BBC Sport football


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 10:52 GMT, Thursday, 13 August 2009 11:52 UK

Chester fans try to pull together

Chester City

Chester City fans are due to meet on Thursday evening to discuss the future of the troubled Conference club.

The FA are expected to announce on Thursday whether the club have received affiliation - and therefore the right to play in the Blue Square Premier.

Tom Jones, chair of the Chester City supporters trust, told BBC Radio Merseyside: "If we're not given a licence to play then there is no club.

"It's a day which will determine the future for Chester City."

City currently have a 25-point deduction hanging over them after going into voluntary administration in May following their second relegation from the Football League in nine years.

Former chairman Stephen Vaughan was City's majority shareholder, prior to putting the club into administration.

And the Liverpool businessman remains part of the Vaughan-family backed consortium who took the club out of administration.

I've experienced the worst month of my life following Chester City

Supporters trust chair Tom Jones

That appears to have become the major sticking point with the FA, who are yet to reveal why Chester have been docked a further 15 points on top of the automatic 10-point penalty for entering administration.

And the dispirited City fans are seeking a way to move forward.

"We need to find out how to bring a change in the manner of ownership," said Jones.

"We mustn't be allowed to get into this situation again, no matter whose fault it might be it must not be allowed to happen again."

After having their first two matches of the season postponed by the FA, City are still hoping to be allowed to get underway at home to Cambridge United this Saturday.

But, in the long term, Jones says Thursday's meeting, which will take place at Deva Show Bar on Station Road (2000 BST), is an opportunity for City supporters to have their say on how the club should be taken forward.

"Representatives of all the supporters groups are going to be there," said Jones.

"The meeting is there for fans to come and determine how they would like things to move forward.

"I've experienced the worst month of my life following Chester City.

"But the club should not die of apathy.

"Let's get the fans together and find out how they feel and what they want."

Print Sponsor