BILL Smith has apologised to fans for comments that led to him stepping down as a Chester FC director.
Smith contacted The Chronicle this week to say sorry for calling the size of the crowd for the Cheshire Senior Cup clash against Tranmere Rovers ‘disgusting’.
His opinion caused outrage among the club’s fan base and resulted in his fellow board members rushing out a statement thanking the 820 supporters who attended the quarter-final tie.
Smith responded in turn by offering to resign from the Blues board.
His offer was accepted on Friday evening.
Now Smith, a former Grand Prix motorcycle racer, has gone one step further by offering a personal apology.
He told The Chronicle: “I apologise to the Chester fans for my comments on the attendances at the Exacta Stadium but would point out it was not them that I was getting at but the fans who are not attending the games and causing the club financial shortages.
“However in view of the flak I have deemed it better to take the course of action of resigning from the board.
“I will now go back to watching in the stand.”
Attendances at the Exacta Stadium are down on last season – despite the fact that Neil Young’s side are 16 points clear at the top of the Blue Square Bet North table.
In a bid to boost crowds the club has this week officially launched its ‘Three Tenners’ promotion.
The offer gives supporters the chance to pay just £10 for each of the final three home matches of this campaign – Altrincham (April 1), Boston United (April 6) and Solihull Moors (April 20) – if they buy all three tickets together.
The offer applies only to tickets in the Harry McNally Terrace and the Swansway Chester Stand.
To promote the offer the club has commissioned a special poster on which images of the Three Tenors, legendary opera singers Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, are replaced by Blues favourites Dave Hankin, Antoni Sarcevic and Matty McGinn.
Chester officials, volunteers and mascot BiG Lupus will be outside the Town Hall tomorrow promoting the ‘Three Tenners’ offer and a host of other initiatives, including a race night on April 5, a sponsored walk on April 6 and a new recycling project which will allow the club to make money from old DVDs, CDs, computer games and foreign currency.