THE START of the 2005-06 season is still three months away, but already Chester City supporters are snapping up season tickets for the next Coca-Cola League Two campaign in record numbers.
So far sales in the opening few days have out-stripped the levels that were attained last year and that has pleased City chairman Stephen Vaughan. He said: "It's extremely encouraging, particularly after the disappointing season we've had.
"This time last year we had just clinched the Nationwide Conference title and with it promotion, so it's pleasing to see that sales are doing better than the opening few days of the same period last year."
Vaughan added: "Possibly it's the appointment of Keith Curle as manager that has encouraged people and with that appointment comes a natural expectation from our supporters.
"But I think that our special offer packages for supporters who purchase early, has been eagerly accepted by people."
Meanwhile, Chester's leading scorer Michael Branch is to enter hospital this week for a minor operation on his knee.
Branch has been troubled since Christmas with the injury and this small operation has been arranged to clear up the problem and ensure that he returns in time to participate in pre-season training at the end of next month.
Curle has also appointed John Gannon as City's joint assistant manager. The former Stockport County player was Curle's assistant when he was in charge at Mansfield Town.
Gannon, who is 38, will share the assistant's role with David Bell, who acted as caretaker-manager at the Deva Stadium following the resignation of Ian Rush last month.