AS Chester City’s devastated fans face up to the realisation that they no longer have a team to support after 125 years of proud history, the question every heartbroken supporter wants answering is simple: What happens next?

First things first, City’s deeply unpopular regime have a decision to make – and they have to make it fast.

The Vaughan family have until the end of play tomorrow to launch an appeal against the decision which led to the Blues being expelled from the Football Conference last Friday.

It was Chester’s fellow Conference clubs who delivered the fatal blow by voting to kick them out, but only after the league’s board recommended that they do so – and it is against that recommendation that Vaughan and Co can appeal.

Conference general manager Dennis Strudwick last night confirmed to The Chronicle that no-one from the club had been in touch with the league, and given the fact that not a single City official bothered to show up to the meeting that sealed the club’s fate, an appeal would appear unlikely.

Less clear is the outcome of City’s appearance in the High Court next week.

The debt-ridden company behind the club, Chester City FC 2004 Ltd, face a winding up order on Wednesday over an unpaid tax bill of £26,125.

Blues director Morell Maison told The Chronicle that the club are considering their options, while it has been reported elsewhere this week that owner Stephen Vaughan Jnr would be doing everything he could to keep the club in business – which would mean settling the debt to the taxman.

That would somewhat muddy the waters for City Fans United (CFU), the official supporters group who want to reform the club and start afresh next season in a league as high as the UniBond Premier Division.

CFU have this week put their business plan in place, unveiled plans for a loan scheme to boost their ‘war chest’, while continuing negotiations with Cheshire West and Chester Council in a bid to convince them they are the right people to take over the lease at the Deva Stadium.

It has become patently clear that the authority, who are the landlords of the Deva, have lost patience with Chester City 2004 Ltd, who are understood to be behind in rent payments to the tune of £18,000.

A council spokesperson said: “We are taking advice to get the immediate return of the ground.”

The Chronicle understands two other parties, one being Welsh Premier League outfit The New Saints, have inquired about using the Deva next season.

Of all the initiatives launched by City Fans United, the CFU Loan Note Scheme is their most important yet.

Blues supporters are being offered the chance to buy loan notes in multiples of £100. For people who do not want to pay in a lump sum, you can set up a standing order to CFU to pay small amounts monthly. Loan notes would then be issued each time you hit multiples of £100.

The scheme is open to CFU members over the age of 18. Non-members wishing to purchase loan notes can join on the loan note application form.

A CFU spokesperson said: “The main benefit you get by purchasing a loan note is to play your part in investing in your club.

“The loan note holders will collectively own a shareholding in their community football club, enabling them to be able to elect their fellow members to the board of their club.

“This way, we can prevent any one person purchasing a controlling interest in our club, therefore preventing the current torture of our club from ever occurring again.

“This is a chance to invest in the future of a community-focused, supporter-led football club. A club that can help continue the 125-year proud history of football in our city and give us a club that we can once more be proud to support. A club with one voice and one vision.”

CFU’s membership has nearly doubled to 1,000 since the start of the year.

Visit to join the CFU today or download a loan note application form.