Chester City expelled from Football Conference over finances
Chester City have been expelled with immediate effect
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Friday, 26, Feb 2010 05:04
by Sam Ross.
Chester City have been expelled from the Football Conference with immediate effect after failing to sort out their financial turmoil.
The club's fate was sealed in a meeting with member clubs at Rushden and Diamonds this morning 75 per cent of votes were in favour of expelling the Cheshire club, who broke five Conference rules.
No-one at the club was available for comment this afternoon but a statement issued by the Football Conference read: "Member clubs of the Football Conference, at a general meeting held today, voted in support of the board of directors' recommendation to erase Chester City (2004) FC Ltd from membership in accordance with Article 5.2."
Earlier this month the club was suspended from the Conference after failing to fulfil fixtures and pay players' wages and were asked to prove that they could resolve the situation.
City had been suffering ever since they entered administration last summer when they were docked 25 points and today's news has confirmed fans worst nightmares.
The signs looked ominous for City fans when their league fixture against Forest Green was postponed when players refused to travel. An on-pitch protest from fans during a home fixture against Eastbourne resulted in the game being postponed after 75 minutes with supporters launching an official protest against the club.
Attendances dropped heavily to 470 compared to averaging almost 2,000 last season and a CFU [City Fans United] survey showed that 99.5 per cent of fans believed a change of ownership was essential.
Fans are now concentrating on setting up a separate club in City's honour similarly to AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester rather than saving it.