Membership Notification – Donation Agreement

Further to the statement dated 10th May 2018, the Board of City Fans United are delighted to announce that a Donation Agreement has been agreed between Chester City Supporters Society and Mr Stuart Murphy.

 

The Agreement was reached following due legal process and we would like to thank our legal team at Gateley Plc and Supporters Direct for their invaluable help in this matter. We would also wish to thank the legal team at Jolliffes and Simon Williams who represented Stuart in this process.

 

There will be absolutely no dilution of the principles of Fan Ownership nor control as a result of this agreement.

 

Stuart has committed to helping Chester Football Club for a period of three years, during which time he is to donate the sum of one million pounds, the majority of which will be allocated to infrastructure improvements that will enable the club to increase its overall sustainability.

 

Stuart has been invited to join the Operations Board for the duration of the agreement.

 

Speaking about this opportunity Stuart added:

“I am really delighted to be able to join forces with the Board and supporters at Chester FC. This gives me a great opportunity to give something back to the City of Chester and to the football club that I care for so much.

 

I have lots of ideas to move the club forward positively and I can’t wait to get started. There is much to do, but I am confident that together we can now start to write a new and far more positive chapter in the history of Chester FC”

 

Responding, David Harrington Wright, the Chair of Chester FC added:

“I am so pleased for everyone that we have been given this opportunity. I know that Stuart is brimming with ideas and we are so grateful to him for this generous donation and for his skill, expertise and time that he will commit to help our club” “ This is a one off chance for everyone at Chester Football Club”. If we all pull together, we can really make it work”

CFU membership passes 1300!

We are pleased to report that the number of City Fans United members is increasing by the day, and now stands at just over 1300 active members.

 

We have had around 300 renewing or joining us for the first time since we last went out with an update on June 6th, and it’s great to see the numbers jumping up significantly.

 

Whilst we are delighted at the active members total, we are also appealing to just under 500 people who saw their membership expire on May 31st 2018, and if all of those renew then we’ll be well on the way to achieving our initial target of 2000 members again.

 

The process of renewing is very simple, just click the link below and you can log into your profile and renew from there, or you can sign up for the first time if you’ve not done so before on our members section page below.

 

Join / Renew your CFU membership here

 

It’s only £12 for annual membership to CFU and with exciting developments happening both on and off the pitch at present, now is the time to join us for what we are sure will be an exciting year.

 

We would also like to remind everyone that if you wish to stand for election at the September AGM then you will need to be a full paid member by midnight, Monday 18th June!

 

Have you followed us on Twitter yet? No? Well please do, by following @cityfansunited where you can keep up to date with all the latest developments and breaking news from the owners of Chester FC!

 

CFU Ops Board Update

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The Main Board of the CFU have formally reinstated the Operations Board. Initial meetings recommenced in April 2018.

 

A decision was taken to suspend the Ops Board in January following the revelations of the financial crisis which saw the main City Fans United board meeting more frequently in order effectively manage the situation.

 

At the time of January’s crisis, the Football Working Group (FWG) was formed. This group made recommendations to the CFU board on football matters. These included the implementation of a number of cost saving measures as the club stabilised its financial position. With the Operations Board now reinstated, the FWG has been disbanded having brought the club back to a much sounder financial footing.

 

The role of the Operations Board is to take on the day-to-day running of the football club and make recommendations to the full board as mandated by the CFU constitution.

 

The decision was agreed at the CFU board meeting on Thursday night that, going forwards, the Operational board would formally be making all decisions on the day-to-day running of the football club and all things relating to the administration of the first team.

 

CFU director Andrew Morris will Chair the Operations Board and will be joined by Alan Case, Ian Swettenham, Ron Smith alongside CFU directors Mike Day, Calvin Hughes and David Williams.

 

A new working group to handle matters relating to the Academy and the administration of the youth team has been set up. This will be led by Youth Director Mike Day, with significant input from Academy head coach Calum McIntyre, whose long-term future at the club has recently been confirmed.

 

Would you like to stand for election to the CFU board?

The City Fans United AGM takes place on the 27th September, and as per usual all members have the chance to stand for election to the board.

We’ll be releasing further details shortly, but we would like to advise all members that you will need to be a fully paid up member of CFU by Monday 18th June to be able to stand for election.

To renew or join CFU please visit the link below.

https://cityfansunited.com/members-section/

Get your name on the CFU poster for Liverpool programme!

Chester FC are set to face Champions League Finalists Liverpool FC, on Saturday 7th July at the Swansway Chester Stadium, and CFU members have a chance to have their name included on a special poster to be included in the souvenir matchday programme for the game.

 

Every CFU member will be included on the poster, which is a recreation of the original poster that appeared in the first home league game since reformation in 2010, when the Blues faced Trafford in what turned out to be a memorable 6-0 win.

 

To get your name on the poster, you simply need to be a fully paid up member of City Fans United by Friday 29th June.

 

To join or renew your membership, simply visit the link below!

 

Join or Renew your CFU Membership

 

Don’t miss out, renew or join today!

 

Have you renewed your CFU membership yet?

We’ve entered the month of June which means a brand new membership period, which runs from June 2018 through to May 2019, and many of you will have renewed your membership for another year, which we thank you for.

 

If you haven’t renewed your CFU membership yet, then it’s very simple and straight forward to do so – just following the link below to retrieve your details and click Renew Now and away you go – it takes less than a minute to do, and you’ll be signed up for another year as a co-owner of Chester FC!

 

Click here to renew your membership or to sign up

 

This year our Fan Engagement Working Group (FEWG) have come up with a #One2OneChallenge – all we ask is that every member asks one person not yet a member to do so – and when they’ve joined, you can broadcast this on your social media account with the #One2OneChallenge hashtag to show your support!

 

We have now hit 1000 members for this year’s membership period, and we still have around 700 members still to renew their membership – so if you are one of those 700 people, then please renew today via the link above.

 

We are aiming to hit 2018 members for the year 2018 as soon as possible, so please don’t wait any longer – renew today!

FREE Chester FC Season Ticket up for grabs!

Two of Chester FC’s Legends Lounge members and long time Blues fans have offered one lucky season ticket holder that buys or renews their season ticket before the Early Bird deadline expires, the chance to win the cost of their season ticket back!

The club are aiming to sell 1000 season tickets before the end of June, and supporters Alan Case and Ian Swettenham have decided to offer an incentive to help encourage more fans to get their season ticket with nearly 400 having been purchased already since sales began in May.

Alan, a well known and popular figure amongst supporters who has followed the Blues for 63 years said, “Ian and myself will be delighted to personally present the lucky winner with free football for the coming season”.

Ian, a fan since 1969, who sponsors the Swettenham Chemists Stand at the Swansway Chester Stadium and also provides fantastic financial support to the Chester FC Youth Academy was also keen to help cover the cost of one lucky fans season ticket. Ian said “There was a great suggestion on DevaChat to support the Early Bird offer and Alan & I are very happy to make it happen. I hope every fan can support the club with a Season Ticket purchase, it’s vital to the future of the club and appreciated by all involved.

Jeff Banks, Director of Fan Engagement said, “On behalf of the Fan Engagement Working Group (FEWG) and of course Chester FC, I’d like to thank both Alan and Ian for their fantastic gesture. It certainly demonstrates great unity amongst the fans when two come forward to offer to cover the cost of someone else’s season ticket, and anyone who has purchased one so far, or yet to get their ticket will no doubt be looking forward to hearing if their name has been pulled out of the hat!”

The Draw sponsored by Childrens Bed Centres & Swettenham Chemists will take place shortly after the Early Bird on sales ends, so fans are urged to get their season tickets before this deadline to be in with a chance of winning.

Chester FC Youth

The board of City Fans United would like to place on record it’s congratulations to the Chester FC Youth Academy.

In what has been a fantastic season of achievements, we would like to pay tribute to everyone involved with the Academy, who have all played a magnificent part in delivering success.

This season has seen seven first team debuts for Academy Graduates. Both James Jones and Tom Crawford have earned international honours with England C, Nathan Brown’s solo effort against Bromley was voted the club’s goal of the season with Alex Downes, Matthew Thomson, Rhain Hellawell and Cain Noble all featuring in the first team. Cain Noble became the youngest player to represent the club since reformation and marked the occasion with a headed goal in front of the Harry McNally terrace.

To have five trophies to show for their hard work and dedication this season is a seriously impressive effort, especially when you consider that on a great number of occasions this season their opponents have been at an older age.

Whilst not wishing to single any one person out, we feel it would be remiss of us to not mention the achievements of Calum McIntyre, who as well as masterminding the Youth teams to their successes, also took on the additional responsibility of first team manager for the last three games of the season, culminating in a fully deserved 2-1 win at Barrow.

CFU Director with Youth portfolio Mike Day said: “I had the privilege of travelling with this seasons Youth team scholars last summer on the annual Scotland trip. The team spirit developed in just those few days both on and off the pitch made us realise that this season was going to be something special.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to be even a small part of our Youth setup and see those early promising signs develop into much deserved success.

The whole Youth Academy at Chester FC is certainly something to take great pride in, and seeing so many of the youngsters breaking through into the first team shows just how much effort has been put in to making this a real success.

We would like to thank Calum, all of the coaches across the various age groups, and of course the parents who play a major part in the development of the players involved.

Finally, congratulations to all of the players involved in the Academy, all of whom deserve all the plaudits for their successes this season.

The board of City Fans United

 

City Fans United Members (Formal) Meeting – Tuesday 5th June

The next City Fans United members meeting is set to take place on Tuesday 5th June, in the Blues Bar at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Thursday 24th May, however, we have rescheduled the date to allow the board to bring members updated information around the donation by Stuart Murphy, and also non-executive director Richard Lynes will also be presenting his findings on the review he has been carrying out on CFU matters relating to the last 12 months.

We are also hoping to be joined by the new management team at Chester FC on the evening too, so plenty of reasons to come along!

The meeting will start at 7.30pm with the bar open from 7pm on the evening and as it’s a members meeting only, we will be taking new membership sign ups on the night and you can also renew your membership on the night too.

Although to help us with renewals, please visit the following link where you can actually renew or sign up online prior to the meeting.

Renew your membership here

Sign up here

We look forward to seeing you on the night!