Controversy was never far away for the Blues in 2006. After a radical overhaul of the squad in the summer, Mark Wright's troops ran into disciplinary trouble, had their captain singled out for abuse from the fans and were handed a shock reprieve in the FA Cup.
In the second part of his review of the year, sports editor DAVID TRIGGS looks back at the months from July to December - in the words of those who made the headlines.
'I wasn't pleased and gave them a right hammering at half-time!'
Hammer time for Chester boss Mark Wright, who was far from happy despite seeing his team break their pre-season duck with a 3-0 win at Cammell Laird.
'I think we have the quality of a League One side.'
New signing Paul Linwood can't wait for the season to start after signing from Tranmere Rovers.
'There's a couple of players who need to improve to meet the standards and requirements I have.'
Wright gets tough as the big League Two kick-off looms.
'We just want to bring him out of his shell a bit more and sometimes, with responsibility, you become a better player.'
The Chester boss explains his decision to hand Stephen Vaughan junior the skipper's armband.
'If it had been a younger man who had hit Linny, I think Linny would have decked him.'
Controversy at Plainmoor as an elderly Torquay United fan attacks Chester defender Paul Linwood with a corner flag. Wright's views on the incident - no charges were pressed but the supporter was banned for life by the Gulls - were typically forthright.
'The poor boy was nearly in tears. It is absolutely ridiculous and scandalous.'
Wright speaks out after skipper Vaughan is subjected to verbal abuse from some fans in a 2-0 home loss to Swindon Town.
'People can say what they want but, whenever I play for Chester, I give 100% and that's it.'
Vaughan junior refuses to let the boo-boys get him down.
'When he saw that goal it was pure genius.'
Wright praises Roberto Martinez following the midfielder's inspired goal in a 2-0 home win over Bristol Rovers.
'We wish him all the best wherever he goes and whatever he does.'
Wright bids farewell to out-of-favour striker Michael Branch, who finally parted company with the Blues after months in the wilderness.
'When you come to places like this and the referee doesn't control the game, I'm just happy for the players to walk off the pitch and get on the coach.'
Sour grapes from Stockport boss Jim Gannon after a 3-0 loss to Chester in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
'Jim should concentrate on his players and let me concentrate on mine.'
Wright leaps to the defence of his supposedly 'dirty' team.
'I'm not holding out for a good reception, to be honest!'
Shrewsbury's Ben Davies prepares to face his old club at Gay Meadow. Davies was indeed jeered, even more so after his goal drew the hosts level at 1-1. An injury-time winner for the Shrews then sparked a mass brawl, landing both clubs in hot water with the FA.
'I am devastated for the fans and the people of Bury. I realise I have let a lot of people down. It was a genuine mistake.'
Distraught Bury boss Chris Casper reflects on a costly FA Cup mistake. The Shakers fielded an ineligible player in their victory over Chester in a second-round replay - and were booted out of the competition.
'We sympathise with Bury and the people involved, but rules are rules. We've got a lifeline, we're back in and justice has been done.'
Chairman Stephen Vaughan is laughing all the way to the bank after his club is reinstated into the world's most famous cup competition.
'We've done Tottenham, so bring on the next lot.'
A jubilant Jim Hackett looks forward to taking on Bristol City after Chester knock Tottenham Hotspur out of the FA Youth Cup.