Chester MP Chris Matheson has been highlighting the plight of Chester FC at the very highest level of English football, say the Chester Chronicle.

Labour MP Matheson met with FA chief executive Martin Glenn last week where he made light of Chester’s financial struggles and the battle fan-owned clubs face in a football landscape awash with billions at the very top. The Blues revealed five weeks ago that they needed £50,000 in the short term in order to stay in business after their financial struggles were revealed at a meeting of City Fans United members, the supporters group that owns the National League side.

And Matheson, speaking on Chester’s Dee 106.3, said that the case had been made at the top of the FA for more funding for fan-owned clubs to ensure that they have a future in the game, with funding through the Football Foundation, a mechanism which distributes money from the top through to the grassroots, one option being discussed.

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