Chester FC fans turned out in force to watch a youth team match last night – generating thousands of pounds for club’s fight for survival.

A crowd of 1,065 saw the Blues’ youngsters beat Gateshead 1-0 at the Swansway Chester Stadium. Admission was free but fans were encouraged to donate to the club’s fighting fund – and raised £12,800 on the night.

Supporters were informed by the club’s board last week that £50,00 was urgently needed to keep the club afloat in the short term. Since that shock announcement, £35,000 has been raised.

Youth team boss Calum McIntyre was taken aback by the support his young players received.

He said: “What a club! A thousand people have rocked up to watch the under 18s on a Wednesday night at the end of January.

“I’d like to thank the supporters, who have been absolutely first-class this evening. I’ve never experienced anything like it.”

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