May 2010 Archives
Well it wasn't so long ago that we were all nervously awaiting the decision on the future of the Deva Stadium from Cheshire West & Chester Council, but now just a couple of weeks on, there has been so much progress as Chester Football Club breathes into life once again.
Firstly, that decision by CWAC.
It was the ONLY decision that would have been deemed acceptable, as a club being run by an overseas group was simply not in the best interests for a club like Chester, maybe for the Premier League big boys, but not Chester. An offer had been made to the Danes to get behind the CFU and make this an even bigger proposition for all to consider, but sadly they decided not to back City Fans United, and subsequently lost a lot of respect and also potential friends along the way.
Then came the news that the FA had recommended that Chester start four, yes four leagues down from where Chester City collapsed, and quite rightly this has been appealed against as no club that has reformed with supporter ownership - something that the government & FA have been backing of late - has been forced down 4 leagues, with the precedent being 2 leagues, with one exception at 3.
So, all could be forgiven that this would be a knock on everyone's hopes for next season, well judging by the turn out and support at the bingo hall where all four corners were filled in quicker than you can say "all the fours...", it was apparent that the fans were in bouyant mood, and coupled with the fact that Daryl Clare was making the 3 hour trek over from Lincolnshire to be with us, it turned out one of the greatest nights as Chester FC was officially reborn.
Thursday 21st May 2010, remember that date in the future. That'll be the club's official birthday!
On the rebirth night, we also heard from several of the committee members, who gave excellent presentations, but at this point, I must point out that I have absolute pride working with each and every one of them up to this point, and have every faith in that to continue as the club climbs to its feet, and begins its challenge to get back up the Leagues.
The revealing of the club crest was the point I think we were all looking forward to, and the atmosphere in the place was electric as we approached the point, and when those curtains went back to reveal the badge, I think the pride took over and the songs "Chester are Back" and "We love you Chester" kicked in, what a great sound it was in there - won't it be great to hear that in our first game at the Deva in August!
I was really impressed with the badge, it encompasses both our history and future, all with a modern look that will last us for years, and with the wolf looking a little more menacing than ever now, let's hope that fear will head into the hearts of those travelling to Fortress Deva!!
It was great to get Daryl Clare entered into the CFU Hall of Fame, and he was not expecting it either as he'd heard nothing about it up to the point I'd invited him back on to the stage to receive his award. Daryl was a star on the night too, signing many autographs and having pictures taken with many fans.
Following the meeting, in fact less than 24 hours later, our new management duo were appointed, and best wishes go to Neil Young & Gary Jones, who now carry the hopes of Blues fans everywhere to get us back up those leagues, butr they cannot do it without our support, your support.
Now is the time for the City to really rally round its football club, and the challenge to all should be to bring a mate to watch Chester next season, make it someone that has never been before, encourage their kids, or brothers, or sisters to come with them - the era of a new dawn has begun, so let's make it a success on the pitch as well as off it!
The good news continued on Saturday, as the club's website was launched, it was set for 3pm, but we thought we'd tease everyone that little longer, and I think it was worth the wait, and the website www.chesterfc.com will certainly be updated a lot more than the previous one was!
The good news is flowing through Chester Football Club right now, so let's keep those blue flags flying high up in the sky, and be proud of our club - this is something we can all build ourselves, imagine that day that will hopefully not be too many years away when we see on the bottom of Jeff Stelling's Soccer Saturday videprinter "Chester are Promoted to the Football League"!
It can happen, but only with everyone's support!
Chester are Back, Chester are Back, Hello Hello!
Okay, so this is it then, the last post I put on here was four days after Chester City FC were officially wound up in the High Court in London.
This post though is prior to Cheshire West & Chester Council making arguably the biggest decision in the history of Chester Football Club.
In 125 years, the club has seen many ups and downs, with so many twists and turns along the way, it could outstrip any ride at Alton Towers quite easily, but this week, the Council have the chance to really make a name for itself and back an initiative carried forward by Chester people, for Chester people - and many beyond the good City too.
The Council are of course deciding on two options to relaunch a football club at the Deva Stadium, one from the heart of Chester, the other from overseas (and some would say, an internet group twinned up with a former director linked to the downfall of the previous club).
So, which way will the Council go?
Naturally, every right minded Chester fan will be hoping the Council give City Fans United the go ahead to use the Deva Stadium next season, and give Chester FC - as voted by the fans - the best possible start it could have for life in what we hope will be the Evo-Stik League - I know that just doesn't sound right to me either, but to keep up tradition with the puns, I'm sure we'll all be glued to any any media outlet the day the fixtures come out if we are successful in satisfying both the Council & FA.
The FA of course will have the next say, as CFU will need to prove that the business plan is robust, and also that we are fit & proper - don't snigger, we know that past owners have somehow passed that one, but that is the reason we can't take this lightly, as they will have tightened up immensely since those previous mistakes were made.
We do of course believe that we have a sound business plan in place, and hopefully it will receive the first big tick against it this week, with the FA's soon to follow.
Much has been said about my involvement with CFU, and let me just say here & now, that I or any of the other CFU committee members have any desire to have any stand names named after us - we would be laughed out of the room by each other never mind the membership if we asked for that status.
That's not what we're about, in fact to quote Belinda Carlisle's song from the 80's, "We want the same thing" - that's to witness a Chester side running out at the Deva come August 21st - that's if we're lucky enough to be given a home game as our first one!
It's not just been the committee who have brought this scenario of owning a football club together, it's been the collective effort of everyone, all members, and even those yet to commit, and hopefully many more will commit when the ground is secured.
Now is the time that we really have to step it up though, and raise as much money as possible for Chester FC - that means a variety of things, buying Loan Notes, joining the Seals Lottery, getting a Standing Order set up, buying some of the merchandise on offer on the CFU website, and maybe buying a ticket to this year's big event which I'm organising - the official 125th Anniversary Party for Chester FC, taking place on June 12th - it's going to be a cracker!
So, there we go then, 20 years on from the day the dust settled at Sealand Road when we lost our old ground thanks to another unscrupulous former owner, we stand on the verge of securing our ground for the future of Chester FC - now that could just be an election winning decision to be made!