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Chester hope for FA affiliation

Chester City

Chester owner Stephen Vaughan says he is working hard to ensure City receive Football Association affiliation.

On Wednesday, HM Revenue and Customs' objection to the club's recent Compulsory Voluntary Arrangement was upheld by the High Court.

"We have had a number of discussions with officials from the FA who have been extremely helpful," said Vaughan.

City had been refused affiliation to the Football Association, while they awaited the High Court ruling.

The FA have raised a number of concerns after the Vaughan family took control of the club after a spell in voluntary financial administration following relegation from the Football League in May.

Vaughan says he is confident he can provide the information that the FA are seeking.

Naturally we will send the details that are requested, and give the assurances that are needed

Stephen Vaughan

"They require us to provide confirmation that our existing leases have been transferred to our new company, they also want cash flow projections, guarantees that we can meet our liabilities, and assurances that all football debts will be met in full.

"We will provide all this information in the next 48 hours and hopefully we will then be granted our affiliation," said Vaughan.

Chester are due to play a pre-season match against Droylsden this Saturday, ahead of them having to reassure the Football Conference that they will take their place in the Blue Square Premier when the season kicks off on 8 August.

"We have also received a letter from the chief executive of the Conference, who requires various assurances by 3 August," added Vaughan.

"Naturally we will send the details that are requested, and give the assurances that are needed."

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