THE sky’s the limit for Chester FC as the Red Arrows air display team is preparing to fly over the club’s Deva Stadium this Saturday.
And for Jeff Banks, media officer for the club, the flypast over the pitch before the team’s pre-season friendly with Marine FC, will be a dream come true.
He explained how the flypast, due to take place at 2.18pm in what is believed to be a first for a football match, came about.
He said: “I had an idea a couple of months ago, to think what could we do that would be pretty unique, something else for the fans to enjoy.
“The Red Arrows are pretty well known and I thought it would be fantastic to see them.
“Admittedly it was a bit of a dream a couple of months ago, but I contacted the Royal Air Force and took it from there.
“It was planned to coincide with our season opener, had we started in the Vodkat League, but I was pleased we were able to find a match for August 7.”
Jeff, also a military aircraft fan, added the display would carry a personal thrill too.
“I like my military aircraft and I do attend a couple of airshows a year. It will be nice to see that raw power coming over the town.
“Last year we were treated to a Vulcan flying over the stadium and that was a treat and it was British, as are the Red Arrows.
“The flypast is one the supporters will remember for the rest of their lives. It’s great the RAF is part of our relaunch and it’s great for the area.
As an indication of the tight schedule the air display team adheres to, the Red Arrows’ flight takes off Bournemouth at 1.43pm before flying over the Deva Stadium just 35 minutes later.
“The Red Arrows are well known for being on time, as we can see we have been given an exact time of 2.18pm. They have got a very busy day so we are all really happy they have managed to do this.
“We are trying to get the message across we are a community club, and the work is paying off. This is a reward for all those making their way to the ground.
“I hope the weather and other factors play on our side, but the Red Arrows don’t tend to let people down.”
Jeff added he has asked for a slight tweak to the traditional red, white and blue smoke clouds emitted from the aircraft.
“I have requested for just the blue and white smoke to come out if possible, and leave the red 10 miles down the road!”