Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Vaughan’

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.

Read Full Post »

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.”

Read Full Post »

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

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.

Read Full Post »

Chester City’s attendance fell to a new low at the weekend with 460 people passing through the turnstyles.  Most of them were season ticket or complimentary tickets holders (press and players’ families etc).
Under the terms of the sale offer released by Chester City Football Club’s solicitors,, the club becomes even less likely to be sold, as more debts accrue with each passing day and week.
‘I can afford to run this football club for as long as I want to, with or without the fans’ was a famous quote made by Chester City’s owner Stephen Vaughan when interviewed by Chester City Mad back in 2005.  Well it looks like being without the fans, carry on digging Mr Vaughan!!!

Read Full Post »

Wrexham fans won’t boycott this month’s Deva Stadium derby against rivals Chester City, according to the Supporters’ Trust.

Supporters’ group City Fans United are boycotting all Chester’s home games for the rest of the season, and are asking visiting teams’ fans to do the same.

The move is in protest against the club’s owner Stephen Vaughan Jr and the current regime.

City Fans United were also last night discussing going through a process of due diligence with a view to possibly launching a takeover of the club.

Chester’s players haven’t been paid for nearly three months, while the club faces a High Court date in march to avoid a winding-up petition.

With players leaving to join other clubs, Chester have been forced to play a number of youngsters.

They are still 20 points adrift at the bottom of the Blue Square Premier table after beginning the season with a 25-point deduction following the club going into administration last summer.

Haydn Jones of Wrexham Supporters’ Trust (WST) says Dragons fans have sympathy with the plight of their rivals.

However, he says the Trust won’t advocate boycotting the February 14 Blue Square Premier clash, and expects fans to attend the match as Dean Saunders’ side try to turn around their own ailing campaign.

Jones said: “We will be boycotting all Chester games – except the ones where Chester play Wrexham.

“We have huge sympathy with what’s going on at Chester and we hope they come out of it so we can keep our fixtures going some time in the future.

“It’s a match to look forward to, and I’m guessing people will still want to watch the match against their local rivals.”

With Chester so far behind at the bottom of the table, Jones says Wrexham fans will also be making the most of what could be their last chance to attend the cross-border derby.

He said: “Looking at the Blue Square Premier league table, it could be the last time we play them for some time.”

Jones acknowledges, however, that many Chester fans were supportive when Wrexham had off-field problems, including going into administration in 2004.

“When we had our troubles some Chester supporters were very supportive of us and we wish them all the best,” he said.

Some Wrexham fans have been sympathetic towards the idea of boycotting the derby, however, according to Jeff Banks of City Fans United.

Banks said: “We’d like support from all kinds of fans, not just Wrexham.

“Chester v Wrexham is a huge derby game, but this season it doesn’t feel like a derby because it doesn’t feel like a proper Chester team.”

He added: “Chester fans supported Wrexham when they had their problems, and we’ve had goodwill messages from Wrexham fans.

“Nothing would please us more than to see Wrexham fans boycott the game – Wrexham fans may want to put their own team first and we can understand that, but it would be nice to see them show solidarity with us.”

Read Full Post »

Chester City have been put up for sale for just £1 in the hope of sidestepping tomorrow’s High Court date in London over an unpaid £26,000 tax bill.  The Blue Square Premier bottom club are due to face a winding-up petition, brought by HM Revenue & Customs.

But if they find a new owner prepared to pay off the crisis club’s current debts, Chester can still be saved.

And after turning down one deal, Chester’s current owners, the Vaughan family, are still negotiating.

An official statement from the club read: “Stephen Vaughan Junior is prepared to sell 100% control of Chester City Football Club for one pound.

“There is a serious situation at the football club and I have been in consultation with the PFA and the Football League all week trying to get players squeezed through”

“The new owners will take on all existing creditors and will need to guarantee to pay existing creditors of the new company.”

Would you be prepared to buy the Vaughan’s out?  Time is ticking away!

Read Full Post »

Stephen Vaughan, the former (hmmm?!?!?!?) owner of Chester City Football Club, is not a man to look a gift horse in the mouth.

He has, he says been “speaking to possible investors in the football club and one potential investor in talks has been boxing promoter Frank Warren”.

Perhaps Vaughan’s description of a “potential investor in talks according to today’s issue of the Guardian newspaper” is different to what yours and mine would be. But one thing is for certain: his description of an investor is different to Frank Warren’s. “I am not buying Chester City,” Britain’s most successful boxing promoter told the Guardian. “Someone rang me yesterday but I’m not interested.”

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »