THE bright sparks in an otherwise miserable season for the Blues were celebrated before their final game as a Football League club on Saturday.
Ryan Lowe was named supporters’ player of the year and John Danby runner-up.
Lowe also walked away with the away fans’ player of the year award with Kevin Roberts runner-up.
The top-scorer’s double triumph was richly deserved. Lowe has been superb as a makeshift striker and his 16-goal return in League Two was one of the major reasons why Chester’s fight for survival did not end earlier.
With the 30-year-old’s future lying away from the Deva Stadium, City supporters are hoping Roberts represents their future.
The 19-year-old has been a model of consistency in one of the toughest campaigns in the club’s history and is now a mainstay in Mark Wright’s defence.
Goalkeeper Danby’s contract is up for renewal, but if he does leave the Blues, he will do so having created club history.
The 25-year-old made his 128th consecutive start in the trip to Barnet in March, which broke the previous record of 127 set by Mike Metcalf between October 1964 and September 1967.