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MP meets FA to discuss future of Chester FC

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Chester MP Chris Matheson held an initial meeting with the chief executive of the Football Association, Martin Glenn, in February to discuss available options for supporting Chester’s football club.

Chris said: “I was really grateful for Martin’s interest, it’s early doors, but we spoke directly about how we can work together to help the club through its current difficulties – there could be some options around funding from the Football Foundation that we need to explore in more detail.

“Both Martin and I also share a strong desire for fan owned clubs like Chester to have a future in the game.”

Chris added: “In times of trouble we all need to unite behind a common cause – it’s common sense that we are stronger when we stick together.

“For fans and local people it means coming to a match and supporting the club, for me it means using my office to open the right doors.

“I have started this by extending a personal invitation to Greg Clarke, chairman of the FA, to join me at a Chester match in the near future.”

Last month a fundraising match brought the total raised to improve the financial situation at the club to £80,000 with further events and initiatives planned over the coming weeks and months.

Cllr Louise Gittins, cabinet member for community and wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “Chester Football Club is part of the fabric of the city and that’s why it is so important that we all work together to overcome these challenges.

“I met with some of the club’s board members recently to discuss the council providing some business support services to help tackle some of the difficulties they face.”

Simon Olorenshaw, Chair of City Fans United, added: “The support we have had from the public has been phenomenal, and we need it to continue – it’s really important that we get more people to join City Fans United for as little as £12 a year.

“Like Chris Matheson and Martin Glenn, I believe fan owned clubs have to have a future in the game and we hope more Chester people will come forward and commit to become a real part of our team.”

For more information on how to donate to the club, or to join City Fans United, visit: www.cityfansunited.com.

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