Vanarama National League strugglers Chester FC are preparing for a flood of big names and returning favourites to compete at the Swansway Chester Stadium this Thursday, as the club bids to urgently raise more funds.

Returning Chester heroes meet an All-Star squad put together by broadcaster Colin Murray and England great Michael Owen. It was announced in late-January that the club is in urgent need of cash in order to keep going, which has since prompted considerable fundraising efforts.

Last week it was reported that the club had reached its initial £45,000 target, though plenty more will be needed in the coming months. With manager Marcus Bignot braced for further player departures in the near future, following the recent exit of captain John McCombe, for example, two special lineups will take to the field in support of the club later this week.

The Chester FC website has given this rundown of the All-Star side:

Maik Taylor – A hero of Murray’s and a Northern Ireland legend. Has won the first and second division titles and was a Championship runner up. Birmingham City stalwart and, at 46, still a class keeper. Currently working as Northern Ireland’s goalkeeping coach.

Andy Griffin – Knows what it’s like to play in a Chester shirt but is known best for his spells at Stoke and Newcastle, including an FA Cup final appearance with the latter. A former England U18 and U21 international.

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