CHESTER City survived a storm in the FA Cup this week and are to continue their revival.
Following our rallying call to the fans last week to put the past behind them and support new owner Stephen Vaughan, a crowd of more than 2,000 turned up at the Deva Stadium on Saturday to see the Blues draw with Doncaster Rovers.
There were an anxious couple of days for Vaughan when Chester and tomorrow's
FA Cup opponents and former Football League rivals Barrow were threatened with being kicked out of the competition because the Merseyside businessman had a financial stake in both clubs in contravention of the competition rules.
With prize money and gate receipts expected to provide a £30,000 windfall for the winners this could have been a massive set-back for the regime, but Vaughan, who was chairman at Barrow for four years, unloaded his shares in the UniBond League club to a business acquaintance and the FA gave the fourth qualifying round tie the go-ahead. More than 500 City fans are travelling to the game with the winners going into the draw with the Football League clubs on Monday.
And it's not just Chester City who are capturing the imagination of the sporting public of Chester and district. Chester Jets, one of the smallest clubs in the British Basketball League, are flying high. They are leading the Northern Conference and are the only team in the league with a 100% record. This weekend they could reach the semi-finals of the National Cup in Coventry.
It is a similar story at Hare Lane where ambitious Chester Rugby Club are bidding for promotion to the National League. They are lying second in North One Division of the English Clubs' Championship and could go top if they beat Hull Ionians at home tomorrow.