Chester F.C.

Chester F.C.
Chester FC
Full name Chester Football Club
Nickname(s) The Blues,The Seals,City.
Founded 2010
Ground Exacta Stadium, Chester
(Capacity: 5,376 (4,170 seated))
Owner City Fans United
CEO Steve Ashton
Manager Neil Young
League Northern Premier League Premier Division
2010–11 Northern Premier League Division One North, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours

Chester Football Club is a supporter-owned English football club based in Chester. The club was founded in 2010 following the winding-up of Chester City F.C..[1] The club plays its home games at the Deva Stadium, and for its inaugural season played in the Northern Premier League Division One North following a successful appeal to the FA. They won the league in their first season and gained promotion to the NPL Premier Division.




Chester City were founded, as Chester F.C, in 1885 and joined the Football League in 1931. They played in the Football League until 2000 when the club was relegated. They returned to the Football League after winning the 2004 Football Conference.[2] Following relegation back to the Conference in 2008, the club hit financial difficulties, attributed to the then-chairman Stephen Vaughan.[1][3] Following a difficult season, in which the club struggled through a variety of financial and playing difficulties, Chester City were finally wound up on 10 March 2010.[4]

City Fans United (CFU) had been formed in October 2009, following growing disquiet amongst fans with the running of Chester City.[5] CFU eventually called for a boycott of Chester City after organising a pitch protest which led to the abandonment of the match against Eastbourne Borough in November 2009, a game which Chester City FC were winning, and the dismissal of the then manager Jim Harvey soon afterwards.[6] The group then began preparations in February 2010 to form a "phoenix club" for the following season just weeks before Chester City F.C. were wound up.[7]

Following the official winding up of Chester City, a ballot was held to choose the name for the new club. Over 1,000 people participated in the ballot and 70% voted for the name "Chester F.C." to be used.[8] The club received the support of Cheshire West and Chester Council, who granted the lease of the Deva Stadium (subsequently re-named the Exacta Stadium as part of a sponsorship arrangement), Chester City's former ground, to Chester F.C. in May 2010.[9]


Chester FC started competing in the 2010–11 season. The FA initially recommended that they should be placed in the North West Counties Football League Premier Division,[10] a decision that the club appealed against.[11] On 18 June 2010, the FA made a statement[12] saying that Chester would instead be placed a step higher and would play in the Northern Premier League Division One North, the 8th tier of the English football league system. The club was formally relaunched on May 20, 2010, when Neil Young and Gary Jones were announced as the first manager and assistant of the club.[13] A preseason friendly played at Colwyn Bay F.C. on 10 July 2010 was the first fixture for the new club, the match resulting in a 2–0 victory for Colwyn Bay. The team's first home friendly was played against Aberystwyth Town which the 'Blues' won 3–0.[14]

The first season

The club's first ever league match was on 24 August 2010, away at Warrington Town.[15] Rob Hopley scored the first ever goal for the club in the 6th minute, but the game ended in a 1–1 draw.[16] Chester played their first home game against Trafford and won 6–0, Michael Wilde scoring a hat-trick.[17] In September, Chester lost their first game after a 2–1 home defeat to Chorley.[18] Chester went top of the Northern Premier League First Division for the first time following a 2–1 win at Cammell Laird on in October,[19] before equaling their biggest ever win when they beat Ossett Albion, 6–0, in January 2011, and recording their ninth consecutive away win at Trafford in the same month.[20] After their win at promotion rivals Skelmersdale in March, the Blues went 12 points clear at the top of the league,[21] but a number of draws and defeats led to this margin being cut to just a single point by 16 April.[22] Chester's attendances were by far the best in the league, the highest was in the last home game of the season against Bamber Bridge, which 3,307 people attended.[23] The nearest rivals Skelmersdale then dropped points, to leave Chester 3 points clear with 1 remaining game.[24] The Blues secured the title in their inaugural season on the last day, despite a defeat to Garforth Town, they finished top on goal difference.[25]

2011–12 Season

On 28th September Chester beat league rivals Chorley 3-0, in front of a record crowd of 3,310. Their next game, a 1-0 win against Chasetown was their 7th succesive clean sheet in the league. This run ended after a 1-1 draw away at Buxton in the next match. The blues then completed the double over FC United after a dramatic 3-2 victory at Gigg Lane on 15th October.

Crest and colours


The crest was designed by Martin Huxley, a Chester-based graphic artist and Chester F.C. fan,[26] who described the symbols in the crest thus: The Wolf dates back to when William the Conqueror's nephew, Hugh d'Avranches was appointed the Earl of Chester. He had the nickname 'Lupus' which is the Latin translation for 'wolf'. The crown refers to Chester being a royalist City. Badge variations make it unclear whether the leaves are laurel, a recognised symbol of victory, or oak, a significant (and common) tree in Chester. Oak has long been used in the Cheshire Regiment’s logo, reference to saving King George II’s life beneath an oak tree at the Battle of Dettingen in 1749.[26]


Chester play in blue and white stripes with black shorts and blue and white hooped socks, similar to their predecessors Chester City, their first season also saw their shirts made by sportswear company Joma.[27] The first ever away kit was a purple shirt with white shorts and white socks.[27] In an away match against Wakefield on 4 September 2010, the club wore a third kit of white shirt, white shorts and white socks.[28] The club's change strip for the 2011/12 season will be all yellow, the club crest placed in the centre of the shirt for symmetry with the manufacturer's branding.[29]


Chester FC play at the Deva Stadium, the home of their predecessor. It has a capacity of 5,376 with 4,170 seated; it is currently the 119th largest stadium by capacity in England and the second largest in their league.

Current squad

As of 3 September 2011[30]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK John Danby
England GK Adam Judge
England DF Liam Brownhill
England DF George Horan
England DF Matty McGinn
England DF Michael Taylor
England MF Robbie Booth
England MF Wes Baynes
England MF Alex Brown
No. Position Player
England MF Iain Howard
England MF Christian Smith
England MF Joe Ormrod
England MF Michael Powell
Wales MF Ashley Williams
England MF Jerome Wright
England FW Matty McNeil
England FW Jamie Rainford
England FW Chris Simm
England FW Michael Wilde


League Standings

Year League Level Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Leading Scorer
2010–11 Northern Premier League
Division One North
8 44 29 10 5 107 36 +71 97 1st of 23
Michael Wilde, 36


The list of honours in which Chester has achieved is as follows:


Other trophies


  • Highest Attendance: 3,310 v Chorley F.C., 28 September 2011
  • Biggest Win: 6–0 v Trafford, 8 September 2010, 6–0 v Ossett Albion, 22 January 2011 and 6–0 v North Ferriby United, 3 September 2011
  • Heaviest Defeat: 4–1 v Nantwich Town, 29 August 2011
  • All-time top Goalscorer: Michael Wilde – 41 goals (38 League, 3 Cup)


  1. ^ a b Owen Gibson (2010-05-06). "Chester FC on the rise". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  2. ^ Chester City: A Brief History Retrieved 13-05-10.
  3. ^ Chester City: The Death, The Funeral & The Wake Twohundredpercent. 10-04-10. Retrieved 13-05-10.
  4. ^ "Chester City wound up in High Court". BBC Sport. 10 March 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ An Open Letter To The Owners Of Chester City FC Twohundredpercent. 5-10-09. Retrieved 13-05-10.
  6. ^ Chester City: Jeff Banks says fans’ boycott is “clearly taking effect” but was also heard saying, "we understand that innocent employees at the club will be affected by our cause and will probably lose their jobs, but it is a small price to pay to achieve our goal". Some of these employees had over 25 years service. Chester Chronicle 11-02-10. Retrieved 13-05-10.
  7. ^ Chester City FC: Blues legends throw their support behind CFU’s phoenix club plan Chester Chronicle 25-02-10. Retrieved 13-05-10.
  8. ^ "Chester City FC: Blues supporters name new City Fans United club ‘Chester FC’". Chester Chronicle. 25 March 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Fans take over lease of Chester City's Deva Stadium". BBC News. 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  10. ^ Andy White (2010-05-18). "FA Recommend Chester To NW Counties". The Non-League Paper. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  11. ^ "Chester FC lodge formal appeal with FA over placing". City Fans United. 2010-05-21. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  12. ^ "Chester Decision Upheld". 
  13. ^ Andy White (2010-05-24). "Young appointed Chester Manager". The Non-League Paper. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  14. ^ "Chester off to flyer at the Deva". Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Manager appointed at Chester FC". City Fans United. 2010-05-21. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  16. ^ Triggs, David (24 August). "Warrington Town 1 Chester FC 1". Chester Chronicle. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  17. ^ Wall, Dennis. "CHESTER 6 TRAFFORD 0". The Leader. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  18. ^ Banks, Jeff. "Penalty sinks Chester as Chorley extend lead". Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  19. ^ Banks, Jeff. "Chester FC go top after victory at Cammell Lairds". Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  20. ^ Banks, Jeff. "Goal blitz at the Exacta sees Blues go 8 points clear". Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  21. ^ Banks, Jeff. "Chester go 12 points clear of chasing pack after crucial win". Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  22. ^ Banks, Jeff. "Last gasp goal rescues point for Chester". Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Chester First Team Fixtures 2010/2011". 2011-04-24. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  24. ^ "Second half show puts the Blues on the verge of title win". Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  25. ^ Dowling, Mark (29 April 2011). "Garforth Town 2 Chester 1 - Blues clinch title after last-day drama". Chester Chronicle. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  26. ^ a b "Story of the logo". Official Chester FC website. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  27. ^ a b Banks, Jeff. "Chester FC launch branded merchandise". Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  28. ^ Banks, Jeff. "Wakefield 1 Chester FC 2". Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  29. ^ Banks, Jeff. "Chester FC launch new all yellow away kit". Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Chester FC - Players & Coaches". Chester Football Club. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  31. ^ "The Evo-Stik League League Tables - First Division North". Evo-Stick. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 

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