BOBBY Williamson fears there could be hard times ahead for the Blues if they fail to pull in the crowds this season - so he's urging the Chester public to get behind his in-form team.
The City manager sees tonight's home clash with Morecambe as an opportunity to win back the club's stay-away fans - many of whom stopped attending matches when Mark Wright's reign was coming to a disappointing end last season.
Williamson said: 'My aim is to try to encourage people to come out and watch us.
'The crowds have been really disappointing for a club of our stature.
'With the money we're paying players, we need more people to come through the gates or times are going to be very hard.
'We want to try to encourage them by playing good, open football.'
Only 2,098 fans witnessed City's 4-0 demolition of Dagenham at the end of last month, while Tuesday's John-stone's Paint Trophy tie against Crewe Alex pulled in a crowd of 2,126 - a figure swelled by more than 700 travelling supporters from south Cheshire.
City's League Two meeting with the Shrimps tonight is expected to attract a much larger crowd, with both sides having made an excellent start to the season.
The Blues - unbeaten in four league matches - could move to the top of the table if they win and results elsewhere go their way, while Morecambe - last season's Conference play-off winners - head to the Deva Stadium on the back of a string of excellent cup results.
They have eliminated Championship sides Preston and Wolves from the Carling Cup and defeated Tranmere Rovers 1-0 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday.
While Chester have a fully fit squad for tonight's match, Morecambe's team is expected to include former City players Michael Twiss and Dave Artell.
Kick-off is 7.45pm.
* The Blues are close to signing utility player Tony Dinning, who is a free agent and free to move outside of the transfer window following his release by Stockport County.
The 32-year-old former Wigan and Wolves player was due to hold further talks over personal terms yesterday.
Williamson said: 'Tony could be a good acquisition for us.
'He covers a number of positions, is vastly experienced and he is a player I admire.'
* The draw for round two of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy will be made tomorrow morning on Sky Sports' Soccer AM programme. Ties will take place in the week beginning October 8.
* City defender Shaun Kelly yesterday joined Vauxhall Motors on a month's loan.