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CFU Board Statement

City Fans United can confirm that Chairman David Harrington-Wright has decided to stand down from his current role as Chairman as well as membership on the Board of City Fans United.

 

Formally elected to the Board in October 2017, before taking over the role as Chairman in April the following Year, David oversaw a significant period of stability and revival for the Club which had been challenged through a financial crisis as well as subsequent flooding and the Covid-19 pandemic during his tenure.

 

In December 2019 David took the decision to temporarily step back from his role as Chairman to support and care for his wife Fiona who sadly passed away in January 2020. He has now decided to permanently stand down from his role which will allow him to focus on his own businesses and personal well-being during this difficult time.

 

David has agreed to kindly support the board through this period of transition for which the City Fans United board are grateful for.

 

Upon leaving his role and the Board David stated;

“ I have been truly honoured to be the Chairman and a board member of my beloved Chester FC, and it’s fair to say the almost three years on the board have been a roller coaster!

I would like to think I leave the club in a better position than when I joined – but it’s not been solely down to me. The hard work of all my fellow board members and many many volunteers is something I am immensely proud of, and I thank each and everyone of them.

A great thanks from me to all our sponsors as well who have stood by us in difficult times, and also to Stuart Murphy without whom we may not have seen as much quality football in the past year as we have!

Finally a great thanks to all the fans – the support I have received from the majority especially over the past year with the issues I had away from the club has been humbling.

I wish Chester the best going forward whenever Football recommences, as first and foremost I have always been a blue!’’

 

At the City Fans United Board Meeting held on 30th March 2020 it was confirmed that current Vice-Chairman Andrew Morris would step up into the role of Chairman initially until the next AGM scheduled for 22nd October 2020.

Andrew Morris stated ‘It is an honour to take up this role on behalf of the Board and the wider CFU membership and I look forward to continuing to work with David during his handover period and alongside my fellow Board Members to continue the good work and momentum this Club has built even during this difficult period

Under David Harrington-Wright’s stewardship this Club has progressed significantly on and off the field and I speak on behalf of all my fellow Board members when I say he will be missed’.

CFU’s Sign Up or Renew Now Campaign – Your Club Needs You!

City Fans United recognise that we are in unprecedented times with the Coronavirus situation, and we urge everyone to stay safe and follow the advice presented to everyone to help get us through this uncertain and worrying time, for all of our families and friends.

 

For Chester FC, we are currently in territory not witnessed before as a football club, but are looking to meet this challenge head on, whilst we await news from the National League and Football Association, to try and establish a way forward for all clubs at Steps 1 and 2 in the football pyramid.

 

We know that nothing is guaranteed in our circles, but one thing that has always shone through is the support from our members and Chester fans in the UK, and indeed around the world,

 

We have a financial challenge that sees the club needing to raise a significant amount of money to guide us through the next few months, whilst we await news from the National League as to if and how they will support us.

 

So, how can the members of City Fans United and Chester FC help?

 

Well, this weekend, we would like to ask that all current members renew their City Fans United membership (if not done so already) and also consider at the same time setting up a Direct Debit to help us with our fighting fund going forward. So, this would mean a minimum £12 payment for annual membership, and a Direct Debit set up for a minimum of £2 per month – you can select the amount you wish to donate – please see the link below to set this up:

 

Renew Your Membership today & Set up a Direct Debit 

 

If you cannot stretch to both, then please either renew or join City Fans United for the first time via the link below, with a £12 payment – or instead, set up a Direct Debit for monthly payments for a minimum of £2 per month – whatever you can spare is truly appreciated by City Fans United.

 

Why set up a Direct Debit?

 

Well, that’s easy. It makes so much easier for future renewals as your membership will automatically renew in future years.

 

10 years ago, many members encouraged family members to help save football in the City of Chester, and now we need that monumental effort again – so please ask your family and friends to get involved again by becoming a member of City Fans United, and being a part owner of Chester FC!

 

Sign up here today

 

We would like to thank each and every one of you for playing your part this weekend, in trying to fundraise for Chester FC!

 

Stay safe.

 

Our City, Our Community, Our Club.

 

CFU Members April Meeting Cancelled

Please note the forthcoming CFU members meeting initially set for Thursday 9th April, has been cancelled due to the ongoing challenges with the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

A new date will be set in due course, and we will be updating members of the ongoing situation, and how CFU members can help the club in what will be a financially challenging time.

 

Please continue to stay up to date with the latest public health advice, available here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Boys & Boden offer Members FREE Discount Card

City Fans United are delighted to announce a new benefit for CFU members to take advantage of, as local builder’s merchants and DIY megastore Boys and Boden are offering every CFU member a new discount card to use in their store, based in Bretton, Chester (next to Airbus).

 

Visit the Boys and Boden website here for further information on what they have to offer in the one-stop shop for Building & Plumbing, Kitchen and DIY.

 

Gary Bebbington of Boys and Boden, was thrilled to be able to offer CFU members the discount, “We’re delighted to be able to offer City Fans United members our new discount card free of charge at Boys and Boden. We are a business that cares about the Community and we wanted to work with Chester FC knowing they are a fan owned club with the community at its heart.”

 

Boys and Boden are also giving discount cards to EVERY volunteer at Chester FC, in recognition of the role they play at the club, “We know that the success of Chester FC is built on volunteers and we wanted to offer our own thanks by giving those volunteers a discount card of their own. We also have our own café here in store, and if any volunteers or members with their discount card come in to the café and order food like a bacon or sausage sandwich then we’ll throw in a free cuppa to go with it!”

 

Kieron Shiel, the Chester FC director responsible for the Volunteers portfolio said, “It’s great to have Boys and Boden on board with our discount scheme that allows members to benefit by way of the free discount card, and it’s also a real positive to have another business approach Chester FC who have our excellent team of volunteers in their thoughts to reward too. Thanks to Gary and everyone at Boys and Boden for helping to make this happen!”

 

Chester FC’s extensive list of volunteers will shortly be presented with their discount card, whilst existing CFU members just need to produce their membership card at the till area in the Boys and Boden store on Broughton Mills Road, off Chester Road, in Bretton, Chester (next to Airbus) where they will then be given a free discount card to use in-store.

 

For Boys and Boden opening times please visit their website

CFU Members Informal Meeting – Thursday 6th February -LIVE STREAM ON TWITTER

The next City Fans United informal members meeting will take place on Thursday 6th February, in the Blues Bar at Chester FC. It will also be streamed LIVE on the City Fans United Twitter account @cityfansunited

 

The meeting will get underway at 7.30pm and as it’s a informal meeting, it’s open to all and not restricted to current members on the night.

 

Chester FC joint managers Bern and Jonno will be joining us for the meeting, and will there to answer your questions in a Q+A session. If you are not able to make the meeting but would like to ask a question for the live stream, please email FEWG@chesterfc.com by Wednesday 5th February and we’ll do our best to put it to the managers.

 

We look forward to seeing you there on the night.

 

CFU AGM Live Streaming Details

This Thursday night sees the City Fans United AGM take place at the Deva Stadium, kicking off at 7.30pm.

 

The meeting, which is for existing members only is being streamed via the Zoom app on Thursday night for members that cannot attend the meeting that will be hosted in the Blues Bar.

 

Before the meeting gets underway there will also be a presentation from Stuart Murphy as he updates on future plans relating to infrastructure developments. This will begin promptly at 7pm.

 

 

Those wishing to access the live stream need to email jeff.banks@chesterfc.com by 6pm on Wednesday 20th November quoting their name and membership number  in order for invites to be sent out in time.

Click here for more details on Zoom

 

CFU AGM Reminder – Thursday 21st November

Next Thursday night sees our City Fans United AGM take place at Chester FC.

 

The meeting, which will get underway at 7.30pm in the Blues Bar at the Deva Stadium will focus on the previous year at the club, and will refer to the financial reports sent out on November 1st, which were available to members on email via the link provided.

 

As it’s a members only meeting, you can still sign up or renew your membership via the link below.

 Join or Renew CFU Membership here

 

We look forward to you joining us next Thursday night at the Deva!

 

CFU looking to former members to ‘Rejoin the Journey!’

City Fans United are kicking off a CFU ‘Rejoin the Journey’ Sign Up Week on Saturday when they hope to increase the number of current members by asking those who have not yet renewed their membership to do so this Saturday afternoon whilst Chester FC are in action against Blyth Spartans, in what could see the club go top of the National League North.

 

Around 600 people have yet to renew their membership, and Jeff Banks, the CFU director who owns the membership portfolio, is asking those lapsed members to ‘Rejoin the Journey!’, “I’m sure everyone has their reasons for not renewing their CFU membership in the summer, maybe they haven’t got round to it yet, maybe it was a case of they just wanted to help in 2018 when the crisis pulled everyone together, but either way it’s so important for those former members to renew as not only is it a significant financial benefit to the club, but it also gives CFU a stronger voice in how the club is run and what decisions are made in the future.

 

“Our aim is to get back to having 2000 members of all ages, we currently have 1400 members which is comprised of adults, life members and Junior Blues, so I’m asking all of those who were with us before to ‘Rejoin the Journey’ and be part of something special that is happening this season at Chester FC.

 

“We have announced a number of quality discounts for members recently, and that list will grow further, and if we can get 2000 members of CFU then this will help attract further discounts too across the whole community. So my message to anyone who has not renewed from last year is please do it this Saturday when you’re tuning into the game against Blyth, or even if you’re at the game as you can even do it on your phone!”

 

Click here to join or renew your CFU membership

 

CFU are also asking current members if they would consider moving across to the Direct Debit scheme introduced this season, where members are able to pay any amount from £2 per month upwards, and for anyone that switches across to the scheme in the next 7 days then they will be rewarded with a limited edition pin badge. “We have had a very good start on our Direct Debit scheme for members, and if more members are happy to switch to the Direct Debit option, and in turn help the club financially at the same time then we would like to thank them with the pin badge as a gesture.”

 

“If it’s £2 per month or £10 per month, or any other figure, then this will be a massive help to Chester FC and it really will make renewing next year so much easier, so I would like to ask each current member to consider this option going forward to help.”

 

To switch to the Direct Debit option, please email nick.phillipson@chesterfc.com who will be able to set up the plan very easily for members.

 

City Fans United Informal Meeting – October 3rd

The latest informal City Fans United meeting will take place on Thursday 3rd October in the Blues Bar at the Deva Stadium, starting at 7.30pm.

 

The meeting, which is open to anyone to attend, will also feature an update from the Community Trust, with regards to the King George V Community Sports Hub. This will be an opportunity for any questions to be put forward with regards to the ongoing progress towards the Hub.

 

There will also be a Q&A with the board at the meeting too.

 

We look forward to seeing you there, and if you’re not able to attend then the meeting will be streamed live on the City Fans United You Tube channel.

 

See you there!

Limited Edition Starbucks CFU Cup

Starbucks Greyhound Park in Chester have once again thrown their support behind City Fans United and Chester FC by launching a limited edition reusable cup.

 

20 of the environmentally friendly cups have been produced with the CFU emblem and Chester FC logo on them and will be on sale in the Chester FC club shop on Saturday 7th September.

 

A local artist based at Chester University has been involved in the design work.

 

Dave Pike, store manager at Starbucks Greyhound Park said, “We’re delighted to produce this limited edition cup that Chester fans can use over and over again whilst knowing they are helping the environment at the same time as enjoying a drink from our store. We’re also delighted to further our partnership with the club and City Fans United, and look forward to more exciting initiatives going forward.”

 

Jeff Banks, director of Fan Engagement said, “It’s great to have Starbucks producing these cups for the club, and I’m sure they will go down extremely well with our fans. I’d like to thank Dave and the team, who have already been very generous in offering beta members and Chester FC season ticket holders a 10% discount on drinks from the store. They have also been really supportive towards our half time challenges as well.”

 

The cups with lids, will be on sale for £5 in the club shop before tomorrow’s game against Guiseley.