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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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According to reports appearing in The Guardian newspaper today, (the local press are probably too scared to run with this story), Chester City chief, Stephen Vaughan,  has become the first owner of a professional football club in the UK that has been required to reduce his shareholding because, according to FA rules, he is no longer a “fit and proper person”.

According to the report, The FA are writing to the owner to ask him to reduce his shareholding at the Deva Stadium club.  Hallelujah! Finally, the authorities are begining the take note of the situation at Chester City Football Club.  Let’s hope it not too late to put right all the wrongs of recent years.

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The Football Association last night revealed they are examining whether Stephen Vaughan can remain owner of Chester City.

The Chester Chronicle reports that FA officials will consider whether Vaughan is ‘a fit and proper person’ to own a football club after this week’s revelation that the Blues supremo has been disqualified from acting as a company director for 11 years following his involvement in an alleged VAT fraud.

An FA spokesperson said: “All I can say at this stage is that we are aware of the decision and that we will be considering it in line with the requirements of our Fit and Proper Person Test.”

One of the definitions of a director under the FA’s Fit and Proper Person Test is “a person who exercises or is able to exercise direct or indirect control over the affairs of the club”.

Vaughan is Chester’s 100% shareholder but does not serve on the club’s board of directors which includes his son Stephen Vaughan Jnr, currently on loan from the Blues with Northwich Victoria.

The City chief indicated to The Chronicle that his disqualification will not effect the club as he has no part in running it.

Vaughan signed a disqualification undertaking after an investigation by the Insolvency Service’s public interest unit into his conduct while he was a director of rugby league club Widnes Vikings.

The disqualification takes effect on November 25 and means he will be banned from acting as a company director, or in any way controlling a company, until November 24, 2020. If he breaches the undertaking he may be prosecuted.

Ade Daramy, of the Insolvency Service, said: “If you are subject to this undertaking then you are banned from being in the shadows or someone acting as your proxy.

“It’s a complete ban from being a director of a limited company and any of those roles or duties.”

The latest twist in the soap opera that is Chester City comes just days before the club discovers whether they will be kicked out of the Football Conference.

The Blues have been set a deadline of Monday to comply with a compromise agreement containing the club’s conditions of membership to the league, and pay off their football creditors, who include neighbours Wrexham and Vauxhall Motors.

The Chronicle understands Chester aim to do this by using the money owed to them by the Conference and the Football League.

As of last night, Motors were yet to receive the £2,500 they are owed for Paul Taylor while Wrexham are also still waiting for the away ticket sales from September’s Racecourse derby.

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For the second Victory Shield match in succession, England produced a sound second-half performance to claim another three points as a goal apiece for Blair Turgott and Matthias Fanimo gave the Young Lions a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland at Deva Stadium.

Chester City FC were the hosts for the showpiece event, broadcast live on Sky Sports.  Well done lads.

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City are to appeal against the extra 15-point deduction that was imposed upon them by the Football Conference at the start of the season.

City suffered an automatic 10-point penalty when they entered administration, and this deduction was increased by a further 15 points following the Inland Revenue’s successful appeal against the admin judgement.

In order to prevent the club going out of business, Chester did sign documentation stating that they wouldn’t appeal the deductions and they were subsequently granted permission to join the league.

However, after taking legal advice, City have been advised that “commercial duress” was exerted when they did sign the documents and their appeal will be based on this legal point.

A spokesman for the Deva Stadium outfit last night confirmed that the appeal would proceed.

The Conference were criticised by the Football Association following the club’s protracted entry into the Blue Square Premier League last month, the FA stating that the extra 15-point penalty was outside the League’s remit.

Meanwhile, Chester could well face a financial fine following Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat by Tamworth. Six of City’s players were booked during the game, and a fine of up to £1,000 may well be imposed by the FA.

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