CHESTER CITY want to pack as many of their supporters into the Deva Stadium as they can, as the Nationwide Conference season reaches its climax.
City's success on the field, they currently lead the Nationwide Conference by five points from nearest challengers Hereford Utd, has seen attend-ances at the Deva rise appreciably since Christmas, and for the final trio of matches they are hoping that all four sides of their ground will be filled by vociferous City followers.
For the games against Aldershot Town, Execter City and Scarborough, City hope to get permission to open the South Terrace, which is normally occupied by visiting supporters, to their own fans.
Opposition fans would be accommodated in a segregated section of the adjoining stand.
"We are approaching the appropriate authorities to hope-fully gain permission from them about our proposal," said City chairman Stephen Vaughan.
"We will inquire from all three clubs what they expect their travelling support is likely to be and segre-gate as many spaces as they require, whether this is by ticketing or by paying at the turnstiles, we would have to decide.
"The interest in Chester City is fantastic at the moment, and with our supporters on all four sides of the ground it will make for a tremendous atmosphere," enthused Vaughan.
In another development yesterday, Chester announced they had applied to regain their School of Excel-lence status which was lost by the previous ownership of the football club.
"Mark Newman and his staff have done a tremendous job in bringing us back to the standards that Sport England require, and hopefully we will gain approval in the next week or so," said Vaughan.
On the field, Chester are next in action on Saturday, when they travel down south to meet Barnet at Under-hill.
The Londoners could possibly go into the match without a manager. Current boss Martin Allen is favourite to take the vacant post at Brentford, and an announcement is expected in the next 24 hours.