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New Year, New Decade, New Owners?

By Banksy on Jan 7, 10 07:44 PM in

How many twists and turns can one football club's supporters take?

Chester fans have been well and truly put through the mill in the last two decades, and any hopes that the 'tens would be any better than the Noughties & the Nineties have already been thrown into doubt following the latest crisis that has seen the entire playing squad fail to be paid for two months - and who can blame them walking into other clubs after such a dismal offering from the current owner(s) of Chester City, who have decided that they do not want to pay anyone without a surname called "Vaughan", and are happy to see young professional players struggle with their finances, and be in a position where their mortgages won't get paid, and possibly result in houses being repossessed thanks to non payment.

Remember though, the Vaughan Family have Chester City's best interests at heart.

Jim Harvey, who has done such a great job in shocking circumstances, in keeping the squad together up to this point, must be wondering what on earth he must have done to deserve this from the Vaughan family, who were seeking him out prior to the end of Mick Wadsworth's short stint as Blues manager, who remember said he had not experienced anything like this at any other football club. All the false promises made to Harvey, getting new players in - well we did see Mark Beesley return on loan of course - and who else? Errrm?

If that wasn't bad enough, in comes Morell Maison, who disrupts the team half an hour before the Boxing Day fixture after being announced as Director of Football, which anyone of us with an ounce of sense knows that this is always the killer blow for any Manager's hopes of staying in the hot seat. How many managers can you remember who avoided being replaced by Director's of Football? Then came the revelation that he was looking to bring in two players from Mansfield, without consulting team manager Harvey on the players, and this after claiming he would not be involved in team affairs.

Remember though, the Vaughan Family have Chester City's best interests at heart.

The club also recently had their capacity of the Deva Stadium reduced yet again, after failing to ensure that crush barriers were tested, meaning that the Harry McNally Terrace would no longer be open to home fans, what a tragic insult to the late, and great, Harry McNally. A stand named after the legend himself, yet the current ownership refuse to maintain the home end, imagine the scene at Sealand Road (RIP) if all of a sudden they said they were going to close the home end to home fans, there would have been riots.

The CCTV is not up to standard at the ground, no wonder, if it was, it would probably record the soul being ripped out of the club in the last few years, certainly since the Vaughan family went on a campaign to drag the club down to it's lowest ebb.

Remember though, the Vaughan Family have Chester City's best interests at heart.

This season, we've had attendances plummeting quicker than the temperature gauges around the area of Chester, and many have now most definitely had enough, with the arrival of a person who's last involvement in football was to send a club into Administration. The happiest people at the arrival of Morell Maison will surely be the Halesowen Town fans, who must be relieved that he has ended up at another club other than their own again, after racking up debts at a previous debt free club. Is that what the surely relatively short future of Chester City FC has in store for it?

Maybe, but let's remember, the Vaughan Family have Chester City's best interests at heart.

It's been a real busy time recently as far as my involvement with CFU goes, and I've been pleased that we finally seem to have burst through onto the media scene, with appearances on BBC1, The BBC's Non League Show, and BBC Radio Merseyside, which can only bode well for the group, added to the fact that we have a strong relationship developing with the local press. It's been pleasing to see the membership head towards 500, and this needs to continue upwards, but what is also great is hearing that the CFU Junior Blues are approaching 100 members, a fantastic figure, and one that the JB's Commitee deserve a hell of a lot of credit for.

Remember, City Fans United do have Chester City's best interests at heart, and are showing it, unlike the Vaughan Family.

Until next time.

What would Harry say?

By Banksy on Dec 12, 09 11:23 PM in

Well it's been a very very busy month since I last posted, and this is pretty much the first time I've been able to stop everything, think about things, and post a blog entry!

Currently nearing the end of December 12th, a poignant date for two reasons, the first being it's a month since I last blogged, but secondly, and more importantly, five years ago today, the Legend that was Harry McNally, sadly passed away.

Harry was simply that "a legend", and will be fondly remembered by many, with so many tales told about the former Chester boss, the one who guided us back to the City of Chester after our exile in Macclesfield.

What would Harry say about our current status? Quite a lot I would imagine, I'd also guess he'd be furious at where we find ourselves, and the turmoil that the club has gone through in the last couple of years.

Harry fought to keep us in the old Division 3 as we played our two seasons in exile at Macc, and whilst admittedly failing once we kicked off football at the Deva, he will always be remembered as a battler.

McNally was without doubt a "miss" at the recent Legends Night event, which we at CFU managed to put together, and I'm so pleased we did, as it turned out to be one of the best nights I can recall, as far as fans bashes go.

Getting in touch with so many ex-players was great, but seeing them come through the door on the night was something else - the first one through being Milton, Milton Graham!

Milton was one of the best players I ever saw in a Chester shirt, and was part of the Graham, Croft, Bennett, Rimmer, attacking side of the 80's, and to see him in the flesh returning to the city 20 years later was a great feeling, and I know he loved it too, and even shared a curry with Chester fans after the Legends Night had reached its conclusion.

Other personal highlights for me were seeing Iain Jenkins travelling down from Scotland to be with us on the night, Jenks would run through a brick wall for Chester, he loves the club, and maybe sometime in the future, he'll be back here.

Seeing the likes of Gary Talbot & Elfed Morris in the same room also filled me with pride, as I tried to piece some of the best players that this club had ever seen, together at the event, and Elfed, now at Colwyn Bay didn't let me down!

One of the most moving moments on the night itself, was Ernie Allen, a Blues fan of over 64 years, who got up to talk about his donation to the Auction, a piece of the Sealand Road end at the old ground (God, I miss that place), and everyone was transfixed on Ernie, and would have loved him to talk all night I think!

I was so pleased everyone had a great time on the night, there was a lot of work involved in the set up and it would be remiss of me not to personally thank Dave Cartwright for his help, and also to Chas Sumner & Grenville Millington for their help in the build up & on the night.

I'd also like to thank the Chester Chronicle who did a superb feature on the event itself, and photographer Rick Matthews, who captured all the Legends on camera, and I know Rick really enjoyed the event too!

Finally on the subject of the Legends Night, I'd like to thank the CFU Working Group, who many of you may not have realised, were working their backsides off on the night from start to finish, helping to make the night go to plan, and also to raise valuable funds for the group.

Now, with all that behind us, things on the pitch haven't progressed very much at all, in fact, we've slipped back to 24 points from safety, and now exited the FA Trophy - were we really bothered about that anyway?

400 Chester fans who attended on Friday night quite clearly states that they were not that bothered, and the owners should take note of the alarming fall in attendances recently, at a club that used to regularly attract over 2500 Chester fans, many of whom have turned their backs on the club due to the present & previous owners with the surname Vaughan, who have completely mis-managed what was once a proud League club.

Eralier I talked about the battling spirit of Harry McNally, well that battling spirit was evident from the young lads who managed to grab a draw (and could have won had it not been for a terrible decision not to award a last minute penalty for the Blues) against Luton. Many people, including myself, thought we'd get turned over by the newly relegated side, but the kids of Chester proved what a poor decision it was to close the Centre of Excellence midway through 2009, as seven of them took to the field and held Luton to a draw.

Jack Rea & Jo Freeman, as well as Shaun Kelly were pretty impressive in that game, and that bodes well for their future, whether that future lies with Chester City depends I guess on whether or not they actually get paid for the efforts, it wouldn't surprise me if the PFA were actually involved in more talks with the lads in the very nesar future - if they are not already.

Turning to CFU matters, and things have progressed slightly, with the new Committee being ratified at the Home Guard Club on Thursday, and a good meeting was held, with opinions being shared about the current state of the club. Expect to hear more soon as the new committee are set to meet prior to Christmas.

It's with Christmas I finish off with, as we are nearing that time of the year again, and when asked what I'd like for Christmas, my response is quite clear:

A change in ownership of the club I love please.

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