Season Preview - Chester FC

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Tue 13 Jun 2017

We take a look at our Cheshire rivals ahead of next season

HistoryFounded in 2010, Chester FC are the phoenix club to previous football league club Chester City. After the old club ran into financial difficulty in 2010 fans quickly worked together to reform the club and it has been a short but successful history since then.The club started life in the NPL Division 1 North (the 8th tier on English football) in the 2010/11 season and were promoted at the first time of asking winning the title on goal difference in what would be the first of three successive promotions and titles.A season later the Blues romped home to win the NPL Premier Division as they finished with 100 points and a goal difference of 73 which gained promotion to the Conference North. The next season Chester bettered their previous points tally with 107 and broke records in doing so including the most wins and fewest defeats in a season in their third title winning season.After just 3 seasons the club were in the Conference Premier (now the National League) but in their first season back they finished 21st meaning they were relegated, but as Hereford United were expelled from the league due to financial problems, they were re-instated. Chester FC have stayed in the National League ever since with the 2014/15 season being their most successful season with a twelfth placed finish.Last SeasonChester recorded a 19th place finish last season just 2 points away from relegation. They could’ve still mathematically been relegated on the final day of the season but a superior goal difference and points total made it very unlikely.In the first half of the season Chester looked like they were on track to make the play-off places with the Blues going on a 9-match unbeaten run in October and by Christmas the club occupied 7th place, but a poor second half to the season saw the club drop down the league table and into the relegation battle.Manager Jon McCarthy will be wanting to keep striker James Alabi on Chester’s books. The striker had a terrific season scoring 17 goals for the Cheshire club finishing as their top goal scorer.Of course with John McCombe and Andy Halls now in the Chester ranks we will be facing some familiar faces next term.How To Get ThereBy Train: Macclesfield – Stockport – Chester (public transport/ Taxi is recommended to get to the Deva Stadium from Chester Station)ByCar: Get on M56 in Greater Manchester from Moss Lane, A537, A34 and A538, Follow M56 to Parkgate Rd/A540 in Saughall. Take the A540 exit from M56, Continue on Parkgate Rd/A540. Drive to Bumper's Lane

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