BLUES legend Trevor Storton will have divided loyalties when his old club takes on Leeds United next week.
The 56-year-old made almost 500 appearances for Chester between 1974 and 1983, scoring one of the goals in a famous 3-0 victory over Don Revie's Leeds during his debut season at Sea-land Road.
The two clubs cross swords again at Elland Road on Tuesday for a Carling Cup first-round tie - and Storton will take a keen interest in the result.
The only problem is, he won't know whether to laugh or cry if the Blues manage to spring a shock by dumping out their Championship hosts.
'I'm a Leeds fan - always have been,' said Keighley-born Storton. 'I've got a little tie between both clubs really, but Chester was a fantastic club and I loved every minute of being there.'
Leeds were League champions when they came to Sealand Road for a League Cup fourth-round tie on November 13, 1974. But the visitors - with a side including household names like Billy Bremner, Allan Clarke and Peter Lorimer - were sent packing by Ken Roberts' Division Four underdogs, who went on to reach the semi-finals.
'It's a long time ago now but I remember my goal,' Storton said. 'I know I've gone up there and I've hit it straight into the corner - but that was when I had quick feet!
'It was an amazing night - fantastic.
'I was up against Joe Jordan and Allan Clarke. You are always aware of people like that, but it's like any giant-killing - sometimes you don't realise what you're up against until you're in the game.
'We'd got ourselves geared up for it. We'd got our tails up and, to be fair, we took some stopping.'
The League Cup brought Chester and Leeds together again nine years later for a two-legged tie.
Storton - the squad's only survivor from that famous 1974 triumph - was injured for the first leg on October 5, 1983, when Chester claimed a 1-0 away win thanks to an Andy Elliott strike.
A crowd of 8,044 packed into Sealand Road for the return fixture on October 26 - but they left disappointed as Leeds romped to a 4-1 triumph to go through 4-2 on aggregate.
Storton recovered in time to play in the second leg - but he almost wishes he hadn't.
'That 4-1 defeat hasn't ever really entered my head,' he admitted. 'The side Chester had then wasn't as good as it was in the 70s.
'Sometimes you get a side together and they just click. That's what we did in the 70s.
'We were just a great bunch of lads with a fantastic team spirit. There were no so-called stars in the team and we just worked for one another.'
Storton started his career with Tranmere and spent two years at Liverpool before joining Chester in 1974.
He left for Oswestry Town after almost a decade of dedicated service.
Now living in Wilsden, Yorkshire, Storton combines his role as assistant manager of UniBond League outfit Guiseley with running a window cleaning business.
'I'm 56 - and still playing in five-a-sides!' he laughed. 'I wouldn't mind playing next week. Now that would be fantastic.'