Monday, 20 July 2009

3 months on, and disaster strikes again!

Well nearly 3 months to the day of my very first blog, and what happens, I head away for the weekend, and end up hearing that the FA have refused us a licence to play football.

That's right, Chester City Football Club cannot play football matches right now - shocking isn't it?

How has all this happened?

Well, according to the FA they are unhappy with the details of the new company that bought Chester City from Administration, the company being the son of Stephen Vaughan, also named Stephen Vaughan, who's company Chester City Football Club 2004 Limited purchased the club for £290,000 back in June.

The deal to buy the club included a £254,000 good will payment from Vaughan Junior's father, the previous owner. This does seem strange, and is seen in the main as a tax evasion exercise by Vaughan Senior - why else would he look to clear all the debts via Administration?

The saddest thing as far as I'm concerned is that whilst Vaughan Senior was willing to provide his son with £254k as a good will payment, he stubbornly refused to pay off £72,000 to the Footballing authorities which would have resulted in the lifting of a transfer embargo - and ultimately Chester City's football league status was lost.

What other reason could there possibly be for Vaughan to take the club into Administration, than to avoid paying off the huge debts, £7m in 8 years, including £1m owed to the taxman.

When the Administrators were appointed, bids were invited for my troubled club, however, Stephen Vaughan would only agree to write off his £4m debentures providing it was his bid that was formally recognised as the Administrators preferred choice.

This then meant that Stephen Vaughan regained control of the club through his son's new CCFC 2004 company, and began to make plans for the forthcoming season.

The Blue Square Premier League accepted Chester City into their league, despite some legal goings on between the club, the FA & the BSP.

However, now the FA have refused to accept Chester City's application for a licence to play, amid concerns over the set up of the new company that owns the club.

At present, no-one actually knows, other than the officials at CCFC, and the FA, as to what the problem is, is it a minor problem, that can be quickly ratified once the relevant paperwork has been submitted, or is the situation a lot more serious than this?

The FA have advised Chester City to cancel all pre-season friendlies, a move that I've certainly not seen, or heard of before, and this is extremely worrying for all Chester supporters.

Stephen Vaughan is making Chester City look an amateurish club through his actions of management at the helm, and that's exactly what Chester City may become - amateurs.

Hopefully some good news will follow this posting on my blog, but as you can see, after 3 months since the original post, it's still hell at the Deva for us Blues fans.

Let's just hope this mess is sorted out.

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