for our ex striker manager has picked a striker who has been relegated from the Football league more than any other player. Drew knows the score having achieved the feet with Kidderminster, Rushden, Chester City Boston United and Wrexham.
Drewe Broughton
Height 6.03
Weight 12.01
Date of birth 25/10/1978
Place of birth Hitchin
Position Forward
Nationality England
Tot Transfers £ 250000
Lge Aps 291 (103 sub) 76 goals
FA Cup 9 (5) 4
L Cup 11 (0) 3
Tot 419 aps 83 goals

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Nine men and they still can’t beat us!  This was one of the most thrilling derbies of all time.  It remains to be seen if we will ever take part in another derby date with Wrexham ever again.

The Original match report…

Derek Mann for manager? Nearly 1,000 Chester fans will be nominating him and his team for the freedom of the city after a truly amazing derby clash on Tuesday. This game had everything golden goals, great saves penalty drama, sendings off and white-hot passion and at the end of it, who would dare write off battling Chester as relegation certainties?

One point was scant reward for a second half come back with only nine men following the dismissal of Chris Lightfoot and Eddie bishop but the performance will take pride of place in the annals of these cross border skirmishes.

Two men short and 2-1 down, this should have been a St.Valentines day massacre, instead Chester won the hearts of the fans by not only frustrating Wrexham but at times outplaying them It was a triumph for organisation character and physical fitness on a glue pot pitch, yet this was not just about the second half The game had an astonishing start with three goals and a penalty save in the first 18 minutes and the first half ended with Lightfoot getting the red card for a second bookable offence, quickly followed by Eddie bishop following and off the ball incident with Gary Bennett. The former city striker was never out of the action.

He had a header disallowed for pushing in the second minute and then had his penalty brilliantly saved by David Felgate a minute later after he had been brought down by David Flitcroft. He had another effort ruled out in the last minute of the game after suffering a barrage of abuse from the Chester fans who were incensed at what they considered to be an over the top reaction to the incident which resulted in Bishops dismissal. Chester responded well to the early Wrexham pressure by snatching a 13th minute lead. Milner was felled by Barry Jones and bishop converted the spot kick. Wrexham though were inspired and bounced back with two goals in three minutes.

Karl Connolly fired in the equaliser and then Bennett put them ahead with a glorious goal which he started himself with a cheeky back pass to Gareth Owen in midfield. Chester re-organised at half-time and sent out Chris priest at left back and Iain Jenkins at the centre of defence and both were outstanding in a stirring performance. Felgate, already a hero for his penalty save kept Chester in the game with a superb save from a Steve Watkins header, but was grateful to Julian Alsford for a goal-line clearance later.

Chester fans would have settled for a 2-1 defeat in the circumstances but hopes of something better grew as Wrexham failed to make their numerical advantage count. City counter attacked effectively and six minutes from the end were handsomely rewarded.

Iain Jenkins sent Milner away from the half way line and with a sight of goal appeared to have missed his opportunity by checking back with defenders hot on his heels. He needn`t have worried, for Milner wrong footed a defender, spotted Andy Marriot off his line and chipped the ball over his head and into the net.

The final whistle brought scenes of celebration reminiscent of promotion. A point will do little for their Division 2 survival hopes but the performance will live long in the memory.

Quotes from the main men

Gary Shelton was quick to pay tribute to the City supporters. He said: “The fans were fantastic. They were worth two players to us and I was pleased that were able to reward them . We showed a lot of character. We knew that if we stuck together we could get a result.”

City midfielder Chris Priest said: “The fans were brilliant and it irritated Wrexham. That’s what kept us going. There is a great team spirit at the club and this performance proved it. We knew we had to get behind the ball and rely on quick breaks and I must admit I could not have predicted the result.”

There was also generous praise from beaten Wrexham FC manager, Brian Flynn. “I must admire Chester. They were fighting for their lives and we weren’t. We didn’t make our advantage count.”

But nobody was more delighted than City’s caretaker manager Derek Mann. “I have never seen a performance like it with only nine men. It was magnificent. We knew we would be in for a pounding early on but Dave Felgate got us out of gaol with his penalty save.”

Mann continued: “The performance speaks volumes for the type of lads we have at the club. There have been a lot of downs at the club this season and this match has given everyone a big boost. I think this result worth more than three points to our supporters whop were magnificent. I hope they will carry on where they left off.”

The match programme…

My prized possession, an autographed souvenir from the day itself.  Oh what memories.

Fifteen years on, St Milner himself recalls…

Speaking to the Chester Chronicle earlier in the week, Chester City legend Andy Milner remembered the moment that sent City fans into wild ecstasy.

“I set off and there was no-one around so I thought I’d have a nice little run with the ball because it just might give the defence some breathing space,” said the 43-year-old, now a driving instructor living in Crewe. “I just kept on going and it opened up.

“I didn’t fancy taking it on with my left so I made a little step back and got it on my favoured right. Anyone who watched Chester regularly knew that my left foot wasn’t the best!”

“The bus journey back was lively,” he recalled. “We just knew what it meant to everyone. It was nice. Even though we were having a terrible season and it was obvious we were going to go down, it was a little bit of local pride. It was something for the fans, to be honest.”

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Former Chester City striker Chris Holroyd

Former Chester City Centre of Excellence prodigy Chris Holroyd has made the switch from Cambridge United to Brighton & Hove Albion in a move described by Brighton boss Gus Poyet as ‘one for the future’.  Everyone here at Chester City WordPress wishes the Nantwich lad the very best of luck on the south coast.

Brighton’s official website ran this story at the weekend…
“Chris Holroyd has been labelled as one for the future by boss Gus Poyet, but the club’s new striker wants to hit the ground running, and continue his excellent Blue Square Premier scoring record with Albion in League One.
Holroyd, who goes straight into the squad for today’s match with Millwall, feels he is ready to step up to League One and challenge Nicky Forster, Glenn Murray, Liam Dickinson and Gary Hart for a regular place in the side.
He said, “I started the season very well, scoring a lot of goals, and hopefully I can bring that with me. I am sure that is one of the things which attracted Brighton in the first place. That is something I have to continue.
“I think I need to challenge myself at this stage in my career and this step is the right step to make. Hopefully things will go well for me and I will be successful here.”
Holroyd is looking forward to establishing himself under former Chelsea and Spurs legend Poyet. “It is a new manager and a new challenge for me. I cannot wait to get going and am looking forward to playing under Gus Poyet..
“Brighton is a massive club looking to go places. I spoke with a few people at Cambridge and people here as well, and it is a club on the move. The new stadium is close, and there are exciting times ahead for Brighton, and I want to be part of that.”

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Reports today have suggested that Chester City have been invited to an urgent meeting with the Football Conference to discuss the acute financial problems affecting the Deva Stadium club. 

The Blues cash crisis appears to be no closer to being solved, especially after the Blues home game against Grays Athletic was called off due to a frozen pitch (hmm?) … or was that a player strike… or even a rumoured walkout by match stewards.

Reports in the local press suggest the meeting, which will include representation from the Football Conference, Football Association and the Football League will take place on Wednesday.

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