A NATIONAL broadcaster has pledged to support his hometown club in its hour of need – after risking the wrath of Blues fans.
Chester-born Mike Parry questioned whether the city deserved a Football League club on his talkSPORT show with former Chelsea, Aston Villa and Republic of Ireland midfielder Andy Townsend.
City supporters were not slow to let him know that the Blues were worth fighting for.
Parry, whose highly-successful journalism career started at The Chester Chronicle, apologised on air.
And he is now promising to buy fans a drink at the Dene Hotel in Hoole before providing a coach lift over to the Deva Stadium for a potential last-day relegation decider against Darlington on Saturday, May 2.
“I was trying to pose the question whether Chester deserves a Football League club because of the crowds it’s getting, but what I didn’t want to do is discredit the club’s massively loyal supporters,” said 53-year-old Parry, who grew up in Hoole but now lives in Epsom in Surrey.
“It’s easy to support a club that is big and successful but a lot harder to support a smaller club that is struggling, like Chester are at the moment.
“So, as a Cestrian, I’m going to do what I can for the club. My show with Andy Townsend gets two million listeners so I can spread the message.
“The arrangements haven’t been set yet, but the first 48 fans who meet me at the Dene Hotel will get a drink and then we’ll take them on a coach to the game, but we won’t be paying for them to get into the game. I’m going to try and bring some of my fellow talkSPORT presenters with me and hopefully it will be a good day for Chester.”
Parry is an Evertonian but having watched Chester teams of the 60s, featuring legends like Gary Talbot, he still holds the club close to his heart.
The former King’s School student left the city 30 years ago after getting a job on the Newcastle Evening Chronicle. He then worked on the Birmingham Evening Mail before joining the Daily Express, for whom he spent a stint in New York as their US new editor, and then The Sun.
Parry also had a year working at the FA.