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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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Chester City midfielder Rhys Meynell has been linked with a possible loan move to Blue Square Premier rivals Kidderminster Harriers, according to reports in the local press earlier today.

Former Barnsley player Meynell was signed in the summer by former City boss Mick Wadsworth after spells with Gretna and AFC Telford United. However, his progress at The Deva Stadium has been hampered by a number of niggling injury problems.

New Harriers` boss Steve Burr is keen to bolster the play-off chasing squad he inherited when he took over the managerial hotseat at Aggborough last month, and indicated that the ex-Stalybridge Celtic manager would make a move for Meynell when the loan transfer window re-opens next week.

City’s hierarchy will be preparing for Wednesday`s meeting with the Football League, with a representative of the Football Conference also expected to attend.

The authorities are thought to be looking for further information from the club about the current financial state of the club.

Chester survived a winding up petition in the High Court last week by HM Revenue & Customs, but they must return on March 10 to detail how they are going to pay arrears of £26,000.

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It’s now two games, two defeats for newly appointed Director of Football Morrell Maison.  Speaking to press reporters after the Mansfield game at Field Mill, he said:
“We didn’t have enough today but those young lads are working hard for their football club under difficult circumstances and are showing tremendous character in training and on the field.”
“It is the business end of this football club that has been poorly managed, which is indefenceable, and we must sort it.
“We have to get back on track and quickly.  The playing staff are living from day to day right now,  but I am confident things will be sorted with the winding-up order this week, though I am not in control of the situation. I am as confident as I can be without being in control.
“Assurances have been given and negotiations and discussions are going on. Situations are drawing to a close.”

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The High Court winding up order in full… extracted from the London Gazette website

Date:14 January 2010 Issue Number:59306 Page number:507
Publication Date: Thursday, 14 January 2010

Notice Code: 2450

Petitions to Wind Up (Companies)

In the High Court of Justice (Chancery Division)

Companies Court     No 21201 of 2009

In the Matter of CHESTER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB 2004 LIMITED

and in the Matter of the Insolvency Act 1986

A Petition to wind up the above-named Company of Deva Stadium, Bumpers Lane, Chester, Cheshire CH1 4LT, presented on 25 November 2009, by the Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs, of Bush House, Strand, London WC2B 4RD, claiming to be Creditors of the Company, will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2A 2LL, on 27 January 2010, at 1030 hours (or as soon thereafter as the Petition can be heard).

Any persons intending to appear on the hearing of the Petition (whether to support or oppose it) must give notice of intention to do so to the Petitioners or to their Solicitor in accordance with Rule 4.16 by 1600 hours on 26 January 2010.
The Petitioners’ Solicitor is the Solicitor to HM Revenue and Customs, Solicitor’s Office, South West Wing, Bush House, Strand, London WC2B 4RD, telephone 020 7438 6770. (Ref SLR 1450099/37/G/CAM.)

14 January 2010.
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