Turn the clock back to January 25 of this year and the picture painted at the City Fans United (CFU) members meeting was a bleak one indeed.

Board members of the supporters group that owns the football club revealed that Chester FC needed £50,000 in the short term in order to reach the end of March and to keep the club going in the short term as the full extent of a financial crisis that was born from mismanagement was revealed. That night over £1,200 was raised from donations alone and the following days and weeks saw Blues fans and the wider football community rally around the football club in its time of need.

A youth team game that raised over £12,500, an all-star game featuring the likes of Michael Owen and Ian Rush raised £25,000, a walk from Wrexham FC’s ground to Chester’s home by Grenville Millington and Ed Jones brought over £7,000 and even former midfielder Antoni Sarcevic’s kind donation of his Conference North winners medal raised over £550.

The £50,000 target was soon passed and on Monday that total was doubled as fundraising burst through the £100,000 mark.

Read more: www.chesterchronicle.co.uk

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