History

Up to date information on current playing squad alongside a look back at the rich heritage including some of the great names that have graced the club and gone on to the highest levels in European football. The one player that is always associated with his success after leaving Chester is Ian Rush (formally Liverpool, Juventus, Leeds and Newcastle). After his 14 goals in 34 games then moving to Liverpool winning almost every honour in the game.

Chester F.C. was founded in 1885 as an amalgamation of Chester Rovers and Old King’s Scholars F.C. and initially played their home games at Faulkner Street. The Club has had a chequered history including administration, points deductions and a number of high profile failing managers however the future looks bright now that they have stabilised in recent years in the Conference Premier Division. Over the last 30 years the club has been under the control on the pitch of such names as Ian Rush, Mark Wright and Ray Mathias. All have tried to push the club forward however off the field distractions of power struggles and high publicised money problems has taken is toll on personnel and match day attendances, falling as low as 1300 on some match days.

Over the year’s Chester has had a bitter rivalry with Wrexham FC and tensions have boiled over between the neighbouring fans. There are approximately 15 miles between the towns and this has added to the tensions of match days and bragging rights. This rivalry was summed up in August 2014 by local hero Michael Owen when he stated “It’s a big derby, it’s a big local rivalry and we always like to see a little bit of rivalry, but nothing that goes over the top. It’s always been a big game.”

The club now in the hands of the “City Fans United” a fans consortium the club now has a solid base from which to grown and has re-engaged with its support base since becoming Chester FC in 2010 starting in the 8th Tier of English football but gaining promotion in that first season. The club currently stands 15th in the Conference Premier Division and are looking to maintain stability this year with less off the field issues to manage.