CHESTER City's championship season has seen their attendances at the Deva Stadium rise by over a quarter on the previous campaign when the club reached the play-offs.

The Nationwide Conference winners have been watched by an average home crowd of 3,065 - an increase of 27% over last season's average of 2,406.

"We have been extremely encouraged by the size of the crowds we have attracted at the Deva this season," said City chairman Stephen Vaughan. "Now we have reached our target of a return to the Football League, hope-fully we can see over average home gate rise by a similar percentage next season."

Chester manager Mark Wright has a selection headache as he prepares for next Saturday's final league game of the season at second-placed Hereford United. Definitely ruled out of contention are defender Danny Collins (cracked fibula), leading scorer Daryl Clare (thigh), and wingback Kevin McIntyre (suspended).

Vaughan also revealed last night that the club would be announcing details of season ticket pricing for next season before the end of the week. Details of individual match day pricing will also be revealed.

In another development, the club are to apply for a licence for their school of excellence.