Chester’s Deva Stadium will be renamed the ‘1885 Arena’, initially until the end of the 2019/2020 season.

The announcement was confirmed on Thursday evening at the City Fans United AGM by club donator Stuart Murphy. The name is in reference to the founding of Chester Football Club in 1885, following the amalgamation of Chester Rovers and Old King’s Scholars, and acknowledges the long-standing history of football in the city.

Stuart Murphy’s naming rights decision also revealed the early stages of plans for a redevelopment of the stadium and its surrounding area.

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