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Membership 2021/22 Begins!

City Fans United - Owners of Chester Football Club
Welcome to Summer 2021, and whilst we’re at it, welcome to a new City Fans United membership period!
If you’ve not renewed your membership yet, then fear not – just visit the link below and renew today:
We would also like to welcome new members too, and if you haven’t signed up yet then we’d love you to become our latest signing – it costs just £12 for annual membership of City Fans United, and YOU can make a difference to how your club is run.
Preparations are continuing for the new season at Chester FC, and every penny counts via our various fundraising streams and initiatives, so please take a look at how you can help the club you co-own as a City Fans United member, here:
Bag yourself a Discount! – Yes, all members can use their cards to take advantage of local discounts, so when you become a CFU member you’ll be able to use your card at various places as more and more businesses reopen their doors.
Finally, we hope you enjoy the fantastic weather that we finally have, and all eyes will now turn towards the new season, which is now just over one month away, so make sure you’ve renewed your Season Ticket by June 13th as that’s the cut-off date for you to retain your seats.
Membership cards will be produced mid-June so to make sure you are on the list for that first batch to be printed, please renew or sign up now!

Are you a winner?

Following the Raffle in aid of Squadbuilder on Easter Monday, we have 4 unclaimed winning tickets


132- Mathew

162-Ken P


181- Jon Stanway


Please email fundraising@chesterfc.com if you are one of these winners


£266 was raised by the Raffle while at the Race Night at The Centurion on 13th April, Chester FC benefitted to the tune of £745.60 – over £1,000 was brought in by these 2 initiatives.


Many thanks to everyone who got involved and big respect to our hard working team of Fundraising Volunteers.

Fundraising Easter Monday

Easter Monday is set to be a big day of Fundraising at the Swansway Chester Stadium prior to Chester FC’s home fixture against Brackley.


A sponsored walk will take place to raise funds for the club’s Academy. Registration will take place from noon in the Blues Bar with the walk starting at 12:30. Details are in the graphic below.



Members of the Fundraising Working Group will also be selling tickets for an Easter Raffle prior to kick off with all proceeds going towards the Squadbuilder scheme as we look to provide Bern & Jonno with a war chest for next season. We have collected many great prizes including complementary pairs of adult tickets to Chester Zoo courtesy of our main sponsors MBNA.



Please support these initiatives if you can.


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Squadbuilder Evening 2019

Last night (16th April), a function was held in the Blues Bar at the Swansway Chester Stadium to enable the CFU Board to give thanks to all those who had contributed to the Squadbuilder scheme either via monthly payments or through buying a “Claim Your Turf” plot. People who had taken part in these initiatives had been invited to the evening.


Following an introduction from Paul Bodman, Grenville Millington gave a very entertaining talk which was full of amusing tales from his time playing for the club during the 1970s. The current first team managers, Bern & Jonno, then joined us and took part in a Q&A session. As usual, the duo were open and insightful.


They felt this season had been one of consolidation, particularly as at the start of it the club was still recovering from the financial crisis. Furthermore, they joined part way through the preceding off-season therefore with more time to plan ahead this time around they are confident of stepping up a gear.


All those invited were entered into a free draw for a football signed by the Chester FC squad. As many of these people are part of the Exiles group, it seemed appropriate that the draw was won by someone from Cardiff.


At the end of the evening, the players who had been on the pitch training came in to mingle with those present while there was also the opportunity to enjoy a tour of the stadium.


Paul Bodman kindly donated a framed print of the Claim Your Turf graphic for the 2018-19 season which will be hung in the Blues Bar.



The CFU Board wish to thank all those involved for making the evening so enjoyable.


It would be easy to believe that paying £5 each month into Squadbuilder has limited impact however the scheme is on schedule to raise over £8,000 this season. This is most impressive, especially as only around 80 people have been contributing.


If more people signed up now, the managers would be able to plan ahead with a much bigger budget for next season. The club is of course grateful for all donations, particularly in recent times, but we wish to remind fans that they can continue to have a big impact on the fortunes of Chester FC for a small outlay each month.


The details for signing up for Squadbuilder can be found on this page http://www.chesterfc.com/squadbuilder/


If you would like to sponsor a Claim Your Turf plot for the 2019/20 season, please email fundraising@chesterfc.com



CFU Directors’ Portfolio Update – Fundraising & Governance


Today, we continue the updates from the Director portfolios, with David Williams providing the Fundraising Update and Mark Jones with the Governance Update.


Firstly, David Williams, Fundraising Portfolio:


Christmas Raffle & Party – Since the Evening with Kevin Ratcliffe in the Summer, the main focus of the Fundraising Working Group has been the Christmas Raffle and Party. We have

  • Sold tickets in pubs
  • Sold tickets at The Forum in the City Centre
  • Sold tickets at MBNA

Furthermore, we would like to thank all the fans who have sold tickets themselves. This is something we need all fans to get involved with as it is one of the income streams that the club relies on.

The draw for which took place last night at the Chester FC Christmas Party at the Upton British Legion. Details of winners will be published in due course.


Seals Lottery – Regular publication of the draw results has seen a gradual increase in sales of Seal Lottery tickets, first prize was an impressive £542 last month. The pay out is linked to the number of entrants and we hope to grow this further in the New Year.


50-50 Draw – In conjunction with the Fan Engagement Working Group, we have offered half-time fan experiences out on the pitch as consolation prizes in the 50-50 draws. All being well, this will increase ticket sales and make the main cash prize even bigger!


eBay – Our eBay auctions have raised circa £1,600 since they begin in February. We wish to thank all who have placed bids – we even had a winner who lives in Shanghai! We hope to offer something relating to the Akwasi Asante debut hat-trick in the near future.



Mark Jones, Governance Update


Health & Safety – The last few months have been very busy on the Health & Safety front with a number of planned regular safety inspections from CWAC, the FA and under the Safety of Sports Ground Act.
Considerable progress has been made on a full review of our health & safety policies, risk assessments and safety certificate renewals.

Safety Certificate – The flooding obviously gave us major headaches with the safety certificate, however we were successful in regaining our safety certificate from CWAC following that difficult period.

Safety Advisory Group – A meeting of the SAG was held on 26th November. One area of discussion was the potential for a separate safety certificate to also enable Chester FC to host events at the stadium not involving football. This could potentially open a number of doors for revenue in the future,

Working Group – The Governance working group has attracted new members and is now meeting on a monthly basis.
Each member of the Governance working group will be working alongside CFU Board members to review and manage risks within their portfolio.



Tomorrow’s update will be provided Jeff Banks, whose portfolio includes Membership & Fan Engagement.