Next Thursday evening (29th July), City Fans United members will be able to collect their membership cards from the Deva Stadium in a special event taking place in the Blues Bar.
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This day back in 2010, City Fans United were awarded the lease to the Deva Stadium by Cheshire West and Chester Council, a move which was greeted with celebration by Chester fans.
Recent events in English football have demonstrated just how important it is that fans have a voice and input into decisions and the running of their football clubs.
At Premier League level, we have seen what can happen when clubs fail to consult with their supporters before making decisions, which don’t just affect their own clubs, but risking the future of the entire football pyramid.
Chester FC is wholly owned by its fans and as those familiar with our story will know, the pitfalls of private ownership can be significant if supporters are not consulted or represented when it comes to the running of their club.
Following the liquidation of Chester City FC in 2010, Chester fans vowed to safeguard the future of football in the City and reformed as a 100% supporter-owned community football club.
We have made great strides in the 11 years since, winning three league championships, enjoying the occasional FA Cup run, and building friendships across the non-league pyramid, but more importantly remaining a sustainable club that recognises its responsibility to the community.
Since 2010, clubs have been extremely welcoming to us and our tremendous supporters, appreciating our circumstances and contributing to our journey so far. The help we received from the likes of FC United of Manchester, AFC Telford United and AFC Wimbledon was vital to our development and we are now using the experience we have gained to help fans of other clubs such as Bury AFC.
The power of supporters is no better illustrated than in the efforts of Chester FC fans over the last decade, from the incredible tidal wave of our rebirth to helping us overcome the unprecedented challenges faced in the past 12 months. It is often said football clubs are nothing without supporters but in our case that is unquestionably true.
With growing awareness of the importance of fans and the need for reform across the game, Chester FC fully supports those pressing for change and for supporters to be given a greater involvement in their clubs.
City Fans United, the owners of Chester FC, have a strong membership that is dedicated to ensuring football in Chester is driven forward properly. We always welcome new members and you can sign up via the link below for just the equivalent of £1 per month, it’d be great to have you as our latest signing!
Our City, Our Community, Our Club.
It had been anticipated that we would be writing to you this week with all the documentation for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) as required under our constitution. A key element of the AGM is to review the historic financial performance of the club and provide an outline of our finances over the coming year . We are not required to have a formal audit, but our Accountants, Hargreaves and Wood, provide members with an independent assessment of our statutory accounts for 2019/20 and comment on the club’s financial prospects for 2020/21.
As you all will be aware Football finds itself in very uncertain times at present with significant threat to the 2020/21 season given the ongoing impact of COVID-19. This has been further compounded following the recent decision by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to retain our elite classification, preventing the admittance of spectators, and this has created significant uncertainty over the financial modelling for the coming year.
At present the Club is awaiting details of the financial support we understand that central government is prepared to provide to enable us to play our matches behind closed doors. Once we have these details we will be able to judge whether this is sufficient to cover the resulting funding shortfall (i.e. gate receipts, season tickets, hospitality, sponsorship, etc.). The Board and our Accountants feel that these things need to be finalised before we can effectively brief members about the financial position and our plans for the season ahead.
As a Board we believe that the financial sustainability of the Football Club Is a fundamental cornerstone of the AGM process and as such it would be inappropriate to hold the meeting until such a time the club and our accountants have the necessary details and can provide an informed narrative. As such the decision has been made to postpone the AGM meeting until Thursday 12th November at 19:30, which will be facilitated via the Zoom platform to comply with social distancing measures. The documentation for the AGM, including the financial report will be sent out at least two weeks in advance of the AGM.”
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 email@example.com by 6pm on Wednesday 20th November quoting their name and membership number in order for invites to be sent out in time.
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.
We look forward to you joining us next Thursday night at the Deva!
Thursday 29th August will see the latest City Fans United meeting take place in the Blues Bar at the Deva Stadium.
The meeting which gets underway at 7.30pm on the night will be a formal meeting, and will be available to view on our Zoom channel, for members only. The Zoom app can be downloaded on phones or PC. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 28th August if you wish to view the meeting, and a meeting request will be sent to your email.
It’s the final meeting before the scheduled AGM meeting and so will provide members with updates from the CFU directors on all portfolios.
We hope you are able to make the meeting on the Thursday and hope to announce some special guests in due course.
Doors open at 7pm and you can also pick up your CFU membership card if not collected already, and join or renew your membership on the night.
Remember you can join or renew online too, with the links below: