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Chester FC Presentation

  1. 1. Chester Football Club Fans Working Together Campbell Smith Our City. Our Community. Our Club.
  2. 2. Chester Football Club <ul><li>Founded in 1885 </li></ul><ul><li>Lost Sealand Road in 1990 followed by two years in exile </li></ul><ul><li>Administration under Mark Guterman </li></ul><ul><li>Bought by Terry Smith in 1999 after a visit to Chester Zoo </li></ul><ul><li>Bought by Stephen Vaughan in October 2001 </li></ul>Our City. Our Community. Our Club.
  3. 3. Supporters Groups <ul><li>Chester City Exiles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>25 Year History </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong Close-knit Group </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chester City ISA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>’ 90s campaign group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helped prevent liquidation in 1998 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Campaigned against Smith </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Official Supporters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organise Away Travel </li></ul></ul>Our City. Our Community. Our Club.
  4. 4. Supporters Groups <ul><li>Chester City Supporters Society </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formed in 2000 during Smith era </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Affiliated to Supporters Direct </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Representatives from all the other existing groups. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Too many fans groups for a club this size. </li></ul>Our City. Our Community. Our Club.
  5. 5. Vaughan Era <ul><li>Success on the pitch in the early years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Playoffs in 2003 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Champions in 2004 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Warnings from Barrow forgotten </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conflict of Interest between supporter groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ISA and Trust both buy shares from Vaughan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Groups begin to stagnate </li></ul>Our City. Our Community. Our Club.
  6. 6. Divide and Conquer <ul><li>Nepotism on and off the pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Funding mysteriously dries up </li></ul><ul><li>Fans become disillusioned </li></ul><ul><li>Vaughan wins the PR war – proceeds with CVA </li></ul><ul><li>Trust left with no option but to support CVA </li></ul>Our City. Our Community. Our Club.
  7. 7. Summer 2009 <ul><li>FA licence delayed </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency meeting held </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First was a disaster – still fighting amongst each other </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Charlie Lambert invited to host second </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Famous respected fan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Elephant in room finally addressed </li></ul>Our City. Our Community. Our Club.
  8. 8. Late Summer 2009 <ul><li>Negotiations opened between ISA and Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Media kept updated – momentum gathered </li></ul><ul><li>Fans frustration at delay piles on the pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Old conflicts swept aside </li></ul><ul><li>Resign, merge and rebrand </li></ul>Our City. Our Community. Our Club.
  9. 9. Launch of City Fans United <ul><li>Merged on 22 nd October 2009 with 150 members </li></ul><ul><li>Officers elected early December </li></ul><ul><li>Membership continues to grow as the club continued its downward spiral </li></ul><ul><li>Legends night organised with former players invited </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive use of media – Chronicle backs us. </li></ul>Our City. Our Community. Our Club.
  10. 10. Death of Chester City <ul><li>Members surveyed to gage support for Phoenix club ahead of death </li></ul><ul><li>Fact Finding visits to Telford and FC United </li></ul><ul><li>We take a risk, and take control </li></ul><ul><li>Unexpected and unwanted Danish attention </li></ul><ul><li>Unstoppable momentum </li></ul>Our City. Our Community. Our Club.
  11. 11. Rebirth of Chester FC <ul><li>Extensively featured on Radio 5 live and Non-league show </li></ul><ul><li>Lease of Stadium granted on 6 th May </li></ul><ul><li>Formal re-launch on 20 th May </li></ul><ul><li>Manager appointed next day </li></ul><ul><li>Keys handed over almost a year to the day of creditors meeting </li></ul>Our City. Our Community. Our Club.
  12. 12. The Future <ul><li>Regular members meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Surveys approx twice per year </li></ul><ul><li>Increase CFU presence on matchdays </li></ul><ul><li>Merger with the Exiles </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly informal meet-ups </li></ul><ul><li>Working closely with schools, Chester Uni </li></ul><ul><li>Use local Media </li></ul>Our City. Our Community. Our Club.

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